Flower Essences Therapy

“Nothing in nature can hurt us when we are happy and in harmony.” Dr. Edward Bach.

Flower essences are the blossoms of the plant prepared from a sun infusion in a bowl of water, then further diluted, potentized, and  then preserved with brandy or vegetable glycerine. These preparations embody the distinct imprint, or energetic pattern of each flower species. In holistic healing flower essence therapy is categorized under vibrational medicine. Vibrational medicine incorporates the use of chi energies within living organisms such as plants, gemstones and crystals, water, sunlight, and even the foods we eat.


Flower essence therapy is the practice of using flower essences to treat the underlying mental, emotional or spiritual problems which often manifest themselves as physical illnesses or ailments. Working with the client is equally as important as the essences: every person reacts differently and has unique issues at the root of their symptoms. By uncovering these issues, the therapist can create bespoke remedies comprised of individual essences or blends, for clients to administer orally over the course of their treatment. As Dr Bach wrote 75 years ago:
“These herbs have succeeded again and again where all other treatment which has been tried has failed…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.”

Flower Essence Therapy Origins

The founder of flower essence therapy was an English surgeon named Dr. Edward Bach . Dr Bach was a pioneer in understanding the connection of our emotional bodies to our physical health. The 38 original flower remedies, known as Bach Flower Remedies were used to treat the underlying emotional causes of diseases.

Ill health (physical imbalances and dis-eases) results when we are in imbalance or when we lose our awareness, are disassociated from others, or disconnected from our life purpose . The living forces of nature collected from the blooms of our flowering plants, prepared, and placed in liquid stock. and dosage bottles are used in healing our physical, etheric, astral, and spiritual bodies.

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The essences contain the healing energies of the flowers from which they are made. In the words of Dr Bach, they “cure by flooding our bodies with beautiful vibrations of Higher Nature which melt dis-ease like snow in the sunshine.”


Flower essences don’t work on conditions in the conventional ‘medical’ sense.  They are designed to work holistically. This means that the practitioner tries to go behind the presenting symptoms – the hay fever, the backache, the depression – to uncover the emotional, mental or spiritual imbalance that is the cause or major contributing factor of the physical condition. Flower essences work to restore these imbalances, and in doing so they can repair trauma, change obsolete behaviour patterns, balance energy and moods on all levels, and connect us to our intuitive wisdom, our inner resources, and the energies of the natural world.


Through consultation, the flower essence therapist’s role is to help clients uncover and understand their underlying issues, to select an individual flower essence or a combination of essences which can be most helpful in treating their conditions, and, if necessary, to plan a course of treatment which the client can use to help alleviate the problem. Some people notice a subtle change in their reactions to issues in their lives; some notice emotional or other blocks dissolving, and others feel an immediate shift in their energy.


Flower essence therapy can help those suffering from all sorts of conditions, illnesses, ailments and diseases, from short-term issues such as jet-lag, to long-term problems such as chronic pain.  As flower essence therapy is a holistic treatment, conditions that are mental, emotional or spiritual are most directly alleviated by the remedies. However, many people are surprised by what a powerful effect flower essences can have on relieving physical difficulties. A large number of ailments – sometimes chronic and longstanding – have a strong emotional content which can be gently resolved by the remedies. Flower essence therapy is also of great value to those who wish to come off – or not to go on  – prescription drugs, but are not sure how.


By treating the underlying problems that create the visible symptoms, flower essence therapy can act as both preventative and palliative treatment for all manner of ailments.


Your Consultation

Consultations for both humans and their animals takes place at the client’s residence. A consulting session occupies 50 minutes, of which 35 minutes is contact time, and the remaining 15 minutes suffices for selecting and making up an appropriate remedy.


By the end of the first consultation it is usually possible to assess whether further sessions are needed to make a significant improvement to the presenting condition(s) and, if so, how many sessions.


Flwer essence page FAQ section

1. Will flower essences work with my other therapies, including my conventional medication?
Yes.  Flower and vibrational essences are perhaps the ultimate complementary therapy, working without conflict with all known forms of conventional and alternative medicine. Nonetheless, do let me know what else you’re taking – medication, homeopathy, herbs, supplements – so that I can select essences with this in mind.

