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  • Self-Heal Photographic Essay
    inner commitment to wellness It can enhance many flower essence combinations and it is a remarkably supportive adjunct to a wide range of therapies including nutritional programs psychological counseling and conventional medical treatment Self Heal essence works well in topical applications as it draws the life force to the affected area catalyzing the body s self healing powers large very large Prunella vulgaris is a member of the Mint family Lamiaceae traditional name Labiatae This plant family includes a remarkable assortment of medicinal aromatic and culinary herbs Many Mint Family plants grow in the dry sunny Mediterranean climates However Prunella favors a more moist environment with some shade All members of this family are characterized by strong erect stems with a square cross section and pairs of opposite leaves arranged at right angles to the leaves below and above Self Heal has a very distinctive inflorescence sitting on top of the one to two foot stem we find a beehive shaped flower head large very large large very large large very large In the bud stage we see a tight cluster of bracts green with a tinge of magenta color The flowers first appear on the lower part of the

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  • Essences for Post-Surgical Care
    written by Patricia Kaminski that are designed to direct intention and attention toward positive manifestation and realization of one s potential This soul process does not avoid or bypass illness and suffering rather it strengthens makes firm the structures of the soul for meeting these challenges Arnica releasing armoring from parts of the body or psyche which have been deeply wounded or traumatized to instill etheric wholeness after surgery or accidents Echinacea re building core Self when damaged from extreme trauma major surgery or other devastation bringing strength when deeply shattered Impatiens At all times when there is impatience This state is common and often a good sign during convalescence and the restfulness this remedy brings hastens recovery There is often impatience in severe pain and so Impatiens is of great value at those times to relieve the pain and calm the patient Dr Edward Bach from The Twelve Healers and Four Helpers 1933 Magenta Healer a formula undergoing research that is being used increasingly for post operative recovery and deep regenerative healing All of the flowers used in this formula are within the magenta spectrum a color of enormous vitality that is directly connected to the etheric life body The formula is comprised of Self Heal Sierra Primrose Echinacea Pedicularis and Love Lies Bleeding flower essences and Helichrysum essential oil Olive physical renewal after exhaustive illness recuperation from major surgery or trauma Self Heal core remedy to ignite self responsibility in the healing process especially to encourage the belief that one can be healed to break over dependence on therapist or therapies Star of Bethlehem for the shock and trauma of the surgical experience provides comfort and reassurance from the spiritual world Walnut making major transitions in the healing process supporting profound transformation and re ordering of life Yarrow

    Original URL path: http://www.flowersociety.org/ask-fes/ask-post-surgery.htm (2016-02-10)
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  • International Bach Cromer Conference
    and the flowers and countryside are the very source of inspiration for Dr Bach It will take place in Cromer because it was one of his favourite places He visited many times in the early 1930s Clematis above by Rachel Carter Cerato right by Julian Barnard We can go to the sites where he discovered several of the early remedies Clematis grows on the cliffs and it was near Cromer in Overstrand that he found Cerato It is a beautiful seaside town where Dr Bach studied ordinary people happy on holiday after his long years working with sick people in hospital Cromer was central to Bach s journey of discovery when he searched for the Twelve Healers the remedy plants which we all know and love It is a romantic place which has changed little in the last 70 years View of the south bay left and north bay right from Cromer Pier Photos by Vivien Williamson from the edwardbach org website And we have managed to book the theatre at the end of Cromer pier for the weekend and so we will be in the heart of the town and in the heart of the story Some may recall the account of the lifeboat rescue when the rescue combination was first used that was in Cromer and we can visit the lifeboat museum and even see the new lifeboat launched A slide show featuring Cromer is available as part of the timeline chronology of the milestones of Dr Bach s life and work on the edwardbach org website The walkway leading to the theatre at the end of Cromer pier Photo by Vivien Williamson This is more than just another conference This is a never to be repeated opportunity to hear from to see and to meet people who

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  • Visit to Wales by Maki Shimamura
    Holy mountain The plants in the foreground are Bracken it grows on the mountain but is a kind of fern and not a flowering plant First I visited the offices of Healing herbs to meet Mr Julian Barnard He kindly shared some time with us He told us that he welcomes everyone and the door is always open He gave me a lot of good inspiration about Dr Bach and flower essences I was just amazed how seriously he has devoted his life to Bach flower essences The staff people there were all kind and warm too When we walked around to say hello they stopped their work and showed us what they were doing I was very much impressed by the fact that the procedures are completely done by hand especially the process of producing Five Flower Cream it was very impressive The office and workplace are both very clean modern and well organized Everyone seemed to be enjoying their work Mr Barnard showed us some plants there too We saw Water Violet On Mr Barnard s advice we also visited Crickhowell In 1928 Dr Bach met his first flowers Impatiens and Mimulus in Crickhowell It was too early to see Impatiens in bloom and Mimulus weren t there anymore However the place itself seemed to be just the same as when Dr Bach used to walk there There was a very beautiful stream and the area was very green I had a wonderful time imagining Dr Bach walking there Along the River Usk in Crickhowell On the way back to London we stopped over to visit the Bach center too The house in which Dr Bach lived his last days was a very small house with beautiful furniture From reading his writings I used to have an impression

