Flower essences are a vibrational product produced from the essences of flowers.

The individual flower essence has a vibrational pattern that assists the body in releasing stored emotions; and recognizing and clearing unresolved issues.

Rescue remedy, a combination of flower essences, is reported to have a positive, calming and stabilizing effect in a broad range of stressful situations including nervousness, anxiety and the stress arising from bereavement, fright, hysteria, anguish and desperation. Speeches, exams, job interviews and life in general can be made easier with rescue remedy. Can’t sleep? To rescue remedy we added White Chestnut: To help ease restless mind.

Different essences focus on past, present or future issues. These homeopathic remedies are taken as drops under the tongue and we custom formulate a bottle for you from the wide range of essences that we stock.

Okanagan Natural Care Centre offers Bach, Perelandra and Sound Essences and printed information on each set.

Flower Essences: A General Introduction

“There is no true healing unless there is a change in outlook, peace of mind, and inner happiness.” Dr. Edward Bach, 1934

Edward Bach, medical doctor, bacteriologist and homeopathic physician, dedicated his life to discovering a system of healing which would go beyond the diagnosis and treatment of physical symptoms to address the emotional and mental roots of disease. He came to realize that when people were treated on the basis of distinctive personality characteristics, rather than according to their disease, true healing could occur. Convinced that he would discover what he sought in nature, he began to explore the fields and forests of England in search of remedies which would be effective, pure, and inexpensive.

One day, the sight of dewdrops glistening on flower petals inspired him with the idea that the heat of the sun, acting through the dew, must draw out the healing essence of each flower. Through the development of a method for extracting this essence and self-experimentation with the resulting essences he isolated flowers which addressed a broad range of psychological conditions. These became known as the Bach Flower Remedies.

How They Heal

Dr. Bach believed that the source of all illness is conflict between one's higher self, which wishes to realize its full potential, and the personality (or ego) which may obstruct this realization through limiting beliefs and actions. This obstruction expresses itself through blockages which prevent the wishes of the higher self from being heard, as illustrated in this case history.

Susan deeply wishes to do volunteer work at a local animal shelter in order to deepen her bonds with animals and to be of service to them. Her mother, bored and lonely, demands all of Susan's free time. Susan, feeling obliged to meet her mother's needs, blocks the energy of the impulses which come from her higher self. She thus both prevents herself from using this energy for her personal growth and uses additional energy in trying to avoid recognition of her feelings of frustration and dissatisfaction.

The Bach Flower Essence Centuary is for those who (in Bach's words) "become more servants than willing helpers," thus neglecting their own purpose in being. Willow would be helpful if Susan feels resentful; Pine could alleviate guilt about living her own life; while Chicory would be useful in helping Susan's mother let go of her daughter.

Because each essence has the same energy as that of the desire the higher self wishes to fulfill it is able to make direct contact with this energy, strengthening the higher self to dissolve the energy blockages.

Which Ones Are For You?

A useful way to begin is to make a list of the feelings or issues which worry you most. For example:

1. Whenever I think of starting something new I get discouraged.
2. I worry about my children all the time
3. I'm trying to lose weight, but the urge to raid the refrigerator overcomes me all the time.

Keep your list to no more than five items. Then read the descriptions in the next section to see which most closely correspond to your issues. You may find that you need to refine the problem. For example, the problem, "Whenever I think of starting something new I get discouraged" may have several emotional sources.

If someone doesn't feel competent enough to start the project the appropriate essence would be Larch.

For the feeling that one is already overwhelmed with work, Elm would be appropriate.

If one is simply afraid to try something new Mimulus would be ideal for the fear.

The remedies for the other two problems posed would be 2. Red Chestnut, and 3. Cherry Plum.

An important thing to remember as you read the descriptions of the flower remedies in the next section is that a condition need not be one which is habitual. For example, maybe you used to have more self-confidence, but lately it seems to be missing. Flower essences work for both longstanding and temporary states.

We recommend choosing Bach Flower Remedies for general issues. For example, Hornbeam is recommended for the general issue of being reluctant to face a new day. Similarly, if you are generally critical of others Beech is a good choice.

However, you are the ultimate authority. If a description of a flower essence feels intuitively right to you, choose it. A free questionnaire is available at our office. Consultations with a trained practitioner are also available. Visit our office for a handout on essences for pets. We are pleased to make your formula for you !

Because flower essences are non-addictive and physically harmless they are an ideal form of self-treatment for you, your children, even your pets. You may find that your explorations yield you more vivid dreams, a deepened sense of intuition, and greater excitement about being alive. Enjoy these gifts of the flowers.


For those who conceal deep troubles behind a cheerful carefree mask, and rarely wish to impose their personal problems on others. Easily distressed by arguments, they will "give in" just to achieve a peaceful solution. They often turn to alcohol and drugs to escape their pain.

For those troubled by unknown vague fears, anxiety, foreboding, and apprehension.

For those who are hyper-critical, and easily annoyed by the habits, idiosyncrasies, and differences of others.

For those who have difficulty saying no, often denying their own needs for the sake of others. Those who are easily exploited.

For those lacking confidence in their ability to make decisions, too often turning to others for advice.

For fear of losing control of thoughts or actions, or doing something impulsively, which is known to be wrong.

For those who repeatedly make the same mistakes and are unable to learn from past experience. They often repeat negative patterns of behaviour, and/or relationships.

For those who are possessive, feeling they know what is best for those close to them. They often do not feel fully appreciated and consider it the duty of those they care for to be devoted, and to stay in close contact with them.

