The first thing people tend to assume when they hear me bring up Flower Essences is that they are essential oils. The second most common thing I hear is that they are made of actual plant materials. Both assumptions are false.
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: I have written extensively about Flower Essences and Plant Spirit Medicine and this is a great guide to explore. 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.
Essential Oils: 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.
Herbal Preparations: There are a variety of ways to enjoy the beautiful benefits of herbs! From sprinkling dried oregano on your spaghetti to enjoying chamomile tea before bed to taking a tincture or herbal tablets or capsules and even herbal suppositories, enemas, or douches. Herbal medicine is the people’s medicine. These plants are given to us by our Mother and are here to assist us in thriving. Roots, leaves, stems, pollens, petals – there is medicine galore! Consider inquiring with local herbalists to see if anyone is holding foraging walks. It can feel empowering to know your local plants and awaken your cellular memory as you already innately understand these concepts! *Please don’t go eating random plants and always work with an expert and/or do your own research!
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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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. Sign up for 5 Days to Ignite Your Metamorphosis to experience shifts right away. If you feel called to work together, please schedule a complimentary, magical discovery session.