Flower Essences

Since long before conventional medicine was developed, flowers have given us cause for wonder and been used for healing.

Our modern understanding and use of Flower Essences (or Flower Remedies) began with Dr Edward Bach in the early part of the 20th century. He was a successful Harley Street Doctor and Homeopath who felt his patients needed something more subtle to heal the emotional issues that underlay their symptoms. He identified 37 flowers and 1 other natural product (Rock Water) that he found had profound emotionally healing effects for his patients.

Since the latter part of the last century there has been a blossoming of this healing modality with many ranges now being made and used all over the world.

'Flower Essences' has become a generic term to include any vibrational essence. These include Gem and Mineral Essences, Animal Essences, Sound and music Essences, Environmental Essences, Colour Essences, Angel and Divinity Essences and many others.

Theory and philosophy

Essences are energy medicine, they support our healing by helping us resolve emotional, mental and etheric patterns held in our energy fields. These are the scars developed from negative experiences and traumas over the courses of our lives. Some of these historic patterns may be with us all the time, creating underlying feelings from day to day; anxiety, suspicion, fear, sadness, shyness, anger etc, other patterns may get triggered in particular situations. 

When a pattern is active we might experience emotional disturbance, or mental stress or habitual physical tensions. As well as being unhelpful in life, this can get in the way of our body's own healing process and lead to all sorts of physical symptoms.

According to modern physics, matter and energy are two sides of the same coin. Complex systems of matter, such as living things, have more complex energy structures. When two energy fields meet, there is an exchange of information.  When we are in the presence of a flower (or other natural energy signature) our system is informed by it's energy and we can assimilate the particular information that our system needs for it's healing.

You may know from experience how healing it feels just being in a garden full of flowers,  or in a pristine natural environment. Why do we give flowers to people recovering from illness or suffering bereavement?

Essences are the result of transferring the healing patterns of energy from natural realms into a liquid medium. This is accomplished by placing healthy flowers (or gems etc), at the peak of their perfection into a crystal bowl of pure water that is left to potentise in the sun. The resulting infusion is preserved (usually in alcohol or brine) and now carries the healing vibration from the flower.

Individual flowers and their essences have characteristics which, when we match them to our own mental and emotional state, can have a profound healing effect.

Article written by Adam Rubinstein

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