(also see Choosing Flower Essences, About Flower Essence, Flower Essence Index, and the Main Flower Essence page. )
While a few 'formal' guidelines are given, there are no hard-and-fast rules for the use of flower essences. We suggest beginning with one of the 'commonly' prescribed methods, and exploring creative ways to incorporate the flowers into your life as you see fit. You may also download the Using Flower Essences brochure from Flower Essence Services.
Frequency of Use:
Most flower essences can be used directly from the 'stock' bottle (the dilution level which we have available - for more, see About Flower Essences); a typical usage schedule is 4 drops in the mouth (or taken in a glass of water), 4 times daily. Because of the particularly dynamic nature of daily awakening and retiring, the most important times may be immediately upon waking, and just before going to sleep. The other 2 times may be before lunch and upon arriving home at the end of a workday - whatever times might best suit your daily rhythms. Some folks apply essences to their heart chakra, pulse points on their wrists, or on their forehead; essences can be dropped in a bath or added to a spray bottle and sprayed about a room or house (more about further dilution in a minute). Sixteen drops can also be added to a water bottle and taken throughout the day.
Duration of Use :
Because flower essences work on an emotional level, sometimes described as the 'soul level', it is important to remember that changes may best be made gradually. Flower essence therapy has been most successful when the essences are taken regularly, most often for the period of about 1 month, for changes in 'core' emotional issues to be seen. Some essences, like Rescue Remedy, are blended to have an effect regarding a recent (minutes, hours, days) traumatic event. Yarrow Environmental Solution was created to offer protection from our modern environment on a daily basis, while not necessarily addressing personal emotional situations. Still other essences, like 'Impatiens' - used to calm an impatient aspect of personality - works fairly quickly in some cases. One user regularly felt the effect within 10 minutes while the impatience was still a significant part of his personality, with the entire personality aspect being slowly washed away after long-term use. So, in most instances, if trying to clear or change some significant part of your soul makeup, try at least a few weeks of regular use.
Dilution and Blending:
Flower Essences can be further diluted from the 'stock bottle' (the 'dilution level' available on this site) to a 'dosage bottle' for regular use. One can add 1 or more droppersful from the stock bottle to a clean 1 ounce (30ml) dropper bottle and fill the rest, optimally, with spring water. Blends can also be made this way, adding 1 or more droppersful from each flower essence to the 1 ounce dropper bottle, filling the rest with spring water. The receiving bottle should either be new, or boiled in water to remove old residue - because of the nature of flower essences, they can pick up etheric vibration left over. Also, whenever using flower essences from the stock bottle, be conscious of not touching the dropper tip to anything - your tongue, hands, another bottle, etc. - to help maintain the vibrational purity of the flower essence.
Dilution of the essences will have different effects for different people - we don't usually recommend dilution to begin with, as it adds an additional factor one must account for when evaluating the effectiveness of a particular flower essence or formula. Some do not find the effect as pronounced with a dilution from the stock level; again, this perhaps is an individual reaction. Dilution is usually best, however, for children - either from a dosage bottle or from the stock bottle into a glass of water (this can also be good for alcohol-sensitive persons, because of the small amount of brandy in every drop). If you chose not to dilute, and are making a blend (up to 7 essences, as described in Choosing Flower Essences) simply add equal amounts of each essence to a clean dropper bottle and use from there (unless you intend to have more of one essence than another). You don't even have to blend them, you may simply take each from it's own original bottle.
Misting Your Environment:
To use as a spray to mist your home, office, or other environment, a dilution in spring water (a pure water source is best, as to keep the flower's essence intact) is best. Also, glass bottles are preferred over plastic, as almost every type of plastic has been shown to release at least a little residue into the water.
Pets and Plants:
If giving flower essences to pets, it's usually easiest to add drops, perhaps 4 per day, to their water bowl. Success has also been noted with misting growing plants - particularly with Rescue Remedy when transplanting or repotting.
Finally, this is in no way intended to be an exhaustive description of ways to use flower essences - a more in-depth coverage is found within the Flower Essence Repertory from the Flower Essence Society. If you have ANY questions, call us at 303-440-3766 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd be happy to hear from you!
Flower Essence and Bach Flower Article List:
- What are Flower Essences?
- Choosing Flower Essences
- Using Flower Essences
- Bach Flower Essences Intro
- Flower Essence Index
- Bach Flower 12-7-9 Categorization Method
- Bach Flower 12-7-9 Categorization Method - the Seven Helpers