If we see the earth as the body; the sky the great spirit; rocks akin to the mind; then flowers equate to the emotional or feeling plane of the ecosphere.
There’s no one that has deeply inhaled the fragrance of a flower and not felt calm, uplifted or even elated. Flowers have the power to comfort, to inspire, instill courage and shift or alter any kind of emotion. There’s a magical alphabet of healing deeply embedded in the essence of a flower. It’s no wonder that flowers are used in healing formulations. Many people have tuned into the language of flowers and received specific details of how they heal.
In the Western world Dr Edward Bach is probably the most well known. His range of 38 Original Flower Remedies was developed to, ‘help mankind achieve joy and happiness’. And they are specifically aimed at emotions.
Dr. Edward Bach said that,
Disease of the body itself is nothing but the result of the disharmony between soul and mind. Remove the disharmony, and we regain harmony between soul and mind, and the body is once more perfect in all its parts.
Flower essences cover areas that standard medicine doesn’t usually include. When you read through some of the conditions the flower remedies address you realize how subtle, and how understanding and empathic flowers are. Here are a few examples:
Wild Oat: Helps when you are at a crossroad in life and are uncertain as to which direction to choose.
Clematis: For those who find their lives unhappy and withdraw into fantasy worlds. They are ungrounded and indifferent to the details of everyday life. Teaches one to establish a bridge between the physical world and the world of ideas and may foster great creativity. Is also used to bring clarity and alertness to the present moment.
Holly: Helps when you suffer from angry thoughts such as jealousy, envy, revenge and/or suspicion.
Vervain: For strong-willed people who hold strong views. This person puts unnecessary effort into everything they undertake, feeling that the mind races ahead of events. They may suffer from lack of sleep due to an overactive mind.
Sweet Chestnut: Helps in moments when anguish is too great and seems to be unbearable. Your mind or body feels as if it has tolerated the uttermost limit of its endurance. It feels as there is nothing but destruction and annihilation left to face.
Flowers are inextricably linked to the psyche of human beings. Studies have shown repeatedly just how deep the emotional connection is between human beings and flowers. If you have fear, uncertainty, lack interest, feel lonely, oversensitive, despondent or any number of different emotions, flower remedies, are an excellent route to go.
The Bach Flower essences are still made in the same way as they were in 1930 when Dr Bach developed them. Initially, a Mother Tincture is prepared from plant material, flower heads and natural spring water using either the sun or the boiling Method. The flowers are then removed from the potentised water which is then filtered and mixed with an equal part of 40% proof brandy, this makes the Mother Tincture. The brandy acts purely as a preservative for the essence and is non-active ingredient. Separate stock bottles have the Mother Tincture added to 27% of grape alcohol.
One of the most famous flower essences is the Rescue Remedy formula, which is a blend of 5 different essences. Many people keep a bottle on hand for situations that include anything from stage fright to trauma, nervousness, needing courage or to take just before a performance, a speech or confrontation. It is said to have an immediate effect and is excellent in a crisis. Because of the popularity of this essence, many other formulators have jumped on the bandwagon and be aware you may come across other homeopathic brands called Rescue Remedy. Dr Bach’s one is produced according to his original procedure, process and insight made from flower essences. Bach Rescue Remedy has become a household staple and is the biggest selling natural stress remedy in the US and UK.
DID YOU KNOW? To understand the process that unfolds in the blossoming of a flower is to understand the entire evolution of the universe. For this process of flowering, in which the leafy plant reaches to create something that is unlike itself, requires it to reach into a higher plane, the astral world, for help. When that help is bestowed, the flowering stage proceeds and a glow of astral light hovers around the flowers. It is our innate response to this astral glow that causes us to use flowers at births, weddings, celebrations, and deaths. For we humans are always like the leafy plant reaching above ourselves for the guidance and assistance to move into our flowering stage.
- Bobby Matherne, researcher at the Doyletics Foundation.