The Alchemy of Flowers - Flower essences according
The origin of flower essences reaches far back in the history of folk medicine.
But only now is there a flower system which links to these very ancient roots
of medicine. The nine essences are produced by traditional methods of alchemy,
in a costly, three months process and according to moon and planetary constellations.
By Ulrich Arndt
Light refracts in the glass flask and causes the very delicate,
nearly transparent petals swimming therein to become radiant. “Here,
the new harvest of flowers matures in the sun and moonlight until
the planet constellation is advantageous for each flower”,
explains Achim Stockardt. Since the past five years he is regarded
as one of the leading representatives of alchemy, when he succeeded
in producing the universal remedy “Aurum Potabile” (in
English: “drink-gold”) from the Middle Ages. Although
he had been successful with the most difficult works of alchemy,
he now also dedicates his efforts to the work with the seemingly “simple” flower-essences.
His motive is the revival of ancient curative knowledge related
to the flowers, in its original form.
About seventy years ago the English doctor Edward Bach developed
his thirty eight “Bach (flower) essences” and is today regarded as the “inventor” of
the flower essences. He succeeded to reintroduce the nearly lost knowledge
of flower remedies and has undoubtedly merited much credit for this.
But the origin of flower drops are far older: there is, for instance, a custom
in the Eifel to place a bowl of water with blossoms of Genista benehoavensis
in the sun on the window sill at Corpus Christi. This water, informed and energized,
is filled with some schnaps into bottles; and drank particularly by older people
during the cold season in order “to make it easier through the winter”.
In fact, Genista benehoavensis is attributed as a soul-remedy to recollect
optimism and stamina. These are qualities which may surely be helpful during
the cold season. This simple way of extracting a flower essence largely corresponds
to the method used by Dr. Bach. The original production of an energetic flower
remedy may only be recognized to some extent. Similarly, the well-known schnaps “Danziger
Goldwasser” is only a weak reminder that it had once been a remedy made
from gold – the above mentioned “drinking gold” of Paracelsus –,
thus, the deep knowledge of the production of flower essences has generally
been lost, a production which takes sun, moon and planet constellations into
consideration in order to gain the healing energy of body, spirit and soul
of the plant.
Ancient Medicinal Knowledge Rediscovered
Today, gardening according to moon phases is fashionable again.
People go on a diet when the moon is waning, when making an appointment
with the hairdresser or the doctor the moon may also be taken into
consideration. Ancient tea recipes are honoured anew and some people
even collect the necessary herbs themselves – thereby also
considering moon constellation and the time of day. With fascination,
many people have rediscovered this ancient knowledge. But what
is hardly known: for many centuries, probably already about 3’000
years ago, knowledge on healing energies and rhythms of nature
was a matter of course in medicine in Egypt, India, and China.
It became more and more forgotten in Europe only 300 years ago.
Until then, the highest form of medicine and generally the most
respected kind of science of nature was alchemy. Already about
2’000 years ago it had a very high standard. At that time
the Chinese alchemist Liu An (179-122 before Christ) for instance
wrote in his book of “The ten thousand infallible Arts of
the King Huai” about the production of “drinkable gold” as
a life elixir. And from Egypt, laboratory instructions of the alchemist
Maria and comments dating from the 3rd century have been restored.
During innumerable generations alchemists have multiplied their knowledge and
verbally passed it on to their students. Today, orthodox medicine at least
honours Paracelsus as one of the great alchemic doctors, even though he is
often quoted as the founder of modern medicine. His laboratory methods, however,
have nothing to do with the purely quantitative and chemical way of producing
medicine today, but pay attention to the animate in the source substances.
This living energy, that is to say quality, is in alchemic understanding what
really brings about “healing” and “light”.
