Flower Essences

What are Flower Essences?

Flower Essences are a form of energy medicine that is extremely effective in resolving physical complaints stemming from imbalances in the mental, emotional, or spiritual planes of being. Flower essences are special in that they work behind the scenes, to give a person the support they need to move towards health. The support flower essences give is gentle, providing more ways to understand a problem, or a new perspective on what is happening in the body. Flower Essences support energetic shifts where the imbalance is occurring, and therefore can support the body in healing diseases, relieving pain, and calming the mind and emotions.

Flower Essences are made from the buds of flowers, plants, and trees, specially prepared to capture the energy of the transformation occurring in the plant while it blossoms. The remedies are diluted and potentized during preparation making them more effective for many situations than the standard herbal extract.

Flower Essence combinations can be taken by mouth, used as a room spray, put in bath water, or used in lotions or salves. Flower essences are friendly. They can be used alone or in combination with other remedies. Often flowers, minerals, and environmental essences will work together to create a combination essence. All of these essences can be taken with food, be combined with herbal tinctures, combined with essential oils, and are difficult to overdose on.

Combinationsfor oral use are made in alcohol, vinegar, or glycerin to preserve them. Combinations in just water can be used in people who use the essences quickly (1 week or less) or who are sensitive to alcohol, glycerin, and/or vinegar.

Spray combinations are best for people who do not like to take oral medicines, or when treating a room or environment is beneficial.

Flower essences can be used in bath water, added to lotion, liquid soap, and so on. It is important to use the remedy regularly for the body to make the best use of the support the essences offer.

Flower Essences work best when used consistently for a period of time. If taking a remedy by mouth, generally 5 drops 3 times a day either directly on the tongue or in a drink is good. They can be taken more often if needed.

Spray flower essences can be sprayed around a person, around a room, or above a person’s sleeping area. It is best to spray the essence 2 to 3 times per day.

Flower Essence combinations can be used for a few days to several months depending in the issues and conditions being addressed.

Flower Essences used in Dr. Hodsdon’s practice

Dr. Hodsdon uses flower essences from a variety of sources in her combination remedies. Sometimes people or specific problems will resonate with flowers from a specific geographic area. The essences Dr. Hodsdon primarily uses include:


  • Bach Flower Essences
  • California Flower Essences (Flower Essence Society)
  • Alaskan Flower Essences, Gem elixirs and Environmental essences
  • Desert Alchemy Flower Essences
  • Alaskan Flower Essences are core in most of Dr. Hodsdon’s flower essence combinations. The flowers enjoy working with gems and in environments as they would in nature. The essences from the plant kingdom in all the flower essences allow our consciousness to shift and change. The Gem elixirs are made from the mineral kingdom and help to integrate and stabilize the shifts in consciousness into the physical body. The environmental essences add specific energetic qualities to nurture and sustain the changes that are being made at the core level of a person’s being. By using essences from the plant, mineral, and elemental kingdoms, the essences anchor the energetic changes into the physical body.

    Flower Essence Consultations

    Flower Essences are usually prescribed as part of an individualized treatment plan during a Naturopathic consultation. Short appointments are available for individualized flower essence combinations either by phone or in person.