Flower essences therapy
Flower essences therapy is not such a popular therapy in the UK, despite the beautiful and unique work from Dr Edward Bach (1886 - 1936). Let me first talk more about him and then we can go further in how flower essence therapy can support you to deal with your feelings.
Dr Edward Bach, an English doctor M.B (Bachelor of Medicine), B.S (Bachelor of Surgery), M.R.C.S (Member of the Royal College of Surgeons), L.R.C.P, (Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians), D.P.H (Diploma of Public Health) dedicated all his life to find a way to cure diseases. In the last few years of his life, after much research and experiment, he finally found 38 remedies known today as bach flower remedies or bach flower system.
Using two simple methods (sunlight and boiling) to obtain, what it is known as "mother tincture", he found a way to capture the flower essence and imprint in the water their healing proprieties. The 38 "remedies" support us in our journey to self-knowledge, where using the flower essence we can finally discover how to deal with our emotions/feelings and be free to live a happy life.
"Treat the person, not the disease. Treat the cause not the effect" - Dr. Bach.
The flower remedies or essences support us during this process to self-discovering, and we can use this "invisible component" in a way to support health issues because our emotions will be more in balance and in harmony.
In this article, today, I would like to talk about two flower remedies, beech and holly.
Everybody knows them, in the woods we can see beautiful beech trees and in our garden holly is everywhere mainly at this time of year, the red berries capture our attention and holly is used as a traditional Christmas decoration.
Can you imagine each one? The details of each one? Close your eyes for a moment...
Let's start with beech, a very tall tree covering woods and its roots are exposed because it does not allow other plants to grow, the soil becomes soft and in time, they collapse. 'I am the owner of these woods and I do not want anyone in here, I do not tolerate!'
Beech flower remedy, in Dr Bach words: "for those who feel the need to see more good and beauty in all that surrounds them. And, although much appears to be wrong, to have the ability to see the good growing within. So as to be able to be more tolerant, lenient and understanding of the different way each individual and all things are working to their own final perfection."
And now with Holly, red berries represent a red face, anger and its leaves sharp, saying, do not touch me, you are suspicious, what do you want from me?
Holly flower remedy, in Dr Bach words: "for those who sometimes are attacked by thoughts of such kind as jealousy, envy, revenge, suspicion. For the different forms of vexation. Within themselves they may suffer much, often when there is no real cause for their unhappiness."
How many times have we felt like this? How many times are we not tolerant with someone or ourselves? How many times these days are we not tolerant with people with different ideas and beliefs?
We all need beech to help us to be more understanding and see the beauty behind in each living thing, and together with holly, in moments of stress, when thoughts about revenge, anger, jealousy. All these feelings invade our state of mind, our soul, covering us with dark clouds and we end up trapped on this vicious circle where happiness is not possible to exist.
How beautiful that this combination can support us to exchange these attitudes for others, where our body can experience more peace and comfort and feeling more harmony.
A flower essence practitioner has knowledge about all remedies/essences and can help you to choose a combination that will suit you in your present moment and be an attentive and caring listener.
Bach flower remedies are a gentle way to look after ourselves.
About the author
Sol Carneiro is Reiki master and an experienced teacher and practitioner of the Usui Shiki Ryoho for more than 17 years. She is fully qualified as flower essences practitioner and aromatherapist. Member of The Reiki Association (TRA), registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), and verified by Reiki Council.
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