What is Indian Flower Therapy?
Flowers have the power to heal. Indian Flower Therapy (not to be confused with Aromatherapy) is a unique form of complementary medicine that uses these healing powers present in Indian flowers to heal not just the body, but also the mind. This holistic healing is brought about with the help of Indian Flower Essences or Formulae (a combination of flower essences) that contain the revitalising, healing energy of flowers. They work as catalysts, empowering you to bring about a change within yourself, correct emotional imbalance and overcome your fears.
How did Flower Remedies originate?
Ancient Sanskrit scholars were familiar with the therapeutic properties of flowers and named them appropriately. Ashoka, for instance, means ‘the tree without sorrow,’ and its drops help in lessening grief.
A timeless tradition followed in the temples of India is that of giving devotees ‘sacred’ water in which flower petals have been immersed. That is probably the oldest form of Flower Therapy practiced in India.
The credit for formulating Flower Remedies goes to the British physician, Dr. Edward Bach. In the 1930’s this Harley Street Physician gave up a flourishing practice to devote his life to this new system of healing. To this day, Bach Flower Remedies are renowned all over the world.
How are Indian Flower Remedies prepared?
The preparation process involves drawing from the revitalising, healing energies and vibrations present in Indian flowers. To prepare a remedy, special prayers are offered to the flowering tree. Then, in the presence of sunlight or moonlight, the pure, healing energies from the flowers are tapped and transferred to water. The process ends with a final thanksgiving prayer. These specially energized waters are the final products – a comforting remedy for many ills.
Is the process harmful for the environment?
No. Our Indian Flower Remedies are prepared without plucking or crushing flowers. Precautions are taken to minimise damage to the environment.
How do I use flower essences?
Using a dropper, squirt three drops of the flower remedy over the tongue, preferably in the morning. The remedy may be taken thrice a day. In acute cases, add seven drops of the remedy to a cup of water and take a sip every fifteen-thirty minutes. Never administer the remedy orally to an unconscious patient. In such cases, local application is advisable, though not on open cuts or wounds. Flower Remedies are also effective when added to the bath water or used externally in compresses, packs, creams, lotions, ointments, oils, etc. They may also be applied on acupressure points.
Is it safe to use more than one essence at a time?
Sometimes, you may need to address more than one emotional need simultaneously. For instance, you could be suffering from stress due to insecurity and over-ambition. In such a situation, it is not only safe, but also highly beneficial to use a combination of essences (a formula), or an essence along with a formula for environmental stress.
Your Flower Therapist will guide you in your selection.
How do I choose the appropriate flower essences?
Read up our literature on Flower Therapy. This will give you a basic idea of how it works. If you’re not sure about the mental or emotional issues with which you need assistance, talk to your Flower Therapist or a friend or meditate upon your problems. This should help you zero in on what needs to be tackled for your well-being. Once you have made your choice, you can select the appropriate flower essences or formulae.
Will Flower Therapy really help me feel better?
Flower essences have many benefits. Most flower essence users report experiencing an overall feeling of good health within the first few days itself. It is necessary to take the appropriate flower essence to treat a particular ailment. You will gradually find yourself better equipped to deal with the challenges of life. Flower Therapy helps us get in touch with our mental and emotional needs. The intake of flower essences does not usually cause any discomfort. You may feel a greater awareness of your conflict. But you will soon experience a renewed sense of self-worth and higher levels of creativity, leading to a healing that is holistic and more complete than the mere suppression of pain or treatment of physical symptoms
Can flower essences treat physical ailments?
Flower essences do treat physical ailments, but not necessarily in isolation. They work on the principle that most ailments are responses to emotional conflict or tension. For example, suppressed rage may be causing you chronic hepatitis. Flower therapy will help you understand your rage and find an outlet to give it healthy expression, curing your hepatitis in the process.
What if I don't notice any changes at all?
Very rarely have users of flower therapy not experienced a change in their condition. The healing effects of Flower Essences will be most obvious when they correspond with the core mental or emotional challenges you face. Their effectiveness may be reduced if you are addressing only superficial symptoms or feelings.
What if my condition is really serious?
