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All About Flower Essences & Vibrational Essences

Essences support your inner journey of change and transformation

Here at Crystal Herbs we have a deep and profound love for Flower & Vibrational Essences and have been making and using Essences for over 30 years. In this guide we'll give you an in-depth look at Flower Essences, what they are and how they work. We’ll also share our love of these beautiful gifts of nature, and explore how they can help you to make change and transformation in your life and expand your spiritual growth.

What Do Flower Essences Help With?

Balancing your mind, body & spirit

Jackie taking some Cherry Plum Bach Flower Remedy

Flower Essences and Gem, Crystal & Mineral Essences are collectively known as Vibrational Essences, and help you to re-connect with the power of your heart and the wisdom of your soul. Essences are catalysts for change and can take you straight to the heart of an issue, helping you to release old emotions, thought patterns, beliefs and subtle energies. They support your emotional and psychological well-being, helping you to create change at an energetic level, from the inside out. This inner journey takes you into your heart, connecting you more deeply and intimately with who you truly are, creating a lasting change in your life and a ripple of change in the world around you.

We've always found Flower & Vibrational Essences to be deeply supportive for whatever stage you are on with your inner journey. Whether you need help coping with the difficulties of daily life at an emotional level, or you need help to transform a core pattern or issue in your life, or you want to deepen your spiritual connection, essences can support and help you.

Co-Creating Something New

As each of us deepen our connection with ourselves on an inner level, we can begin to co-create a world where more and more of us are opening our hearts and creating a collective blossoming, where love, beauty, purpose and soul wisdom can flourish. A world of deepening spiritual awakening and an understanding of the inherent unity and oneness of all things.

What Are Flower & Vibrational Essences?

Using the power of nature to help you to grow and evolve

We are inherently attuned to the the natural world and respond to its energetic vibrations because we are so much a part of nature ourselves. Each flower, gem, crystal, mineral or geometric shape in nature has its own unique vibrational frequency or energetic signature, and we can often sense these subtle energetic frequencies, even if we’re not consciously aware of it. Vibrational Essences carry these unique and beautiful energies in liquid form. So when you use an Essence, it is the beautiful, subtle energies of nature that work to bring about deep, positive and transformational change in your life. Using nature's amazing apothecary in this way is a very natural and deeply connected way of supporting your inner growth and evolution.

Flower Essences, Gem & Crystal Essences, Sacred Geometry and Environmental Essences are all types of Vibrational Essence. On this page we're going to concentrate more on Flower Essences, but you explore more about Gem, Crystal & Mineral Essences here and Sacred Geometric Essences here.

Flower Essences - Nature in a Bottle!

Making Pear Flower Essence - flowers in a bowl potenising in the sun Single Flower Essence Bottes standing in a rowPicture f a Columbine FlowerBach combination with dropper bottleSam Cremnitz holding a flower essence bottle

Flower Essences are nature's gift to us

A flower carries the highest vibrational frequency of a plant or tree. It is the most vibrant, alive and energetic expression of its life force energy. We can often feel this, and its resonance with our own energy system, when we sit in the presence of a beautiful rose or in a field of wild flowers. A Flower Essence simply holds the imprint of these beautiful energies in liquid form. When you use a Flower Essence, it is these positive, balancing, and higher vibrational frequencies that help you to step more into the fullness of who you really are and to come more in alignment within yourself at a deeper and more profound level.

Flower Essence have a very particular and powerful way of helping you to release what is not in balance within you. This might be your old core emotions, thought patterns, and beliefs or other imbalances within your energy field. Releasing these old patterns, ways of being and ways of seeing the world can deeply enhance your sense of well-being and help you to transcend your old limitations and fulfil your highest potential.

How Flower Essences Work

Empowering you to create a more empowering and fulfilling life

A Flower Essence carries a very high vibrational frequency which your own energy system will respond to very quickly. It’s a bit like a tuning fork striking a particular note that then invites all parts of your energy system into harmony with that uplifting positive vibration.

"They are able, like beautiful music, or any gloriously uplifting thing which gives us inspiration, to raise our very natures, and bring us nearer to our Souls: and by that very act bring us peace and relieve our sufferings." Dr. Edward Bach

When you take a flower essence its positive energy flows into your energetic system and helps to release old low vibrational emotions, thoughts, feelings or beliefs, such as fear, anger, guilt, grief etc, helping them to gently clear and release. Essences always positively affect lower vibrational frequencies in whatever form, so they will help you to raise your vibrational frequency and re-tune and realign any areas of imbalance, reconnecting you with your true nature of love, joy and peace.

