Flower Essences contain the consciousness of the flower angels which have agreed to maintain their presence in the flower remedies. It is important we treat our flower remedies with respect in order that the consciousness of the angels remain in the bottles and keep the essences potent. Flower essences have their own vibrational frequency so it is important that this is not damaged or interfered with. Here are some basic guidelines.

* Keep all flower remedies away from loud noises. Do not store the essences next to a radio, loud speakers or television. Avoid dropping the essences or treating them harshly as the vibrations of any knocks are unsympathetic to the essences.

* Avoid contact with any form of microwaves. If travelling by air make sure any flower remedies are not subject to security scanning.

* Keep flower essences away from strong smells and lights. The kitchen is not the ideal place to leave bottles. Perfumes are not enjoyed by flower essences. If you use aromatherapy be diligent with the separation of essences and oils. Do not store under bright lights or in direct sunlight.

* Avoid extremes in temperature. Stock bottles are preserved with brandy and do not need to be placed in the fridge, even during a heat wave. The only exception to this is with dosage bottles which contain only a small amount of brandy; these can be stored in the least cool part of the fridge if they are not to be consumed within one month. Flower remedies that are left in a car during the summer will have their vibrations badly damaged.

* Avoid any petrochemical product when using or storing essences. Petrochemicals have invaded our lives considerably but are detrimental to flower essences. Do not store any flower essence in plastic bags or such like. Make sure there are no petrochemical residues on your hands before handling the bottles, make sure soaps that are used before treatments are vegetable based. Since petrochemical products are so widely used exercise great care to avoid flower essences coming into contact with them.

* Do not store individual bottles in contact with each other. The vibrations of flower essences permeate their glass storage bottles, the bottles themselves contain the energies of the flower remedies. So if individual bottles are touching their vibrational energies start to mix. This is rather like the artist needing to keep the purity of his colours by avoiding contaminating with an unclean brush.

Hygiene is an important aspect of any form of healing. With flower essences there is a need for basic hygiene standards that are used in the kitchen, clean hands and surfaces etc. However the main area of hygiene standards is vibrational in nature. We need to maintain clean and healthy vibrations within the essences and the above list is an attempt to demonstrate ways in which this can be achieved. It is also necessary to recognise the degrees of potentially harmful substances and environmental conditions: exposing a flower remedy to microwaves is much more harmful then leaving two bottles in contact for a week or so. Imagine the teeth on a saw blade. Flower essences uncontaminated by harmful vibrations will be like a new blade, sharp toothed, able to perform effectively. Any form of contamination is going to blunt the blade to a certain degree, knock the tops off the teeth. The blade will still function but not as well. Care of our tools means we get better results.

Returning Flower Essences to Health

If a flower essence is considered to have been blunted there are a number of methods available to sharpen it up.

Place the flower essence under a pyramid. Well known for sharpening old razor blades, pyramids will also return essences to health. Leave under the pyramid for twenty-four hours.

Place the essence on a piece of clear quartz. This method is not as powerful as the pyramid but a good alternative when visualisation is also employed, see below.

Take the essence to a special or sacred place, your own private alter in the home, a beautiful tree or a holy site. Say the following words, or make up some of your own, "I ask the angel of (name of flower) to fully incarnate in this bottle, fill it full of its love and light." Visualise white light emanating from the heavens entering and filling the bottle until it shines with intense white light. "I thank the angel (name flower) for its gift and endeavour always to use it with wisdom and compassion."