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The practices and techniques described in this work should not be used as an alternative to professional medical treatment. This work does not attempt to give medical diagnosis, treatment, prescription, or suggestion for medication in relation to any human disease, pain, injury, or physical or mental condition. This author or presenter will not in any way be held responsible in any manner whatsoever for any injury which might occur through following the instructions contained herein. It is recommended that before beginning any remedy treatment, you consult your physician to determine whether you are medically, physically, and mentally fit to undertake this course of practice.
FYI: This article is specifically about the Bach brand of flower remedies. Dr. Vaune works with Bach Flower Remedies in her personal life and professional practice. We do not sell any type of flower remedy on this site and are not sponsored by any particular flower remedy company.
FAQs are below…
About the Bach Flower Remedies
Flower essences are a widely-available, popular form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Bach Flower Essence Remedies (BFRs) were studied and scientifically developed in the 1930s by the British physician Dr Edward Bach. Bach devoted his life to the discovery of the 38 remedies in his collection that correspond to 38 negative emotional states. That content is not covered here, but it is in another discourse entitled, ‘The 38 Bach Remedies and their Indications’, you can also find that on the Metaphysics Lessons.com website under the Metaphysics Lessons menu tab.
Now, Bach believed in a truly holistic form of emotional healing; BFRs are believed to assist the body in healing itself by providing “a positive emotional state that is conducive to the restoration of a healthy equilibrium and by acting to catalyze an individual’s own internal resources for maintaining balance”. According to Bach, the restoration of balance could be used for treating any medical condition, however BFRs are commonly used for temporary psychological problems and stress.
A Brief Background…
The Bach Flower Remedies are a system of natural healing that was created in the 1930s by Dr. Edward Bach, a well-known English physician, bacteriologist, and pathologist who dedicated his life to developing the flower remedies.
Bach was a highly intuitive man ahead of his times. He realized that each person has a different attitude and personality; therefore, the best remedy to heal a person should be chosen based on their individual characteristics, rather than just the symptoms.
Bach also knew that negative emotions can be at the root of physical symptoms and weaken the immune system (Think of the heart-racing effects of anger or deep fatigue that accompanies sadness). He set out to protect the body, mind and spirit with the positive energies of flowers.
He created 38 plant and flower-based remedies that apply to the most common emotional states. Each essence of a different flower helps resolve a specific state: Larch for self-confidence, Mustard for sadness that arises for no reason, Mimulus for known fears, Holly for jealousy, and so on.
Bach developed a method that’s still used today: transferring the energy from the trees and flowers to water, infusing it via a sun steeping or boiling method, and then using a small amount of brandy to preserve it.
How It all Works…
Today, the Bach Centre carries out Dr. Bach’s work, and practitioners are certified in more than sixty different countries. Rescue Remedy, a blend of five essences, is a well-known remedy that’s good to have on hand to keep calm in immediate acute or crisis situations.
Essentially, Bach Flower Remedies are a safe way to address personality traits that you’d like to work on, such as impatience or a tendency to be judgmental of others, as well as difficult transitory situations or deep-seated feelings or behavior patterns. You can use flower essences for as briefly as a dose or two for a passing mood, or for an extended period of time to restore harmony in a variety of situations where a troubling attitude or behavior has become persistent. They’re great tools for managing the emotional demands of everyday life and reining negativity back into balance.
Typically, Bach Flower consultations can be done over the phone. A practitioner will listen to how you’re feeling and where you’re facing challenges, and identify the right mix (of up to seven essences) to help your unique situation.
Although these remedies work well on surface-level issues that you’re experiencing in the moment, they can also address deeper-seated chronic patterns of behavior. Like an onion, we develop energetic layers of emotions on top of our true core over time simply to cope and protect ourselves. Once you start shedding these outer layers, you get closer to your true self – that vibrant, authentic “you” feeling that many of us have been missing since childhood.
