What are Flower Essences?
In simple, Flower Essences are herbal infusions or decoctions made from the flowering part of the plant, that address the mental and emotional aspects of health and wellness. Although they are often confused with essential oils. They have no scent or taste. The first 38 flower essences were formulated by the late British physician Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930's. Although since, many other essences are now available from different plant species.
How do they work?
Although they are not homeopathic remedies and not to be confused with them, they work along the same lines. They heal on an energetic or vibrational level, opposed to a chemical one. They work brilliantly with homeopathic remedies as well. It is also because of this, they do not interfere with traditional western medicines that work on a chemical level. They are a great modality to incorporate to healing the emotional or mental component to disease.
So let's break down the one flower essence that most are familiar with: Five Flower Formula; (Rescue Remedy). Have you found that at times this remedy works wonders for some and does nothing for others. There is a reason why. See the formula is geared more towards stress, not anxiety. So when you are having an anxiety attack opposed to being stressed, although it may help, it may not have the results one was hoping for or none at all.
The essences in Five flower formula are as follows (with some of their use):
Cherry Plum-Fear of losing control of your thoughts and actions.
Clematis- Lack of focus or concentration
Impatiens- Impatience & Irritability
Rock Rose- Extreme fright, Panic, Terror
Star of Bethlehem- Trauma
So you can see where these are great when stress arises. When you are stressed, it may be harder to focus or concentrate. You can fear losing control, become impatient as a result or irritable, which causes extreme fear. Especially in cases where there is unresolved trauma, or a new trauma that has caused the stress. However although these can lead to anxiety, anxiety is in my opinion is a result of chronic stress that will need a different combinations to address it specifically.