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  • A Positive Alternative to Psychiatric Drugs for Animals
    one of many other reasons But are psychiatric drugs the answer Kathy Edstrom a dog trainer and pet behavior consultant questions the over reliance on pharmaceutical treatment for animal behavior problems While conventional medicine and veterinary care are a necessity I don t believe that companion animals should be given a psychiatric drug for a behavior problem especially not without a good positive training program in place and in use If an animal is behaving dangerously towards humans or could potentially injure himself then medication might be necessary to alter the brain chemistry of that animal If the drug provides a sedative effect this might give the caretaker an opportunity to locate and work with a qualified positive trainer who can develop a behavior modification program specific to that dog s needs Kathy contends Especially without a well rounded training program a psychiatric drug offers a superficial quick fix approach to a complex problem As a professional trainer of caretakers and their dogs I have to undo the damage that trainers veterinarians and other people in the companion animal market do I spend a lot of my time and energy educating people on the importance of looking at the whole animal meaning the mind body and spirit I take a very positive approach to the work I do I advocate the use of positive reward based training I do not support the use of force training This method of training in my opinion is completely unnecessary and can actually do more harm than good Over the years Kathy has heard of many animals being given anti depressants sedatives or tranquilizers with unsatisfactory results The common thing that happens once an animal is taken off the drug is that the dog then often reverts to the same undesirable behavior The drug did not fix the problem it just masked it Sadly when the dog resorts to the original behavior the dog is either put back on the drug sometimes at a higher dosage or the animal is taken to the shelter because the caretaker doesn t know how to handle the issue or simply does not want to put the time into helping their canine companion work through the issues by using positive training techniques In my opinion it is a vicious cycle Many veterinarians admit they are not well educated in the field of canine psychology or animal behavior They are willing to prescribe pharmacological drugs for behavior problems often because they are not aware of other treatment options and their clients desire quick solutions Kathy recommends that all veterinarians should at least maintain a list of highly qualified positive animal behavior trainers for referral to clients requesting medications for pet behavioral problems Witness to the dangers of pharmaceutical treatment To illustrate the potential danger of prescribing pharmaceuticals to animals Kathy cites A client of mine recently attended an agility trial with her Australian shepherd where she overheard a person telling another to put her dog on Ace Promazine to

    Original URL path: http://www.flowersociety.org/Freedom-from-Pharmaceuticals.htm (2016-02-10)
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  • Form and Function Book Review
    Bach to work with groupings of flower remedies in patterns of 12 and 7 then a final combination of 12 plus 7 again 19 for a total of 38 remedies Editor s note We invite case reports and commentary from practitioners regarding Barnard s hypothesis about the three groups of Bach essences especially the application of the general theory to clinical experience Reading the Gesture of Bach s Plant Remedies Form Function is an especially significant contribution for its detailed and perceptive descriptions of the Bach flower plants We know from Nora Weeks that Bach spent the day examining a great variety of plants noting where they grew what soil they chose to grow upon the colour shape and number of their petals whether they spread by tuber root or seed He devoted hours studying the habits and characteristics of each flower plant and tree Bach urged Weeks to recognize each of the remedy plants at every stage of its growth But Barnard admits that precisely how Bach worked with these observations is not clear from any records he published In these few words Julian Barnard has summed up the key enigma of Dr Bach s work one that has challenged the research standards for flower essence development ever since Barnard addressed this conundrum in 1988 when he stated in Patterns of Life Force pp 66 67 Well we have a choice We may decide to leave him on his side and say his was an insight and inspiration that is beyond us or we may choose to build a bridge that will take us across to a deeper understanding of how it works and why Those who prefer the first course of action are left with his system of healing and can rejoice in the fruits of this work An explanation such as it is will be that he was an extraordinarily sensitive man who had wandered and was led who found through suffering and personal affliction a blind and painful discovery But Bach s work his writings and his flower remedies invite another view and while it is more demanding it is also more rewarding If we truly understand the importance of Bach s work it is not simply a system of 38 flower remedies It is the possibility that we humans can become fluent in the healing language of Nature We are challenged to open our eyes to the wonder of the natural world as a living script a soul imbued life that can speak intimately to the human soul Placing Bach s Work in Historical Context We know that Bach was familiar with the work of the Swiss alchemist physician Paracelsus 1493 1541 due to the brief mention he makes of him along with Hippocrates and Hahnemann in the first chapter of Heal Thyself Collected Writings p 127 and in addresses such as Ye Suffer from Yourselves Collected Writings p 111 However it is not accurate to say that Paracelsus discovered flower essences as claimed by some flower essence writers Julian Barnard clearly establishes the originality of Dr Bach s discoveries and its place in history as more than a replication of prior alchemical approaches Nevertheless Form Function does not adequately address the larger historical and cultural context for Bach s discoveries or even the precedent for Barnard s own approach to plant gesture Bach was a student of esoteric Masonic teachings that belong to a larger alchemical stream in history He also was clearly cognizant of Paracelsus who established the idea of the Doctrine of Signatures Thus it is likely that Bach recognized correspondences of form and function between the soul gestures of plants and human beings The alchemical Rosicrucian tradition was also significantly advanced in Europe by the German poet scientist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749 1832 who emphasized the gesture of a plant as the quality of its expression through form color growth and other patterns in contrast to the prevailing quantitative and materialistic bias of the time The Goethean approach to nature science has developed over the last two centuries into a diverse worldwide school of professional scientific research and methodology with significant contributions to many fields of science including agriculture medicinal plants and botany We cannot ascertain from Bach s own writings to what extent he worked consciously with alchemical or Goethean influences in his study of plant gestures nor can we gauge the precise impact of research from contemporary colleagues such as Dr Robert Cooper s arborivital remedies Nonetheless it is clear that Bach s healing methods and plant discoveries belong to a larger alchemical historical development of nature science that places value not on physical substance alone but also on the soul archetypes that shape and form substance into gesture The overriding goal of Form Function is to establish a wider context for Bach s healing work Barnard argues that Bach s work evolved through various stages of personal insight and research Similarly we can also see the progressive development of Bach s research in relationship to a larger evolutionary stream of spiritual and natural science Establishing such context does not minimize the individual and unique contribution of Dr Bach but rather expands our understanding of its significance for our time Barnard is right to give prominence to the observation of plant qualities in Form Function The concept of plant gesture is the central thesis of Form Function and indeed it is the bridge to building the new plant science that Barnard first wrote about in Patterns of Life Force The Healing Herbs of Edward Bach first published in 1988 was Barnard s first discussion of plant gestures in the Bach remedies providing photographs clear botanical information and some correlation of plant characteristics to essence qualities In Form Function that work has matured Barnard weaves together detailed plant observations based upon Bach s scant commentary and with his own perceptive insights Barnard s work is an outstanding contribution by an author who has spent many hours in the field

