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  • Flower Essence Therapy and Homeopathy
    concentrates on current and past issues taking into account whether the issues involved are physical or predominantly emotional in nature If emotional issues prevail she ll start off by using flower essences Conversely if there are many physical symptoms she ll begin with homeopathic remedies When she first talks to a potential client by phone she will have an idea of which therapy she might begin with though when she works long term with an individual the therapy evolves over time Kim chooses flower essences for her clients purely by the interview process listening closely to what is being said She feels she is a good communicator which enables her to easily determine which essences are needed She has found in general that essences tend to work slowly but surely if they have been correctly chosen Though Kim has seen astounding change take place when using homeopathy she sometimes experiences frustration if she s unable to find the right remedy In contrast she loves the simplicity of flower essences because they either work or they don t and they re powerful but gentle She says Flower essences promote physical and emotional healing by permanently changing emotional and behavioral patterns Simple success strategies for children with ADD One young girl with whom Kim worked exhibited restlessness and an inability to keep still After using her first bottle of a mixture containing Impatiens and Indian Pink the girl was able to sit down throughout dinnertime without running around the table Indian Pink Impatiens Another child a boy who had problems with concentration was helped by the combination of Madia Clematis and Larch He has improved greatly since beginning the formula Recently Kim has added Blackberry to this combination for motivational issues Flower essences help elderly woman transcend depression An elderly woman in her 70s was referred to Kim by a chiropractor She was chronically depressed and had even received shock therapy at an earlier age At the time she started seeing Kim the woman was in transition after leaving her home of many years She also had severe health problems Prior to seeing Kim a holistic practitioner had given the woman numerous homeopathic combination remedies and the result caused much confusion While first working with her Kim tried single homeopathic remedies but the woman was extremely sensitive and reacted negatively to them Kim stopped giving the woman homeopathic treatments and turned exclusively to flower essences One issue she worked on was the extreme grief the woman still felt about the death of her husband Kim initially gave her Borage Olive for the physical difficulties and Walnut for going through life changes During her treatments which occurred over many months she also used Heather Olive and Gentian because the woman talked a lot about herself and her difficulties Another formula Kim composed for the woman consisted of Heather Rock Water Olive and Gorse for the rigidity she imposed on herself Borage Olive Overall the woman started doing well emotionally Her attitude was more

    Original URL path: http://www.flowersociety.org/Kim_Rockshaw.htm (2016-02-10)
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  • Shannon Thompson of Shakti Rising Speaks About Using Flower Essences in the Recovery Process of Young Women
    soon as I saw Patricia Kaminski s Flower Essence Repertory I knew I was meant to be trained in the essences specifically the FES essences I had a feeling of attunement with them Knowing and Growing Shasta Lily Helps Shannon Accept Her True Power Shannon started a weekly group meeting in her home during which she taught young women about herbs and gardening stress management and grounding She took aromatherapy training followed by the FES Practitioner Training and Certification Program in 1999 I have so many sweet memories of that time making so many heartfelt connections Shannon says The training developed a sense of knowing about the plants making it a living practice Richard Katz and Patricia Kaminski modeled a living relationship to the essences the most powerful way to work with them That s when I started using them seriously in my practice Around this time Shannon realized that Shasta Lily was the most profound essence for her personally It broke my denial and cultivated the priestess the goddess the leader in me she says It shattered my ideas of I m not enough I can back out of this any time I want and gave me permission to access my power A couple of months after taking the FES Practitioner Training I started the first Shakti Rising program house with 12 young people I lived there with them using every modality at my disposal To read a poem Shannon wrote about her favorite flower essence Shasta Lily click here Honoring the Mystic Connection Refining the Prescribing Process For Shannon flower essence selection can be a spiritual experience Information sometimes just appears in my mind or I ll hear the name of an essence almost audibly including essences I ve never heard of she explains Then I ll read about it and realize why I was drawn to it Patricia modeled honoring our mystic connection to the flowers at the Practitioner Training which in turn honors the people who use them Her first day after returning from the FES Training in 1999 Shannon embarked on three initial case studies among the women of Shakti Rising Everyone wanted to be a case study she says of that time We did lots of work together and some apprentices and staff members were a little bit afraid to take the essences because they d seen how powerful the essences could be in the lives of other people It was like What am I letting myself in for I made blends for everybody though and they all started taking them on the same day That was interesting she laughs The effects were almost immediate Shannon carefully guides the young women at Shakti Rising through a program of self development based on their own specific needs and experiences As part of that program the flower essences are used consciously as powerful tools Read what two young women have to say about their work with the essences For instance flower essences helped a young woman

