A type of remedy made from flowers. They are typically made by placing flowers in a bowl of spring water and leaving them to infuse in natural sunlight, or boiling them in spring water. The flowers are then discarded and the liquid is preserved with brandy, diluted and then sold in 10 mL vials.
Flower essences can be taken orally, applied to the skin at pulse points, sprayed on skin or added to baths.
According to proponents of flower essences, the flowers are thought to leave their distinct imprint ("energetic pattern") on the spring water. When a person uses a flower remedy that matches his or her emotional state, the remedy is thought to resolve emotional stress and treat any related physical ailments.
The founder of flower essences is believed to be Edward Bach, an English physician and homeopath. His line of flower essences, called Bach flower remedies, are still in production today.