Is there anyone who doesn’t like flowers? I can’t imagine, especially once you know just what powerful little healers they are!
My first encounter with flower remedies was 25+ years ago when I tried Rescue Remedy from Dr Bach. I found myself in an extremely anxiety-provoking situation. I couldn’t breathe properly, my heart was racing and I simply couldn’t cope. Four drops of Rescue Remedy and I felt the difference immediately! Suddenly I could breathe deeply, I calmed down, and my anxiety cleared enough for me to handle the situation. Frankly, this blew my mind and I wanted to know more.
Rescue Remedy was my gateway to the world of flower remedies, gem remedies, even sea remedies. Over the years I have collected remedies, created my own, learned as much as I could about them, and became a Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner. I now have over 200 remedies in my dispensary from several different companies and many remedies I have made myself. I treat my clients, loved ones and pets with them. I view flower remedies as indispensable to my practice.
Plant medicine has been around for thousands of years. Flower remedies (also known as flower essences) as we know them today were originally formulated by Dr Edward Bach in Britain. Dr Bach was trained as a homeopath, bacteriologist and surgeon. He left his practice in the 1930s to devote his time and energy to developing flower remedies. He wanted to create and share a modality that was simple, natural and accessible to anyone. His focus was on the emotional well-being of the patient, rather than on the physical disease. He created 38 flower remedies and became a pioneer in this field. Bach Flower Remedies are used in over 70 countries, and since Dr Bach’s time, many more remedies are now available from companies from around the world.
The way flower remedies work is very simple. A remedy is made by putting flowers into water, then letting it soak in the sun. The healing energy of the flower is imprinted in the water and the water itself becomes the remedy.
We know from the experiments of the scientist Dr Masaru Emoto that the structure of water is affected by the world around it. Dr Emoto exposed water to different phenomena, froze the water, then enlarged the frozen water crystals under a microscope. He took photos of these crystals to show how water is affected by what it is exposed to. Some of Dr Emoto’s experiments included taping words and images to jars of water, playing music in the presence of water, or simply freezing water from different locations. He found that positive words and images produced water crystals that were beautiful and well-shaped. Negative words and images produced broken, unattractive crystals. Water from places as varied as Manhattan to a shrine in Japan all had their own unique pattern, as did each and every crystal. This principle can be applied to the flower essences.
When you take a flower remedy, you are “introducing” your body to the positive aspect of the flower that can heal the corresponding negative thought or feeling you are experiencing. Every flower has its own specific healing superpower. Larch helps build confidence by clearing out low self-esteem. Tansy replaces procrastination with goal-oriented action. White Chestnut releases unwanted, repetitive thoughts and sees a clearer perspective. These are just a few examples of the thousands of healing flowers in the world.
Flower remedies can help heal any mental, emotional or spiritual issue. They can clear limiting beliefs, negative thoughts, unhelpful behavioral patterns, old traumas, difficult emotions and more. I think of flower remedies as little guides that embody the spiritual lessons that plants are here to teach us. Their purpose is to help us realize our greatest potential.
Though they are not used to “cure” specific diseases, flower remedies can make a huge difference in recovery. They can help with issues like insomnia, low energy, and pain because they ease the tension that causes these symptoms. For example, I have treated several people successfully with vertigo, which can be very debilitating. Often they have tried EVERYTHING and not gotten better. There are many possible causes of vertigo from ear infections, to viruses to inflammation and toxicity. I treat with those physical causes in mind, plus I always recommend the flower remedy Scleranthus. Scleranthus is a remedy for people who are feeling uncertainty and indecision to the point of feeling very unbalanced, which can cause mood swings, car sickness, dizziness. Sometimes Scleranthus alone can heal the vertigo, even if the client doesn’t recognize feeling indecisive or uncertain
The folks at the Bach Centre say it best: “the purpose of the remedies is to support the patient’s fight against illness by addressing the emotional factors like depression, anxiety and trauma that impede physical healing”. My own personal experience is in dealing with Lyme disease. A complex illness like Lyme affects virtually every part of the body including the nervous system. All the clients I have worked with including myself, inevitably deal with emotional issues like depression, isolation, anxiety, and trauma. Sometimes you can get the best treatment possible for the disease but if the emotional imbalance is not addressed, you’ll never fully recover. Mental/emotional well-being is the piece of the puzzle of illness that often gets overlooked.
If you want to learn about making your own remedies and how to take them, read, How to Make Your Own Flower Remedies... and How to Use Them.
Bach, E. (2005). The Essential Writings of Dr Edward Bach. Reading, UK: Random House Group.
Dr Edward Bach Centre. (2001). The 38 Flower Remedies. London, Great Britain: Wigmore Publications Ltd.
Emoto, Masaru. The Hidden Messages in Water. (2004). Hillsboro, Oregon: Beyond Words Publishing Inc.