    Original URL path: http://www.flowersociety.org/Shakti_Rising.htm (2016-02-10)
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  • Practitioner Anne Pera
    Martha Tyson a landscape architect to design therapeutic gardens Martha s specialty is in designing indoor outdoor environments for healthcare facilities and schools a field that uses gardens as a source of healing creating pathways to draw people into the landscape Theapeutic garden designs are intended to be a collaborative effort by all concerned the designer institutional facility staff and patients The garden is seen as medicine from a holistic nurse s perspective A garden is built selectively according to what a particular institution s needs are It s a whole process whereby the staff is drawn into the understanding of the garden s healing qualities the medicine of the plants including flower essences which can actually be made from it This concept is modeled after Anthroposophical clinics in Europe These three photos are of the Family Life Center an Alzheimer s Daycare and Respite Center in Grand Rapids Michigan It was founded by Cynthia Longchamps to serve the elderly and their families The Louise Dubridge Wege Living Gardens are named for the mother of Peter Wege owner of Steelcase Furniture The gardens were funded entirely by donations from businesses foundations and individuals in the Grand Rapids community The gardens include a Working Garden for horticultural therapy program ming Some of the familiar and old fashioned flowers used in this garden are Iris Forget Me Not Lilac Yarrow Black Eyed Susan and Echinacea Martha s designs are person centered providing opportunities conducive to meditative healing experiences in nature In 1998 she authored a book The Healing Landscape Therapeutic Outdoor Environments that documents her research in this field In one of Martha s more recent gardens at the Doylestown Health and Wellness Center in Warrington Pennsylvania she incorporated common healing plants used in flower essences and gave a lecture there on the integration of plants and their uses in enhancing the environment She has since been commissioned by the National Forest Service to work on the Living Memorials Project in New York and will also be designing a garden for the Chestnut Hill Cancer and Imaging Center in Philadelphia She plans to continue to incorporate the use of flowers used as essences in garden designs furthering the opportunities for education and utilization of this healing modality These photos are of the grounds of the Doylestown Hospital Health and Wellness Center located in Warrington Pennsylvania The gardens there provide a place to walk around the center and wait for appointments The informational signage links the gardens to the history of Doylestown Hospital and the range of care programs they provide It also describes the principles of Feng Shui that are incorporated into the building and site design The Waterfall is part of the Children s Garden The gardens include the Flower Essence Garden where there are herbs and flowers used in flower essence therapy This garden is an evolving part of the project and will be adopted by members of local garden clubs Please visit the Doyletown Health and Wellness Center website

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  • The Meridian Center
    has created the first earth conscious medical center in the country We don t have role models in our present culture but we do in the ancient Nei Jing for the integration of the external and the internal to achieve health says Dr Lange The extensive array of healing modalities at The Meridian Center go from acupuncture to bioenergetics and Flower Essence Therapy Craniosacral Therapy to deep tissue bodywork homeopathy and herbalism to holistic medicine and much more The team approach at The Meridian Center might find a client going first through a detox program to begin removing the petrochemical damage that has been done using homeopathy flower essences and herbal treatment They might then go to a body worker loosening the held structures in the musculoskeletal system and then be treated with acupuncture to balance the body s energy systems Finally they might work with spiritual healing getting at core beliefs setting up a new spiritual space to align the healing that is going on The practitioners bring a host of professional training and expertise to their individual and team approach to healing The use of Flower Essence Therapy at The Meridian Center is a major part of the healing program Dr Susan Lange adds My husband Dr Julian Lange is using the flower essences very specifically for all kinds of ailments using electodermal screening Since the mission and whole core of their practice is based on giving power back to their patients they will teach their clients how to use a pendulum We teach our patients how to test for their own essences This way they can feel empowered when they are not seeing us It provides them with a method of self evaluation It helps make our practice easier when our patients are given the skills to