2. Will my doctor be concerned that I am taking flower essences?
Probably not but, if she is, explain that they won’t conflict with any treatment that she may be giving.  If she’s still unhappy don’t take the essences until you have finished her course of treatment.
3. What ailments can you treat with flower and vibrational essences?
Please refer to the conditions page.
4. I am sceptical about something that sounds unscientific to me.  Is there any science to back your claims?
Yes. A lot of the science revolves around the capacity of water to be imprinted with data at the sub-molecular level.  The Japanese researcher Masaru Emoto has written about this in several books of his, such as “Messages from Water”.  The American James L Oschman published his “Energy Medicine” in 2000, and Dr Richard Gerber’s book “Vibrational Medicine” (1996) also deals with the science.  Although there is a lot of information available on the web, not a lot of it seems to deal with the science behind vibrational medicine.  However, the American magazine “Subtle Energies” publishes interesting and relevant scientific articles on the subject,  and the writings of such  respected researchers as Professor William Tiller are valuable.

5. If flower essences are such a great therapy, why haven’t I heard about them before?
The world-wide pharmaceutical industry has a $60 billion per annum marketing budget to tell you and the medical profession about their latest advances.  Not so with essence makers.  They form a global, but fragmented and small-scale industry, with even the largest producers no bigger than a small business – and they have small marketing budgets to match.  Besides this, of course, flower essence therapy runs completely against the current medical way of thinking and people take a while to understand it, so the news spreads slowly.


6. I’m an atheist, and all this talk of “spirit” doesn’t sit well with me?
Vibrational essences don’t require believers or non-believers, merely an open-mindedness, a willingness to try what is, admittedly, a different approach to achieving health.


7. But where’s the evidence for all this?
The traditional method of testing the safety and effectiveness of pharmaceutical drugs is through the use of randomised, placebo controlled, double blind trials.  This may not be a perfect evaluation technique, but it does have the virtue of being generally accepted in the medical community as a consistent drug testing procedure, particularly among supervisory authorities.  This type of trial does not work so well with vibrational medicine which looks at each person as unique.  This means, for example, that two clients presenting with, say, hayfever would have their histories taken in the same way by the same practitioner, but the outcome might be a course of treatment – hopefully a successful one in each case – where, probably, a completely different set of essences were prescribed.  Remember, we treat the person, not the disease. Which is why there is so much empirical evidence – such as case studies and data from MYMOP (Measure Yourself Medical Outcomes Profile) – about flower essences working, but precious little evidence from clinical trials.  Besides, clinical trials are designed to reveal unacceptable side effects of drugs as well as their efficacy, whereas flower and vibrational essneces are genuinely harmless – in the United States the Food and Drug Administration permits them to be marketed as ‘dietary supplements’.


8. Whose essences do you use?
I use  Bach flower remedies.


9. Flower essence therapy has been described as holistic medicine or energy medicine or vibrational medicine.  How does it differ from conventional medicine?
Holistic medicine looks at the person as a whole before prescribing a remedy.  It accepts that the person may have a particular disease but, rather than treating that ailment directly, it asks where that condition comes from, what emotional or mental trauma or imbalance might have given rise to that condition in the first place.  And then the therapist seeks an essence or essences that redresses the imbalance in the patient.  Not so with conventional medicine, which attacks the complaint head on (“the war against disease”), bombarding the disease chemically wherever in the body it might be.  These pharmaceutical drugs are strong medicine and often the disease withdraws, but frequently only to flare up again, or pop up elsewhere in the body, possibly in an altered form, because the original and underlying causes have not been addressed.


10.Why Use Flower Essences for my pet?

• Because NO OTHER modality works on your pet’s electrical system!
• Because it’s safe — even for newborns.
• Because there are NO side effects — it doesn’t interfere with any other medication, diet, or health regimen.
• Because it WORKS!


11. What Can Flower Essences Do For My Pet?

These homeopathic flower essences help people and animals to become more present and centered, to work through challenging situations or transitions, and to be more comfortable. Flower essences are safe and gentle even for newborns, and can be safely taken with any foods or medications, as they cause no harmful side effects. The Essential Emergency Formula should be kept in every medicine cabinet and first aid kit, as it has been proven to prevent shock in even severe cases of trauma and can quickly restore calm under the most stressful circumstances, for adults, children and animals.


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