Bach Flower Remedies are non-toxic and gentle enough for all ages. The recommended dosage from a treatment bottle mix is four drops on the tongue at least four times daily for as long as needed.
Alright, let’s address a couple of
frequently asked questions…
FAQ #1 Is there a difference between flower essences and aromatherapy oils?
Yes. The most significant difference is that essential oils have definite aromas; flower essences do not. Essential oils work primarily through the sense of smell and its effect upon the “old brain.” They are highly concentrated chemical substances, many of which are quite poisonous taken internally. Most essential oils are diluted in a carrier oil before they are applied topically. On the other hand, flower essences are safe and gentle to use whether taken internally or used on the skin.
Essential oils are produced from large quantities of plant material, the flowers, roots, seeds, or bark, depending on the location of the volatile oils in the plant. Steam-distillation is the most common extraction method. With flower essences, only the flowers are used and in a very small quantity. The vibrational imprint of the flower is extracted in water, which is then further diluted. Thus essential oils are a physical extract and flower essences are a subtle energy “extract.”
Flower essences and essential oils are very complementary to each other in healing work. While both affect the mind-body continuum, they work from opposite pathways. Essential oils enter through the senses to reach the soul, while flower essences impact the subtle energy fields of the soul to affect physical well-being. Flower essences and essential oils combine well in spray bottles and in topical applications, such as in skin creams and massage oils.
To understand how flower essences work requires a recognition that the human being is more than a physical body, but also incorporates a “body” of life energy, a “body” of sensitivity and feelings, and a spiritual essence or Self. Flower essences are energetic imprints of the life force of plants which interact with these subtle bodies of the human being, and evoke specific qualities within us. We can say that they work in a similar way to inspirational music or art, which carry meaning through the vehicle of sound or light, while the flower essences work through the medium of water.
This principle is known in physics as resonance. Just as a piano string will sound when its resonant note is sung, so our own “soul chords” respond to the “soul notes” of the flower essences which we need for our healing and growth. Unlike pharmaceutical drugs or conventional herbal medicines, the impact of the flower essences is not from direct physical or chemical intervention in our bodies. Flower essences work through the various human energy fields, which in turn influence mental, emotional and physical well-being.
Flower essence therapy utilizes a precise understanding that the thoughts, feelings and experiences of the human psyche are reflections of the same cosmic laws inherent in the growth patterns, shapes, colors, fragrances, and vital energies of Nature which are expressed in the flowering plant.
Modern physics has known for nearly a century that matter and consciousness are intertwined. However, medical science still generally works with a nineteenth century model of the human being as a mechanism in a world of machines. We expect that in this new century medical science will develop ways of studying the impact of consciousness on health, and we will learn more about the ways in which flower essences work.
Flower essences and homeopathic remedies are kindred preparations, yet there are important differences. They are similar in that both are based on energetic, rather than biochemical principles, and are physically diluted. Both modalities address the whole person — body and mind— and work with the person’s healing process rather than by suppressing symptoms.
However, flower essences were not developed by the Law of Similars — “Like Cures Like” — which is the basis of homeopathy. Rather they balance and integrate polarities within the individual. Homeopathic practitioners work very precisely with specific pathological symptoms, matching the “proving” of the remedy to the “symptom picture” of the patient. Flower essence practitioners work with archetypal themes of soul development, which are embodied in the subtle qualities of the plants. They work with issues of self-actualization and life destiny issues as well as the pathologies which are blocking soul development.
There are also differences in preparation and usage. Flower essences are made exclusively from the fresh blossoms of plants, whereas homeopathic remedies can be made from a variety of plant parts, or from mineral, animal, or human substances. Unlike most homeopathic remedies, flower essences are not antidoted by substances such as camphor, or strong herbs.
Homeopathic remedies do not interfere with flower essences, and many homeopathic practitioners recommend flower essences for their patients. Some classical homeopaths follow a method for which no other remedies — including flower essences — should be taken during the treatment program.