The Bach Flower Remedies: A Tool for Transformation

By Beth Terrence

Bach Flower Remedies

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One of the most transformational tools that I have benefited from personally, and as a result have become a practitioner of, are the Bach Flower Remedies. I was first introduced to the Bach Flower Remedies when I was in the process of recovering from the effects of Fibromyalgia. I had been on a journey of exploring holistic modalities and nutritional support, as I had not found traditional medicine to be helpful in dealing with this condition. I would say I was about 70% symptom free at the time that I began to take the Bach Flowers. It became clear to me at that time that although I had addressed my body and physical symptoms in a variety of ways, the key to healing really lay in dealing with emotional body and the unresolved emotional pain that I was holding.

Around that time, I really dedicated my personal practice to working on healing my emotions and learning to let go. I found three key patterns that were related to Fibromyalgia. It has been my experience in my own recovery and in working with individuals dealing with Fibromyalgia over the last decade that these patterns need to be addressed:

1) An inability to let go. This includes an inability to relax and a tendency to hold onto to difficult feelings and stresses, which then leads to severe tension and rigidity being stored in the physical body.

2) Push, push, crash. This is a tendency to push so hard, beyond one’s abilities and then become depleted. It tends to happen in those moments when one feels better or stronger but I have found this to be an overall energetic pattern of Fibromyalgia. I believe the crux of this pattern tends to stem from perfectionism and a powerful inner critic which continues to drive a person despite physical limitations.

3) Sponginess. This refers to one’s energy field to be depleted, and like a sponge, to have the tendency to absorb others energy and emotions. Without developing a more stable energy field, it is very difficult to strengthen and heal.

As I was working on these issues, I began to work with a Bach Flower Practitioner, who helped to determine remedies that would support the changes I was trying to create in my life. I found that within a short time I felt tremendous relief, and within a period of six months, I had profound life changes, ones I never thought were possible. The remaining physical symptoms I was dealing with were resolved; my overall health and well-being improved dramatically. Additionally, I felt the greatest sense of serenity, balance and hope that I had ever experienced. That was 15 years ago. Since that time I have become a practitioner of the Bach Flowers, working with individuals as well as giving talks and workshops on the subject. I continue to take the remedies myself as I find them a tool for the times we are in. They support being more balanced, grounded and energetically stable.

I will be sharing more about the Bach Flowers in upcoming posts. I find the remedies themselves are a beneficial tool and the teachings of Dr. Bach, the creator of the Bach Flowers, are inspirational and insightful. To learn more about Dr. Bach, you can read a previous post, Visionary Voices: Dr. Edward Bach or visit The Bach Centre, the home and workplace of Dr. Bach. I will also be including a Bach Flower of the Month post to help bring to light the benefits of specific remedies. Dr. Bach intended the remedies to be accessible to all and used by individuals for themselves and their families. It can be helpful to work with a practitioner for a period of time as the process is subjective but it is possible to learn to work with the remedies on one’s own.

The Bach Flower Remedies: A Tool for Transformation

The Bach Flower Remedies are a tool for transformation that can assist in moving forward and creating change in one’s life. They can help to heal old wounds and to assist with new ways of being. The remedies can facilitate a strengthening of one’s ability move more easily in the world, to have healthier relationships, and to experience greater joy and ease of well-being.

The visionary physician Dr. Edward Bach discovered the thirty-eight remedies, which comprise the Bach Flowers, in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Dr. Bach was well-known in England for his work in the areas of bacteriology and homeopathy. It was through this work that he began to see a connection between state of mind and the disease process. He found that if he treated the person’s state of mind, all physical symptoms would disappear, and if he treated early enough, may prevent illness from arising. He recognized that long-term stress from emotions such as anger, fear or worry can lower a person’s resistance to disease.

Additionally, by studying vibrational medicine and native British flowers, Dr. Bach discovered that certain plant essences have a profound healing effect on the mind. He observed that the remedies affected a deep personal transformation in his patients’ character and behavior patterns, which not only prevented disease but also left the patient happier and more integrated. According to Dr. Bach, certain flowers are of a higher order. He believed that these healing plants addressed disharmony within the mental and spiritual aspects of our being by flooding our energy field with higher frequencies and thereby aligning our whole being. The remedies actually transmute negative energies into positive ones. They do not mask the effects of the emotions, but provide a catalyst for change to occur from within us. He saw this change as necessary for our spiritual growth, and said:

“The action of these essences is to raise our vibrations and open up our channels for the reception of our Spiritual Self, to flood our natures with a particular virtue we need, and wash out from us that fault which is causing harm. They are able, like beautiful music to raise our very natures, to bring us peace and relieve our sufferings.”

