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A combination of five English flower essences first developed by Dr. Edward Bach, promoting calm and balance in diverse situations of stress, emergency, and trauma.
The Five-Flower Formula™ is praised throughout the world by health practitioners and lay persons. The formula of five different flower essences — Clematis, Cherry Plum, Impatiens, Rock Rose, and Star of Bethlehem — was developed by Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930s through his own practice and observation. Over the years it has come to be regarded as a “rescue” combination for its remarkable ability to address emergency and crisis conditions.
Prepared in rural England by renowned teacher and naturalist, Julian Barnard of Healingherbs, Ltd., the formula is made according to the original directions of Dr. Bach. True to Bach’s original intentions, it is not prepared or labeled as a homeopathic remedy, and it is Biodynamic and organic.
The botanical name of this plant derives from Helios, the Greek God of the Sun. It is an apt name for this bright yellow flower, which grows as a low spreading shrubby plant in dry, rocky soils. The yellow flowers of the Rock Rose evoke a strong force of solar light which literally comes right into the “rocks” of the earth. It is used for extreme conditions of terror or fear. Its role within the Five-Flower Formula is to bring stabilization and calm, particularly by helping to anchor light, or an inner force of sun-radiance, that darkens during extreme states of fear or panic.
This special species of Impatiens is native to the Himalayas and differs considerably from common nursery varieties. The mauve and magenta flowers are deeply invaginated; in fact the five petals are fused to form a “helmet”. In contrast to the flower, the seed pods are fat, pointed, and explode and scatter with considerable force. The Impatiens prefers damp, shady conditions and especially likes to grow along streams. This plant integrates force and vitality with containment and interiorization. As its old folk name of Impatiens suggests, it is used to balance and soothe those who suffer from intense irritability, impulsivity, or hastiness. The Impatiens flower helps us to “breathe with” time, rather than to fight it. It is used in the Five Flower Formula to retain calm and reduce reactivity to outer circumstances.
The Cherry Plum is a member of an impressive family of plants called the Rosaceae, comprised of roses, berries, related shrubs, and many fruit-bearing trees. All members of this plant family are distinguished by intense earth forces, and the Cherry Plum is no exception. It grows to the height of a small tree, with a ragged head and many suckers, and sometimes has thorns. By contrast, the flowers are pure white with pink tinges and yellow stamens, and a most delicate aroma. The Cherry Plum is beneficial for states of extreme tension, characterized by a fear of losing control. This over-straining and tightening of one’s “psychic grip” on reality creates profound stress. The pure white flowers of the Cherry Plum bring a sense of inner peace and stillness, easing the contraction felt in the body and mind during times of panic and emergency.
Star Of Bethlehem
This six-pointed star-like flower is the crowning touch of the Five-Flower Formula. A member of the lily family of plants, this small flower shines with pure whiteness and perfect geometry. It imparts a deep spiritual equilibrium, in which all the parts of the Self are in perfect harmony. The Star of Bethlehem helps us to regain deep composure, to remember again who we really are, and to act from the knowledge of our divine and sacred Self. Any crisis or experience of suffering — no matter how devastating — is an opportunity for mastering the trials of life. Star of Bethlehem points us to a deeper sense of acceptance and understanding of our experience from a spiritual perspective.
This woody perennial grows as a twisting vine, producing creamy white flowers and silver-white feathery seed heads. This plant exudes a quality of dreamy, “other-worldliness”, and is indicated for an amorphous states of awareness lacking in clarity and fully awake consciousness. The Clematis helps to draw one’s consciousness back into the body and into present time during episodes of extreme stress.
Stock concentrate can be taken directly under the tongue, or applied to pulse points. The stock concentrate can also be diluted in a spoonful of water, or several drops can be put in a half-glass of water and sipped slowly. 10 drops of stock can also be added to a 4 oz misting bottle filled with fresh spring water. A dosage bottle can be made by adding 2-3 drops of stock to a one-ounce bottle filled with fresh spring water and preserved with one tablespoon of brandy.
If you are assisting someone who is unable to drink, you can rub some of the concentrate on the lips and on the pulse points of the body. Alternatively, you can spray or mist the formula on the lips and over the whole body.
The Five-Flower Formula is very effective when applied topically in a cream base. Use a neutral cream which is easily absorbed. (Wide mouthed jars of FES Self-Heal Creme™ are designed for such use.) Add 10 drops of Five-Flower Formula per ounce (20 drops for 2-ounce / 60 gram jar). Stir clockwise and counter-clockwise for about one minute. This creme is highly beneficial for many emergency situations and can be made and stored along with the concentrate for future emergency use, or it can be made as needed for situations which arise.
Five-Flower Formula for Animals
Stock concentrate needs to be diluted into water for very small animals such as birds. One of the most effective applications is misting the formula on the mouth and on other parts of the body. The formula can be added to the drinking water, provided a fresh batch is made once or twice a day (the remedy will lose potency when exposed to air for several hours).
Five-Flower Formula for Plants
Add 10-15 drops of stock concentrate to a large water can and water after transplanting. Add proportionately more to a large backpack sprayer dedicated to vibrational remedies and spray around the entire periphery of the plant or community of plants needing help. Add 1-6 drops of concentrate (depending on the size of the vase) to the water for fresh cut flowers.
Five-Flower Formula is not a substitute for qualified emergency care or medical or psychiatric intervention. For example, it can be used to help someone who is injured and is en route to the hospital, but it does not replace appropriate medical care or examination following any major injury or accident. Similarly the Five-Flower Formula may be very helpful in alleviating acute emotional stress following a devastating experience, but it not intended to replace other forms of metal health counseling and care.
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