Frequently Asked Questions
What are flower essences?
The Flower Remedies - a simple and natural method discovered by Edward Bach of establishing equilibrium and harmony within the body by means of non-poisonous wild flowers. They are completely benign and result in no unpleasant reactions. They can be taken by person of all ages. There is no danger of an overdose or side effects, and they have proved to be very effective for animals and plant life.
Nature provides the air we breathe, the food we eat, the very essence of life itself- so who can deny that it must also provide the means to make us well! We must not forget that nearly all forms of medicine are derived originally from plant life - so there should be nothing odd or strange regarding the healing properties of wild flowers.
The Flower Essences bring into the body the higher vibrations of the sun now present in the flowers and so bathing our bodies with the essences of the flowers and their very high vibrations. The body thrills to their presence, the cells themselves bathing in the flower's solar vibrations.
How are they used as a healing modality?
In the words of Edward Bach:
"The action of these Remedies is to raise our vibrations and open up 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. They are able, like beautiful music or any glorious uplifting thing which gives us inspiration, to raise our very natures, and bring us nearer to our souls, and by that very act bring us peace and relieve our sufferings. They cure, not by attacking disease, but by flooding our bodies with the beautiful vibrations of our Higher Nature, in the presence of whom disease melts away as snow in the sunshine.
What is the origin and history of flower essences?
Discovered by Edward Bach, the Bach Remedies - established in 1936 - act as a form of supportive therapy. Having proven themselves in this form for an unblemished fifty years or more, they are now in great demand throughout the world as a non-medicinal adjunct to various forms of treatments. They are, therefore, an integral part of the whole healing spectrum, not as an alternative or interfering vehicle, but as a very respected complement to many restorative treatments and therapies.
How can only 4 to 7 drops of a remedy do so much?
It has often been said that the simplicity of this work baffles the professionals, and people attempt to look for something that is not there. Nature provides the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the very essence of life itself- so who can deny that it must also provide the means to make us well! We must not forget that nearly all forms of medicine are derived originally from plant life-so there should be nothing odd or strange regarding the healing properties of wild flowers.
Some say the remedies have a placebo effect. Is that true?
No. This notion can be disproven by the successful use of flower remedies on animals and little children. Often, too, an individual in an extremely irritable mood or vile temper has been helped successfully, and a person in this condition would certainly not be receptive to any form of auto-suggestion.
Are flower essences habit forming. Do they have side effects?
The answer is NO in both cases. They can be taken by people of all ages and there is no danger of an overdose or side effects. Even should the wrong choice be made, no harm would ensue.
What is the healing force behind flower essences?
In the words of Edward Bach:
"In true healing the nature and the name of the physical disease is of no consequence whatever. Disease of the body itself is nothing but the result of the disharmony between soul and mind. It is only a symptom of the cause, and as the same cause will manifest itself differently in nearly every individual, seek to remove this cause, and the after results, whatever they may be, will disappear automatically."
"There are seven beautiful stages in the healing of disease, these are - Peace. Hope. Joy. Faith. Certainty. Wisdom. Love."
"We should strive to be so gentle, so quiet, so patiently helpful that we move among our fellow men more as a breath of air or a ray of sunshine: ever ready to help them when they ask: but never forcing them to our own views."
A few good quotes:
"We think that most aware people are convinced that life is composed of a Oneness - a unity of Higher-self, mind and body, and in obtaining a balance or equilibrium embracing all three, then the body (created as the most perfect healing machine) would be allowed to do its job properly. It is when there is disharmony that the door opens to allow disease, weakness, depression and so on to enter."
"Bach Remedies work on the mental/spiritual level and will not interfere with the curing of the body by other measures - they in fact hasten recovery by tackling the psychogenic aspect of a person's illness, which relates to the real cause."
"It is not the disease that is of importance. It is the patient; the way in which he or she is affected which is our true guide to healing."
"Dr. Bach, like Paracelsus, knew that if our spiritual and mental aspects were in harmony, illness could not exist."
"Disease is the result of wrong thinking and wrong doing, and ceases when the act and thought are put in order."
"True, hate may be conquered by a greater hate, but it can only be cured by love … If you listen to the teachings of Krishna, Buddha, or Christ, you will find always the teaching of good overcoming evil. Christ taught us not to resist evil, to love our enemies, to bless those who prosecute us - there is no 'like curing like' in this. And so in true healing, and so in spiritual advancement, we must always seek good to drive out evil, love to conquer hate, and light to dispel darkness. Thus must we avoid all poisons, all harmful things, and use only the beneficent and beautiful."
"Health exists when there is perfect harmony between Soul and mind and body: and this harmony, and this harmony alone, must be attained before cure can be accomplished. In the future there will be no pride in being ill: on the contrary, people will be as ashamed of sickness as they should be of crime."