Judy Weiland – Flower Power

Mother of five, student of Nutrition and BioEnergetics, Coach, Homeopath & Bach Flower practitioner

Judy, tell us what you find interesting and beneficial about Bach Flowers.

What I find interesting and beneficial is best said in a quote by Dr. Edward Bach, creator of Bach Flower Essences:

“The actions of certain flowers, shrubs, and trees that grow in the wild raise our vibrations and open our channels for the reception of the Spiritual Self to flood our natures with the particular virtue we need, and wash out from us the fault that is causing the harm. They are able, like beautiful music or any glorious uplifting thing that gives us inspiration, to raise our very natures to bring us nearer to our Souls, and by that very act bring us peace and relieve our sufferings. They cure not by attacking the disease, but by flooding our bodies with the beautiful vibrations of our higher nature, in the presence of which disease melts away as snow in the sunshine. There is no true healing unless there is a change in outlook, peace of mind, and inner happiness.”

Since I started using Bach Flowers, I personally have experienced a wonderful shift in energy and health. Of course I want to share that with all my friends and family, and anyone in need. They are truly a gift!!

How are the essences formulated?

The Bach Flower Essences are homeopathically prepared remedies. Today they are prepared in the same manner as Dr. Bach practiced when he first discovered them in the 1930’s. There are two methods of preparing the Mother Tinctures.

1. The Sun Method, used to make 20 of the Essences of delicate blooms in the height of growth in summer. In a bowl filled with spring water enough flowers are gathered to crowd the surface. The bowl is left in the sun for 3-4 hours until the blooms wilt and bubbles form in the water, this shows the essence ot the flowers has crossed into the water. The Essence water is poured into a bottle and topped with an equal amount of brandy. This “Mother Tincture” will keep its potency indefinitely.

2. The Boiling Method, this is used to make 18 of the Essences from trees, bushes, and plants that mostly flower in the early part of the year before the sun has reached its full strength. The flowers are gathered and boiled in water for about 30 minutes, filtered repeatedly and poured into bottles with an equal amount of brandy to preserve and protect against bacteria.

To make the stock bottle for sale two drops of Mother Tincture is added to 30ml of 27% brandy.
I make combination bottles from the stock bottles. Once I decide which Essences are best for a person, I fill a dispenser bottle with a dropper full of spring or purified water, then add 1-2 drops of up to 7 Essences. Dosage, 3 drops under the tongue 3 times a day. One may add a couple drops to their water bottle and sip on it throughout the day for an impulse of the Essence with each sip.

I am wondering if that “wonderful shift in energy and health” is actually due to the brandy!? Joking aside, what ailments do you find the essences are most effective for and can children use them too?

Ha Ha!! I think a shot of Christian Brothers might do a better job for that little shift!!! :0)
Seriously, Dr. Bach classifies the different flowers into seven groups.

1. For those who have fear.
2. For those who suffer from uncertainty.
3. For those who lack sufficient interest in present circumstances.
4. For those who feel lonely.
5. For those who are oversensitive to other’s influences and ideas.
6. For those who are suffering from despondency and despair.
7. For those who over-care for the welfare of others.

The 38 remedies are then divided more specifically within these groups.
Children totally benefit from Bach Flowers, as do pets!!

How do you accurately assess which category someone falls into, I know some people (read – mothers) who wouldn’t even own up to being #7!

There is a questionnaire that I find very useful. I have people do this on their own time and at their own convenience. They need to make sure to check only those questions to which they can say a definate YES answer. As for the categories, this helps the practitioner during observation as a nice, quick reference.

The # 7 category is “For those who over-care for the welfare of others” Within this broad category are many sub-categories, and the choice of flower would depend on the symptoms.
For instance, the Bach Flower used for:
Intolerance – Beech
Possessiveness, selfishness – Chicory
Mental Rigidity – Rock Water
Over Enthusiasm – Vervain
Dominance – Vine
As you can see there are many different areas within the category, this is true for each of Bach’s Seven Groups.

What is the deal with Rescue Remedy? It seems to get recommended for general health.

Rescue Remedy is a composite of five remedies: Star of Bethlehem, Rock Rose, Clematis, Impatience & Cherry Plum.

Rescue Remedy works for everyone. The combination of flowers has a universal effect because it addresses a transcending archetypal reaction pattern of mankind. Bach was ahead of his time in describing what we have since discovered from stress research. The interacting patterns he recognized are:
A reflex to play dead – for example, losing consciousness – Star of Bethlehem
Overreacting nerves, which lead, for example, to panic – Rock Rose
An exaggerated need to act immediately – Impatiens
Fear of losing control, as evidenced in tension or trembling – Cherry Plum
An impulse to deny reality as evidenced in, for example, the desire to lose yourself in dreams -Clematis

Within a minute of taking Rescue Remedy, the body’s self-healing mechanisms are reactivated.
Rescue Remedy should be taken only on occasion and not on a regular basis. Rescue Remedy does not replace regular Bach Flower Therapy. It can be seen as a preliminary step to it.

Judy thanks so much for sharing your enthusiasm and expertise, I am completely fascinated by it all.

You can contact Judy at jw24@cox.net and if you want to meet a practitioner in person Judy also recommends looking in your area, many times a Homeopath will also work with Bach Flowers.

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