Flowers Essences The Power of Nature’s Gift
Throughout the ages a rich symbolism has evolved around plants and their flowers; they have held a special place in people’s lives being depicted in art, jewelry, stories, and paintings.
People used them to represent love, desire, events, feast days, birthdays and celebrations of all kinds.
Flowers are sought after for their beauty and their fragrances. Flowers appeal to our senses and stimulate us; they move us intensely on a very subtle level that we are not aware of, triggering pheromones. The Power of the Essence
The essence of flowers is used in a subtle but powerful new and healing way;
they are transferred into liquids called flower remedies or simply flower essences. Aromatherapy can calm, soothe and provide a sense of well-being and fulfillment. This practice is based on the premise that humans and all living things are profoundly related to nature and that human psychology has its healing counterpart in plants.
Flower essence therapies have been in existence for centuries. One of the most prestigious doctors to get involved in this type of therapy was Dr. Edward Bach. Prior to this, he practiced tradition medicine; his knowledge helped him in his study of homeopathy, something he then practiced for ten years.
Bach developed his own homeopathic specialties with excellent results.
He realized the wonderful healing powers of flowers and soon discovered the connection between different emotional and personality factors. His studies showed that both contributed to a predisposition to illness, fear and negative attitudes. This was once well- known in the ancient world; incense and oils were used much in the same manner as a flower essence.
Edward Bach was a profound thinker and soon discovered a link between stress, emotions, and illness – long before the issues were addressed by contemporary physicians. Dr. Bach sought to find a simple, natural way to balance the physical and emotional systems. He searched for a cure in nature and was led to the healing properties of homeopathic remedies and finally to the essences of flowers.
Research in the healing properties of flowers has continued to grow and expand;
flower essences and essential oils are not produced and marketed globally.
Since the dawn of time, ancient people understood that within nature has been placed the means to heal all forms of illness and suffering. As human culture evolved the thirst for objective knowledge and technology separated us from nature – to the point that our relationship to it as the source of healing was all but lost.
The Power of the Flowers Essences
There are a renewed interest and a growing movement toward re-alignment with nature. Flower essences, as well as essential oils, are among those evolutionary steps in health care that combine the clarity of modern science with a renewed spirit and awareness for the power of Nature
The 7 Bach Flower Essences Groups
Dr. Bach separated the 38 Bach Flower Remedies into 7 emotional groups.
The 7 Bach Flower groups make it easier for us to separate the Bach Flower Remedies into feelings; such as fear, despair, loneliness, uncertainty, etc.
When we ask ourselves, how do I feel? Do I feel fear and what kind of fear? I feel despair, what kind of despair? Then the groups can aid us and determine which of the Bach Flower Remedies will help us get our emotional balance restored.
The Bach Flower Remedies are so simple to use that no science; no knowledge is necessary apart from the simple method described above.
- For Those Who Have Fear
- For Those Who Suffer Uncertainty
- Insufficient interest in present circumstances
- Over-sensitivity to influences and ideas
- Despondency or Despair
- Over-care for the welfare of others
Dr. Edward Bach wrote ‘Disease of the body itself is nothing but the result of the disharmony between soul and mind. Remove the disharmony, and we regain harmony between soul and mind, and the body is once more perfect in all its parts.’
For Those Who Have Fear.
Rock Rose Helps when you experience fears, such as terror or fright that makes you feel frozen and unable to move or think clearly.
Mimulus: Helps with the type of fear that you can put a name on; such as fear of dogs, spiders, being alone, losing a job, illness, etc. and fear of speaking freely to others or shyness.
Cherry Plum: For those who fear losing control of their thoughts and actions and to do things they know are bad for them or which they consider wrong. Teaches trust in one’s spontaneous wisdom and the courage to follow one’s path.
Aspen: Helps when you feel fearful without knowing why. The fear is vague and unexplainable and may haunt you day or night.
Red Chestnut: Helps when you find it difficult not to be anxious for other people; you are afraid that some unfortunate things may happen to your loved ones.
For Those Who Suffer Uncertainty
Cerato: Helps trust your own judgment in decision-making.
Scleranthus: Helps when you have a hard time choosing between two things, such as Mexican or Chinese food; you simply cannot decide which restaurant to go to.
