Flower Remedies are an amazing form of alternative medicine. The first flower remedies were created by Dr. Edward Bach in England in the 1930s to help treat the mental side of physical illness.
Flower Remedies are a form of homeopathy from only flower sources. Homeopathy uses very diluted amounts of substances (such as flower extracts) to help the body heal. The amount of substance left in the medicine is so diluted that it isn’t even traceable, but science has shown for hundreds of years how effective homeopathy is. You can go to the National Center of Homeopathy to learn more about homeopathy and its origins.
Dr. Bach was able to determine that homeopathic forms of certain flowers helped his patients emotionally. Many alternative doctors feel there is a direct link between mental and physical well-being, thus treating the mental aspect should be a fundamental part of any therapy. That is why Dr. Bach started research in this area.
The modern research supporting flower essences is abundant. One study found significant decreases in stress levels after participants ingested Bach Flower Remedies, another summarized the findings from other studies showing they are effective in treating depression. Further, this study found that people in pain were able to have better mindsets, and therefore were more able to deal with the discomfort. And yet another study found that taking the remedies decreased physical stress from environmental factors such as electromagnetic fields (EMF) and fluorescent lighting.
There are many different forms of flower essences today besides those by Dr. Bach--homeopathy for the mental aspect of health. There are remedies from all over the world-Australia, South Africa and the Himalayas, for example. And another great way to use them, in my opinion, is for your pets. If they have anxiety in general or going in the car, for instance, always keep the emergency remedy, Rescue Remedy, on hand!