by Marta Marini
Herbalist and psycopedagogist

The meaning and significance of the flowers of Bach
...there was once a time when every dream had a meaning and significance...

Nowadays, words, the sound we make ourselves, as well as the world that surrounds us, including the plants, have lost much of their original meaning and significance. At any rate, as far as our vision of the world where macro and microcosmos reflect and interact with one another to form a living and dynamic unit is concerned. When I discovered the theories of Edward Bach, I realised that, thanks to his incredible sensitivity and experience, matured during a life-time's work, he had come so close to his vision of the world that he had managed to create one of the simplest and most effective methods of treatment in our century. After saying this, we do not want to pretend that we possess the gifts and qualities of the founder of floritherapy, but in our own small way, we would like to come closer to his vision of the world to be able to understand the meaning and significance of the flowers he used, so that we can make the best possible use of them too.

Crab Apple - Star of Bethelehem
Let us start first with sound, which comes, in this case, from the name of the plant. The etymology of a name frequently helps us understand the message sent out by the plant. Here are two flowers that are a typical example of this. For the moment we will only give a brief description of these two flowers which we will talk about in more detail in future editions of this magazine. According to Bach, the Crab Apple or wild apple (Malus silvestris): "Is a depurative remedy for people who are convinced they are in some way unclean...". The word crab, which in English means the (sea) crab, is of Norwegian origin and means ugly. The Crab Apple person feels basically ugly, he finds himself personally unpleasant, he does not accept himself as he is, he feels an almost subconscious burden that comes from not being able to accept man as an imperfect creature; this causes a desire for purification, order and perfection. The other flower, the Star of Bethlehem, is a wild flower (Ornithogalum umbellatum) that is used for trauma, accidents or when someone is in a state of shock. This flower helps reawaken and revive people who have lost all connection with themselves after old or recent traumas. The name factor is only one of the keys that help us understand plants; this is also because names come from experience and what man has felt or seen in the plant. Observing plants in a certain way helps us find yet another secret key to understanding them, and we will be talking about this later on; this is what was called their signature centuries ago, in other words the physical aspect of plants (what we would call today their botanical description and biochemical behavior), reveals the reason for their existence on earth, including their ability to cure man's illnesses.

See also: What do the Flowers of Bach cure?


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