Natural healing is a mix of the old ways with the new. 

Betsy Hess gives us a Natural Healing 101 to help us understand  Vibrational Healing.

Vibrational Healing

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Vibrational Healing

by Betsy Hess    

       What is Vibrational Healing?   When I started on my quest to understand and answer this question many years ago I was a practicing Herbalist in Southern California, living on five acres and growing many of the herbs I used in my practice.  Although I understood that plants had healing energies and knew the importance of the growing conditions and the good intentions needed to optimize medicinal qualities, the discovery that everything; plants, people, animals, have energy fields that always surround them opened up a new world for me and significantly changed my beliefs about disease.  As an Herbalist, I treated symptoms, nourished physiological systems and believed illness to be psychosomatic, but I didn’t really understand how this worked.  If we hold in anger year after year until we get sick, where is this anger held?  How does a thought process manifest physically?  How can it be healed?  The answer is that disease and imbalance start in our human energy field before manifesting in the physical body.  Our human energy fields or auric layers are a part of us, our energetic vibration, our light, and these energy fields need conscious attention and care just as our physical bodies do.  The very center of our energy field holds our chakra system, chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning "wheel".  First, let's take a look at our human energy field:

     There are seven energetic levels in our human energy field.  These levels surround our physical bodies.  Each level is different in vibrational frequency, color, and texture. 

     The first level is called the etheric body, it exists closest to our physical body, it deals with physical functioning and physical sensations, pleasure, pain, taste, smell, seeing and hearing.  The etheric body relates to first chakra. 

     The second level is called the emotional body, it extends out about 3-4” from our physical body. The emotional body is associated with feelings we have about ourselves.  If you allow feelings about yourself to flow, both positive and negative, it helps the second level stays in balance.  The emotional body relates to second chakra.

     The third level is called the mental body, it extends out about 6-9” from our physical body.  The mental body is associated with clarity, rationality and the intuitive mind.  Negative thought forms exist on this level.  The mental body is related to third chakra.

      The forth level is called the astral body; it extends out about 2” from our physical body.  The astral body is associated with the love and joy of relationships as well as the struggle and pain.  This level is also associated with dreams.  The astral body relates to fourth chakra.

       The fifth level is called the divine etheric template; it extends about 2˝“ from our physical body.  The divine etheric template is the dimension of divine will that holds the great evolutionary plan of humanity and the universe.  We have free will to align ourselves with this divine will, or not.  When balanced, we fell connected to the greater purpose and patterns in our lives.  The divine etheric template relates to the fifth chakra.

      The sixth level is called the celestial body; it extends out about 3” from the physical body.  It is here we feel bliss, ecstasy, devotion, joy and feel our connection with the entire universe. It is the vibration of divine love where we feel unconditional love.  We can see the light and love in everything that exists.  We reach this level of experience through meditation, religion, chanting, and music.  The celestial body relates to the sixth chakra.

      The seventh level is called the Ketheric template; it extends out about 3˝” from our physical body.  It is the vibration of divine mind where we know perfection in our imperfection.  We reach this level of experience by searching for higher truth in our lives.  The Ketheric body relates to the seventh chakra.

      Everybody has the ability to sense energy.  Hold the palms of your hand a few inches apart and wait several minutes, what do you feel?  Heat, tingling, vibration, pulsation?  This is energy.


      Now let's look at our chakra system, the vertical column in our bodies that hold the energy vortexes where our minds and bodies meet. Understanding the chakra system, as well as the human energy field, is important when choosing which vibrational healing therapy is most appropriate for you.

     1st / Root Chakra / RED – Foundation, survival, roots, grounding, trust, nourishment, health, home, family, prosperity, appropriate boundaries. Quality of physical energy and a strong will to live.  Fear is the challenge of the root chakra.  To heal: reconnect with body, physical activity, massage, touch, yoga, look at earliest childhood relationship to Mother. Reclaim the right to be here.  Associated with adrenals, bones, skeletal structure, and sense of smell.

I AM connected to Mother Earth and know the security of being grounded in reality, in the moment. I BELONG.

Essential oils: cedarwood, myrrh, patchouli, vetivert, oakmoss

Gems essences: bloodstone, copper, jet, onyx, pearl, red coral, black quartz, tiger’s eye

Flower essences: comfrey, ginseng, pomegranate, squash, watermelon.

