FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT SIZE ARE YOUR ESSENCES?
Our essences are 16ml/.54oz
ARE THE ESSENCES GLUTEN FREE?
Yes. The brandy that we used is distilled from grapes.
HOW ARE FLOWER ESSENCES MADE?
Flower essences are made by calling in the spirit of the plant, and floating the flowers in a clear glass bowl of spring water. This is left to sit in the sun (or moon) energy for a few hours. The essence is strained, and brandy is added to preserve the essence. The flowers that were used in the essence are returned to the earth.
WHAT MAKES YOUR FLOWER ESSENCES DIFFERENT?
Sacred ceremony & intuitive guidance is an integral part of every aspect of the creation process. From before the essence is even created, it starts by listening to the call of the "Wild Benevolence of Nature" instructing as to which flowers are to be used & when an essence is to be made.
The spring water that we use is placed in a MAYU Swirl which acts to implode & structure the water. It is my understanding that structured water holds information better ~ it is also more alive. I work with sacred geometry, orgonite, pyramid energy & sound frequencies throughout the creation process at various stages to further activate, enliven & anchor in the healing qualities of the flowers and bring a multi-dimensional quality to the essences.
WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT YOUR INGREDIENTS?
FLOWERS: Although all of the cultivated flowers that are used to make our essences may not be certified organic, they are grown without the use of herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, etc (they just don't have a certification). They are lovingly grown by Julie, and also in the gardens & on the properties of friends & family. We also ethically wild harvest some of our flowers as well.
SPRING WATER: We source our spring water from Triple Springs. "Derived from our own protected springs on the property, the water source has remained free from impurities since 1918, making Triple Springs one of New England's oldest water companies. Our water is ozonated to insure your protection against any bacterial intrusion. Quality tested on a regular basis, our water meets all FDA and EPA standards."
ORGANIC BRANDY (COGNAC) - Produced at an estate in the Cognac region of France that has been producing Cognac since the 1700s, this Organic VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale) Cognac is delicate floral-fruity & woody with raisin, apricot & oak notes and a mellow finish.
HOW DO YOU DETERMINE WHAT EACH ESSENCE IS FOR?
We have long gotten away from getting our information directly from nature, but it is my experience that if you listen, the wisdom that is revealed is profound. There is so much that goes into developing a single flower (or group of flowers, in the case of a flower essence) that determine the specific & dynamic personality present in each essence: The land where it was grown, the soil, the climate, the energy of the people that live nearby, the person’s intention who was creating the essence, the astrology of the day, what was happening in the world at the time of its germination & flowering, what did the bee whisper to the flower as it nuzzled & rolled around inside and gathered pollen? What was the story that blew in on the breeze, or the information contained in the raindrops that landed on the petals the day before harvest? Was it sung to by crickets at night? Did it grow through cracks in the sidewalk in the city? Did it grow under overhead power lines, near an airport? Where and under what conditions was the water sourced that is being used?
After the flower essence is made, I sit with & connect to the Mother Essence and ask it why someone would want to work with that particular essence & what it is for. The information comes through like an energetic signature that I read/decode and translate into words. The descriptions of the essences were given to me from the essence itself. I am just a conduit for the information. I do not change any of the verbiage, it is written exactly as it came through. There are many facets to a single plant’s personality, some may be revealed as it interacts with your own personal energy. These descriptions are a starting point. I invite you connect with the essences as you use them and see what is revealed to you.
HOW DO I KNOW WHICH FLOWER ESSENCE TO CHOOSE?
There are various ways to choose an essence. Before doing anything, sit with yourself for a minute and think about what it is that you are seeking to rebalance, look at, let go of, transform, heal, or embody. Reading the descriptions of each essence and seeing if it speaks to your particular situation is a good place to start. Sometimes just the name of the essence will jump out at you, and you’ll feel drawn to it. Look at the photo of the plant and let it speak to you, sometimes it is just the name of the plant itself – you read it and you just have a knowing that you need that particular essence. Above all, trust your own internal guidance system. You know what is best for you. There is no danger in choosing a “wrong” essence. The worst that will happen is you will notice little effect when using it.
