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Sustainability Through Flower Essences

Posted by admin on Oct 9, 2010

©2010 Darla Graves Palmer

There are ever so many reasons why I’m drawn to flower essences, and one of them, I’ve realized recently, is because of how they fully support and embrace sustainability. In this time of ecological need, even a single flower can provide us with enough essence for thousands of doses.

7802225.thbWhen I was in school studying Ayurveda, the use of herbs is a major part of advanced therapeutics. And I like herbs! I use herbs and spices. I recommend them, too, in moderation, but usually along the lines of ‘food’ or nourishment — for taste, to enhance digestion, stimulate Agni, reduce Ama. For therapeutics, however, I generally prefer the energy remedies like flower essences, or their partners gem essences (or even homeopathic remedies or cell salts).

How many plants are grown in order to produce a tincture, dried herb or powder that provides very limited dosing and lasts X number of months or years? And yet, with the energy remedies, they can maintain their potency for many decades. That’s a tremendous difference when it comes to how we care for Mother Earth, and how we graciously accept her generosity. So, while herbs in their more gross state (dry, powder, tincture) are natural and necessary (and certainly have their place of use therefore I support their continued organic and ecologically-conscious cultivation), I do feel that our global future lies in the resonance and subtle energy of all life — including the move of vibrational remedies to the forefront of therapeutics and healing.


In The Yoga of Herbs, the authors (Drs. Frawley and Lad) present this energetic view of plants, and thus herbs, beautifully, even discussing The Manifestation of Consciousness into Plants. Further, when discussing the Prabhava or special potency of herbs, the authors state that “Herbs also possess subtler and more specific qualities that transcend thought and that cannot be placed into a system of energetics.” [Note: this particular reference to energetics is to the gross matter effects of the herbs through rasa, virya and vipaka] They go on to say that “Ayurveda investigates the occult and spiritual effects of substances, and is not limited to any materialistic or chemical-based theory. It understands the value and the limitation of systems, and only uses them as a guide, not as a rigid rule.”

This is where I feel the energy/vibrational remedies come into play and shine their Light in the healing arts, and is perhaps part of why homeopathic remedies were so immediately and widely used throughout India — because of the spiritual background that is at the heart of Ayurveda. One of my passions is to fully and clearly incorporate the use of flower essences energy remedies into the Ayurvedic system of healing. This seems so natural and supports the Ayurvedic awareness of the gifts of plant life (and all life) according to ancient texts. In fact, I’m surprised that flower essences aren’t already a primary component of India’s ancient healing methods, either through Ayurveda or Yoga in its full meaning.

Plants “bring to us the universal light so that we can enter the universal life.” And it would seem to me that a big part of this awareness of interconnectedness is honoring these gifts, not through mass cultivation or over-harvesting, but through opening to the next level of energetic resonance so that the plants can flourish.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Darla Graves Palmer first turned to the vibrational remedies as a way to fully support the many animals in her care, but later they also became part of a journey to empower humans toward their own self-healing and self-realization. Darla’s web site is www.holisticare.info.


I love this!! I have often thought the same about both healing essences as well as homeopathic remedies! I have always been attracted to the philosophy of Ayurveda too, and would love to know how to classify local (Western) herbs into their system, as it is beautiful. To my knowledge, no one has done this, though it has been done with Chinese Medicine. Thanks for this great blog post Darla!

October 10th, 2010 | 12:00 am

Thank you for an interesting and enlightening article! Blessings, Patricia

October 11th, 2010 | 12:07 am

Amen and OM

October 11th, 2010 | 12:48 am
Anne Ryan:

Lovely article. The importance of the spiritual aspect of plant healing cannot be underestimated. Thank you Vibration for the continuous stream of quality information.

October 11th, 2010 | 4:22 am

Thank you. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed and connected with some of my thoughts in the article. – Bright Blessings -

October 11th, 2010 | 8:37 pm