Aromatherapy: Make Your Own Flower Essences
Think of flower essences as the Reiki of the plant world, as they work on the emotional and energetic levels of the body and mind. Flower essences are useful for people with highly sensitive nervous systems. Flower essences can also be thought of the homeopathy of the plant world. They were developed by a homeopath, Dr. Edward Bach. He believed many illnesses and ailments have emotional origins. Dr. Bach believed the health of the body depends on the health of the soul.
Affirmations alone won’t enact change within yourself, but are a wonderful addition to insight psychotherapy to aid in your transformative process. Adding strong positive emotion to the words will help enlist the cooperation of your wary limbic system. And adding a subtle flower essence works supports you on an energetic level.
Hobby Corner: Fall Warming Salve for Pain Relief
This spring and summer, I wildcrafted some herbs to infuse in base oils for use in making some fall and winter salves. I made comfrey, dandelion and calendula oils. This November, I made my first fall/winter warming salve. Because, like any others, I do intense work as a psychotherapist, I tend towards hobbies that being me in contact with nature, such as hiking, gardening and herbal and aromatherapy studies.
Arnica Oil Infused Salve for Muscle Pain
My work can be very analytical and intense, so I offset this by exercise and engaging in pleasant hobbies.
Here’s another easy remedy for you to make for simple comfort in everyday life. Make this salve for use in your home and to give to friends, too! Making salves with plant essences is a lot like cooking. So, if you like to cook as a hobby this is a meditative fun way to pass a rainy day at home!
Banish those negative feelings! Nurturing your connection is important. It’s important to connect positively every day! Research by John Gottman, Ph.D., the grandaddy of marriage counseling, shows that for every negative interaction, five positive ones are needed to compensate to keep up a positive balance of feelings. Happy, stable marriages naturally fall into the 5:1 ratio. The good news is you can consciously make an effort to happily tease your partner, be interested in what s/he has to say, or spontaneously burst into song and dance in the living room!
As you look at this picture, how do you feel when you look at its mix of colors and the idea of the softness of the plant petals and leaves? Numerous feelings about the beauty and sweetness of the plants and positivity of growth can be identified. Flower essences connect with us on an energetic level; they have a different action than essential oils and herbals, which function more on a physical level; their molecular actions can be studied and measured in clinical studies.
But flower essences work on a vibrational level. Each flower essence has the vibrational pattern of the original plant. Flower essences are useful for shifting emotional states towards balance. Flower essence practitioners believe there’s a flower essence for every feeling and mood.
I use my Vision Board process to move myself away from magical thinking. I don’t believe if you think it, it’s will be so. Envisioning followed by long periods of hard work and persistence is what propels me towards my goals.
Yes, I love setting intention and using visualization, but I use a Vision Board to move me away from intentions and towards concrete steps on my yearly plan. The Vision Board process helps me clarify what I want to work on in the coming year, what there is room for, and then I pair this process to a plan in my calendar.
Aromatherapists and herbalists use essential oils, herbs and flower essences. I’m a trained aromatherapist, but I have allergies, so I use flower essences instead of essential oils, which are quite potent. I am also very sensitive to energy modalities, so I respond to the emotional energy of flower essences.
Flower essences are subtle liquid extracts of wildflowers or organic garden flowers, diluted in water and infused in the sun. The extreme dilution produces a vibrational essence that carries the imprint of the flower or plant. The extremely diluted flower water is preserved in brandy.
Flower essence is a healing method that gently works on multiple levels to help move negative emotions out of your body, mind and spirit. Flower essences connect with us on an energetic level; they have a different energetic action than essential oils and herbals. Each essence has the vibrational pattern of the original plant. They are useful for shifting emotional states towards balance.