Saturday, November 16, 2013

Balancing Blooms

While at Heathrow trying to use up my small change without adding greatly to the burden of my shoulderbags, I was intrigued to find at Boots a bottle (much smaller than my favorite Isle of Islay single malt!) of Bach’s Flower Essences, “prepared according to the original written instructions of Edward Bach in the 1930s.  Wild flowers are hand picked in the English and Welsh countryside.”

As I recalled vaguely from hearsay, “Edward Bach believed his essences captured the positive mood of each flower as he personally perceived it to be.”

In my own bottle—Calmdown! (which I would find much more calming without the excalamation mark)—they are
  • White Chestnut:  calm mood
  • Elm:  joyful mood
  • Beech:  tolerant mood
  • Vervain:  gentle, patient, unassertive mood
  • Willow:  cheerful mood (not the weeping willow, surely)
  • Holly:  loving, gentle, not taking offence mood
  • Rock Rose, Impatiens, Clematis, Star of Bethelehem, and Cherry Plum, in combination:  comfortable, reassured mood;

the flower essences diluted in Wenlock spring water and brandy (!)

I also like that his belief was that the healing powers of his remedies were due both to the flowers and to water memory, early morning sunlight passing through dew drops on various petals, and the drops receiving into them the spirit of the flower.  Light-gathering on a grand scale!

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