How to make a Blackthorn Flower Essence for overcoming deep fear or despair.
So hear me out on this one… flower essences are not technically an herbal remedy (in my opinion), as they do not necessarily heal physical properties in the body. Some believe that different blooms take on different meanings, and taking a flower essence from those blooms can help transform a person to their higher self.
Regardless of your beliefs, I found this whole DIY process to be relaxing and soothing to the soul. Whether or not the end result is truly a “medicine” or not, is up to you to decide. Just like any creative process, picking fresh blooms and making something beautiful is medicine on its own. This article does not contain professional medical advice of any kind.
What is a Flower Essence?
A flower essence is a liquid preparation made from the energetic imprint of a flower. It is a form of vibrational medicine that works on the emotional and spiritual energies of a person, rather than the physical. Flower essences are believed to work by capturing the energetic signature or essence of a flower, which can then be used to help balance emotional and spiritual disharmony.
In this recipe, I used the power of the sun to harness the blackthorn properties. In this method, make sure no shadows cross the essence, including your own.
Crafting a flower essence is a personal experience, so you can choose you own method. Some people choose to make a mother essence under the full moon or even during an eclipse.
The blackthorn flower, also known as Prunus spinosa or “sloe”, is a member of the rose family and is native to Europe, western Asia, and North Africa. In folklore and mythology, the blackthorn is associated with both positive and negative meanings, especially since its appearance varies so widely throughout the different seasons. In early spring, the beautiful little white blooms begin to show.
- Protection: Blackthorn is often associated with protection and is said to have the power to ward off negative energy and spirits. It has been used in ancient times to create powerful protective amulets and talismans.
- Resilience: Blackthorn is known for its thorny branches and is said to represent resilience and strength in the face of adversity. It is a reminder that we can protect ourselves and overcome obstacles with strength and determination.
- Transformation: The blackthorn flower is said to represent transformation and change. It reminds us that we must let go of the old to make way for the new, and that change can be a powerful force for growth and evolution.
- Death and Rebirth: In some cultures, the blackthorn flower is associated with death and rebirth. The thorny branches are seen as a reminder of the pain and challenges of life, while the delicate white flowers symbolize the hope and beauty that can emerge from difficult times.
According to Yorkshire Flower Essences, “There is, however, always a way out of this despair if we accept the challenge and acknowledge that a different way of living is possible. Blackthorn can help to ease the trauma of this change, and illuminate the way forward. In its white blossoms there are immense healing properties, helping us to open up to a new and totally transformed way of living.”
Blackthorn Flower Essence Recipe
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- 2 oz brandy
- 2 oz blackthorn mother essence
- Spring water or filtered water
- Ethically foraged blackthorn blooms (must cover entire surface of bowl)
Note: You can use apple cider vinegar or vegetable glycerin instead of brandy, but it will decrease the shelf-life of the final product to one year.
- Clear glass bowl
- 1/4 measuring cup or shot glass
- 4oz glass bottle with dropper or spray bottle (depending on intended use)
- Fine mesh strainer
How to Make Blackthorn Flower Essence:
1.Begin by harvesting fresh blackthorn flowers on a sunny day when they are in full bloom. It is best to harvest them early in the morning when the dew has evaporated, and before the sun is too hot. Be sure to use caution when harvesting plants and only use plants that you can positively identify as safe for consumption. Always only harvest what you need and leave the rest for the bees.
2. Place the freshly picked blackthorn flowers in a clean glass bowl and cover them with spring water. The water should be just enough to cover the flowers. The flowers should cover the entire surface of the bowl.
3. Place the bowl in direct sunlight and allow the flowers to steep for at least 4 hours, but no longer than 8 hours. During this time, the sun will infuse the flowers and water with the essence of the plant.
4. In a separate clean glass bottle, add 2 oz of brandy.
5. After 4-8 hours, remove the flowers from the water using a clean strainer or cheesecloth. This liquid is now your blackthorn mother essence. Strain the mother essence into your bottle with the brandy. It should be a 1:1 ratio.
6. Label the bottle with the date, contents, and any other pertinent information. When stored in an airtight container in a dark place, flower essences can keep for up to 10 years!
How to Use a Blackthorn Flower Essence
Traditionally, one would take flower essences on the tongue to receive the full “medicinal” effects. To do so, you can take 4 drops under the tongue, 4 times a day, or as directed by a qualified herbalist or healthcare practitioner.
I wanted to make a spray that would uplift the spirits instead! To use, mist 2-4 sprays on your wrists or neck when desired.
I was hoping the spray would take on more of the scent of the flower, but it did not. In order to extract the scent from a flower, you need to distill the product or infuse it in oil. If you truly want to make a scented spray, you can add essential oils to your flower essence.
Ways to Use Your Blackthorn Flower Essence
While taking flower essences directly under the tongue is the most common and effective way to use them, there are other ways to take flower essences as well.
- Apply to skin: You can apply a few drops of flower essence to your pulse points or other areas of the skin. You can also add the flower essence to your homemade bath and body products, especially a body oil!
- Spray mist: You can use a flower essence spray mist and spray it around your body or environment. This method can be useful for creating a calming or uplifting atmosphere.
- Add to bath: You can add a few drops of flower essence to your bathwater. This method is particularly helpful for relaxation and stress relief. Add directly, or mix with homemade bath salts.
- Add to food or drinks: You can add a few drops of flower essence to your food or drinks. This method is particularly useful if you are sensitive to the taste of the essence when taken directly under the tongue. It would be particularly good mixed with a foraged spring syrup and beverage.
What other flowers can I forage this spring to make a flower essence?
- Violet: Violet flower essence promotes feelings of inner peace, emotional healing, and spiritual growth. It can be particularly helpful for those who are seeking to release emotional blockages and connect with their deeper selves.
- Daffodil: Daffodil flower essence promotes feelings of joy, hope, and optimism. It can be particularly helpful for those experiencing seasonal affective disorder or depression.
- Cherry blossom: Cherry blossom flower essence promotes harmony, balance, and a sense of peace. It can be particularly helpful for those experiencing stress or anxiety.
- Tulip: Tulip flower essence promotes creativity, inspiration, and self-expression. It can be particularly helpful for artists and writers who are seeking to tap into their creative potential.
- Lilac: Lilac flower essence promotes clarity, intuition, and spiritual insight. It can be particularly helpful for those who are seeking to deepen their spiritual practice.
- Bluebell: Bluebell flower essence promotes feelings of serenity, calmness, and inner peace. It can be particularly helpful for those who are experiencing anxiety or restlessness.
- Primrose: Primrose flower essence promotes feelings of joy, playfulness, and childlike wonder. It can be particularly helpful for those who are feeling overwhelmed or stressed.
Whether you decide to use this project medicinally or just for a little self love, I truly hope you enjoy the process! I found it so inspiring to work with some of the first blooms of spring. This project can also be a fun way to get kids involved in herbal crafting! If you decide to make an essence, I’d love to see it! Tag me in your photo on Instagram!
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