Flower Essences FAQ
Do flower essences smell pretty?
No, they are not meant to. Flower essences (or flower remedies) are sometimes confused with essential oils or aromatherapy products. But they are not even remotely similar.
Essential oils are the volatile oils which were extracted or distilled from a plant therefore they have a scent. We have multiple certifications in aromatherapy and have worked with it since 1982 but it is not our favored modality any longer.
To make essential oil a huge amount of plant material must picked and used to distill the oils and we feel this is not the best way to honor or work with plants. We prefer the gentler approach of our no-pick method flower essences.
When you open your flower essence bottle you will smell the Brandy which is used to preserve the energy-water. Without the brandy mold would grow.
Some of these words are new to me. I've never heard of flower essences, flower remedies, vibrational medicine, or energy medicine.
Flower essences are sometimes called flower remedies - the two phrases mean the same thing, the products are the same.
Vibrational medicine and energy medicine are the same thing. It can be said that we work with the vibration of a substance, or that we work with the energy of the substance.
Flower essences are a "cousin" of Homeopathy. Homeopathy and flower essences are both vibrational and energy medicine.
This means that when you ingest either you are taking the vibration of a substance not the actual substance itself. In Homeopathy you are ingesting a dilution of a substance. This dilution was achieved by a process called succussion. During succussion a homeopathic remedy is diluted so much that none of the original substance is present - just its energy or vibration.
With flower essences we imprint the vibration of each flower in water. No dilution or succussion is performed. We work with a transference of energy or vibration.
Therefore there are no active-ingredients in either a homeopathic product or a flower essence.
Fascinating, tell me more!
Flower essences do not create side effects or have adverse reactions. The "essence of" and "vibration of" a flower has been captured in, or suspended in, or melded with water. Water can hold energy and thoughts.
When you take an herb you are ingesting the actual plant material. When you take an allopathic medicine (drugs made by pharmaceutical companies) you are ingesting substances. Herbs and drugs have or are active-ingredients, flower essences do not. Be sure to also read About Flower Essences for more detail and the history of this incredible modality.
Tell me about your flower essence formulas for Cats
When we created our blends for cats we took into consideration our unique feline friends and approached it from their view of the world. Certain things bother or are problem for certain species so we went beyond our human perspectives to discover and create formulas to benefit them. We always work with the Deva of Cats when we blend our formulas for cats.
What exactly is in each bottle?
50% water activated or imprinted a single vibration or multiple vibrations and 50% brandy to preserve the water.
Brandy is used to prevent mold from growing and to give you a shelf life of many years. The brandy also picks up the imprint of the vibrations. Most flower essence producers use brandy to preserve because its natural, tastes good, and if you don't like it you can de-alcohol it.
Cat Faeries flower essence formulas for cats have many different flower essence vibrations imprinted in the water.
Flower Drop Faeries are single essences which means there is just one flower essence per bottle. If you do not wish brandy in your bottle you may request that we use Biodynamic apple cider vinegar. Cats don't like vinegar so we don't offer the cat formulas with it. It's very easy to de-alcohol the brandy - instructions come with your order.
Our formulas for cats are very complex recipes which change as we learn about or acquire new flower essences. The formulas evolve as we evolve.
Does it take a leap of faith for these intriguing products to work?
Perhaps when they are new to you. While it's helpful to have faith that they are working it's not necessary. Plenty of our customers start as skeptics, but they don't stay that way for very long! It's been proven that flower essences work in animals and young children who have no preconceived bias either way.
Flower essences are not some weird new age placebo or gimmick. Doctors world wide are embracing their use as patients demand it. Flower essences are not new, we've read documentation that the Paracelsus, the Egyptians, Aboriginals, and Druids used them. Archaeologists know that in most cultures waters were gathered for various healing purposes. Throughout the ages people might have sipped the morning dew off whatever flowers were favored or growing nearby.
We hear from people all the time who tell us that they don't know what this stuff is, how or why it works, but that it does!
I've seen Bach Flowers at my health food store. Are yours the same thing?
Yes and no. They are both flower essences. We feel Bach flowers are very outdated and limited, and that they do not adequately address modern beings and modern life.
When we began working with flower essences in the early 1980's we pretty much only had Bach to choose from. While we utterly respect their place in history, by the close of the 80's we'd moved beyond to other flower essences, and by 1990 we were already making our own.
Bach flowers consist of only 38 flower remedies. Our collection of flower essences grows as we discover other flowers and learn how their diversity can address more situations. We work with a wide range of flowers, from common wildflowers to exotic flowers. And our collection grows larger all the time!
Bach flowers are picked off the plant. We do what's called the "no pick method."
So, when you make your flower essences are you not harming the plant by picking the flowers? Cool!
