The Power of Flowers

June 13th, 2018

Here at the Oakeley Arms this week we are totally head over heels in love with flowers. This beautiful spring weather that we’ve been blessed with for weeks now has done wonders for our gorgeous flowers – both cultivated ones and the wild ones that surround us. We love having as many different blooms around as possible because they look great, smell beautiful and give us all a warm glow inside.

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But, we also love the fact that flowers have much more hidden depths. Our ancestors depended on them, not just for their looks, but for their powerful healing properties. Centuries ago doctors, physicists and even village herbalists were attuned to the huge variety of healing flowers, and their various uses. The hibiscus flower was known to treat liver problems and in ancient Chinese medicine the bamboo flower was used for treating infections.

But, it wasn’t until the 1930’s that flower remedies came to be commercially available, and it was thanks to English physicist Edward Bach. After qualifying as a doctor, Bach turned his attentions to homeopathic medicine, and in 1930 developed his range of 38 different flower remedies.

However, his technique was somewhat unusual. He did not believe illness was physical; rather he believed that it was “a contradiction between the purposes of the soul and the personality’s point of view.” He thought that this internal battle leads to negative thoughts and lack of physical and mental harmony, which ultimately causes disease and illness.

In order to extract his remedies from flowers, Bach would wait until he felt a negative emotion, such as anger, stress, anxiety or helplessness, and then hold his hand over many different flowers until he found the one that alleviated his adverse feelings. He would then collect the dew that formed on the flower and preserve it with a drop of Brandy.

Bach’s Flower Remedies became known all over the world for their healing powers. Today, the tiny bottles are used to treat emotional imbalances, helping people with a huge range of issues such as fear, loneliness, stress, depression, despair and anger.

The most well known of all is Bach’s Rescue Remedy, which is said to calm, relax and balance emotions after stress, bad news, worry or an emergency.

So, next time you feel out of sorts, why not try a traditional remedy? Either that or come and sit in our lovely beer garden with a therapeutic drink and enjoy all the beautiful hanging baskets, flower boxes and wild blooms around us here at the Oakeley Arms. Flowers really are good for the soul!

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