How does disease arise? Some people remain healthy although they are exposed to potentially harmful bacteria, fungi, viruses, and toxins each day, while others seem chronically ill. The truth is that we don’t know why humans, birds or other animals become sick. When we look for the causes of illnesses, however, we must include emotions as a major factor.
How many times, when we become sick, are we being adversely affected by some event in our lives? Our child is getting in trouble, the boss at work is unhappy with our performance, our income is suddenly not covering all our expenses, or the in-laws are arriving for an extended visit. These are just a few exams- plus of common problems, we might have to deal with in our lives. When we suffer the emotional upheaval these types of problems can cause, our bodies are susceptible to physical illness. We always seem to get sick when we can least afford it because that is when we are most stressed.
Dr. Edward Bach recognized the need to improve the emotions as one of several ways to treat disease. He started his research in the 1900s, investigating how flowers might affect emotions. He knew that the sight and smell of certain flowers produced various emotional shifts in humans. Eventually, he learned how to isolate the flower’s essence, which then can be used for therapeutic purposes.
He categorized thirty-eight flowers by their ability to alter the emotions of his patients. Flower essences are intended to work only the mental and emotional aspects of the patient. There are flower essences for fear, anger, transition, anxiety, depression, insecurity, stress, and many other emotions. Several different flower essences often are combined in the same bottle to deal with multiple emotional symptoms. A flower essence formula is usually used with other therapies.
English flower essences, modeled after the thirty-eight flowers of Dr. Edward Bach, are remarkably effective for various emotional problems. A more common name for them is the Bach Flowers. We know that this is a trading name and that several companies produce essences in the traditional way that can be called Bach Flowers. We will use the name Bach Flowers here in honor of Dr. Bach.
Some animal behaviorists believe that animals do not have emotions. Anyone who has lived with and studied birds knows that birds do have feelings. It can be difficult to determine the emotions that negatively affect a bird, however. We recommend that you closely observe your bird’s behaviors and ask yourself what negative emotions are adversely influencing your bird. (Please note that Bach Flowers are to assist in healing your birds. They should not replace conventional therapies that your bird might need.)