As a Virgo to the core and utter pragmatist, the idea of using flowers as a cure for my emotional and psychological issues seemed, to put it bluntly, silly. I'm all for decorative vases and gardening, but flowers as medicine? No way.
So when I read about Heidi Smith and the work she does at Moon & Bloom in a Vanity Fair article, you can bet no one was more surprised than me when I booked a flower essence therapy session for myself. Despite the many hours I've spent doing psychotherapeutic work (doctors, medicine, science), the draw to this not-so-mainstream form of healing was powerful ... inexplicably so.
According to her website, Smith specializes in integrative and flower essence therapy, and "healing and transformation through consciousness and Plant Spirit Medicine." Despite rereading the "about" page a dozen times, I was still unsure what I was walking into.
But in a fit of "why not?" (and a recent, nagging communication issue I'd been having with a loved one), I figured it couldn't hurt. If nothing else, I'd have a new story to tell about that time I went to flower essence therapy. (My I-floated-in-a-pitch-black-salt-chamber-for-better-skin story was getting old.)
I arrive and am welcomed into Smith's small, quiet, intimate space and after performing a quick ritual on herself (she closes her eyes, sets an intention for our appointment, and takes a few drops of her flower essence), we begin.
She explains that we'll spend the hour doing a general intake questionnaire, followed by meditation, and after assessment, she'll figure out what essences will serve me best. But first, we talk a little about what these essences are, and why she believes in them.
Smith tells me flower essences come from preserved blossoms that hold the "signature" of the flower, which contains a subtle energy that can resonate with the body. Each essence and combination has a unique energy and alchemy that will elicit a different response in every client. Basically, flower essences are used as "vibrational tuning forks" to help unblock patterns that can inhibit someone.
I nod and tell her I sort of understand, and then we begin the intake. It starts off simply enough: When's your birthday? Are you on any medication? What do you do for a living?
Then it gets real.
Without feeling nosy or invasive, she's asking questions I've never even asked myself. I talk about my relationships, my family, my self-image. I find myself responding without a beat, recalling memories and instances from my past that, at the time of occurrence, I never thought would resurface. I'm having verbal, emotional diarrhea in front of a complete stranger, but am oddly totally fine with it.
I haven't touched any flower essences yet, but maybe just being in the same room as them is already helping me break down that communication block I'd been struggling with. Maybe their vibrations are slowly jiggling it loose.