What exactly are essences?
Let's begin with a dictionary definition for "essence." Then we'll explore the ways nature essences can help you restore sanity in a crazy world.
essence n. (Oxford American Dictionary)
1. all that makes a thing what it is, its nature
2. an indispensable quality or element
3. an extract of something, containing all its important qualities in concentrated form
As you can see in the first two definitions, the essence of something is intangible - a "quality" rather than a substance. Yet it makes any given thing all that it is. The third definition, an extract, refers to an actual physical attribute, such as an herbal extract that contains actual chemical constituents.
featherhawk essences are most like the first two definitions. They contain no chemical constituents, just the "indispensable qualities" of nature. They are made from potentized water that is stabilized with alcohol or an alcohol-free herbal infusion, both of which give them an indefinite shelf life.
The water is potentized when the healing pattern of a plant, mineral, animal or other aspect of nature is imprinted into it by either physically placing the object in a bowl of water, or by invoking the life force into the water by attunement and intention. Either way, the water takes on the life force of the source and makes it available to us. The process itself is quite simple, yet profoundly sacred.
Flower essences were first developed in the 1930's by the English physician, Edward Bach. Dr. Bach was a classically trained physician who became a pioneer in understanding the relationship of emotions to the health of body and mind. Today we call this the "body/mind connection," or the tongue-twister, "psychoneuroimmunology."
Dr. Bach was aware that many physical diseases could be directly related to a person's mental attitude. He also noted that emotions and thoughts affect the nervous system and the immune system, which can create stress, and stress can create illness. His philosophy was this: if harmony is restored to a person's mental and emotional outlook, he or she could then deal with the stresses of daily life and restore health and harmony. He also believed that people know themselves well enough that a system such as flower essences could be easily understood and utilized by them without the supervision of a doctor or other medical professional. This simple doctrine continues to guide the use of essences today.
featherhawk was one of the first companies to produce animal essences, and has also expanded the world of essences to include sacred geometry, environmental phenomena, place, and sound, color and light.
The important issues we face in our lives today have expanded beyond Dr. Bach's day, as well. While the issues identified and addressed by the essences he produced are still with us, we are facing other critical problems that were not even heard of in the 1920's and 1930's.
We have generated tons of synthetic chemical compounds that now pollute our air, water, food, soil, and bodies. We suffer from diseases and disorders and syndromes and are given synthetic drugs to treat and manage our many "illnesses."
We are no longer customers to be cared for and supported; we are now "consumers" under the influence of "marketing specialists" for whom selling one more drug, frankenfood or widget is more important than whether or not the product contributes to our health and well-being or the common good.
We are bombarded with information and technology that wasn't even dreamed of in the first part of the 20th century. And we are exploring issues of sexuality, religion, relationship, childhood abuse, spirituality, race, and more that were simply not part of the public conversation even 20 or 30 years ago. The stress of dealing with all of this chemical and informational input is driving us to distraction if not all the way to crazy.
Essences, which can safely and sanely address all these issues and more, are one of the most important holistic healing tools available to us in the 21st century.
It is easy to confuse essences and essential oils because the names are similar and the words are sometimes used to mean the same thing. However, they are very different both in substance and in action.
Essences are fragrance-free and they are taken internally. They influence how you think and feel about yourself and your life, they reconnect your body's electrical system which contributes to health and well-being, and they assist you in remembering your soul purpose. They are very easy to use for yourself, your family and friends, even your animal companions. They are also free of side effects and completely safe for people and animals of all ages, including newborns and the elderly.
Oils, of course, create much of their positive impact due to their fragrance, and they are generally applied externally. Oils also contain substances that affect the chemistry of your body. The most important difference between essences and essential oils is this: when you use essential oils, you want to be knowledgeable about them yourself, or work with an experienced practitioner who can give you advice for safe use.
Essences are safe for even the most inexperienced user - take too much or the "wrong" one, and your body will simply release it.
Your personal wellness program might include both essences and essential oils---they work beautifully together.
