About Flower Essences

What are Flower Essences?

Flowers are nature’s crowning gifts. Through their vibrant and unique scents, colors, shapes, and patterns, they delight the senses and bring us joy. On an energetic level, flower essences help us identify mental and emotional qualities that need to be strengthened or awakened. They support us in transforming patterns that no longer serve us and help us maintain or regain stability and focus during times of profound change and transformation.

How Do They Help?

Flower essences work according to the principle of resonance. Aspects of each flower essence resonate with and amplify particular qualities within the human soul. The more closely the remedy resonates with the energetic condition of the person taking the remedy, the greater the effect will be. Remedy combinations are highly individual and specific in order to work deeply and effectively with each person at his/her particular moment/stage in life.

Who Can Benefit from Taking Flower Essences?

Flower essences can support all people at any stage of life and can be integrated into any program of care. They do not interfere with nor are they adversely affected by other forms of treatment such as homeopathic remedies or prescription drugs. Flower essences can also have beneficial effects on animals and plants.

How are flower essences prepared?

Healthy flowers at the peak of their blossoming cycle are placed in a bowl of pure water which is left to potentize in the sun. Essences made from flowering twigs are boiled in spring water and left to cool. The strained, essence-infused liquids from both the sun and boiling methods of preparation are then preserved and diluted for internal and external use.

What essences are in Moira’s custom blends?

Bach Flower Essences, Alaskan Essences, and Flower Essence Society essences, among others, may be included in your custom remedy. I have trained with highly-qualified flower essence practitioners/teachers in each of these flower essence organizations. All of the essences are of the highest quality and have been used for many decades by people of all ages.

Flower Essence History

Dr. Edward Bach’s Discoveries and Contributions

Dr. Edward Bach (1886-1936) began preparing flower essences in 1930 in the Welsh countryside. As a medical doctor, he had observed that a patient’s illness was almost always preceded by negative moods. Dr. Bach believed that if these negative moods could be recognized early on and transformed into positive moods, illness could be prevented.

Based on this premise, Dr. Bach identified 38 plants that have the energetic potency to subtly shift negative states of mind and to transform them into positive states of consciousness, thus allowing a person to deeply connect with one’s higher self and to obtain and maintain a state of good health.

In an address he gave in February, 1931 entitled “Ye Suffer From Yourselves,” Dr. Bach reimagined the role of the physician, the patient, and the healing substances. He wrote that the physician of tomorrow will understand that “He and the remedies that he uses are merely instruments and agents in the Divine Plan to assist to bring the sufferer back to the path of Divine Law.” He wrote, “The treatment of tomorrow will be essentially to bring four qualities to the patient. First, peace; secondly, hope: thirdly, joy: and fourthly, faith.”

Of the flower remedies, he wrote, “The action of these remedies is to raise our vibrations and open up our channels for the reception of our Spiritual Self, to flood our natures with the particular virtue we need, and wash out from us the fault which is causing harm. 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, to bring us peace, and relieve our sufferings.”

Dr. Bach stated, “There is no true healing unless there is a change in outlook, peace of mind, and inner happiness.”

These words of Dr. Bach are inspiring both for his time and for ours. Indeed, may flower essence remedies truly bring change, peace, and happiness to all who encounter them!

Flower Essence Therapy After Dr. Bach

Beginning in the 1970s, many people were guided to create new flower essences. In the 1970s, Richard Katz and Patricia Kaminski started studying the plants in California and preparing and researching flower essences in the area where they lived.

Since 1980, they have directed the Flower Essence Society (FES). They continue to create essences and teach professional flower essence practitioners at their home at Terra Flora, a biodynamic garden and sanctuary located in the northern Sierra foothills of Nevada City, California.

In Flowers that Heal: How to Use Flower Essences (1998), Patricia Kaminski explains, “Flower essence therapy speaks to a new integration of the classic body-mind split, demonstrating that natural substances can indeed be used to heal the soul as well as the body. In turn, this suggests that soul properties as well as physical attributes exist within these substances.”

In 1983, Steve Johnson, a firefighter stationed in Alaska, began making flower essences from the wildflowers growing there. The following year, he created the Alaskan Flower Essence Project, continuing to collect and research new flower essences from around the state.

In 1991 in Homer, Alaska with the help of Jane Bell, they co-created 48 Alaskan Gem Elixirs. Since Steve’s passing, his wife Judith Polerands continues to create essences and gem elixirs and to train flower essence practitioners.

In The Essence of Healing (2000) Steve wrote: “Flower essences illuminate the inner landscape of our psyches and direct our awareness to the conflicting issues and patterns of resistance that are contributing to our dis-ease. They then offer us the precise levels of support we require to resolve our conflicts and release these discordant energies, gently and completely, from our lives. They are like gentle teachers showing us who we really are, and reminding us of our oneness with all life.”

Today, there are numerous other flower essence companies who create essences from flowers growing in various parts of the world, including Desert Alchemy, Flora of Asia, Australian Bush Essences, and Living Essences of Australia.  

Health depends on being in harmony with our souls.

—Edward Bach