Ethnobotany Data: Flower Essence Producers

Posted by admin on Jan 29, 2011

Editors’ Note: Back in July, 2010, Vibration Magazine published a request for flower essence practitioners to participate in graduate student, Erin Galiger’s masters’ thesis research in the field of Ethnobotany through University of Kent, at Canterbury (UK). She promised to share the data with participants, and she also sent a copy to Vibration.  She has kindly permitted us to publish portions of it here.  Find the intro to this series of posts here; find more of her data published here on Vibration here and here.

By Erin Galiger, M.Sc. Ethnobotany

As shown in the table below, the majorities of the respondents were female, and aged 46-59.  All of the U.S. producers have been practitioners while 5 out of 8 of the U.K. producers had at one time been practitioners.  Although there are less U.K. and U.S. producers who have remained practitioners, the data suggests that those who produce flower essences tend also to be practitioners.  Many producers practice other forms of CAM, with a higher frequency in U.S. producers.

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Ethnobotany Data: Client Intake and Essence Selection

Posted by admin on Jan 15, 2011

Editors’ Note: Back in July, 2010, Vibration Magazine published a request for flower essence practitioners to participate in graduate student, Erin Galiger’s masters’ thesis research in the field of Ethnobotany through University of Kent, at Canterbury (UK). She promised to share the data with participants, and she also sent a copy to Vibration.  She has kindly permitted us to publish portions of it here.  Find the intro to this series of posts here; find more of her data published here on Vibration here.

By Erin Galiger, M.Sc. Ethnobotany

Table. Topics of Discussion between Practitioners and Clients on their first visit.

Topics of discussion in first meeting w/ client: U.S. U.S. BFRP U.K. U.K. BFRP

Medical history

48% 46% 79% 56%

Current physical health

63% 46% 86% 67%

Emotional Issues

100% 100% 86% 100%

Mental Issues

61% 73% 86% 89%

Childhood

44% 64% 50% 12%

Relationships

55% 73% 71% 23%

Desired Goal

74% 91% 86% 67%

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Ethnobotany Data: Who are Flower Essence Practitioners?

Posted by admin on Jan 8, 2011

Editors’ Note: Back in July, 2010, Vibration Magazine published a request for flower essence practitioners to participate in graduate student, Erin Galiger’s masters’ thesis research in the field of Ethnobotany through University of Kent, at Canterbury (UK). She promised to share the data with participants, and she also sent a copy to Vibration.  She has kindly permitted us to publish portions of it here.  Find the intro to this series of posts here.

By Erin Galiger, M.Sc. Ethnobotany

21191184.thbFlower essence practitioner personal information

Given that 77 out of 80 practitioner questionnaire respondents were female, a fair argument can be made that the practice of Flower Essence Therapy (FET) is currently dominated by females in the U.S. and U.K.  Seventy-three out of eighty (91%) of all flower essence practitioners practice other Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) modalities.  These CAM modalities include Reiki, Aromatherapy, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Herbalism, Chiropractic, Shamanic healing, Yoga, and various other energy healing modalities.

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Flower Essence Ethnobotany Data Results

Posted by admin on Dec 18, 2010

Back in July, 2010, Vibration Magazine published a request for flower essence practitioners to participate in graduate student, Erin Galiger’s masters’ thesis research in the field of Ethnobotany through University of Kent, at Canterbury (UK). She promised to share the data with participants, and she also sent a copy to Vibration.  She has kindly permitted us to publish portions of it 19957765.thbhere, which we will do over the next month or so.

In discussing her research approach, Erin said to us: “Since FET hasn’t really been academically studied, a good overview and laying the foundation about such statistics and identifying core features would be a good start for others to potentially (hopefully!) build upon.  And research undertaken in so many disciplines.  Since I was under the umbrella of anthropology, I had to analyze data from that particular lens and delved into ethnomedical concepts.”

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Rocks and Dogs Don’t Mix

Posted by admin on Nov 20, 2010

Editors’ Note: Interesting in more articles about flower essences and animals? See our Virtual Booklet on the topic: http://www.essences.com/vibration/pets

By Deborah Bier, PhD

“My dog won’t stop eating rocks,” moaned my new client’s human. “He’s only a year old, and he’s had stomach surgery THREE TIMES already because he keeps swallowing rocks too large to pass. Can essences help? I’m desperate!”

rocksanddogsThis case was not only an experience in working with a serious animal behavior, but it also went on to affirm my belief that the “identified patient” — that is, the one who is described as having the problem — is so often just the tip of the family iceberg. Many times the symptoms which bring the client to seek help have complex origins: other (or all) members of the family may need intervention in order for the original problem to find healing. Unfortunately, this is not always possible, so the outcome can end up being somewhat less than desired.