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  • Research Guidelines
    situations of stress and environmental stimulus so they were appropriate for tests of several minutes duration The conditions that these formulas address stress and environmental sensitivity have discernible physical correlations so that the physiological tests were able to detect significant responses Finally these conditions are universal and can be generated by the situational context so that the test group did not need to be pre selected for that condition Further short term studies could also utilize psychological inventories and possibly other flower essence formulas that are known to be fast acting Other physiological tests that could be used include the heart rate variability measures developed by the HeartMath Institute www heartmath org 4 Medium term double blind placebo study of a pre mixed formula This kind of study involves a formula that addresses a specific condition such as grief or anxiety Test subjects need to be screened for that condition Psychological measures such as questionnaires are necessary although they can be supplemented by physiological measures when available The test duration should be at least several months in order to observe results The advantage of such a study is the simplicity of administering a pre determined formula The disadvantage is that the results may not be as good as using an individually selected formula 5 Medium or long term double blind placebo study of individually selected formulas The most effective way to administer flower essences for long term conditions is to individually select flower essence formulas Although the use of a standardized treatment is the most common form of the double blind study FES has developed a protocol for a controlled study using individualized selection This method was used in a small pilot study conducted by Dr Cram in conjunction with the Depression study The method is described as follows The practitioner meets with each test subject and does an interview to determine an individualized flower essence selection as is normally done in clinical practice The person s name and essence selection is given to the essence preparer in this case FES and using a random number table FES prepares a flower essence combination or a placebo according to the next number in the random number table even numbers or odd numbers Each essence combination and placebo is prepared to look exactly alike with brandy and water and a label listing the subject s name and essence selection The essences and placebos are then given to the subjects by the practitioner or test administrator A chart listing each subject and whether they got essences or placebos with the list of essences is kept by the essence dispenser unknown to the practitioner test administrator and subjects double blind until the conclusion of the test period which may involve several months and possibly a change of flower essences Those who originally got flower essences continue to get flower essences and those with placebos continue to get placebos Test subjects are given psychological inventories in this case Beck and Hamilton as in the clinical

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  • What’s the "science" behind flower essences?
    Edward Bach s flower essence stress formula Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine Journal Volume 11 No 1 and Cram J R Effects of two flower essences on high intensity environmental stimulation and EMF Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine Journal Volume 12 No 3 also available at www flowersociety org scientific htm B Evidence that water carries information The idea that water can be a carrier of information was the subject of pioneering and controversial studies by the French scientist Dr Jacques Benveniste See Schiff Michel The Memory of Water Homoeopathy and the Battle of Ideas in the New Science Thorsons London 1995 Some researchers have suggested that the clustering effect of water the bonds between molecules may be involved in the memory of water phenomenon and that this might be a partial explanation for the effects of highly dilute homeopathic remedies In a similar way the water that is the matrix for the flower essence carries the energetic imprint of the flowers used to prepare the essence This is a promising area for further research C Evidence that emotions affect human physiology with profound health consequences is now widely accepted The field of psychoneuroimmunology studies the effects of psychological stress

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