Flower remedies are among the most remarkable healers known. This is another simple system of homeopathy that one can use. They do not treat physical symptoms as such, but the emotional states that underlie many illness and disharmony. They are gentle enough to use on tiny babies, yet powerful enough to produce profound shifts. In the early 1900s, Dr. Edward Bach developed the Bach Flower Remedies from flower and plant extracts. He believed that physical problems were a result of emotional imbalances. By relieving emotional blockages with the flower remedies, he theorized that physical ailments would improve.
Numerous ancient cultures employed flowers to treat emotional states; some people even go so far as to claim that flower essences were the ultimate healing systems in the highly evolved mythical cultures of Atlantis. Bach’s thirty-eight flower remedies focused on emotional problems, greatly addressing the stresses that people face. One of the beauties of this system is the lack of harmful side effects because of the microdilutions of the medicines. Bach Flower Remedies are gaining popularity in the health food arena because they are simple and easy to use. They are available in most health food stores and pharmacies.
Dr Edward Bach 38 remedies are based on common trees and plants such as oak, walnut, clematis and mustard. Bach believed that the healing power of plants lies in their energy, an energy that can restore ailing bodies and souls. In order to tap that energy, he discovered, it was not necessary to ingest the whole plant (as in herbalism), but merely to take in the essence of the plant, captured by putting the flowers in a glass bowl of pure spring water and letting them steep in the sunlight for a few hours.
Practitioners believe that the remedies work by vibration. Apparently, the essences of flowers vibrate at a very high level and so affect our bodies at the most subtle level. Rather than dealing with the dense matter of flesh and blood, the remedies go straight to the core of our being, working from the epicenter out to the denser fabric of the emotional and physical body.
In the past decade or so, other people have expanded the Bach system and now there are a host of various flower, tree and gem remedies. People over the world over have discovered their native flowers and plants’ healing properties: there are around 30 ranges of flower and gem essences from places as far a field as Australia, Alaska and the Himalayas.
WHAT CAN FLOWER THERAPY HELP?
• Flower and gem essences will help any problem that has an emotional element.
• They have been used in conjunction with nutritional therapy to help people lose weight.
• They work wonderfully with children — helping to combat nightmares, fears, anxiety
and exam nerves.
• Chronic depression responds well to these therapies, as do most psychological
• They can help with problems such as fears and phobias, uncertainty, doubt and anxiety
• Some remedies help with life shifts such as moving, marriage, having children,
menopause, retirement and death of a loved one.
HOW TO USE BACH FLOWER REMEDIES
Pick the Bach Flower Remedy or Remedies that match your emotional theme. It is common to iii ix two or more remedies together to fit your emotional makeup or imbalance, or one remedy can be used by itself. Take the remedy three to four times daily for acute situations or one to two times daily for chronic imbalances. The correct Bach Flower Remedy or mixture will help move you in the direction of mental and emotional healing.
BACH FLOWER REMEDIES
Agrimony: apprehensive, covers up feelings, hide problems from self and others, suffers distress from arguing may overindulge in food, alcohol, drugs to cope
Aspen: anxious, apprehensive, unknown vague fears
Beech: analytical, critical toward self and of others, judgmental, lacks tolerance
Centaury: cannot say no to requests of others, exploited by others, overly anxious to please and serve others
Cerato: always asking others for advice, doubts own judgment, indecisive, needs confirmation
Cherry Plum: fearful of doing horrible things, fearful of being out of control, irrational, on verge of losing mind
Chestnut Bud: does not learn from experiences, makes same mistakes over and over and never learns from them
Chicory: manipulates others, overly protective, possessive, self-centered
Clematis: absent-minded, day dreams, lacks interest, loves to sleep a lot
Crab Apple: The Cleansing Remedy- (detoxifier physically) feels dirty inside and out self-disgust
Elm: feels overwhelmed with own problems or duties, periods of depression, undertakes too much
Gentain: “Dr. Doom” - depressed from known cause, despondent, everything is wrong frustrated, just gives up, negative, pessimistic
Gorse: defeated, has given up hope, great despair, pessimistic
Heather: lonely, obsessed with personal problems, tells “all” to whomever will listen, overly talkative
Holly: harbors negative thoughts, such as envy, revenge, suspicion, hate, sharp-tongued, like the points of a holly leaf
Honey Suckle: wells on past achievements or grief, nostalgic
Hornbeam: feels fatigued, mental weariness, no energy, physical tiredness, procrastinates
Impatiens: frustrated by slow coworker, impatient, irritable, quick in thoughts and actions
Larch: expects failure, feels inferior to others, lacks confidence
Mimulus: fears everyday life, fears from a known cause, overly cautious, shy, timid worrier
Mustard: “Doom and Gloom” - that comes and goes for no apparent reason, dark cloud overhead, feels sorrowful, miserable for no reason
Oak: “workaholic” - great sense of duty, hurdles obstacles at own expense, never gives up, strong as an oak
Olive: drained, exhausted, both mentally and physically, has run out of steam; could be due to personal, problems or illness
Pine: dissatisfied with self feels guilty lacks self-value overly apologetic perfectionist
Red Chestnut: anticipates misfortune, fears the worst will happen to friends, family, loved ones, gripped with fear for others, projects worry
Rock Rose: Remedy for Emergencies (“panic attacks”) - fears losing control, feelings of terror and fright, due to illness or accidents
Rock Water: opinionated puritanical self-denying, strict with self, but not others, tries to be good example for others
Scleranthus: cannot make a choice between two things, does not ask others for their opinions, feels out of sorts, mood swings, PMS, vacillates
Star of Bethlehem: Comfort Remedy (smoothes, calms, centers) - cannot be consoled, great distress, shock from serious illness or accident
Sweet Chestnut: feels dejection, mental torture from unbearable situation, pushed to the limits, unbearable anguish
Vervain: cannot see anything else, feels a need to fulfill, highly strung, overly enthusiastic, people who feel the need to convert others, will not be beaten by illness, workaholic
Vine: born leaders, “bossy” capable people, confident, rigid, has to have his or her way!
Walnut: “Change” and “Transition” Remedy! (for menopause, divorce, moving) can be easily led astray on rare occasions, helps adapt to change
Water Violet: “loners,” calming to others gentle, quiet individuals, independent, reserved
White Chestnut: inner turmoil, insomniac, due to racing thoughts, “mind chatter” worrier
Wild Oats: indecision about current career, yet does not know where to go, “Life is passing me by!” “not knowing what you want to do when you grow up”
Willow: blames others, feels weepy, has difficulty forgiving others, thinks life is unjust
RESCUE REMEDY – This Bach remedy is widely utilized for emergency situations, such as taking exams, public speaking, bad news or any other stressful or fearful situation. Rescue remedy consists of the following five essences: Cherry Plum, Clematis, Impatients, Rock Rose, and Star of Bethlehem. This remedy can be taken safely in conjunction with all other complementary healing programs. It also comes in a cream form, which can be used topically for burns, stings or sprains.