How can flower essences be used if I have alcohol sensitivity?

May 2, 2005

Many individuals who are allergic or otherwise sensitive to alcohol use flower essences very effectively and with great benefits. 

Flower essences are usually sold at the stock level. The stock contains brandy as a preservative, but this stock is typically diluted into a dosage bottle before taken orally. Dilution methods ensure that any alcohol ingested is chemically and physiologically insignificant, approximately one part in 600 when diluted in a one-ounce (30 ml) dosage bottle, or  one part in 4,800 in a eight-ounce glass of water. This is less than one hundredth of one percent. Greater amounts of alcohol naturally occur in the human bloodstream through the process of digestion and fermentation of food.

All of the following methods have been reported to be very effective strategies for alcohol-sensitive persons:

1. Add two to four drops of stock to a large glass of fresh water, let sit for a time to dissipate the taste of alcohol and/or stir and sip slowly.

2. Add drops of each stock essence to a one-ounce dosage bottle, but fill it 1/3 full of apple cider vinegar as a preservative, instead of brandy. Fill remainder of bottle with water.

3. Add drops of each stock essence to a one ounce dosage bottle, filled 1/2 full with vegetable glycerin. Vegetable glycerin is a derivative of coconut oil; it has a sweet taste and is used extensively to preserve herbal preparations. Fill remainder of bottle with water.

4. Add stock essences to a dosage bottle filled with water and use no preservative if it is refrigerated or used in a short period of time (several days to a week).

5. The flower essences are very beneficial when applied topically from the stock bottle in a variety of non-oral ways, including misting around the body, direct application to pulse points or energy centers on the body, mixed in creams, or added to baths.
Patricia Kaminski

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