According to the traditional alchemic teachings on health a plant has three
different healing energies, which – expressed in a simple way – are
connected to body, spirit, and soul of the plant (in alchemy called “Sal”, “Sulphur”,
and “Mercury”). These three effective forces are also expressed
in their material nature. Chemically understood they are related to salt (body),
oil (soul), and alcohol (spirit). Hence the art in the preparation of the medicine
is to purify and “enlighten” the chemical substances, that is to
say the matter, without destroying the healing energy and information of the
With Sun, Moon and Planets
Alone the moment at which the respective flower is collected is,
according to alchemist production of essences, not by coincidence.
In fact, harvesting will follow the position of the planet that
is assigned to the respecting flower. Traditional knowledge has
retained such planetary assignment, for instance in the “flower
of love”, the rose. It is regarded as the most beautiful
of all flowers and as a “messenger of love” – the
deeper meaning is that according to ancient knowledge it is assigned
to the planet venus and thereby to the goddess of love and beauty.
In Dr. Bach’s method the collected flowers placed in water or alcohol
are “extracted” by sunlight and thereby a spiritual healing information
is gained. The same happens in the method according to Paracelsus, but here
the information of water represents only the first step in the production.
Besides, the flowers remain in the solution not only for some hours, but at
least for one moon month. In alchemic understanding the “spiritual” healing
information can so be completely gained.
After this, the extract is distilled at low temperature in order to gain the
healing forces of the soul (with the oils) and of the body (with the salts)
from the flower and in order to purify them. After distillation the “body
of the flower” consists of the exhausted remains of the plants. These
are dried and heated until they become ashes. From these flower ashes the soluble
salts are then washed out with specially distilled water. These salts are “purified
bodies” of the flowers. Without them the essence can not effect the human
body according to alchemy and besides, they could loose their information too
easily again. “Whoever wants to make a flower essence, should at least
produce these flower salts and add them to the sun extract”, Achim Stockhardt
emphasizes. The degree of effectivity can thereby be distinctively increased.
In the alchemic preparation of flowers the purified effecting forces related
to body, spirit and soul are reunited. For this, the salt is added to the extract
and everything is distilled once again. After that the essence matures in a
closed vessel in sun and moonlight for four weeks at least. Meanwhile it will “cycle”,
meaning that minimal volumes will evaporate again and again and will rise in
the vessel and flow down the sides. During this process the essence is energetically
charged once again and will hereby become more effective.
As a matter of fact, initial experience with the alchemic flower essences show
extraordinary results. Thus, trials at the LIFE-TESTinstitut in Emmendingen
prove that the human energetic system is entirely harmonized by these flower
remedies. With the help of measuring instruments of alternative medicine the
changes before and after application were investigated. Even for amateurs the
positive changes are visible in an aura representation on the basis of biopulsar
Before application the picture of the aura shows stagnation as red, orange
and yellow coloured fields. In the picture after application of a flower essence
the stagnation is largely resolved and harmonious shades like green and turquoise
are dominant (see figures). In order for this harmonization to stabilize, multiple
application is necessary. It is also important to find the individual suitable
flower or flower combination. The right choice is facilitated, because there
are only nine different flower remedies, which nevertheless cover all the basic
themes of the soul.
Nine Flowers for the Soul
Since time immemorial, well known medicinal plants are assigned
to the nine flower essences of the alchemic healing system. Medicinal
plants such as comfrey, perforate St. John’s Wort, but also
apparently insignificant plants like bearbind, anemone, and lychnis.
They all possess a high degree of “soul-energy”, which
corresponds most accurately to the nine archetypal basic themes
of man. Thus, Stockardt explains that since ancient times these
nine soul themes are well known to us as archetypal qualities of
planets from the myths of the gods. Because each planetary god,
from the sun god and moon goddess to mars, the god of war, and
mercury, the messenger of gods, represents a basic soul theme.
For instance, if the matter concerns courage, activity and the
body’s defense, these are the characteristics of mars, which
can be found in St. John’s Wort. Loving care, growth, reflexion
and self recognition on the other hand as assigned to the moon
archetype and are “embodied” in the pear (see table).
