When you bring into your home or office flowers there’s a sudden change in the atmosphere. The colours of the blooms lend instant brilliance around. If the environment is dark, dull or gloomy even a single bloom reduces the gloominess. Well, that’s the effect of flowers. Like a ray of light blooms brighten up the surroundings chasing out the shadows.
The effect comes from the fragrance, colours, the size of the blooms and the arrangement. The beauty of flowers uplifts the mood at any point. They symbolize healthy emotions like love, and help in our general well being. When you’re overwhelmed with issues of daily life being out in the garden helps bring about clarity and calmness.
Being in a natural environment whether it is in the wild or a cultivated park is a freeing experience. When we take a piece of this – flowers or plants – into our homes, it transforms the ambience. You have a more vibrant upbeat mood. There is a rush of liveliness around you.
Studies have shown that flowers bring out positive emotions; people who are gifted flowers generally experience an upbeat feeling for a while. Positive emotions make people appear attractive and more likely to be sociable and amiable. This improves memory and serves as a buffer against stress, anxiety and depression.
According to a 2005 article published by the Evolutionary Psychology website titled An Environmental Approach to Positive Emotion: Flowers, reveals the favourable relationship between flowers and the mood. The publication says flowers have almost a 100 per cent positive effect on people. The respondents who were from diverse backgrounds were between 30 and over 60 years old gave genuine smile which lasted 5 seconds after being present with flowers.
From past millennia, people of different cultures have been making use of flowers in celebrations and religious ceremonies. Till date blooms and their essences are used for self care and personal adornment in the form of perfume, lotions and emoillents. Flowers convey sympathy, remorse, romance and in circumstances where tempers are wrath people use plants to show solidarity and peace keeping with the opposition.
Mother Nature lovingly shares are healing skills with us. And one of the methods is through the use of plant based medicine. Traditional medicine treats sicknesses by making medicines from plants parts – flowers, stems, leaves, roots. Salves, ointment and flower essence are used to cure ill health, depleting psychological state or negative state of mind like anger, grief, resentment which affect our health because they can trigger inflammations, disrupt our immunity and even affect our DNA make-up.
The application of flower essences have gathered recognition around the world because of their contribution to health and healing – due to the emerging field of vibrational medicine. All plants have therapeutic features and it is said that flowers are the pinnacle of this energy.
In recent times flower therapy was modernize by Edward Bach, an English doctor in the 1930s. He patented the Bach Flower Essences a chain of products of 38 flowers essences with each targeting a specific symptoms came into production.
It is possible your attraction to a particular flower on a deep emotional level could be due to something it is giving out to you which you need in your life. The energetic qualities of flower essences present themselves through their colour, shape, habitat and growing patterns. Basically a flower essence is made by letting direct sunlight fall on the blooms in clean water over a period of time or by boiling the flower in water to capture the life force and vibrational signature of the plant.
The water is collected, strained and potentised through dilution. No physical part of the flower is left in a flower essence, only its bio-potential. As gentle as they are, flower remedies can bring up buried emotions to the surface.
The use of flower therapy is simple. Just place a few drops of a flower essence into your mouth and swallow. You’d do this a number of times in a day. And you can add several drops of an essence to your drinking water and sip all day long. This alternative treatment is safe to use with other forms of treatment as it doesn’t cause any side effect when used along with prescription drugs. It can be used internally and externally.
However, there are no scientific studies backing the use of this efficacy because the impact of flower essences is not derived from the bio-chemical intervention within the physiology and unlike pharmaceuticals, flower essences don’t suppress symptoms. Depending on the depth of the ailment being treated the effect of the application of a flower remedy can be instantaneous or the rate can be slower taking several days for the benefits to appear. Anything that does not match the bio-potential of the essence dissipates and if the wrong flower essence is chosen there will be no change or effect.
Flower essences remedies provided a wonderful way to attain healthiness because they act as catalyst for change at a deep emotional level; stimulating the body’s natural capacity to bring itself back to homeostasis. The treatment promotes healing at all levels helping to create more health and harmony in your physical body. Every flower has a different energy imprint. Pay attention to how you feel when you use flower essences. Note how quickly they work and what insights may arise.
Flower therapy doesn’t address specific physical ailments such as diabetes, obesity; they release unwanted patterns and attract what is right for you.
Since flower essences are based on vibrational energy you need to be intuitive in your source of this alternative therapy and application. Christiane Northup writes that the use of flower essences brings about a connection between you and nature, your higher self and your guides.