Using Flower Essences to Heal Emotional Issues
I started using WA Bush Flower Essences in my Counselling practice in 2013 after an unexpected personal healing I had when using the essences. This experience inspired me to find out as much as I could about their healing capabilities. This led me to study a course in Flower Essences at The Life Academy, where they produce the essences. I was particularly interested in the positive effects they purported the flower essences had on people’s emotional and mental states.
Soon after finishing the course, I started treating my clients with flower essences, and have been astonished by the deep healings of trauma I have witnessed, and the positive changes that have occurred in my clients’ emotional and mental states.
What can they help heal?
The types of healing my clients have experienced using the Flower Essences have included a total healing from post traumatic stress which one of my client’s was experiencing from his wartime experiences, to healings of clients who were people pleasers and unable to say no to anybody. After a week of taking the flower essences they were suddenly standing up for themselves and saying no to others without any feelings of guilt. One of my client’s who was so overweight that she was too embarrassed to swim in public, was suddenly swimming laps in Beatty Park Pool and telling me that nobody was looking at her as they were busy doing their own thing. Before taking the essences, she had not swum in a public place for 20 years!
Flower essences have also helped my clients to release feelings of intense anger, jealousy, road rage, embarrassment, and have helped them become more responsible with their finances. One client even proposed to his girlfriend after taking them. These are just a few of the astonishing changes I have seen in my clients’ lives who were open to trying flower essences as part of their therapy.
“I visited Sandy to have a Flower Essence session, of which I was a touch sceptical. It was 11 months since the break-up of my 22 year relationship, and I was finding that I had waves of overwhelming sadness, unnecessary regrets and some panic.
Well, I am no longer a sceptic as since I have been taking my essences I am more centred and peaceful. I no longer wake up greeted with sadness, I am fine when alone, I no longer feel the need to fill every waking moment with entertainment to block out unhappiness. I feel a serenity that I have not felt for a long while, and I am open to all the good that the universe may have in store for me, and in the meanwhile, I am rejoicing in the calmness. Thank you Sandy.” 68 year old retired business woman.
“The power of the flower essences creeps up on you when you least expect it before you know it your doing or saying things you would have new thought of before. For me they helped me push past fears I had of being and travelling alone, and how to deal with my emotions, if certain ones are triggered.
Of course it wasn’t just the flower essences but Sandy also had a big part in my healing process too. With the help of both the essences and Sandy I feel like I am a completely different person than what I was a few months ago. I feel as though a lot of my anger and hurt that I had been carrying over the years, I have been able to let go of and I’ve never felt so relieved and happy. I can’t thank Sandy enough for her help and support through my healing process. I genuinely don’t know where I would be right now if I wasn’t introduced to her.
I’ve recently made a brave decision to move from Perth, Western Australia over east to Sydney. This is a big move which I can now confidently say I am very much looking forward to, and if wasn’t for Sandy’s help, it would have been a massive decision I would never had been able to make before – and the biggest part is I’m doing it alone too. When I do come back to Perth to visit family and friends I will make it an obligation to see Sandy again and get more essences because I have never seen that type of healing have that much affect that quickly. I can honestly say I am now a great believer in the power of the flower essences as I’ve personally seen and felt how much they have changed my life in only a few months. Like I said I can not thank Sandy enough for her help over the past few months, and for everything she’s done, I will be forever grateful.” Maria Crowley, 20 years old.
Energy Psychology Helps Shift Negative Emotions
I have found that sometimes talk therapy alone is not enough to move old negative emotions out of the body completely. That is why there is a whole new field of study called Energy Psychology emerging now. Therapies like the Emotional Freedom Technique (which has been researched in Universities and has empirical proof that it works) is part of this new field of therapy. Flower Essence Therapy is another form of Energy Psychology. They both have the capabilities of moving negative energy through and out of the body and to change the way people view their problems.
The Long History of Flower Essences
Flower essences is a form of homeopathy which uses flowers and plants as its basic healing property. It was first popularised in the Western world by Dr Edward Bach, an English medical practitioner in the 1930’s. Dr Bach went on to produce the Bach Flower essences range which you can find in most health food stores today. However, indigenous communities worldwide have been aware of the healing properties of flowers and been using them successfully for physical, spiritual and emotional issues since the beginning of time. These include the Australian Aborigines, the American Indians, the English Celtics, as well as the Buddhist monks in Malaysia and Thailand. In fact, the oldest living tradition of flower essence therapy, comes from the Nyoongah Aboriginal people living in the South West region of Western Australia. More recently, researchers have been studying these older traditions, and as a result, there are now flower essences produced on every continent in the world.
How are Flower Essences made?
Flower essences are made by placing particular flowers in bowls with spring water and then leaving them out in the sun in order to sun-infuse them. The liquid is then diluted and potentized in a method similar to the preparation of homeopathic remedies. The result is a highly diluted substance which embodies the energetic patterns of the flower.
When someone takes a flower essence, by placing a few drops of the essence in a glass of water and drinking it, the energy it contains positively affects the person’s energy field. This can have an impact on their physical, mental, emotional or spiritual wellbeing.
Since flower essences are 100% natural they can be safely given to pregnant women, babies, the elderly and all types of animals. My dog, Toby, has benefited greatly from them. They have helped him overcome seasonal allergies and made him less hyperactive.
A flower essence session takes one and a half hours to complete. At the end of it, you will be given your own mix of flower essences in a bottle to take home. It will contain a mixture of flowers which will be specifically chosen to help heal the particular issue you came to therapy for.