A history of the Bach flower essence:
The late Dr. Edward Bach discovered Bach flowers in the 1930's. As a scientist, bacteriologist and practicing physician in England for over 20 years, he found that treating physical symptoms alone was simply not enough. He felt that true healing would only be achieved when the mental, physical and spiritual aspects of the patient were treated as a whole.
Fortunately, his belief lead him to the discovery that certain flower buds hold a vibration that can neutralize a negative emotion and help restore balance to the body, mind, spirit connection. Bach spent the last six years of his life devoted to the research and development of the 38 Bach flower essences, which have effectively helped many people cope with the everyday stresses of life.
The remedies are made from the flowers' buds, clippings of wild bushes, plants and trees. They are prepared in two different ways: the flower or bud is placed on top of spring water in a glass bowl and set out in the sunlight (on a clear day) for the sun to infuse the essence into the water; clippings are placed and boiled in pure water, preferably in an enamel pot covered for a period of time. The essence is then preserved with a small amount of brandy. Though the process may seem quite simple, much care and precision is required in the harvesting and preparation of these marvelous gifts of nature.
A lot has changed since the 1930's and today there are thousands of flower essences worldwide addressing many different emotional states, such as anger, fear, anxiety, jealousy, low self-esteem, trouble concentrating, depression and much more.
Children encounter many different forms of stress on a daily basis. Their emotions and minds work constantly and are very sensitive and susceptible to their surroundings. For the observant parent, finding the proper Bach flower remedy can be easy and rewarding.
Even though this book was meant as a guide for parents, please understand that Bach flowers work for all ages and are not limited to their use with children. They are harmless and non-addictive; they have no side effects and they will not interfere with other forms of alternative or traditional medicine.
For those of you who think the Bach flowers only present a placebo effect, let it be known that the use of these remedies has proven to be quite successful in infants, animals and even plant life, all of which have no expectations or judgments of the flowers.
Preview Choosing the right remedy:
The remedies work on the negative state of mind, which is what one looks for when choosing the proper remedy for a child. Every child and situation is unique and should be evaluated as such. For instance, when you are treating a child for bed-wetting there is no one remedy or combination formula specifically for bed-wetting. Instead, you should consider the child's emotional state: Is he afraid of his teacher, or the dark? Are other kids picking on him at school, or perhaps he is depressed for no apparent reason. These are the sorts of things you should look for in determining the appropriate flower essence.
Bach Flowers For Children guides you to the right flowers for your individual needs and describes different ways for their practical use.
Preview Flower essence description:
Agrimony is for the child who appears to be happy and carefree, but whose smile masks an inner turmoil. He would rather laugh than talk about his problems, because he has trouble expressing his feelings. In many instances, the child does not even know what is troubling him. An inner anxiety may develop from the worry and mental torture that has been concealed. This child does not like to be alone. A restlessness at bedtime may also arise from all that this child carries around with him. Sensitive to conflict, the Agrimony child will go to great lengths to avoid arguments. This flower should also be thought of for the child recovering from physical illness, again hiding the pain behind a happy face.
Infants Agrimony may benefit the baby who is always smiling yet has a rash for no apparent reason.
Teens For those who may turn to drugs or alcohol to soothe the mental pain they endure.
Agrimony can work to clear suppressed and obstructed emotions, which need to be processed and cleared in order to restore peace and stillness within.
Preview Quick reference repertory:
quick actions Impatiens • Vervain
not paying attention Clematis
feeling clumsy Crab Apple • Larch
mental conflict White Chestnut
enjoys it Chicory • Vervain • Willow
dislike or avoids them Agrimony • Century • Water Violet
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