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Flower Essences – Nature’s Healing Gift
by Irma Kaye Sawyer (760) 362-9175 www.irmaksawyer.com
Flower essences are the vibrational imprint of the lifeforce of a plant or flower that has been transferred and stabilized in water. They contain no scent, perfume or chemical components of the plant. Flower essences differ from essential oils used in Aromatherapy. An essential oil is an extraction taken from using large numbers of plants or flowers. The scent plays an important role in the promotion of healing through aromatherapy. Flower essences are often taken internally in a tincture form, but can also be used topically in a bath, on the skin or on clothing.
Dr. Edward Bach pioneered the use of flower essences in the 1920’s. His intuition led him to the beautiful English countryside, and to the flowers which he knew had healing properties. He initially chose thirty eight flowering plants and trees which he processed by various methods. This produced a concentrated essence, which he then mixed with water and a small amount of alcohol as a preservative.
Dr. Bach believed that negative emotions were at the core of many illnesses. He said, “Disease of the body, as we know it, is a result, an end product of something much deeper. Disease originates above the physical plane, nearer to the mental. It is a result of a conflict between our spiritual and mental selves. So long as these two are in harmony, we are in health; but when there is discord, there follows what we know as disease.”
In a 1983 article in the New York Times titled, “Emotions Found to Influence Nearly Every Human Ailment,” stated that health problems, such as high blood pressure, asthma, allergies, heart disease, headaches and ulcers are linked to
stress. Dr. Bach pioneered this thinking and was ahead of his time, as many physicians now accept this thinking to be true.
How do Flower Essences work, and what are they used for?
Dr. Bach said, “The action of these remedies is to raise our vibrations, and open our channels for the reception of our spiritual self; to flood our natures with the particular virtue we need, and wash out from us the fault which is causing harm.
Flower essences are excellent for eliminating negative or limiting patterns of behavior or thinking. They help us to better cope with stress and trauma, helping to create clarity and balance. By selecting flower essences that remedy particular emotions, the healing properties act as an antidote. They never repress emotional imbalances, they are catalysts for their release.
They are not to be used as a replacement for medical or psychological treatment when indicated, but can be used in combination with other types of treatment with excellent results. They are non-toxic and can be used with
pharmaceutical medicines. They are also safe for pets and children. More and more parents and animal owners are using flower essence remedies as a drugless alternative to emotional and behavioral problems.
What are the results of using flower essences? Some of the results of using flower essences are a reduction of
stress, greater clarity about life direction, improved relationships with others and ease of coping with trauma and challenging life situations. A study done at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco in 1979, showed that the beliefs of the user did not affect the working of the essences.
How do I begin using them? Individual flower essences are available in many health and herb stores. Custom designed essences must be obtained from a flower essence practitioner.
Irma Kaye Sawyer, Flower Essence Practitioner – Bright Star Flower Essences & Essential Oils