If you'd like some assistance, Julie offers consultations & FLORACLE readings that come with a custom essence.
CAN I TAKE FLOWER ESSENCES WITH OTHER MEDICATIONS AND SUPPLEMENTS?
Yes. Because flower essences are vibrational in nature, they do not interfere with herbal, homeopathic or allopathic protocols.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A FLOWER ESSENCE, ESSENTIAL OIL & HERBAL TINCTURE?
While plant medicine has many applications, flower essences are the most gentle and subtle, both in their vibration and the creation process. There is no plant material detectable in a flower essence, rather it is just the energetic & vibrational qualities of the plant. Flower Essences, unlike essential oils, have no aroma. Generally you would use a flower essence for the emotional/energetic/spiritual component to a physical issue or ailment.
Essential oils are obtained through a distillation process whereby the volatile oils in the plant are released by the secretory sacs of the plant. Essential oils are used in aromatherapy for therapeutic purposes, are highly concentrated & aromatic and have a variety of chemical components that create the individual profile of each essential oil. It is advised that you do not ingest essential oils unless you are working with a qualified aromatherapist. Flower essences are safe to ingest. Essential oils bridge the gap between the energetic, emotional, spiritual & physical realm of wellness, as they often address all 4 aspects.
Herbal tinctures are made by macerating/infusing either fresh or dried plant material in alcohol. This is left to sit for weeks. Upon straining, you have a potent medicine, often taken internally, and sometimes topically as an antiseptic or liniment. Tinctures are most often used for their affinity with the physical body. This is not to say that tinctures do not offer emotional/spiritual balancing, just that often the healing focus is more geared towards the physical.
WHAT IS THE SHELF LIFE?
We recommended that you use essences within 1 year of opening, if they contain glycerin. Flower Essences in a base of brandy have an indefinite shelf life, unless contaminated. It is recommended that you keep the dropper away from your mouth. If the dropper becomes contaminated, run it under hot water & return it to the bottle. It is best to store essences in a cool, dry place, and away from essential oils or aromatic substances, as the aromas can permeate the dropper and the essence can take on the taste/aroma of the oils.
CAN I OVERDOSE ON FLOWER ESSENCES?
Flower essences are non toxic, however, brandy is used as a preservative at 20% vol. Please keep essences out of the reach of children.
HOW SOON WILL I NOTICE A DIFFERENCE?
That depends on you. Some people are more sensitive & receptive and feel things immediately. Some patterns/issues require deep rebalancing at the subtlest levels, this could take a couple of weeks.
CAN CHILDREN & PETS TAKE FLOWER ESSENCES?
Flower essences are safe for children and pets. Reduce the adult dosage by half for children. Apply the essences topically to the child’s pulse points on their wrists or feet. If you prefer an alcohol free version, the essences can be made in organic vegetable glycerin instead of brandy (Please contact us if you prefer this option, or order a custom blend.) You can add a couple of drops to your pet’s water bowl, or apply it to their fur.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM USING THE ESSENCES?
Flower essences are subtle and powerful. They are catalysts of change, on an emotional & energetic level. Often they work by what is referred to as the “Peeling Effect”. It is like peeling layers off of an onion; as you bring up, explore and resolve an issue or pattern, the next one arises. Flower essences can provoke old patterns, triggers, emotions, repressed feelings, fears, etc. to arise. Be gentle with yourself during the process, and keep taking the essences, you will move through this phase, and feel lighter on the other side of it. Flower essences are free from side effects, because they do not contain any actual plant material. However, be aware that if you have some anxiety arise from what you are experiencing, this anxiety can manifest physical symptoms. On the other hand, many people experience clarity, a sense of calm in an otherwise stressful situation, some gain deeper alignment within themselves and feel more grounded in who they are and why they are here.
