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Bach Flower Essences
By Diane Vanas on August 22nd, 2008(viewed 1445 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.

 

38 BACH FLOWER REMEDIES:

 

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


 

FAMOUS RESCUE REMEDY - Natural Stress Relief - contains 5 essences:  IMPATIENS, STAR OF BETHLEHEM, CHERRY PLUM, ROCK ROSE, and CLEMATIS.
Handle your next emergency or everyday upset calmly and effectively with the help of Rescue Remedy Liquid. In tense situations such as exams, interviews, public speaking engagements or in times of unexpected distress... Rescue Remedy provides fast relief! 

 

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