Flower Essence Therapy is not Aromatherapy
By Elizabeth Willoughby
The difference between flower essences and aromatherapy is that flower essences do not have an aroma. Aromatherapy takes macerated flower and plant matter and physically extracts the plant oils that produce an oil with an aroma. This aroma is usually inhaled for healing emotional and physiological imbalances. It can be topically applied for specific conditions; for example, applying lavender oil for minor burn healing.
There are contraindications for using some aromatherapy oils. If you have high blood pressure, avoid using rosemary, peppermint, hyssop, thyme, eucalyptus and sage. Some people may have allergic responses to essential oils. If someone is on an extreme drug regime, it is imperative to be cautious with exposure to essential oils.
Flower essences are also for emotional healing. All flowers have an emotion that they carry. Flower essences are taken to overcome negative emotions that keep us from realizing our true path in life and cause “dis-ease”.
Flower essences are made traditionally made by picking the blossoms of flowers, just before they are in full expansion. Then, the blossoms are placed in a simple glass bowl and left in the sun on the ground. The flower blossoms then transfer an emotional vibration to the water conductor. This makes the flower essences a vibrational extract. Dr. Edward Bach created this way to replicate the dew that is found on the flower. This carries the most potent vibration of the flower.
Because flower essences evoke a subtle energetic vibration, they causes no great physiological changes and thus can be used in conjunction with any allopathic or holistic treatment. There are no contraindications for flower essence therapy. Flower essences are also self-adjusting. That is, if you take a flower essence that you do not need, the vibration will not be absorbed.
Elizabeth Willoughby is a certified Bach Flower Essence therapist who has studied with Ian White of the Australian Bush Flower Essences and Steve Johnson of the Alaskan Flower Essence Project and others. She has also received certification in Green Medicine from herbalist Peeka Trenkle at the NY Open Center.