Flower remedies were invented by Edward Bach, an English homeopath and physician. The other name given to flower remedies is flower essence therapy. Flower remedies are actually dilutions of dew found on flower petals. According to Bach, the dew is able to retain the healing properties of the plant. These are also made by soaking flowers in pure water in sunlight. This helps in extracting essence from the flower. The liquid solvent used is a solution of brandy and water in the proportion 8:7.
Flower remedies do not have the scent or taste of the plant, because it is in extremely diluted form. They prove to be especially beneficial in treating depression-related health issues, anxiety, stress, and insomnia. Flower remedies are made using flower extracts. Some of the Bach flower remedies can constitute only a single essence or a combination of different essences.
Flower Remedies for Anxiety
This remedy works best for people who are constantly worried about their loved ones. They may have the fear of losing their loves ones or about something going terribly wrong with their loved ones. It is seen that such people do not think about themselves at all, as most of their time is wasted in worrying about others.
People who suffer from repetitive thoughts and find it difficult to drive away those thoughts benefit from the use of white chestnut. In some cases, the thoughts may go away for sometime, but only to return. The thoughts eventually become a mental torture. White chestnut helps in treating people with such torment, and is also used to treat compulsive disorders.
This remedy proves beneficial for treating anxiety in children. Children, who suffer from fear of being alone, or fear of certain creatures, etc., benefit a great deal from the use of this remedy. It is also useful for people who constantly worry about something or the other. It can be used by people who have a fear of speaking and/or opening up to others. It also proves to be of help in overcoming shyness.
This is a combination of flower remedies, which helps in relieving panic and anxiety. This remedy is made by combining impatiens, rock rose, clematis, star of Bethlehem, and cherry plum. Each of them have their own healing properties. It is best used when there is no time to really consider the right remedy for the condition, especially in case of an emergency.
How to Use Flower Remedies
The most common method is to place a couple of drops of the essence under the tongue. The right quantity to be taken depends on the severity of the condition and the different symptoms displayed. The other alternative is to combine the essence with about half a glass of water. Continue to sip the water in small sips all through the day. This is often done when the remedies have to be given to children.
These days flower remedies are also available in cream, gel and pastilles form. If you do not really prefer the alcoholic remedies, there are non-alcoholic ones available as well.
It is advisable to consult a flower remedy specialist before using flower remedies for anxiety. The remedies may have to be altered slightly depending on the symptoms and the conditions displayed. The constitution and personality of the person are also taken into consideration while deciding the right remedy.