DIY Flower Essences Course: Part Two
Wildcrafting Your Raw Materials
“The pristine clarity of a flower’s uplifting vibrations adjusts the tone of one’s thoughts and feelings, bringing them back into harmony with the richness of one’s true nature.”
James Green - The Herbal Medicine Maker’s Handbook
Welcome to part two of our DIY flower essences course, in which we’ll be working together to create a library of energetic remedies from the flowers, plants and trees in season.
In today’s post I’ll walk you through:
Safely foraging for, and harvesting medicines
Preparing the Mother Essence (the water from which your final remedy will be made)
Alternative approaches for experimentation
As you’ll see, it’s an immersive, creative process that yields very satisfying results. All that’s required is for you to take the time to really give yourself permission to connect with Nature. If you’re joining in with this project, please feel free to leave your comments and questions in the thread below. It would be great if a few of us got involved - that way, I can create a live round table session so we can all share our thoughts and experiences.
A Quick Recap:
Flower essences are liquid solutions that contain the energetic or vibrational imprint of a flower, plant or tree. Although nobody can fully explain how this all really works, I like to compare the effect to how your hand might feel after receiving a Hollywood Handshake, the emotions experienced when you encounter a lingering scent on a favourite jumper, or the energy transferred to this book after it was signed by my herbal hero.
Christopher Hedley was a medical herbalist and all round wonderful human being. I feel privileged to have been a student at the time of his writing, and his work is one of the most precious of all the texts in my personal library. His method for making flower essences is detailed in this book, and it is how I first learned to make them.
“How a plant is in the world is how it will be in you,” was a favourite saying of this inspirational and gentle man.
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