Flower Essences in their modern form, (aka flower remedies), were developed in the 1930's by Dr Edward Bach, an English physician. They are a subtle energetic healing solution, that help balance our every day emotions, our mind, body, health, and soul development so we can heal ourself and feel our best.
They are known as the intuitive flowers, with healing properties to restore emotional imbalances within ourself. As we use food to heal our body, Flower Essences heal our emotions. When taken, they flood our body with healing energy, helping us let go of mental obstacles, allowing us to grow into our best self, and vibrating from our highest frequency.
All the 38 Bach Flower Remedies found by Dr Bach, are non-poisonous plants and trees grown in the British countryside.
Benefits of Bach Flower Remedies and when you might take them?
Help with workplace stress, in interviews, with exams.
Different stages in a woman's life.
Treat anxiety or fear of visits to Doctors, hospitals or dentists.
Treat fear of traveling on planes, in cars and trains.
Coping with caring responsibilities, physical illness, loss or grief.
Create enhanced sense of well-being, peace of mind, calmness and patience.
How do they work:
Flower Essences are vibrational catalysts that work in the energy fields surrounding our physical body. Our energy fields are the carriers of thoughts and emotions. Flower Essences enhance consciousness, by helping us to identify and transform feelings, thought processes and attitudes. Flower Essences do not cure physical illness, but in times of illness they can support the emotions you are going through, allowing the body to heal.
Dr Bach wrote "the action of the flower essences raise the vibration of the being...they cure by flooding the body with the beautiful vibration of the highest nature, in whose presence there is the opportunity for disease to melt away like snow in sunshine".
How are they made?
They are made using the sun or boil method.
Using the sun method they are made directly in the “garden of nature,” where the four elements of earth, water, air and fire are found in harmonious balance. The fresh, dew-filled blossoms are gathered in the early morning on a clear, sunny day. They are cut and floated on the surface of a bowl of water, and left in the warmth and light of the sun for several hours. This process creates an energetic imprint of the etheric energy pattern of the flower in the water, embodying the healing archetype of that plant. This “mother essence” is preserved with brandy and then further diluted to form the“stock” bottles, which are sold in stores and to practitioners.
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This is a quick reference guide to each of the 38 remedies, and Rescue Remedy, discovered by Dr Bach. Each remedy is directed at a particular characteristic or emotional negative state.
Dr Bach grouped them in 7 emotional groups.
For insufficient interest in present circumstances
For those over-sensitive to influences and ideas
For dependency and despair
For over-care for welfare of others.
When choosing, think of Dr Bach's words, "take no notice of the disease, think only of the outlook on life of the one in distress" in this present moment in time.
All the Bach Flowers are non-poisonous plants and trees grown in the British countryside.
Agrimony - Fears and worries of unknown origin
Aspen - unknown fears, anxious but don't know why, terror or nightmares.
Beech - intolerant, over critical, perfectionist
Centaury - the inability to say 'no'
Cerato - lack of trust in one's own decisions
Cherry Plum - fear of doing something irrational, temper tantrums
Chestnut Bud - failure to learn from mistakes
Chicory - selfish, manipulative love, possessiveness
Clematis - dreaming of the future without acting in the present, daydreaming
Crab Apple - feeling dirty or unattractive, low self-esteem
Elm - overwhelmed by responsibility
Gentian - discouragement after a setback, dependent and self-doubtful
Gorse - losing hope before trying every possible solution
Heather - self-centered chatter and self-concern
Holly - hatred, envy, jealousy, anger
Honeysuckle - living in the past
Hornbeam - 'Monday morning' feeling, tiredness at the thought of doing something
Impatiens - impatience and irritated with slow pace of others
Larch - lack of self-confidence, feeling inadequacy
Mimulus - being afraid of something specific, fear of everyday things, illness, pain, spiders.
Mustard - deep gloom for no reason, like a black cloud.
Oak - working steadily past the point of exhaustion, never giving up when rest is needed
Olive - exhaustion following mental or physical effort
Pine - guilt and self blame
Red Chestnut - concern and anxiety about the welfare of loved ones
Rock Rose - terror, fright, panic attacks, nightmares
Rock Water - self-denial, rigidity and strictness
Scleranthus - inability to choose between alternatives and seek input from others. For mood swings.
Star of Bethlehem - distress and unhappiness due to shock or trauma
Sweet Chestnut - extreme mental anguish, when everything has been tried and there is no light.
Vervain - over enthusiasm, people with fixed opinions and need to convert those around them.
Vine - people who dominate and are always right, overbearing.
Walnut - protection from change and unwanted influences, unable to break links from the past.
Water Violet - proud & aloof, self-reliance and solitude but can become lonely in their own company
White Chestnut - unwanted thoughts and mental arguments
Wild Oat - indecision and uncertainty over ones direction in life
Wild Rose - drifting, resignation, apathy and disinterested
Willow - self-pity, bitterness and resentment
Rescue Remedy - is made of five of the remedies - Star of Bethlehem, Rock Rose, Clematis, Impatiens, Cherry Plum. It's used for stressful or traumatic situations. It can help relieve your stress and help you regain your composure. It's safe for children and pets too.
Flower photo credit to Nicola Hanefeld www.bachblueten-Freiburg.de