I wanted to lay out the main three forms of plant medicines, their differences, and their uses in this very basic outline.
Flower Essences & Plant Spirit Medicine
Flower Essences are made from living plants (although that isn’t always necessary) and the vibrational signature or code of the plant is stored in water and a preservative of brandy or apple cider vinegar. Flower Essences are an energetic healing modality, meaning that there is no plant matter in formulas, making them safe for everyone with no side effects or contraindications. In the way that ingesting a plant works on your physical body, the essence of the plant works on your energetic, emotional, and mental levels.
You are energy and everything that has ever happened to you in your life is also stored in your body. When this energy is flowing smoothly, all your systems, from the subtle and intangible to the physical, flow smoothly and with ease. When this energy is stagnant or blocked, dis-ease on some level sets in, whether its physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual. This is where Plant Spirit Medicine can come in to assist you in healing. Flower Essences are a form of Plant Spirit Medicine and are taken internally. There are many ways to work with the intangible energies of the plant world such as channeling them and sending them to a person in need or simply being in the presence of a living, thriving plant.
Flower Essences are one of the safest and most effective ways of getting the root (no pun intended) and subtle building blocks of your experience. So if you’re curious about Flower Essences and think that they might be useful in your own journey (spoiler alert: they are!) then I hope you’ll find the answers you’re looking for in this little introduction to Flower Essences I’ve put together.
Essential Oils are made from a lot of plant material. Seriously. It takes a lot of plant matter to create those tiny bottles of oil you most likely have in your home. I’ve heard the oils of plants likened to our cerebral spinal fluid and I love that analogy! The raw, pure, intelligence of the physical plant is captured and stored and these oils tend to be extremely aromatic! Aromatherapy is a powerful medicine and scent can invoke many different physiological effects from relaxation to excitation and more. They are made mostly through steam distillation, although there are other ways a home gardener could extract oils from their plants, although it certainly wouldn’t be the same.
The practice of using physical plant matter in herbal medicine to enhance our wellbeing and human experience can be seen in a variety of modalities from Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine to Native Americans and other indigenous peoples around the world. Herbal medicine is the primary resource for healing and physical body support, and these “alternative medicine” practices have been around a lot longer than the allopathic approach of today.
With so many options to benefit from the plant world, I invite you to eat and use these powerful allies on a daily basis to your nourishment and vitality on all levels.
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Your connection to Nature is your connection to SelfWhether it’s through flower essences, essential oils, herbalism, or any combination of the three, the aim is to come into alignment with Nature and strengthen your connection to the magic, wisdom, and power of our Mother’s gifts.
I’m Devon Battaglia, MS, NC, RYT and I am Holistic Life Coach + Catalyst + Intuitive + Writer on a mission to identify and transmute the roots of the shame story that’s running your life so you can live your fullest, most authentic incarnation in accordance with your soul’s sacred purpose. If you feel called to work together, please schedule a complimentary, magical Core Wound Alchemy Session.