How flowers can help alleviate PTSD
In the next of our series looking at alternative therapies for mental health I am looking at Flower Essence Therapy.
You’ll probably know what I mean when I say Bach Flower Remedies, this is the most commonly known commercial flower essence brand.
But, what is this all really about I hear you ask? Well, Sharon Bingham from Rainbow Therapies has kindly agreed to tell us.
Sharon is a holistic therapist who runs the successful Rainbow Therapies in Glengormley, just outside Belfast in Northern Ireland. Sharon’s mission statement is to “empower the person to take responsibility for their own health by working in partnership with me and using flower essences, crystals and Metatron Colour Aura Sprays.”
Sharon provides a range of complementary therapies and is an advocate for flower essence therapy to help people in a wide range of circumstances.
Thanks Sharon, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to enlighten us about the world of Flower Essences.
Sharon, can you please tell us how you got into holistic therapy and how Rainbow Therapies was born?
After my first child was born, I looked at alternative herbal supplements and food related supplements to help me post-natally. I first studied for a certificate in nutrition and my first real interest was actually in crystals around fifteen years ago. As part of my crystal studies for this I had to do a project on gem essences which piqued my interest in flower essences. My interest and development into Rainbow Therapies went from there.
So, what is flower essence therapy all about? How does it work?
Flower essences are all about bringing back balance to your emotions. They can help calm a stressed or racing mind and help you think more clearly.
Flower essences contain the life force and energy vibration of plants, flowers and trees. All plants have a spirit or diva. They hold in their essence the energy of the water, the energy of the light and the energy of the earth.
How do Flower Essences work?
The plant energies integrate into the vibrational field of the bodies system. These powerful energies provide a positive balancing force, which in a natural gentle way, release the energetic patterns of old thoughts, attitudes and emotional issues that no longer serve you.
The powerful natural energies that they contain promote harmony, balance and wholeness on all levels of your being, helping you to move beyond your limitations and discover your true potential.
As you take the Flower essence, your vibration balances and your being resonates in harmony with the qualities of the flower or plant. They do not force change, but rather encourage a gradual shift in consciousness. Flower essences work very much in the present.
The great thing about flower essences is that they work straightaway. The beauty of them as well is that you can add them to a bottle of water so you can use it throughout the day as you need it. You also can’t take too much of it, it is safe to take with other medication and if you are pregnant.
What is the difference between flower essences and essential oils?
The most significant difference is that essential oils have definite aromas; flower essences do not. Essential oils work primarily through the sense of smell and its effect upon the “old brain.” ... On the other hand, flower essences are safe and gentle to use whether taken internally or used on the skin.
What sort of ailments can flower essences treat (especially mental health related)?
Flower essences can help with a range of ailments from emotional problems to pain. With physical problems I will ask you about how it makes you feel and then I will aim to treat those feelings. e.g. somebody who has fibromyalgia may not sleep well so I ask them if they get irritable because they are tired. I would then help treat the irritability.
Flower essences can be used for a wide range of emotions and they are also widely known and used in treating depression, a symptom of PTSD. Here are just a few examples and what they can be used for,
Aspen – with anxiety if you feel depressed.
Gentian – helps with difficulties, set-backs and failures triggering the depression.
Gorse – if you feel you have given up all hope.
Sweet Chestnut – when you experience deep anguish and despair.
Olive – if depression causes you to feel physically and mentally exhausted.
Mustard – if you feel as if sadness descends like a dark cloud and goes for no apparent reason.
Sharon can also make up a formula for PTSD sufferers to help heal the auric field which has been shattered by the trauma.
People’s mental health can therefore benefit from taking flower essence remedies.
If somebody was thinking about trying Flower Essence Therapy what can they expect at a consultation?
A consultation normally lasts about an hour. This session is used to assess how the client feels and also what brought them to try flower essences. I will observe how people are talking, what they are saying and also look at their body language. I use gentle inquisitive questions to try and get a full picture of their health and circumstances. This is all carried out in an informal and friendly manner.
Once I have gathered information on the client I will inform them about the different flower essences options that I believe would assist them. We openly discuss these and agree on what ones the client would like to try. The client is always in control.
I will then make up flower essences as agreed and advise the client how and when to take them. The consultation is also followed up with after-care contact and advice as and where need be. Clients are also able to easily re-order essences or chat about trying other essences should they so wish.
How can a reader find a reputable therapist?
The easiest route for readers to find a reputable therapist is through the Bach Flower Remedy website, where all trained therapists should be on their searchable directory. A lot of therapists qualify through the Bach Centre, although there are now also some reputable online training providers e.g. The Centre of Excellence.
The best advice is to check out the therapist’s qualifications, experience and any available reviews on their services.
Random questions of the day;
What are you afraid of?
Fear of the unknown
What unique skill do you have?
I am a good listener and I explain things very well.
Dogs or cats?
Dogs (allergic to cats)
What is your favourite book?
Marie Mongan – Hypnobirthing The Mongan Method.
Can I thank Sharon for taking the time out of her busy schedule to help highlight how these natural remedies may assist people struggling with various PTSD/c-PTSD symptoms. If you would like to find out more about Sharon's services you can contact her at;