This means that Flower Essences can help you in lots of ways, from balancing core emotions and thought patterns, through to opening up channels of spiritual wisdom and transforming old blocks in your body's chakras and subtle energy systems.

Dr Edward Bach, who is often known as the father of modern Flower Essences, said of his remedies that: "They are able, like beautiful music, or any gloriously uplifting thing which gives us inspiration, to raise our very natures, and bring us nearer to our Souls: and by that very act bring us peace and relieve our sufferings."

Essences Support Your Inner Journey

Bottles of Flower & Crystal Essence combinations in a box

"I love using and recommending Flower Essences because they are such good catalysts for change and a profound support for your inner journey."
Sam Cremnitz

Flower & Vibrational Essences are a wonderful support for your inner journey. They are catalysts that take you straight to the heart of an issue and help you to release the old emotions, thought patterns, beliefs or energies that are holding you back.

While Essences are very good at supporting you to work with issues that you are consciously aware of, they can also work more deeply than this too. In fact one of the things that we really love and value about Essences, is their ability to help you to connect much more deeply with the parts of yourself that you may be less consciously aware of. Connecting with these more subconscious parts of yourself, ones that you maybe hide away from or protect yourself from having to see or feel, can be transformative. These are often the foundational patterns that make up our core beliefs about ourselves and the way that we see life. They are our deeply held emotional wounds, beliefs or the aspects of ourselves that we struggle most to love and accept.

So as well as being very helpful in supporting you to bring greater balance to your everyday experience of life, Essences can also support you much more deeply to really make more profound and lasting changes. As you connect more deeply with yourself in this way, you come closer to your true self, who you really are, a whole being, fully connected to yourself and the higher realms. This creates change at a causal level, offering you the opportunity to step more fully into your own power and see life more from the perspective of the heart and unity consciousness. As Edward Bach said, “There is no true healing unless there is a change in outlook, peace of mind and inner happiness.”

When Would I Use A Flower Essence?

Flower & Vibrational Essences can be used in any situation where there is a lack of well-being in some aspect of your life, be that energetic, emotional, mental or spiritual. In our experience we often find that people turn to flower essences when they feel stuck, want to transform challenging issues in their life or when they want to expand their spiritual connection.  

Here at Crystal Herbs we talk with many people every week about essences and it is amazing just what a wide variety of reasons people come to essences for help with.

So you might be working with core patterns such as doubt, fear, self worth, despair, loss or anger. You might be feeling the need to develop more self-love, self expression, grounding, creativity, abundance or inner peace. It could be that you need energetic support with strengthening your personal boundaries or energetic space, or help with a challenging relationship. Maybe you simply feel stuck in life and need help moving to the next stage. You might also be wanting support to work more deeply with your chakra points and your body's subtle energy systems or to feel a deeper connection to mother earth and the higher realms.

Flower & Vibrational Essences are a versatile, powerful and transformative way of working with all of these issues. They help and support your inner journey, in whatever form it takes, helping you to create a meaningful and lasting change in your life and a ripple of change in the world around you.

Who Can Use Essences?

Picture of Catherine Keattch holding a bottle of flower essences

Flower Essences can be used by almost anyone; from individuals just beginning to explore Essences & Essence therapy, through to advanced practitioners and therapists.

Often people start exploring Essences because they’ve got a problem that they want help with and have heard how effective essences can be for emotional, mental and spiritual balance. Other people discover essences because they are looking for something natural to support their child's or pet's wellbeing.

Some people will use essences every so often when they need extra support to work with a particular issue, while others fall in love with flower essences and use them daily for their personal and spiritual growth.

Using Essences with Other Therapies

Flower Essences also work brilliantly alongside other therapies. So if you are a practitioner or therapist, you can integrate essences in with any other therapies that you use, and they will amplify the positive benefits that your clients experience.

Essences are often used alongside complementary therapies such as Reiki, healing, kinesiology, homoeopathy, bodywork and counselling, among many others. Essences are very effective whether they’re used in combination with talking therapies, bodywork or energy healing modalities.

