If you believe in the mind-body connection, you're going to love flower essences. This unique healing system was developed by an English physician, Edward Bach. During the 1930s he discovered that many of the nonpoisonous wild plants, bushes and trees in the English countryside exerted genuine therapeutic effects on the emotions, which in turn promoted physical balance in the body. He believed that by correcting emotional dysfunction, you could help heal physical dysfunction. Bach identified and developed applications for 38 individual English flower essences and the well-known five-flower combination called Rescue Remedy. Each individual remedy relates to a specific mental and emotional state. Bach once declared that disease is a kind of consolidation of a mental attitude--- and that behind all disease lies our fears, our anxieties, our greed, our likes and dislikes.
Flower remedies have been used for humans, where stressful and negative emotional states are known to weaken the immune system and contribute to the disease process. Flower essences work to correct a negative emotional state by flooding the person with the opposite, positive quality that is the particular essence of that plant. For example, the essence of Holly is love so you would use Holly in situations where there is a lack of love, as in times of jealousy, anger or hatred.
With flower essences you are not treating specific behaviour, you are working on a subtle emotional level instead, trying to create a new mental state. Flower essences are generally considered energy medicine, as are homeopathic remedies. Essences are not prepared in the same way as homeopathic. Part of the essence processing involves infusion of the liquid extract with sunlight.
Experts say flower remedies enhance the effectiveness of any form of medicine without any interference. They cannot be overused or misused. If you use the wrong remedy, it will simply have no effect. Essences are safe and nontoxic.
Next article will explain the 38 Bach flower remedies.