From Ancient Egypt to Tibet flowers have been used for healing. The Ancient Egyptians believed that the spirit or essence of the flower contained magical healing powers given by the deities and that their fragrances came from the gods so mortals might become more perfect by absorbing the scent.
Tibetan Buddhists sprinkle or sometimes immerse a patient in water in which flowers have been soaked.
In the modern urban and technological world, many people do not have knowledge of local wildflowers that our ancestors possessed,. However, we can now see flowers from all over the world in Botanic Gardens and obtain exotic blooms either produced in hot houses or flown across the world to flower shops in a matter of hours.
Flowers have always been associated with healing, both in their natural state, also as essential oils, as perfumes and as flower essences. Flower essences are produced by extracting, it is said, the spiritual essence of the flower by floating it on pure water in sun and moonlight.
Both essential oils and flower essences such as Doctor Bach, the Alaskan Flower Essence Project or Desert Alchemy Floral Essences from Arizona, transmit the healing power of flowers in concentrated form though flower essences work on a and emotional and spiritual level.
Beginning Flower Healing
However, I am going to focus on the much older method of flower healing, perhaps closest to true earth power, working with the flowers themselves, still growing in the earth or in pots. In this way they are still themselves alive and full of the life force flowing into them straight from the earth, the air and the sun, rain and subterranean water beneath the roots.
- Where possible work with flowers local to your region, perhaps ones you see very day in the garden or park. Even in the most ordered garden you can plant an area of flowering herbs and wildflowers.
- You can use free days to explore your local Botanical Gardens or urban wildlife gardens. On long weekends or holidays walk amongst the indigenous flora and gardens of more distant vacation locations, carrying a flower book so you can identify the blooms that attract you. You may be able to take cuttings back home. Some flowers such as lavender and roses grow naturally almost all over the world.
Flower Psychometry and Healing
One way to absorb the therapeutic properties of flowers is through what is known as flower psychometry. Psychometry means psychic touch whereby through your fingertips you acquire impressions psychically in images, words and feelings that can give you insight into the cause of your feeling ill or unhappy and ways of improving the situation.
But this psychic touch can also transmit the power of healing from the flower into your mind when you touch the stem, the leaves or the petals, to trigger your self-healing powers. Smelling the fragrance is another means of taking in healing from flowers.
You are attracted to a particular flower because its energy pattern or unique blueprint (that we all have) will put back into harmony the energy vibrations within us that is out of synch. This dis-ease within us may be manifest as a physical symptom or negative feeling. Flower power is a gift from Mother Earth and works if we allow ourselves to relax and instinctively choose a specific flower within a particular clump or flower bed without consciously making the selection.
Choosing the flower we need for healing
We can be partly guided to certain kinds of flower by the colour (see below). Each colour carries within it healing powers that related to aspects of the body and mind and is particular easily released by the living flower.
- You may find it helpful to plant different coloured flowers in pots on a balcony or sheltered area of your garden., so that if you do not have time to search for a specific flower or if you have a recurring problems, you always have access to a flower that will help. The more you use these personal flowers, as long as you care for them, the more effective they become and while they die you can plant the bulbs or seed of the next generation of healers.
- If you are uncertain which flower you need at any time, hold your crystal or stone pendulum over several different kinds and colours and where it tugs downwards is the one that best will offer healing.
- Work in sunlight if possible or moonlight for flowers of the night such as jasmine or night stocks.
You can also use this colour guide when you are choosing crystals for healing.
White promotes healing of body, mind and spirit at all levels; white light is a natural pain reliever, increasing and then maintaining energy levels and relieving depression and inertia. It helps bone and tooth maintenance. t dispels negativity from the body’ s energy field.
Red stimulates the entire system, instantly boosting energy levels and kick starting a sluggish immune system. Red is linked to reproduction and fertility and relieves menstrual problems, sexual dysfunction especially impotence.
Orange is a gentle energiser, soothing aching limbs, boosting a weak pulse rate, relieving gall bladder and kidney problems, menstrual and muscle cramps, allergies and lifts exhaustion. Orange is also used to strengthen the immune system.