Most flower essence producers use the "pick method" which is when flowers are picked at their peak and infused in bowls of water in sunlight. Cat Faeries and Flower Drop Faeries do not pick the flowers because we employ the no-pick method. This allows us to work with flowers and plants in a reverent manner, and gives us access to the healing benefits of plants which might be rare or endangered. We work with nature spirits, Devas, and Angels when we imprint the energy of a flower into water. There are only a handful of us worldwide who work at this deep of a level
Do you know of Dr Masaru Emoto's work?
Absolutely. We met with him October 2005, and he kindly wrote "love and than you" in Japanese lettering on a bottle for us! We use this bottle and water in our work so that the Love and Gratitude Hado crystals are imprinted in the water of every bottle!
Even before reading his work and meeting Dr Emoto we spoke to our waters.
We speak to water all the time! When doing dishes we ask that where ever the water goes next that it be pure, healthful, pollution free, and be of benefit to others. We do this in the shower and bath, when washing our hands, washing our food and clothing. We try to send good thoughts with water when it leaves us.
Are flower essences safe? Will they clash with other medication I might be taking or giving to my cat?
They are absolutely safe! And completely safe for all beings. The flower want to help us, not hurt us. To our knowledge there are no recorded instances of flower essences causing harm to anyone
Flower essences may be used for people, animals, children, and plants. They have been used for centuries. They will not interfere for any other form of medicine or health care. But when in doubt always check with your veterinarian or other health care professionals.
How often do I use my flower essences?
For chronic problems, generally daily until the desired result has occurred. We suggest using them 2 or 3 times a day. For acute problems every 15 minutes or so until the upset has passed or the situation has changed.
Is taking flower essences a one thing, or a forever thing?
It can be either. It depends upon the problem or situation we are trying to correct or relieve. One dose of a flower essence is rarely enough. And there are not too many people who don't have a vast array of issues, problems, difficulties etc to work on! There's always something that needs healing or improving.
Once a person has a positive experience with flower essences they find they want to collect more of them, and deepen their work with them for themselves, their animals, their friends, and community.
We encourage everyone with the interest to heal and be healed, and to be active in the clan of healers who use flower essences. Flower Drop Faeries website has much more to say about this.
What is the shelf life?
The label on your bottle has an expiration date. However, we have bottles that we bought in 1980 which are still potent and mold free! When making your own formulas use our 50/50 ratio of water to brandy for the longest shelf life possible
Where do I store them?
In a cabinet or drawer. We say to keep them out of direct sunlight, which is ideal, but not always possible. If you leave a bottle out for a few days, its no big deal. We just don't want you to store them on a window sill. It's also best to not store them next to your computer.
What about contamination?
As long as you don't let debris fall into your bottle, and if you can keep bottles way from direct sunlight for long periods of time, as well as keep them away from computers or other electromagnetic fields they'll be fine! You also don't want the glass dropper to touch anything.
My eye dropper fell on the floor, is in contaminated?
Don't panic! If your dropper ever touches lips, teeth, fingers, the ground, simply rinse it in filtered water before you put it back in the bottle.
Why do you use glass droppers? Is it safe to put a glass dropper in a cat's mouth?
We use glass droppers because we hate plastic. Plastic will leach out into your flower essences and we sure don't want that!
It is NOT safe to put a glass dropper into a cat's mouth, or any animal's mouth. You put their drops in food or water.
Do you really only use bottles made in the US?
Yes, our bottles are American made.
Bottles coming in from China or Taiwan get fumigated on the ship. This is bug spray, and because it impregnates the glass we feel that whatever is inside the Chinese bottles and glass the contents are contaminated and thus unfit for human or animal consumption.
Shipping from so far away also burns up a huge amount of fossil fuel, and we do not agree with that. We do everything possible to avoid products from China as we do not support the trend of outsourcing manufacturing there.
I'd like to try making my own formulas!
Wonderful, go for it! You'll love collecting our single essences which we sell here under the name Flower Drop Faeries to create your own.
Flower Drop Faeries single flower essences allow you do build your own pharmacy and do your own formulating. We want you and those you care for to be happy and feel good. We want to help create more healers, and see them being of benefit. Getting flower essences into your hands and teaching you how to use them is our way of helping to save the world!
Flower Drop Faeries, moving forward to benefit all!
Our latest venture in called Flower Drop Faeries. For years our Cat Faeries customers have asked us to bottle and sell our favorite individual flower essences. So we have! You may use them for everyone: for yourself, your friends, your family, your community, and the animals in your life.
In the Summer of 2005 began with 25 of our favorites and over the years we have added many more. You'll find flower essences suitable for beginners, and exciting for the advanced practitoner. You'll find flower essences not found elsewhere!
Collecting individual flower essences might be new for you or perhaps you already have some flower essences and want more. We encourage you! It's very rewarding to collect and use individual flower essences and make formulas.
The flowers are here to help us so it's virtually impossible to have an adverse reaction to flower remedies or to create a bad formula!. Explore and experiment and be enchanted.
Due to the nature of these vibrational remedies there can be no returns.
When you order flower essences from us you'll get our instructional handout.