Dr. Bach defined seven main moods, which prevent us from being our true selves and thereby, contribute to disease and suffering in an individual. These moods include: Fear, Uncertainty, Insufficient Interest in Present Circumstances, Loneliness, Over-Sensitivity to Influences and Ideas, Despondency or Despair, and Over-care for the Welfare of Others. Dr. Bach also defines the seven beautiful stages in the healing of disease: Peace, Hope, Joy, Faith, Certainty, Wisdom, and Love. Treatment with the Bach Flower Remedies essentially floods ones being with these positive qualities, transforming all energies, which limit or restrict one’s true self from being fully expressed.

A Bach Flower Remedy Consultation is done though an interview and detailed questionnaire. This helps the practitioner to determine core issues and treatment remedies. It is a collaborative process; the role of the practitioner is to support individuals in learning about themselves and determining remedies can support their process of change. Most often a combination of five to seven remedies is recommended. The remedies are taken orally; 2 drops of each core remedy are added to a 1 oz. dropper bottle filled with spring water. The remedies work vibrationally rather than medicinally and as such are gentle and effective; they can do no harm. They are so gentle that pregnant women, children and even animals can use them.

As the remedies assist in deep transformation and healing, it is important for the individual to be open and willing to address the issues, which may come up for them. The remedies teach us how to resolve issues and heal, but we must be willing to listen to the voice of our own soul. It is important to remember that the Bach Flower Remedies, like any alternative modality, assist in our transformation. It is up to the individual to be responsible for and to direct his or her own healing process.

The Bach Flower Remedies are a powerful catalyst for healing and change. In addition to supporting change and transition, they have been beneficial in relieving chronic pain, anxiety, depression, fatigue and grief. Whether you are already in a period of transition or wish to create changes but are feeling stuck, the Bach Flowers can support your movement into new ways of being. Although determined by the emotions, the remedies support transformation and growth on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, the Bach Flower Remedies may have something to offer you:

Are you going through a major or minor life transition?
Do you feel tired and exhausted?
Are you looking for direction in your life?
Are you feeling stuck?
Do you have pain that won’t go away no matter what you do?
Are you sensitive emotionally and energetically?
Are you aware that other people or situations drain your energy?
Are you ready to step forward in you healing process?
One of the major benefits of the Bach Flower Remedies for our current times is the effect they have on the energy field. In addition to supporting transmutation of specific emotions and personality traits, the remedies also help to strengthen and stabilize our energy fields. In order to maneuver in the world in 2012, it is critical to find tools and practices that support our inner stability. The Bach Flowers Remedies offer such tool and can be a valuable transformational resource.

We are what we eat

We are what we eat

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We are what we eat and live in a world of greed. It is all about faster, fatter, quicker, cheaper. Food is mass produced with little to no nutritional value. Most households survive on carbohydrate laden foods as they are far cheaper than the healthier alternatives. Everything is processed for mass consumption and convenience. Packaged good are laden with toxic additives and preservatives.

Do we think about what we put in our mouths? Do we realise the impact it is having on our bodies and our health? Do we know the truth about what we are eating? These are all very important questions we should be asking ourselves.

Consumers need to take their power back. We need to demand nutritionally dense foods which will promote a happier and healthier life.

Organic foods that grown in nutrient-rich soil without pesticides – say no to genetically modified; alternative dairy sources - say no to hormone injected milk; less processed carbohydrates and sugar – keep it natural. These are all building blocks to better food (that tastes amazing), which, in turn, leads to better health.

Let’s start making better food choices today. Fruits & Roots staff are there to help guide and support you, giving best advice on different food choices. Visit the vegetarian restaurant and see how you can prepare and combine the right foods for a nutrient-packed, taste-bud-popping experience.

 

Eating food the way nature intended

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The food we eat has a major impact on our health, our weight and the way we feel. Research has shown that what we put in our mouths ultimately affects the way our body functions.

The influence of toxins, hormones and the genetic modification of the foods we eat can lead to many health problems, such as increased allergies, diabetes, obesity, infertility, addiction and depression.

This is why I was feeling so unwell. Unhealthy food choices and the stressful days of work overload eventually had taken its toll on my body. Thank goodness, my friend invited me to Fruits & Roots for their daily vegetarian buffet.

I never thought that food could taste so good. I think we have become so used to eating our current food choices that we have forgotten what real food can taste like. It was absolutely scrumptious – I suddenly remember what a tomato used to taste like – and that is because all the food that Fruits & Roots prepares comes from organic origin – directly from the earth without the use of harmful pesticides.

