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.