F.A.Q’s on Technical Terms used in
Relation to Essences
What is actually in the bottle I get?
Your bottle of flower and gem essences contains pure water, with an energy
from each individual flower essence and gem essence that has been put into the mix.
If the bottle of essences has been mixed up for you by an essence
the practitioner may have added a small amount of brandy as a preservative
(typically, about a teaspoon full). For short-term use, up to 12 days or
no preservative is needed.
For longer-term storage and use, a larger amount of brandy is needed.
If the bottle is an over-the-counter mixture, a larger quantity of brandy
be in the mix (typically, somewhere between 30 and 40 percent of the
because this quantity is needed for long-term storage.
What is “Stock”?
“Stock” is the name given to a flower essence or gem essence, or mixture of
essences, that is one
dilution down from the “mother tincture” level.
“Stock” is made by adding a
few drops of the mother tincture essence into a bottle filled with pure water and
brandy. (See the next question below, for an explanation of
“Stock” is the strength that is usually supplied by the essence
to essence practitioners. A typical essence practitioner will have a range of
bottles of various essences, and will mix up an individual mixture of essences by
few drops from each of the stock bottles, that are needed for this
into a “treatment bottle”. (See below for an explanation of
In other words.... “stock strength” means the essence is in its
concentrated form, one level more concentrated than the strength that you
would actually take.
The quantity of essence supplied in a stock-strength bottle varies between
different essence manufacturers. The average “industry standard”
stock bottle is a brown glass bottle, with a glass dropper and a rubber teat, and the
most common size is 10 ml (one third of an American fluid ounce). This 10 ml
bottle is the size that all of the New Millennium Essences stock-strength essences
are supplied in.
What is “Mother Tincture”?
“Mother tincture” is the individual flower essence or gem essence
at the original strength that it comes out of
the wine glass, following the manufacturing process of exposure to the
energy of the sun with the flowers or gem(s) in the water.
The water is bottled, and a preservative is added (usually brandy). This
of water and brandy becomes the “mother tincture” for this
particular flower essence or gem essence, and a
few drops of this mother tincture is used to prepare the bottles of
(see the previous question for a definition of “stock”).
What are the  “Super Essences”?
The New Millennium “Super-Essences” are combinations of individual
with between two and six individual flower essences and/or gem essences
mixed together in a special way to form a “Super-Essence”.
Each “Super-Essence” becomes an entity in its own right..... it
“just a mixture of its individual components”. The whole
definitely is much
more that just the sum of the parts. The individual component flower essences
and gem essences have a
resonance with each other, and they combine together to form a very
powerful energy entity.
For a more detailed explanation of “Super-Essences”, please
refer to this
article on the Super-Essences.
The Super-Essences are supplied as stock-strength bottles to practitioners.
For details of the various sets of Super-Essences that we have available
To see details of a kit of Super-Essences for practitioners,
A Super-Essences bottle is normally supplied at “stock”
strength, and a dose can either be taken as a single drop straight from the stock bottle,
or a number of Super-Essences can be mixed together to make up a mixture of
as many as are needed, all in the one treatment bottle.
What is a “Treatment Bottle”?
A “treatment bottle” of essences is the actual bottle that you
take a mixture of essences from. In the bottle there will be a solution of pure
water, with some preservative (usually brandy), and with a few drops (from
the ”stock” bottles), of each of the essences that are needed.
The usual practice is to take a few drops from the treatment bottle, usually
orally in the mouth (although this is not essential, placing a few drops on the
skin works just as well, or a few drops can be added to food or drink).
Typically, the essences would be taken several times a day, for between ten
and fourteen days.
If the essence mixture was needed to be taken for only a short time, the brandy
can be omitted, or, if the mixture needs to be kept for a long time, a larger
amount of brandy than the typical teaspoon-full would be used.
The actual bottle used for a treatment bottle essence mix is usually a brown
glass bottle with a glass dropper and a rubber teat, and the most commonly
used size is 25 ml (three-quarters of an American fluid ounce).
We provide a mail-order service, where we send treatment bottles of our essences,
diagnosed and mixed up to suit the individual, to anyone, anywhere in the world.
Consultations Page for details.
What preservative is used in Essences?
The usual preservative used in essences is brandy. The brandy has an
content of 37.5 percent, and for long-term storage about 40 percent brandy
needs to be added to the water.
The brandy used in the manufacture of the New Millennium Essences is the good
quality French brand “Chatelle” which is the same brand that was used
recommended by the late Mary Garbely, the pioneer of essence making in New
Cider vinegar can be used as a non-alcohol alternative.
What type of water is used in Essences?
The tradition laid down by Dr Edward Bach is to use pure water from a spring or
stream from nearby where the essence is being made.
In these modern times where many streams are polluted, essence manufacturers
have to find other sources.
The water used in all stages of the manufacture of the New Millennium Essences
is pure mineral water of the highest quality, obtained from a source near
Wanganui, on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. This water is
obtained straight out of the ground, direct from a large-bore stainless-steel pipe,
and bottled in glass containers (we do not
use plastic containers). This mineral water is laboratory tested regularly for
the presence of any contaminants, etc, and in all the times that these tests
have been run, no detectable contaminants have ever been found.
If there is anything you do not understand, or if you have any questions, you
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