The Healing Essence of Flowers

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The Healing Essence of Flowers

Did you know that flowers can have a healing essence? The Bach Flower Therapy approach explains this interesting development. Plus, they so pretty to look at they can give us a lift in spirits just with their presence.

Bach Flower Therapy

Dr. Edward Bach, a British medical doctor and bacteriologist, discovered a system of treating emotional imbalances using the “essence” of flowers. He had observed that many of his patients’ emotional difficulties seemed to be having a negative effect on their physical health.

In search of a way to help them and after many years of studying wildflowers in England, Dr. Bach developed remedies to work on mental and emotional problems.

Healing Essence of Flowers
Healing Essence of Flowers

The basic principle of Bach Flower therapy is simple. People with fearful, worried, or depressed mental states heal more slowly and less completely than positive, cheerful, and hopeful people.

The Healing Essence of Flowers in Practice

To practice Bach Flower remedies, go through the list below and the description of personality characteristics. Find the one or two remedies whose descriptions most resemble your feelings or personality. Only pick out descriptions that apply to your current situation, not any from past difficulties. You want to focus on negative emotions you are currently experiencing. This is when the healing essence of flowers can do their best.

Using Bach Flower Remedies

The remedies, in the form of liquids, usually come in small dropper bottles. Follow the directions on the bottle or place several drops under your tongue. You can also use a glass of water and sip throughout the day. For short term problems and immediate stressful situations, dilute two drops of each chosen Bach Flower Essence in a small glass of water. Sip at intervals until there is relief.

To use the essences directly from the stock bottle, drop carefully onto your tongue or rub behind your ears. If preferred, you could also do this on the temples and wrists. Use 2 to 4 drops of concentrate 4 times a day. You can also add the flower essences to your bath water (16 drops per use). Or, if using several, dilute ten drops of each chosen essence (no more than ten essences) in a 100 ml bottle of lotion or oil. Dilution of the essences will have different effects for different people.

Bach Flower Essences are safe and natural. These healing essence of flowers have no side effects. They will not interfere with any other form of treatment. This includes nutritional, homoeopathic, herbal and prescription medications.

Bach Flower Essences can be used as often as desired. In a crisis you may need only one dose. For a continuing emotional problem you can take them for as long as needed.

The Healing Essence of Flowers and What They Allegedly Help or Cure

Each flower noted below is followed by the potential of the healing essence of flowers to help clam or cure.

  • Agrimony. Suffers a lot internally, but keeps it hidden.
  • Aspen. Fear of unknown things.
  • Beech. Arrogant, critical, and intolerant.
  • Centaury. Weak-willed, subservient, and easily used.
  • Cerato. Lack of self-confidence, asks advice all the time.
  • Cherry plum. Fear of going crazy, losing control, or causing harm, violent temper.
  • Chestnut bud. Fails to learn by experience, repeats mistakes.
  • Chicory. Over possessive, selfish, and attention-seeking.
  • Clematis. Absentminded, dreamy, mental escapist.
  • Crab apple. Self-dislike, feels unclean.
  • Elm. Temporary inadequacy.
  • Gentian. Depression with known cause, easily discouraged.
  • Gorse. Depression, all seems pointless.
  • Heather. Obsessed with own problems.
  • Holly. Jealousy, suspicion, revenge, hate.
  • Honeysuckle. Living in the past.
  • Hornbeam. Procrastinators.
  • Impatiens. Impatient.
  • Larch. Depression, inferiority, expects to fail.
  • Mimulus. Fear of known things.
  • Mustard. Deep depression without reason.
  • Oak. Brave, plodders, determined.
  • Olive. Mental and physical exhaustion.
  • Pine. Guilt, self-blame.
  • Red chestnut. Fear for others.
  • Rescue Remedy. A combination of cherry plum, clematis, impatiens, and Star of Bethlehem. Used for shock, trauma, and external and internal first aid.
  • Rock rose. Terror, panic.
  • Rock water. Self-demanding, self-denial.
  • Scleranthus. Indecision, mood swings.
  • Star of Bethlehem. Shock.
  • Sweet chestnut. Despair, no hope left.
  • Vervain. Fanatical, tense, overenthusiastic.
  • Vine. Ambitious, tyrannical, demanding, unbending, power-seeking.
  • Walnut. The link breaker, for times of change.
  • Water violet. Reserve, pride, reliability.
  • White chestnut. Persistent thoughts and mental chatter.
  • Wild oat. Helps define goals.
  • Wild rose. Apathetic slackers, unambitious.
  • Willow. Bitter, resentful.

Read more at Bach Flower Therapy.

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Author: Jeni

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