Flower essences are prepared by placing the petals in water and in the sunlight. The water is then said to contain the flower’s essence. The water is administered by placing drops of it on the tongue at various times each day over an extended period of time. It may be that the person prescribing the flower essence will make the diagnosis and then choose the proper flower for treatment by use of a pendulum. Applied kinesiology is another method of choosing the proper flower essence to prescribe. This is done by having the person being tested hold a flower essence vial in one hand and with the other arm outstretched, downward pressure is made on the arm. The arm will increase in strength when the best essence is held. It is a popular form of divination.
Dr. Bach, an English homeopathic physician, a psychic, a believer in subtle energies, started the use of flower remedies. He developed thirty-eight different flower essences which are still available after eighty years. Since the death of Dr. Bach in 1936, many other flower essences have been added to the treatment protocol. At least five hundred different essences are available for treatment of a variety of maladies.
How are these flower essences discovered for use in a specific ailment? Richard Gerber in his book Vibrational Medicine, page 512 explains:
…The information guiding their usage, like the information on previous Pegasus Products, comes from channeled sources. …
Flower essences are directed mainly at treatment of emotional imbalances and personality dysfunctions.
…Unlike conventional drug therapies which impact solely at the level of physical cellular pathology, the energetic patterns contained within the flower essence work at the level of the emotional, mental, and spiritual vehicles. ……
Bach correctly perceived that the illness-personality link was an out-growth of dysfunctional energetic patterns within the subtle bodies. He felt that illness was a reflection of disharmony between the physical personality and the Higher Self or soul.…Bach links this relationship of the physical personality to the Higher Self (Godhood of man) via a reincarnational philosophy.
ESSENTIAL OILS & AROMATHERAPY
Another part of herbology that has grown very popular is that of Aromatherapy. It, too, has its ancient origin in Ayurveda medicine. Its use is an attempt to heal through use of fragrances of botanical origin. The fragrances are extracted from plants by removing oils, called essential oils. Oils are obtained from plants by compression or by various distillation methods. Life force, universal energy, is believed to be contained within the oils and fragrance. By the application of the fragrance internally or externally this life force is believed to be transferred to an individual. The scientifically non demonstrable concept of electrical magnetic frequency or vibration of a plant is proclaimed to be within the fragrance and is said to be of a frequency faster than light, affecting the “higher consciousness” of an individual so as to be useful for healing emotional and mental faculties. The fragrance is considered to be the “personality” or “spirit” of the plant. It is believed to balance subtle energy flow (universal energy of high frequency). Aromas are used in Ayurveda to calm aggravated doshas (vata, pitta, kapha), three forces, taught in Ayurveda, that govern biological processes. Topical application with oil or creams containing the fragrance is said to affect the organ or organs in close proximity to where the application was made, imparting increased flow of energy. The fragrances are also used in baths and by inhalation.
The chemistry of the fragrances is complex, consisting of alcohols, esters, ketones, aldehydes, and terpenes. They do not dissolve in water, only in oil, ether or alcohol. Aromatic oils are used in three classes of consumer goods: food, toiletries, and medicines. Foods: as natural flavorings, such as oil of lemon, lime, and orange; Cosmetics: perfumes, tooth paste, etc.; Medicine: for flavoring of medicinals, as therapeutics of their own right, such as oil of wintergreen, clove oil, peppermint oil and eucalyptus oil used in steam inhalations and ointments for topical applications.
“First, you tell me in the first paragraph above that use of essential oils and the fragrances they contain is spiritistic, then you list many common scents and fragrances used in foods, cosmetics and medicinals. Are you trying to tell me that their use is spiritistic also?” You just lost me!” “Bye.”
No! no! no! There is a difference, a distinct difference. Yet, this is a very difficult subject to make clear and of which to have a correct understanding. I am not sure I can give an answer applicable in all situations discerning which use is proper and which is not. I will try to give principles, and each person will have to use caution, wisdom and prayer to make that choice.
