There’s No Such Thing As A Weed

by Dorje Root, RH (AHG)

Chillin’ with flower essences

The Crestone Eagle • March, 2020

In these times we all need extra ways to chill out.  Between the climate crisis, political crisis, and general dark times, those who are anxious have more anxiety, the depressed have greater depression and there seems to be a general angst in the air.  If there was ever a time to utilize flower essences, it would be now.

Although flower essences work on the emotional level, they also benefit us physically since often out-of-balance emotions can create out-of-balance bodies.  For those who don’t know, flower essences are an energetic remedy based on the energy of flowers. The first group of essences were developed in the 1930s by Dr. Edward Bach, an English doctor and homeopath whose sensitivity allowed him to experience the energy of the flowers directly.  He came up with a group of 38 essences or remedies and a guide for how to use them, generally based on 38 states of mind.  In the 90 years since then, many different groups of flower essences were developed.  I still use the Bach remedies because that’s what I’m most familiar with, and I have yet to find a situation that couldn’t be remedied with one or more of them.

There are 3 essences for depression with 3 different indications.  Gentian is for despondency, Gorse for despair, and Mustard for a depression that comes on for no reason like a dark cloud.  It’s important to be clear about what exactly is going on.  There are also several remedies for anxiety or fear.  Aspen is for fears of unknown origin, Mimulus for fears of known causes, such as the dentist or flying.  And Rock Rose is for terror.  Because of this, it’s important to study the various remedies and have a deeper sense of exactly which mental state they benefit.  Rescue Remedy, used for emergency, shock, trauma, grief, or hearing bad news, consists of 5 of the Bach remedies—Impatiens, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum, Rock Rose, and Clematis.

Another way of choosing the proper remedy is choosing intuitively, using either muscle testing, a pendulum, or whatever intuitive tools you use.  The beauty of the remedies is that there are no side effects. If you chose the wrong remedy it simply won’t work.  They can be given to children or animals, diluted and taken orally or rubbed into the skin.  They can be taken in any fluid, including coffee, or drops can be taken directly into the mouth.  Up to 5 or 6 remedies can be taken at a time.  Usually a few drops of each are put into a dropper bottle with spring water and 4 drops taken 4 times a day. 

I have found the flower essences to be amazing allies for any kind of emotional state.  They bring balance, clarity, and workability, and I have been so grateful to have this tool in my life.  May they bring you peace.

Dorje Root, RH (AHG) is an herbalist and natural healer, also working with Plant Spirit Medicine, Intuitive Energy Healing and ‘The Journey’ cellular healing.  For an appointment call 719-937-7786 or visit