Are vibrational essences similar to homeopathy?
Some laypeople consider essences and homeopathy to be similar in that they are both vibrational treatments used in diluted form without any apparent impact on their effectiveness. Both are also preserved in alcohol and use similar terms such as mother dilution. However, Edward Bach, a practising homeopath himself, denied any connection between the two therapies. This was because: Homeopathy uses the actual parts of a flower etc., highly dilute, in the creation of a treatment whilst most essences only incorporate living energies.
The original substances used to make homeopathic medicines are sometimes toxic, e.g. poisons, metals or discharges from diseases. Bach did not include any harmful plants in his essences. Some modern essence producers, however, use poisonous plants arguing that no trace of the original plant remains in the chemical analysis of a final treatment. Homeopaths use the same arguments about their high potency remedies.
The levels of dilution in the two therapies are widely different. In essences, the result from mother dilution to stock is from 1/240 to 1/360 parts. A 6X homeopathic treatment is diluted 1/1,000,000. Homeopathic medicines are also sold at different dilutions (potencies) since this can be an important part of treatment. Thus, for some conditions you may use 6X and in others a 30X. This is not so with essences.
Homeopathic treatments have to be shaken vigorously after each dilution – a process called succession. Essences are not succussed during preparation.
Homeopathy embraces the principle of the ‘Law of Similars’ – that is ’like cures like’. Essence therapy does not.
The homeopathic picture of a treatment includes very specific symptoms ranging from the physical to the mental and emotional. In contrast, it is illegal for essence producers to include physical benefits in their essence descriptions. Instead, they describe a particular mental, emotional or spiritual state.
Homeopaths arrive at a 'symptoms picture' of a remedy by 'proving' - taking small but safe amounts over a long period of time. The qualities of essences are discerned by producers who are very sensitive to plant energies. Their methods include intuition and 'the plant signature' (the plants structural appearance). Use on self and/or clients then ‘proves’ the described qualities.
The properties of each homeopathic medicine are clearly defined. In contrast, different essence producers often identify different uses for the same essence. Intention is also thought, by some, to be an important part of essence making. This approach has no part in homeopathic medicine production.
Homeopathic medicines are given one at a time with at least a minute between each remedy. Tablets must also be sucked or chewed 15-20 minutes before or after food. Essences may be taken at any time in a range of ways.
Like essences, homeopathic treatments have no side effects as they are greatly diluted. Occasionally symptoms can become worse after taking the first dose as they stimulate the body’s natural powers to overcome imbalances. This is called ‘aggravation’ and is a good sign, as it shows the therapy is starting to work.
Both essences and homeopathic treatments can be used with people of all ages and pregnant women. However, unlike essence practitioners, homeopaths may need to alter potency and dose a number of times before the most effective treatment is chosen.