Especially Useful in Spring, for Hay Fever Symptoms
Flower essences are safe for use during pregnancy, while breastfeeding and for babies and children. There is a lot of information on the website www.healingherbs.co.uk about how they work and how to make your own. Alternatively, you can buy the stock that appeals to you and dilute it in water.
Many children enjoy taking the “potions” made for them, from a wide range of essences. The basic original Bach flower set contains 42 separate essences which each have a specific function. However, the best way to get a precise personalised mixture is make it yourself, using dowsing or muscle testing to find the right ones for you.
NB: Using essences from known plants that cause you irritation will be most effective for hay fever.
How to Make Your Own Flower Essences
You can make your own essences from flowers in your garden or neighbourhood, taking care to pick ones that don’t grow by the roadside and picking only the fully opened flowers from each plant.
- Using the leaves of the plants to avoid touching the flowers with your hand, place them on the top of a glass bowl of filtered or spring water in the sun for 2 – 3 hours. Take care they don’t get any shadows over them.
- When the time is up, take a dark coloured 30ml glass bottle with a pipette and collect the water from the bowl until the bottle is half full. Fill the rest with brandy.
This is your concentrated stock, which will keep for many years unspoilt and can be used to make many more bottles of the diluted essence, as follows:
- Take 4 drops of concentrate and place them in another 30ml dark glass bottle.
- Add a teaspoonful of brandy or vodka then fill up with filtered or spring water.
This will keep for about 4 weeks, and drops can be taken directly from it. If you prefer to not give children any alcohol, you can use cider vinegar instead or keep it in the fridge.
The 30 ml bottles need to be dark coloured to protect the essence from the sun, and they should be kept away from sources of heat.