The essence of emotional well-being may be as close as your backyard garden.

Lavender’s scent can reduce pain by 50 percent.
Chamomile is proven to have an analgesic effect for cancer patients.
Marigold essential oils reduce lesions.
Peppermint can offset headaches.
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 gardening season arrives 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!

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.

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.

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.
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Mary Jo Ruggieri PhD, BCPP, HHP

Staying Well with Dr. Mary Jo

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Rescue Remedy®

Working a busy schedule without much time for rest, barely sleeping five to six hours per night when you actually need eight to ten and talking on a cell phone as you wait in a grocery line- all add up to fatigue, burnout and of course, stress.

Besides changing some habits, one solution would be to monitor your stress levels by adding several daily doses of Rescue Remedy®. Absolutely works!

Rescue Remedy has been named the number one natural stress reliever in the United States. The beauty of it all is that Rescue Remedy® is a flower in bloom and the most well known Bach Flower Essences(TM).

Take 4 to 10 drops in water two to three times per day and watch your stress levels plateau out!!

Rescue Remedy Cream® is also available. It is good for stresses to the skin and parents report great success in using the cream for diaper rash. The flower essence of Crab Apple is also included in this cream for its cleansing qualities.

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P.S. Can use Rescue Remedy® safely on animals. They love it!

Healthy Tidbits

Need some extra Vitamin C in your diet?

Well, mosey out your back door and munch on some daylilies! Daylilies, marigolds, dandelions, pumpkin flowers, pansies, and nasturtiums are appearing in mainstream food centers. Can you believe?! According to Elaine Glusoe in “Petals on a Platter”, many of these petals contain high concentrations of vitamins and minerals, such as phosphorus in dandelions and potassium in pumpkin flowers.

She says that the most vibrantly colored types, like nasturtiums and marigolds, boast free radical fighting antioxidants. Press a few posies into soft cheese, use them as a garnish in salads, or float your favorite
blossoms in chilled soup.


The information in this Newsletter is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat illness or prescribe any type of medication or treatment. For medical needs, we recommend consulting your Medical Doctor, Dietitian or Mental Health Practitioner.