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Flower Essences: Legit or Total Whacko Woo-Woo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 23, 2013 at 6:50 PM

The title pretty much says it all.

Since some folks here are pretty knowledgeable about alternative and integrative healing modalities, I'm just curious what people's opinions are. Is it mind over matter, or is there really something to it? Are they one of those things where "if you think they work, then they work"?

If you can stop laughing (or rolling your eyes) long enough to post an answer, please also include whether you've actually tried them or are just speaking from what you've read/heard about them.

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on March 08, 2013
at 06:14 AM

After the 100th facepalm I think I'm so jaded that I want to cash in with one of these things. brb organic free-trade lizard oil

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on January 24, 2013
at 10:16 PM

as i said if you are using the "bach" brand you find in stores its homeopathically prepared, and this is not the same thing. Its also important to pick the correct remedies, sometimes its not very clear, particularly with animals and plants

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on January 24, 2013
at 04:53 PM

Thanks for the answer. I've heard they do work wonders with animals. Wish I could say the same for myself. Been trying them for a while (both Bach and other kinds), and they don't seem to do much. I'm not giving up, though. I'm willing to keep trying a little longer and see if I notice anything.

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on January 23, 2013
at 09:10 PM

Flower essences used for what? The title doesn't say it all.

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on January 23, 2013
at 07:10 PM

Good points. More characters.

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on January 23, 2013
at 07:09 PM

Yeah, I can see a legitimate role for essential oils, but those are completely different from essences. There seem to be people who swear by them and others who think it's a total scam.

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on January 23, 2013
at 07:03 PM

We use frankincense oil (in almond oil as a carrier) to soften my husband's scar tissue with great success. When sinuses are swollen, we put peppermint and eucalyptus oils on the forehead, cheekbones, neck, and chest. It reduces the swelling and opens the airways. Peppermint oil also helps with headaches. Not "flower essences" that you referred to, but essential oils that are effective.

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on January 23, 2013
at 07:09 PM

Yeah, I can see a legitimate role for essential oils, but those are completely different from essences. There seem to be people who swear by them and others who think it's a total scam.

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on March 08, 2013
at 05:52 AM

I was on a camping trip with a bunch of biochemists and asked them to debunk various hippy rumors. The first was anti-microwave sentiment, but that's another story. I will summarize what they said after hearing a presentation about flower essences by the bach company people and others like them:

-Totally unscientific.

Tinctures are actual herbs in recognizable quantities in alcohol. Flower essences, at some point in the process, use a dilution that is super small and at some point they extract the "essence" of the flower using "energy." So that's what the scientists say. If it's diluted to the point of chemical insignificance and processed using healing vibrations, the scientists think it's a sugar pill.

I've used flower essences, homeopathics, and tinctures. I don't use flower essences anymore, but if they work for you and your pets, it can't hurt.

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on January 23, 2013
at 07:02 PM

i think it matters what your expectations are. i think of it like herbal tea (often from flowers) - is it pleasant? do you enjoy it? great! i wouldn't hold out for any miracle benefits though.

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on January 23, 2013
at 07:10 PM

Good points. More characters.

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on January 23, 2013
at 11:33 PM

Flower essences are like homeopathy, but in brandy tincture rather than water.

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E9140ef0ca0a76ea14b9ebccad234608

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on January 23, 2013
at 08:32 PM

ive been using flower essences, for years on plants animals and people with great success. Most notably on animals.. the effect is stronger from my experience. Ive calmed down several severely distressed animals where within moments they are noticably calmer. A few of my sceptic friends were surprised at this too

Ive been studying bach flower remedies more specifically and i find them to be a gentle treatment for emotional problems, mind you its important to source actual bach flower remedies properly prepared, not the homeopathic version which is mass marketed and essentially useless. Homeopathy and flower essences are 2 different things.

worst comes to worst they are harmless and not very expensive

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on January 24, 2013
at 04:53 PM

Thanks for the answer. I've heard they do work wonders with animals. Wish I could say the same for myself. Been trying them for a while (both Bach and other kinds), and they don't seem to do much. I'm not giving up, though. I'm willing to keep trying a little longer and see if I notice anything.

E9140ef0ca0a76ea14b9ebccad234608

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on January 24, 2013
at 10:16 PM

as i said if you are using the "bach" brand you find in stores its homeopathically prepared, and this is not the same thing. Its also important to pick the correct remedies, sometimes its not very clear, particularly with animals and plants

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on January 23, 2013
at 06:55 PM

I will be honest - I have never tried them for therapeutic properties, but I used rose oil instead of perfume (when I was allergic) as well as a special blend called The Flower Solution.

Even though I did not like the scent of rose oil, I got many compliments from men.

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