Flower Essences are not therapeutic drugs - but work on the mind, body and spirit and are obtained by extracting the healing vibrational quality from the most evolved part of the plant - the flowers. They work on an emotional level, harmonising negative feelings and belief patterns, held in the subconscious mind.
Flower Essences are completely natural. They are perfectly safe, free from side effects and are self adjusting to the needs of the individual taking them. Occasionally the symptoms for which the person is taking the remedy can become more intense for a day or two. This is part of the healing process and in fact is called a ‘healing crisis.’ It is not a bad sign as it is indicative of the healing that will soon follow. In a ‘healing crisis’ we would recommend that an individual either stop the remedy for a day or two or alternatively take the remedy more frequently – four or five times a day. Brandy is added to the Bush Essences as a preservative agent although the alcohol content in a dose is almost infinitesimal.
The concept of healing that was shared from such great healers as Hippocrates, Paracelsus, Hahnemann, Bach and Steiner was a simple one. They all believed that good health was a result of emotional, spiritual and mental harmony and found that when they treated their patients’ emotional imbalances, their diseases were cured.
Disease (dis-ease, that is not at ease with oneself) itself is a physical manifestation of emotional imbalances, put quite simply where the emotions go the mind and body follow. Yet disease is not something to be feared or overly worried about, rather, it can be seen as an indication that something in a person’s life is out of balance. Consequently, a disease or illness can be seen in quite a positive light, for it can point the person back towards the right path. Each person has a specific life plan or purpose and, once in tune with this and following it, the person’s life flows much more easily and successfully. It is our intuition or ‘gut feeling’ which helps to keep us aligned to our life purpose.
The Bush Essences give us the sensitivity, strength and courage to listen to and follow both our intuition as well as our goals and dreams.
The Australian Bush Flower Essences also bring forth the positive qualities that reside deep inside every one of us. Their activation allows us to replace fear with courage, hatred with love, insecurity with self confidence, etc.
Bach himself stated it quite wonderfully when he said that the function of Flower Essences are:
To raise our vibrations and to flood our natures with the particular virtues and to wash out from us the faults which were causing them. They are able like beautiful music or any gloriously uplifting thing which gives us inspiration, to raise our very natures and bring us nearer to ourselves and by that very act to bring us peace and relieve our suffering. They cure not by attacking disease but by flooding our bodies with beautiful vibrations of our higher nature in the presence of which disease melts as snow in the sunshine.
Richard Gerber MD, in his excellent book Vibrational Medicine, provides a more scientific and physiological description of how the Flower Essences work. When an Essence is ingested or absorbed through the skin, it is initially assimilated into the blood stream. Then it settles midway between the circulatory and nervous systems. There, an electromagnetic current is created by the polarity of the two systems. The Essence then moves directly to the meridians, which are vital mechanisms of interface between the subtle bodies and the physical body. From the meridians the Flower Essence is amplified out to the chakras and various subtle bodies and then back again to the physical body. The amplification also magnifies the life force potency of the Essence and aids in its assimilation. The Essence reaches the imbalanced parts of the body faster and in a more stable form. The quarts-like crystalline silica structures in the physical body, such as those in the blood stream, the hair and nails, amplify and transmit the healing energies of the Flower Essences to their appropriate sights of action, and at the correct frequencies. This whole process is similar to the way radio waves strike a crystal in a radio so that the crystal resonates with the higher frequencies, absorbing them and transforming them into audio frequencies which can be heard by the human ear.
Australia, as well as being the first continent, has both the worlds oldest and highest number of flowering plants, displaying striking colour, tremendous beauty and powerful ancient forms. It is one of the most unpolluted countries and metaphysically has a very wise, old energy. The Australian Bush Flower Essences tap into this power, strength and vitality and for this reason the remedies are unique, fast acting and are successfully used worldwide.
Flower Essences are prepared by imprinting a flower’s unique vibrational healing signature onto a carrier solution of brandy and water. This is achieved by working with flowers, under ideal conditions, that are growing in the wild in an environment free from pollution, roads and power lines. These flowers are collected and without being touched directly by the individual, placed in a bowl of pure water and left in direct sun for several hours. The flowers are then removed from the bowl, using a twig or a leaf from the same plant. The remaining flower water is then added to an equal amount of Australian brandy and this mixture is referred to as the Mother tincture. The latter is further diluted to produce the stock concentration which in turn is also diluted in order to prepare the dosage strength.
There are many ways in which you can choose an essence. You could simply read through the information on each of the individual essences and decide which ones are most appropriate. However, this can overwhelm some people and they could feel that they need them all! To drastically narrow down the number of essences that you are considering ask yourself the following questions – what do I most want in my life? or what is the major issue that I am working through at the moment? Then simply choose the appropriate Bush Essences. Alternatively you could look through the Flower Insight Cards and choose those which most appeal to you (limiting them to no more than 3) and also include any card that you have an aversion to. Invariably you will choose Essences that will address your most pertinent issues. These Essences can then be mixed together in a dosage bottle. Other less commonly used methods to determine the choice of a remedy include o Dowsing o Kinesiology o Numerology o Using your Intuition o Working with a Flower Essence practitioner
All of the species used in the formulation of our essences are ecologically gathered in unpolluted and naturally occurring regions of the vast Australian landscape. The making of some of our mother stock literally requires travelling thousands of miles into some of the most inaccessible regions of the outback. All of the species grow uninterrupted in natural, unpolluted, pristine environments that are pesticide free.
As we are all unique individuals it is difficult to predict how long it will take before you notice results. Normally however, we would recommend taking a remedy for two weeks when addressing an emotional issue and four weeks when addressing physical imbalances. If at the end of this time the desired result has not been achieved then we would suggest that you repeat the remedy for a similar length of time. Flower Essences, can at times, be very subtle and gentle as they work towards creating emotional and spiritual harmony and the changes can occur so easily and effortlessly that we are not aware of the healing shifts until sometime later. Then at other times, the changes are profound and instantaneous.