Qualifications: Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Higher International Diploma in Flower Remedies from the School of Natural Health Sciences
It was a proud day for me when I attained my first Higher International Diploma (HID), which was in Flower Remedies, achieved in 2011. For an HID, you have to write a dissertation on a piece of personal research you have done, quoting sources where appropriate, so it was more demanding than either the diploma or the advanced diploma.
The wonderful thing about flower remedies is that you can’t do any harm with them. The worst that can happen is that nothing happens. You can use them alongside any other form of treatment, and there are conditions under which it is not safe to use them.
Walnut is great for helping you deal with life changes; White Chestnut can help quiet a busy mind and help you get to sleep when your thoughts are racing. Take Mustard for sudden fits of depression that come out of nowhere, and Clematis if you suffer from a compulsion to daydream.
Flower remedies are more than a century old. In fact, some are much older than that, but the pioneering work done by Dr Edward Bach in the 1930s brought the concept to the attention of the world. His most famous product, Rescue Remedy, is used by millions of people around the world, but there is so much more to flower remedies than this. Dr Bach discovered a total of 38 remedies that he created and described, and which he grouped into seven categories:
- For Fear
- For Loneliness
- For Insufficient Interest in Present Circumstances
- For Uncertainty
- For Overcare for the Welfare of Others
- For Despondency and Despair
- For Those Over-sensitive to Influence and Ideas
These 38 remedies are still very much in use to today, and still very relevant to modern issues. However, Dr Bach himself hoped that others would pick up where he left off, and there are now many different families of remedies, using native flowers from many different countries (eg, American, Australia, the Himalayas) and a much wider variety of issues that they can help with.
Some would be better described as flower helpers or enhancers, as they are not designed to help with physical, mental or emotional healing, but more to help those looking for assistance on their spiritual path.
If Bach remedies are what suits you best, I can provide a dosage bottle for you to take away, or receive in the post. Should your requirements be for one of the many hundreds of other essences available throughout the world, I can help you choose what is right for you in your current circumstances, and how much to take for how long.
I have also developed a remedy of my own – Hyssop – that can help to break down our barriers to spiritual growth and personal development. See the Products page for further details.