    Original URL path: http://www.flowersociety.org/Meridian_Center.htm (2016-02-10)
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  • Endometriosis
    There are a number of things that can contribute to endometriosis says Susan Lange ranging from bacterial or fungal infections to trauma and repressed emotions that affect the liver Acupuncture is helpful for treating the condition says Julian Lange and additional support from herbs and flower essences are useful too On the herbal front the Langes have found a combination of cramp bark King Solomon s seed peppermint leaf and grapefruit seed extract eases endometriosis symptoms These should be taken according to the dosage instructions on the product Susan advises unless a practitioner suggests a different dosage Arnica Sticky Monkeyflower Flower essences should be tailored to each individual too says Susan Arnica for example is beneficial for a patient who has experienced trauma such as a car accident Sticky Monkeyflower helps overcome blocked intimacy due to unresolved pain about past relationships Mariposa Lily is good for healing emotional wounds from childhood Crab Apple alleviates feelings of shame and Star of Bethlehem is helpful for a woman who doesn t feel fully in her body Susan recommends patients follow the dosage directions on the essence they choose since there is no danger of overdosing with these very gentle remedies If someone is terribly weak or fragile though I have them start with as low a dose as one drop a day and work up to more says Susan The Langes may also suggest certain patients give up caffeine chocolate and or alcohol because of their effects on the liver Crab Apple Mariposa Lily Star of Bethlehem About Drs Susan and Julian Lange OMD L Ac Susan Lange received her acupuncture training from England s International College of Oriental Medicine She is also a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing and of the Institute of Core Energetics Julian Lange has

    Original URL path: http://www.flowersociety.org/Lange_reprint.htm (2016-02-10)
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  • Yarrow Plant Study
    soil is light brown in color dry to the touch and rather hard and compact These plants are located in full and direct Sun throughout the day The White Yarrow in this meadow is accompanied by a variety of other wild flowers including Potentilla Wild Geranium Rudebecia Aster Wild Parsley and Bell Flower along with Wild Strawberries There is an abundance of Horse Flies the Monarch Butterflies are dancing from flower to flower drinking sweet nectar chipmunks scurry by and an unknown bird offers its melodic song 4 The Four Elements Earth The roots of the White Yarrow plant are to my understanding fairly shallow and complex in their runner type system While it may not be deeply rooted it is spread out in its root system It appears to have strength in its ability to move underground from one area to another through its root system covering a lot of territory The root system seems to focus on spreading out and joining together rather than moving downward I feel it has an unusual strength in the Earth element and rate it as carrying a medium Earth element Water I observed the White Yarrow plant growing both in partial shade on the fairly moist hillsides along a stream in addition to this dryer meadow in full Sun The roots are shallow which seem to imply that it does not mind dryer soil conditions I give this plant a low to medium Water element Air The leaves of this plant with their feathery quality along with the variety of open environments I ve observed it growing in imply a high Air element The white color of its bloom reminds me of the white of the clouds in the sky above I rate it as carrying a high Air element Fire The rapid spread of the root system and the overall fast growth of the White Yarrow cause me to give it a medium to high Fire element rating 5 Twelve Windows of Plant Perception a Form Gesture Signature White Yarrow appears in both individual stems and in group clusters sometimes appearing to stand on its own while other times being a part of a larger family of Yarrow and still other times blending in with flowers of a completely different family It stands tall yet appears delicate with wispy fine leaves and umbrella like compact clusters of refined intricate white blooms with tiny yellow centers Its vivid white blooms make it stand out from a distance amongst the other wild flowers while it simultaneously appears delicate in its nature The many leaflets of each leaf serve as feelers keeping track of the surrounding environment while also serving as filters for the entire plant Circular clusters of intricate blooms burst with refined white light that is often shared in areas in which the land has been disturbed b Botanical plant families White Yarrow Achillea millefolium is a member of the Compositae Asteracae family Other members of this family include but are not limited to daisies dandelions marigolds sunflowers chrysanthemums and camomile Many of the plants in the Compositae family are involved in the daily lives of human beings in an extremely diverse number of ways White Yarrow and Chamomile for example are both used as herbal remedies Dahlias Zinnias Cosmos and Marigolds are often prized garden flowers the seeds of the Sunflower are a wonderful source of nutrition Safflower provides dyes and oil while many produce latex and several including a species of dandelion provide rubber Two outstanding qualities of the Compositae family are their efficiency in seed dispersal and their production of a vast array of oils Unlike the structure of more typical flowers the flower of a composite is made up of a compact cluster of flowers acting as one Each of the individual flowers is called a floret while the whole cluster of florets is known botanically as a capitulum which means little head c Color The White Yarrow Achillea millefolium bloom is of the purest white with soft yellow centers and red orange stamens and its leaf is of a sage green shade d Fragrance When I took in the fragrance of the White Yarrow bloom I experienced it as mildly sweet while the leaves have a pungent and spicy aroma e Biochemistry There are two chemicals achilletin and achilleine found in Yarrow that both prompt blood coagulation Yarrow also contains small amounts of a hypnotic chemical thujone whose effects are similar to those of marijuana therefore having a sedative quality There are eight chemicals azulene camphor chamazulene eugenol menthol quercetin rutin and salicylic acid which all have anti inflammatory and pain relieving action The chemicals tannin terpeniol and cineol have antiseptic qualities f Medicinal Uses White Yarrow is used medicinally in a number of ways As a digestive aid it is said that Yarrow assists in relaxing the smooth muscle tissue of the digestive tract making it an antispasmodic These same antispasmodic qualities are also found to be effective in smoothing the muscles of the uterus thus helpful in the treatment of menstrual cramps In addition Yarrow has traditionally been used as a sedative One of the most common uses of this plant is in the use of wound treatment as it contains two chemicals that promote blood coagulation It is also used as an anti inflammatory a pain reliever and an antiseptic The Navajo use Yarrow for both fever and headaches in addition to healing sores on people and animals and especially for healing saddle sores on horses When Yarrow is used as a flower essence it relates in part to the crown chakra center assisting in the process of developing strength of aura and also directing the light of the higher centers into the earthly body and the lower centers It is often used with those who are particularly affected by their surroundings and who also have an exceptional capacity for teaching counseling and healing Note A scientifically conducted trial in India has shown Yarrow