For those who are dreamy, drowsy, and lack concentration. Their thoughts are rarely in the present. They often withdraw into a fantasy world to escape present unhappiness.

For those with a poor self-image who are ashamed of their physical condition and or appearance. For feelings of shame over having been personally violated, or for the fear of being, or having been, contaminated. Those who are compulsive regarding cleanliness even to the extreme.

For those engaged in tasks which seem too difficult to complete. Those who are temporarily overwhelmed and burdened by their responsibilities.

For those easily discouraged by small delays and hindrances that cause hesitation and self-doubt. They often find it difficult to pick up and start over again. For the pessimist who tends to make "mountains out of molehills."

For feelings of hopelessness and despair.

For those who seek the company of any who will listen to their troubles. Over-talkative, they tend to steer conversations back to their own problems and are reluctant to discontinue talking even when the listener has to leave.

For those who are jealous, suspicious, and untrusting of other people's intentions. They can be spiteful, and may find themselves lacking warmth and compassion toward others.

For those who dwell in memories of the past, on lost loved ones, or unfulfilled ambitions. Often reminiscing about the good old days wishing life could be lived over again as it was.

For fatigue and tiredness often due to boredom or procrastination. For that "Monday morning" feeling. Those who feel the need to be strengthened, mentally or physically, yet once activities are begun tiredness is no longer an issue.

For difficulties arising from a hurried life-style. For quick decision-makers, always rushing from one place to another. For those who are impatient and irritable when dealing with those slower than themselves. They often prefer working alone as others have difficulty keeping up with their pace.

For those who lack self-confidence in their ability to succeed, feeling they cannot do as well, or are not as good, as others. When expectations of failure lead to insufficient attempts to succeed.

For those with specific and known fears, for example, fear of the dark, of heights, of water etc.

For gloom and deep despair that comes and goes for no known reason. For those overshadowed by a dark cloud.

Workaholics. For those who can always be depended upon to complete a task regardless of the challenge. Those who dedicate themselves to the grinding routine of daily work, often neglecting their own needs and the needs of those close to them.

For mental and physical exhaustion as a result of having gone through an illness or personal ordeal.

Perfectionists. For those who are their own worst critic, rarely content with their own accomplishments. Out of guilt they may also blame themselves for the mistakes and shortcoming of others as if they were their own.

For those who worry excessively over the health and safety of friends and family, often anticipating the worst may happen to them.

For panic, hysteria, or feelings of terror and fright. For those troubled by nightmares.

For those who are too hard on themselves, feeling they have a mission or duty in life to conform and live up to. In strict adherence to a religious belief or lifestyle, they may deny themselves life's pleasures in order to set an example for others.

For uncertainty and hesitation. For those caught between choices unable to decide between one thing and another.

For past or present traumas not fully recovered from, for example, accidents, surgery, or personal loss.

For those who have reached the limits of their endurance. When mental anguish or the burden of life is more than they can bear.

For difficulties arising from the over-enthusiastic, high-strung personality. For those with strong opinions, who feel they are always right, and who often attempt to convert others to their way of thinking. They are easily incensed by injustices, and can be tense, up-tight, and difficult to be around.

For difficulties arising from the over-bearing, domineering and tyrannical personality. When balanced, they can be "born leaders" who are strong-willed, confident, and self-assured.

For those experiencing periods of transition and change. Helps ease the process of adapting to new environments; circumstances. This includes but is not limited to letting go of: unworkable relationships, tenuous work situations, uncomfortable living conditions; and adjusting to new beginnings related to the same.

Private people who appear aloof, remote, and unapproachable. As a result, they can be lonely, finding it difficult to make friends and develop close relationships.

For unwanted thoughts and mental arguments that continuously play in the mind like a broken record. This can distract one from concentrating on the task at hand, and can often lead to restlessness and an inability to fall asleep.

For those who are dissatisfied with their current career, and would like to do something else with their life, but cannot decide what direction to take or career to choose.

For those who have become indifferent and apathetic toward life, and who are resigned to their present situation, making little effort to change or improve it.

For those who have become resentful and bitter, who feel through no fault of their own they have been treated unjustly in some circumstance or situation. They may also feel that, despite all they've done, their best efforts have gone unnoticed and unrewarded, while others less deserving have gained.

Rescue Remedy: a combination of 5 of the above flower remedies Impatiens, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum, Rock Rose and Clematis, , and can be found manufactured under the name: Rescue Remedy®. It is used to ease stress in difficult situations and is available in both liquid and cream form.

The Rescue Remedy can be used in liquid form to ease stress in tense situations, such as: taking exams, public speaking, job interviews, stressful home or work environments, in accidents, or in times of unexpected distress.

This formula in cream form can be applied to reduce the pain and swelling from minor: bumps, scrapes, bruises, burns, cuts, inflammations, sprains, muscle stiffness and soreness, chapped lips, and insect bites. It can also be used at times when it would be inappropriate to take oral drops.

Pain or physical discomfort can often be accompanied by emotional stress. When this occurs, this formula in liquid form can be helpful used in conjunction with the topical application of the cream.
Can’t sleep? To rescue remedy we added White Chestnut: To help ease restless mind. 4 drops 4 times daily and at bedtime. Add 4 drops to a glass of water if you sip during the night!
NOTE: Rescue formula is not meant to take the place of emergency medical treatment. In serious conditions or situations requiring medical attention, a physician should be notified immediately.
Okanagan Natural Care Centre will make your custom remedy in a one ounce bottle preserved with alcohol or glycerin for $12.

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