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Flower Essence Basics - Flower Essence Friday

Happy Flower Essence Friday, moonbeams!  Today we just want to share the basic principles of flower essences for those who may be unfamiliar.

Dr. Edward Bach, an English physician and homeopathic doctor, developed the original 38 flower essences in the 1930’s after years of searching for a method of treatment for his patients that was gentler and less symptomatically focused.  After years of trial and error, testing and case studies, he finally found a solid selection of the remedies he had been searching for. “Each was aimed at a particular mental state or emotion. He found that when he treated the personalities and feelings of his patients their unhappiness and physical distress would be alleviated naturally as the healing potential in their bodies was unblocked and allowed to work once more.”*

Flower essences are an energetic herbal healing modality.  Central to them being effective is the notion that “the human being is more than a physical body, but also incorporates a "body" of life energy, a "body" of sensitivity and feelings, and a spiritual essence or Self. Flower essences are energetic imprints of the life force of plants which interact with these subtle bodies of the human being, and evoke specific qualities within us. We can say that they work in a similar way to inspirational music or art, which carry meaning through the vehicle of sound or light, while the flower essences work through the medium of water.”** It is seeing the body as more than a mere physical mechanism and works with the “emotional body” and spirit to correct patterns of imbalance.

Below is a list of Dr. Bach’s original 38 essences and a very abridged description of the emotional imbalance they treat.  There are also many essences available from the Flower Essence Society and a great deal of more regionally focused essences that feature the native and specialized plants of a particular bio-region.

Agrimony – Avoid problems.  Cover mental anguish with a cheerful façade.

 

Aspen - fear of the unknown

 

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-centeredness and self-concern

 

Holly - hatred, envy and jealousy

 

Honeysuckle - living in the past

 

Hornbeam - 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 - quiet self-reliance leading to isolation

 

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

 

 

You can find our wonderful selection of flower essences here:

https://store.moonriseherbs.com/pages/flower-essences

 

*From the Bach Centre website: https://www.bachcentre.com/centre/drbach.htm

*From the Flower Essence Society website: http://www.fesflowers.com/product-info/flower-essences/what-are-flower-essences/

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