CAN I USE ESSENCES IF I AM SENSITIVE TO ALCOHOL
Depending on your level of sensitivity, there are a couple of options. You can add 3-4 drops of the essence into a large glass of water, or you can drop it into hot tea to evaporate the alcohol. You can apply the essence topically, in a bath, or room spray. If you don’t feel comfortable using alcohol at all, there is the option of having glycerin as a preservative available (please contact us if you are interested in this option).
WHAT ARE SOME WAYS I CAN WORK WITH FLOWER ESSENCES?
Add a few drops to your favorite beverage or under your tongue.
Add them to a bath, body lotion, aromatherapy blend, essential oil diffuser or room spray.
Apply topically to chakras, pulse points or any areas where you are holding energy that you would like to shift.
Work with them in your creative process ~ add them to paint, or to the water that you use when you paint, to infuse your work with a specific intention & energy
Integrate them with the healing work that you do ~ whether energy healing, massage, breathwork, acupressure, intuitive readings, tarot, meditation or EFT for profound, multi~dimensional shifts and growth.
Anoint sacred objects like crystals, mala beads, wands or any magical tools that you use in ceremony for a subtle yet powerful way to incorporate these essences into your spiritual practice.
HOW TO WORK WITH FLOWER ESSENCES
Cultivating intention around the ritual of using these remedies will deepen your connection to the subtle energies, and ultimately your self. Before using the essence, I like to connect with the spirit of the plant ~ I do this while tapping the bottom of the bottle on my palm (usually about 5 times), which assists in awakening the matrix in which the essence is held.
Water, in its natural state, is always in motion ~ shaking the bottle in this way activates both the aliveness of the water, and wakes up the sleeping plant deva inside (that is my experience anyway). Being intentional about your thoughts while in the presence of the essence (and water in general), is essential, as we have seen evidence from Dr. Masaru Emoto'swork the effect that thoughts have on the crystalline structure of water.
UNLIKE ESSENTIAL OILS, FLOWER ESSENCES HAVE NO AROMA OR CHEMICAL CONSTITUENTS AND ARE SAFE TO TAKE INTERNALLY.
HOW TO TAKE FLOWER ESSENCES:
Taking 3-4 drops 3-4 times per day, either under the tongue, or in some water is a general guideline. I believe in trusting your own guidance; if you feel like you need to use more one day and less the next, trust that. As you continue to work with the essences, you will become more receptive to what and how much you need to be using. In addition to ingesting the essences, you can apply them topically to your wrists, temples, chakras, acupressure points or any place where you feel that you are holding energy that you would like to shift. You can also put a few drops in a bath, body lotion, room spray or essential oil diffuser to immerse yourself in the vibration of the essence.
Anointing sacred objects, like crystals, mala beads, wands, or any tools you may use in ceremony is a powerful way to work with these essences. Integrate them with the healing work that you do ~ whether it is Reiki, massage or Emotional Freedom Technique for profound~multidimensional shifts & growth.
WORK WITH FLOWER ESSENCES IN NATURE, ON THE EARTH & IN HER WATERS
You can use up to 4 different essences in a protocol to address whatever it is you are working on & to get you to where you want to go in your own process, as long as the essences don’t contradict each other, and support each other in their function. I personally choose three - one for the Past, for what I need to clear up, release & let go of in order to move forward. One for the Present, for whatever it is that I am marinating in the midst of at that moment. And the final one for the Future, for where I am headed, what I would like to create for myself & the energies I'd like to invite into my experience. You could also choose them for Mind, Body & Spirit or whatever other parameters you choose.
FLOWER ESSENCES ARE SUBTLE YET POWERFUL
More isn't always necessarily better, though consistency in taking an essence (or applying it topically) does make a difference. Giving the essence some time to integrate & work with your energy is essential. Sometimes shifts happen immediately, other times it could take a couple of weeks to notice that a shift has occurred.