Physical Association: bones, skeletal structure, adrenals


2nd / Sacral Chakra / Orange – Movement, sensation, emotions, sexuality, need, pleasure.  Quality of love for opposite sex, and quantity of sexual power.  Guilt is the challenge of the sacral chakra.  To heal: movement therapy, emotional release or containment as appropriate, inner child work, boundary work, 12 steps for addictions, healthy pleasures.  Reclaim right to feel and have pleasure.

I honor my body and I FEEL good about my sexuality.  I have a right to express my desires to myself and others. 

Essential oils: jasmine, rose, sandalwood, tarragon, bergamot, rosewood

Gem essences: malachite, moonstone, opal, rubellite tourmaline, star sapphire, topaz

Flower essences: ginseng, blue flag iris, madia, pomegranate, watermelon, wood betony

Physical Association: sex organs, bladder, immune system


3rd / Solar Plexus Chakra / Yellow Energy, activity, autonomy, individuation, will, self-esteem, power.  Knowing one’s own unique and connected place in the universe, intentions towards one’s own physical health.  Shame is the challenge of the solar plexus chakra.  To heal: grounding and emotional contacts, vigorous exercise, build ego strength, release or contain anger, work on shame issues, strengthen the will.   Reclaim the right to act and be an individual. 

I deserve all the love, respect, joy, and prosperity that comes to me.  I CAN receive all of life’s good things.

Essential oils: vetivert, ylang-ylang, naiouli, mandarin, orris root, bergamot

Gem essences: alexandrite calcite, white tourmaline (uvite)

Flower essences: amaranthus, avocado, California poppy, dill, fig, hyssop, sage, zinnia

Physical Association:  digestive system, muscles, pancreas


4th / Heart Chakra / Green Love, balance, self-love, relationships, intimacy, devotion, reaching out, and taking in.  Grief is the challenge of the heart chakra.  To heal: breathing exercises, journaling, self discovery, examine assumptions, emotional release of grief, forgiveness when appropriate, co dependency work, self acceptance.  Reclaim the right to love and be loved.

 I LOVE myself for who I AM. The Love I FEEL for myself and others is unconditional.

Essential oils: rose, jasmine, lotus, Melissa, neroli

Gem essences: emerald, malachite, pearl, rose quartz, ruby, serpentine, green tourmaline

Flower essences: borage, cosmos, eucalyptus, mango, papaya, passion flower, rosa, sage

Physical Association: heart, chest, lungs, circulation, thymus gland


5th / Throat Chakra / Light Blue Communication, creativity, listening, resonance, finding one’s own voice. Taking responsibility for one’s personal needs.  A person’s sense of self within profession, society, and with peers.  Lies are the challenge of the throat chakra.  To Heal: release voice, loosen neck and shoulders, singing, chanting, toning, non-goal oriented creativity, communication skills.  Reclaim the right to speak and hear the truth.

I SPEAK up for myself.  What I have to say is worthy of being listened to.  I SPEAK from my heart.

Essential oils: chamomile, orris root, geranium, oakmoss

Gem essences: aquamarine, lapis-lazuli, sapphire, blue tourmaline

Flower essences: almond, celandine, cosmos, fig, passion flower, rose

Physical Association: mouth, throat, ears, thyroid


6th / Brow Chakra / Indigo - Intuition, image imagination, visualization, insight, dreams, vision.  Ability to visualize and understand mental concepts and carry those ideas out in a rational way.  Illusion is the challenge of the 3rd eye chakra.  To heal: create visual art, meditation, working with memory, and connecting image with feeling, dream work, guided visualizations.  Reclaim the right to see. 

I SEE all things in clarity.  I trust my inner self to guide and protect me. The answers to all my questions lie within me.

Essential oils: rosemary, galbanum, lavender, clary sage, violet, chamomile

Gem essences: diamond, amethyst quartz, sapphire, tiger’s eye, topaz, cat’s eye tourmaline

Flower essences: amaranthus, chamomile, dill, ginseng, hops, nasturtium, rosa

Physical Association: eyes, base of skull, pituitary gland


7th / Crown Chakra / LavenderTranscendence, belief systems, higher power, Divinity, Union, vision.  Related to one’s connection with their spirituality and integration of their whole being.  Attachment is the challenge of the crown chakra.  To heal: re establishing physical, emotional connection or spirit connection, meditation, examine belief  systems, goal setting.  Reclaim the right to know and to learn. 

