What Are Flower Essences?
Flower essences are herbal infusions that stimulate positive qualities within our own nature. How do they work? Just as plucking a string on one violin will cause the same string on another violin nearby to vibrate in unison, flower essences awaken certain qualities that we already possess: love with the Grape Essence, for example, or strength and courage with Tomato Essence.
The 20 Master's Flower Essences, prepared from the blossoms of fruit trees and vegetable plants, are as familiar to us as the foods on our table.Everyone knows apples, oranges and pears. Now we can also understand their nutritional benefits.
History of Master's Flower Essences
Master's Flower Essences, established in 1977 by founder Lila Devi Stone, are the oldest essence line outside the U.K. It was the Indian sage, Paramhansa Yogananda (1893-1952), who explained that specific uplifting influences are inherent in certain foods. To develop these qualities, he recommended eating the corresponding foods in their fresh and natural states, such as cherries for cheerfulness. Just how many cherries would we have to eat to receive these benefits? Certainly more than we could comfortably eat at on sitting! It takes time to reap the full benefit from even the best of foods. In the present age with its exaggerated restlessness, people are impatient for results. The most effective and immediate way of obtaining such results is in their essential form, extracted from the fruit or vegetable blossoms, which contain 90 percent of the life force of the plant.
Decades of case studies, direct testimonials, and ongoing research support this ancient wisdom. Nature has given us fruits and vegetables so that we might benefit from their nutritional sustenance; flowers so that we might be inspired; and flower essences to help us transform ourselves through their purity and power. In taking Master's Flower Essences, we become masters of our own lives.
How the Essences are Made
Master's Flower Essences are prepared in the clean desert air of the Sierra Nevada foothills at Ananda Village, outside Nevada City, California (the tropical varieties, are made in Hawaii). The blossoms of the particular plants or trees are carefully selected and floated on pure spring water in a glass bowl. After sitting in the direct sunlight for 3 to 4 hours, the blossoms are discarded. This "mother essence" is stored out of heat and sunlight in a dark bottle half-filled with a brandy preservative. From this solution, the Stock Concentrate is prepared. The essences will retain their potency for 6 to 10 years.
The Master's Essences Spectrum Chart
This Spectrum Chart defines and categorizes Master's Flower Essences. It is divided into halves: 10 essences that are masculine in nature--creating, building, outwardly expressive, and reason-oriented--and 10 feminine in nature--yielding, nurturing, inwardly directed, and feeling-oriented.
The Spectrum also contains 4 Quadrants of 5 essences, each representing a different stage of life and season of the year. Quadrant 1 captures a lighter, softer quality, much like the awakening of living things in springtime. The second Quadrant depicts drive, the fire of youth, and the blossoming energy of summer. The third, symbolizing autumn and middle age, expresses a continuation of the masculine drive to complete tasks, and the harvesting of a deepening maturity. Quadrant 4 of feminine essences signifies the return to a gentler nature ripened with love, much as winter concludes the natural order of the seasons.
How to Take Them
Stock Concentrate may be used in two ways: Most people prefer to take it directly, 2 to 4 drops under the tongue, 4 times a day or added to water, juice, or tea. Topical application is equally as effective and is recommended for those with brandy sensitivity. Or add 16 Stock drops to a tub of bath water or 4 Stock drops to 1/4 cup of lotion or oil, or to a misting bottle. The same directions apply to infants and children. (Please see our pets brochure for directions for animals.) Taking them more often--even 10 to 20 times a day--can be beneficial, especially in acute or emergency situations.
Our research shows that using one essence at a time gives quicker and more noticeable results than combination formulas--usually within the first 3 days. With this method, you will know which essence is working for you. Most people take an essence for several days to two weeks, though longer is also common. Before bed and on arising are two especially helpful dosage times. Repeating affirmations, which helps to engage the conscious mind and uplift the subconscious mind, can strengthen the benefits of the essences. As with homeopathy, take them without food--10 minutes before a meal or one hour after. How to know when to stop taking an essence? Continue a day or two after you notice the results you are looking for. Will the desired changes be permanent? In most cases, yes--but since we don't live in a vacuum, it is possible that certain issues will resurface and need to be addressed again.
What Results to Expect
Since flower essences work vibrationally rather than biochemically, they do not need to be absorbed into the bloodstream or go through the digestive system to take effect. Thus results can be immediate, ranging anywhere from mild to dramatic. Many people report that they "feel like themselves again," in the best possible way. They are completely safe to use: nontoxic and without contraindications, side effects, or the possibility of overdosing. Their benefits are complementary to other herbal therapies and treatment. Please note that flower essences do not directly treat physical symptoms.