With regular use you can:
The power of essence therapy is multi-layered:
On the physical level, essences reconnect your body's electrical system the moment you take a dose. This immediately reduces stress and restores a sense of calm. As this happens, your body will "take a breath," so to speak, and automatically begin its task of restoring balance and wholeness.
Remember that your body is designed to be healthy; it knows very well how to heal with even the tiniest amount of encouragement from you. You are a sovereign being with the personal authority to know yourself and do what you needs to restore and maintain good health.
On the emotional level essences help identify and transform deeply held patterns and beliefs, gently peeling away layers of denial, shame, or fear, for example, which no longer serve your highest and best good. In many cases these patterns are hidden from your conscious awareness. The gift of awareness leads to the freedom of letting go and moving on.
On the mental level, the description of each essence offers your mind information to think about and ways to identify patterns and habits that may be contributing to your current issues. This information helps you consciously make another choice free of self-judgment.
At the spiritual level, essences remind you of your wholeness and life purpose. Many experiences of childhood separate you from your inherent divinity, your sacred memory of choosing this planet, this lifetime, this family, this body. Essences gently and lovingly help you remember your original soul intent, your original created self.
Again, remember you are a sovereign being. As you explore your inner knowing and magnificence and begin to trust who you are at your core, you begin to live in the moment and find your authentic self-expression.
The easiest way to choose essences is to read the descriptions and select the ones that call to you. Because there are nearly 500 essences in the featherhawk line (including research essences), you can begin by looking over the entire repertory (by category or in alphabetical order). Skim over the names and see what catches your eye. Click on the essences that call to you, read the descriptions, and choose among them. You can also browse among all the descriptions until you find the ones that most closely match your feelings or the issue you are working on. Take your time
Learn to use muscle testing to determine which essences you need. For instructions, click here. If you know how to dowse using a pendulum, or if you have a favorite intuitive technique that you are comfortable with, use what you know.
You can also check out the Themes and Soul Issues page to help narrow your selections.
Essences are traditionally taken under the tongue, 2 to 4 drops, 2 to 4 times a day for 3 to 4 weeks. Take a few drops more often rather than increasing the number of drops per dose if you feel you need to take more. For example, take 4 drops 6 times a day rather than 12 drops 2 times a day.
It is perfectly safe to take an essence every 5 minutes in crisis. Trauma Soulution and Classic Five. are VERY effective in an emergency or highly stressful situation. You should begin to feel calm within 15 or 20 minutes.
Be aware that any essence will help you in an emergency, so use what you have on hand. When you get home, take what you know you need, or check yourself using dowsing or muscle testing to determine which essences will be best for you.
You can take your essences directly from the bottle, or combine several essences in one dropper bottle to take for several days. Put 4 to 7 drops of each selected essence into a dropper bottle filled with pure water and 1 or 2 teaspoons of brandy (or half vinegar). Shake the bottle well to blend the essences, and take 4 drops 4 times a day, or use muscle testing to determine your dosage schedule.
Be careful that the dropper doesn't touch your lips, teeth or other parts of your mouth or skin. If the dropper does make contact or if you accidentally drop it, rinse the dropper well in hot water before putting it back into the bottle.
I once let a dropper slip into a bucket of very dirty water that had been used to clean a kennel... to say the least, I took the dropper completely apart, washed it carefully in hot, soapy water, and thoroughly rinsed it before putting it back into the bottle. Use common sense!
I also recommend you open just one bottle at a time so you don't mix up droppers and bottles. If you put the Hawk dropper in the Calendula bottle, the Calendula is compromised. If you take the dropper out of the Calendula and put it back in the Hawk, both are compromised.
Essences have an indefinite shelf life as long as they do not become contaminated with dirt, saliva or other essences, so take care when using them and they will serve you well.
In an emergency or crisis you can take any essence you have and its vital, positive frequency will help restore harmony and peacefulness. Then as soon as possible, test for the most appropriate remedy for the situation.
Essences are very safe for babies and children. Because they are free of chemical constituents (other than the alcohol or herbal stabilizer), there is no risk of harmful side effects.
