Essay On Flower Essences

What are flower essences?

Flower essences are herbal infusions or decoctions, made from the flowering part of the plant, which uniquely address emotional and mental aspects of wellness. The first 38 flower remedies were formulated by a British physician, Dr. Edward Bach, in the 1930's, although new remedies from other plant species are now available.

How do flower essences work?

To understand how flower essences work requires a recognition that the human being is more than a physical body, but also incorporates a "body" of life energy, a "body" of sensitivity and feelings, and a spiritual essence or Self. Flower essences are energetic imprints of the life force of plants which interact with these subtle bodies of the human being, and evoke specific qualities within us. We can say that they work in a similar way to inspirational music or art, which carry meaning through the vehicle of sound or light, while the flower essences work through the medium of water.

Modern physics has known for nearly a century that matter and consciousness are intertwined. However, medical science still generally works with a nineteenth century model of the human being as a mechanism in a world of machines. We expect that in the coming century medical science will develop ways of studying the impact of consciousness on health, and we will learn more about the ways in which flower essences work. However, empirical research, which consists of the collection of case studies and practitioner reports, will remain the primary source of knowledge about how flower essences work.

Mullein: Standing Tall with the Light of Conscience

Oct 01, 2015

As we enter this autumn season at Terra Flora the Mullein plants are standing tall with their bright yellow flowers shining sparks of light. Mullein flower essence connects us with our inner voice, with the light of conscience, to help overcome falsity to self and others.

In reviewing our files, we found a delightful essay about Mullein by flower essence practitioner Jack Braunstein. Participants in the Flower Essence Society practitioner program are asked to write about a particular personality, historical or fictional, who embodies the positive archetype of a flower essence plant. Jack chose Henry David Thoreau, to embody someone who remained true to his inner light and voice, the epitome of Mullein. Here are some excerpts from that essay.

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a 
different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears…" Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau's unswerving, perhaps stubborn, idealism and his almost obsessive immersion in nature provided the fertile soil that have made him an archetype of the poetic naturalist. For two years, two months and two days he ventured into the woods near Walden Pond to live the simply and "confront only the essential facts of life."

Walden Pond was Thoreau's sanctuary, a place where he could bathe in the rejuvenating powers of its water. During those two years his reflection in the pond was his only mirror, and his close observation of the seasons were how he measured time. To him, nature was a musical instrument that he listened to in the depths of solitude. During his most enlightened moments, he heard her melody accompanied by a voice-his "inner voice." This was the higher voice of moral conscience regarded highly by Transcendentalists.

Mullein is the archetypal wildflower of inner light. It is no coincidence that its dried stems were used as candles by the Romans, who called it candelaria. (Today there are the fireworks called Roman candles.) Because of its expectorant qualities, Mullein prepared as an herbal remedy Makes an excellent decongestant, ridding the lungs of phlegm. Prepared as an oil, it clears wax from the ears. As a flower essence, Mullein clears the mind of trivial pursuits, enhancing the ability for one to hear a distinct "inner voice." The essence also strengthens an individual's moral conscience (or "inner light"), which can be empowering against social pressures that hinder one from reaching their potential.

The physical characteristics of Mullein embody its essence properties. The plant sometimes reaches six-feet and grows straight up, unswerving like an idealist which Thoreau was. Its leaves are hairy and larger at the base, maintaining much water, the symbol for renewal just like Walden Pond. With an inner light so intense, it radiates this quality outwardly in a way similar to how introspection builds up one's reserve. Twelve inches or more of its upper stalk gradually blooms in a fireworks-like display, showing a few bright yellow flowers at a time. It sometimes grows in clusters among other mullein plants but quite often it grows by itself, unafraid to stand alone-just like the individualist Thoreau. Throughout the following winter, Mullein's tall stem reminds its viewer of how it graced the field with its radiant light, much like the fireworks display we have to view in Thoreau's writings. ...

Patricia Kaminski captured the essence of Mullein’s healing message with these affirmations:

I stand true to my inner guidance.
I hear the spiritual call which guides me.
I witness this truth to others.
I bear aloft a Torch of true Spirit-Light.


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