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Flower Essences can help gently balance your emotions, alleviating negative feelings such as anxiety, sadness, frustration, impatience, and self-doubt. They are easy to use and apply for yourself.

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What are flower essences?

Flower essences are a vibrational natural healing system that can subtly yet powerfully bring our emotions into balance. They don’t have a scent or taste, and are traditionally taken orally, which is different than essential oils or herbal remedies.

In the 1930’s Dr. Edward Bach developed the 38 Bach flower essences from England, in the hopes that anyone could learn and use this simple system for emotional healing. Many others have gone on to build on his work with additional flowers from around the world.


How are flower essences made?

Flower essences are made by picking the flowers when they are at their peak expression, and placing them in a clear glass bowl filled with pure spring water. After several hours, the heat from the sun imprints the memory of the flower in the water. This solar diffusion uses water to record the message. If you are inspired, you can learn to make them yourself.

How do flower essences work?

The flower is the peak expression, or highest soul expression, of the plant. When you take a flower essence, it floods the soul with the positive vibration unique to that plant, which corresponds to the positive emotion you need to bring yourself into balance.

What are the potential benefits of flower essences?

  • Release anxiety, fear, and worryClose up of Star of Bethlehem flower used in Bach flower essence Rescue Remedy
  • Ease loneliness and feel connected to others
  • Soothe grief and depression
  • Be more present and grounded
  • Balance taking care of others at the expense of yourself
  • Become more resilient in dealing with uncertainty
  • Connect with your internal wisdom and intuition

In addition, flower essences can enhance and deepen the results of your Hypnosis, Reiki, and/or Tao Hands sessions, providing ongoing support between sessions. Flower essences greatly enhance your self awareness to help you heal old patterns, and as a result, you’ll often see results more quickly.

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How do I figure out which flower essences I need?

Think about the primary negative emotions you’re feeling now (rather than referring to past emotions) and select up to 6 flower essences that best correspond to these feelings.

Here’s a free Bach Flower Essences quiz to help you select the flower essences you need.
You can purchase Bach flower essences here.

Here’s a helpful Bach Flower Essences List of Indications & Outcomes.

Not sure how to use Bach Flower Essences? You can schedule a Bach flower essences consultation with Deborah, or she can include recommendations as part of your Hypnosis or Reiki session.

How can I learn to use Bach flower essences for myself and with friends/family?

If you want to go deeper and learn the basics of using flower essences for yourself and your loved ones, you can take Rose Todd’s wonderful online Bach flower essence training. Julian Barnard, of Healing Herbs (my favorite brand of Bach flower essences), offers this in-depth free training as well.

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How do I take flower essences?

Take 2 drops of each flower essence a minimum of 4 times a day under the tongue. Flower essences work vibrationally, so they are different than supplements or medication. It’s not about the quantity or number of drops, it’s more about consistently taking them. Taking them first thing in the morning and right before bed is wonderful because you’re very open energetically when you sleep.

Other options:

Are there alcohol-free options for flower essences?

Flower essences are usually preserved in a tiny amount of organic brandy to preserve the water. While some companies sell alcohol free versions of flower essences, they can be hard to find in the U.S. You can add the flower essence drops to a cup of hot tea or water and most of the alcohol will evaporate.

Here’s an alcohol-free version of Rescue Remedy (also known as 5-Flower Remedy).

What’s the #1 tip to taking flower essences?

The greater the intensity of the emotions you’re experiencing, the greater the frequency of dose. For example, Dr. Bach treated a fisherman who almost drowned and was unconscious. He administered Rescue Remedy every 30 seconds until the man revived. (Of course, in a situation like this, you would seek medical attention immediately.)

How long do flower essences take to work?

Flower essences enhance your self-awareness and this can help with all aspects of healing, whether it’s physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. They gently complement and support Hypnosis, Tao Hands, and Reiki sessions, helping you sustain the positive changes made during any kind of healing work.

Similar to any kind of holistic healing, acute conditions balance more quickly than more chronic issues, so you may notice subtle changes within a few days, or you may need to take them for several months. As a general guideline, take them at least 4x a day for 3-4 weeks and then evaluate. Deborah will make a recommendation during your consultation.

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Some positive changes to look for and notice:

  • After taking them you have trouble remembering how you felt before you took them, or it’s harder to access the problem.
  • You feel calmer or more peaceful.
  • You forget to take them or your lose the bottle (this is often a sign that you can stop taking them or it’s time for a new blend).
  • Dr. Bach said, “there is only true healing when it brings about a change of outlook.” Keep this in mind as you take flowers essences and see what you notice.

What flower essence brands do you recommend?

These are brands I particularly love and personally use:

Bach flower essences for emotional balance

Bach flower essences [affiliate link]
Flower Essence Society (You can purchase the Healing Herbs brand here, prepared the same way Dr. Bach made them)
Alaskan Essences

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What is Rescue Remedy?

Rescue Remedy, also called the Five-Flower Formula, is a foundational remedy containing five different Bach flower essences: Clematis, Cherry Plum, Impatiens, Rock Rose, and Star of Bethlehem. Dr. Bach developed it as a “rescue” combination to address major stress, shock, emergency, and crisis conditions.

You can find more detailed information about Rescue Remedy here.

Are flower essences safe? What happens if I pick the wrong flower essences?

Flower essences have no contraindications and will not interfere with medical treatments or prescriptions. If you select the wrong flower essence, you will simply not notice any positive effects.

How do flower essence consultations work?

An initial Bach flower virtual consultation is 30 minutes. Subsequent follow-ups are 15 minutes. Let Deborah know if you’d like Bach flower essences recommendations as part of your regular Hypnosis, Tao Hands, or Distance Reiki session. You can book a session here.

How do I prepare for a Bach flower essence consultation?

Come with a bulleted list of physical, mental, emotional, and/or spiritual priorities. We’ll discuss how you’re feeling about different aspects of your life, and how you want to feel. You will receive custom flower essence recommendations to target exactly what’s going on in your life.

Can flower essences effectively be used with my pets?

Yes, many people start using flower essences once they see how effective they are at helping their pets with various issues such as fear of thunder/lightning, aggression, etc.

Here’s a helpful pet chart.

The way Flower Essences work complements the way Hypnosis, Reiki, and Tao Hands sessions work.

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The customized Flower Essences that Deborah recommended to help with my anxiety and sleep issues have been extremely supportive in my healing journey.

Deborah offers advice based on the client’s needs, and her vast knowledge allows her to pick and choose what feels right for the individual. As I continue on my own healing journey, I feel empowered just by the knowledge that Deborah is out there anytime I feel the need. I couldn’t recommend her more.


Deborah recommended specific Bach Flower Essences for what I was going through. I was skeptical of them at first, but they helped tremendously once I started using them.

Deborah is absolutely amazing–-I very enthusiastically recommend her!


Deborah gives so much helpful information including different flower essences for specific issues. She’s very attentive and calming.

The most recent distance session I had was very deep and even nicer because I could rest on my bed after the session! Thank you, Deborah!


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