Flower Essences

Bach Flower Remedies

Form and Function

Julian Barnard



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“ Today, disease and death control us ever more strongly with a litany of viruses, cancers, and heart disorders. The causes may be vaccinations, environmental poisons, despoliation of food, or pollution of the elements—earth, water and air. For Bach the cause was clear and it is clear today: ‘It is only because we have forsaken Nature’s way for man’s way that we have suffered, and we have only to return to be released from our trials. In the presence of the way of Nature disease has no power; all fear, all depression, all hopelessness can be set aside. There is no disease of itself which is incurable.’”

—Julian Barnard

In the 1920s, the physician and homeopath Dr. Edward Bach made his great discovery of the healing effects of various flower essences. Intense and revelatory, his experiences in nature resulted in thirty-eight “flower remedies.” He describes these as bringing courage to the fearful, peace to the anguished, and strength to the weak. But the therapeutic effects of the remedies were never limited to emotional states. They are equally effective in the treatment of physical disorders.

Barnard begins the process of explaining this phenomenon. He describes how Bach made his discoveries and examines the living qualities of the plants in their context and how the remedies are actually produced. The result is remarkable. The author recounts his observations so that readers can experience, in a living way, the complex ways in which the remedy plants grow—their gestures and qualities, ecology, botany, and behavior.

This exciting book is a trumpet call to attend to nature in a new way. Fully illustrated.

The Flower Remedy Book

A Comprehensive Guide to Over 700 Flower Essences

Jeffrey Garson Shapiro



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The author has done us all a tremendous service in creating this guide to the use of flower essences. In addition to gathering together the essences from all the main producers throughout the English-speaking world (no small task - there really are over 700 of them!), he has organized his book according to the conditions - mental, emotional, physical - that they address. In short, he has given us a the most comprehensive repertory to the flower essences ever conceived. In doing so, he has distilled the complexity of working with so many essences down to a very approachable system designed to help the lay person find the right rememdy quickly and accurately.

For those wanting to learn more about the flower essences themselves, Garson Shapiro has also included a listing of all the producers whose work he has drawn from.

All in all, this is a book that promises to be well-used and health-giving in any home.