According to the rediscovered teachings of chakras in alchemy, each planet
also dominates a chakra (in alchemy they are called “seals of the planets” or “furnaces
of the soul“). Therefore, the system of nine alchemical flower essences
for the soul is a complete system for chakra therapy at the same time. In turn,
chakras, the energetic steering centers of the organism, also energetically
take influence on the respective glands, organs, and nerve plexus. So the system
of nine flowers, the nine archetypes of the soul and the nine chakras, offers
very easy self-help: For instance, when we feel uncomfortable in the underbelly,
then the charka of this body region is responsible, namely the sexual chakra.
So we choose the according flower essence, the pear. It is assigned to the
archetype of the moon and we can ask ourselves: Are there any mental causes
for this indisposition, which correspond to the subject “mother and bride”?
Is “motherly care” in life or inner flexibility missing? Besides,
the moon is responsible for all constitutive and rhythmic energetic processes – starting
from the sleep-wake-rhythm to the cycle of menstruation. The energies of the
moon stimulate the consciousness of feeling and refine it, support intuition
and the energetic-erotic aura becomes intensified and “more feminine”.
Chakra Teachings in Alchemy
Surprisingly, the chakra teachings in Alchemy correspond in many
ways to the teachings of Ayurveda and it seems that both have common,
ancient roots. In Alchemy the knowledge of the different energy
levels of chakras has been preserved the most distinctly. The lowest
level “Nigredo” (the black) equates with “darkness,
illness, and unconsciousness” and the highest level “Rubedo” (the
redness) equates with “light, healing, health and spiritual
awakening”. The aim of any alchemical work was to reach the
highest energy and vibration level of Rubedo and to direct material
towards the “light” – no matter if it was the
production of remedies or the treatment of a patient. Achim Stockardt,
the producer of these essences, feels obliged to this ancient objective
in alchemy. This is the reason why he calls his flower remedies “Rubedo”.
And as the readings at the LIFE-TESTinstitut demonstrate, they
do in fact lead the user a step towards the “light” and
harmony in the aura and soul.
|Aura presentation through biopulsar
reflexograph measuring: In the left picture the aura before
application, stagnation appears in red, orange and yellow.
In the right picture, after application of the Rubedo essence,
the stagnation is resolved and harmonious shades of green and
turquoise become dominant.
||Historical Chakra presentation in alchemy from
1696. Correlation of planets and chakras are represented in
their lowest level of vibration, the “gloomy”, “dark” state
of “Nigredo”. The spiral shows the energy flow,
which leads, out of this state into the phase in between, called “Albedo” the “white”.
Then the highest level of vibration follows, called “Rubedo”,
|| Ketu = decreasing
|| Origin, background,
basis of life
|| Foot- and Knee-Chakra
|| God of the Sun -
Creation, source of power, confidence
|| Root - Chakra -
|| Goddess of the
Moon - Mother and bride, welfare, fertility
- Chakra - 2nd Chakra
| Perforate St.
|| God of War - courage,
|| Solarplexus -
Chakra - 3rd Chakra
| Deadly nightshade & Provence
|| Messenger of Gods -
To connect, link, and initiate, intelligence
|| Heart - Chakra -
| Lily of the valley & Periwinkle
|| Wise Regent -
To direct and form
|| Throat - Chakra -
|| Goddess of Beauty -
Harmony, devotion, intuition
|| Brow - Chakra -
|| God of Seeds -
renovator and destroyer, "The custodian of the treshhold",
|| Crown - Chakra -
|| Rahu = rising
|| Task, aim in life
|| Neteru - Chakra
- 8th Chakra
The Nine Flowers of the Soul
Basic theme: grounding, arrival
Supports the contact with the collective elemental forces and archetypes,
and facilitates the access to the power of family and ancestors. Mental
stress in connection to birth and maternity are harmonized. Rigidness of
and emotions are resolved and the feeling of “arrival” and “grounding” is
Basic theme: life energy, positive attitude towards life, self-creation
Strengthens life energy, vitality, and the masculine primary principle – the “inner
sun”. It brings warmth and light into the body and mind, promotes
love for living and brightens gloomy moods. Stimulates the fire of digestion
Basic theme: growth, reflection, and recognition of the self
Guides life energy in the right direction and regulates all
constitutive and rhythmic processes in the organism. Strengthens
the feminine primary
principle, the “principle of the moon”. The feeling of “motherly
security” in life is supported and the capability for more inner flexibility
is stimulated at the same time. The consciousness of feeling is generally
stimulated and refined, intuition is promoted and the energetic erotic aura
becomes intensified and “more feminine”.
