“May we ever have joy and gratitude in our hearts that the Great Creator of all things, in His Love for us, has placed the herbs in the fields for His healing.”
“Heal Thyself” by Dr. Edward Bach
Bach Flower Remedies were invented and developed by Dr. Edward Bach about 80 years ago. A prominent physician, Dr. Bach decided to leave his practice and focus on homeopathy. He left London and began researching plant essences and their effect on humans.
Edward Bach used his training and experience in bacteriology, vaccine therapy and homeopathy to lead him to a totally new philosophy of wellness. The culmination of his work was the creation of the 38 Bach flower remedies also known globally as Bachblüten, Flores de Bach, Bach flower essences and Bach flowers.
Dr. Bach isolated and classified 38 flowers from which he extracted 38 essences with which he succeeded in healing patient’s ailments while considering their individual emotional states. Dr. Bach found that certain flower essences led to self-healing, as they purified the patient of negative elements that adversely affected their health. Bach’s flower remedies were intuitively derived and based on his psychic perceptions of the plants.
Bach had three key insights. Firstly, observation of people per their outlook on life and personality (just as in homeopathy we have the great constitutional polycrests such as Pulsatilla, Nux vomica and others). Secondly, development of an ability to palpate one’s own intuitive sensitivity to the point where he could experience an emotional state, and then find the support from nature (in the form of an essence from the appropriate flower) that resolved this state. Thirdly, he developed a method of transferring the energy from the trees and flowers that he found helpful, to water which he then preserved with brandy, and so could dispense remedies from this source.
Making a treatment bottle involves putting four drops of each chosen essence into a 30ml bottle containing approximately 20 per cent brandy and 80 per cent water. The brandy acts as a preservative. If the bottle is for someone who wishes to avoid alcohol, merely placing some drops into very hot water will evaporate off the alcohol, or drops can be placed on the wrists, where a rich network of meridians is to be found.
The recommended dosage is three to four drops on the tongue four to six times daily for, for up to about six weeks’ maximum. The remedies are entirely compatible with both prescribed medication and homeopathy. Sometimes one may be more appropriate than another – intuition and experience are useful guides here. Side-effects are rare, although sometimes people may get short-lived detoxifying symptoms such as a rash or a headache. Aggravations are very uncommon.
Once one layer has been treated and felt to change, then it can be useful to reassess and see what lies beneath!
Remedies used as Bach flowers and as Homoeopathic drugs:
- White chestnut or chestnut bud – AesculusHippocastum
- Clematis – Clematis Vitalba
- Mustard – SinapisArvensis
- Rockrose – HellianthemumNummularium
- Star of Bethleham – OrinithogalumUmbellatum
- Walnut – Juglans Regia
WALNUT (JUGLANS REGIA)
The walnut tree grows up to 100 ft (30m) tall and does well in protected areas, by hedges and in orchards. Male and female flowers grow on the same tree, the male ones in much greater number than the greeny females. The edible part of the tree is the fruit which is commonly available as a dried fruit.
WALNUT AND THE BRAIN
The first analogy that comes to one’s mind on looking at walnut is the human brain. Walnuts resemble the human head (the outer kernel resembling the bony calverium and the nut which looks like the brain with the left and right hemispheres, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are like the convolutions (sulci and gyrii) of the neo-cortex.
Walnuts are a prime example of what ancient herbalists called ‘the doctrine of signatures’ namely, herbs or foods that resemble various parts of the body and can be used to treat ailments of that part of the body. Nutritional science now confirms walnuts contain nutrients that are necessary for healthy brain function, such as omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E. Walnuts provide great support for brain health, considering the brain is composed of approximately 30% omega-3 fatty acids (DHA, primarily) and require vitamin E and related fat soluble antioxidants readily found in walnuts to prevent oxidation (rancidity).
Clinical research also now exists on the brain-enhancing effects of walnuts. Moderate dietary walnut supplementation improves cognitive and motor performance and increases the brain’s inferential reasoning. They also help in developing over three dozen neuro-transmitters within the brain enhancing the signaling and encouraging new messaging links between the brain cells. Therapeutically, walnuts help in warding off dementia and extract and break down the protein based plaques associated with Alzheimer’s diseases, hence decreasing the chance of occurrences of these brain disorders.
Another important component of walnut is Salicylic acid. By this component, walnut imbibes many of its properties (especially pertaining to the skin) which are as follows:
It breaks down ‘keratin’, a protein that is part of the skin structure, hence rendering it useful as an exfoliant, because it helps skin shed the top layer of dead cells that can be dry, scaly and give skin a dull appearance. It is of excellent use for treating acne, because dead cells can clog pores and create a favorable environment for acne-causing bacteria. Salicylic acid is also known to eliminate warts, calluses and corns and for treating psoriasis, a condition involving excessive turnover of skin cells and scaly build-up.
Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory and Antipyretic Properties
These properties are additional reasons beneficial for treatment of acne vulgaris and psoriasis. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is often used to treat arthritis, toothaches and other pains aggravated by inflammation. It is also used to treat minor bodyaches and pains, headaches and reduce fevers.
It also has anti-fungal properties and can be used to treat candidiasis and eliminate tinea, a fungus involved in various types of skin infections, which are tinea versicolor, tineapedis, tineacruris, tineacorporis and tineacapitis.
HAMAMELIDEAE FAMILY- THE HOMOEOPATHIC ASPECT
In terms of plant evolution, Hamamelidae plants are primitive plants. To some extent, they are like the Mangolia family. These people are airy and diffuse, and they need a framework to understand themselves. This family can be child-like and is in the primitive stage of evolution. In the primitive stages, focus, motivation and concentration are the most difficult things for patients.
There is also a theme of tiredness and heaviness, like being dead versus alive, focused and sharp. The patient is in a state of being unsure where they want to be, ‘here or there’. We see that they are often pondering how much they are in the sky versus the ground; they do not have balance.
When too much in the air, they feel free, floating and light and wish to be more grounded. When they are too grounded, they feel heavy and they desire to be light and free.
So, the main sensation of the Hamamelidae group is the feeling of closed versus open, heavy versus light. Closed is always associated with heavy, and open with light. So, the feeling is the combination of closed and heavy. You can also call it a feeling of oppression and the opposite is light and open. The interesting part here is that along with the feeling of closed and heavy also is the feeling of lack of stimulation of the senses. Something like colourless, soundless, spiceless, alone, shut in, in room with no window. But in this situation, there’s also an experience of security. And the opposite of this sensation is when the doors and windows are open and everything is free, light and floating. At the same time this also gives a feeling of insecurity. So, there is a kind of desire to be in both the places – inside and outside; and therefore, the division between the inside and the outside which is the window becomes the most important part of this family. A window is something that can be open and shut that keeps you inside as well as exposes you to the outside. When there is no stimulation, when there is no opening – that is the one side and the other side is – when everything is too open and there is too much stimulation. So, in Cannabis indica, you can have a feeling as if leading a vegetable existence with no sound, no colours nothing, or every colour looks brighter and every sound is louder. Everything is more beautiful and sensations are felt excessively as if the pores of the skin are wide open and ready to be stimulated. Everything is exaggerated, bigger, enlarged, and things can appear more frightful.
Walnut belongs to the family Juglandacea and the order Hamamelidae.
Cannabis is an old plant and has been used for thousands of years. And while the people from previous eras didn’t use cannabis like we do today, they were making use of the flower, namely for religious and medical intentions.