Let us look first at the principles of use for these scents, flavorings and therapeutic substances that are not considered a part of aromatherapy. The reason for their use is to utilize their biochemical properties. The chemicals in an aroma such as eucalyptus oil are soothing to an irritated throat and bronchus and are used for respiratory infections. We are not using it because of some vibration of high frequency or due to its spirit connection. Oil of peppermint is useful for simple gastrointestinal distresses, due to its biochemical properties. Most anesthetics are gasses used due to their effect on the central nervous system to allow painful procedures to be done without experiencing pain. Using these substances would not come under the definition of aromatherapy as the term is understood by holistic medicine practitioners. The above-mentioned examples and many other substances have been safely used for ages totally apart from any religious spiritistic connotation.
Let us go back and look again at principles proclaimed in the use of aromatherapy by holistic healers. The following quotation is taken from the text The Art of Aroma Therapy by Robert Tisserand , a frequently quoted author on the subject of aromatherapy:
Aromatherapy belongs to the realm of natural therapeutics. As such it is based on certain principles which are shared by acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy, etc. These principles are complementary, and are based on man’s interpretation of nature from his understanding of life….Surely the universe was created and is sustained on one set of principles, so there can only be one truth….The main principles of our therapy are: Life Force, Yin—yang, Organic foods
Life Force: synonyms are ch’i, prana, mana, logos, orenda, the innate, animal magnetism, odic force, bioplasma, monism, Self, Higher Self, Divine Self, purer consciousness, creative principle, essence, supreme ultimate, etc., etc. I refer the reader back to chapter 5 on Universal Energy.
Tisserand continues, elaborating on life force by telling us it is the same all-pervading force that is continually bringing about a state of health and harmony in the body. He tells us that it is the only power which can produce health for us. What the author does here is to describe the sustaining power of the Creator God, but separates God from His power and makes the power “god itself.” It is part of the pagan’s counterfeit story of creation in contrast to the true creation by the Son of God, Jesus Christ, in harmony with the Holy Spirit and God the Father.
Yin–yang: Yin and yang are words taken from the Chinese and used since there are no English words for direct translation. They are intrinsic to the Chinese story of creation, a story that removes a personal Being as the Creator and applies credit to a force, or as now referred to as an energy. This is seen in the following quote.
The physical universe was created when Oneness became duality, and we can see this duality, this yin and yang, everywhere in the universe, in every atom, every action, and in every function of the human body. Yin and yang are manifest everywhere, except at the very centre of being, the perfect point of balance, at that infinite moment when the future becomes the past.” … “Every single function of a living organism manifests these two forces.”…”To know which oils are predominantly yin or yang gives a basic guide to their application in sickness.
Organic foods: When we think of people choosing to purchase and/or eat only “organic” food, our understanding is that this involves a desire to avoid as much as possible contaminants in food such as the chemicals used in insect control, etc. It is a also thought that organic foods will have a better balance of the constituents of which they are made when not pushed in growth by various added minerals. The reason for choosing organic by many is all of the above, but also for some people there is a pagan religious belief involved. They believe that any interference with the growth of the plant will alter its Life Force. The fragrances—essences of a plant are considered organic and work in harmony, to organize, the body and its chemistry. They recognize the Life Force as the only power which can produce health. Aromas are a constituent of plants and are considered to be a concentration of Life Force
I wish to share with the reader a few more comments made from a text on aroma therapy:
Essential oils contain this mystery of life; they have powerful inexplicable energies too…. Plants are the interface between cosmic energies and the earth, upon which we depend.
From a brain biochemistry point of view, the pursuit of spirituality through aroma makes a great deal of sense, as the mechanics of smell are but one short
biological step away from consciousness, including higher consciousness (godhood). Thinking of it in terms of light, essential oils are captured light,
passed from the heavens, by plants, to us. From a vibrational, electromagnetic, and energetic point of view essential oils are in harmony with life.
I wish to share one more comment from this text of Aroma Therapy for the Soul:
“Twenty years ago in aromatherapy, there was an unwritten rule that we would not be open about the spiritual side of the essential oils we worked with. We talked about their anti-infectious qualities and their beautifying effects on the skin, or about any number of benefits to body and mind. The positive spiritual changes were recognized, but silently. It seemed far too bold to suggest light and wisdom of the universe flowed through them, their fragrance like messengers from heaven, aromatic angels that come and touch us with the positivity and love of the deity.”…
“With an etheric quality, essential oils activate the receptors of love, compassion, and empathy. They are an informational network, carrying messages and crossing boundaries, operating on many different levels. Through them, we can contact the wisdom of nature, the power of light, the energy of the universe and the love in our hearts.?