“From the earliest times in history, we find that herbs have been used as healing remedies, and as far back as records go, man has had the faith that in the herbs of the meadow and valley and hillside lay the power to cure his illnesses.”
Dr. Edward Bach
Wellness is more than being free from illness: it is a process of change and growth toward a mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically healthy lifestyle.
Flower essences are energetic formulas made from the blooms of healing plants. Each plant essence balances a specific emotional state. Customized treatments are combinations of essences that address a constellation of emotions at the root of imbalance and replace those states with a balanced resonance that translates to the entire system. Even in the midst of past or present trauma, the essences can bring grounding, comfort and clarity.
Flower Essence Therapy is a wellness approach. Experiences lodge as resonances deep within our energetic architecture. Energy medicine can release the charge of these experiences and restore a natural flow within the entire system. Significant release is generally experienced with the first treatment bottle.
Applying wellness in your everyday life will allow you to achieve your full potential and live with focus, passion and purpose. Essences are easily incorporated into any health care protocol without contraindications.
Flower Essence Therapy sessions are designed to educate clients on the use of essences and to prepare individual treatment bottles that restore balance and vitality and help you bloom into your full potential.
Sessions are available via FaceTime, Zoom, phone or in person in my Downingtown office.
One on One Sessions: The initial session is one and one half hours, introduces clients to what the essences are, indications for each essence, how they work and how to incorporate them into one’s health protocol. An individualized treatment bottle is included in the session.
Follow-up sessions are an hour long and involve discussion on transformations and include a follow-up treatment bottle.
Treatment bottles are 10 ml roll-on bottles that are used to apply the remedy topically at least 4 times throughout the day or 1oz dropper bottles.
Workshops and Sessions are available as part of employee wellness programs. Corporate Programs result in enhanced productivity and employee relations.
Previous venues include DOW, Siemens, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, primary care facilities, dental offices, chiropractic centers, holistic health centers and engineering firms.
$160 for Intake Session. $130 for follow-up sessions. $70 for refills. $260 for a 4 bottle refill subscription. Includes US shipping and handling.
$150 for Intake Session. $120 for follow-up sessions. $60 for refills.
"You have brewed a fascinating intersection of expertise: truly an Aquarian blend of energy science and wisdom for healing our relationship with our earth and our lives. Since the first time I consulted you as a healer, I have been inspired by your amazing abilities to practice scientific rigor and creative alchemy."
P. Geary, LSW
"In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” — Albert Sweitzer
"Albert Sweitzer said it beautifully. My sentiments exactly". BZ
“Today was the plant lab,” Professor Briggs announced as she held out tiny bottles filled with salve in her office last week. The salve was made of chopped up beeswax and herb-infused oil. At first glance, the bright yellow hue and gooey-looking texture were not exactly appealing, but Professor Briggs claimed that salves can be extremely good for many different skin conditions.
To students taking The Environment, making beeswax-salves may have seemed like just another day in the lab, but plant-based medicines are extraordinarily special to Professor Briggs. When she’s not helping students pass their Science and Technology requirement, she’s aiding clients through Flower Essence Therapy at her office in Downingtown.
You’ve probably never been to a doctor who prescribes Holly, Aspen, or Larch to cure what ails you. If they did, you would probably think they were crazy; however, Professor Briggs uses these plants with her clients on a regular basis. I should clarify that Professor Briggs is not a doctor. She’s a scientist and one of only 110 Bach flower practitioners in the country. Her job is to use the healing properties of plants to help clients solve emotional issues.
“In my practice, I listen intently to the constellation of emotions that someone is experiencing,” said Briggs. Based on what her clients tell her, Professor Briggs has been trained to create a formula of flower essences that will best suit her client’s needs. According to Briggs, “Flower Essence Therapy is the art and science of using plants to restore and maintain emotional vitality and balance.”