If you have a serious mental or emotional condition, or a known physical malady, you should consult a qualified medical practitioner. Nowadays, many health practitioners include Flower Therapy in their complementary health programs. In fact, flower therapy can be tried as complementary therapy by a qualified medical practitioner for even the most serious maladies.
Do flower essences have any harmful side-effects?
Flower essences usually have no known ill-effects when taken judiciously. They contain the vibrational energies of flowers in water. Hence, the primary ingredient is water. This means that the essences may be considered harmless, with no known side-effects. They are safe for children too. In rare cases, if one does notice any untoward effect, discontinue the flower essences and consult your flower therapist.
Do I need to meditate or be on a special diet while using flower essences?
There are no special requirements for using flower essences. However, we have observed that people who use these essences often develop a desire for a healthier lifestyle. They may become more responsible about their diet and take time out for quiet meditation. Diabetics and people suffering from hypertension should observe conventional diet regimes prescribed to them by their medical practitioner
Can I take flower essences if I am on medication? Can I use them to get off my medication?
Flower essences complement conventional medicine. They can be very helpful for people who are under medication for physical or emotional ailments. The use of flower essences often speeds the process of healing so that one can gradually eliminate their medications. However, Flower Therapy is not a substitute for proper medical care. So it is important for anyone taking prescribed medications to have their condition professionally monitored and not attempt to discontinue medication without medical supervision.
How long will it take for the essence to make an impact?
For acute problems, there are essences that work in a few minutes. For less serious ailments, you may need to use the remedies for a week or a month, depending on the problem. The recommended dosage is usually three drops, thrice daily. You can discontinue the essence or formula as soon as you have derived the full benefits of its healing properties.
How are flower essences different from conventional medicines?
Flower Therapy follows the principle that most physical ailments are the symptoms of an underlying mental or emotional conflict. Once these challenges are addressed and the healing is complete, there is no need to continue taking the essences. Also they is no fear of getting addicted to them, as is the case with some conventional drugs like steroids, antibiotics, sedatives, etc.
If things get worse once you start taking the essences, should you stop taking them or continue?
Usually, flower essences do not cause side-effects or aggravations. If you feel worse after using the essences, stop taking them. It is possible that there are deeper and more immediate emotional conflicts that need to be resolved. The remedies may have helped bring these repressed emotions to the fore. If this is the case, then you need to treat the more serious problems first.
It is also likely that you are taking the wrong remedies. This will not harm you, but it won’t improve your condition either. You must confront the core emotional or mental problem that is troubling you. Stop taking the remedies until you have identified the problem correctly. Then treat it with the appropriate essence.
What is the likelihood of reactions and rashes, like if I am allergic to a particular flower like Hibiscus, for instance?
Indian Flower Therapy treats by flushing out negative feelings and emotions. Sometimes the emotions that are dealt with have been repressed for some time. In order to clear them, they have to be cleansed from the system. On very rare occasions this can take the form of a mild rash or a sudden surge of unexpected feelings. They will soon be gone, but you may stop the remedy temporarily. Continue the remedy after a few days, taking a minimised and diluted dose to see the effect.
Is the effectiveness of Indian Flower Remedies affected if they are stored near Aromatherapy oils?
Indian Flower Essences and Formulae are not affected by fragrances and oils kept in their vicinity. You can safely store them near Aromatherapy oils. They may even be mixed with these oils to treat patients with Aromatherapy.
What is the shelf life of Indian Flower Essences? Do they have an expiry date?
An unopened bottle of Indian Flower Essences is best for three years from the date of manufacture. However, once you have opened the seal, it is advisable to consume the Essence in less than 3 months.
Has the efficacy of Indian Flower Essences been proven scientifically?
Kirlian pictures taken of the Lotus Flower Essence suggest an expanded energy field within the bottle. Indian Flower Essences have been used to treat maladies for more than 17 years. The data recorded from these cases and the investigations carried out before, during and after treatment, is sufficient to endorse the efficacy and benefits of Flower Essences in the treatment of various ailments.
Also, initial reports of the laboratory analysis of the Anti-fungal Formula suggest positive results by showing a clear reduction in growth of the fungus on the Petri dish culture medium.
Will my Essences be affected by extremes in temperature?
Not if the bottle hasn’t been opened. However, once the seal is broken and some flower essence consumed, it is advisable to avoid very high temperature.