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The African Tree Essences of Platbos Forest

Posted by admin on Oct 2, 2010

©2010 by Melissa Krige of African Tree Essences.

Platbos is a magical forest at the foot of Africa. Ancient and mysterious, it has special significance for all the world’s people. Many thousands of years ago, after a devastating ice age laid waste much of the Earth, our collective ancestors recovered and regrouped in this region.  This is the story of my personal experience of a remarkable forest and the healing potential its trees have safeguarded for us, its children at this critical juncture of the Earth’s unfolding.

Africa’s Southernmost Forest

platbosmapGnarled and wizened by the elements, the trees of Platbos comprise a strange and eccentric community, their tree tops draped in wispy old-man’s-beard, their trunks thick and squat and baobab-like. In winter, epiphytic ferns and mosses spring to life. In summer, the earth is parched and sandy and the trees must quench their thirst on the early morning mists that bathe them.

The forest’s existence, on so an unlikely fire- and wind-swept landscape, is a botanical mystery. The ancient roots of Platbos Forest date back millions of years to when much of southern Africa was clad in forest finery. Platbos withstood the gradual heating up of the Earth over the millennia. Most of the primal forests perished and the hardy, fire-dependant fynbos that characterizes the Cape Floral Kingdom, took their place. A survivor of these changes, Platbos is a remnant forest, a living memory from a time long past. Read the rest of this entry »


Bach Essences Go Hollywood, Part 2

Posted by admin on Jun 19, 2010

Editors’ Note: The first part of this article is at http://www.floweressencemagazine.com/blog/?p=1305, in which we challenge readers to come up with some of these movie/essence pairs themselves. Go ahead and get into the fun! Don’t feel you need to stay with the Bach remedies — but do include  the essence manufacturer’s name as well as the movie where the quote can be found. List additional entries in comments.

©2010 Linda Pride

7717532.thbHornbeam: “Sometimes I think it’s harder to raise a husband than a baby.” Blondie, 1938, Blondie Bumstead (Blondie, Penny Singleton)

Sweet Chestnut, Crab Apple (photo, at right), Star of Bethlehem: “Why was I not made of stone like thee?” The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1939, (Quasimodo, Charles Laughton)

Vine (as in Tyrants, power struggles with…): “What we’ve got here is.. .failure to communicate.” Cool Hand Luke, 1967, (The Captain, Strother Martin)

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Self-Heal—Finding the Ability to Heal Yourself from Within

Posted by admin on May 8, 2010

©2007 by Dr. Terry Willard, Director, Wild Rose College of Natural Healing

Self Heal, also known as ‘Heal-All’ or ‘Heart of the Earth’ by past herbalists, sums up its essence in its various names. As one of the most universal flower essence remedies, Self Heal flower essence is an excellent way to begin most healing programs. It helps the Self get involved in the healing process.

selfheal-wikiMany people feel overwhelmed when facing their own health issues. It is difficult for them to connect with their inner resources and stimulate the healing process. Modern society has encouraged this behavior; most people hand responsibility for their health completely over to the doctors and often a set of high tech machines.

All healing comes from within and Self Heal flower essence helps us find the source of that power. It is a great flower essence when a person has lost hope in their own healing abilities. It is equally useful for the hypochondriac that uses illness as a way to receive attention from others.

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Bach Essences Go Hollywood

Posted by admin on Apr 24, 2010

By Deborah Bier, PhD, Vibration Editor

Have you ever read a book, or watched a television show or movie and thought, “Wow, wasn’t THAT a Rescue Remedy moment!?” or “Wouldn’t I like to give that character some Heather!” Well, here’s your chance.

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We have a half-dozen very famous movie lines below, plus a Bach flower remedy that reflects a need displayed within the quote. In some cases, the remedy is obvious from the quote, and in others you have to know something about the movie to see the connection.

Can you come up with some yourself? Don’t feel you need to stay with the Bach remedies — but do include  the essence manufacturer’s name as well as the movie where the quote can be found. List your entries in comments.

“We’ll always have Paris.” Honeysuckle (Casablanca)

“I want to be alone.”  Water Violet (Grand Hotel)

“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Wild Rose (Gone with the Wind)

“Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Clematis (Wizard of Oz)

“I could have been a contender!” Gentian (On the Waterfront)

“As God is my witness, I’ll never go hungry again!” Oak (Gone with the Wind)

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A Collection of Articles about How to Combine Astrology with Flower Essences

Posted by admin on Mar 19, 2010

A Collection of Articles about Combining Essences and Astrology

Vibration Magazine — educational journal on flower essences –  is one of the hosts of a web-based event called a Blogathon to celebrate International Astrology Day, 2010.

The focus of the event is on a difficult triangle of astrological influences called a cardinal t-square that Pluto, Saturn, and Uranus are forming in the sky for many months this year and next. Read the rest of this entry »