Flowers look beautiful, smell divine and can heal your emotional states. Wait, what did I just say? Yes, flowers are healers! Have you ever heard of flower essences? The most popular one is probably Bach’s Rescue Remedy. It’s intended for emergencies but is used widely for all kinds of shock-like states – think nervousness before taking exams or public speaking, panic attacks or sudden bad news like a loved one passing away. Rescue Remedy is just one example of a flower essence, and there’s many different kinds. But what are they and how do they actually work?

I think Stephanie Gailing nails the definition:

Unlike pharmaceutical drugs or even herbal medicine, flower essences work on an energetic level to inspire emotional well-being. They can help address underlying stress patterns.

Let’s look at what flower essences are in a little more detail…

Flower essences are liquid infusions of fresh flowers. They are odourless and carry the energy of the flower, also referred to as chi in traditional Chinese medicine, or as prana in Ayurveda. This energy works through the body’s meridians, similar to acupuncture – only without the needles!

Flower essences are ‘vibrational remedies’ because they carry the energetic vibration of the flower. Vibrational remedies can be created not only from flowers, but also other elements of nature, like gemstones and crystals.

I get that this easily sounds like hocus-pocus. I wasn’t convinced for a long time, too. Then when studying my holistic wellness diploma, we looked at research undertaken by japanese scientist Dr. Masaru Emoto, who showed how water crystals change when exposed to different vibrational energies – just take a look at the image below. There’s other experiments that show the effect of our energy on food and plants.

What are flower essences used for?

They can help with many emotional states. Anxiety, depression, sleep issues, focus and motivation are some of them. Whatever emotional issue you’re facing, you can be sure there’s a flower remedy for it.

How are flower essences different from essential oils?

It’s easy to confuse flower essences with essential oils, but they are in fact two different things. Healthline describes essential oils as “concentrated plant extracts that retain the natural smell and flavor, or “essence,” of their source”. See how it can be confusing? The main factor to tell them apart is that essential oils smell and flower essences don’t.

Essential oils are used in aromatherapy – you can diffuse them in your home, inhale them or apply them topically. Whether or not they should be ingested is a highly discussed topic. Flower essences on the other hand are meant to be ingested, and are safe to use without limits or precautions because they are so diluted.

Why am I telling you all this?

Personally, I have felt a profound shift in my wellbeing when using flower essences. I’m so in love with them that I’m planning on using them in my practise as a holistic wellness coach.

But before I jump into that, I want to hear from you! Are you interested in trying them? Let me know in the comments!