Five Flower Formula
Dr. Bach’s remedy for stress and trauma
* This is a fundamental component of any emergency relief program. The Five-Flower Formula promotes calm and stability in any emergency or time of stress. It alleviates panic, disorientation, and shock, and helps the individual to cope with on-going trauma or pain.
* Emergency or Crisis — Calms mental levels of pain, suffering, and confusion – use for the person who is suffering as well as those who are helping.
* Recovery from Trauma — Promotes recovery from trauma, injury or illness, by relieving stress, anxiety and tension.
* Baseline Remedy for All Healing — Stabilizes and calms the mind-body interface, before addressing specific emotions and behavior patterns.
* Calms Children — Use after household accidents, falls, scrapes, or burns, used along with appropriate physical care.
* Aids Animals — To pacify wild or trapped animals, or to help any injured or stressed pet, or when transporting any animal.
* Plant Protection — Use whenever transplanting to reduce shock, or in vases of cut flowers.
* Prevention — Use before known stressful situations such as visits to the dentist, preparation for surgery, labor and delivery, travel or moving.
* Post-Trauma — Use for post-traumatic stress of any kind, including surgery, war, rape, natural disaster, or loss of one’s loved ones or home.
The Five-Flower Formula features:
Rock Rose - The botanical name of this plant derives from Helios, the Greek God of the Sun. It is an apt name for this bright yellow flower, which grows as a low spreading shrubby plant in dry, rocky soils. The yellow flowers of the Rock Rose evoke a strong force of solar light which literally comes right into the “rocks” of the earth. It is used for extreme conditions of terror or fear. Its role within the Five-Flower Formula is to bring stabilization and calm, particularly by helping to anchor light, or an inner force of sun-radiance, that darkens during extreme states of fear or panic.
Clematis - This woody perennial grows as a twisting vine, producing creamy white flowers and silver-white feathery seed heads. This plant exudes a quality of dreamy, “other-worldliness”, and is indicated for an amorphous states of awareness lacking in clarity and fully awake consciousness. The Clematis helps to draw one’s consciousness back into the body and into present time during episodes of extreme stress.
Impatiens - This special species of Impatiens is native to the Himalayas and differs considerably from common nursery varieties. The mauve and magenta flowers are deeply invaginated; in fact the five petals are fused to form a “helmet”. In contrast to the flower, the seed pods are fat, pointed, and explode and scatter with considerable force. The Impatiens prefers damp, shady conditions and especially likes to grow along streams. This plant integrates force and vitality with containment and interiorization. As its old folk name of Impatiens suggests, it is used to balance and soothe those who suffer from intense irritability, impulsivity, or hastiness. The Impatiens flower helps us to “breathe with” time, rather than to fight it. It is used in the Five Flower Formula to retain calm and reduce reactivity to outer circumstances.
Cherry Plum - The Cherry Plum is a member of an impressive family of plants called the Rosaceae, comprised of roses, berries, related shrubs, and many fruit-bearing trees. All members of this plant family are distinguished by intense earth forces, and the Cherry Plum is no exception. It grows to the height of a small tree, with a ragged head and many suckers, and sometimes has thorns. By contrast, the flowers are pure white with pink tinges and yellow stamens, and a most delicate aroma. The Cherry Plum is beneficial for states of extreme tension, characterized by a fear of losing control. This over-straining and tightening of one’s “psychic grip” on reality creates profound stress. The pure white flowers of the Cherry Plum bring a sense of inner peace and stillness, easing the contraction felt in the body and mind during times of panic and emergency.
Star Of Bethlehem - This six-pointed star-like flower is the crowning touch of the Five-Flower Formula. A member of the lily family of plants, this small flower shines with pure whiteness and perfect geometry. It imparts a deep spiritual equilibrium, in which all the parts of the Self are in perfect harmony. The Star of Bethlehem helps us to regain deep composure, to remember again who we really are, and to act from the knowledge of our divine and sacred Self. Any crisis or experience of suffering — no matter how devastating — is an opportunity for mastering the trials of life. Star of Bethlehem points us to a deeper sense of acceptance and understanding of our experience from a spiritual perspective.
Text by Patricia Kaminski, Photos by Richard Katz