Love-Lies-Bleeding Flower Essence by Flower Essence Services
Positive qualities: Transcendent consciousness, the ability to move beyond personal pain, suffering or mental anguish; transpersonal vision; compassionate acceptance of life karma
Patterns of imbalance: Intensification of pain and suffering due to isolation; profound melancholia or despair due to the over-personalization of one’s pain
What are flower essences?
Flower essences are herbal infusions or decoctions, made from the flowering part of the plant, which uniquely address emotional and mental aspects of wellness. 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.
How do flower essences work?
To understand how flower essences work requires a recognition that the human being is more than a physical body, but also incorporates a body of life energy, a body of sensitivity and feelings, and a spiritual essence or Self. 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
Modern physics has known for nearly a century that matter and consciousness are intertwined. However, medical science still generally works with a nineteenth century model of the human being as a mechanism in a world of machines. We expect that in the coming century medical science will develop ways of studying the impact of consciousness on health, and we will learn more about the ways in which flower essences work. However, empirical research, which consists of the collection of case studies and practitioner reports, will remain the primary source of knowledge about how flower essences work.
How do I choose flower essences? How do I decide which mental or emotional issues are most in need of assistance?
The best way to get involved in choosing flower essences is to read some basic literature on the topic. The next step is to decide which mental and emotional issues are most important for your health and growth. Based on your choice, you then select the essence or essences which correspond with these issues.
You may also wish to talk with a friend or counselor, or to use an ssessment questionnaire or repertory to help you sort through the many possible choices for flower essences. If you are just getting started, choose your most basic and obvious priorities.
For more about choosing Flower Essences, see the Acrobat PDF file Choosing Flower Essences @ http://fesflowers.com/pdf/Choosing_Flower_Essences.pdf
What if I don't notice any changes at all? Is every flower remedy equally effective for me?
Flower essences work by a principle of resonance. They will be most effective and noticeable when they actually match the core mental or emotional challenges you face. If you are addressing only surface symptoms or fleeting feelings, you may not notice much impact from the flower essences.
How do you know that flower essences have the effects that are claimed for them?
Flower essence properties are first developed through a thorough study of the plants from which essences are made. This study includes the plant’s structure and form, growth pattern, color, relationship to the environment, chemical properties, herbal uses, as well as energetic properties which are perceived in the plant. These qualities are then correlated with specific human emotional patterns. These preliminary indications are then tested in clinical settings by health practitioners. Through their reports our knowledge of the properties of the essences can be revised, expanded, or verified.
This clinical study of the use of essences is called empirical research, or research based on experience. It is also the method by which homeopathic remedies have been verified during the last two centuries. Not all flowe:" ":s. Therefore customers and stores need to investigate the standards and procedures used to verify the indications of essences they purchase.
To use flower essences, choose an issue you are dealing with in your life relationships, lifestyle, self image, stress level, career matters, or simply general well-being. Then select a few flower essences which most precisely describe your current situation, using the list of qualities linked below. It is best to work with no more than three to five essences at a time, so that you can focus clearly on the main issues.
Flower essences are taken a few drops four times a day, over a period of one month. During this time, become aware of changes in your responses toward the selected issue. Occasionally people experience immediate or dramatic changes when taking flower essences. Others may have difficulty perceiving any changes. The most typical pattern is to discover the gradual effect of the essences over a period of time.
Flower essences are not panaceas, but rather inner catalysts that stimulate our ability to respond, or take responsibility for our growth. Flower essences are most effective when used as part of a wholistic program of health enhancement. They support other therapies and health practices by stimulating greater awareness of our inner life, and building a vital bridge between the realms of body, soul, and spirit.
Can I use more than one essence at a time?
Several flower essences can be taken together, mixed in a dosage bottle or glass of water. In making a combination, it is important to consider how the essences work together, as well as the appropriateness of each essence in the combination. It is best to limit the number of essences taken at any one time to three to five unless you are working with a skilled practitioner.
How will I know if they are working?
Unlike chemical drugs which suppress symptoms, flower essences are catalysts for emotional change, and work by stimulating awareness. Many people report general but discernible differences with essences. They may feel clearer, calmer, or better able to cope. However, in order to note really specific changes with flower essences you will need some way of objectively observing your emotional and mental states. You may wish to keep a journal, discuss your issues regularly with a friend or counselor, or take note of your dreams and other inner events. Often it is the comments of others close to us which first alerts us to changes taking place.
Becoming aware of inner changes may take some practice. With physical experiences, we know how to focus our awareness on a problem or pain. For example, the pain is not just in my leg, but mostly in my foot, or precisely in my left foot; its a throbbing pain that is worse at night or in cold weather. In a similar way, we can learn to be more precisely aware of our emotions and thoughts by a conscious program of self-observation and reflection.
When can I expect to note such changes? How long do essences last?
A one-ounce (30 ml) dosage bottle is generally used at the rate of four drops, four times daily, and lasts about one month. This is a typical cycle for emotional change, and it is recommended that you use an essence for at least this period of time to fully experience its impact. The remedies often have a subtle beginning, which gradually becomes more obvious. However, a month is only a general suggestion; many people use flower essences for longer or shorter periods of time than this, with good results. An essence or combination should be discontinued when you feel you have completely absorbed or consciously recognized the benefits which were intended from it.
Brandy*, Water, Infused Flower Essence (as specified by title and gathered wild), 40% Alcohol.
(*Meets 1990 Calif. organic act. *Demeter-Certified Biodynamic)
100% Pure Flower Essence Solution from original Bach Formula.
Healing Herbs flower essences are made from the same plant species and with the original methods employed by Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930s. The name Bach Flower Remedies has been used as a generic term for these remedies. However, this name has was trademarked by the Bach Centre and the Nelson Company to designate their particular brand of the flower remedies of Dr. Bach. Just as there are a number of homeopathic companies which prepare, for example, the Arnica remedy, so there are different flower essence companies which prepare the 38 flower essences and emergency combination originally made by Dr. Bach.
Currently, the term Bach Flower Remedies is no longer a trademark in the United Kingdom, but this ruling has yet to be applied to the United States or other countries.
About Flower Essence Services
FROM PRISTINE WILDFLOWER MEADOWS IN CALIFORNIA’S SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS, TO THE WILD PACIFIC COAST, SERENE DESERTS, LUSH FOOTHILL RIVER BANKS, AND THE BIODYNAMIC GARDENS OF TERRA FLORA, FLOWER ESSENCE SERVICS’ HOME IN THE SIERRA FOOTHILLS, THEY GATHER THE FLOWERS FOR THE FES QUINTESSENTIAL FLOWER ESSENCES. FOR OVER A QUARTER-CENTURY, FLOWER ESSENCE SERVICES HAS ENJOYED A REPUTATION FOR PROFESSIONAL QUALITY AND SERVICE. FES HAS PIONEERED THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE QUINTESSENTIALS™ NORTH AMERICAN FLOWER ESSENCES, WHOSE QUALITIES ARE CORROBORATED BY EXTENSIVE CLINICAL FEEDBACK FROM HEALTH PRACTITIONERS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. THEY ALSO REPRESENT THE HEALING HERBS™ ENGLISH FLOWER ESSENCES, PREPARED BY JULIAN BARNARD OF ENGLAND, ACCORDING TO THE ORIGINAL INDICATIONS OF DR. ED
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