I KNOW Divinity resides within me.  With intellect and creativity I connect to the Source of all knowledge

Essential oils: rosemary, galbanum, lavender, clary sage, violet, chamomile

Gem essences: diamond, gold, moonstone, opal, white quartz, quartz tourmaline

Flower essences: daffodil, lavender, lotus, peach, queen anne’s lace, rosemary, skullcap

Physical Association: cerebral cortex, skin, pineal gland


     So what is vibrational healing?  It's healing that takes place in our energy fields using remedies and therapies that address issues of energy blockages and energetic imbalances in our chakra system and our energy fields.  You can think of it as increasing and strengthening your life force, or vibration, or light, on an energetic level.  

     Every vibrational medicine embodies a particular energetic frequency, or soul quality.  When we use vibrational remedies to clear unproductive life patterns and eliminate energetic blockages in our human energy field, we raise our consciousness and we are able to function from a point that is closer to the real Self, which brings a sense of inner harmony.  As our conscious awareness is elevated, our ability to understand and incorporate higher ideals and healthier life patterns is enhanced.  Vibrational remedies work on the emotions and spirit.  If we are open to change, their effect can be dramatic, but if we resist the nudge they give the emotions, they may have little visible effect in the short run.  

     Vibrational medicines include homeopathy, flower essences, gem essences, color, and light therapy, magnetic healing, radionics, meditation, and visualization.  Here is a brief look at some of these modalities:

      Homeopathy comes from the Greek words "homios" meaning similar and "pathos" meaning suffering...  Similar Suffering.  Homeopathic medicine is based on "the Law of Similars" or "like cures like".  This means that the same substance that produces disease symptoms in a healthy person when given in large doses, can also cure a sick person with similar symptoms when given in very diluted doses.  Like cures likeFor example, you ingest a huge amount of bayberry (Myrica) and become despondent, irritable, indifferent, gloomy.  Your scalp feels tight, and you have a headache with drowsiness, aching in the eyeballs, and dull, heavy aching in temples and forehead on waking in the morning.  You have pain and stiffness in the nape of the neck.  Your face is yellow and it itches and stings.  There is a bad taste in your mouth and your nauseous with a constricted and rough feeling in the throat with a constant desire to swallow.  There is a dull pain in the liver region, fullness in the stomach and abdomen and loss of appetite.  You have disturbed bad dreams with frequent waking.  An ill person exhibiting these warning signs could be given the homeopathic remedy Myrica in a diluted dose, based on the "totality of symptoms".  Many homeopathic remedies deal with the symptom "stiffness in the nape of the neck", or "disturbed bad dream with frequent waking", it's the "totality of symptoms"  that determine homeopathic remedy selection.


     Homeopathic remedies come in various potencies, or dilutions.  Low potencies are not as diluted (30X, 12C, 30C) and are for acute conditions and usually given in frequent doses.  Medium potencies are more diluted (200C, 1M) and are for more chronic conditions with infrequent dosages, and high potencies, which are very diluted (10M, 10MM) are usually given in constitutional prescribing where only one dose is given.

     There are hundreds of homeopathic remedies that cover thousands of symptoms.  And there are many different branches of homeopathy: gemmotherapy, lithotherapy, drainage, biochemical tissue salts, nosodes, and organotherapy that apply homeopathic remedies using distinctive therapeutic methodology.  It's not a good idea to self medicate using homeopathic remedies until you learn more about them.  Some homeopathic remedies are called polycrests from the Greek words "poly" (many) and "crestos" (uses).  Polycrests are remedies with many uses that are used to treat a wide range of common symptoms.  Studying the polycrests is a good place to start learning about homeopathy. 

  • Taking the wrong remedy + the wrong potency = no cure and aggravation where the symptoms become more severe

  • Taking the wrong remedy + the right potency = no cure

  • Taking the right remedy + wrong potency = no cure or possible aggravation

  • Taking the right remedy + right potency = cure

     The lower three auric levels relate to the physical world.  Homeopathic remedies in low to medium potencies (30X, 30C, 200C) are very effective on these lower levels.

      Say you have a headache, why choose a homeopathic remedy over a product you could pick up at the market?  Because homeopathic remedies increase the vital force of the body so that it can heal itself, dealing with the cause of the headache, usually by identifying an imbalance in our mental / emotional state.  A product from the market, while effective in relieving the symptoms of the headache, in reality cause suppression of the symptoms and do not address the root cause at all.   

