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For thousands of years Australian Aborigines have used flowers to heal emotional imbalances and physical injuries. Flower Essences were also used in Ancient Egypt, as well as India, Asia, Europe and South America. The earliest European recorded use of Flower Essences was by Abbess Hildegard von Bingen in the twelfth century. This system of healing was rediscovered and popularised eighty years ago by Dr. Edward Bach with his use of English flowering plants. Naturopath, Ian White, a 5th generation Australian herbalist, has further developed this method using plants from all over Australia. Ian grew up in the bush and was taught from an early age the healing power of Australian plants. He has spent many years travelling Australia researching and developing a range of 69 specific Bush Essences.
Flower Essences are produced by imprinting a flower’s unique vibrational healing signature onto the carrier solution and are used to treat imbalances at a higher level, bringing about emotional and spiritual balance and well being in the whole person. Homoeopathics are prepared in a somewhat similar way to Flower Essences using animal, mineral and herbal bases imprinted upon the solution at varied dilution ratios and are generally recommended for a specific ailment. Homoeopathics are not self adjusting or without side effects and can result in severe aggravations. Also Homoeopathic remedies are easily antedoted by contact with aromatic substances such as perfume, strong mint flavoured toothpaste, garlic, coffee or Essential Oils. According to Gurudas, the author of the book Flower Essences, of the three major forms of vibrational remedies – Flower Essences, Homoeopathic remedies and Gem Elixers – Flower Essences are the best and most effective modality to reach and treat the subtle-energy bodies, along with the meridians. He states that Homoeopathic remedies generally operate on the biomagnetic fields of the body. Some of them can affect the chakras and subtle bodies, but not as effectively as Flower Essences. Gem elixirs act similarly to Flower Essences but not to the same degree, as they do not have the same potency of life force.
Herbal extracts and tinctures are derived after macerating parts of plants and trees i.e. root, bark, leaves in alcohol for a period of time before straining and bottling. Herbal remedies are once again generally recommended for a specific ailment and only work on the physical body, they are far cruder in nature and their chemical constituents can be analyzed and measured.
Essential Oils are extracted from the flower, bark, sap and leaves of plants and are aromatic /scented residues that work via the olfactory sense. Essential Oils are far less specific in addressing emotional imbalances. Flower Essences can be effectively used in conjunction with all of these other modalities.
Seven drops of stock are added to a bottle up to 30 millilitres (or 1 ounce) in size, that is filled with a mixture of two thirds (2/3) purified water and one third (1/3) brandy. This is called a "dose" bottle and the recommended dose is seven drops under the tongue on rising and retiring for two to four weeks. Several essences can be combined in the one bottle but it is generally suggested that the number of Essences combined be limited to a maximum of four or five and all address the same theme.
There are many ways in which you can choose an essence. You could simply read through the information on each of the individual essences and decide which ones are most appropriate. However, this can overwhelm some people and they could feel that they need them all! To drastically narrow down the number of essences that you are considering ask yourself the following questions – what do I most want in my life? or what is the major issue that I am working through at the moment? Then simply choose the appropriate Bush Essences. Alternatively you could look through the Flower Insight Cards and choose those which most appeal to you (limiting them to no more than 3) and also include any card that you have an aversion to. Invariably, using this technique, you will choose Essences that will address your most pertinent issues. These Essences can then be mixed together in a dosage bottle. Other less commonly used methods to determine the choice of a remedy include: Dowsing • Kinesiology • Numerology • Using your Intuition • Working with a Flower Essence practitioner.
It is far more effective to focus on just one issue and one dosage bottle, at a time, otherwise the results can be very scattered as they have no main focus to address. You can, however, use a remedy for example Emergency Essence in a one off acute situation whilst still taking another remedy over the standard two or four week period.
There is absolutely no detriment in using the mists and creams while also taking a Bush Essence dosage drops orally. You can use more than one mist or cream on the same day
The Australian Bush Flower Essences work at the 1st level, the cognitive and emotional;
The White Light Essences work at the 2nd level, healing and clearing at the Soul level;
The Light Frequency Essences work at the level of the Divine Essence, also referred to as the Individualised Flame or Higher Self.
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