Flower essences work vibrationally. They are not herbs. They are not essential oils/aromatherapy, and they have no aroma. In fact, they are the plant or flower's 'vibration' itself, transmitted to the water in which the flowering bloom is steeped for a period of time. They work equally well for pets and children, showing that their efficacy goes beyond placebo.
Their vibrational potency affects our personal vibration, in turn impacting physical form (our bodies!), or matter. Lady of the Lotus agrees that matter is energy whose vibration has been lowered. Yet, we also agree that there is matter; it is a form of energy. The human being is multifaceted. Working with any one layer will influence the others. Work with your emotions, and your energy, mind and body are influenced. Work with your vibration, and impact energetic, emotional and physical layers. Flower Essence Therapy is pragmatic realism at its best.
Flower essences are not 'new age'. And they are not about 'making you happy all the time'. That would be unnatural, and creating human automatons is not the goal of flower essence therapy. For example, an essence for grief will not take away your grief, but will support you so that the grief does not overwhelm your life. Flower Essences assist you, so that your responses are proportional to an event, based on your own definition of what this is. They will help you to heal or gain the most from an experience. And help you to cultivate potentials, skills and goals. Layers of previous emotional and psychological responses often create undesirable responses to life events, responses that compound situations, disguising clarity and creating often unintended consequences; flower essences help you to avoid this tendency.
Flower essences are not a belief system, and not inherently associated with religious or spiritual dogma. You will find different approaches to working with them, the same way one would find different approaches to any endeavor. Some of these approaches may well be 'new age'. Yet flower essences themselves simply work vibrationally, emotionally, energetically on the human body. Whether or not you choose to interface with them spiritually, and in what way, is up to you. Research your source, and know where they stand. This gives you an idea of whether or not they are the right flower essences for you.
Flower essences are true allies for the modern world. Vibrational healing is at the forefront of modern research into health and wellness, embraced by many doctors, scientists and therapists. Music, nature, art and meditation have all taken their place in the quest for deepened knowledge and true healing. Our highest endeavors as human beings, in helping one another to heal and end suffering, continue to lead our search into new arenas. Flower essences are one such arena, deepening our understanding of healing, longevity and what it means to be human.
PS.- Diego Rivera's well known 'Flower Seller' painting, pictured in this post, shows a woman offering Calla Lilies for sale. Calla Lily Flower Essence is known for aiding integration of masculine and feminine qualities within an individual, and for clearing ambivalence regarding one's own gender, freeing one to fully express the potential and harmony of a given form.