PERFORATE St. JOHN´S WORT Essence
Basic theme: activity, willpower and self-settlement
Integrates all that is foreign into the own being; the outer and the unconscious
inner is formed to a “self”. Fosters the joy to be active,
helpfulness and to stay calm when dealing with others. Strengthens self-confidence,
DEADLY NIGHTSHADE & PROVENCE ROSE Essence
Basic theme: love, centering, and connection to the self
The “heart” essence strengthens the harmony of body, mind and
soul. It balances feeling and thinking, brings them back to their centre
and helps to overcome emotional and mental strokes of fate. It helps find
access to love, power and to the wisdom of the heart; the forming of consciousness
and self-consciousness is strengthened. An activation of the heart-chakra
also accelerates mental and spiritual growth and supports medial abilities
such as channelling. It energetically supports all “overwhelming heat
processes” such as fever, infection, inflammations and allergies.
LILY OF THE VALLEY & PERIWINKLE Essence
Basic theme: communication, creative power, self expression
Coordinates willpower, thinking and practical activity. Strengthens creativity,
language abilities and sociability; the ability to handle with care, tolerance
and natural authority are promoted. In addition, it helps to express emotions
and to overcome problems.
Basic theme: intuition, power of vision, self-regulation
The essence for the “third eye” strengthens power of intuition
and vision. The activities of the brain hemispheres are stimulated and
synchronisized. It helps to find order in thinking and to undo entanglements
of the world
of duality. Assertiveness, autonomy and the discovery of vocation are enhanced,
and charisma is generally strengthened.
Basic theme: spirituality, transformation, opening of the self
Strengthens spiritual forces and the contact to higher parts of the soul.
On the energetic level it regulates the rhythms of man, allows the energies
to flow and releases rigidness in thinking, feeling, and acting. Mental clarity,
concentration and insight are brought forward. It helps to accept experiences,
to become independent and to set boundaries, but also to overcome limitations
and to forge new paths.
Basic theme: goal in life, dis-limitation, becoming one, the higher self
Regulates the energetic exchange between the soul and the higher self. Harmonizing
the 8th charka supports deeper insight into higher connections and thus helps
to overcome a negative attitude towards life and to live higher qualities
of the soul.
“RESCUE” of the FLOWER Essences
Basic theme: shock-like, mental tension, “rescue”-drops and “chronic” rescue
for the soul
The “rescue” of the flower essences consists of all nine flower
essences and therefore is equally related to all nine archetypes of the soul.
On one hand it is used as “energetic immediate help” for all
energetic shocks, sudden energy blockades and disharmonies. On the other
hand it is applied as a “chronic” rescue to supplement the targeted
application of a single essence and helps “swing out” any blockade
and disharmony on all the levels.
Arndt, Ulrich: Schätze der Alchemie: Edelstein-Essenzen, and Schätze
der Alchemie: Metall-Essenzen. Both: Freiburg/Germany: Hans-Nietsch-Verlag
Testreports of Paracelsus essences:: www.life-testinstitut.de und www.edelstein-essenzen.de
Bildquellen: ©Ulrich Arndt 2x, ©Hans Nietsch Verlag
der Bücher „Edelstein-Essenzen“ und „Metall-Essenzen“ im
Bezug alchemistische Rubedo-Essenzen im Esoterikfachhandel.
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