The variety and flavor combinations excited my taste buds, and I thought to myself, if I could eat like this on a daily basis I would be really happy and, in fact, would never return to my regular, quick in between rushing greasy pies and sugar-laden muffins. This is the way we were meant to eat.

From nutrient-rich vegetables, such as roast butternut, broccoli and green beans, combined with the rich flavours of basil pesto, chilli, rocket, feta, olives and walnuts – each plate has its own delectable taste that lingers long after you take your final mouth full.

Alternatives to medicine

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Seasons are changing, rain is scarce, life is stressful – all these factors have attacked my body’s defenses, and literally in one day, have caused me to feel drained, trying to nurse a tight chest and aching joints.

I am not one for medication. It is not that I am against it; my body decided a long time ago that antibiotics were not going to be my best friend, and, when illness struck, I needed to find another alternative. This was tricky, and confusing – where to start and what would actually work?

This is when I was so glad to stumble upon Fruit & Roots in Bryanston. For many years, I have felt frustrated and despondent, trying different remedies and therapies with little to no long term relief.  What I liked about Fruits & Roots is they make you feel like part of the family. There is a qualified homeopath on board that can provide you with advice and the appropriate medication to get you back on track and feeling healthy again. What’s more, they support you in terms of lifestyle and dietary advice, which has helped me to improve my overall health, so I am less likely to get sick in the first place.

By following a healthy eating plan, exercising, and taking the correct supplementation, I am a changed person. I visit Fruit & Roots every third Thursday of the month to purchase my supplements. They offer 20% discount on all store products – look how much I saved this month!

Fruit & Roots has been my best friend along my journey to a healthier and happier me. Take time to go visit at the Hobart Centre, Bryanston, and when you there make sure you sit down for a delicious vegetarian lunch or nutrient-rich smoothie.

Toxic Overload

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Toxic overload, increased stress, and unhealthy living are all taking a major toll on our bodies. There is no longer respect for the vessel in which we live and breathe. Wellness initiatives across the globe are working towards creating a greater awareness of 'healthy living' practices from the right foods to eat to the best supplements to take to support our body’s deficiencies. Regular exercise, enough sleep, and balance between work and play are all part and parcel of improving our overall wellbeing.

What does, however, lead to confusion and lack of interest, is the amount of information we need to sift through to find out what is really going to make a difference to the way we feel and live. It really helps to find a wellness partner that can provide you with all the support you need, under one roof. This is where Fruit & Roots in Bryanston has differentiated itself from being “just another health store”.

Not only is Fruits & Roots an organic food store, but also a popular vegetarian restaurant. Its extensive range of products provide solutions for a healthier, greener lifestyle, including supplementation, body care, non-toxic cleaning products and a range of 'gluten-free food'.
Dedicated staff members are on-hand to provide the best possible service, helping you along your journey to a healthier, happier self. This includes an in-store homeopath who is available for advice and guidance on a wide range of remedies and supplements.

The restaurant offers the freshest, tastiest and healthiest of vegan food options, tantalising all the taste buds with its vegetarian buffet, standard menu options, organic certified coffees and the most delicious cakes and sweets from gluten-free carrot cake and carob Florentine brownies to coconut and date balls and so much more.
Having a get together, special occasion, or running late with the evening meal, Fruit & Roots also offers a full catering service to meet all your every needs.

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WHEATGRASS BENEFITS

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Wheatgrass is one of the most potently healthy substances on earth. Yet for some reason it is still not mainstream – even though there are thousands of wheatgrass benefits that are so clear and felt so quickly. Since I’ve been using wheatgrass I’ve noticed my energy levels go sky high, my skin clear up and colds, coughs and illnesses disappear forever – and these are just a few of the wheatgrass benefits I’ve noticed! Others have seen their gray hairs vanishRosacea clear upbad breath subside, allergies clear up and a whole lot more.

