BACH FLOWER THERAPY FAQ
"These remedies work, not by attacking disease, but by flooding our bodies with the beautiful vibrations of higher nature, in the presence of which dis-ease melts as snow in the sunshine" -Dr. Edward Bach
Q: What is this therapy?
A: The Bach Foundation was created by Dr. Edward Bach, a renowned bacteriologist, pathologist, homeopath, surgeon, and immunologist, in the 1920s. His global system is used in over 66 countries worldwide and is comprised of 38 unique flower essences, each one of them corresponding to a specific emotional state the human mind is capable of experiencing. If experiencing emotional disharmony, these flower essences will gently cast out the negative emotions, allowing the individual to return to an emotionally balanced state. Bach Flower Therapy is basically a holistic/complimentary approach to emotional, behavioral, and mental health.
Q: Can Bach Flower Therapy also treat my physical symptoms?
A: This therapy is designed to target negative emotions, and bring the mental state back into balance. We do not go off of physical symptoms. Of course, an emotional imbalance will often cause a physical response, so we do often see physical symptoms resolve with this therapy. However, we only focus on the emotional state in selecting appropriate Bach flower essences.
Q: What are flower essences?
A: Flower essences are merely water that has had a unique flower’s vibrational “instructions” infused into it. This happens by way of live flowers being placed into a bowl of water and allowing direct sunlight to shine directly on this bowl for a certain period of time. After, every part of the flower is removed, only leaving the water behind. This water is the flower “essence”. They work on a vibrational level. When taken, the essences open up blockage(s), and similar to a tuning fork that is struck and put into a glass of water, it re-tunes and when taken internally, allows us to operate on a more positive vibrational level.
Q: Vibrational Level? What does that mean?
A: The law of vibration may not be as well-known as the law of attraction, but it may as well be…as it serves as its foundation! To understand this, it is vital to recognize that EVERYTHING is energy. Science, through Quantum Physics, is allowing us to understand that everything in our universe is energy. When we look at a sub-atomic level, we do not find matter. Instead, what we find is pure energy. EVERYTHING vibrates…all at different speeds. Everything has its own vibrational frequency. The 38 unique flowers Dr. Bach carefully selected therefore have their own unique vibrational frequencies.
Q: So, Bach Flower Essences are NOT essential oils?
A: NO. Flower essences are not essential oils at all. In fact, they are significantly different. Essential oils are derived from actual plant material. Flower essences, on the other hand, are prepared by infusing the energy of the plant into water. Therefore, essential oils have a strong aroma, are incredibly potent and contain actual plant material. Because of this, they should be used very carefully. Flower essences have NO aroma, contain no plant material, and taste just like water (without a preservative added). They are safe for ANY age in any dosage (though we do have recommendations so you will not waste by over taking), and will never have any interactions with medications, etc.
Q: Are there any side effects from Bach flower essences?
A: No side effects will ever arise from the flower essences themselves, as there is no actual physical plant material left in the prepared tincture. In general, flower essences are among the safest, most self-regulating natural health remedies available. It is important to note though that if you resist the changes within you and want to remain as you are, an unpleasant reaction/feeling of uneasiness can occur. Adults always tend to want to change, as they are the ones who sought out this therapy in the first place, but it is important to talk to children about their feelings towards it and how the flower essences will only make them a better version of themselves. It will not change who they are as a person, and any changes that occur will only be helpful to them.
Also, an "awareness crisis" sometimes does occur. An "awareness crisis" is an intensification of the emotions you are trying to address in the early stages of treatment, before the transformation occurs. This is caused by the flower essences bringing these unconscious emotions and attitudes to the surface of awareness. Since they were previously hidden or not totally acknowledged, these qualities seem more intense when brought to total consciousness. If this occurs, and it becomes too intense, you can stop for a couple of days, let things settle again, and try again with less frequent doses. I want to acknowledge that an "awareness crisis" is a REALLY good sign (although it doesn't happen to everyone) because it means the correct essences were selected and they are working their magic. It will also only last for a short period of time. BUT, the "awareness crisis" can also be totally avoided in many cases by simply acknowledging the issues at hand that are being addressed by the flower essences. Adults usually are completely aware of the issues they are addressing (as they are apart of the essence selection process and sought this out on their own), but children sometimes are not completely aware of their emotional imbalances and may try to suppress them even. When adults are doing the essence selection process for them, the child may be unaware of the emotional issues being addressed.
This can be solved by simply talking to the child about the emotional issues that you are aware are there, and talking to them in-depth about the specific emotions/issues that will be addressed by the essences you will be giving them. Flower essences tend to get us to face things that we don't like about ourselves rather than letting us continue to suppress or ignore the issues. Flower essences will have you facing it and staring it down. BUT THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. As true healing will never happen unless the emotions/issues are completely acknowledged. Soon after this occurs, the negative emotions/issues will melt away as snow in sunshine. It is a beautiful thing!!!
One other important thing to note is that NEW emotions may arise while taking these....we call that the "onion effect".
Q: "The Onion Effect"? What is that?
A: Just like onions have layers, so do our emotions. When you take the correct flower essence(s) and the outer most surface emotional imbalance resolves, the next "layer of the onion" starts to show. This would be our hidden or buried emotions. After the first treatment bottle is finished addressing the outer most emotion(s), you would next take a different flower essence for that new surfacing emotion, only to reveal possible other buried layers of emotion. You would continue to take different flower essences for surfacing emotions until the CORE emotional issue is revealed. Adults tend to have many more "layers" then children. Especially very young children who may not even go through this "onion peeling" effect.
Q: If I have more than 1 emotional obstacle going on at once, am I able to address multiple negative emotions at once?
A: Yes! Typically, people do have several negative emotional states going on at once. I normally recommend a treatment bottle that will contain several different flower essences in one bottle. I do recommend keeping a treatment bottle to a maximum of 5 essences though. Too many essences can muffle the “instructions”.
Q: How/how often do I take my flower essences from my treatment bottle?
A: Bach flower essences are taken internally. I recommend simply taking at least 4 drops from the treatment bottle orally, AT LEAST 4 times per day (spread out throughout the day, and making sure to take 1 dose first thing in the morning and 1 dose immediately before going to bed). Spreading them out throughout the day is key.
Q: How long will I have to take the flower essences?
A: Typically, a treatment bottle will last you 2-3 weeks. Short term passing emotions should fully resolve within this time frame. Long standing emotional issues, may need long term treatment. If this is the case, I will teach you how to make your own treatment bottles at home to keep your costs very reasonable. Also, as mentioned above, you may heal an outer layer and a new emotional state pops up. This would require a different essence treatment course for this next layer, and so on.
Q: If allergies are a concern, do I need to worry about reacting to something in these essences?
A: Bach flower essences contain no actual plant material. All parts of the flowers or plants used are removed, leaving behind only the energy (or “essence” of the plant). The only thing you could react to allergically is the preservative used, which is either alcohol or organic vegetable glycerin.
Q: So, I can use these with my children?
A: Absolutely! Children are my favorite to work with and I actually specialize in working with them. Bach flower essences are incredibly effective for behavioral, emotional, and mental health concerns with children. They tend to respond beautifully to the flower essences. The treatment bottles typically come preserved in organic alcohol, but they also are available preserved in organic vegetable glycerin (non-alcohol, sweet tasting version for kids or anyone who prefers it).
Q: Sounds great! How do I select the correct flower essences?
A: Selecting the correct flower essences is really an art in itself. I highly recommend contacting me for a consultation. Knowing the different essences in and out from every angle, and knowing how to pair them together in the most effective ways is what I have passionately worked toward for years!