But flower essences (also called flower remedies) can help with physical problems as well, and it is when seeing their immediate effect on a burn, for example, that one can begin to believe in their effectiveness.
One of the most effective flower remedies I have found, for burns, cuts, bruises or general shock, is the Emergency Trauma Solution (for Humans) from Perelandra. I’ve run my toes over with a sliding gate, burned my leg on the muffler of a motorcycle, fallen off a bridge, and all healed using ETS H with not a scar to be seen.
Essences work by repairing the body’s electrical system. The fact that our bodies have an electrical system may be disputed by some scientists, but a simple google search will show that there is a fair amount of research in this area, including a study from the University of Arkansas on the electrical ‘signature’ of breast cancer cells.
One of the advantages of flower essences is that you can’t take too much of them – you rarely need very many drops of any of them, but, if you want to down a whole bottle in one gulp it’s not going to hurt you. In fact, one of my favourite stories is from a woman who said that the first time she tried flower remedies she had been depressed for years and decided to drink a whole bottle of Zinnia (for “joy, laughter and childlike delight”) and then was overcome with a fit of the giggles that lasted at least half an hour.
The more common way to take essences is a few drops under the tongue a few times a day for a certain number of days or weeks. If you know how to muscle test, or know a medical practitioner who does, they can easily come up with an exact ‘dosage’. Otherwise, four drops four times a day will almost certainly cover it.
Children and animals may respond particularly well to essences. I myself have found that their calming effect seems much stronger the more anxious or upset I was before I took them.
Interestingly, the use of a rose, (for example) as a flower essence is not going to be the same for all roses. Every different variety of rose has specific issues, mental, emotional, and physical, that it addresses. The implications of this in terms of biodiversity is difficult to fully comprehend. Consider, for example, that there are (by various estimations) between one and five thousand different varieties of potato that grow in the Andes mountains. Were a flower remedy to be produced from each one, we would have up to five thousand new remedies, each dealing with a slightly different issue.
There are many places to look for more information about flower essences. The book The Perelandra Essences; A Revolution in Our Understanding and Approach to Illness and Health, by Machaelle Small Wright, goes into more detail on how to use essences than any other book I am aware of. Flower Essence Services, founded in the 1970’s, publishes an International Research Journal on-line, as well as producing essences. Molly Sheehan of Green Hope Farm writes an informative and often very entertaining blog about her essences and life on the farm. They will also send out a free book describing all of the essences they produce to anyone who’s interested. The New Encyclopedia of Flower Essences by Clare Harvey lists approximately 2000 different essences from at least 20 different producers around the world, as well as providing information on how to use them. And, lastly, although I mentioned her book The Perelandra Essences at the beginning of this paragraph, the work of Machaelle Small Wright deserves to be mentioned again. Many books on the method of gardening that she has developed and different health programs (such as the Medical Assistance Program and the Microbial Balancing Program) are available on the Perelandra website.
Nyree Gracey has been a co-creative gardener for fourteen years and a flower essence producer for seven.