gem + flower essences
Essences offer us the energetic imprints of the life force of gems and plants, which interact with the subtle bodies of the human system and evoke specific qualities within us.  Similar to how music and art inspire us through vibrations of sound and light, the vibration of essences resonates through water.

how can essences support me?
Essences do not add anything that we do not already possess, but help us to access qualities and ways of being that facilitate the release and resolution of unneeded emotions, beliefs and thinking. Essences enhance our positive qualities and help us to resonate at a higher vibration, allowing our most true* self to emerge.  Since essences have a general balancing and synergistic effect, people often notice improvements in areas beyond their expectation.

More specifically, gem + flower essences help us:
*ease upsets and trauma
*alleviate stress
*increase confidence
*navigate change with grace and ease
*develop wisdom and courage to move through challenges
*release anxiety and worry
*lift depression and process strong emotions
*clarify purpose and align choices
*access inner guidance
*enhance communication and relationships
*protect our vulnerability and strengths
*enhance recovery and healing

what’s the difference between flower essences and essential oils?
Flower essences are water-based, unscented and contain only the energetic vibrational properties of plants. Essential oils, used in aromatherapy, are concentrated distillations of the physical plant and are oil-based.

how do I use essences?
Essences have a wide range of applications. Take several drops directly under the tongue or in a glass of water and sip throughout the day. Add them to bathwater or spray them on your person, around the home and workplace. Essences are most effective when used frequently in small amounts. In times of crisis or transition, use them up to several times an hour. Individual essences are blended together to create a custom formula.

what can I expect?
Most people find relief in times of emotional stress, gain insight during periods of transition and experience greater self-awareness. Essences are also catalysts for personal growth and transformation. Ongoing use uplifts along the spiritual path. The response may be quick and powerful or may be subtler: a feeling of clarity, peacefulness, or a sense of wellbeing.

how are essences made?
The most common method for collecting essences is called ‘the sunlight method.’ This involves floating flowers on or pulverizing precious gems and stones in a bowl of spring water, in sunlight, for several hours. The resulting infusion (the ‘mother’ essence) is then preserved in brandy or vodka. 1-7 drops are diluted further to create ‘stock’ essences and sometimes diluted further in the same way, to create ‘dosage’ strength. Essence bottles are sometimes shaken 10-20 times before use or dilution.

how do essences work?
Researchers have found that the primary mechanism for both homoeopathy and essences is in the nature of the water itself. The bonding between hydrogen and oxygen atoms in water is remarkably flexible and the angles can vary more than with any other known substance. It is thought that this unique quality brings ‘memory’ to water. Researchers postulate that the efficacy of essences and other internal vibrational medicine, may be because our bodies are composed of 70% water.

The pattern of an essence’s vibrating atoms and molecules resonate with, stabilize and amplify the energies already moving through the subtle structures of our higher dimensional anatomy. Crystalline patterns stored in the infusion are resonantly transferred to unstable bio-molecular structures within the physical body. In so doing, gem and flower essences stabilize biochemical processes which allows our oldest patterns to emerge and reorganize, creating lasting changes on the physical, emotional, psychic, social and spiritual levels.

can I overdose?
Essences are non-toxic, non-addictive and cannot be “overdosed”. Please know, however, that unless otherwise specified, gem and flower essence infusions are preserved in 15% brandy.

how soon will I start to notice an effect?
Some essences have an almost immediate effect (the combination formulas in particular) though generally changes are more indistinct as balance and equilibrium are restored in the emotional and subtle bodies. No claims are made that essences can cure physical illnesses, yet they often bring improvement to a physical condition.

For long-standing, deep-seated issues, we recommend taking the essence for a few weeks and re-evaluating at the end of that period of time. Then either repeat the essences or choose others appropriate for the changed symptom picture.

should I stop taking the essences if I feel worse?
You may feel worse because you are going through what is called in homeopathy an “aggravation” or healing crisis where the condition is temporarily exacerbated.  In this case, you can choose to either continue with the course as indicated, recognizing you are in a process of releasing emotional symptoms (and/or physical symptoms) or you can reduce the dosage to once or twice a day.

If you feel overwhelmed, consider stopping the essence temporarily and use another essence or formula to support you during this time. I can provide you with a support formula – just let me know what’s going on & I’m happy to help.

can I take essences with other medicines?
Essences work on vibrational levels and more on the subtle bodies. Essences do not interfere with homeopathic, herbal or allopathic treatments. There are no contraindications to use essences alongside any other healing modality.

To best honor and metabolize a particular essence though, it is best to wait at least 15 minutes when taking a specific essence before or after ingesting another essence formula, food, herbs, beverage (besides water) or medicinal.

can essences be taken during pregnancy?
It is safe to use flower essences during pregnancy. Essence practitioners and midwives sometimes  recommend them as they offer gentle but effective support before, during and after labor.

are essences safe to use for children and pets?
Essences are completely natural and safe to use by anyone. Children and pets respond very quickly to flower essences, which may be because they are generally less emotionally ‘cluttered’ than adults and also more receptive. They can also be used environmental and for plants and trees.

do I need to know about essences for them to work?
Essences are not placebos, so you don’t have to believe in them for them to work. This is evident when given to children and pets.