Flower remedies, or flower essences, are energy workers of the first order. Unlike an essential oil that works primarily on the physical and emotional level, flower essences work on our energetic bodies. Edward Bach, who developed the 38 remedies in the range that bears his name, believed that problems arise first in conflict between our Soul and our Personality. He defined Soul as our immortal true self, and our Personality as our mortal representation while we're on Earth. Keeping the peace between these two aspects is our Higher Self. Our Soul knows our purpose in this life and its task is to manifest that work in the physical world. This it does by working with the Higher Self to have the Personality embody the purpose in flesh and bones, but sometimes the Personality goes rogue! Quite often, I'd say, but maybe that's just me. In this mix are what Bach referred to as 'the virtues of our Higher Self', including gentleness, firmness, courage, constancy, wisdom, joyfulness, and purposefulness. If these qualities are not brought into our earthly life, their opposite takes hold and we experience negative emotions such as anger, fear, uncertainty, loneliness and apathy.
Bach wished for holistic health, with all three aspects of our selves working in harmony. At that point we would be strong and happy, living in harmony with the energy of the Universe. He believed that disharmony would at first appear as disruption, congestion, friction or loss of energy in a non-physical, subtle way. That would progress to our emotions and moods, and then finally to our physical bodies. So by addressing emotional issues with flower essences, we are preventing physical illness.
Bach chose flowers and plants that each embody one of the qualities (or, in effect, has a specific energy signature) found in the human Soul. When those qualities have been dulled or distorted, the flower essence can 'flood' our energetic field, strengthening and reactivating their positive aspect. The remedy will reconnect the Soul and the Personality, and we become our true selves again.
My explanation is much simplified (no really) and if you're interested in finding out more, there are some reading recommendations below.
So which one to focus on for this post? Had to be Wild Oat. Dr Bach himself said of this remedy:
Ah yes, Wild Oat...I know thee too well. Every multi-passionate, indecisive, confused, and ultimately self-reprimanding person out there who, in the end, just gives up because they can't choose and commit, will know of what I speak. I think Wild Oat was the first of the remedies I ever bought and if you've known me for any length of time at all, you'll know why. Sadly, it's taken until now for me to understand that taking it for a week and then forgetting or giving up is not going to help matters. If the issue has been present for many years then it can take years of work with Wild Oat to see resolution. Not always - sometimes you will experience new insights and understanding within weeks, even days - but it can take much longer than an impatient, frustrated person might like. (In which case we add some Impatiens to the mix!)
Wild Oat is not for people who lack ambition, but rather those who can't decide in which direction they want to point it. It helps us listen to and hear our inner voice (our Higher Self) and see where we really want and need to be going. Wild Oat people are not generally indecisive (that's more the Scleranthus type) but this key issue trips them up every time. They have just never known what they wanted to be when they grew up.
As I step into what I hope will be my Second Half, I'm drawn again to Wild Oat. My ambitions and hopes have changed, getting stronger than they ever were which has surprised me, but I still don't know what I want to do with them. Not with any real focus. I'm not trying to choose between motor racing, nursing, high finance and arctic exploration - I do know the area I'm drawn to - but I'm going to ask Wild Oat to help me tune in. See if it can get my almost-ADD personality to sit and focus for long enough for my Soul to pass on the message.
I believe we all go through stages of change where a gentle, steering hand could help. When I go into a certain kind of meditation or journey, I almost always find myself looking out across vast grasslands, spreading to the horizon with distant mountains off to either side, the perspective leading to their meeting point. Maybe that's been a hint that Wild Oat can show me where I'm headed. Perhaps it's something you've been looking for too.
ABOUT WILD OAT
Bromus ramosus (Not actually an oat at all, but a wild grass.)
- Ability to recognise one's potential and develop it to the full.
- Wide range of talents; one is able to to follow a higher guideline and always brings things to completion.
- Has clear ideas and ambitions and will not allow oneself to be deflected.
- Able to do many things well, even successfully do several jobs simultaneously.
HOW TO USE WILD OAT
WILD OAT FOR HUMANS
- Add four drops to water or any other drink and sip it. Do this four times a day (16 drops in total).
- Alternatively, two drops of Wild Oat may be added to a flower remedy blend (with up to six other remedies). This blend is then taken as above: four drops, four times a day.
WILD OAT FOR ANIMALS
- For animals who have lost direction. Perhaps a working dog who has been retired, or a family dog who finds himself in rescue and with no family to care for. A cat who has now to live indoors because of illness. Other remedies would be used in support in both cases.
- Ask for, and accept, guidance from your Higher Self.
BUY WILD OAT
You can get hold of Wild Oat in most health stores or anywhere that sells Bach products, but if you'd like to buy online you can do so here. I have an affiliate relationship with this store and will receive a small commission at no cost to you.
The Essential Writings of Dr Edward Bach - Dr Edward Bach, MB, BS, DPH
Bach Flower Therapy, The Complete Approach - Mechthild Scheffer
Principles of Bach Flower Remedies - Stefan Ball
Bach Flower Remedies for Animals - Stefan Ball and Judy Ramsell Howard