Flower Essences – The Subtle Healing Power of Nature
The healing power of plants is undeniable. Flowers uplift our mood, promote health and well-being, and nurture us on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level. But besides what we can experience with our senses – color, scent, appearance of the flowers – there exists a subtle, deeper aspect, the vibrational energy of the flower.
Much like the concept of Qi in Chinese medicine, this vibrational energy of the flower cannot be sensed outright, but the results can still be felt in a subtle, yet powerful and undeniable way. Dr. Masaru Emoto, a Japanese researcher, claimed that the emotional ‘energies’ and ‘vibrations’ of human consciousness have an effect on the molecular structure of water. In his experiments, he observed the physical effect of words, prayers, music, and environment on the crystalline structure of water. Photographers assisted him in taking photos of the water that had been subjected to these various factors, after it had been frozen into crystals. The results were stunning. They can be seen on the following web page: http://www.masaru-emoto.net/english/water-crystal.html
Just as human consciousness has an effect on water crystals, so do plants have an effect on our own consciousness. Dr. Edward Bach, an English physician of the early 20th century, discovered that flowers, the most highly-developed part of the plant, have a very powerful vibrational energy that can be used to bring about physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. He believed, and rightly so, that one of the causes of disease was our emotions. Over the course of many years, he discovered a set of 38 flower remedies, each one corresponding to a particular mental or emotional state. To make each remedy, the flowers are placed in a glass bowl with pure spring water. The bowl is placed in the sun, a process called ‘solarization.’ The flower’s energy is infused into the water. The water is saved in small dropper bottles, with a little bit of alcohol, apple cider vinegar, or vegetable glycerine as a preservative. The usual way to take it is a few drops by mouth about 4 times per day. Or, you can put a few drops in a bottle or glass of water and sip throughout the day. The more often you take it, the more effective it is. Flower remedies have also been used extensively on animals. For example, the can be used to keep them calm, or to treat separation anxiety or aggression.
Flower essences are different from herbal medicine, in which the chemical components of the plant are preserved in the final product. The flower remedies are similar to homeopathic medicine, in which a minute dose is used, such a small amount that the original substance is vurtually undetectable. The smaller the amount of the original substance of homeopathic remedies, the more powerful it becomes.
The original Bach flower remedies include Dr. Bach’s famous formula, Rescue Remedy. This formula has wide-ranging uses. It is designed to be used for immediate stressful events. It includes 5 different remedies which address several mental/emotional states – impatience, trauma or shock, fear, panic or terror, and dealing with reality in the moment. There are 38 original Bach flower remedies, and many more from other great companies. The great thing is that if you use the wrong remedy, there will be no bad effects, but the correct remedy can be life-changing.