What Happens When You Take a Flower Essence?

When you take a Flower & Vibrational Essence of any sort, sometimes you'll find that it will have an immediate effect and you'll feel a shift almost straight away. At other times the process can feel more like a journey that unfolds itself over a longer period of time as the old patterns and layers are peeled away, rather like the layers of an onion. The time it takes an Essence to work can vary considerably depending on how sensitive you are to Essences and on how deeply held the pattern, issue or state is.

When you're using an Essence it can sometimes be a very calm and graceful process and at other times you may feel really profound and deep changes occurring, and this can be quite an emotional journey sometimes. This is a good sign of the essence shifting through the old patterns, energies and issues that need to be cleared and released.

We love using our Flower, Gem & Crystal Essences, and you can find some insights into which essences we've been taking and our personal experiences of them and how they have helped here.

A quick guide to flower essences - 25ml Flower Essence bottles and information

Getting Started With Flower Essences

How to Choose an Essence

Flower, Gem & Crystal Essences help you to gently feel and release the old layers of buried emotions and thought patterns that unconsciously create who you are and how you react to situations & people
in your life.

The best place to start with choosing a flower or vibrational essence is to go within and focus on the issues, patterns, states or themes that you're most needing help with. Remember you're simply looking for an Essence that will help you bring greater balance to how you thinking and feeling right now.

This is often simply a process of self-reflection and observation. What is going on for me? How am I thinking and feeling? What emotions do I need help with? Where are the energetic blocks within me? Working in this way you are connecting with the aspects of yourself that most need help. From this point of self awareness, a helpful Essence can be chosen rationally or intuitively or by a combination of both methods.

Sometimes this is easy enough to do for yourself, and you can find help and advice on Choosing an Essence here and you can find our I Need An Essence For page here. However at other times getting some help can be the best option, and you are always more than welcome to contact us for help and advice, or you can have a consultation with a trained flower essence practitioner.

How Do I Use Flower Essences?

How to use a flower essence - person taking a flower essence using a dropper bottle

Essences are very versatile, simple and easy to use. They can be taken orally, sprayed in your auric field, used topically or used for space clearing or in your environment.

Essences used orally: probably the most powerful way of using essences are to use them orally. When you take an essence orally it goes straight into your body's subtle energy system and works at a deep level to help you to change and transform deeply rooted patterns. A typical adult dosage is 4 drops on or under the tongue 4 x day ( but this can vary depending on the type of essence you are using ).

Essences sprayed in your auric field: Essences sprayed into the auric field act very quickly and are especially helpful when you're feeling temporarily out of balance or off centre. However when you use an essence in your auric field you don't get quite such a deep acting effect as you do when you take it orally. As an adult you might typically use an essence spray liberally in your auric field 4 x a day, again depending on the type of essence you're using.

Essences used topically: essences can be very effectively used when applied topically too. Using essences on energy points, pulse points, or on areas where you feel energy is stuck or you need help, are all good ways to use essences topically. Four drops on a small area is usually a good starting place. Essences in cream form, such as the Revival Remedy cream, are another good way of applying an essence to your skin.

Essences used for space clearing: essences can also be used as space clearing sprays, especially combinations like the Positive Vibrations spray. You can use them around your home, work place or anywhere else that has old stuck energy that needs clearing, this can be especially helpful in hotel rooms or other places you may be staying in. Working with Essences in this way helps to keep your energetic space clear and where necessary to clear and release any stuck energies, thought forms or emotions from other people or difficult situations.

Essences used environmentally: you can also use essences horticulturally with your plants to help them adapt, flourish and grow better. You can use them to release trauma and restore balance to earth energies in places on the land that need energetic support. Its also lovely to include Essences in sacred ceremonies on the land.


Some of our favourite flower essences....

A Brief History of Flower Essences

Dr Edward Bach - a formal portrait of the father of modern flower essences
Dr. Edward Bach
- the father of modern flower essences

Down through the ages humanity has traditionally turned to nature when we've been in need of help. We seem to know instinctively that within the beauty and simplicity of nature we can find the memory of our own blueprint for harmony, balance and wholeness. The use of natural vibrational frequencies and energies made into essences is part of this ancient tradition.

