Flower remedies come in two forms – single flower remedies and combination formulas.
- Individual flower remedies. These contain a single flower remedy presented in 15ml amber glass dropper bottle. These typically come in box sets and are sold to professional health practitioners who want mix their own combinations for their clients.
- Combination remedies. These contain 5-7 flower remedies that have been pre-mixed and are presented in a 25ml dropper bottle. Combination are usually sold in retail stores such as chemists to people who want a ready-to-use solution to their emotional problem.
- Health professionals buy box sets of individual flower remedies because they want to design combinations themselves.
- Retail customers or beginners buy combinations because they have been prepared by an expert who knows more than they do.
This article is about designing your own combination flower remedies using “flower essence recipes”. This pages is a reference for professional flower therapists who want to improve their technique when “mixing drops”. Before we look at mixing your own combinations, let’s look at the design of combination remedies.
Combination vs ‘Recipe’
As we defined earlier, a combination flower remedy is “a blend of flowers, designed for a specific use case”. When we use the term “flower essence combination”, we are usually talking about the end product. The mixing is already done. Past tense. The combination is made.
When I use the ( new ) term, “flower essence recipe”, I am talking about the process of making a combination remedy. The flowers haven’t been mixed yet. We have an idea of the problem and are working out the best recipe of flowers to use.
When we cook using a recipe, we follow “a list of suggested ingredients and measures that will produce a delcious result”. A recipe is a process. A guide to a good result. A recipe in Clinical Flower Therapy is “a list of protocols to follow and top suggestions of the remedies you may ( or may not ) wish to use”. It’s a checklist of flowers to match with the issue to see if they are relevant and ring true. If they do, use them. If they don’t, keep refining your search.
When teaching Clinical Flower Therapy, there was a lot of confusion about combining flower remedies. There were misconceptions, myths and bad habits that needed to be weeded out. There were so many problems that needed to be straightened out that I decided to introduce a new term – that of a “flower essence recipe.”
The purpose of using a new word was to inject thought into the process of “mixing drops” and to get practitioners to consciously think about “the design process” when making combination remedies for clients. The word “recipe” seemed to be the best fit as a recipe in cooking implies a “step-by-step” approach.
The key difference between a combination & a recipe is…
- A combination is the final product.
- A recipe is the combining process. It’s about the selection and blending process. It is about narrowing down the list of the best, most applicable flower remedies to use that meets the exact needs of the person.
- The end result of following a recipe is the production of a flower essence combination for the client to use.
This is the main reason why professional flower therapists use individual flower remedies. They have design control and can adjust the recipe, on a case-by-case basis.
Case Study: Rescue Remedy
The most famous combination flower remedy is the Bach flowers “rescue remedy”. In the case of rescue remedy, 5 flowers have been chosen to deal with the different aspects of shock & trauma rather than relying on just one to do the job. In a crisis situation, you want a remedy that works quickly and supports the person through the crisis. In an emergency, you want to provide full care and with no delay. So it makes sense to use a pre-mixed combination remedy that contains more than one flower remedy.
This is the smart thing to do. Get the job done, fast. Rescue remedy in a crisis situation is the best use case for combining flower remedies so that you have the strongest support possible.
Rescue remedy is the inspiration for mixing other combination remedies such as space cleansers, protection blends and aura sprays. Any issue that has multiple factors, a blend of flowers is used to cover those bases.
The benefit of combining flower remedies is that you can provide additional support for the main issue. In the example of the death of a loved one, a flower remedy for grief & sadness is the obvious issue that needs to be firstly addressed. Once this issue has been catered for, you may wish to use a secondary, supporting flower remedy for loneliness, for example. In this example, a flower to deal with grief is chosen to deal with the “main issue” and then supporting flowers are chosen to cater to any related issues. Flowers are chosen to support the primary issue and provide strength during the grieving process.
Combination flower remedies are a great tool and are potent when they are well designed. But the question is, do the pre-mixed flowers in the bottle cover your exact issue? Did you design it yourself? These and other questions are things that a professional flower therapists asks – and assesses – every time. Every case is different so it’s best to design from scratch.
Combining flower remedies is a real skill and a technique to be mastered. A professional flower therapist doesn’t just “take drops under the tongue”. They don’t just “mix flower remedies” either. Flower therapy is the practice of raising awareness so knowledge is key at all stages. This maximizes the chance of success and also minimizes the risks associated with flower therapy.
Using the Skyflowers: Pro System
Designing combination flower remedies with the Skyflowers is easy. But potent. We’ve spent years developing a world class diagnostic system for professional flower therapists called the Skyflowers: Pro System. The Skyflowers: Pro System is the marriage of botanical science ( structure ) and vibrational medicine. Resulting in a system that prescribes flower remedies “the way nature intended”.
To learn how to use the Skyflowers like a professional, we suggest.
- Step 1 – Learn! Learn about the Skyflowers: Pro System & the characteristics of the 21 different plant groups used in the Skyflowers range. This is like learning your A,B,C’s.
- Step 2 – Practice! Start by studying the 3 most common flower groups & build up your understanding from there. Start with (1) the affirmation flowers ( Billbergia ), (2) the action flowers ( Aechmea ) and the (3) perception / belief flowers ( Neoregelia ). Do you see how they form a body? Practice and you will soon see the subtle body and the flowers that match each part!
- Step 3 – Prescribe! Once you have learned your A,B,C’s and have an understanding of the flower groups, it’s time to start designing combination flower remedies. Use the list of recipes below to further practice and perfect your technique. Practice recipes are listed below.
With practice, you will soon be combining flower remedies like a pro. For more information, visit Skyflowers: Pro System.
Stay tuned for new recipes for specific personality types! They will be listed below.
- Bleeding Heart / Heal the World ( Coming soon )
- Social Justice Warrior, yang ( Coming soon )
- Social Worker, yin ( Coming soon )