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Flower Essences

Flower essences have been with us for a very long time. In fact, the ancients included fragrance in their healing modalities in many ways. Today, traditional flower essences, as remedies, are attributed to Edward Bach, M.D. (1886–1936), an acclaimed British physician, bacteriologist, and homeopath. I personally feel that the study of flower essences should begin with learning about the work of Dr. Bach, and then the student will be better equipped to explore what resonates on a personal level after the original Bach Flower Remedies are laid down as a foundation to build upon.

One can find myriad of flower essences from many different manufacturers and formulators being marketed both online and in shops where holistic remedies are sold virtually all over the world.

As a holistic life coach and anti-aging practitioner for people and animals, I especially like to include flower essences in anti-aging regimes for both people and also our companion animals, as I have had great success with them and have used them personally for many years. I believe that flower essences can help each of us become connected to our higher selves and experience a state of ‘agelessness,’ as finding the right remedies and using them at the appropriate times in our lives allows us to align our attitude about life and about our age (or the age of those living things around us) and connect us to this moment in time. This moment in time is truly what we all have ownership of. Flower essences can help us to become aware of emotional patterns that we find ourselves and others caught up in. Once aware of them, the remedies can then help to release the blocks that keep us from moving forward. Once we are moving forward, we can be open to our soul’s true purpose and accomplish our own hopes and dreams. Perhaps the essences help us to get out of our soul’s way!

Some practitioners, such as myself’ now use several different lines of flowers essences. I, for one, am always open to exploring the new essences that are being developed on a regular basis. Some are even made specifically for animals. The difference is that most human essences contain a little brandy as a way to preserve them, and the ones made for animals usually use vegetable glycerine; this varies from maker to maker. We can try the ones that appeal to us on for size and embrace what works for us. We can, therefore, create very specific personalized protocols, even species appropriate ones, as well. If this subject matter is new to you, then you might just enjoy leanring a bit about flower essences.

Let us keep in mind that flower essences are rather like homeopathy. My recent article on Homeopathy for Dogs and Cats will give you the basics so don’t skip reading it because dogs and cats are mentioned in the title. Its principles are the same whether one walks on 4 legs or two!

Like homeopathy, flower essence therapy is a system of energetic, alternative or holistic medicine. If you prefer the mainstream Western evidenced based medical model, then this may not be right for you to explore, as there will be no double blind clinical studies presented here to prove its effectiveness or efficacy. This is in part because the word ‘holistic’ recognizes that the whole is more than just the sum of its parts.

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Celeste Yarnall

Celeste Yarnall, PhD shares musings on myriad of topics at her Celestial Musings Blog. She is the author of The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care with Jean Hofve, DVM and Paleo Dog. Celeste is an actress/producer/activist/writer and keynote speaker. She and her husband Nazim Artist created the Art of Wellness Collection and are the producers of Femme: Women Healing the World. They live in Los Angeles, California with their beloved Tonkinese cats. Join Celeste at her website or on Facebook.


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3:42AM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

The other reason to safeguard and cultivate our nature

12:54AM PDT on May 6, 2014

Thank you I am currently using Rescue remedy on my 18 year-old beloved cat.

12:37AM PDT on Mar 31, 2014

Love flower essences and Dr. Bach's Rescue Remedy ; ) Thanks for sharing

12:15AM PDT on Mar 31, 2014

This info you provided in the blog that was really unique I love it!!!
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2:47PM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

thank you for this article :)

2:40PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

I love to smell flowers like the sweet bubby bush we have here in the mnts it just makes me think of a cottage home.

7:56PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

Looks easy to do.

5:35PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

I’m working on a how to make your own flower essences article for my Celestial Musing blog and hope to have it available to my Care2 friends soon! You have all also inspired me to write something I have been dreaming about for some time and that is an Anti-aging book for people (I’ve written 4 books on Holistic Health care for dogs and cats, including the first anti-aging book for cats entitled The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care and I am having a wonderful time now making the leap to help all of us humans, to "Live Long and Prosper," something I learned from my Star Trek, acting days!

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