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Blossom into Health with Flower Essences
By Vonalda M. Utterback, CN
Searching for gentle, natural methods of healing for yourself and your family? Consider adding flower essences to your medicine cabinet. We enjoy the beauty and scent of flowers as bouquets in our homes and blossoms in our gardens, knowing flowers have the ability to bring joy and rejuvenation simply by their presence in our lives. Perhaps the true gift of flowers, however, according to thousands of flower essence practitioners around the world, is the unique energy of each flower—its vibrational “essence” that holds the power to truly heal us.
Although flower remedies have been used in various ways throughout history by holistic healers, it was Edward Bach, MD, a British bacteriologist, pathologist and homeopath, who first formalized their use in the 1930s, bringing flower essences to the general public. Bach was a pioneer in psychosomatic medicine who recognized the negative impact of stress and other emotional states on health. He developed flower essences in response to his belief that physical illness was a manifestation of emotional imbalance. Convinced that there were substances in nature that would correct these imbalances, he began to experiment with various flowers. Prior to his death in 1936, Bach had created a complete system of 38 essences prepared from the flowers of wild plants, trees or bushes. Bach felt that these 38, when used singly or in various combinations, corresponded with all the basic human emotions.
“Flower essences work on the mental and emotional level to restore health,” says Nancy Buono, a Bach Foundation registered practitioner. “Our body, mind and spirit are linked,” says Buono, an international educator and consultant in the field of flower essences who is based in Long Island, N.Y. “Our body, mind and spirit are linked. When we are blocked emotionally, our physical body is affected. Essences facilitate physical healing by clearing the emotional distress and increasing the energy that’s available to the body.”
Preserving the Essence
What began with Bach now has spread throughout the world. Today, according to Buono, there are more than 1,000 Bach Foundation Registered Practitioners in 45 countries. In addition, hundreds of companies create and distribute flower essences. Buono estimates 5,000-plus flower essences are available worldwide, with branded blends from Hawaii, Australia, Alaska, California and numerous locations in Europe.
Although various methods are used to create essences, most companies employ the manner developed by Bach, which involves either floating delicate blooms in pure spring water under full sun for a number of hours or boiling the more hardy varieties, in both cases releasing the unique vibrational energy from the flowers. After the essence has been captured in the water, brandy often is used as a preservative and mixed with the flower tincture and then combined again with water. Drops from the preserved original tincture are further diluted in bran...
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