Bach Flower Remedies for Emotional Healing

Find a friend in floral essences, and allow them to assist in gently altering your emotional landscape for the better.

| Spring 2020

Photo by Adobe Stock/astrosystem

I was missing the sun in the sky and my son in my heart as I crouched down next to Dawn Combs’ beehive, which hummed at a contented, low-pitched frequency; it sounded like a calming breeze. I put my ear to the hive, closed my eyes, and began to slow down, relax my muscles, and feel secure for the first time since beginning my weekend workshop at Combs’ Mockingbird Meadows homestead in Marysville, Ohio. With flowers blooming around me, I could hear the sound of honey being made on a cloudy Saturday in May.

Combs explained that, unlike an unbalanced, unhappy beehive, which makes a high-pitched, angry-sounding frequency, the buzzing of these bees was calm, therefore changing my own frequency to resonate with its natural and happy tone. It was a source of gratitude, creativity, and healing. By coaxing us to experience this vibrational frequency, Combs was prepping our small class for a lesson in plant communication and flower essences. As a beekeeper, herbalist, and ethnobotanist, Combs believes that in the 100 million years bees have existed, they’ve held a longstanding agreement with flowering plants and humans. Bees take care of us, as long as we care for them in return. Indeed, the bees’ soft hum was already soothing me. That weekend, I learned that the same gratitude resonates with flowers, each of them with a special emotional gift to give.

Until I’d put my ear to the hive, I’d been grappling with a lingering seasonal depression that began with a snowy Kansas winter that immediately dovetailed into a relentless spring downpour. By May, the sun had barely shown its face for six months, and it hadn’t come out in Ohio either. I was filled with guilt and sorrow from leaving my 21-month-old son for the first time. I hadn’t realized how hollow my heart would be, how tense my muscles would become, or how lost I’d feel during the trip. But, this workshop would be just what my heart needed.

A Friendly Yellow Fellow

After my experience with Combs’ soothing hives, she explained how to receive healing wisdom from plants, known in the herbalism world as “plant communication.” I’d liken it to receiving the healing frequency of the beehive, but with more intention required. To receive a flower’s unique emotional offerings, you must first offer something to the plant, whether it be a kind thought, such as “you’re beautiful”; a physical object; or even a song. One of Combs’ former students once sang sections of an opera to her roses. Each of your emotions carries a particular vibrational frequency, and before you receive plant wisdom, you must ground yourself and set an intention of gratitude to grasp a flower’s vibes. Combs instructed us to find a plant that practically shouted, “Pick me!” We then sat with the plant to discover what it seemed to “say,” or, more practically, how it seemed to help us explore our emotions in the moment. If we weren’t receiving anything, Combs suggested simply sketching the plant and waiting for inspiration.

Butterweed. Photo by Blair Gordon

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