Making Flower Essences

I first came across the Bach Flower Remedies many years ago, but over recent years, I have been making my own flower essences.

Flower essences are an energetic form of plant medicine, using an imprint of the flower’s life force on water, that works primarily on the emotional, spiritual and energetic bodies, helping us to shift emotional and spiritual blocks and effect change.  

They are very simple to make. Gather mature flowers. Float them on the surface of 150 ml spring water in a bowl and leave in the sun for 3-4 hours. Remove the flowers.  Pour the water into a bottle and top up with 150 ml brandy or vodka to preserve it. This is your mother essence.  To make up the flower essences for use, put 7 drops from this into a 10ml dropper bottle, and top that up with brandy or vodka. The usual dose is 4 drops of this in a glass of water four times a day. When making this it is important not to handle the flowers – it is the vibrational imprint of the flowers you want to be held by the water, not your own imprint.  Standard recommendations are for 4 drops from bottle 4 times per day.

Below is Dr Bach’s original list, but practitioners have added many more since.

Agrimony – mental torture behind a cheerful face

Aspen – fear of unknown things

Beech – intolerance

Centaury – the inability to say ‘no’

Cerato – lack of trust in one’s own decisions

Cherry Plum – fear of the mind giving way

Chestnut Bud – failure to learn from mistakes

Chicory – selfish, possessive love

Clematis – dreaming of the future without working in the present

Crab Apple – the cleansing remedy, also for not liking something about ourselves

Elm – overwhelmed by responsibility

Gentian – discouragement after a setback

Gorse – hopelessness and despair

Heather – talkative self-concern and being self-centred

Holly – hatred, envy and jealousy

Honeysuckle – living in the past

Hornbeam – tiredness at the thought of doing something

Impatiens – impatience

Larch – lack of confidence

Mimulus – fear of known things

Mustard – deep gloom for no reason

Oak – the plodder who keeps going past the point of exhaustion

Olive – exhaustion following mental or physical effort

Pine – guilt

Red Chestnut – over-concern for the welfare of loved ones

Rock Rose – terror and fright

Rock Water – self-denial, rigidity and self-repression

Scleranthus – inability to choose between alternatives

Star of Bethlehem – shock

Sweet Chestnut – extreme mental anguish, when everything has been tried and there is no light left

Vervain – over-enthusiasm

Vine – dominance and inflexibility

Walnut – protection from change and unwanted influences

Water Violet – quiet self-reliance leading to isolation

White Chestnut – unwanted thoughts and mental arguments

Wild Oat – uncertainty over one’s direction in life

Wild Rose – drifting, resignation, apathy

Willow – self-pity and resentment

Author: annafranklinblog

Anna Franklin is the High Priestess of the Hearth of Arianrhod, which runs teaching circles, a working coven, and the annual Mercian Gathering, a Pagan camp which raises money for charity. She regularly speaks at conferences, moots and workshops around the country. She is the author of many books on witchcraft and Paganism, including the popular Pagan Ways Tarot, Sacred Circle Tarot, The Fairy Ring, Herb Craft, Magical Incenses and Oils, Personal Power, A Romantic Guide to Handfasting, Familiars, The Oracle of the Goddess, Hearth Witch, The Path of the Shaman and The Hearth Witch’s Compendium. Anna’s books have been translated into nine languages.

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