Infusing Flowers & Water to make Essences

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles

Infusing water with flowers on a warm and sunny day is fun and after spending an afternoon in the sun you have a wonderful botanical essence.  The properties, taste and fragrance of the flowers are infused into the water creating wonderful soul healing waters.

Creating Flower Essences

These water infused essences can be enjoyed in the moment or one can bottle these flower essences.  These bottled essences can then be used anytime one needs a mental or emotional lift.

It all begin’s with infusing the water with flowers on a warm sunny day.  Here are the initial  steps for creating flower essences.

Step one – Gather materials for making flower essences:

  • Bowl
  • Garden Flowers (grown naturally with no herbicides or pesticides)
  • Water – living in Greater Victoria we are lucky enough to have wonderful potable water without buying it.   I infuse our potable water using the sun’s solar energy in three ways; colour, stones, flowers, leaves and roots.  The sun purifies it and these methods create a living water.  I would use water that I have used infused with minerals or colour to make flower essence.  Using colour infused water I would consider the best colour for the purpose of the essence I hope to experience.
  • Sun

Step two – Picking  fresh garden flowers:

  • Best time

The best time to pick flowers to infuse is after the dew has evaporated and before the sun is too hot and high in the sky.  I have heard the general time to pick flowers by is noon, however in our area the sun can be too hot by 11 a.m.  Therefore it is going to be unique to your area and the patterns of the sun.

  • Pick one species of flower for making ‘mother essences’

To create a mother essence choose one type of flower per bowl of water that you will infuse them in. Combining flower essences to create a remedy happens in final steps.

  • How to pick flowers for essences

When picking your flowers for infusing try to make sure you are not touching the flower with your fingers.  Pick from underneath the flower.

  • Where to pick your flowers

Most of the flowers can come from you own garden where you know without a doubt what has been used to grow them.  It is best to have flowers that you know have been grown naturally and not  sprayed or grown in chemicals.  In Victoria proper we are lucky that our Municipality has stopped using chemicals and there are many community gardens one can pick from.  The one thing that must be considered is animals in the area.

When picking outside of my garden I use white vinegar and water to rinse the flowers first before making essences.  I use:

1/4 cup white vinegar to a sink of cool water

I let the flowers fall into the water, gently slosh them around and strain them out with strainer.  All without touching them with my fingers.

Step three:  Adding the flowers to a bowl or glass jar in the sun

Once you pick and clean your flowers place them in your container of water and set them in a sunny place that won’t be block from the sun.  Leave them in the sun for 3 or more hours to fully infuse.

Step four:  Enjoy infused water and/or create bottle essences

Once in the sun for three or more hours, enjoy the warm flower infusion for your tea break, save as fresh flavoured water or use as a ‘mother flower essence’ to create bottled essences.

Steps for creating your own Bottled Flower Essences

Blending Flower Essence Products 

A few flowers growing in our  Greater Victoria Region backyard to get you started:

  • Borage – courage, grief, broken heartedness
  • Cherry Blossoms – calming of the heart, and is a soothing antidote for stress, shock, and trauma
  • Chickweed – increase self-confidence, release resentment & bitterness, letting go of the past,
  • Lilac Blossoms – vitality, joy depression, melancholy, low energy due to a lack of self-connectedness
  • Dandelions – release of tension and stress held in the muscles
  • English Daisy’s – calming, focusing, balance and centered, grounded
  • Rosemary –  clarity, warm, security
  • Wild California Poppies –  inability to settle on a career path
  • Wild Violets – re-birth, rejuvenation, self-confidence

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Traditional uses and properties of essences are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering.