Bach Flower Remedies in Media
HOW ARE BACH FLOWER REMEDIES MADE?
Flower essences, or flower remedies, are infusions made from the flowering part of a plant. The process of sun steeping, or boiling the flower in water, captures the energy imprint of the flower. So, unlike essential oils or herbal remedies, which contain physical substances extracted from plants, there is no physical part of the flower in a flower essence, only its healing vibration.
And, every flower has a different healing quality. Flower essences offer a wonderful way to heal and grow because they act as catalysts for change at a deep emotional level. The positive changes that can occur from using flower essences include feeling more confident and creative, experiencing more joy, being more forgiving, forging better relationships, having more clarity and focus, and even cultivating a deeper connection to your Higher Self.
This method was mainly devised for the more delicate flowers. In this we take the flower heads from selected plants, float them in a glass bowl filled with pure spring water and leave them in full sunlight for three hours. During this time the water gets impregnated with the healing properties of the plant and the water is later preserved in brandy in a ratio of 1:1. This is known as the Mother Tincture. The stock remedies which we buy from the shops contain 2 drops of this mother tincture.
This method is mainly used for the tougher , woodier plants. In this the flowers, twigs and stems are collected in a clear enamel saucepan and boiled for about half an hour in spring water. It is left to cool and the water is filtered and later preserved in brandy in a ratio of 1:1. This is also known as the Mother Tincture, as it contains the pure extract.
What is RESCUE?
The Rescue Remedy is the most widely known of the Bach Flower Remedies. It has saved countless lives in emergency situations, while waiting for medical help. It actually isn't a remedy, but a mix of five remedies. It is available in three different forms - spray, drops and pastilles.
It is also known as the Crisis Formula or the Emergency Drops. It was formulated to deal with emergencies and all sorts of crisis:
When we are in mental turmoil, e.g. after a family row, on hearing bad news, or for children who have seen violence on television.
For impending events such as a visit to the dentist, a job interview, an operation, death in the family or an accident involving loss of consciousness.
If one has to work in an atmosphere of permanent stress, e.g. Corona time frontline workers, a hospital casualty department, in a courtroom
It is therefore important to have Rescue Remedy in the home medicines cabinet or car first-aid box. It can be given externally as well as internally, for example if someone is unconscious and is unable to swallow the drops in the normal way. To apply externally, either dab a few drops onto the pulse points or use the diluted remedy to moisten the person's lips.
Rescue Remedy Cream is also a very important product. Rescue Cream is a non-greasy intensive moisturiser designed to re-hydrate dry, rough sensitive skin. With regular use it helps protect the skin against environmental influences and other external stress factors. From itchy or dry skin triggered by emotional demands to simply overexposure to winter dryness or the summer heat, our skin goes through a lot and is often the first place to show the impact of our hectic lifestyle . It is especially beneficial for external traumas and conditions, such as, blows, rashes, chemical burns, bruises, cuts, sprains, diaper rash, burns, razor burns and cuts etc. Give your skin life again; from head to toe by using the Rescue Remedy Cream!
9 Types Of Muscle Tensions Caused By Trapped Emotions
Many of us carry repressed and trapped emotions within multiple areas of our bodies, without even knowing it. This repressd energy is responsible for countless ailments and chronic health conditions that can cause us great suffering.
Your body is the most honest and obvious way to access trapped feelings and even traumatic memories. No matter how much you try to ignore or suppress how you feel, your body knows the truth.
Shoulder Tension - Burdens And Responsibilities
When we feel weighed down by the stress of life , we tend to accumulate these feelings within our shoulders . It is linked to social and emotional responsibilities , including unconsciously carrying the burden of other people's pain.
Neck Tension - Fear And Repressed Self -Expression
Neck tension is often connected to throat chakra issues such as the inability to communicate clearly or be your authentic self around others. Fear and anxiety are also stored in this area, particulary as a physical response to danger. Neck muscle tension is also related to trust issues.
Upper Back - Grief , Sorrow, and Sadness
Unexpressed and unreleased sadness tends to build up within the upper back region. As this area is close to the heart , it is also where emotions connected to heartbreak and loss are stored. For e.g if you are carrying around grief regarding a loved one , you will feel tense in this area.
Middle Back - Insecurity And Powerlessness
Middle back pain can be linked to feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and insecurity. If you are feeling unsupported by other people or life, you probably carry tension here.
Lower Back - Guilt, Shame And Unworthiness
Lower back issues often correlate with feelings of low self-esteem and lack of self- acceptance. Feelings such as guilt and shame can be stored here as well.
Stomach- Inability To Process Emotions
If your stomach feels stiff or sore, you might struggle to process both negative (and even positive) emotions.
What is Stress?
Stress is something everybody experiences from time to time. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry or nervous. In medicine, stress is the body's response to physical, mental, or emotional pressure.
Stress causes chemical changes in the human body, causing a surge of natural stress hormones called cortisol in the bloodstream. The increased cortisol levels negatively affect our body .For e.g it may raise blood pressure, increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes and increase blood sugar levels. It may lead to anxiety , depression and more anger.
Stress affects different people in different ways. A little stress can actually be beneficial - it keeps you alert and motivated to get things done. But too much of it can have serious consequences for your health, both physical and mental.
The common symptoms of stress:-
Often feeling a sense of worry or unease
Being easy to irritate
Being unable to relax, switch off and rewind
Loss of focus , concentration and mental fatigue
Lack of energy
Can you relate to any of the above? If so , what can you do?
First of all, if you are stressed , try to identify the reason why- perhaps you are under pressure at work or home.
Then, write it down. Getting it out of your head is often the first step towards feeling better, helps lighten the load.
Once you know the cause of your stress, you can seek ways to reduce its impact on your life. Sometimes you might not be able to identify the specific cause of your stress, or see an obvious way to counteract. If so then what?
Well introducing certain simple changes in your life can do the trick; you can improve the way you are feeling:
Improve your diet- eat more fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains and protein and reduce processed foods, sugar, caffeine and alcohol.
Get a good night's sleep- become disciplined in your sleeping and waking times.
Regular exercise- a regular walk or run or 20 mins of exercise will keep you fit and healthy as well as reduce stress
Practise simple breathing exercises - this will help you stay calm throughout your day
Meditation - great way to relax your mind and body
Communicate- talk to friends and family. Laugh and make others laugh.!
Meditation is the need of the hour
Am I going to get my work done on time?.......
Did I turn off the stove?........
What should I make for dinner?
Will I pass my exam with flying colours ?......
Racing thoughts can be very stressful and eventually can take a toll on your life. A consistent meditation practise can help calm your mind and do much more for your overall health.
Scientific studies show that 90% of happiness does NOT depend on the external circumstances but on the way our brain processes whatever is going on in our life at any given point of time.
Meditation is an ancient mind and body practise that is used for increasing calmness and physical relaxation. It's about training in awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective. In this you are not trying to turn off your thoughts or feeling, you are learning to observe them without judgment.
Meditation is a skill and so learning to meditate is like learning any other skill. It is usually easier if you have an experienced teacher to guide you.
The benefits of meditation are numerous, varied and supported by science. It helps:-
Brings focus and clarity and sense of calm
Eases psychological symptoms of depression , anxiety and pain related to stress.
Reduces stress and thus gives us numerous physical benefits like reduced inflammation, reduces blood pressure, better heart rate, higher energy levels, better immunity and sleep.
Emotional benefits- decreases our negative thoughts, rewiring them towards more positive thoughts and emotions.
Research confirms that rewiring of the brain through meditation can change it for the better!
Better And Deep Natural Sleep
Are you having troubles falling asleep? Do you to struggle to get a deep natural sleep? Do you wake up several times at night?.....
You are not alone , according to a study, 93 per cent of Indians are sleep deprived, getting less than eight hours per night and more than 60 million Americans suffer from poor sleep quality.
Disturbed sleep is more than an inconvenience that leaves you dragging the next day: it can affect your emotional and physical health. It negatively affects your memory, concentration and mood, and it boosts your risk for depression, obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Along with this, you may experience low energy during the day or have noticeably dark circles under your eyes.
But don't worry, it’s not always necessary to get a prescription for a sleep aid , there are natural ways to make adjustments to your sleeping habits.
Some natural fixes that can improve your sleep:
Drink up, no not alcohol but warm milk or chamomile tea. Warm milk has long been believed to be associated with chemicals that simulate the effects of tryptophan on the brain. This is a chemical building block for the substance serotonin, which is involved in the sleep-wake transition. Chamomile tea is believed to have flavonoids that may interact with benzodiazepine receptors in the brain that are also involved with the sleep-wake transition.
Exercise Recent research indicates that exercise decreases sleep complaints and insomnia in patients. The effects of aerobic exercise on sleep appear to be similar to those of sleeping pills. However, more research is needed to compare physical exercise to medical treatments for insomnia.
Yoga is believed to have a positive effect on sleep quality. Yoga may also alleviate stress, improve physical functioning, and boost mental focus.
Magnesium is a naturally occurring mineral. It can help muscles relax and relieve stress. This is thought to encourage healthy sleep patterns.Men may take up to 400 mg daily, and women can take up to 300 mg daily. You may choose to divide your doses between the morning and evening or take your dose before bed. You may also add 1 cup of magnesium flakes to your evening bath, allowing the magnesium to be absorbed through your skin.
Side effects include stomach and intestinal issues. You may wish to start with a lower dose and gradually increase to see how your body reacts. Taking it with food may reduce any abdominal discomfort. Check with your doctor if you take any medications to determine potential interactions. Please note you shouldn’t take magnesium supplements constantly. Take a break for a few days every two weeks. Don’t take more than the recommended dose found on the product.
Meditation Mindfulness meditation consists of slow, steady breathing while sitting quietly. You observe your breath, body, thoughts, feelings, and sensations as they rise and pass. Mindfulness meditation has numerous health benefits that go hand-in-hand with a healthy lifestyle promoting good sleep. It’s said to reduce stress, improve concentration, and boost immunity. It has been found that meditation significantly improved insomnia and overall sleep patterns.
Lavender. Lavender oil is calming and can help encourage sleep in some people with insomnia, research shows. Try taking a hot bath with lavender oil before bed to relax your body and mind.
Keep it comfortable.Television isn't the only possible distraction in your bedroom. Ambience can affect your sleep quality too. Make sure your bedroom is as comfortable as possible. Declutter your bedroom and dim the lights to create a calm and serene ambience.
Children and Bach Flower Remedies
" Children must be taught how to think, not what to think." - Margaret Mead
Dr. Edward Bach once said that , " Independence, individuality and freedom , should be taught from the beginning , and the child should be encouraged as early as possible in life to think and act for himself." Parents should give their children spiritual, mental and physical guidance to the utmost of their ability and let them gain knowledge and experience in their own way. They should be given every possible freedom for unhampered development. Dr. Bach also believed that as along as our Souls and personalities are in harmony all is joy and peace, happiness and health. When our personalities are led astray from the path laid down by the Soul, either by our worldly desires or by the persuasion of others, a conflict arises. This conflict is the root cause of disease and unhappiness.
But in reality things are far more different. Many a times we see parents dictating their kids on what to do and not to do. We see them pushing their children into hobbies or careers, where they are neither happy nor able to grow. Parents should refrain from any undue control or obligation and children should be left free to develop in their own way.
Most psychological problems that show up later in life as a result of this conflict , have their roots in life's first seven years. Therefore it stands to reason that many physical and psychological problems later in life might be avoided through using Bach Flower during these early years. According to leading paediatricians, approximately 80% of a child's symptoms such as stomachaches and headaches are psychosomatic responses.
However, even under the best of circumstances, it can be hard to tell the difference between challenging behaviours and emotions that are consistent with typical child development and those that are cause for concern. It is important to remember that many disorders like anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and depression, do occur during childhood. In fact, many adults who seek treatment reflect back on how these disorders affected their childhood and wish that they had received help sooner.
Unfortunately, today parents are treating these issues with harmful drugs. Drugs, which are not only addictive but doing them more harm than good! Knowing this, parents who have seen the remarkable results that are possible with Bach Flower remedies would certainly not want to be without them.
The Bach Flower Remedies are very safe for children. From sleeping disorders, bed-wetting, every day fears, difficult teething , aggression, daydreaming, self-esteem, worries, sadness, self-acceptance, school issues etc. these remedies can help various problems in any stage of a child's life. Children respond quickly to the Bach Flower Remedies because they have not had years of unresolved emotional imbalances. Parents giving the Bach Flower Remedies to their children are often amazed by the positive effect the Remedies have on their children. Screaming children find sudden relief, shy and fearful children find courage, impatient and angry children find peace and discouraged children find the will to go on.