One of the most beneficial ways to connect to the plants is to make an essence from the flower of a plant, as the flower is the plants creative and sexual expression of itself.
A flower expresses colors, forms and smells which depict the nature and essence of the plant. When an essence is made from the flower, we are obtaining precise information from the plant about itself, and its transmission to the world. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of flower essences, is that no actual physical substance is contained in an essence. Typically, the flowers are placed in a bowl of water in the sun. Water is a good conductor and absorbs the charge of the flowers nature, which is what we recognise as its beauty and radiance. When diluted, this essence has an electro-magnetic charge, which reaches into the deeper bio-energetic pathways of the body.
This may be difficult for many to understand or believe, that they can actually work; but their efficacy normally becomes quite obvious after utiisling them for some time, although armchair doubters who attribute their effaciousness to placebo will obviously never find this out for themselves. My experience of taking flower essences is that taking them, (especially for the first time) is much stronger than say, taking some herbs, or some multivitamin or even most pharmaceutical drugs. There have been times when I have been literally tripping for a few hours after taking a blend of flower essences. There is a feeling of lightness, of internal movement and also a kind of internal heaviness.
One time I sent an essence blend to an American friend, and she was utterly convinced I had put LSD in her bottle! The first time I took a blend of Australian Bush Flower essences I had made up at a day market, I felt my heart very strongly, and called a girl I had fallen in love with some years previously a few hours after taking it. Later, I saw that Bluebell, specifically an essence for the heart chakra, was one of the essences in that blend. Richard Gerber makes the point in this book, “Vibrational Medicine,” that flower essences have the widest breadth of any of the vibrational medicines, including homeopathic remedies and Gem elixirs.
Flower essences reach through into the mental body and causal body, and the deeper spiritual energies of being, so that people can make changes deep within themselves. Flower essences can often catalyse or stimulate changes deep within, so that people can change their thoughts, their notions and beliefs. There are shifts deep within, which can often reflect in outer changes. Making flower essences is very easy and is a highly recommended way to connect with the natural world and anyone can do it very easily. All you need is some brandy, a small clear glass bowl, some mineral or spring water and some small dropper bottles.
However, the first thing you need to do is to find a flower. That is quite simple as you will likely find a flower which speaks to you, you will see the flower out quite a lot, and it will have an attraction for you. It may be a very prevalent flower, even a weed! Yet, it is quite common that weeds are often the most useful and potent medicinal plants. To make the essence, you simply fill the bowl with pure spring or mineral water or rainwater (municipal water is not suitable as it often contains chlorine, fluoride and other impurities and residues from the piping). Then it is a matter of sitting with the flower and absorbing what it is communicating, although this is not compulsory. It is a good idea at this point to ask the plants to take its flowers, and you don’t need that many flowers, maybe five or so. I also take some leaves, some buds and older flowers to represent the life cycle of the plant and put them in the bowl as well. Then, the bowl needs to be in the sun for a few hours. At this point, you might want to call in any nature spirits to assist in the process of infusing the essence of this plant into the water, some people may want to become more formal and specific.
Often I don’t say anything and just let it infuse, and just let the plants do their thing and not interfere by adding my own influence. Then it needs a few hours and you can see when it is done, because the flowers seem to go limp and give up their life force into the bowl, the water is sparkly and there are often little bubbles the bottom of the bowl. At this point you will want to create a mother tincture by pouring the water from the bowl into Brandy at a ratio of 50%. If you get a 375ml bottle of brandy and pour out half the brandy, then pour in the water from the bowl. Then you will want to percuss the bottle, which means to combine the water with the brandy; and you can do this by shaking and banging the bottle on your hand for a few minutes so it all fully combines. Take 7 drops of the mother tincture into a 15-25ml dropper bottle, containing 1/4 brandy.This is a stock bottle. You can directly take the essences from a stock bottle and it is generally better to take from the stock bottle if it is your own essence, as the effect tends to be stronger and more immediate.
However, many will further dilute the essence, and put 7 drops from the stock bottle into a dosage bottle, containing 1/5th brandy and water. A dosage bottle will commonly contain many other essences, as many as seven or even 10. However, five essences is a standard amount. Yet, when you first make essences, it will seem to be sacrilege to take more than one essence at a time. The strength of the essence is not determined by how many drops you take, but how often you take it. If you have made the essence yourself, you may want to even take it up to a dozen times a day! However, this can be very intense! Many recommend taking 7 drops upon waking and or going asleep. Personally, I take the essences intuitively, normally taking them five times a day or maybe even just one time a day depending on the essence and how I feel it is working on me.
And you can take the essence for as long as you want. If I am taking an essence many times a day, I may only take it for five days. some may want to take an essence for a month or more! Other people say you should take vibrational medicine for 21 days, however, I personally feel it is best to go with personal intuition.