|Flower Essences come, just as essential oils, from flowers and plants. They are a diluted form of the plants' essence and they are potentized just as homeopathic remedies. While there are many varieties of flower essences now on the market, the founder has been Dr. Edward Bach (1886 - 1936) who discovered 38 essences that are geared for a specific emotional and mental state. One essence, Rock Water, is not made from flowers or plants but from a natural spring. |
Flower essence therapy is a form of vibrational therapy. It is a holistic approach that includes body, mind, and spirit. These essences are geared toward the individual and not a particular disease. If the individual is not feeling well, the body is not feeling well. Conventional medicine is geared toward treating the disease whereas alternative treatments focus on the entire being.
"Disease is the re-action to interferences. This is temporary failure and unhappiness and this occurs when we allow others to interfere with our purpose in life and implant in our minds doubt, or fear, or indifference."
Dr. Bach divided 38 essences into seven groups, representing fundamental conflicts, which he says prevent us from being true to ourselves:
Just as an example for "fear", this could range from terror, definable or every day fears, fear of losing one's mind, inexplicable fears, or fears of other people.
Dr. Bach further defined the stages in the healing process: Peace, Hope, Joy, Faith, Certainty, Wisdom, and Love.
Below are some books that I recommend if you are interested in the study of vibrational healing and flower essences:
Rescue Remedy: it is an emergency combination of Impatiens, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum, Rock Rose, and Clematis.
I carry Rescue Remedy with me at all times in case of any emergency.
Agrimony: Hide problems behind a cheerful face
Aspen: Fears and worries of unknown origin
Beech: Intolerant of others, being critical
Centaury: Weak-willed and easily led
Cerato: Seek advice and confirmation from others
Cherry Plum: Fear of loosing control
Chestnut Bud: Failure to learn from past mistakes
Chicory: Possessive, over-protective
Clematis: Dreaminess; lack of interest in present
Crab Apple: Poor self image; sense of unlceanliness
Elm: Overwhelmed by responsibility
Gentian: Discouragement; despondency
Gorse: Hopelessness, despair
Heather: Self preoccupied; self concern; talkative
Holly: Envious, jealous, feelings of hatred
Honeysuckle: Dwells on the past
Hornbeam: Monday morning feeling
Larch: Lack of confidence
Mimulus: Fear of known things
Mustard: Deep gloom with no origin
Oak: Exhausted but struggles on
Olive: Lack of energy
Pine: Self-reproach; guilt
Red Chestnut: fear or over-concern for others
Rock Rose: Terror
Rock Water: Inflexible, self denial
Scleranthus: Uncertainty, indecision
Star of Bethlehem: After effects of shock
Sweet Chestnut: Extreme mental anguish
Vine: Assertive; inflexible
Walnut: protection from change and outside influences
Water Violet: Proud, aloof
White Chestnut: Unwanted thoughts, mental arguments
Wild Oat: Uncertainty as to correct path in life
Wild Rose: Resignation; apathy
Willow: Self pity; resentment
♦ Alaskan Flower Essences
♦ Australian Bush Flower
♦ Bach Flower Essences
♦ Himalayan Flower Essences
♦ Master Essences
Use this link to find much more information on flower essences
Flower essences can be used internally (oral) and externally (topical). I like to use Bach Flower and/or Bush Flower Essences in my creams for various emotional states.
I use Rescue Remedy for shock, grief, trauma, stress, for muscle spasms, before and after surgery to release the trauma, or I apply a drop to a paper cut.
The internal dosage can range from 1-2 drops under the tongue every 15-30 minutes to 4 drops in a small glass of water which is sipped at frequent intervals until relief is obtained.
When using flower essences in my creams, I use for a 4 oz jar about 5-7 drops of up to 3 different essences.