Flower Essences: Aiding Emotional Balancing

Addressing the emotions, stress, and mental attitudes regarding spiritual values and purpose in life, flower essences deal with core issues of wellness on the spirit side of the body-mind-spirit connection.

Flower essences work with the life force of the selected plant. Life force is best demonstrated by Kirlian photography. A photo is taken of a leaf and the energy force, a glowing light, around the entire leaf is present. A piece of the leaf is ripped away. A second photo reveals the glow around the same outline as in the first photo. The energy or life force remains intact even with the piece missing! It is from this life force that flower essences obtain their beneficial powers.

Dr. Edward Bach, developer of Bach Flower Remedies, once said, “Disease of the body itself is nothing but the result of the disharmony between soul and mind.” Smoothing out this disharmony is where flower essences may have their greatest strengths.

Anyone dealing with emotional issues can find flower essences helpful facilitators. Flower Practitioner Wendy Lloyd explains flower essences get to the core issues and help address them. In working with a counselor, the essences can encourage the “peeling back of layers” of emotional issues we have. “They are very helpful in moving through issues rapidly,” she says.

“Because they work on the vibration level, flower essences bypass some of our ‘blocks’, the conscious mind-control issues,” Wendy explained.

She has observed that essences work very well with children. Divorce and family breakup is one just one area she has seen success. “Flower essences help the children work through issues and stay more emotionally balanced,” Wendy commented. There are a lot of emotional aspects to a family breaking up and essences seem to keep the children more balanced and able to deal with things better she noted.

Seniors may find essences useful in establishing greater clarity of mind. Essences release and stop the “mind chatter” that interferes with concentration and focus. Dealing with depression, PMS and menopause are also imbalances that flower essences can address.

Flower essences are the catalysts in the balancing process. Balancing may be needed due to great emotional stresses, lesser difficulties, or simple fatigue. Since no actual plant material is used, flower essences are safe, non-toxic and non-addictive.

Trace Minerals: Maintaining a Healthy Prostate Gland

Zinc and Selenium may be key trace minerals in keeping the prostate gland healthy. Of the two, selenium is the lesser known having been discovered just a little more than 30 years ago. Included in Earl Mindell’s Vitamin Bible, selenium is classified as an anti-oxidant, which prevents or slows down the aging process and hardening of the tissues through the oxidation process.

Mindell writes, “Males appear to have a greater need for selenium. Almost half of their body’s’ supply concentrates in the testicles and portions of the seminal ducts adjacent to the prostate gland. Also, selenium is lost in the semen.” Zinc, the second element, is also believed to be key to prostate health. It exerts a normalizing effect on the prostate gland.

The major enemy of these two essential minerals is food processing. Both Mindell and Bellevue, WA nutritional counselor Sam Zeiler agree that today’s food processing techniques are destroying the mineral value and content of our foods. “Our foods are ‘cooked to death,” believes Zeiler. We over cook and over process our foods today to the point very little, if anything, of value is left. He also points out that government reports released in 1936 already stated that our soils were nutritionally lacking.

Like with women and osteoporosis, men are also experiencing prostate problems at early ages. It is not uncommon to find problems developing in the early 40’s and 50’s. “Our bodies are doing the best they can without the right materials,” comments Zeiler. Today’s stresses, not just emotional, but physical toxins that stress our bodies’ systems are important factors.

“We live in a caustic environment,” he continues, “and things get out of sync. The endocrine (glandular) system is doing the best it can, but we just keep pushing our systems.” Men, says Zeiler, are often less open to self-care and taking care of themselves. Many still have the attitude of “stay strong or grin and bear it.”

Zeiler stresses that ignoring the warning signs does not help. He gives the example of a car’s warning indicator light. If the oil light comes on, we address the problem by adding oil. We could also just cut the wire to the light. No longer would the light be a problem, but that doesn’t change the fact that the engine needs oil. The same principle holds true for one’s body. Ignoring warnings doesn’t make the problem go away.

Basic steps in prostate health include increasing the zinc and selenium intake as well as herbally including saw palmetto. Zinc and selenium can be found in broccoli, kale, and roasted pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds also contain the omega 3 fatty acids. Zeiler recommends an individual dietary program to address an individual’s specific needs, exercise, eating raw fruits/vegetables if possible, and taking responsibility for our health!

Fennel: Aiding in Digestion

Typically an her of the culinary scene, fennel has been referred back to the ancient Greeks. Know to them as “marathoron” meaning “to grow thin”, fennel had the reputation of an appetite suppressant.

Fennel seeds, in general, have been seen as an aid to digestion and stomach (gas/acid) problems. The seeds can be seeped in hot water to make an interesting tea, flavored somewhere between licorice and anise. The tea also  has been used historically as an aid to infant colic, settling the upset stomach.

Fennel oil has been used as a natural cough remedy. Once to three drops of fennel oil in a teaspoon of honey soothes the throat to help with hoarseness and control coughing. The fennel oil will help to expel mucous accumulations as well.

Although somewhat limited in health care uses, fennel offers a wide range of uses in healthy cooking.  It is also said to be easy to grow and an excellent butterfly attractor.

What is Aromatherapy?


…the therapeutic use of essential oils to enhance the well-being of the
body, mind, and spirit….

Aromatherapy is the art and science of using essential oils (oils extracted from plants) for therapeutic benefit. There are many books and aromatherapy classes to help one learn the art of aromatherapy

The list of potential benefits goes on and on. Learning how to use oils to achieve these benefits is what aromatherapy is really all about.

Benefits of Aromatherapy & Essential Oils

  • Enhances current well-being
  • Aids in improvement of health
  • Works with emotions (for balance and well-being)
  • Spiritual Guidance
  • Purification of Environment
  • Aid in boosting immune, respiratory, circulatory systems

To achieve these benefits, full strength, undiluted essential oils are required. The term “100% essential oil” is used to describe oils that contain only the extract of a particular plant. The lower grade oils are extracted using lower quality processes, like adding chemicals to draw oil from live material, or using heat to enhance extraction. These kinds of methods destroy the live, vital essence of the essential oils, and sometimes even add chemical or toxic elements to the finished product.

Common Ways to Use Aromatherapy:

  • Direct Inhalation
  • Steam Inhalation/vaporizer
  • In personal-care products
  • Clay Pot Diffuser
  • Lamp Ring Diffuser
  • Electric Diffuser (Nebulizing)
  • Massage with carrier oil — The best oils come from wild or organically grown plants because the plants themselves are chemical free. Also, the best oils are extracted using methods that use no heat and take more time, thus preserving the vitality and life essence of the plant.

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Therapeutic quality, #1 essential oils are laboratory tested with gas chromatography and certified to be free from impurities. When these oils are used, the therapeutic integrity of the plant is available.

Cautions with Essential Oils and Aromatherapy:

  • Always seek professional help with serious health problems
  • Do NOT apply directly to skin (unless oil has been specified as safe or has been diluted in carrier oil
  • Do NOT take internally
  • Do NOT use if pregnant, nursing, on children under age 2, or with serious health problems without consulting a professional
  • More is NOT Better