Flower Essences

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A method of alleviating negative emotional states that may contribute to illness or hinder personal growth. Drops of a solution infused with the captured "essence" of a flower are placed under the tongue or in a beverage. The practitioner helps the client choose appropriate essences, focusing on the client's emotional and spiritual state rather than on a particular physical condition.

Solutions of brandy and water, with the water containing extreme dilutions of flower material developed by Edward Bach, an English homeopath, during the 1930s. Bach believed that dew found on flower petals retain imagined healing properties of that plant.

The solutions contain a 50:50 mix of water and brandy plus a very small amount of flower material and is called mother tincture. Stock remedies—the solutions sold in shops—are dilutions of mother tincture into other liquid. Most often the liquid used is alcohol, so that the alcohol level by volume in most stock Bach remedies is between 25 and 40%[4] (50 to 80 proof). The solutions are usually further diluted before use, typically into a treatment bottle that contains two drops of one or more stock remedies in water. The solutions do not have a characteristic scent or taste of the plant because of dilution. The dilution process results in the statistical likelihood that little more than a single molecule may remain, it is claimed that the remedies contain energetic or vibrational nature of the flower and that this can be transmitted to the user. The solutions are described by some as vibrational medicines, which implies they rely on the pseudoscientific concept of water memory. They are often labeled as homeopathic because they are extremely diluted in water, but are not homeopathy as they do not follow other homeopathic ideas such as the law of similars.

Systematic reviews of clinical trials of Bach flower solutions have found no efficacy beyond a placebo effect.