Our bodies contain 70-80% water. Metaphysically, water represents emotions. Therefore, almost all of our life is ruled by emotions. It is our emotions which dictate our relationships, professional life (talk about job satisfaction!), health or sickness.
It is also said that 90% of the diseases are psychosomatic, i.e. our thought patterns/emotions/moods lead to our state of health or disease. The physical symptoms of a disease are simply an indication that something is wrong on a deeper level of thoughts and emotions. The thoughts or attitudes which create illness may be present for 20 or 30 years before they show up as physical disease. If the underlying thoughts or emotions can be cured or healed, it would become easier to cure many illnesses even the chronic ones. Sometimes healing the emotions heals the disease as well.
Dr. Edward Bach, an Allopathic doctor, discovered 38 flower essences that are very effective in healing the “negative emotions” or thought patterns. They are commonly known as Bach Flower Remedies. He derived these flower essences from non-poisonous flowers; hence these essences are completely safe, have no harmful effects and can be taken by anyone. All one has to do is identify their current emotion and take the corresponding flower remedy.
For example: Those who tend to think a lot, churning thoughts in their minds all day and night taking unnecessary stress can benefit greatly from White Chestnut flower remedy.
Those who tend to be very impatient and always in a hurry, they cant tolerate someone working at a slower pace, for them Impatiens flower remedy will work wonders.
Those who day-dream a lot building castles in the air but don’t seem to do much in their practical life, Clematis flower remedy will make them more practical.
Dr. Bach identified 38 kinds of emotions for which he devised 38 flower remedies. They are categorized according to 7 basic emotions:
Lack of interest in the Present
Over-care for Others
Twelve Healers and Seven Helpers
The most commonly used remedies known as Twelve Healers and Seven Helpers and their uses are as follows:
Mimulus: fear of known things like fear of darkness, fear of failure, fear of snakes, heights etc.
Rock Rose: extreme terror, panic, fears with no hope of escape.
Cerato: those who don’t have sufficient confidence to make their own decisions.
Scleranthus: those who are unable to decide between 2 things
Gentian: pessimism, doubt, depression, those who always look at the dark side of situation
Clematis: lives more in dreams even when awake, impractical
Water Violet: capable and efficient people but aloof because of superiority complex, suffer from stiffness in joints, rigidity and tension
Impatiens: for those who cannot tolerate slow or even normal speed of others, get angry due to slow pace of work, restless
Agrimony: conceal inner torture behind a carefree and cheerful face, weeps inside, laughs outside
Centaury: over-anxious to serve others, over-tax themselves, become door-mats eventually
Chicory: over care for others for selfish means, they desire that those for whom they care should be near them
Vervain: over-enthusiasm, they have a great wish to convert all around them to their own views of life
Gorse: extreme hopelessness, when a patient is fed up with a long treatment of a chronic disease
Oak: for those with a “Never Give Up” attitude, they do not allow their body a moment’s rest from ceaseless physical strain
Heather: self centered, always concerned with their own problems, have no time to listen to others
Rock Water: extreme self discipline, very rigid, inflexible views
Olive: complete exhaustion of body and mind, having done a lot of manual work, drained of all strength
Vine: self-righteous, who feel convinced that they know what is right for themselves and others, they force others to do their bidding like a dictator
Wild Oat: difficulty to choose between many options, especially helpful in making a choice of profession when one is searching for a satisfying career or profession
RESCUE REMEDY: In addition to these, there is a combination of 5 remedies known as RESCUE REMEDY which can be taken in cases of stress, anxiety, and panic attacks, injury, trauma especially in emergencies. It contains an equal amount each of Rock Rose, Impatiens, Clematis, Star of Bethlehem and Cherry Plum remedies.
The remedies can be taken by diluting 2 drops of the flower remedy in 100-200ml of water. What is important to remember in taking the Bach Flower Remedies is that one should identify the emotion not the disease and take the corresponding remedy. Every person reacts in a different manner to a same situation. Therefore, the emphasis is on the reaction or the emotion.
Bach flower remedies not only for on humans but also on animals and pets. In fact they work even better with pets. So whenever your pet feels cranky or is in pain, administer 2 drops of rescue remedy or any other appropriate remedy in their water.
To understand how these remedies work, one has to understand what ‘vibrational energy’ means. The flowers contain healing properties. In the process of making essences, when they are floated in the water, the water captures their resonance or vibrations. Masaru Emoto proved scientifically that ‘water holds memory’ for us a few years ago. What flower essences do is capture the ‘memory’ of the particular flower for use in healing.
-Meetu Sehgal Meetu Sehgal, a Tarot Consultant, EFT Practitioner and Holistic Healer, is an MBA from Delhi University. With more than 8 years of experience in Tarot Reading, she is known as a “Tarot Healer” for her in-depth tarot counseling sessions which are insightful as well as empowering. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.divineinnovations.org She also teaches Osho Zen Tarot, Reiki and other holistic sciences.