Flowers as Healers
Flowers were used for healing in many cultures, and today we still use many of the well-known concoctions, borrowing from the ancient wisdom for relief of age-old conditions: jasmine flower tea is soothing and calming while chrysanthemum flowers are used to clear heat from the skin and exterior. Herbal tea blends have gained popularity and grace many social occasions, providing both social enjoyment and beneficial health effects.
Healing on the psychological level through the use of flowers was also accepted and employed by many early healers. For example, Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179) was a visionary and healer who used music and flowers to effect a healing result. Paracelsus (1493–1541), alchemical genius of the Middle Ages, was a physician, astrologer and general occultist. He recognized the healing power of flowers and used them in his practice to bring about a curative effect in his patients.
“All medicine is in the Earth.” Paracelsus
Dr. Edward Bach was the modern pioneer of flower essences. He understood plants and their properties as the healing power of nature, and recognized that this ancient wisdom could be used to alleviate disease in human beings by rebalancing the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects. Bach linked the relationship between the physical personality and Higher Self-wisdom via a philosophy that included re-incarnation.
In the mid-1970s, Richard Katz and Patricia Kaminski developed the Californian Flower Essences nearly half a century after Bach’s initial legacy. They prepared essences indigenous to the United States (mainly California) and expressed the revolution in consciousness that was just beginning to ripple throughout the world. It began in California with what was known as ‘Flower Power,’ and heralded a massive shift in consciousness, especially in the areas of sexuality, social awareness and spirituality. Appropriately, the essences which came out of these times were directed towards the clearing of specific psycho-energetic blocks such as fears about sexuality, issues of intimacy, sensitivity, and psychic and spiritual development.
Further advances at the societal level, such as advances in technology, communication, phenomenal increase in available knowledge due to the advent of the computer and the Internet, were in tandem with a fast expanding conscious awareness and was expressed as the ‘blossoming’ of many other systems of flower essence healing around the world, including Australia.
The early 80s ushered in the Australian Bush Flower Essences. These popular essences, despite their local origin, have achieved a high practitioner use rate in countries such as Great Britain, Europe, USA, and Asia, due to the powerful vital life force contained in them, consistent with the strength that characterises the Australian landscape
And now in the early 2000s comes a new range of essences, specifically designed by a woman, for women. The Spirit of Woman Australian Wild Flower Essences also derive their strong healing qualities from the Australian bush.