Introduction to the Bach Flowers Part VI

November, 2009

Greetings, once again,to all of you who have an interest in holistic healing and a commitment to making natural, inexpensive modalities accessible to all.

I am continuing this column to acquaint you with 38 of my dearest friends, the Bach Flower Essences. They were originally developed by Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930s as homeopathic derivatives of flowers from his nativeWales.The essences address emotional pain and are completely safe and non-addictive.Up to 10 or even 12 essences may be combined in one dosing bottle.Dosing is usually 4 drops 4 times a day, under the tongue. The dose may be increased to every 5-15 minutes in times of great need. The drops may also be diluted with water, in which case they last longer.I choose not to dilute them, perhaps just preferring to think they are more effective if they are more concentrated.

Before we continue our series,I will review briefly. In the first article (May, 2009) we began with a summary ofThe Rescue Remedy and Holly. The June article focused on Walnut and Honeysuckle; in July we reviewed Agrimony and Mimulus. In August we discussedAspenand Wild Oat and in September we introduced Beech andWillow. All of these articles are on my blog for the Bach Flowers. Check it out at!Enough for the review . This month, I would like to introduce you to two more of the Bach Flowers:Wild Rose and Centaury.

Wild Rose is my favorite remedy for depression of KNOWN origin. Most of the time we suffer from what is called a “situational” depression.That means you can list off the reasons you feel “down”; there are definite circumstances that are pulling you in that direction.Genetic predisposition is also important, and psychotherapy is critical for changing negative thought patterns, but the fact remains that a great deal of depression comes from depressing events, situations and circumstances.Resignation and apathy are classic signs of a Wild Rose depression.People feel dull, without initiative, and drained of joy.People who need Wild Rose are resigned to an unpleasant situation, monotony.They are fatalistic and hopeless. These are people who do not care that they do not care, and are too apathetic to even complain about it. Wild Rose people tend to vegetate instead of live. They areunable to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Wild Rose people are also prone to chronic illness. It’s almost as if their immune system doesn’t care either… In many ways, they may feel like they have already died inside.

In a more subtle case of Wild Rose, the person may just be bored, tiresome for others to be around, a naysayer and a party pooper.My recommendation is that whenever you feel depression and inertia sneaking up on you..whenever you know you do not want to get up in the morning to “face another day”consider Wild Rose!Depression is easier to reverse when you first start to slide downhill rather than waiting until you hit rock bottom!!

With the Positive Potential of Wild Rose, apathy gives way to ambition, a sense of purpose and a lively interest in life.Wild Rose enables people to accedpt responsibility for their circumstances and take initiative. It restores devotion and inner motivation.

My favorite affirmation for the Wild Rose type is “All of life comes to me with ease, joy and glory!!” which is derived from the Access programs.

Centaury is the Bach Flower for peoplewho just can’t seem to say “No”, no matter what.Centaury people tend to be weak-willed and subservient, meek and least on the surface.They are the doormats of the world. They live their lives as victims. They allow themselves to be imposed upon beyond any reasonable limit. They are anxious to please others, and even when they are dissatisfied with an arrangement, they do not risk a confrontation.They are drained by others easily, and they lack assertiveness, wise boundaries, proper self-care. They are often tired and overworked, always taking on too much in their desire to help.The definition and demarcation of the personality is too weak. They are the quintessential co-dependent.Even if you are not usually a Centaury personality, consider Centaury whenever you are afraid to stand up for yourself or find yourself overburdened by projects and promises.

The positive potential of taking Centaury allows someone to serve willingly, but without denying their own needs. They are able toexpress and defend their own opinions, they are in touch with what they want and they are able to follow their own path with determination and confidence.The positive virtues of the Centaury personality can then blossom:devotion and service shine without the incapacitating effect of spineless victimhood.

As I mentioned before,the flowers combine in harmony with each other very well. They create an inner symphony that is complementary in nature. Each flower contributes its own virtues to a healing song in your heart.

You could see how someone who cannot say NO might also need Larch for self-confidence, Walnut, for protection from outside influences and Honeysuckle to get over the past of being a permanent people pleaser.Elm would be important to add in whenever the Centaury person has overwhelmed themselves with commitments.

Someone who needs Wild Rose for depression might also benefit from Gorse, which helps in the recovery of any long-term illness, or Mustard if the depression has elements of profound melancholy. For the pathetic victims of life, Wild Rose combines well withWillow, for resentment.Once again, Honeysuckle would be important for any depression related to loss of someone or something beloved.

Well, that’s it for this installment. Once again, for your information, a wholesale price for the Bach Flowers is available at A very useful online class for the Bach Flower Essences is available through This is also economical:only $60 with a book included.Official certification is reserved for those taking a40- hour class with the Bach Centre in theUnited Kingdom.It costs about $310 US dollars.The most economical and entertaining option of all is to join me for a short course on the Bach Flowers, which only costs $25.Call me for more information:210 473-1619.I am also the only practitioner of the flowers (that I know of)that uses them to help people transition off of psychotropic medications (ie…antidepressants and mood stabilizers). I also combine the Bach Flowers with other healing modalities including the new microchip holograms from cieAura.

Please stay tuned next month, when I will go into detail about Cerato and White Chestnut.

References for this article available for your further study are:Bach Flower Therapy by Mechthild Scheffer and Bach Flower Essences for the Family by Wigmore Publications, Ltd.,London.


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