FAQ's

What are Flower Essences? + -

For thousands of years Australian Aborigines have used flowers to heal emotional imbalances and physical injuries. Flower Essences were also used in Ancient Egypt, as well as India, Asia, Europe and South America. The earliest European recorded use of Flower Essences was by Abbess Hildegard von Bingen in the twelfth century.

This system of healing was rediscovered and popularised eighty years ago by Dr.Edward Bach with his use of English flowering plants. Naturopath, Ian White, a 5th generation Australian herbalist, has further developed this method using plants from all over Australia. Ian grew up in the bush and was taught from an early age the healing power of Australian plants.

He has spent many years travelling Australia researching and developing a range of 69 specific Bush Essences.

What are Australian Flower Essences used for? + -

Flower Essences are produced by imprinting a flower's unique vibrational healing signature onto the carrier solution and are used to treat imbalances at a higher level, bringing about emotional and spiritual balance and wellbeing in the whole person.

What is the difference between Flower Essences, Herbal Remedies, Homeopath and Essential Oils? + -

Flower Essences are produced by imprinting a flower’s unique vibrational healing signature onto the carrier solution and are used to treat imbalances at a higher level, bringing about emotional and spiritual balance and well-being in the whole person. Homoeopathics are prepared in a somewhat similar way to Flower Essences using animal, mineral and herbal bases imprinted upon the solution at varied dilution ratios and are generally recommended for a specific ailment. Homoeopathics are not self-adjusting or without side effects and can result in severe aggravations. Also, Homoeopathic remedies are easily antedoted by contact with aromatic substances such as perfume, strong mint flavoured toothpaste, garlic, coffee or Essential Oils. According to Gurudas, the author of the book Flower Essences, of the three major forms of vibrational remedies – Flower Essences, Homoeopathic remedies and Gem Elixirs – Flower Essences are the best and most effective modality to reach and treat the subtle-energy bodies, along with the meridians. He states that Homoeopathic remedies generally operate on the biomagnetic fields of the body. Some of them can affect the chakras and subtle bodies, but not as effectively as Flower Essences. Gem elixirs act similarly to Flower Essences but not to the same degree, as they do not have the same potency of life force.

Herbal extracts and tinctures are derived after macerating parts of plants and trees i.e. root, bark, leaves in alcohol for a period of time before straining and bottling. Herbal remedies are once again generally recommended for a specific ailment and only work on the physical body, they are far cruder in nature and their chemical constituents can be analysed and measured.

Essential Oils are extracted from the flower, bark, sap and leaves of plants and are aromatic /scented residues that work via the olfactory sense. Essential Oils are far less specific in addressing emotional imbalances. Flower Essences can be effectively used in conjunction with all of these other modalities.

How do you prepare a dose bottle? + -

Seven drops of stock are added to a bottle up to 30 millilitres (or 1 ounce) in size, that is filled with a mixture of two thirds (2/3) purified water and one third (1/3) brandy. This is called a "dose" bottle and the recommended dose is seven drops under the tongue on rising and retiring for two to four weeks.

How do I choose an essence? + -

There are many ways in which you can choose an essence. You could simply read through the information on each of the individual essences and decide which ones are most appropriate. However, this can overwhelm some people and they could feel that they need them all! To drastically narrow down the number of essences that you are considering ask yourself the following questions – what do I most want in my life? or what is the major issue that I am working through at the moment? Then simply choose the appropriate Bush Essences. Alternatively, you could look through the 'Find Yourself in Nature' and choose those which most appeal to you (limiting them to no more than 3) and also include any flower that you have an aversion to. Invariably, using this technique, you will choose Essences that will address your most pertinent issues. Other less commonly used methods to determine the choice of a remedy include: Dowsing • Kinesiology • Numerology • Using your Intuition • Working with a Flower Essence practitioner.

Can I take more than one Flower Essences at a time? + -

It is far more effective to focus on just one issue and one dosage bottle, at a time, otherwise the results can be very scattered as they have no main focus to address. You can, however, use a remedy for example Emergency Essence in a one off acute situation whilst still taking another remedy over the standard two or four week period.

There is absolutely no detriment in using the mists and creams while also taking a Bush Essence dosage drops orally. You can use more than one mist or cream on the same day.

What is the difference between the Australian Bush Flower Essences, the White Light Essences, and the Light Frequency Essences? + -

The Australian Bush Flower Essences work at the 1st level, the cognitive and emotional;

The White Light Essences work at the 2nd level, healing and clearing at the Soul level;

The Light Frequency Essences work at the level of the Divine Essence, also referred to as the Individualised Flame or Higher Self.

Do the products have a best before date? + -

When flower essences are stored properly, they can remain potent for several years. To ensure their longevity, the product needs to be kept in a cool, dry area, out of direct sunlight.

In adherence with legal regulations, we add a stamp lot number and “Use By” date on all our products.

How long does it take for flower essences to work? + -

The Australian Bush Flower Essence remedies can work immediately in certain situations, but as the effects of flower essences are cumulative, for long-term issues, it will take a couple of weeks to one month to see changes.

Can I use flower essence remedies for pets? + -

Australian bush flowers are safe and effective to contribute to your pet’s health and wellbeing and great to support the connection between you both. For further information we recommend you get to know more about Marie Matthews’ Animal Healing book.