Flower Essence Therapy
BACH FLOWER REMEDIES – A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO HEALTH
For thousands of years, the healing powers of flowers have been recognised by people throughout the world. Think of the uplifting effect of sitting in a beautiful garden or walking through woods and fields where wild flowers grow in abundance. Flowers are often given to cheer up the sick or as tokens of our affection. Often we feel drawn to a certain type of flower – each flower having it’s own particular vibration and effect. This is the basis of Flower Essence Therapy.
“Health depends on being in harmony with our souls”. Dr. Edward Bach. (1886-1936).
Dr. Edward Bach, MB, BS, MRCS, LRCP, DPH, was a Physician, bacteriologist and homeopath, who spent his life searching for the purest methods of healing. Being very much ahead of his time, he moved from orthodox medicine to develop a natural form of healing to treat emotional and spiritual health.
Dr. Bach’s philosophy was at once simple and profound, based on the innate perfection and spiritual nature of human beings. Disease is “entirely the result of a conflict between our spiritual and mortal selves” and “occurs when we allow others to interfere with our purpose in life…” He knew, as many doctors do today, that attitude of mind plays a vital role in maintaining health and recovering from illness.
ABOUT THE REMEDIES
Dr. Bach developed a complete system of 38 flower remedies, each prepared homoeopathically from the flowers of wild plants, trees, or bushes. They work by treating the individual rather than the disease or its symptoms, addressing emotional factors like depression, anger, guilt and fear that are thought to impede physical healing. Thus, two people with the same physical complaint, e.g. arthritis, may benefit from quite different remedies. One may be resigned to the illness, while the other one may be impatient with it, so different remedies will be appropriate in each case. Physical illness does not have to be present to benefit from the remedies – many of us go through times of difficulty when negativity creeps in. The remedies help us to cope with the emotional demands of every-day life, working preventatively to restore our equilibrium before physical symptoms appear.
The Remedies may be taken on their own or in conjunction with medical or other treatments; they will not conflict with any medication. (However, as the Remedies are preserved in Brandy, care should be exercised where alcohol is contra-indicated). The remedies have no unwanted side effects and can safely be taken by people of all ages from new-born babies to elderly people. They are also very beneficial for animals and plants.
MEDICINE OF THE FUTURE
Dr. Bach believed that his simple system of healing would be the medicine of the future. Indeed, the Bach Flower Remedies come under the umbrella of vibrational medicines that are thought to act by bringing us nearer to our souls – and thereby bringing peace of mind and true happiness. These medicines are currently commanding a lot of interest within natural health circles.
The above information is largely adapted from literature available from the Bach Centre.
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Dr. Edward Bach – Father of Flower Essence Therapy
The healing power of flowers was rediscovered in the early 20th century, by Dr. Edward Bach. Born in 1886, Dr Bach felt a great affinity with nature. He trained in medicine, specialising in pathology and bacteriology, but grew very disillusioned with the orthodox focus of relieving the symptoms of illness, rather than identifying it’s true cause.
He also noticed that patients with the same personality traits often responded to the same treatments. He was convinced that emotional states had a huge impact on health and that the personality needed to be taken into consideration when treating people.
He was impressed by the work of Samuel Hahnemann and studied Homoeopathy. During this time he discovered that by treating patients’ emotional difficulties, physical symptoms were also alleviated.
He decided to search for pure natural remedies that would help people in this way and was convinced that nature held the answer, so he moved to the country and devoted the next 6 years to discovering 38 remedies which he considered covered every negative emotional state. As a very sensitive soul, he often experienced the negative emotional state prior to finding the flower that would have a positive balancing effect on it.
How Do The Bach Remedies Work?
The remedies cover a wide range emotional states, from fear and hatred, despondency and apathy, to resentment and self-pity. The underlying principle is that these are all human emotions which, if allowed to get out of balance, can cause us ‘dis-ease’. By selecting the appropriate remedy, the vibrational energy of that flower will work to harmonise a person’s energy, bringing them back into balance.
Probably the most well known of the Bach Remedies is ‘Rescue Remedy’. This is a composite of 5 different flowers, which can be used in times of emergency and stress, to calm the mind and enable a person to cope with the demands of a difficult situation.
Other Flower Essences & Gem Essences
The pioneering work done by Dr Bach in the 1930’s has been expanded on since the mid-1970’s, by a growing number of people throughout the world. Flower Essence researchers have investigated the healing qualities of flowers in places such as Australia, Hawaii, California, Alaska, Africa and the Himalayas. Many new essences are now available, which work to bring balance at subtle levels throughout our being.
In addition, essences which contain the vibrational qualities of gemstones are now also available. As with flowers, gemstones have their own vibrational frequencies which can be helpful for re-balancing our energy systems during times of change and challenge.
How Do I Select The Correct Essence?
The Bach Remedies are readily available in pharmacies and health stores and there are numerous leaflets and books, which provide guidance. Some of the other essences are also becoming more readily available.
However, sometimes when dealing with emotional issues or subtle energy imbalances, it is difficult to be discerning and honest about oneself. This is when it can be very useful to consult a knowledgeable practitioner who can assess the situation objectively and help to pinpoint the most appropriate essence or combination of essences.
The most important thing to remember is that Flower and Gem Essences are safe and extremely gentle in their action. They are non-toxic, non-addictive, have no side effects and do not interact badly with orthodox treatment. They can also safely be used with children, animals and plants
In depth information on the Bach Remedies can be obtained from the Dr. Edward Bach Centre.
For a general, but comprehensive, introduction to Flower Essence Therapy, the Encyclopaedia of Flower Remedies by Clare Harvey & Amanda Cochrane is very useful.
For a much wider view on all forms of vibrational healing, try Vibrational Medicine by Richard Gerber M.D.
(Many thanks to Lynn Christina and Elaine Hollingsworth who have contributed to this introduction to Flower Essences)