I was a mess. I’d just pulled an all-nighter to finish grading a batch of term papers (and finish writing my own). By the time I dragged myself to campus that morning, I was blurry-eyed and completely stressed out. A friend and fellow grad student followed me into my office and pulled a small brown apothecary bottle out of her bag.
“Here,” she said, “you look like you could use a little rescue.”
Turns out it was Rescue Remedy, a flower essence that’s been around for nearly 100 years. Floral essences are infusions that can be ingested or used in an aromatherapy diffuser. They’re said to help align our inner and outer selves. According to some naturopaths, floral essences target the underlying emotional imbalances that cause physical discomfort.
Different flowers have different uses for self-healing: holly when you’re angry, olive when you’re exhausted, rose when you’re anxious, orange when you’re sad, and many, many more. You can find floral essences at most natural groceries or even make your own!
DIY Floral Essence
• Do some reading to determine which flower is appropriate for your self-healing.
• Sprinkle fresh flower petals into a clean bowl of water.
• Place the bowl before you and set your intention.
• Spend a few minutes meditating on what it is you want to balance within yourself.
• Let the flower water sit for several hours.
• Bottle your infusion.
I think back to when I tried that first floral essence 20 years ago. I remember feeling silly as I squeezed a few drops under my tongue. But you know what? I quickly felt a little calmer. It was clarifying somehow. Placebo effect, I wondered? The tiny percentage of alcohol in the distillation, my friend joked? Or, was it possible that this simple concoction truly worked?
I don’t have the answer. But I do keep a bottle of Rescue Remedy in my bag.
We’d love to hear from you! If you’ve tried floral essences, leave a comment with your thoughts.
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