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  • Book Review: Bach Flower Remedies for Children by B. Mazzarella
    or when a child is teething There are many other circumstances in which one may use Walnut that are listed as well The author adds that Walnut is a protective agent in that it can form a sort of shield that reinforces the aura and repels negative energies The short story for Walnut flower essence is entitled Richard and the Magic Scissors In this story Richard is dissuaded by his mother from leaving on a life adventure to explore the world but urged to stay near home On one short venture close to home he is captured by a wizard who ties him up with invisible cords to hold him in his powers Then forced to work for the wizard Richard could go no further than the wizard s garden He kept hope alive in his heart but lost his sense of security and the cords were quite tiresome Eventually the story ends happily with the King of Fairies releasing Richard by cutting the wizard s cords with magic scissors allowing Richard to repay the fairies by trekking on a glorious adventure as promised them in search of the fairies purple stone Word of advice is given by the author to not directly place the child s name or exact appearance in the story The stories are metaphors only and not meant to be critical or fault finding for the sensitive child The stories will need ad libbing for a younger child of pre school age and are more likely geared towards children 8 10 years of age The affirmations that close each flower chapter are well phrased and direct The Walnut chapter ends with the following affirmation I free myself from all negative influence I follow my inner guide I am ready for change I allow the fulfillment of

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  • Charlotte Hough
    years ago Charlotte discovered she responded more strongly to the North American than the Bach essences With her healthy busy lifestyle she notes that there are things I can work with that my body and soul love and others not FES and Bach flowers are two things my entire being loves Learning to breathe the flowers evolved through a long process of growth and discovery encompassing a seven year period While in graduate school I was faced with many healing challenges both physical and emotional and so I willingly gave my self and my work to an opening of soul As I learned to breathe I also learned how to walk again physically and spiritually but walking in the field of soul is a life long journey With the completion of her doctorate in literature she notes I realize with even greater clarity that the opening given to me is both a gift and a challenge for once my heart has learned how to see differently No one can ever rob us of our birthright in freedom Sometimes we must persevere great ordeals but as we allow ourselves to experience the freedom and the beauty in our own souls we can learn how to walk breathe and live again People always want a quick fix Charlotte says The flowers are not for this purpose They allow us to grow to accept challenge to develop the capacity to transform and transmute the energy we breathe and live and thrive with The flowers are aspects of ourselves and as we trust this process we shed the skin of that energy that no longer serves us Charlotte has neither worked with a practitioner nor gone through any training program her learning was more experiential My training program was life and graduate school she

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