Using Flower Essences and Related Remedies

How Much to Take?

A dose of 4 to 7 drops should be placed on the tongue. Allow the essence to "dissolve" through the lining of the mouth -- don't swallow for 15-20 seconds.

How Often, How Long?

When using essences primarily for emotional or psychological growth purposes, you should repeat the dosage 2 to 4 times a day, spread out throughout the day. Taking the remedy morning and evening is an excellent rhythm. If the effect of the remedy is too intense, take the remedy less often (once or twice a day). This daily rhythm should be followed for 2 to 3 weeks. After 2 to 3 weeks, you can use the remedy on an "as needed" basis.

Certain essences (e.g., Dandelion, Snapdragon, Ragweed) are used for more physical symptoms. Take the remedy to counteract the symptoms when you first notice them. Repeated doses may be needed in very acute situations, up to a dose every 15 minutes. Stop when the symptoms begin to subside and let your body handle it. Repeat only when symptoms appear, again.

Isn't One Good Squirt Better Than A Few Drops?

No! More is not better with vibrational remedies. What is important is how often you repeat the dose, not how much you take.

Additional Tips:

If the remedy turns cloudy, it has probably been contaminated and should be discarded. With care, a remedy should last 3 years or more. Do not set the eyedropper down or touch it with your tongue, as this could cause contamination.

Keep the bottle away from sunlight and hot temperatures. Do not open the bottle when perfumes, incense, or other strong odors are present.

Avoid food, drink, smoking, or brushing your teeth for 15 minutes before and after taking the remedy (so your mouth is "clean"). This helps you absorb the essence easier.

If the brandy used as a preservative is disagreeable, you can place 4 to 7 drops in a small glass of water or fruit juice. Sip this glass slowly, allowing the liquid to stay in your mouth awhile before swallowing.

Will An Essence Interfere With Other Remedies?

Generally speaking, essences are compatible with other herbs, drugs, or vibrational remedies. However, if you have a medical condition, it's best to discuss using essences with a physician or flower essence consultant, as some remedies do have physical effects.