Saskia Marjoram's flower essences may help you unlock your full potential, re-balance, find insight into problems and enjoy life more (bring it on!)
Saskia Marjoram (her real name!) has always worked with plants and flowers. As a professional gardener for over 30 years (and florist to HRH Prince of Wales at one point) she became interested in how plants interacted with people. She realised that plants could have a positive impact on health and well-being and so started to produce her own flower essences. I went along to have a consultation with Saskia to find out more.
So what are flower essences?
Not to be confused with essential oils or homeopathic remedies, flower essences were first developed in the 1920s and 1930s by Dr Edward Bach (remember when everyone had a little bottle of Rescue Remedy in their bag – or was that just me?) . These extreme dilutions of specific flowers are said to contain the plant’s vibrational energy. The theory is that when you take a few drops of these dilutions or essences, they remind your own body’s energy how to be. Each flower also has its own attributes. For example, buttercup is said to increase self-confidence and creativity; peppermint to help stay clear and focused; dandelion to keep you grounded. Saskia says that flower essences can help you deal with stress and anxiety, find insight into problems, re-balance, change long-standing behaviour and thought patterns, unlock your full potential – and enjoy life more (and who’d say no to that?).
Not at all formal, you just have a chat with the lovely Saskia about what’s going on in your life and if there’s anything you want to focus on. Some people come with specific problems they want to address; others to improve general well-being. Saskia emphasises that she’s not a therapist but I’d say she was pretty emotionally aware. She uses a pendulum to dowse (yes, like water dowsing) and select the right combination of essences for you, often 5-7 different flowers or plants.
The flower essences are held in organic alcohol or organic cider vinegar and are usually taken as drops under the tongue as a single dose, for a few days or many weeks, depending on why you’re using them. They can also be added to drinking water or added to your bath. Do they work? There’s no actual scientific evidence to prove that they do but Saskia is a passionate advocate and many people find them very helpful.
Saskia also uses flower essences to make aromatic sprays, by mixing them with the aromatic waters (hydrosols) created by distilling plants in a traditional copper alembic still (the same type used to make gin!) at her Wincanton workshop. The sprays can be used around the house or sprayed straight onto your skin. The idea is that the energetics as well as the aromatic components of the plants are preserved, so you can clear and shift energies and make your environment a better place to be. And they smell jolly nice too. I’m loving the sound of the Easy Sleep spray made with Somerset lavender. Fancy learning how to distil yourself? You’re in luck, Saskia runs distilling workshops where you can learn how to do it.
You can buy single and combination essences and sprays online from Saskia’s website or from Somerset stockists like Apothe-cary in Castle Cary and Hauser & Wirth in Bruton.
Contact Saskia for a personal flower essence consultation where she will dowse your own combination of essences. Sessions cost £25 and include a bottle of essence.