Principles of Flower Therapy

When something is ill-defined in the mind, it is ill-defined in practice.

~ Skyflowers

This page details the core principles of flower therapy in an effort to clearly define the technique. The list begins with the most basic of truths and as you will see, further learning stems from there.

  • Natural Therapy Associations should read the Guidelines of Clinical Flower Therapy first to obtain a broader overview as to why these principles need to be adhered to.
  • Educators who teach flower therapy to students should base their training on the principles listed as it teaches flower therapy ‘from the ground up’.
  • Students wanting to study flower therapy, see this page as it contains a list of ‘what to look for’ in a natural therapy course. You can also add this page to your reading list after you have finished that one.


Core Principles

Let us begin with the statement that best describes flower therapy.

Flower therapy is plant medicine.

There is no deeper truth than this statement. And all of the diagnostic techniques and procedures stem from this one statement. If we examine the words, ‘flower therapy is plant medicine’ we see that it is a true one. The word ‘flowers’ relate to ‘plants’ and ‘therapy’ is another word for ‘medicine’. So we can verify that this statement is a true one. As it is a truth, we can refer all other principles, ideas and procedures against it to validate their truths.

The statement, ‘flower therapy is plant medicine’ is a core principle. It is the foundation of Clinical Flower Therapy and all learning stems from this ‘root’ principle.

Many readers will be fooled by the simplicity of this statement and wish to ‘skip ahead’ to something more complicated to match their intelligence. The irony is that although this basic principle is a simple and obvious one, it is commonly ignored. In study. And in practical application.

Plant studies are important to learning flower therapy.

Now that we have established that ‘flower therapy is plant medicine’ is a truth, then it is natural to assume that learning flower therapy involves the study plants. I.e. Plant studies are fundamental to learning the therapy.

Everything about flower therapy is learned via the study of nature.

Now that we have established that’ flower therapy is plant medicine’, we begin to see a story-like progression forming. An organic way of learning flower therapy. There are many subjects in Clinical Flower Therapy that stem from the study nature. Everything from how to apply flower remedies as nature designed & intended them to knowing your clients entire ‘health care program’ – from issue to after care.

  • For the purposes of this article, we will end the list there in order to make a point. More principles based upon these first 3 are taught in the Clinical Flower Therapy course and book.

The point is this. Every natural therapy is based upon a founding principle. When you know that principle, you practice the therapy in the way it was designed to be practiced. Clinical Flower Therapy is the skilful and precise practice of plant medicine.


Principles of Integrative Medicine

Returning to the original statement, ‘flower therapy is plant medicine’, we can also define how flower therapy relates to other natural therapies. The purpose of doing so is covered in a chapter of Clinical Flower Therapy called ‘Properly Integrating Flower Therapy into Other Natural Therapies‘.

Flower therapy is plant medicine. It is a whole field of study.

While it is a good thing that flower therapy is taught in natural therapy courses, it is often offered in a digest form. Flower therapy is a whole field of medicine that is rich in lessons and vibrant in mother natures wisdom. Unfortunately, sometimes ‘corners are cut’ in education, which reduces the students ability to excel in practice.

Flower therapy is plant medicine. It is a ‘stand-alone’ therapy, that comes complete with its own diagnostic system.

When I first began writing Clinical Flower Therapy, it was something of an ‘archeological excavation’ to find out what the original practices of flower therapy were. To do so, I (a) focused on the mechanics of plant medicine and (b) removed all other ‘external techniques’ that flower remedies are commonly used in such as kinesiology, dowsing, etc. I soon realized that when you remove plant studies from flower therapy, you lose all of the original diagnostic methods based upon that knowledge.

I also learned that there is a ‘built-in’, natural technique of prescribing flower remedies I call, ‘botanical diagnosis’. This technique uses the practitioners knowledge of nature to make corrections based upon natural law. These days, the original procedure of flower therapy have been removed entirely and replaced by other methods, which can be ‘hit or miss’ in result and lead to a variety of issues.

Clinical Flower Therapy brings the original procedure back. And produces precise and achieve professional results.

Flower therapy is plant medicine. This makes it different from many other natural therapies that do not use plants as their central mechanic.

As natural health practitioners are trained in many different disciplines these days, it is easy to become confused, blur the lines between disciplines, lose sight of the original procedure and ‘cut corners’ in your practice of plant medicine. It is easy to forget that flower therapy is a whole field of medicine, with its own rules and procedures to follow. And simply use flower therapies according to the mindset of ‘X’ therapy. In short form.

This has a variety of negative effects.

Flower therapy blends well with other natural therapies.

When flower therapy is properly integrated into other natural therapies, you end up with a very powerful process.

When combined with kinesiology muscle testing, for example, you combine (a) direct bio-feedback with (b) plant medicine, you gain clear insight as to why your clients requires a particular remedy. With one, single muscle test you translate sub-conscious information into conscious knowledge and know everything about your clients issue – even what after-care support and ‘lifestyle changes’ they require when they leave the practitioners care.

The proper integration of flower therapy with other natural therapies is key to obtaining professional results. And practitioners should have this aim on their mind.


Principles of Life

The last group of principles taught in Clinical Flower Therapy relate to the living of life. By observing plants and nature, one becomes versed in natural law and lives in accordance with those ‘laws of life’. Thus improving your experience of life, while at the same time as reducing conflict and stress.

Flower therapy is plant medicine. Many ‘new age’, spiritual concepts do not belong to it.

Despite flower therapy being an ‘Earth-based medicine’, it is common to see lofty spiritual concepts and ideas attached to it that are hard to relate to. Rare is it to see a down-on-the-ground, practical teachings and writing on the subject that build your understanding up about the higher aspects of reality. When the fundamentals of plant medicine are overlooked in favour of ‘higher’ information, it leads to a ‘top heavy’, ungrounded practice. Which can cause problems.

Flower therapy is the observation of natural laws and the practice of a ‘natural spirituality’.

Flower therapy even has an innate spirituality and philosophy about life built right into it. A spiritual perspective of life that is ‘built from the ground up’. A strong and stable view that is based upon physical reality ( via the observation of physical plants ).

This final principle is where Clinical Flower Therapy finishes off. Completing a circle of ‘ground rules’ to follow. All based upon the original principle, ‘flower therapy is plant medicine‘. It is amazing how one simply and obvious statement can lead to such a clear and detailed rule-set for the practice of flower therapy.

Which is why one must not overlook that core principle.



What sets Clinical Flower Therapy apart from the ‘modern, digest version’ that is commonly practiced is that it works to these core principles.

To read more about how Clinical Flower Therapy is different to standard practices, see this article.

  • These principles are the beating heart of flower therapy.
  • These principles are the rules to follow and a code of conduct for practitioners. They allow one to achieve precise results.
  • These principles represents a new way of thinking about flower therapy. And a paradigm shift for those who were previously unschooled in plant medicine.

As mentioned earlier, the list on this page is incomplete but without giving too much away, there is a link between them that tells a story from start to finish. The book and course will fill in the gaps and tell that story.



November 15th, 2015

  • Initial publication


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