Flowers that Heal
The essence of emotional well-being may be as close as your backyard garden

The scent of lavender can reduce pain by 50 percent. Chamomile is proven to have a relaxing and analgesic effect for cancer patients. Marigold essential oils reduce lesions. Peppermint can offset headaches. And echinacea—a flower of all things—can ward off the flu.

Essential oils, aromatherapy and flower essences—all different but with power that packs a punch! Can it be that we have everything we need growing on our dear mother earth to heal us or offset diseases? As spring approaches and the flowers bloom in abundance, let’s not take for granted what nature has provided for us.

Carol Bennington, a polarity practitioner and a certified Bach flower essence practitioner, will help us
explore the world of flowers for health care. Flower essences, Bennington explains, are non-toxic, liquid solutions made from the individual flowers of specific plants. The focus of the flower essences is emotionally based and the goal is to return to a point of emotional balance. Flower essences allow your body to harmonize, similar to the way an orchestra tunes to a tuning fork.

One selects the correct flower essence based upon their current emotional state. How does it work? Energetically, Bennington suggests!

Each flower has its own individual pattern that matches with the pattern of corresponding emotions. Transferring the energy pattern of the blossoms into the water makes the essences. They work vibrationally on an emotional and mental level that helps to reduce negative feelings, encourage the healing process and balance energy in the body.

Dr. Andrew Weil suggests that medicine in the future will be based upon the understanding of how diseases first start on an energetic level before they manifest

physically. Could we ever open our belief systems enough to understand that it may be possible to assess a specific energy pattern in a person that could result in early detection of a potentially life threatening disease?

As Bennington illustrates, flower essences help to harmonize the body, mind and spirit. Unlike many drugs that cover up the symptoms, the flower essences deal with the emotional root of the problem: energy imbalances.

Gary Zukov, in his book Seat of the Soul, explains that emotions are currents of energy with different frequencies. Zukov explains that negative emotions have lower frequencies or less energy than positive emotions. From this standpoint, the role of flower essences is to assist in raising the negative frequencies so that one can be more positive.

Bennington, who has studied the Bach system of flower essences, explains its history:

Dr. Edward Bach, an English physician, discovered the process of flower essences in the 1930s. Bach was an immunologist, bacteriologist and pathologist besides a researcher. Today he would have been considered a pioneer in the new field of psychoneuroimmunology, for he believed health included the body, mind and spirit.Health, Bach said, “Is our heritage and our right. It is the complete and full union between soul, mind, and body; and this is not a difficult, far-away ideal to attain, but one so easy and natural that many of us have overlooked it.”

His system of natural stress relief is now known in the U.S. as the Bach Flower Essences. It includes 38 single essences and the one combination formula, Rescue Remedy. Rescue Remedy is used for any type of stressful situation and is a complete self-help system. Bach felt his system was complete because emotions are constant over time; while the stimulus for emotions will change with the ages, the emotions themselves are timeless. Using this system, 293 million different combinations can be made to fit your current emotions.

Two key concepts are part of Bach’s philosophy: One must always treat the individual, not the disease, and physical health follows balanced emotions. Bach concluded from observing his patients that they responded better if they were treated according to their personality or emotions. He observed that patients with the same illness given the same treatment reacted differently to both the illness and the treatment.
He saw patterns emerge as he observed this process and created categories for

different personality types. Later he found the corresponding flowers (that became the single essences) to work with each of these types. Bach observed when a person was emotionally balanced their physical well-being followed.

Flower essences may be new to our culture, but they have been used safely for centuries. Paracelsus, an early 16th-century Swiss physician, prepared remedies from dew collected on flowers to treat his patients’ emotional problems. In ancient India, the Vedas placed fresh flowers in water for healing. Bach did not discover anything new; he just brought flower essences into our time.

We thank Carol Bennington, our resident specialist, for her information on flower essences. In looking for non-toxic ways to heal ourselves, we may wish to pay close attention to the essence of spring and slow down to smell those roses!

May the longtime sun shine upon you.