     Flower essences and gem essences are another vibrational healing modality.  Each flower and gem essence embodies a particular energy frequency.  You could think of this pure energy as being electrical in nature.  During the preparation of flower and gem remedies the water’s molecular structure is charged and imprinted with the electrical pattern of the flowers or gems vibrational essence, by using the energy of the sun.  I like to think of this vibrational energy as pure consciousness capable of providing gentle energetic healing patterns.  Although many parts of a plant are used for healing; roots, bark, leaves, and seeds, it is in the flower where the vibrational energy is the strongest.  Preparing flower essences into homeopathic potencies always releases more energy and gets closer to the basic energy and life force pattern within each flower.  Dr. Edward Bach creator of Bach Flower Remedies said this about flower essences:

      “The actions of certain flowers, shrubs, and trees, that grow in the wild raise our vibrations and open our channels for the reception of the Spiritual Self to flood our natures with the particular virtue we need, and wash out from us the fault that is causing the harm.  They are able, like beautiful music or any glorious uplifting thing that gives us inspiration, to raise our very natures to bring us nearer to our Souls, and by that very act bring us peace and relieve our sufferings.  They cure not by attacking the disease, but by flooding our bodies with the beautiful vibrations of our higher nature, in the presence of which disease melts away as snow in the sunshine.  There is no true healing unless there is a change in outlook, peace of mind, and inner happiness.”

     Flower and gem essences are non-toxic, and they don’t interfere with other medications or healing modalities.  They are self-adjusting which means you won’t experience aggravations if you take the wrong remedy like you would if you took the wrong homeopathic remedy.  Flower essences work on all levels of the human energy field, which make them the deepest acting of all vibrational medicines.  This means they address physical, emotional, and spiritual issues.  Gem essences work up into the higher vibrational energy fields but may not cover as much energetic “territory”.  Homeopathic remedies work on the energy fields closest to our bodies, which make them so effective at healing our physical imbalances.

     Gem essences stimulate healing in the body upon the principals of resonancy or harmony and vibration.  All things are in a constant state of vibration and in a constant system of harmonics and resonancy.  The crystalline structures contained within gemstones have a molecular pattern that acts as a frequency to amplify our vibration. 



     Today my vibrational healing practice includes herbs, homeopathic remedies, flower essences, gem essences, color therapy, nutrition, and hands on healing.  Vibrational healing can use one method or a combination of vibrational healing modalities.  To pull all of this information together I will take you through a simplified consultation with fictitious client “Kate” who recently had a kidney infection and is concerned about a recurrence.  While Kate explains her illness I hear her disappointment and shame about being ill.  She feels like she takes good care of herself and is “embarrassed” that she had a kidney infection.  I know that we hold criticism, disappointment, failure, shame, and reacting like a little kid in our kidneys.  The function of the kidneys is to excrete urine and help regulate the water, electrolyte, and acid-based content of the blood.  The kidneys represent purification and a clearing of negative emotions.  Problems with our kidneys can mean we have more emotions to clear out than we can handle, or that we feel overwhelmed or unable to deal with certain emotions in general.  Our kidneys absorb energy through the third chakra, which oversees our discernment, assimilation, reclaiming the right to be an individual and how we react to what others throw our way.

      Flower essences that fit Kate’s profile are Eucalyptus “the flower of purification” which has a liberating effect and helps one to accept life as it is.  Crab Apple "the flower of self-cleansing” used for self disgust, self hate, or someone who is ashamed of their ailments and Pine “the flower of self – acceptance” which is used for guilt complexes, blaming self for mistakes of others, or someone who is always apologizing.  These three essences can be combined into a dosage bottle and taken 3-4 times throughout the day. A standard dose is 4 drops. You can also put the drops in your water bottle to enjoy every vibrant sip.  The duration of this flower therapy will depend on how Kate feels on a mental, emotional, and spiritual level.  We would re evaluate after two weeks. 

      A Gem essence combo containing calcite that stimulates the kidneys on a cellular level and jade, which cleanses the blood and helps remove toxins from the kidneys would also be effective and can be used after the flower essences therapy is complete.  The dose would be 3-4 times a day for 30 days.

