flower essences

Flower essences are the most gentle and often profound way to encourage the "flowering" of the emotional or mental qualities within us.  They are herbal infusions made from the flowers themselves.

The essences are energetic imprints of the life force of plants, which interact with the subtle aspects of the human being, and evoke specific qualities within us. One can say that they work in a similar way to inspirational music or art, which carry meaning through the vehicle of sound or light.

I purchase a lot of my essences from fesflowers.com.
The flowers below are a few of my favorites. All photos are from courtesy of Flower Essence Society.

Dandelion

Taraxacum officinale

dandilionPositive qualities: Dynamic physical energy and expressive life force; inner ease in work and play
Patterns of imbalance: Tense, rigid or stiff, especially in the musculature of the body; over-striving and hard-driving

Chicory

Cichorium intybus

chicoryPositive qualities: Selfless love given freely, respecting the freedom and individuality of others; emotional containment
Patterns of imbalance: Possessive or manipulative behaviors disguised as love, demanding, or emotionally needy; getting attention through negative behavior; self-centeredness

Sunflower

Helianthus annuus

sunflower

Positive qualities: Unique individuality, spiritualized ego forces infused into a sun-radiant personality
Patterns of imbalance: Distorted or vacillating sense of Self; inflation or self-effacement, low self-esteem or arrogance; poor relation to father or solar aspects of Self

 

You can view an entire gallery of flowers including the ones above here