International Research Journal Online • December 2009

In this issue

Poetry: "Whole" by Josep-Manel Príncep

2010 Class Information

Social Service Work

Using Flower Essences for Earthquake Relief Work in China: Through the Flowers We are Marching On

Challenging But Fulfilling: Social Service Work in Guanajuato, Mexico

Practitioner Case Presentation
“Peace for my mind”Using Filaree and Other Flower Essences in the Treatment of Obsessive-CompulsiveDisorder


The Therapeutic Magic of Stories


Bach Flowers for Children

Flower Therapy: what it is, how and why to use it in veterinary medicine

Thoughts on Abundance in Medicine Making

New translation in Spanish: Pensamientos del Dr. Bach sobre el miedo a la enfermedad

New Feature of the Online Repertory for Members

Membership information

Quick links to articles in other languages


La Floriterapia: che cos'è, perchè e come usarla in medicina veterinaria


As essências florais no tratamento do Transtorno Obsessivo Compulsivo

Melhor É Possível
Filaree - Uma Flor Para Melvin Udall



Flores de Bach Para Niños

La magia terapútica de los cuentos

Pensamientos del Dr. Bach sobre el miedo a la enfermedad

We welcome case studies and reports for our research database!

Read more below about Josep-Manel Príncep

At this time of year we especially treasure watching the Chrysanthemums bloom here at Terra Flora. They remind us of the seasonal passing of the light into the Earth. The species of Chrysanthemum that we use for our flower essence is a very old species. Only after autumn equinox does it actively set buds, and the flowers themselves wait to appear until late October, lasting into December.

This capacity for endurance helps us to understand why Chrysanthemum is long associated with health and longevity in Oriental herbology. This plant is an intriguing example of photoperiodism, the unique ratio of light and darkness that belongs to each plant’s growth. Genuine Chrysanthemums need a period of darkness of twelve or more hours in duration within every twenty-four-hour period in order to bloom (most modern hybrid varieties no longer contain this
quality and thus do not have the same healing properties).

In warmer summer weather, the Chrysanthemum will grow indefinitely without blooming. Then as the light shortens, its growth is curtailed and buds set. This long-curve pattern is also reflected in its inner chemistry - plant sugars are manufactured by the leaves on bright days but are stored in reserve to be used later by the blooms. This is one of the reasons why Chrysanthemum flower tea has such a mellow, sweet taste and is revered as a restorative tonic.
A member of the Sunflower (Compositae family) the Chrysanthemum flower essence addresses a transpersonal state of consciousness that learns to distinguish itself from the temporal personality. The fear of aging, mid-life crisis, healing challenges in later life, and the threshold of physical death as a spiritual initiation, are themes commonly addressed by Chrysanthemum flower essence. 

Like the Chrysanthemum that does not allow darkness to signal a cessation of light, so the soul learns to encounter the downward spiral called “fall” or autumn in a new way. Even if one does not have obvious symptoms requiring Chrysanthemum flower essence, it is a good essence to facilitate the soul’s seasonal transition, helping to anchor the inner light that leads to self-containment and renewed equilibrium during the darker months of the year.

The name Chrysanthemum literally means golden flower in Greek (chrysos - gold and anthos - flower). Although Chrysanthemums have been developed into many colors, the rich golden color of the FES flower essence is archetypal. It is fascinating to watch the change of colors as it blossoms.  The flower emerges with blushes of russet red and then gradually metamorphoses to a deep golden color with earthen red highlights. The golden essence of Chrysanthemum is also possible within the alchemy of the human soul, as it distills its “harvest“ of life experience. Gold is a color that is simultaneously warm and deep, and yet luminous with spiritual light. It is created in the human soul when the depth and physical warmth of human experience is distilled and offered back to the spiritual world. 
                                                                              Patricia Kaminski

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The poem above, written by Josep-Manel Príncep (Barcelona, Spain), was inspired by using Chrysanthmum flower essence at the time of a loved one's death. It was translated from Spanish by Ricardo Mateos, who also lives in Barcelona. Read the Spanish version, an enlarged version of the poem in English, and more about Josep-Manel here.
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Social Service Work
Through the Flowers We are Marching On—
Report on the Relief Efforts with Flower Essence Therapy
for the Sichuan Earthquake in China

Dr. Julia Tsuei was the organizer and lead doctor for an earthquake relief work training project involving flower essence therapy in China. This is a report submitted by her detailing the work with four other members of her Flower Essence Therapy training team, Professor Hsia Lin-Ching, De-Kai Chou, Helga Chen-Hsin Wang and Zai-run Kong. They traveled to Chen-Du, the capital city of Sichuan province and Mian-Yang City and County, one of the most devastated areas during the earthquake in 2008.

