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Dispensing of Flower Essences

As part of the process of being a flower essence practitioner, you need to be able to roll your sleeves up and actually handle the practical job of mixing up the essences in the bottles.....

All of the New Millennium essences, and the “Super-Essences”, are supplied to practitioners in “stock-strength” bottles, the normal size of stock bottle being 10ml (ie. approx. one third of an American fluid ounce).

A Word about Essence Making

In the making of essences,  (this includes flower, gem, shell, and sea essences),  the product that comes from the wine-glass, or glass bowl, at the conclusion of the essence making process is the “mother tincture”.  This mother tincture is the water that the flower, gem, stone, or shell has sat in while the actions of the sun's energy has transferred the healing energies from the flower, gem, stone, or shell into the water.  This water is then bottled, and brandy is added as a preservative.  This mixture of the energised water plus the brandy is known as the “mother tincture”.

In the process of making a bottle of “stock”, the stock bottle is first filled with a mixture of pure water (we use pure mineral water, bought in bulk especially for this purpose), and brandy  (we use the “Chatelle” French brand, the same brand that Mary Garbely recommended).  The proportion of mineral water to brandy is 60 percent water and 40 percent brandy.  To this water/brandy liquid, for the 10ml size bottle, four drops of the mother tincture are added, and this becomes the “stock” that is supplied to you, the practitioner.  With the “Super-Essences”, four drops of Mother Tincture of each of the component individual essences is used.

Regarding long-term storage of your stock bottles, it's really a matter of common sense.  While the stock solution will keep virtually for ever, and it is not necessary to take extraordinary measures like keeping the bottles refrigerated, obviously you should keep the bottles away from harsh conditions like temperature extremes, continuous direct sunlight, extreme humidity, strong magnetic fields, etc.  The bottles should be stored standing upright, to keep the liquid away from the rubber part of the dropper.


The usual method of dispensing essences is to prepare a dropper bottle,  (25 ml brown glass bottles are used as treatment bottles by most practitioners), by filling with pure water and (optionally) a little brandy (about a teaspoon full of brandy).  To this liquid, a few drops of stock is added of each of the essences, (or Super-Essences), that are needed for this mixture.  My own method is to use four drops of stock (of each essence) in 25 ml of solution, and this is what I would recommend to you.  With mixes of the Super-Essences, you also need to add into the mix five drops from the White Magnolia flower essence bottle.

A word about the use of brandy

If the client is prepared to be very careful in avoiding any contamination to the dropper,  (I always warn my clients to be very careful not to touch the dropper against the tongue or fingers, etc, to avoid introducing any bacteria),  and, provided that you use the purest possible water, and provided that the course of treatment is for a maximum of 14 days, the brandy can be omitted.  This is especially true in winter when temperatures are lower, or if the client is to keep the bottle in the refrigerator.

For all other cases, ie. in summer, when the course of treatment is to last longer than 14 days, or where the client is likely to contaminate the dropper, a preservative is essential.  While any form of alcohol suitable for human consumption can be used (eg. vodka, gin, etc.), it is the convention to use brandy.  For short to medium term use (14 days to one month), a teaspoon of brandy should be sufficient.  For longer-term storage, eg. if you are dispensing a bottle for the client to use "as required" over a long-term period, more brandy will be needed, up to 40 percent for really long-term storage.

For a few clients, the use of alcohol is undesirable or even impossible.  This includes alcoholics, and people who are allergic to alcohol.  An alternative to alcohol is cider vinegar.  Also, for young children I try to avoid using alcohol wherever possible, and if I do use some I keep the quantity to a minimum.  For young babies, it is not necessary to give the essences orally: a few drops can be placed on the forehead.

The usual recommended dosage is “a few drops”.  Some clients want an exact amount to be prescribed, so I always recommend four drops as the standard dose.  I usually explain to my clients the difference between energy medicines, like essences and homeopathics, and drugs, in that with energy medicines the quantity of the dose taken makes no difference.  ie. a whole bottle-full is the same dose as a few drops, and it is therefore impossible to over-dose on energy medicines.

While it is possible to recycle the treatment bottles by sterilizing the bottles and droppers, I would strongly recommend that you not do this for bottles that you supply to clients.  To meet the required criteria for sterilization, you need specialist equipment.  Boiling them in a domestic type cooking pot is not acceptable.  If you wish to recycle treatment bottles for your own personal treatment, this is up to you, but not for your clients!

Suppliers of Bottles

Within New Zealand, there are two wholesaler suppliers of glassware, that I have dealt with, who you can purchase treatment bottles from.  These suppliers are:

Arthur M. Holmes Ltd.

10 Horner Street

P.O. Box 368

Telephone:  (04) 389-4103
Toll-Free:    0508-894-103
FAX-Free:   0508-999-123

Cospak Ltd.

Unit A
60 Cryers Road
East Tamaki

Telephone:  (09) 272-2693
Toll-Free:    0800-267-725

Both the above suppliers stock a large range of bottles.  The “usual” bottle used as a treatment solution bottle being a  “25ml, brown glass round, with dropper”.

The cost per bottle (with dropper), in New Zealand, is in the range of $1.00 to $1.30 each (N.Z. dollars, including G.S.T.), depending on the exact price at the time, which varies with the exchange rate of the New Zealand dollar; and also depending on where you live, the further away for the supplier that you live, the more it will cost you for freight.

Both suppliers will supply any size order, couriered to anywhere in New Zealand  (at your cost, of course),  although buying a full tray does gain a 10 percent discount,  (a full tray contains 135 bottles).

A recent price that I paid (in June, 2002), for a tray of 25ml bottles (135 bottles, with droppers) was $147.34 (including G.S.T., but not including freight).  The cost of freight from Wellington to Palmerston North is $5.63, and from Wellington to Nelson it is $20.25.  Thus, the total cost per bottle, (in a quantity of a tray of 135), including freight, is in the range of $1.13 to $1.24  per bottle (N.Z. dollars, including GST).

Arthur Holmes now has a complete on-line ordering system on their website, with all of their catalogue items listed, with prices.  The latest price (November, 2002) for the 25ml dropper bottles is $1.09 per bottle for a full tray, and $1.31 for smaller quantities (New Zealand dollars, including GST, but not including freight).

Both of the above New Zealand suppliers give an excellent service, in my opinion.

You can probably buy bottles in small quantities at a pharmacy or at some health food stores.  The cost, per bottle, from these sources will be a lot higher than buying a larger quantity from a wholesaler.

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