When people hear the term flower essences, they often think of aromatherapy or essential oils, i.e., if it has the word flower in it, it ought to smell good.
Another misconception is that they work like homeopathic medicine.
Put simply, or as simply as can be put, flower essences are the energetic imprint of a flower, held in water and usually preserved with something, like a bit of brandy.
Frederick energy worker Alexandra Windsong said no one really knows for sure — or at least there is no scientific proof — as to why the brandy holds these patterns over the long term. Having made her own line of flower essences years ago, Windsong said she can attest to there being a difference; when you imprint the energy onto water without a preservative, it doesn’t hold — sort of like soda going flat, she said. But she speculates that it has something to do with intention.
Windsong will give an introductory talk on flower essences at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Illuminate Frederick Mind-Body-Spirit Festival at the Frederick Fairgrounds. She also teaches flower essences classes and gives consultations at the Owl Nest in downtown Frederick.
In the 1930s, Dr. Edward Bach left his practice as a surgeon and began experimenting with flowers and their effects on people, with the goal of treating the mind and body. He started by collecting the morning dew on the flowers, and over time developed 38 remedies, each for a specific emotional state. Many more flower essences have been discovered and used since Bach’s original 38, and they’re available in small dropper bottles from several companies.
The original 38 “didn’t address the spiritual — for lack of a better word — focus people have now,” Windsong said, like developing intuition or for psychic protection.
Essences are typically made by collecting healthy flowers at their peak bloom and placing them in a bowl of water in direct sunlight for several hours.
“Every flower has its own pattern,” Windsong said, explaining that, as an energy worker, she can see them.
Windsong began working with flower essences in the ‘90s after she went to a homeopath for some physical symptoms and was given flower essences for the first time. “She was seeing the mind-body-spirit connection,” Windsong said.
Windsong was working as a scientist at the time but also beginning her practice as an energy worker, one that she has continued to this day. Over a period of about four to six weeks, she noticed that things in her life began shifting. “I started responding to things in totally different ways. … The essences started opening new doors for healing. I started becoming stronger on the inside, less likely to be thrown off balance.”
Typically clients start on a handful of essences blended together by a trained practitioner and take them for a few weeks, check back in to see what’s changed, and alter the blend accordingly. Sometimes as issues are uncovered and released, new ones arise, Windsong said, and then they are treated accordingly. She also recommends essences for short-term issues, like an overload of stress at home or work, or grieving the loss of a loved one.
For more on Alexandra Windsong and her offerings, go to AlexandraWindsong.com.
Originally published April 16, 2015, in The Frederick News-Post