from Martha Rose Woodward
Could drinking tea made from flower petals help you with depression?
Recently a reader of the Knoxville Journal contacted me and said I should look into the use of flower essences and write an article about their use. This young woman said that she had begun using essential flower oils after she heard from friends who had been using the herbal therapy and were getting great results.
According to the blog, Ananda Apothecary, “Flower essences are the vibrational imprint, or etheric pattern of particular flowers or plants prepared in liquid form. Reportedly, all life is made up of vibrations of energy. Therefore, every flower species has a particular vibration different in some ways than any other. The energy of a dark red rose is different than that of a bright white lily in color, form, scent, texture, and so on. These tangible factors are associated with the flower’s individual vibrational pattern or etheric essence.
When the vibrational pattern of each flower is imprinted or brewed in pure water through certain preparation methods, the water takes on the etheric vibration of that flower, also known as the flower essence. The most typical method used to extract this essence is the infusing (like making tea) of fresh flowers just picked in glass bowls with spring water sitting in bright sunlight.”
Ananda says that it is easy to imagine that we as human beings are made up of, at some level, vibrational energy. If we take this a step further, we can imagine that our souls or personalities have unique vibrational or etheric patterns. Your soul pattern includes your emotional makeup, and directly influences your behavior, choices, and perceptions of the world, both on a material and a spiritual level.
Long held beliefs such as using ginger for an upset stomach, cinnamon to prevent diabetes, Bergamot, or the peel of bitter oranges to prevent depression—the list goes on and on.
In the 1930’s a doctor named Edward Bach discovered that flower essences can alter our own etheric patterns. Bach believed that the vibrational imprint of a flower, prepared in water, can directly effect our own energetic makeup in a positive way. If you imagine that every emotion has a particular vibration, you can also imagine that vibration can be affected or tuned by the introduction of another vibration – that of a flower essence.
Dr. Bach developed 38 original flower essences which continue to be in use today. His work expanded to include another 110. Some flower essences are said to be healers while others are said to be helpers. There may be as many as 142 combinations in use today.
The reader said that she has had more energy and her attitude about life in general has improved since she has used the oils of flowers. Since each flower’s oils has a specific use, each person has to decide for himself/herself which ones to use. All use of flower oils is safe and there are no side effects.
Back in the 1970s the term “flower power” was used in conjunction with the peace movement. Looks like flower power is reemerging as a trend 40 years later?