“Food nourishes the body, but flowers heal the soul.”
I have experimented with gem and flower essences for over 10 years. I use gem and flower essences in my cosmetic formulations.
Flower essences have been used for a long time in indigenous cultures. Dr. Bach (1886-1936) is the pioneer that brought the recognition of flower essences into modern times. He wrote a book Heal Thyself in 1931. He believed there are more gentle methods for healing. One of his patients, a child, was sick and traditional methods were not working for this child. Dr. Bach used flower essences on her and she became well. Dr. Bach created 38 flower essences that are still highly used today. The 38th flower essence is Rescue Remedy Flower, a synergy of flowers to use in stressful situations, emergencies and trauma.
Flower essences work on a vibrational level and address the psychological and emotional aspects of the body and mind. They help to balance the emotions. Flower essences are gentle and do not interfere with any medications or treatments since they work on a subtle energetic level matching the vibration of the well-being needed for the person to the vibration of the flower. Flower essences are safe for babies, children, elders and adults.
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Gem essences use the energy of the mineral also called a precious stone, crystal or gem. Everything in the universe is energy and holds a unique form of energy.
Precious stones were used in most ancient cultures for healing purposes; Native American Indians, African Tribes, Aztecs, Australian Aborigines, The Celts, Egypt, The Mayans, The Romans, The Scots, Tibetan Buddhists and more. The bible refers to crystals several hundred times. Saint Hildegard of Bingen used precious stones to heal others. In the middle ages popes and kings used plants and stones to heal. Sometimes the stones would be placed in cooking soups for the person in need.
A familiar example of how a gem works is the stone quartz. Quartz generates a charge and is used in watches (Rolex), clocks and radios as a transmitter and receiver.
Since working with gem and flower essences in cosmetic formulations for a long time, I have found certain essences that have an affinity for the skin and hair and use them in all of my natural body, hair and skin care formulations. A few of my favorite gem essences are rose quartz, diamond, alexandrite and citrine. A few of my favorite flower essences are lotus, rose, gardenia, jasmine and dandelion.
Learn more about flower and gem essences in the Professional Skin Care Product Making Course.