To most people this probably seems a bit odd, and that’s a perfectly normal response considering the world we’ve all grown up in. When I hear the word weeds or wildflowers, I picture a homeowner spraying Roundup on a meticulously groomed suburban lawn, tackling their greatest landscaping enemy.
“Our culture is not accustomed to eating our backyards,” said Briggs, whose students were surprised to learn that plants had such a plethora of medicinal properties. Professor Briggs told her students about her work as a Flower Essence therapist because “[she] wanted to emphasis the connection between personal health and planetary health. The relationship that humans have with plants is very longstanding. We don’t just eat them ... Cultures all around the world still use plants for medicine.”
The idea of plant-based medicine may seem unconventional, but it’s really a practice that is steeped in history. Humans have been utilizing plants for their medicinal qualities since the dawn of time.
Professor Briggs has been a practitioner of Flower Essence Therapy for 16 years, and though her only advertising has been through word-of-mouth, she’s accumulated an impressive client base. “I have clients from around the country. I’ve also had clients from Argentina, Russia, China, and Germany. I can skype and work by phone, but its best in person. Clients come to see me for the education and for their formulas, and I encourage them to keep them on hand.” And her clients aren’t limited to humans. She’s also administered her essences to dogs, horses, cats, birds and even pet goats. Animals have emotions too.
Her clients find flower essences beneficial in many ways. First and foremost, it’s completely safe. You can’t overdose on it, or have an allergic reaction. It can be used safely by people of all ages, including infants, which is rare among most over-the-counter medications. A second benefit to the essences is how quickly clients see results. Professor Briggs was happy to report that “Usually within the first bottle people sense a shift, either they’re sleeping better or breathing more deeply or feeling more relaxed.”
When asked whether people can do Flower Essence Therapy on their own, Professor Briggs said, “Well, you can cut your own hair, but generally it looks better if someone who is a professional does it. So, I teach people how to use the essences when they come in. We talk about their specific conditions, but I also teach them which essences are good for different conditions.”
Some common problems that her clients have include: anxiety, depression, grief, relationship challenges and many different kinds of stress. Professor Briggs leaves the diagnosing up to clinical psychologists. She is trained to analyze the energetic pattern of a client’s emotional state and match that with the energetic patterns found in the flowers she uses.
The whole process sounds quite scientific, especially if you have something simple like a headache. Can’t you just take an aspirin and forget about it? Professor Briggs explained that for some people this might work, but for others this only suppresses the symptoms and does not fix the real problem at the root of it all.
Professor Briggs’ students were quite receptive to the idea of using plant-based medicines, and many of them were interested in learning more about them. As college students, we are certainly familiar with stress. Whether you’re a freshmen who’s still adjusting to college life, or a senior preparing to take your final exams and enter the job market, we all have unique ways of surviving under pressure.
However, if your coping method includes bingeing on caffeine or comfort food, Flower Essence Therapy would be a healthy alternative. If you’re still skeptical about whether plants can really have healing properties, the only way to know for sure is to try it. As Professor Briggs says, “The proof is in the pudding.”
DARRAGH D FRIEDMAN
Workshops are offered at practitioners offices, holistic centers, corporate wellness programs, places of worship, night schools, yoga studios and more. Workshops cover what flower essences are, how they work, how to incorporate them into your health care protocol, safety issues and Q/A.
A detailed description of each of the Bach essences with indications for when to use each essence, healing properties and healing qualities will also be discussed for each of the flower essences.
For more information on workshop availability and scheduling, please contact Charlene at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610 234-2014.
Healing from Loss and Trauma with Flower Essences
Whether it is loss of a loved one, material possessions, health, life potential or a dream, botanicals can heal the wounds and help one transcend the pain.
Flower Essence Therapy is an ancient form of herbal medicine. Join Charlene for a detailed workshop on how the plant essences can help release pain and restore vibrancy.
Date: April 5, 2022 Meets: Tu from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM Location: Downingtown M.S. Registration Fee: $39.00 There are still openings remaining at this time.
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