Wheatgrass benefits are so easy to achieve and feel because:

  • 30mls of freshly squeezed wheatgrass juice (a wheatgrass shot!) is equivalent in nutritional value to 1kg of leafy green vegetables
  • Wheatgrass contains over 90 minerals, including high concentrations of the most alkaline minerals: potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium
  • It contains the essential enzymes: Protease (assists in protein digestion), Cytochrome Oxidase (a powerful anti oxidant), Amylase (facilitates digestion), Lipase (a fat splitting enzyme), Transhydrogenase (strengthens the heart muscle) & Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) (found in all body cells and is known for its ability to lessen the effect of radiation and slow cellular aging)
  • Just one teaspoon of Wheat Grass powder, weighing a mere 3.5 grams, is nutritionally equal to an entire spinach salad weighing a full 50 grams – it packs a punch!
  • Wheatgrass has more vitamin C than oranges and twice the vitamin A as carrots!
  • Wheat grass juice helps your body to build red blood cells which carry oxygen to every cell. By increasing the oxygenation the body you can help offset smog and carbon monoxide and increase your endurance during physical exercise
  • It also contains 19 amino acids, the building blocks of protein making this one of the most powerful wheatgrass benefits

WHEATGRASS BENEFITS EXPLAINED

Before I get onto where and how to get wheatgrass, I’m going to list out thefour main reasons why I love wheatgrass benefits so much:

  • Wheatgrass Benefits #1: Wheatgrass Builds Blood: Many health experts including Dr Young (pH Miracle) and Steve Meyerowitz (Nature’s Finest Medicine) have highlighted that the chlorophyll molecule in wheatgrass is almost identical to the haemoglobin molecule in human blood. The only difference is that the central element in chlorophyll is magnesium and in haemoglobin it is iron.Due to this inherent similarity the human body can easily transform chlorophyll into haemoglobin increasing the red blood cell count as well as the blood’s capacity to deliver oxygen and other nutrients to the body’s cells (Hagiwara, 1985) .

    Chlorophyll has been shown to build red blood cells quickly, normalise blood pressure by dilating the blood pathways though out the body, destroy poisonous carbon dioxide, release free oxygen and promote higher metabolism and stimulated enzyme systems. On top of all of these benefits, consuming chlorophyll from wheatgrass is a highly effective way to alkalise the blood and energise the body!

  • Wheatgrass Benefits #2: Wheatgrass Cleanses the Body: Wheatgrass is an extremely beneficial food in terms of both its cleansing capabilities. The contents of wheatgrass juice and powder (green drink) are reported to be within the region of approximately 100 separate elements with scientists dubbing it a ‘complete food’. According to ‘The Wheatgrass Book’ (Wigmore, 1985), just 140g of fresh wheatgrass offers the same nutritional value as over 3kg’s of fresh green vegetables! Thats a great way to get your daily fresh vegetable quota rocking – all from one wheatgrass shot.Wheatgrass is a great source of vitamins B, C, E and carotene which are hugely effective in destroying and eliminating free radicals and cleansing the body. Wheatgrass is also highly regarded for its ability to cleanse the blood, organs and gastrointestinal tract.Because it is also high in saponin, wheatgrass offers excellent support to the lymphatic system, helping to carry away hundreds and thousands of toxins from the cells of the body. Kulvinskas (Survival into the 21st Century, 1975) wheatgrass helps to ‘detoxify the body by increasing the elimination of hardened mucous, crystallised acids and solidified, decaying faecal matter…It is the fastest, surest way to eliminate internal waste and provide an optimum nutritional environment’.

    These are just some of the cleansing wheatgrass benefits, and I have barely scratched the surface with regards to listing its nutritional content. Put most simply, whether you are looking to undertake a formal cleanse, or simply try to add more nutrition to your diet – these reasons alone are enough to consider adding wheatgrass to your daily lifestyle.

  • Wheatgrass Benefits #3: Wheatgrass Has High Amino Acid Content:: You may have heard the expression before that – amino acids are the building blocks of protein. They are absolutely essential to our growth and cell regeneration. It is the astonishingly high amino acid content in wheatgrass that is leading to many bodybuilders and gym-goers incorporating fresh (a wheatgrass shot) or wheatgrass powder into their daily routine.Wheatgrass benefits are so impactful because it is a complete protein and contains, amongst others, the following amino acids: arginine, serine, absenisic, lysine, aspartic acid, glycine, alanine, methionine, leucine, tryptophane, phenylalanine, and valine.
  • Wheatgrass Benefits #4: Wheatgrass Fights and Protects Against Illness:Organic wheatgrass powders and juices are an extremely effective way of boosting the body’s immune system to fight against and recover from illnesses and ailments. Wheatgrass is a great source of beta carotene, contains most of the B vitamins and vitamins C, E, H and K, and also contains over 90 different minerals and 19 amino acids. It also contains several active enzymes which play a major role in breaking down fats, undertaking biological functions and assist hugely in weight loss. Of the 90 minerals found, many of these are very alkalising and include calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium and iron.Many of the health benefits of wheatgrass stem from the fact that it is a living food. Being highly anti-bacterial, consuming wheatgrass will help to alkalise and detoxify the lymph and blood cells, helping the body to rebuild and transport toxins out of the body quickly and effectively.Again, coming back to the chlorophyll content of wheatgrass – this can protect the body from carcinogens more effectively than any other food. Studies conducted on animals have shown that wheatgrass consumption has reduced the absorption of a number of very serious carcinogens whilst strengthening cells, detoxifying the liver and neutralising polluting elements within the blood.

