Always keep positive intentions and affirmations in mind when preparing or administering flower essences.
It's best to choose days when planets and their moons correlate with the ruling planet of the flowers you're working with.
Or just work with flowers that correlate to the planets on the day you have chosen.
Dr. Bach believed that “early morning sunlight passing through dew-drops on flower petals transferred the healing power of the flower onto the water, so he would collect the dew drops from the plants and preserve the dew with an equal amount of brandy to produce a mother tincture which would be further diluted before use. Later, he found that the amount of dew he could collect was not sufficient, so he would suspend flowers in spring water and allow the sun's rays to pass through them” (wiki).
Let the cloudless day choose when to prepare your essences. Set your intentions, ideally speaking with a positive affirmation. When harvesting ask your flowers which would like to offer their energy or which of them “do you specifically need” for this task? Do this between the hours of 9am and 12pm or exactly on the Full Moon. Beforehand, clear the energy in the environment you are going to use, either near the plant, ideally, or in a specific sunny location using sage, music, prayer, crystals, feathers, movement, intentions….
To Make: Cleanse and prepare your full sun space/alter along with your tools and equipment as well, (this includes your bowls and any vessel you are carrying the water in beforehand). Use a sharp stainless-steel knife or scissors, and small clear glass bowls filled with spring water that has been cleansed as well, either by intention or in the moonlight. Speak to your cleansed water and let it know your intentions before you begin.
Place your glass bowls of cleansed spring water out in full sun being sure not to Cast Your Shadow over them. Do this between the hours of 9am and 12pm.
Place a small amount of water in the bottom of each one, beginning with any amount Spirit tells you to. About (10 ounces or less is good).
Pluck or cut the flowers you've asked permission for again using only a cleansed hand or tool. Cleanse your hands in the same spring water you are using for the essences.
Harvest only a handful of flowers or even just a few depending on your need. Speak positive affirmations to the flowers and to spirit while you are doing this. A little bit of flower essence power goes a long way so there is no need to overdo it with the quantities of flower and water.
Again, it's important here not to Cast Your Shadow over the flowers, this interrupts the powerful connection between the flower and the Sun above while you're setting your intentions and speaking your affirmations. Activate your water by swirling each dish one at a time, swirling the water counter-clockwise holding your intentions and then clockwise holding your intentions. You may even physically tap the dish or energetically “wake up” the water with your love.
Gently carry your flowers to their dish in full sun, placing each one in the dish with intent (a cleansed pair of sticks is a great idea here). Keeping them in full sun, carefully place them face up in the water while holding your intentions and speaking your positive affirmations. Also, using the sticks, place a cleansed quartz crystal in the bowl along with the flowers to amplify this vibrational transference. Make sure this area is a sacred, cleansed space and that no Shadow will be cast over it, including your own, for at least 3 hours or until a cloud comes. Complete your intentions and leave the flowers alone during this time.
Storing Your Essence: When the flowers are done releasing their subtle vibration into the water, approach the altar with gratitude, and, again, making sure not to Cast Your Shadow over them. I thank the flowers for offering their sacred energy for our healings. I promise to them that I will cherish the water and the energy I have been given.
If possible, strain the floral Essence water at your sacred site and use a metal strainer or cheesecloth if necessary. Ideally, it's best to just use the sticks to remove the flowers and Crystals and be sure to leave behind any flower matter. Pour the energetic water into a small Amber bottle that has also been “cleansed” and rinsed out with brandy or vodka. Be sure that when you are bottling the spirit you are continuing to hold your original intentions and always speak with gratitude and positive affirmations. It’s best to even avoid distracting thoughts like “the bird bath needs to be filled”, or distracting words with no positive affirmations like “Oh dang!” because you dropped something etc.…..
Add ½ a teaspoon of brandy or vodka for every two droppers full of potent flower essence you bottle.
Ideally, you want your mixture to be 40% brandy/vodka to flower essence water. I just fill the bottles halfway, and then the rest with brandy or vodka. If using vegetable glycerin (non-alcoholic), fill the bottles 2/3 of the way with essence water and then the rest with glycerin and keep these ones in the fridge. Place the caps on your bottles and close your intentions with gratitude. These are now your Mother bottles, you will use these to make all stock bottle preparations from in the future.
Flower essences are great for kids and pets, too! Properly prepared essences can hold their healing vibration forever! (practically). Dr. BACH’s company has been using the same 38 original Mother Flower Essences developed by the visionary healer back in the 1930’s. Dr. Bach recognized the soul and spiritual dimensions of healing with flowers, and all stock bottles are still produced using his original mothers.
As long as you hold Sacred Space for your mother bottle to carefully preserve the healing qualities of the water, you should ideally never need to make that flower essence ever again. Working to make stock bottles out of the original Mother bottle. Additional products can be made using stock essence bottles, such as mists for the tongue and pillow.
Be sure to label your essence bottles including the planets and affirmations used, healing qualities, and the date. Store in a cool, dry, dark area (ideally with a quartz crystal, or wrapped carefully in a sacred cloth).
To Use: When administering flower essences, add a few drops of your mother to 30 mL of cleansed spring water or 6-7 drops in 60 mL (a very small amount of essence). Work out of this stock bottle for your dosing needs. Essences can also be sprayed under the tongue, in the air, or on your pillow.
Be sure to approach your stock bottles for each use the way you approach the mother bottle, an alter or sacred space, with gratitude and a clear mind. Be sure to never make or administer essences when you are feeling dark, tired, irritable, or sad. Ideally it is best to prepare and cleanse yourself before you begin the process of preparing stock bottles including before you begin to cleanse your space and equipment for preparing stock bottles. Same goes for administering/dosing with stock bottles.
It's a good idea to activate the water when making your stock bottles too, each time, again, be sure to cleanse the spring water before using in the preparations. And ideally, you’ll want to approach and activate your stock bottle essences with gratitude before each administered dose.
Do this by swirling the water or the bottles in a counterclockwise motion and then in a clockwise motion holding positive affirmation in your heart. For example “thank you impatiens for helping us to put the breaks on”.
Administer the essences by placing just a few drops in your water and drinking it throughout the day. Or place a few drops under your tongue throughout the day. You can never overdose!
Dr. Bach believed that “illness was the result of a conflict between the purposes of the soul and the personality's actions and outlooks and that this internal war leads to emotional imbalances and energetic blockage, which causes a lack of harmony, thus leading to physical diseases. Bach's remedies focus on treatment of the patient's personality, which he believed to be the ultimate root cause of disease” (Wiki).
Vodka, Brandy, or Vegetable Glycerin (for preserving)
Wooden chopsticks (or two small sticks from the area)
Small glass amber bottles for storing the Mother and preparations in
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Essences can be made from stones and crystal using this same method. Its important to note that some crystals cannot go in water (selenite, Malachite, Lapis Lazuli, Fluorite, Calcite, Desert Rose, Labradorite, or Halite), and some crystals cannot go in the sun (amethyst, rose quartz).
Happy flower essence making, Everyone. Please feel free to ask me any questions!!! Id love to hear about your experiences as well. Connect with me on Instagram @naturebynikki or email me at email@example.com