Author: Audrey Marco, Naturopath, Canberra and Kimberly Orbons, Naturopath, Adelaide 17th June 2016, The Lucy Rose Clinic
Flower essences are herbal infusions or decoctions, made from the flowering part of the plant, which uniquely address emotional and mental aspects of wellness. Health problems often have their origin in the mind; feelings that have been persistently repressed emerge first as mental conflicts and later as physical illness. The first 38 flower remedies were formulated by a British physician Dr Edward Bach in the 1930’s, although new remedies from other plant species are now available such as the Australian Bush flower remedies.
Flower essences are energetic imprints of the life force of plants which interact with these subtle bodies of the human being, and evoke specific qualities within us. We can say that they work in a similar way to inspirational music or art, which carry meaning through the vehicle of sound or light, while the flower essences work through the medium of water.
While individual remedies and premade formulas are available in Pharmacies and Health Food stores around the world, and many Naturopaths dispense them, at The Lucy Rose Clinic we recommend the treatment formula’s based on laboratory testing. When you send of sample for medical assessments to the lab, they can check for you which essences; combinations and formulas will be effective for your specific needs. There is nothing wrong with self-prescribing, or choosing individual remedies. However during times of ill health communicating true feelings and needs is something many a patient will struggle with.
Embarrassment or anger towards ourselves for not being able to cope with our symptoms is a very real thing, negatively impacting our ability to recover. Low libido, weight gain, anxiety and depression are highly prevalent in patients with hormonal issues, and drastically impact not only the patients’ quality of life but those around them and in their relationships. While it is not a requirement to take flower essences in order to address your health properly, support to help you cope during these times is a popular and cost effective approach to recovery.
What are the Bach Flower essences? How do they work?
Dr Bach was convinced the cause of most diseases began in the mind and devised a method of treating the patient’s accordingly. He concluded there were 38 states of mind which, if corrected led to improvement of certain physical conditions. He observed that destructive moods lowered vitality and natural resistance; nowadays the link between mind and body is still under scrutiny and certainly is very valid under the Hypothalamus/ pituitary hormonal neurotransmitter axis and the adrenal glands functioning in relation to immunity. (We’ve all come down with a nasty cold after a time of heavy stress!)
This led to the Bach Remedies, from the petals of wild flowers overcome depression, fear, and abnormal mental states. He treated the attitude of mind, illness being a cleansing process of mind and body (Bartram.T. 1998). Though his cures are still regarded as “anecdotal”, the remedies enjoy world –wide recognition. Dr. W.T. Garton writes “Dr. Bach Remedies have the power to dispel gloom, anxiety, hate and fear, and with them go many of the physical ills which are the natural outcome of such frames of mind. The remedies are not a substitute for courageous living, but may enable us to better cope with life”.
What are the Bush Flower Essences? How do they work?
The Bush Essences are a system of healing that is similar to the Bach remedies in that it uses bush flowers maceration however, the Australian Bush Flower Essences meet the great need for remedies that help people address the issues of the 21st century – sexuality, communication skills and spirituality to name but a few. The answer to this need (which has come from the Australian plants) has been developed and researched by Naturopath Ian White, a fifth generation Australian herbalist.
Australia has the world’s oldest and highest number of flowering plants exhibiting tremendous beauty and strength. The Bush Remedies not only help to give clarity to one’s life but also the courage, strength and commitment to follow and pursue one’s goals and dreams. They help to develop a higher level of intuition, self-esteem, spirituality, creativity and fun. The more the Essences are used, the more one is likely to experience greater awareness and happiness in one’s life. Then everyone benefits… the individual, society and the planet.
The effect of these Essences is similar to that of meditation in that they enable the person to access the wisdom of their Higher Self. This releases negative beliefs held in the subconscious mind and allows the positive virtues of the Higher Self – love, joy, faith, courage etc. to flood their being. When this happens the negative beliefs and thoughts are dissolved, balance is restored and true healing occurs.
How do you take Flower Essences and Formulated Remedies?
Formal dosing is 4 drops, under the tongue morning and night. Or for Bush Flowers essences 7 drops under the tongue, morning and night. They are best taken on an empty stomach; other supplements may be taken at the same time. However, due to a high safety rate, it may be applicable to take additional doses as required for symptoms during acute stages of poor health or distress.
Are there any contra –indications to using Flowers Essences?
There is no contra-indication with medication and FE are very safe to take and great for pets too! All remedies are suitable for all ages and genders.
*Traditional flowers essences are kept in a base of alcohol. This amount of alcohol from brandy present is so minimal that it doesn’t affect organs like the liver; however if this mild taste is unpleasant, Bach flower are available in alcohol free lozenges. Flowers essences can also be used as body cream and added to bath. Remedies generated based on pathology results at a laboratory are very low alcohol and barely have any flavour at all.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Adv Dip of Naturopathy, Dip of Herbal Medicine – College of Naturopathic Medicine in London
Audrey grew up in Provence, South of France where she developed her passion for Herbal Medicine from an early age. She is passionate about helping people gaining optimum health and energy to able them to live a fulfilling life. She understands how Endocrine hormonal balancing is a beautifully complex and essential system for providing a healthy state to our bodies. Audrey has since moved to Canberra and completed an accreditation course at CIT in order to comply with Australian regulations and standard. Next, she is planning on studying for the Bachelor in Health and Sciences in Complementary Medicine.
Restoring full health and attaining wellness is an exciting process; Audrey is dedicated to working with customers, supporting and guiding them to archive the best health they possibly can. Audrey has experience both in Pharmacies and Health food store where she has developed a strong understanding of a united system of health care with the management of allopathic and Complementary medicines. Audrey has also previously worked as a Nanny in England for many years where she has gained knowledge on infants and children’s health.
She is registered practicing member of the Australian Natural Therapist Association.
Adv Dip Naturopathy, Adv Dip Western Herbal Medicine
Head Naturopath Kimberly Orbons is passionate about encouraging and empowering each person to facilitate their own good health with Nutrition, Herbal Medicine and preventative lifestyle management. Using a combination of diagnostics and symptomatology to identify the different metabolic processes contributing to disease allows her to treat the root or cause of poor health, providing relief of symptoms and long term recovery.
Kimberly believes it is extremely important to build a personalized healing plan, taking all the complexities of a patient’s health and illness into consideration. Her consults have a strong focus on client care and treating each patient as an individual, and may therefore co-ordinate with other medical treatments. The goal is to establish each patient’s ability to live in the best possible state of health, naturally. Her mentors in clinical practice include Founder Lucy Herron, Dr. David Brownstein, Naturopath Angela Hywood and Dr. Sarah Wine. Since achieving her qualifications in 2007 she has extensive clinical experience, and also 3 years managing the natural health sections and seminar within pharmacy.
Kimberly works closely with our CEO Lizzy Herron and our Naturopathic Consultant Mandi White and all The Lucy Rose clinical staff to ensure our patients are provided with the best and most up to date health services and quality health advice. She has actively contributed to our online media, patient guidelines, patient support and informational services for the past 3 years and enjoys providing excellent free to access health data to patients across Australia daily.
Recommended Reading & References:
Bartram, Thomas: Bartram’s Encyclopaedia of Herbal Medicine. 1995, London.
Mechthilds, Scheffer: Bach Flower Therapy, the complete approach. 1990, London.
Bush Flowers remedies website: http://ausflowers.com.au
Bach Flowers website: http://www.bachflower.com/