Essential Oils, Medicinal Herbs, Flower Essences: What’s the difference?

PART 1 – Overview

As I talk to more people about herbal medicine and flower essences, I realize that there’s a lot of confusion around the definitions and usages of the different plant healing modalities. I will go into each modality in more detail during later blogs, but wanted to start off with a basic overview of three options:

Essential Oils

Essential oils are fragrant, highly concentrated natural constituents of plants that are located in tiny secretory structures with the leaves, berries, petals, roots, zests, resins or woods. They are what give the plant its characteristic odor. They are generally used as additions to DIY house cleaners due to their anti-septic and anti-bacterial properties, as therapeutic aromatherapy and mood enhancers, and as healing modalities generally for headaches, nausea and fungal infections.

Medicinal Herbs

These remedies are made from whole plant material such as roots, bark, leaves/stems, berries and flowers. They come in many different formats including tinctures, oils, decoctions, teas, syrups, vinegars and ointments. Herbs can help to support the balance in your system through a variety of health concerns, including: nerve and muscular pain, asthma, allergies, headaches/migraines, PMS, menopause, anxiety, depression, ADHD, digestive issues, fertility and more. They can also work on more generalized issues like stress management, recovery from trauma, fatigue, and poor concentration. 

Flower Essences

Flower essences are infusions of flowers in water preserved with brandy, which uniquely address emotional and mental aspects of wellness. Their focus on rebalancing the mind can support relief from trauma, PTSD, fear, phobias, poor concentration, family issues, grief, anger management, stress, anxiety, panic attacks, depression and more. They can aid in the rebalancing of physical issues, too, as our emotions affect us physically through the body-mind relationship. Overall, they help create awareness about and resolve issues of unhealthy conditioned habits or perceptions. This relearning and rebalancing can lead to greater well-being and harmony in our lives.

Your health is important! If you are looking for help for a particular issue, I highly suggest speaking with a practitioner of your modality of choice in order to get the best outcome. Additionally, alternative medicine is a collaborative experience; you know your body best, we know the modality best. It is very important that you feel comfortable and confident in your choice of practitioner, so that we can work together effectively on your health concerns. 

For Flower Essence Therapy, schedule a session with Clare Gardner Nieto.
For an Herbal Consult, schedule a session with Liz Johnson.

Clare Gardner Nieto, Magus Minion