A change was made during the editing process, and my article "Flowers' Power" (Nov. 10) implied that essential oils used in aromatherapy and the flower essences that I made from wildflowers of the Columbia River Gorge are the same thing. They are very different and I wish to clarify that. I feel it is very important to preserve the wildflowers that grow here.
Essential oils, like Lavender, are grow around the world and are made by steam-distilling or cold-pressing large quantities of plant. Essential oils are fragrant, volatile and very concentrated "oils" used in massage oil, misters, and for aromatherapy.
Flower essences or flower remedies made from wildflowers are what is called vibrational medicine. They are made by placing one blossom (or none in the case of rare wildflowers) in water and infused with sunlight. They are often taken internally as drops on the tongue or in a glass of water. They have no fragrant and they work on the body's subtle energy system to restore balance.