There are 3 levels to flower essence dilution. This post will detail the relevancy of each.
What are the levels flower essence dilution?
Why does it matter?
What am I buying?
The 3 Levels of Flower Essence Dilution
This is the first level of potency in the world of flower essences. When I go into the field and craft an essence that essence is known as the mother. This original preparation is 50% water from the crafting process and 50% brandy. Brandy is the preferred alcohol preservative brandy contains 40% alcohol.
Flower Essence Stock Bottle:
To make what is known as a stock bottle you take 7 drops from the mother and and add it to a neutral solution of 75% water and 25% brandy. When you purchase any of the single essences on this site you are getting a stock bottle. Also all the Essence Alchemy brand combination formulas are prepared at the stock level.
Flower Essence Dosage Bottle:
The dosage bottle is a blend of flower essences from the stock level dilution. When I make a formula for a client I blend 5-7 stock level essences in a solution of 80% water and 20% brandy. If you purchase a Personal Formula on this website you are receiving a dosage bottle. If you are using 2 or more stock level flower essences at the same time it is best to create a dosage bottle with them. The reasons to do this are it makes taking flower essences easier. It extends the life of your stock bottles, opening and closing a stock bottle exposes it to contaminants in the air, dust, pollen, etc.
Why Does Dilution Matter?
Dilution is relevant for reasons related to storage and potency. If stored properly stock bottles have a very long shelf life, upwards of 10+ years. Though most people will use a stock bottle before they lose potency. When using a flower essence for physical issues it is best to use the stock level.
A dosage bottles has the shortest shelf life of all. A dosage bottle in general will be viable for up to 2 months. After that time its potency begins to dissipate. This is ok because dosage bottles are only needed for 1 to 2 months. After that time it is best to re-asses your flower essence formula and adjust accordingly.
When purchasing a flower essence look for on the label for the words “stock bottle”, “stock”, “stock concentrate” or “concentrate”. If they don’t say this chances are it is a dosage level dilution. If you have any questions reach out to the flower essence producer for clarity.
The alcohol content in a stock bottle flower essence is minimal. When using an essence you are taking drops each drop contains a small amount of alcohol. If this is an issue simply add the drops to 2oz of water. For perspective there is more alcohol in a glass of orange juice than in a drop of flower essence. And, if this is still a concern you can make a dosage bottle with vinegar. If this is still an issue you can request stock bottles made with vinegar.
I hope this has helped you and thanks for reading.