What are Flower Essences? Let me start out by saying what they are not. They are not liquid herbs, nor are they aromatherapy. Flower and Vibrational Essences are subtle treatments that address the energetic root of emotional and physical distress and illness. Bach Flower Essences are probably the best known, but there are others like Australian Bush Flower Essences and Crystal Essences.
Edward Bach, a medical doctor, bacteriologist and homeopath, was a pioneer in the area of Flower Essences in the late 1920s and early 1930s. His intention was to develop a method of healing which would treat the emotional and spiritual imbalances which lead to physical disease. He discovered the 38 Bach Flower Essences for this method of treatment by “tuning into” certain wildflowers.
Bach believed that the root of all illness was mental and emotional issues. Flower Essences are not extracts of flowers, and are safe for everyone—including children and pets. Dr. Bach intuitively discovered that certain flowers correlated to different psychic and emotional issues, and that by treating a person holistically, suffering was relieved. The Flowers are soaked in water, thus transferring their "vibration" to the water. It is then combined with brandy, glycerin or other preservative. It can then be taken under the tongue, or added to water. Creams are made of Essences, as well. Flower Essences are often given in combinations, since there is usually more than one mental/emotional issue connected to a physical ailment. Bach remedies does not claim to heal diseases, but rather, to treat psychic and emotional roots to the suffering.
As far as my personal experience, I have a friend overseas who’s a Bach Flower Essence practitioner. When she recommended that I take them, I was skeptical. However, many years ago, I had an immediate reaction to my “constitutional essence” (an essence that matches your personality)—and I’ve been a believer ever since. I’m continually amazed at how these subtle healing Essences gently bring me back into balance, no matter what I’m experiencing.