I was still shaking as I told my friend about the car crash I’d narrowly avoided. It would have been a bad one. Very bad. “Here, take this,” she said, as she had me open my mouth and gently squeezed two drops from a small bottle under my tongue. A sense of sudden calm washed over me. I gaped at the bottle. “What is that?”
So began my love affair with flower essences. From the popular Bach Rescue Remedy my friend had given me, I went on to discover hundreds more of these liquid elixirs, helpful with everything from persistent stress to personal transformation. Although many feel they can be helpful in addressing physical symptoms, these gentle remedies are more commonly used for prompting mental, emotional, and even spiritual healing.
That flowers have healing power should come as no surprise. Our rites of passage are marked by blooms. How do newlyweds celebrate their union? With a bouquet tossed high. What do we bring to a friend in the hospital? Floral cheer. At memorials, what graces the urn or casket? Blossoms symbolizing rebirth. And no one ever said “I love you” with a dozen sticks, did they?