This report highlights a very effective means of conducting a relief aid program utilizing what Dr. Tsuei calls "seed trainers." These people go on to helping others, who will in turn be helping others, and those others, more people again.

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Challenging But Fulfilling: Social Service Work in Guanajuato, Mexico
Lori Wilson is an acupuncturist living and practicing in Guanajuato, Mexico. Read a report from her in regard to the use of flower essence therapy in her volunteer social service work with women and children at a shelter in the area. She is “very inspired and committed to working with the disadvantaged populations in central Mexico.”
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“Peace for my mind”
Using Filaree and Other Flower Essences in the Treatment of
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Rosângela Teixeira attended the Practitioner Training at Instituto Cosmos de Terapia Floral in Campinas, Brazil and submitted this case study as one of the requirements for FES certification.

This case illustrates the importance of using flower essence therapy in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). With this work, I hope others with OCD can benefit from this healing modality, by recovering patience, will, perseverance and hope in their search for inner peace.

The main essence in this therapeutic process was Filaree, which I consider the flower for OCD. By itself, it works on perfectionism, control, obsessions, rituals, compulsions, ticks, and anxiety; that is, all the themes that afflict a person with this disorder. It enlarges perspective and gives back the right balance to situations. Filaree especially speaks to everything that is obsessive, compulsive and repetitive. I see that when Filaree enters the formula, it provides a subtle detachment, as if a switch has been turned off or a rope has been loosened.”

Read this case in Portuguese.

As part of her work toward FES certification, she also wrote an archetypal character study of Melvin Udall (Filaree) – the character played by Jack Nicholson in the movie – As Good As It Gets. Read the study in its original Portuguese version.

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The Therapeutic Magic of Stories
Story has therapeutic value in that it takes us back to our childhood, often revealing where and how the soul has become entrapped. This permits us to free the pain that has crystallized around an experience and reconnect with a freed "Inner Child." Read the narrative and view a multimedia presentation by Fina Subiñá Clotet. Read the text in Spanish here.
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Bach Flowers for Children

Read an article originally written in Spanish by Gabriela Olmedo Meneses, which is based on her personal experiences working with her own and other children. It features practical information for using the English flower essences at various stages of childhood development. Read this article in Spanish.

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Flower Therapy: what it is,
how and why to use it in veterinary medicine 
A simple yet powerful tool for animals’ well-being

This article by Dr. Laura Cutullo, published in the Italian veterinary journal "Atti Corso Introducttivo alla Medicina Non Convenzionale Veterinaria," has been edited and slightly abbreviated from the original version. Dr. Cutullo is a professional veterinarian and specialist in homeopathic remedies and Bach flower essences. The article was translated into English from Italian. Read the Italian version of the article.

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Thoughts on Abundance in Medicine Making

“Considering that this powerful herb, its spirit, its essence, and its physical medicine, are going into oils which will be used for healing and blessing, it struck me as being particularly auspicious that abundance (as both an idea in our collective consciousness, and as an actual fact) was a factor in our working with it. ...” Read more about the thoughts and insights from Jon Enos and Patricia Kaminiski regarding the abundance of Terra Flora's Mugwort harvest.
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Pensamientos del Dr. Bach sobre el miedo a la enfermedad—
Spanish translation now available for
“The thoughts of Dr. Edward Bach on the fear of disease”

Read the Spanish translation of the thoughts of Dr. Bach on the fear of disease, written in 1931, which have significant relevance to the world of today. This piece was translated by practitioner Julia de Early who lives in Mexico. Read the English version which was published earlier this year.
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New Feature of the Online Repertory for Members

Cross-referenced descriptions for each flower essence are now available online for members of the Flower Essence Society. It is in the form of a pdf document which is linked from the Members’ Online Repertory web page.

This is a format which practitioner Jane Ellen of Santa Fe, New Mexico, devised for working with her clients; we much appreciate Jane for sharing her idea with us!

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