Flower Power: Find Out How Flower Essences Can Help Athletes

Flower Essences

Flowers are more than just pretty! When the flower is diluted, the extracts can promote emotional and psychological well-being. It is believed that the energetic properties of the flowers can positively impact a person’s mood, emotions and overall health.

Flower essences may help athletes by promoting emotional balance and mental clarity, which can improve focus, confidence and performance. They can also assist in the recovery process by reducing stress and anxiety. However, it’s important to note that flower essences should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment or professional advice.


• Chestnut Bud is believed to help individuals learn from their mistakes and move forward. While there is no scientific evidence to support its impact on sports performance, some athletes may find it helpful for addressing mental blocks or patterns of behavior that are hindering their progress.
• Clematis is known to assist with focus, concentration and keeping attention in the present moment.
• Oak assists in “keeping the fighting spirit” and helps manage energy throughout the training or competition.
• Scleranthus may help individuals make the right split-second decisions related to their training or competition.
• Walnut is for relief of naturally occurring nervous tension and for blocking out unwanted noise and distractions.


Flower essences are typically used by:

• Adding a couple of drops under the tongue;
• Adding a few drops to water or other beverages, and then consumed orally;
• Applying topically;
• Adding to bathwater;
• Using in sprays or mists.


Flower essences can typically be found at health food stores, specialty stores or online retailers that sell natural remedies and supplements. It’s important to ensure that you are purchasing high-quality flower essences from a reputable source.

It is also important to order from a brand’s direct website when shopping online. This helps eliminate imposters.


There are many brands available on the market, and it may vary depending on the region. However, some of the top leading brands of flower essences globally include Bach Flower Remedies, Australian Bush Flower Essences and FES Flower Essences.


Here are two recipes for edible spa water with flowers:

Lavender Lemon Spa Water
• 1 lemon, sliced
• 1/4 cup fresh lavender flowers
• 8 cups water
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and refrigerate for several hours before serving.

Hibiscus Strawberry Spa Water
• 1 pint strawberries, sliced
• 1/4 cup dried hibiscus flowers
• 8 cups water
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and refrigerate for several hours before serving.


As an athlete sets out to train and compete, it may be worth looking into using flower essences as part of their routine.

Dawn Weatherwax (RD, LD, ATC, CSCS) is a registered/licensed dietitian with a specialty in sports nutrition and founder of Sports Nutrition 2Go and Dawn Weatherwax Sports Nutrition Academy. She has been working with swimmers for over 25 years and has launched a sports nutrition academy for athletes. In addition, she is an athletic trainer with a certification in strength and conditioning from The National Strength and Conditioning Association.