Written By: Steven Horne
Seven Flower Essence Blends
Nature’s Sunshine recently introduced seven flower essence blends, which I formulated with input from Patricia Kaminski and Richard Katz of The Flower Essence Society. They are also the authors of my favorite flower essence book the Flower Essence Repertory. These seven flower essence blends correspond with the seven basic emotional states, which are discussed in my book, The Heart’s Key to Health, Happiness and Success. Here is a quick overview of each of these remedies.
Distress Remedy is the basic remedy for helping us to be more emotionally centered. It uses the same five flower essences in Bach’s Rescue Remedy, plus two additional essences. Distress Remedy promotes presence and awareness in traumatic situations, eases stress and promotes self-awareness or enlightenment. It is a good remedy to use whenever someone feels emotionally off balance, and would be the remedy to choose if you are unsure about what blend is best for a particular situation.
The Keep Cool blend helps to ease feelings of anger and irritability. It helps a person learn to control their temper and to work through problems by communicating rather than fighting.
When a person lacks the ability to get in touch with their anger and stand up to abuse, Find Strength can help rebuild their energy. It promotes healthy personal boundaries, the ability to stand one’s ground and say “no” to unreasonable expectations and demands and the ability to fight back when one is being taken advantage of or abused.
When a person is grieving any loss, Release It can help them move through their grief, release what they have lost and find comfort and healing. It helps a person let go of the past and find inner strength to carry on. It is also good for people who feel like they are victims in life.
People who have been so deeply wounded that they have a difficult time trusting others or feeling sensitivity or compassion will benefit from Open Heart. It helps a person face past hurts and emotional wounds and open their heart again to love and intimacy.
Courage helps us face our fears and the Be Courageous flower essence aids a person’s feelings of courage, self-confidence and self-reliance. It helps people overcome their fears and aids decision-making by helping a person have more trust in their own judgment.
Many times people dodge their pain and the difficult decisions of life by engaging in self-defeating behaviors. It takes self-awareness and a sense of responsibility to overcome addictive, compulsive or self-defeating behaviors. Be Response-Able helps a person get in touch with the emotions that are driving their dysfunctional behavior so they can start to make better decisions.
Flower Essence Safety and Efficacy
Flower essences are gentle, safe remedies that can be used by children of all ages (including infants), adults of all ages (including the elderly) and pets. They are completely non-toxic. They can also be used in conjunction with other supplements and medications, but should be taken 10-15 minutes apart from other remedies for maximum effectiveness.
There are some things flower essences cannot do, however. For starters, they cannot directly cure any disease. Flower essences don’t work on diseases, but they work on emotional issues that may be contributing to illness or interfering with a person’s healing. Also, flower essences cannot take the place of medications or appropriate supplements in serious mental or emotional illnesses, such as clinical depression or anxiety disorders. They can, however, be used as an adjunct to other therapies in these cases.
Remember that flower essences aren’t a cure-all. They don’t replace the need for physical methods of healing such as nutritional supplements, bodywork, exercise and adequate sleep. They also don’t replace counseling, spiritual guidance, positive thinking, prayer or meditation, although they will enhance the effectiveness all of these other emotional healing tools. They will also enhance the effectiveness of herbal and nutritional programs, including helping people to make positive lifestyle changes. Best of all, everybody needs them, so you don’t need to wait for people to get sick to introduce them to natural healing.