Stop and Smell the Roses

Stop and Smell the Roses

by: Karina Klug, Nutritional Supplements Buyer

Among the many joys of this season is watching my son’s excitement around all the springtime flowers popping up.  He monitors the tulips opening and closing with such fervor it reminds me to “stop and smell the roses” more frequently.  Flowers are a source of such visual delight, bringing warmth and life to a room. However, flowers offer benefits beyond their visual splendor.

In addition to their integral role as beauty-makers in nature, flowers have been used by many for years in the healing world for various ailments specific to emotional imbalances. Flower Essences were discovered by Dr. Edward Bach in England during the 1930’s.  He experienced how different flowers could be applied as remedies for various ailments.  He was a bacteriologist and pathologist who studied various vaccines and homeopathic applications.  Dr. Bach moved from London to the English countryside to find the most nature-driven healing techniques.  He studied flowers’ individual healing qualities and then found that the essences could be made into infusions through soaking the flowering part in water and sunlight and subsequent preservation in brandy.

Often, when contemplating what to do for a certain issue, I am guided to a flower essence and the ease with which my problem resolves is substantial.  When I use flower essences I am reminded of the interconnectedness between our emotions and our physical health.  I am also amazed by the gentleness that flower essences lend to our lives.

Flower essences are as challenging to describe as they are subtle in nature.  I find that flower essences are great complements to other healing methods such as energy work, massage and zone therapy.   Flower essences are considered vibrational healing which includes therapies that address the whole of an individual’s body, mind and spirit.  When I do reiki sessions, which is an energy work modality, I often suggest to the client to use specific flower essences to encourage the process of healing.

The line of flower essences that we carry at the Oneota Co-op is FES (Flower Essence Society).  What I particularly appreciate about FES is that the company pioneered using flowers that are native to the United States in addition to the original Bach line.  Another great thing about FES is that it is dual certified Organic and Demeter Biodynamic.  This great company carries single droppers as well as blended sprays formulated for specific issues.  FES also has an amazing line of body oils which are flower essences and essential oils combined; my current personal favorite being the St. Johns Wort Shield.  The body oils are wonderful both for massage and bath.  Great lines work together in these oils as they use Veriditas Botanicals quality essential oils as their aromatherapy source.

Many people mistake flower essences for aromatherapy bottles because of the pretty flowers on the bottles. However, flower essences do not have a scent and are for both internal and external use.  Essential oils are often used externally unless they are taken internally by suggestion from a licensed aromatherapist with pharmaceutical-grade essential oils only.  I love to make blends combining essential oils and flower essences.

Flower essences are a very personal selection so it’s good to look at what resonates with you most.  We have a reference book at the Co-op: Flower Essence Repertory by Patricia Kaminski and Richard Katz.  It may prove helpful for finding flower essences that speak to you and the core issues you are dealing with.

Here is my personal favorite spring cleanse/bath combination which includes both essential oils and flower essences.  Experiment with it and personalize to your desire.

Spring Cleanse Bath

• 5-7 drops Veriditas Eucalyptus Essential Oil
• 4-6 drops Veriditas Peppermint Essential Oil
• 4-6 drops Veriditas Lavender Essential Oil
• 4 drops Self Heal FES flower essence
• 3 drops Yerba Santa FES flower essence
• 3 drops Iris FES flower essence

Watch our website for upcoming audio interviews with spectacular guests such as Patricia Kaminski, co-director of the Flower Essence Society, and Melissa Farris, founder of Veriditas Essential Oils.