Desert Flower Essences

Flower essences are infusions of flowers in water, potentized through sunlight, and stabilized in solutions of brandy and water. Suffused with the flower's vibrational imprint, they each resonate with -- and can strengthen -- different universal qualities in us. Flower essences can be used to safely support healing and health.

Flower essences contain no scent (except the brandy added for stabilization), and are distinct from essential oils. They are also extremely dilute, thus differing from herbal tinctures which are created from concentrated extracts of different plant parts. A few drops at a time can be taken directly, placed in water, or even placed in a mist bottle and sprayed on the skin or around a room.

Many people are familiar with Bach Flower Remedies, developed by physician, bacteriologist, and homeopath Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930's. He had a successful practice in England, but felt medicine of that period focused too much on disease and not enough on health.

From experience treating patients, Dr. Bach also recognized that consciousness and emotions strongly influence health. Over several years he succeeded in finding and developing 37 original flower-based remedies to help heal painful emotional states.

"Health depends on being in harmony with our souls."
~Dr. Edward Bach, 1932

Desert Flower Essences are co-created between Cynthia Athina Kemp Scherer in Tucson, AZ and flowers growing wild in the Sonoran Desert. Ms. Scherer has researched and worked with these essences since 1983, and has also trained others (including me) in their use.

As an environment, the desert offers many life lessons; it has traditionally been a place people go in order to deepen their sense of spiritual connectedness. The Sonoran desert is varied, expansive, and lush with life. It contains harsh temperature extremes, rocky soil, intense light, monsoon floods, and a wide variety of animals and birds. Plants living here develop perfect survival strategies for such a challenging place; flower essences made from them retain this vitality.

Many homeopathic practitioners note that the substances most needed to heal us often come from our local environment.

Desert Flower Essence Therapy is the practice of using desert flower essences in a consistent, purposeful way to enhance emotional harmony and spiritual well-being. Through their vibrational qualities, Desert Flower Essences can help us become aware of and release deeply conditioned and limiting ways of perceiving ourselves and others; destructive behavior patterns can resolve.

Flower essences work on an energetic, rather than on a direct physical or chemical, level. There are many forms of energy that are imperceptible to our senses, but which still impact us: x-rays, UV light from the sun, and microwaves are a few examples.

Flower essences cannot substitute for mechanical and surgical procedures such as setting broken bones or repairing anatomical problems -- but they can ease post-surgical healing processes on a subtle level.

Flower essences can be used with other forms of treatment, including homeopathy, to assist in opening our awareness. Becoming aware of previously ignored or unknown aspects of ourselves can be uncomfortable at times, but use of Desert Flower Essences can also help if this arises.

Some people may prefer to use only Desert Flower Essences in their healing work. From a total of 210 individual essences and composite formulas, these are selected according to core issues the person wishes to address.

"I like to call flower essences agents of consciousness. They can help us to see beyond the apparent to find the essential. Their very nature is essential, as they are the essence, or essential consciousness, of a plant. They help us to see our own essence, or essential aspects of ourselves."    ~Cynthia Athina Kemp Scherer

"What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well."
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery