Do you require alcohol-free preserved Flower Essences?
As a Special Order we are able to preserve your Essences primarily in alcohol-free vegetable glycerine if required (Flower Essences are traditionally preserved in Brandy).
Glycerine is a sweet-tasting, vegetarian and natural food additive used as an alcohol-free alternative to preserve foods, herbal remedies and Flower Essences.
Specially for you - made to order.
Our products preserved primarily Alcohol-Free
Bach Flower Essences mainly alcohol free. 10ml and 30ml
Custom Bach Flower Remedy Bespoke Kit - Choose your own 10 Flower Essences
Complete Set of Large Bach Flower Essences 30ml Practitioner Stock Remedies
Comforter Essence, Rescue 10ml, 30ml, 50ml Remedy
Solar Blends for People
More information about Flower Essences preserved primarily in alcohol-free glycerine
Each stock bottle contains up to 3 drops of Mother Essence (MET) which has been traditionally preserved. Therefore, the bottle contains a maximum of between 0.75 and 1.5 drops of brandy alcohol that has been significantly diluted in spring water and natural food-grade vegetable glycerine. Less than approximately 0.1% ABV.
We offer this special service as we want to help people who want to take authentic Flower Essences that are significantly reduced in alcohol. Our Glycerine-preserved Essences are used by people who are intolerant of alcohol, recovering alcoholics and people who simply want to avoid alcohol in their diet.
The alcohol content in the Essences is a minuscule amount. For example and as a comparison: significantly greater amounts than 0.1% ABV of alcohol can naturally occur in a human’s bloodstream through the process of digestion and fermentation of food. And fruit juices typically contain a naturally occurring ABV of 0.1%.
Glycerine is a clear, odourless liquid with the consistency of thick syrup. Extracted from vegetable oils through hydrolysis. Pure grade made to food standard, kosher grade, non-GMO, super high quality.
If you want to further dilute the minute trace of alcohol, take in the following way:
Add 2 drops to a small glass of water and sip. Or add drops to a dosage bottle, containing 1 half spring water and 1 half preservative (e.g. apple cider vinegar or vegetable glycerine) and take daily.
See instructions on product label.
Our promise of authenticity
We insist on using traditional MET (preserved in brandy) to potentise our products, because we make our Essences in the authentic way - to the 1930's instructions of Dr Edward Bach (the man who discovered Flower Essences). This means therefore that we cannot avoid our Essences containing a small trace of alcohol: the MET ingredient.
We do not make our Essences homeopathically as this is not the way Dr Bach made Flower Essences. Homeopathy and Flower Essences have an entirely different method of manufacture - they are entirely different products. Flower Essences were a completely new and different method of healing, discovered by Dr Bach.
Therefore, if you buy our traditional or our glycerine-preserved Essences you can be confident that you are using 100% authentic Bach Flower Essences.
Bottle contents of our Essences preserved primarily alcohol free
This graph shows the minute trace of alcohol in a 10ml bottle.
Approximately 98% of the bottle comprises the natural non-alcohol vegetable glycerine carrier.
The remaining 2% MET comprises one half spring water and 1 half brandy.
Note the 'proof' of that minute trace of brandy is 36% (importantly it is not 100% neat alcohol) therefore the ABV in the bottle is a minuscule 0.2% ABV.
There is more alcohol in a carton of fruit juice.
This graph shows the barely traceable amount of alcohol in 1 drop (so small that it is difficult to see on this graph). Approximately 0.002%.
If you would like to further significantly dilute, to an infinitesimal amount, add drops to a glass of water and sip. See product label for how to use.
Flower Essences are made using a similar principle to that of homeopathy. Therefore each bottle contains a specific and very small amount of Mother Essence (MET) that is used to 'potentize' the product. That MET is preserved using brandy in the traditional way (read more about MET above).
Other information on vegetable glycerine
- Keep the bottle in the fridge and always in a cool, dark place, away from sunlight and below 60f
- Never touch the glass part of the dropper (e.g. by hand or mouth) to ensure that it always remains clean
- Finish the bottle within 2-3 weeks
Please note that, depending on the number of Essences (MET) in the bottle, a 50ml Personalised Blend may contain up to 10 drops of brandy alcohol. Read why in the section above called Our promise of Authenticity.
If you want to further dilute the small traces of alcohol please add drops to a small glass of water and sip.
See full usage instructions on product label.
Glycerine is heavier in weight than water and therefore it is sold by litres (10ml, 30ml or 50ml) not by weight.
Any Bach Flower Essence product that is preserved in glycerine is a special 'Made To Order' service. Therefore please allow a couple of extra days before dispatch of your order.
(All Pet Blends® and Solar Blends products are always preserved in glycerine therefore they are not 'made to order' and thus there is no delay in dispatch.)
There is little or no actual fibre of the Flower Essence plant in the solar infused MET used in our Essences and Blends. It is the 'energy signature' of the plant - the pure 'Mother Essence Tincture' used as the active ingredient. To learn more about this, and how it works, please go to our Flower Essences Explained webpage.
To learn more about Glycerine please read this article by the 'Global Healing Center' >
What is Vegetable Glycerine?
- Nutritionist Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN writes that:
"...glycerin tastes sweet but it is not metabolized as sugar in the body and doesn’t cause a rise in blood sugar. For that reason, it’s sometimes used as a sweetener in foods marketed to diabetics and low-carb dieters." [Ref]
- The Wikipedia page on Glycerol and Metabolism says:
'...When the body uses stored fat as a source of energy, glycerol and fatty acids are released into the bloodstream. Circulating glycerol does not glycate proteins as do glucose or fructose, and does not lead to the formation of advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs).'
- More about food sweeteners can also be read here: http://www.sugar-and-sweetener-guide.com/glycerol.html
All Creature Comforters® products are made using natural ingredients. Our advice is that, if you are unsure if any product you take will affect your medical condition, you should consult your physician before taking any supplement or foodstuff to which you are unfamiliar.