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Ethnobotany Data: Who are Flower Essence Practitioners?

Posted by admin on Jan 8, 2011

Editors’ Note: Back in July, 2010, Vibration Magazine published a request for flower essence practitioners to participate in graduate student, Erin Galiger’s masters’ thesis research in the field of Ethnobotany through University of Kent, at Canterbury (UK). She promised to share the data with participants, and she also sent a copy to Vibration.  She has kindly permitted us to publish portions of it here.  Find the intro to this series of posts here.

By Erin Galiger, M.Sc. Ethnobotany

21191184.thbFlower essence practitioner personal information

Given that 77 out of 80 practitioner questionnaire respondents were female, a fair argument can be made that the practice of Flower Essence Therapy (FET) is currently dominated by females in the U.S. and U.K.  Seventy-three out of eighty (91%) of all flower essence practitioners practice other Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) modalities.  These CAM modalities include Reiki, Aromatherapy, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Herbalism, Chiropractic, Shamanic healing, Yoga, and various other energy healing modalities.

Table. Sex, Age, Years of experience, and CAM use among participating flower essence practitioners.



Female Male Aged 45 or under Aged 46 – 59 Aged 60 or above Avg. # Yrs. Using  flower essences Avg. # Yrs. as a practitioner Practice other Complementary and Alt. Meds.
U.S. (46) 43 3 5 27 14 19 13.4 87%
U.S. BFRP (11) 11 0 2 9 0 15.3 8.8 82%
U.K.(14) 14 0 2 10 2 17.8 11.2 86%
U.K. BFRP (9) 9 0 2 5 2 13.2 5.2 89%

Data suggests that the majority flower essence practitioners have previously studied and use other CAM modalities, indicating that many practitioners have a background in holistic medicine and belief systems that accompany it.  While there are some practitioners who only offer Flower Essence Therapy to their clients, Flower Essence Therapy appears to be most commonly used as an adjunct therapy.

20826362.thbThe majority of all responding practitioners’ initial experience with flower essences was using flower essences on themselves for life challenges (U.S. 79%, U.S.BFRP 73%, U.K. 86%, U.K.BFRP 89%), followed by those who used them on themselves for physical issues (U.S. 26%, U.S. B 37%, U.K. 29%, U.K.B 23%), and on animals (U.S. 24%, U.S.B 37%, U.K. 14%, U.K.B 12%).  All of both U.K. and U.S. Bach Foundation Registered Practitioners (BFRP) first studied and trained under the Bach system.  The Bach Centre’s head office in the U.S. is located in Maryland, and has an education department that schedules training programs throughout the country.  For U.S. practitioners, 61% first studied the Bach system (non-registered), 44% first studied the Flower Essence Services (FES) system (some certified), and other systems listed at a lower percentage were in the states of Virginia, Alaska, New Hampshire, and Arizona.  For U.K. practitioners, 86% first studied the Bach system (non-registered) and other systems listed at a lower percentage included Desert Alchemy, Star, Spirit-In-Nature, Australian Bush, and Greenman.  Most of the practitioners interviewed explained that many practitioners attend several trainings and workshops from multiple systems (“we tend to cross-pollinate”) as opposed to Bach Foundation Registered Practitioners who tend to stay within the Bach system.

Table. Various terms flower essence practitioners may use to describe themselves.

Descriptives U.S U.S. BFRP U.K. U.K. BFRP
Intuitive 85% 73% 93% 100%
Analytical 50% 91% 29% 34%
Counselor/Therapist 53% 73% 71% 78%
A Highly Sensitive Person 63% 64% 57% 34%
An Empath 48% 55% 43% 45%
Know Repertoire backwards & forwards 26% 82% 14% 23%
Communicate with Spirit Guide(s) 50% 28% 43% 12%
Communicate with Plant Spirits/Devas 57% 9% 29%
Clairsentient 40% 19% 29% 12%
Clairaudient 37% 9% 21%
Clairvoyant 26% 19% 7% 12%

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Erin Galiger has recently finished the MSc Ethnobotany program at the University of Kent, at Canterbury. She is an LMT, herbalist, and is now looking forward to incorporate FET into her practice. Having recently moved to Santa Fe, NM, she plans on conducting informal studies to aid in the further documentation of FET success with clients, and aims to spread awareness about this powerful subtle medicine to as many people as possible. Contact information: egaliger@care2.com

1 Comment »

Re: Bach – they have to stay within the Bach system or Bach will not allow them to practice!

January 11th, 2011 | 1:40 pm