gem + flower essences: background
Essences are infusions of gems or flowers in water by sun or moonlight. Each plant and mineral species embodies a distinct vibrational pattern that transfers to the water through the light of the sun or moon. The gem or flower is removed from the water and brandy is added to preserve the memory of its resonant field.
Because essences work on an energetic, vibrational level, they are not associated with any adverse side-effects, they are non-toxic and there are no contraindications to use essences alongside any other medicinal.
Essences help address the issues that often underlay stress and health problems, helping to ‘unravel’ or release mental/emotional energetic knots. Essences can help transform emotions, attitudes or patterns of behavior to enhance one’s development, growth and awareness. Each person responds to essences according to their inner rhythm and needs.
Since recorded history, traditional eastern and western astrologers and healers have used gemstones, metals, plant elixirs and sound vibration to direct the subtle forces of nature.
Essences were formally re-introduced to the West in the 1930’s by Dr. Edward Bach, an English physician. Through his observations of patients and the natural world, Dr. Bach understood that a person’s temperament and personality determine the illnesses they are prone to and what medicines will help. He was thought to have discovered essences after tasting the dew from the petals of an herb and noticing immediate mental/emotional changes.
According to Bach, health ’is the complete and full union between soul, mind and body.” (Collected Writings, page 91).