The use of Flower Essences in one form or another dates back to ancient times, but in the west, Dr Edward Bach, creator of the Bach Flower Remedies, is often considered to be the father of modern flower essences. Dr. Bach was born in the U.K. and dedicated his life to trying to discover the truth about the human condition and his understandings lead him to the belief that our emotional health is one of the main causal factors in our overall well-being. His set of the 38 Bach Remedies, and the philosophy that goes with them, were Dr. Bach's gift to the world and the birth of flower essences as we know them now.

Since Dr Bach's pioneering work in the 1930's there has been a beautiful evolution and expansion in the number of essences that are made; from Flower Essences to Gem & Crystal Essences and sacred geometric essences to environmental essences, each with their own unique purpose and energetic patterning. Here at Crystal Herbs we were inspired to start making Essences in the late 1980s, and today there are many different producers, both large and small making Essences around the world.


Flower Essences - An Ever Unfolding Journey

10ml and 25ml bottles of single Flower Essences

We really hope that you have enjoyed our look at Flower & Vibrational Essences! Essences are part of the our ever unfolding human journey, and offer us so much scope for change, transformation, evolution and growth. At a personal level they are just such effective and natural tools to help and support your inner journey, in whatever form that might take. We're here to help, so if you need any help or support, or have any questions about Flower Essences and how to use them, please do get in contact with us, and we'd be delighted to help you.


Some Frequently Asked Questions on Flower Essences

1. Do Flower Essences Have Side Effects?

No. Flower Essences simply contain the energy imprint or vibrational frequency of the flower, tree, gem or crystal from which they are made. As such there is no 'active ingredient' as you might find in a pharmaceutical drug. However what you may feel as you take an essence are profound and deep changes occurring at an emotional and energetic level and this can be quite an intense journey at times. As mentioned above this is a good sign of the essence shifting through the old patterns, energies and issues that need to be worked with. Please note that Flower Essences are usually preserved in brandy and water and so they do contain alcohol. If you are sensitive to or are avoiding alcohol, we can also provide alcohol free alternatives for many of our essences.

2. Can Flower Essences be Used with Children?

Yes! Children can respond very quickly to flower essences so it is important to choose the most appropriate type of essence when using them with children, particularly babies or very young children. When choosing an Essence for a child, remember that no matter what the issue is that you are working with, you are simply looking for an Essence(s) that will help to bring them greater balance in how they are thinking and feeling, and to re-balance them at an energetic level. You can find more help and advice here: Essences for Children.

3. How Do You Make a Flower Essence?

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Making a Flower Essence by the Sun potentisation method.

A flower or vibrational essence contains the vibrational frequency or energy imprint of the flower, gem or crystal from which it's been made. So essentially when you make an Essence you are imprinting the energy or vibrational frequency of a flower, gem or crystal into water and this gives you what's called the mother tincture or mother essence. There are several different methods of making an essence, but the most common on is the 'Sun Method'. You can find out more about making an Essence here: How are Flower Essences Made and you can also find out more about How We Discover What A Flower Essence Does here.

4. Can Flower Essences be Used with Dogs & Cats?

Yes! Dogs and cats respond well to flower & vibrational essences. We'd usually suggest starting with the Bach Flower Remedies and choosing two or three remedies that best reflect how your dog or cat is reacting and what issues they are presenting. You might also find that one or two deeper acting single flower essences or single crystal essences may also be helpful.

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Sam Cremnitz

Sam is co-owner here at Crystal Herbs and has been working professionally with Flower & Vibrational Essences since 1996. Sam is passionate about all aspects of Flower Essences and the potential they have to help us with our inner journeys of personal and spiritual growth. He is a trained essence practitioner, energy healer, writer and teacher and loves sharing knowledge and information about essences and any other tools that help us to re-connect with our hearts and the true essence of who we are. More on Sam Cremnitz

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Our Flower, Gem & Crystal Essences

Here at Crystal Herbs we have been making and developing our range of Essences for nearly 30 years. Crystal Herbs is run by Catherine Keattch and Sam Cremnitz, along with a dedicated team who are all trained practitioners and healers in their own right. We are a specialist Flower Essence producer based in the U.K. and we're passionate about all aspects of Vibrational Essences.

You can find our full range of Essences in the Flower Essence Shop, or an overview of the different essences we make here and you can find out more about us here: Crystal Herbs