But I thought wheat was acidifying?

Good question. The simple answer is: wheat is acidifying. The fully grown, harvested, stored, milled and prepared wheat plant is highly acidifying. But as with almost every grain, when sprouted it is very alkaline, and this is certainly the case with wheatgrass.

Do not worry about wheatgrass being acidifying, it really, really isn’t!

SOURCE: Energise for Life

SUGAR WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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The holiday season means cookies, booze, parties, and SUGAR! Think your willpower’s no match for sugar? Think again. You can overcome cravings and avoid falling victim to the dessert tray with these easy tips.

First off, to get you motivated, let’s look at the ways sugar wrongs us.
Sugar:
  • Suppresses your immune system
  • Is linked to cancers
  • Promotes weight gain and obesity
  • Disrupts the body’s mineral balance
  • Contributes to depression, anxiety and mood swings
  • Promotes gut dysbiosis or overgrowth of bad bacteria, such as candida, in the gut
  • Contributes to insulin resistance and diabetes
  • Can cause hormonal imbalances
  • Increases risk for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Can cause hypoglycemia
  • Will reduce good HDL cholesterol and increase bad LDL cholesterol
  • Prohibits weight loss
You know how it is. Once you start in on the sweets, you can’t stop at one. You have another and another, then you crave sugar and think about it all day. It’s an evil roller coaster. Stay off it. Here’s how:
1. Start your day with protein and good fats.
Avoid refined foods such as cereals, bagels, croissants, or pastries. These foods contain sugar or break down quickly into sugar, causing an initial blood glucose spike followed by a crash. When your blood glucose drops too low and you crave sugar, what you actually need is protein.
For breakfast, have an egg-veggie scramble, a protein smoothie, or organic chicken sausages sauteed with spinach and topped with avocado.
2. Eat every 4 hours to maintain stable blood glucose levels.
Fill up on healthy foods periodically so you’re never ravenous. And while you’re at it: avoid refined sugars (the white granulated stuff). The more you eat sugar, the more you’ll crave it.
3. Save desserts for special occasions, not every day.
If you’re going to indulge, stick to dark chocolate or truffles over high sugar candies, and bring treats that don’t contain refined sugars to parties. When baking, use unrefined sweeteners such as molasses, honey, or grade B maple syrup. I also love using xylitol, which doesn’t feed intestinal bad bacteria or spike blood sugar.
4. Eat protein.
Before parties, eat a protein-based snack like organic turkey slices wrapped around avocado, hard boiled eggs, or apple with almond butter. Don’t show up ravenous!
5. Go easy on the booze.
Alcohol is metabolized as pure sugar and can lead to hypoglycemia, making you hungry, likely to overeat, and prone to making poor choices when you do eat. Drink water between cocktails and try to cap it at 2 drinks. Or, have a mocktail such as sparkling water with lime.
Sugar cravings are more than just a lack of willpower.
There is a physiological reason you crave sugar, and once you’re on the rollercoaster, it’s hard to get off. Don’t feel like a failure if you blow it; all you need to do is get back on that sugar-free horse the next day.
Start off with 8 ounces of hot water and the juice of 1/2 a lemon to detoxify, and drink green vegetable juices (celery, parsley, green apple, cucumber, ginger makes a nice blend) to alkalinize the body. (Sugar is very acidic). Then stick to protein & veggies throughout the day.
If you’ve got a really bad sweet tooth, here are some tips:
  • Have a cup of green tea. It may sound preposterous, but we sometimes mistake hunger or craving cues for thirst, and the minerals in green tea give you a boost.
  • Have a protein snack instead of reaching for the candy. As I mentioned, when blood sugar is low, you actually need protein to stabilize blood glucose levels.
  • 500 mg – 1000mg of glutamine helps halt sugar cravings. Break open the capsules and empty under your tongue, then swallow with water.
  • Certain minerals like chromium arrest sugar cravings. You can often find them in blood sugar balance supplement blends with other herbs or nutrients that also help. Examples are gymnema, alpha lipoic acid, and cinnamon.
Published December 3, 2012 at 5:25 AM
SOURCE: mindbodygreen.com/0-6966/Stop-Sugar-from-Ruining-Your-Life.html