Gentian: Helps when you get discouraged and depressed when things go wrong or when you are faced with even small delays or difficulty.
Gorse: Helps when you feel great hopelessness, and have given up belief that more can be done.
Hornbeam: Helps when you feel that you do not have a sufficient amount of strength mentally or physically; to carry the burden that life has placed on you.
Wild Oat: Helps when you are at a crossroad in life and are uncertain as to which direction to choose.
Insufficient interest in present circumstances
Clematis: For those who find their lives unhappy and withdraw into fantasy worlds. They are ungrounded and indifferent to the details of everyday life. Teaches one to establish a bridge between the physical world and the world of ideas and may foster great creativity; used to bring clarity and alertness to the present moment.
Honeysuckle: Helps you to let go of past experiences or events. Your thoughts are in the past rather in the present.
Wild Rose: Helps you to take responsibility for your own life and take a lively interest in life, work and the world in general.
Olive: Helps you regain energy, vitality, and interest in life.
White Chestnut: Helps when your mind is cluttered with thoughts usually arguments, ideas; thoughts which you do not wish to have in your mind.
Mustard: Helps when you feel suddenly depressed without any reason. It feels like a cold dark cloud that destroys normal happiness and cheerfulness.
Chestnut Bud: Helps you from making the same mistake over and over again. You do not take full advantage of observation and experiences and therefore it takes longer for you to learn a lesson.
Water Violet: Helps you get a warmer relationship with other people. You love being alone but often found yourself lonely.
Impatiens: For those who act and think quickly, and have no patience for what they see as the slowness of others. They often prefer to work alone; teaches empathy and understanding of and patience with others. It is found to be fast-acting in alleviating an impatient attitude and lowering stress.
Heather: Helps when you are unhappy being alone for any length of time; you are always seeking the companionship and find it necessary to discuss your affairs with others; no matter who it may be.
Over-sensitivity to influences and ideas
Agrimony: Helps you to communicate your real feelings and worries. You are the cheerful, humorous type; that gets distressed by argument or quarrel. You often hide your feelings behind humor and you use alcohol or drugs in excess to stimulate yourself.
Centaury: Helps when you find it hard to say no, and therefore easily get imposed on. You often find yourself serving others, neglecting your own particulate mission in life.
Walnut: Helps you break free from old ties and at times of major life changes. It helps you move forward and make the necessary changes in order to be happy. Walnut gives consistency and protection from outside influences.
Holly: Helps when you suffer from angry thoughts such as jealousy, envy, revenge and/or suspicion.
Despondency or despair
Larch: Helps you to regain self-esteem and confidence in yourself.
Pine: Helps when you feel guilt and self-reproach; often for other people’s mistakes or just anything that goes wrong. You are never content with your effort and results.
Elm: Helps when your responsibilities overwhelm you. You feel depressed and exhausted and may lose self-esteem.
Sweet Chestnut: Helps you at moments when the anguish is too great and seem to be unbearable. Your mind or body feels as if it has tolerated the uttermost limit of its endurance. It feels as there is nothing but destruction and annihilation left to face.
Star of Bethlehem: Helps when you experience trauma, serious news, loss of someone dear; the fright following an accident, etc. The distress and unhappiness feel unbearable.
Willow: Helps when you have suffered adversity or misfortune and find it difficult to accept. You feel sorry for yourself and are grumble and sulky.
Oak: Helps when your inner strength wanes; usually because you are an over-achiever and will overwork and ignore your tiredness.
Crab Apple: Helps when you feel that there is something not quite clean about yourself. You may need to wash hands often, find things dirty without any reason; you may find yourself ugly although others find you very attractive. This is the cleansing Essence.
Over-care for the welfare of others.
Chicory: Helps you to be less critical, opinionated and argumentative. You always find something about others that you believe should be put right.
Vervain: For strong-willed people who hold strong views. They put unnecessary effort into everything they undertake; your mind race ahead of events, you may suffer from lack of sleep due to an overactive mind.
Vine: Helps you respect other people’s views and ideas; you tend to try to persuade other people to do things your way.
Beech: Helps you be less critical toward other people and accept them as they are.
Rock Water: Helps when you expect too much of yourself.