Yellow stimulates the nervous system but also calms the digestive system and eases eczema and skin problems; it promotes a healthy metabolism; reduces anxiety and stress-related ailments that may affect the digestive system adversely. It balances emotions and strengthens you if you are over-sensitive.
Greenery or flowers with unopened buds strengthens the heart, lungs and respiratory system and helps to fight infections and viruses, It also counters panic attacks and addictions; good also for the re-growth of tissue and cells.
Blue is a natural antiseptic, soothing and cooling, lower blood pressure and slowing a racing pulse. It relieves headaches and migraines, eye strain, earache and sore throats.
Purple is especially potent for healing the spirit, banishing what lies in the past. An all-healer, purple relieves allergies, asthma, sleep disorders, eye, ear, nose and skin problems and migraines and is a natural sedative. It eases neuroses and obsessions and can aid in childbirth.
Pink brings relief from ear and gland problems, head pains and psychosomatic illnesses, as well as all disorders relating to children and babies. It is especially good for adolescent girls ,pregnant and menopausal women.
Brown absorbs pain and sorrow, increases physical energy and primal strength, relieves disorders connected with feet, he legs, the hands, the skeleton, all back pain and also the large intestine.
Spend time with a variety of flowers you will instinctively find some more soothing than others for particular conditions. If you make notes you will probably find you identified a flower by instinct whose known medicinal properties matched your need.
These are some I have found helpful. They should not be taken internally without medical advice.
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens).
Geranium will heal domestic conflict or trouble in the work place (take a pot into a troubled office).
Geranium will calm nervous tension and lift depression; alleviates burns, cuts, bruises, acne and eczema.
Hyacinth (Hyacinth Orientalis).
Hyacinth restores self-esteem and helps to rebuild trust after betrayal. It is naturally sedative and relieves depression; also an effective antiseptic, so speed healing of cuts and wounds.
Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum).
Jasmine is agood for bringing love, increasing sexual desire and promoting optimism; it alleviates depression, nervous exhaustion, doubts and both mental and physical impotence; also for PMT, cramp and aches and skin problems.
A healing herb that promotes love, especially self-love and gentleness, happiness, health, guarding against cruelty and spite; helps grief, sorrow and guilt.
Medicinally lavender relieves stress and anxiety, depression, insomnia headaches and migraines. It will heal wounds and burns and ease throat and chest conditions.
Lily Of The Valley (Convallaria majalis).
Lily of the valley restores happiness after sorrow or loss; good for high blood pressure, breathing difficulties, slows a rapid heart beat and heart palpitations. It relieves fluid retention.
Marigold (Calendula officinalis).
Fresh marigolds increase positive energies in a room or building; protective especially at night and in domestic matters, the flower help with stresses caused by legal problems.
Marigold is a good all-purpose healer, especially potent for all skin problems, headaches, poor circulation, throat disorders, as well as painful or delayed menstruation.
Narcissus (Narcissus poeticus).
Narcissus brings self-love and increases self-confidence, also enhances inner beauty and radiance. It relieves coughs and colds and is a natural sedative, calming panic attacks and preventing insomnia
Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus).
Nasturtium promotes optimism and attracts abundance. It eases colds, bronchitis and sore throats, it relieves genito-urinary disorders, detoxifies the liver, pancreas and gallbladder and acts as a natural antibiotic.
Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata).
Passion flowers helps to acknowledge and express strong feelings positively and to be open to love and life
A natural relaxant, soothing anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, asthma, skin disorders, neuralgia and shingles
Rose /rose Otto (Rosa damascena), rose absolute (Rosa centifolia).
The ultimate gentle healing herb of love and, reconciliation, especially good for healing the young, the very old , anyone who has suffered abuse and the vulnerable.
Medicinally it reduces stress and prevents insomnia, relieves psychosomatic conditions, eating disorders and other addictions; good for heart, skin and eye problems for chronic coughs, hormonal difficulties; infections and viruses.
Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus).
Snapdragon reduces anger ,especially directed inwards against the self; removes pain caused by over-tense muscles, stress and stiff joints.
Violet (Viola odoratoa).
Violet is a pain reliever, eases cough, colds and catarrh, prevents fluid retention. It soothes the skin; stress-especially related eczema headaches and dizzy spells.