Bach Flower Essences
By Diane Vanas on August 22nd, 2008(viewed 1538 times).

I have had a number of questions regarding FLOWER ESSENCES: WHAT ARE THEY? ARE THEY LIKE ESSENTIAL OILS? DO THEY HAVE A SMELL IF THEY ARE FROM FLOWERS? HOW DO YOU USE THEM? HOW ARE THEY MADE? So, here is a chance for me to address these questions:

Flower Essences: The vibrational fingerprint or energy signature of flowers... "vibrational essences."  Flower essences (flower remedies) preserve the vital life force of a flower for use in healing.  ---  Though essences made from flowers are the best-known type, "vibrational essences" can be made from many other energies besides those of flowers. This includes: gems, energy of a place (called "environmental" essences), light, color, musical notes, healing energies...


Do essences differ from essential oils/aromatherapy?
Yes! Essences are NOT the same as essential oils used in aromatherapy. Unlike essential oils, they are unscented and unflavored. Through special preparation, essences contain only the energetic properties (the vibrational fingerprint or energy signature) of their parent substances... similar to homeopathic medicines.


In that they are energetic in nature, vibrational essences can more directly act upon the non-physical body than our physical bodies. Essences are therefore particularly adept at addressing the emotional/mental aspect, influencing our feelings, thoughts, consciousness level, beliefs, and unresolved emotional traumas. Users of vibrational essences may find that as their thoughts and emotions change, their physical symptoms might also shift. Essence remedies, unlike herbal remedies, are not specifically designed for physical problems, there is often relief from physical problems as some of the emotional or mental attitudes change.


How do you use essences?
Many use essences either straight from the bottle or diluted in water. They can be taken by mouth (the most popular method) or applied topically on the skin. They can be introduced into any environment by misting the air with a dilution of essences. When using several at a time, you can premix and dilute them together in a dropper bottle.


How are essences made?
Here is a very mechanical description for what is really a very spiritual process. The selected object(s) (flowers, gems, etc.) are placed in pure water and then left in sunlight for a period of time. This creates the "mother essence." This is then diluted before it is combined with a preservative (alcohol, glycerin, or vinegar typically), then bottled.


THE BACH FLOWER REMEDIES                    
In the late 1920's Dr. Edward Bach, renowned British scientist and physician, observed that his patients' states of mind were directly related to their physical ills. Dr. Bach noted that apprehension, worry, loneliness, boredom, depression, hate, uncertainty, hopelessness and fear inhibited one's natural healing powers and ability to prevent disease. Unlike traditional medicines' approach to treating only the symptoms, Bach believed that the way to truly cure an illness was to address the underlying emotional causes of the disease. After many years of researching the healing properties of flowering plants, he developed 38 NATURAL REMEDIES to alleviate every negative state that he identified. Unlike dangerous drugs and tranquilizers that mask emotional stress, the Bach Remedies act as catalysts to alleviate the underlying emotional causes of stress. They work subtly and gently to restore calm and emotional balance.


To identify your Bach Remedy needs, read the 38 Remedy Indications. Select the remedies that most closely correspond to your basic personality type, or the emotional stress that is being experienced. The effects of these Remedies are very subtle, yet quite profound. They are nontoxic, non-addictive and completely safe to use with other medications. You may take up to five different Remedies at a time. Millions of health practitioners, and individuals throughout the world, use this system for gentle relief and healing. They are a great addition to all healing treatments. Safe for pregnant women, pets, plants, and babies.




Agrimony - mental torture behind a cheerful face


Aspen - fear of unknown things


Beech - intolerance


Centaury - the inability to say 'no'


Cerato - lack of trust in one's own decisions


Cherry Plum - fear of the mind giving way


Chestnut Bud - failure to learn from mistakes


Chicory - selfish, possessive love


Clematis - dreaming of the future without working in the present


Crab Apple - the cleansing remedy, also for self-hatred


Elm - overwhelmed by responsibility


Gentian - discouragement after a setback


Gorse - hopelessness and despair


Heather - self-centredness and self-concern


Holly - hatred, envy and jealousy


Honeysuckle - living in the past


Hornbeam - procrastination, tiredness at the thought of doing something


Impatiens - impatience


Larch - lack of confidence


Mimulus - fear of known things


Mustard - deep gloom for no reason


Oak - the plodder who keeps going past the point of exhaustion


Olive - exhaustion following mental or physical effort


Pine - guilt


Red Chestnut - over-concern for the welfare of loved ones


Rock Rose - terror and fright


Rock Water - self-denial, rigidity and self-repression


Scleranthus - inability to choose between alternatives


Star of Bethlehem - shock


Sweet Chestnut - Extreme mental anguish, when everything has been tried and there is no light left


Vervain - over-enthusiasm


Vine - dominance and inflexibility


Walnut - protection from change and unwanted influences


Water Violet - pride and aloofness


White Chestnut - unwanted thoughts and mental arguments


Wild Oat - uncertainty over one's direction in life


Wild Rose - drifting, resignation, apathy


Willow - self-pity and resentment


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