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By Lisa Wechtenhiser

bachessences-smFlower essences, as defined here via Wikipedia, are: “dilutions of flower material developed by Edward Bach, an English bacteriologist, pathologist and homeopath, in the 1930s. Bach believed that dew found on flower petals retain healing properties of that plant. The remedies are intended primarily for emotional and spiritual conditions, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, insomnia and stress.”

Perhaps you’ve heard of Rescue Remedy which (in the alcohol free version) is often used to calm nervous pets. It’s also good to use for your anxious child (and adults!), by the way.

Sounds pretty damn woo, doesn’t it? Can the breath of a flower really help balance out your energies?

Do they really work? I mean, really?

In my experience, HELL YES.

My wonderful coach, Jaelin Reece, is a flower essence practitioner and often suggests remedies for me to use based on what circumstances are going on in my life at the time. And each time I used them, I feel the veil of yuck lift. In fact, she recently suggested I use some Pine and it’s been really interesting to see how it’s evened me out. I told her the other day that I don’t feel all “grumbly” inside. (A nice way to walk through my day!)

The way you use them is to put a few drops into water (a glass or even a pitcher is fine) and sip it like you normally would throughout the day.

That’s it!

Easy, yes?

Here’s how they work:

Flower essences accelerate and ease the journey through the process of healing the emotions, to the point where they could almost be called ‘The Lazy Person’s Tools for Healing’. Certainly many people have benefited from the help they give in these circumstances, myself amongst them.

Flower essences, as catalysts for change, work with us to transform us. By treating the whole person rather than just individual symptoms an important overview appears. Flower remedies bring to our awareness aspects of disharmony within us. They support us energetically whilst we use the Ladder of Emotional Healing to process and gently release the imbalance. From this process we gain insight into our own natures. We use these insights to gain knowledge and experience on life’s journey. These insights help us take responsibility for ourselves, our actions and our state of mind.

I’ve also used animal essences with great success and even took a two day workshop with Daniel Mapel, creator of Wild Earth animal essences (fabulous products, by the way!). It works on the same principle as flower essences and can be used in a variety of ways.

Are they cure-alls?

Oh come now, you know better!

There are no shortcuts to healing. However, there are ways to be supported as you walk down that path. Flower essences are but one of them. They work quietly, gently and effectively. In fact, I understand that they are especially helpful for children with ADD or ADHD. It’s certainly worth a try and there’s lots of info out on the ‘net about using them for just those things.

I think it’s helpful to have someone well-versed in the use of these essences prescribe them for you but it’s not necessary.

The Bach Flower Essences page has a questionnaire that you might find helpful in deciding which essence is right for you. Or, you can take a look at the list of 38 remedies and feel into which one might be of help bringing you back into balance.

Have you ever used any kind of essence remedy? Flower, animal or other? What’s been your experience?

BTW, thank you all for the slew of comments! I love hearing from you!