|Irises in Monet's garden by Claude Monet | 1900 | Oil on Canvas| Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France|
I was one of those who was sceptical about the healing power of aromatherapies. I always wondered to myself if it was merely a placebo effect that you can counteract whatever sadness or stress or pain you're feeling. How can a drop of essence or essential oils can make your stomach pain go away? can get you a good night sleep after countless of sleepless nights? can make you feel at peace after a long-going of stress and sadness? How? Just because the bottle claims to heal a specific thing, will you automatically think so?
I now believe that the use of aromatherapy has certainly helped me in how I carry myself. It helps me evolve as a person, and helps to rediscover what I really am and want to be as a person. It sounds cheesy I know, but it's true. Life has ups and downs, and we do need support every now and then. A drop of my favourite essence that brings delicate beautiful smell can really stand as a pillar before I go out of the house. I always set goals each day, to challenge myself and in accordance to the goal, I choose my essence. It acts like an affirmative to help me commit. Negative thoughts can often get inside of me but things as simple as smell can act as a powerful tool to remind me of what I have set for the day.
I personally love flower essences more in comparison to essential oils. Just the idea of the words 'flower essences' set me off to feeling vibrant and delicate, it instantly calms me down. Different from essential oils, flower essences do not have a scent and are extremely diluted infusions of flower, it is so diluted that there are no plants parts left in the water (source). Rather than physically extracted, essences are diluted inside a water or alcohol, and they are infused and diluted this way to capture their true vibrational energy in relation to spiritual (emotional) and physical health (source). Flower essences are generally safer than essential oils because they are very gentle and yet effective, they be used by anyone from pregnant ladies and babies to pets! (although when in doubt, consulting with an expert is the best way to ensure). Flower essences stimulate lasting changes by balancing your personal 'vibration' or unique energy pattern, thus it is adaptable to each person. In terms of effectiveness, flower essences should be used 3-5 times a day in order to feel a quick difference and keep using it to have a long-lasting result. It carries such positive energy that can immensely affect your inner. Many ways to incorporate flower essences to your daily life is to use it as an elixir (mix it into your beverages), as a mist throughout your work or living spaces, rub them on your face and neck, behind the ears and also pulse points, massages, or a bath.
My favourite for flower essences is the balancing serum range by Lotus Wei. I have also tried a couple of their elixirs but yet need to try how effective the mists work. Will be reviewing the brand on a separate post.
'I am sure that cellphones when they first came out, people were sceptical about the idea that there were little waves coming from their phones on the other end of conversation. But now, we all accept of it as a normal part of daily life. For some reason it's easier for people to accept little waves of energy can eminate from their phone, but it's harder to believe the waves of energy coming from a living plant or flower, or a person for that matter' - Katie Hannees, the founder of Lotus Wei.
Have you tried flower essences? Do you make your own concoctions or is there particular mix from a brand that you love?