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Are Flower Essences Scientific?

by Lauren Geertsen |

You and I have something in common, no matter how different our cultures and family backgrounds: Our ancestors, no matter where they were in the globe, once healed their bodies and expanded their consciousness using plant medicines.

The healers in their tribes didn’t rely on microscopes or laboratory equipment to make these medicines for the body and mind. Instead, they listened to the flower songs (I mean that literally!), and the plants told them the healing qualities they could offer humanity.

As a plant intuitive, I follow in this lineage. I “hear” and sense the energetic healing properties of flowers, and then create flower essences.

When I discuss flower essences, I’m often asked, “Are flower essences scientific?”

It’s an important question, indeed, but there’s another equally important question we should ask:

What can flower essences, and other ancient forms of energy medicine, teach us about the limitations of science?


Flower essences are an all-natural, energy-based therapy. They work on a vibrational level, like an acupuncture needle, to shift our thoughts and emotions.

How does vibration impact your mind and body? Atoms are 99% empty space, and it's the various vibrations of atoms, which makes your body feel solid.

Ancient systems of medicine, including Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, understood that negative emotions carry vibrations that disrupt the optimal frequency of the human body. Flower essences catalyze emotional and mental breakthroughs by changing these vibrations.

If this sounds “woo woo” consider that atoms are 99% empty space. That means our bodies are 99% empty space! Like the rest of physical reality, our bodies only feel solid due to the vibration of atoms.

Consider, also, that 68% of the universe consists of “dark energy” — a spectrum of energy with unknown properties. All normal matter, which is matter we can measure and understand with our instruments, adds up to less than 5% of the universe.

What if this mystery energy holds frequencies and information that we can’t yet measure, but that impacts our lives? If science tells us one thing, it’s that what can’t observe or measure far exceeds what we can.


Flower essences aren’t considered yet “scientific” because they don’t fit into the scientific paradigms of materialism and reductionism.

Materialism is the idea that matter is the only reality. Materialism can be summed up as: “If science can’t measure it, it doesn’t exist.” That’s why the concept of souls or spirits isn’t considered “scientific.”

Is it possible that materialism is an outdated idea, now disproven by research? Is it a dogmatic belief system that actually prevents scientific progress? That’s exactly what many leading scientists believe, and why they authored this Manifesto For A Post-Materialist Science

Reductionism is the belief that we can understand a whole by breaking it up into the smallest parts. A reductionistic perspective in medicine, for example, attempts to explain depression only at the level of brain chemistry, rather than also exploring the spiritual, familial, and cultural factors in an individual’s life.

To use the analogy of renowned biochemist Rupert Sheldrake, reductionism is like smashing a computer and trying to figure out how it works by studying the molecules of copper and nickel.

The problem is that ecosystems and living beings have emergent properties — characteristics that arise in the whole, but not the parts. The energetic qualities of flowers is one example.

You can separate a sunflower into various components, such as minerals, fiber, and fatty acids. You can then put all of those components in bowl and stir them, but they will not be able to grow flower, as they once did. They will also not have the potent energetic field that surrounds a living sunflower — this is the energy that is captured by a flower essence.


Don Hanson is a flower essence practitioner, albeit an initially reluctant one. He explained, “Having an engineering/science background, I found it difficult to deal with the concept that complementary medicine could not always be explained by science.” But he witnessed the efficacy of flower essences, which is presently based on anecdotal evidence.

He says,

“Because it is not based upon statistical research and the scientific method, anecdotal evidence is often dismissed by the scientific community, yet the following is a prime example of the role and importance that it plays. As early as the 1700’s, sailors were fed limes as a way of preventing scurvy.

This practice was based strictly on anecdotal evidence. It wasn’t until 1932 and the discovery of vitamin C that the scientific method was able to prove why limes and other citrus fruits helped prevent and cure scurvy. Fortunately, no one stopped sailors from eating limes because scientists had not completed a study demonstrating that eating limes cures scurvy.

Anecdotal evidence is often the first step in the discovery of new methods and ways of thinking.”

Marcelo Gleaner, physicist at Dartmouth College, says something similar. He states,

“Science was not designed to give us all the answers. In fact, science thrives on ignorance. We need not to know in order to create new knowledge."


Like plant communication, animal communication was commonplace among our ancestors — particularly shamans and animal trackers. Many individuals still have the gift of telepathically conversing with animals.

Anna Breytenbach is a renowned animal intuitive, hired by pet owners, zoos, and conservationists to communicate with animals. In a documentary about Anna’s work, one of her colleagues commented on the scientific implication of her ability to speak to animals and receive messages back.

He says,

“When you ask me, ‘How does science explain this?’ I say: think of how it must have been for people back in the 17th and 18th century — they must have seen lightening.

But if you asked them, ‘Do you believe in electricity?’ They would have said 'No, not at all.' They would have laughed at you.

So maybe what we’re seeing with Anna is being back in the 17th century and seeing lightening.”

He continues,

“On a personal level I feel profoundly touched and my scientific curiosity is awakened to understand this phenomenon much better.

Because I don’t feel like this is just about communicating with animals [...] but about how we as humans can find a way to meaningfully reconnect ourselves with the rest of the living planet.”

I see some people respond to plant communication with cynicism, because the concept doesn’t fit into their current scientific paradigm.

But what if we let communication with nature awaken our scientific curiosity? Would it help humans meaningfully reconnect with our living planet? 

Yes, and you don’t have to take my word for it! Just take our quiz to find your ideal flower essence, and take four drops four times per day. You’ll not only feel happier and calmer within a week, you'll feel a reconnection with your intuition, creativity, and inner wisdom.




 Lauren is the founder and plant whisper at Floral Song. As an intuitive and Body Connection Coach, she helps her clients heal their relationship with food and body image. Her health website Empowered Sustenance has reached over 40 million readers. Follow her on Instagram at @Body_Connection_Coach.


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