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The Power of Flowers

Feb 25, 2019 03:56PM ● By Claire Rabe

Want to bump up your vibrational level a notch? Try flower essence therapy.

As far back as caveman days, our ancestors understood the many healing properties of flowers. Flower essence therapy, as it’s now known, was brought into the mainstream in the 1930s by an English homeopath, Dr. Edward Bach. After becoming disillusioned with the results of his work as a medical doctor, Bach turned to the healing power of plants and began exploring ways to use the vibrational energy of different flowers to help his patients. He identified 38 healing flowers to treat different emotional states. By collecting early morning dew from the petals of these flowers and mixing with a weak brandy solution, Bach created his first batch of healing essences.

Nearly 90 years later, holistic practitioners are opening this energy medicine chest to help clients find their way through emotional issues, traumas and troublesome behavior patterns.

Linda Crider is an energy healer and teacher, based in Prescott, who teaches herbal medicine and flower essence courses through Maricopa County Community College. After studying and working with herbal medicine for years, Crider trained as a Bach practitioner. “I realized how simple flower essences are,” Crider says, adding that this type of treatment is very subtle. “Flower essences work on a vibrational level, so situations don’t always change. Instead, a person’s perspective changes,” she adds.

Emotional issues, such as anxiety, depression, fear, grief and anger, can all be addressed. For instance, elm flower essence is helpful for persons who are overwhelmed, as the calming and focusing properties allow for better perspective. Highly sensitive people who feel overly concerned or worried about themselves or others may respond well to red chestnut essence.

And the use of flower essences isn’t limited to humans. A growing number of healers are using this vibrational medicine to treat pets with attachment, jealousy and territorial issues. Crider has treated these common areas of concern in her own pets and those of friends and family members.

Flower essences may be purchased online and in natural and health food stores. Practitioners who offer this type of treatment typically do in-person and telephone consults and can create custom tinctures for their clients. Dosages are taken orally as directed.

So when your vibes need an adjustment, or pets are in distress, maybe it’s time to turn to the power of flowers.


Claire Rabe has written for The Arizona Republic, The Phoenix Business Journal, Phoenix Magazine, and many other print and online sources. She has written a book on autoimmune health, a popular Arizona restaurant guide, and an e-book on journaling for caregivers. Rabe teaches writing workshops to students age 8 to 80. For more information, visit





Ready to Explore? 

Buy a book: Flower Essences Plain and Simple – The Only Book You’ll Ever Need, by Linda Perry.

Take a class: Maricopa County Community College District,; Southwest Institute of Healing Arts,; Bach Flower Education,

Try flower essence therapy: Linda Crider, practitioner,

Get information, products and help for pets:




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