Since it is Spring I’m celebrating the magical energies of plants. Everything blossoms and transforms in Spring. It‘s a time of great growth and beauty. My new book, ‘The Book of Sacred Baths: 52 Bathing Rituals to Revitalize Your Spirit,’ is being published by Llewellyn Worldwide and is due out in just two short months. I am filled with joy about that. The sun is shining and people are already stopping to enjoy life more.
I’ve been studying some things related to plants that enhance wellness. My family and I learned about the Japanese tea ceremony together and I’ve taken many courses in essential oils and flower essences. So, today for this tea blog I thought it would be fun to write about how you can enhance your average cup of tea by adding flower essences!
Let’s begin with a distinction between flower essences and essential oils. Essential oils are derived from the actual plant material and are highly concentrated. I do not suggest drinking them and in some cases this could have a dangerous reaction. I use essential oils in my sacred baths (mixed with Epsom salts and dispersed in water) and in a diffuser but I do not ingest them.
In contrast, Flower essence is created by infusing the energy of the plant into pure spring water preserved with brandy or an organic vegetable glycerin via sun or moon light. It is a vibrational imprint of a flower and practitioners say that flower essences affect our consciousness and that we begin to resonate in harmony with the qualities of that flower. Flower essences can be drunk, under the tongue or in water. Also, essential oils smell like the plant but flower essences don’t. They both come in these tiny jars and can look alike, so please be careful to only add flower essences to your tea!
You can also make your own flower essences. I did this with my kids, but since this is beyond the scope of this blog, you can research it if you want to do so. For now I’d suggest purchasing Bach Flower essences for your tea. ~ Dr. Paulette Kouffman Sherman