The following article is sure to give the skeptics something to raise their eyebrows about. It sounds hokey, I know — flower essences for healing? Honestly, I get it. Just stay with me here, and I’ll explain the mystery of how the vibration of a flower could actually help you.
Flower essences are just that — the essence of a flower, harnessed in a way similar to how homeopathy extracts medicines. Essences are made by putting a flower or an herb into water, which is then left in the sun. Once ready, this water can be stretched out to make many, many vials of an essence, as the water now holds the vibrational imprint of that plant. A small amount of brandy is also added to preserve the concoction, so the essences tend to have a slight taste of alcohol. Are you still with me?
Everything Is Energy
Science is now catching up to this concept, as what was once thought of as solid material is now being understood as moving energy. There is a lot more empty space in an atom than we once thought, which means we are more connected than we think. With that in mind, it might be easier to understand how something like flower essences work, as the vibrational signature pattern carried by each flower interacts with your own vibrational field.
Unfortunately, very little scientific evidence exists to back this up, which may leave a lot of people skeptical, which is fair enough. But if science can’t prove something, does that mean it’s wrong or doesn’t work? Not necessarily.
Flower essence remedies generally impact our emotional states, because each emotion carries a specific vibrational frequency, and so each essence’s vibration can affect the vibration of specific emotions. If you take a flower essence for sadness and then feel better, does it mean the essence did what it intended to, or that it worked because the mind believed it would? It’s difficult to say, though in the end, does it matter whether the flower did the work or your brain, if the result is the same?
The following chart represents the vibrational signature carried by each emotion.
History of Bach Flower Essences
The original brand of flower essences was developed in the 1930s by Edward Bach, an English physician. He came up with 38 “remedies,” each capturing the essence of a different wildflower that he believed could target a specific emotional state. He correlated 38 of the most common emotional states with the flower he believed could combat that emotion, and was able to blend up to seven at one time — any more than that will be ineffective, according to his protocol.
Rescue Remedy by Bach Flower Essences is probably the most popular flower essence. Made with a blend of seven essences, many people who have to give a presentation or do some form of public speaking swear by this remedy and take it beforehand to help to calm their nerves and anxiety.
“The flowers are very subtle and gentle,” says Denise Eaton, a Bach Foundation registered practitioner, and the North American education and regulatory manager of Nelson’s Bach. “They don’t change your personality or mood. What they do is help your body deal with states of emotion like fear or anger. “
The following are a few examples of various essences and what emotion they are believed to support.
“Vague unknown fears for which there can be given no explanation, no reason. It is a terror that something awful is going to happen even though it is unclear what exactly. These vague inexplicable fears may haunt by night or day. Sufferers may often be afraid to tell their trouble to others.”
Keywords: Fear, worries, unknown fears
Human Indication: Fears and worries of unknown origin.
Pet Indication: Vague or unaccountable fears; appearing agitated for no apparent reason.
“Those who have not sufficient confidence in themselves to make their own decisions. They constantly seek advice from others, and are often misguided”
Keywords: Confirmation, seeking advice, do not trust own wisdom or judgment
Human indication: When you do not trust your own judgment in decision-making.
“Those who are doing good work, are following the calling of their life and who hope to do something of importance, and this often for the benefit of humanity. At times there may be periods of depression when they feel that the task they have undertaken is too difficult, and not within the power of a human being.”
Keywords: Depression overwhelmed by responsibilities, despondent, exhausted
Human indication: Feeling overwhelmed and depressed; that there is too much to do and you don’t feel that you can do it all.
Animal/Pet indication: Overwhelmed by a sense of responsibility from a temporary circumstance, abandoning their litter
“Fear of worldly things, illness, pain, accidents, poverty, of dark, of being alone, of misfortune. The fears of everyday life. These people quietly and secretly bear their dread; they do not freely speak of it to others.”
Keyword: Fear, blushing, stammering, shyness, timid, sensitive, lack of courage
Human indication: Fear of known things such as fear of being alone, fear of spiders, fear of flying, or fear of the dark. Shyness is also a known fear.
Animal/pet indication: For fears: afraid of lightening, visits to the vet. May shake or shiver when confronted. Shy and timid animals.
Essences For Animals?
You may have noticed that, in addition to uses for humans, some of these essences have recommendations for pets. If it works on pets, it seems logical to rule out the placebo theory.
If you have an issue that is plaguing you or your pet, it couldn’t hurt to try one of these essences. You can talk to a naturopathic or homeopathic practitioner to find out which essence is best for you, or do a little research and see what you find.
Do you have experiences you would like to share about your use with flower essence remedies? Please share in the comments section!