     Flower and gem essences can be combined, but if your are new to this type of healing modality then taking single remedies will allow you to “feel” the subtle changes, and you will be aware of what’s moving (working) and what’s not.  I have found wonderful results using affirmations with flower essences to reinforce positive messages and bring focused attention to areas in our life that need healing.  Here are affirmations I have selected for Kate.  She can choose one, all, or write her own, whatever resonates for her.

      From Louise Hay’s Heal Your Body

     “Divine right action is always taking place in my life. Only good comes from each experience. It is safe to grow up.”

      Bach flower affirmation for crab apple “I accept my imperfections. I love my body. I cleanse myself of any toxicity or disharmonious energy”

      Bach flower affirmation for pine “I release all guilt. I love and accept myself”

      These remedies aren’t going to make Kate’s disappointment and shame magically disappear but they can help bring awareness to areas in her life and ease the intensity of her disappointment and shame.  To address the third chakra aspect of healing, Kate is taught techniques to stay “grounded” which means to “be here now” in the present moment by connecting with the earth and her physical body, daily meditation, journaling and working with shame issues.  These are just a few  examples of many exercises and specialized techniques to available balance each chakra.  Keep in mind that everyone has their own unique issues and imbalances that are best dealt with on an individualized basis.

      From a classical homeopathic viewpoint an individual’s emotional makeup and appearance, as well as physical symptoms are grouped according to “constitutional types”.  I determine through the interview that Kate’s homeopathic constitutional type is Phosphorus. Phosphorus individuals are expressive, effervescent, imaginative, artistic, and love to be the center of attention.  They can be indifferent to family and friends. When they are unwell they need lots of sympathy. Their physical appearance is tall, usually slim, and well proportioned.  Dark or fair-haired with fine pale skin that flushes easily and they dress with flair and flamboyance.  This really just skims the surface but you get the idea. The homeopathic remedy phosphorus is for anxiety and fear, circulatory problems, digestive disorders, lungs and respiratory issues, and ailments with burning pain.

       Homeopathic remedies; are usually used to increase and strengthen one’s life force, also called vital force or vibration.  This becomes very complex to explain because in homeopathic medicine there a many ways to treat an individual based on the totality of their symptoms.  In this case, treating from a classical homeopathy viewpoint, the remedy phosphorus will be useful to increase Kate’s life force after recovering from an illness. She can take this along with the flower essences.

      Another branch of homeopathy, called gemmotherapy, is comprised of homeopathic remedies made from embryonic plant material; fresh plant buds, young leaves or rootlets with the therapeutic objective of homeopathic drainage.  Homeopathic drainage addresses the eliminative organs by decreasing built up toxins by stimulating the function of the organ. In this case, the homeopathic drainage remedies vitis vinifera and pinus montana could be used to stimulate and raise the vital force of her kidneys.  If Kate’s kidney ailments were chronic this could be an effective option. **note** kidney infections can be the result of toxic damage, as in this case, where a gemmotherapy remedy is appropriate.  Kidney infections can also occur from bacteria spreading upward from the bladder or from autoimmune syndromes.

      Herbs can also play a part in this therapy.  Bearberry, echinacea and yarrow are all great anti microbials that can be used to prevent infection. These herbs aren’t very flavorful but any one of them could be combined with peppermint for a tasty tea.

      Hands on Healing therapy involves facilitating the movement of energy through the physical body, human energy field and chakra system.  It's beneficial for everyone.  I started out practicing Reiki and was introduced to, and now practice, Shamballa Multi Dimensional Healing.  My dear friend Phyllis Brooks of Taliloquay Flower Essences explains it best:

      “Shamballa is Love. Reiki is Love. Shamballa is the natural outgrowth of Reiki, for those who are not afraid of change, for those who wish to grow and expand their consciousness, for those who are focused on enlightenment rather than healing powers. Shamballa is Reiki to the 10th degree—and more. It opens up channels to carry the highest vibration of Love & Light available on the planet.

      Meditation is the ability to be silent, the silence that allows us to hear and connect with our higher self.  Meditation is a kind, loving, gentle gift we can give ourselves to begin and end our day, although it can be done anytime, anywhere, with simplicity or great ritual.

      Visualization is the art of imagining.  Einstein called imagination the most important element in the universe. It is through visualization that we create our present.


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Betsy Hess received her diploma in Homeopathy from the British Institute of Homeopathy,is owner of I & E Organics Apothecary and runs a vibrational healing practice in San Diego, CA.




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