Flower Essences - life support for the 21st Century
‘The mind being the most delicate part of the body shows the onset and course of disease much more definitely than the body: so that the outlook of mind is chosen as the guide to which remedy or remedies are necessary’.
Edward Bach The Twelve Healers and Other Remedies (1933)
A typical day
How many of us drag ourselves out of bed each day with a groan – oh, not another grey day! After a hurried breakfast, we tackle a stressful journey to work through the rush hour as we look forward to the endless deadlines and pressures that punctuate the approaching working day. Rushing through an unhealthy lunch, we probably consume endless cups of coffee throughout the day. It’s no wonder that we arrive home tired, irritable and snap at the family. The evening is passed staring depressively at the television with no energy or inspiration to do anything else, certainly not exercise in the fresh air. Eventually relationships begin to break down, health deteriorates and, not surprisingly, many of us may wonder what this endless treadmill of life is all about.
How can we change this? Why not explore the benefits of Flower Essence Therapy.
Flowers to promote happiness
In the 1930s Dr Bach believed that long term stress and unhappiness, as is typical of the modern lifestyle, can seriously undermine health. In his day this was a radical idea. However, in this new millennium we have come to accept the truth of his statement. He spent a lifetime searching for essences that could promote well-being and make people’s lives happier, as he felt that this was the key to ensuring better health. He experimented with preparing fresh flowers in a unique way and was overjoyed to find the resulting herbal liquids greatly uplifted a person’s state of mind. During his life he discovered a total of 38 remedies, each designed to balance the many well known negative states of mind we are so familiar with. Sixty years on, the result of this exciting breakthrough is a global blossoming of Flower Essence Therapy, using blooms as diverse as the world’s most exotic orchids to the much loved bluebell.
Flower Essences for all the family
Flower essences are chosen for how a person feels about their life and, in this way, a unique blend of essences can be built up to suit an individual’s special needs. With this in mind, Jan de Vries has produced a range of nine easy-to-choose flower essence blends, designed to promote well-being in all members of the family.
The twelve Jan de Vries Essences
Emergency Essence is the first line of support when life gets hectic, you have ane xam in the morning, interview in the afternoon, dinner party at eight, or even after anargument at bedtime! No car, pocket or handbag should be without a bottle. Designed for the relief of short term acute emotional stresses such as auditions, operations, panic attacks, accidents, dentist, bereavement, fear of flying, etc. Brings calm and clarity.
Concentration Essence is great to keep the mind clear during periods of excessive mental work, so is supportive during study periods, assignments, business deadlines or just that Monday morning feeling. Add to your water bottle and sip during exams. It can also be takenas a treatment to generate self confidence and gain inner clarity.
Confidence Essence has been especially designed to restore self-trust and confidence in cases of such temporary set backs. Anxieties recede and it is easier to let go of past failures and embrace challenge once more. Ideal also for a more long term lack of confidence, such as a shy, nervous child who may be the victim of bullying.
Craving Essence is ideal when the difficulties of living have become overwhelming and it is easy to get drawn into comforting habits, like drinking and smoking, which are difficult to break. This essence taps into natural inner strengths to help calm the tensions of the withdrawal phase. It supports a positive frame of mind to obtain the goal and helps establish a more healthy rhythm of life. Particularly beneficial when used alongside any other treatment for addictions such as complementary therapies and support groups.
Female Essence is designed to help particularly with the many well known symptoms of PMS or menopause, but can also be used as a general strengthener for women who have no choice but to be superhuman.
Male Essence is for men who are tired and over stressed with the demands of work, losing touch with their more sensitive side. This combination can bring valuable support and personality balance. While taking this essence, one man reported buying flowers for his wife, apparently an unusual event!
Child Essence is designed to calm and normalise a child’s behaviour, a godsend for harassed parents. Promoting confidence, it can also help them move through the several stages of growing up with greater ease.
Night Essence is designed to calm a worried, over active mind and general restlessness. It encourages better quality sleep and is also an ideal choice for long term everyday stress. Flower essences are balancers and not reported as subduing behaviour; it is therefore considered to be safe to drive while taking them.
Bowel problems are often the result of an unsuitable diet, but certain negative emotional conditions, such as extreme stress, are known to exacerbate the discomfort. Bowel Essence is designed to bring relief and help normalise the system.
Flower Essences are particularly good at strengthening and energising the system. Vitality Essence, taken regularly, is an excellent choice to alleviate tiredness caused by long term stress, illness or whilst convalescing. However, a few drops in a glass of water can be taken as a short term lift if you feel tired and still have an evening’s activity to get through. Do not, however, use this as a substitute for regular sleep and, if the fatigue continues, consult the doctor.
Are you sad and suffering from the ‘blues’, always the eternal pessimist or just lost faith in life? Mood Essence is for times when everything is getting you down. Let it lighten your view and help you to develop a more uplifting, optimistic approach to living.
Relaxation Essence can help us to deal with things more effectively as it takes us into a calm and clear space within ourselves where we can stop, unwind and feel refreshed.Along with demanding jobs and troubles at home, the pressure of daily 21st century life seems a constant battle with very little positive input coming our way. This leaves us feeling totally exhausted, full of angst and unable to cope or shift the focus onto our own essential self-care.
Flower essences are simple and safe to take — a few drops orally three times a day. Affectionately called ‘emotional nutrients’, they are a useful addition to other modes of treatment as they promote valued positivity. Like beautiful music, they can uplift and inspire, re-energising a tired system and dissipating negative emotions ‘like snow in the sun,’ a well known saying of Dr Bach.
Flower Essences help promote self knowledge
Flower Essences have no side effects, except the ones we want, although occasionally an unsettling of symptoms may occur as flower essences are known to promote self knowledge. In such cases, reduce the number of drops for a few days and allow space for rest and reflection. We may become more aware of our problems and what is blocking our path to happiness. However, changed and comforted by the essence treatment, we come to view things in a new, more understanding light.
The journey of life
Alongside flower essence therapy, it is essential to pay attention to lifestyle and self care. An essence cannot be expected to compensate indefinitely for a long succession of late nights or poor diet. However, as we take flower essences we begin to love and understand ourselves more and find it easier to make changes for the better. Flower essences are valuable friends on the journey of life, always there to give support and encouragement when we need it most.