Animals are especially responsive to the gentle effects of essences. In addition to your animal friends at home, you can use them with other animals where you work or volunteer such as a farm or ranch, a zoo or veterinary clinic, a wildlife rehab center, animal rescue, or animal control department, etc. Essences calm and restore a sense of safety and well-being for animals as effectively as they do for humans.
Because essences work primarily in the aura or energy field, they can be administered externally in these ways:
If the animal is not part of your own household, be sure to ask permission of the responsible human before using essences on his or her animal.
For more information go to the Holistic Animal Care page.
"Side effects" are rare when taking nature and flower essences. Unlike conventional drug interventions which affect the chemistry of the body, essences affect the electrical system and energy field (aura), especially the emotions. They also have a profound affect on the soul.
In the years I've been sharing these gentle healers I have received very few calls about challenging responses. These "signs of success" ,as I've come to call them, indicate movement and progress, They pass in a short time, usually within a few days.
Here are some of the stronger effects you might experience:
These are signs the body is letting go of old emotional baggage and I consider them to be signs of success! Your body is willing to move beyond past behavior patterns and create new connections to your original soul blueprint and is letting go of what no longer supports you. Responses like this are not common, and if they occur you can expect them to pass in 2 or 3 days.
Essences contain no harmful chemicals that impact the physical body. They are vibrational remedies that affect your emotions, electrical system, energy field, and soul.
If you experience an unwanted response, continue to take the essence(s) at a reduced dosage. One drop in the morning and one in the evening will maintain the essence's frequency in your system while diminishing the unwanted effects. Over the next week or two, increase the dose until you are taking the recommended number of drops on schedule.
Another consideration is the number of essences you're taking at one time. If you are emotionally or physically sensitive, take just one essence at a time. If you are taking several essences at one time, narrow your selection to the one that seems to best reflect what is needed. Make your choices by reading the descriptions, selecting an essence intuitively, or use muscle testing or dowsing. If you do not see a change within a short time (2 or 3 days up to a week) stop using that one and choose another.
Alcohol is used to stabilize and preserve the essences. Brandy was used by Dr. Bach, and is the traditional stabilizer. In the featherhawk line, Vodka is the alcohol of choice. It gives the essences an indefinite shelf-life as long as they do not become contaminated with dirt or saliva. If you drop a dropper, for example, or it if touches your mouth or tongue, rinse it well under hot water before putting it back into the bottle.
NOTE: Essences stabilized in vodka have a white cap and squeeze bulb.
You can choose an alcohol-free stabilizer at no extra charge. It's made from an infusion of Red Shiso herb blended with a touch of vinegar. On the website there is a drop-down menu for each essence where you can indicate your preference when you place your order. If you order by phone or email, be sure to mention that you want red shiso.
Red Shiso herb is a member of the mint family and is commonly used in macrobiotic cooking. The active ingredient in red shiso is Perilla Aldehyde, a preservative documented to have 1,000 times the strength of synthetic food preservatives. In oriental medicine it has been used to calm the nervous system, activate the digestive system, help with colds and coughs, and as a diuretic.
It is rich in vitamins A, B2, C, Chlorophyll, iron and calcium, and it contains linoleic acid, which has the ability to dissolve cholesterol. Because it does not have a strong fragrance, it is safe to take with all natural remedies including homeopathics.
NOTE: Essence stabilized with red shiso and distilled white vinegar have a black and white cap to distinguish them from the alcohol-based essences.
Yes. Essences are a wonderful complement to any type of health care including herbs and other supplements, homeopathy, acupuncture or acupressure, massage therapy and energy work, hypnotherapy, chiropractic, psychotherapy, and standard medical care.
Yes. Essences balance and harmonize your emotions and the flow of energy in your body. Because they are free of chemical constituents, it is highly unlikely that taking an essence would interfere with your medication. If you are concerned with the alcohol content, remember that you are only taking a few drops at each dose. If you take 4 drops 4 times a day, for example, your total alcohol intake each day would be lust 4 drops.
If you still feel there might be an unpleasant interaction between any medication you are taking and the alcohol in an essence, dilute the drops in a glass of water and sip during the day, add the drops to a cup of hot tea or warm water to dissipate the alcohol, or choose the alcohol-free herbal stabilizer Red Shiso.
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