by Judy Griffin, Ph.D.
Alternative Health, 312 pages
Excerpt from Flowers that Heal
||I remember the time when I was a
child: the whole world was alive and glowing. Trees, plants and
their flowers were my friends who danced with me in the moonlight
and sparkled with dew in the sunlight. The flowers bloomed just
for you and communicated special messages that made me giggle
with delight. Plants were as real to me as people. I called them
each by a special name and told them all my troubles as I reached
over to sniff their beautiful fragrances and gaze at their
I instinctively knew that flowers could see us and
understand how I felt and what I was thinking about. Every flower
was infinitely compassionate and loving, for flowers know nothing
of destruction, brutality, or even judgment. They are part of a
unique communication exuded throughout creation that sounds like
a very high-pitched hum. Their song has rhythm that is pleasantly
warm and jolly. I can remember dancing to their music and feeling
as light as a fairy.
Then, my time with the flowers grew shorter. I hardly had time
to stop and talk to anyone. I was always in a hurry, and the
flowers had little to say. Then came a time when the flowers grew
silent and without emotion. I would often wonder if the flowers
I began to rediscover the world of Mother Natures flower
essences, herbs, and essential oils while suffering from
Chrohns disease. I had recently been diagnosed with
cancer. I was scared, in pain, and in need of support. My answer
to prayer was an inner message to work with flowers. All I really
wanted was to get out of pain, but I made a promise to share
everything I learned with others. Immediately afterwards, every
time I walked near a plant, I received the information that I now
share with you in the following pages. For more than eighteen
years, much of this information has been researched and proven in
clinics and private medical practices worldwide.
For every impossible or incurable situation, there is a flower
essence to help us bloom. Flowers not only correct the imbalance
in the personalitys needs and expectations, but they also
support us by opening our hearts.
When I work in my gardens, I enter a world where flowers talk
and nature sings. I choose flowers that bloom even under stress
from an inner joy, which expresses the wonders of Nature.
Each flower has a unique message and healing quality that can be
captured into an essence at the peak time of its bloom. The
energy of the flowers becomes available as the bloom opens fully.
The best essences are made from flowers that are disease free,
perfectly shaped, and that emit the most auric light from the
center. They should be organically grown in seasons, nurtured,
and chosen from an abundance of full blooms. Most of the blooms
should be left untouched, attracting beneficial insects such as
bees, wasps, and butterflies. The balance of Nature should be
I have discovered that the experience of gardening is well worth
the time and effort. Flowering plants are wonderful teachers and
have taught me many songs and tunes I have heard only in gardens.
The flowers also speak from the heart of all creation. They
communicate the sadness they see in our eyes and catalyze the
potential of what we are yet to be. They heal wounds from the
deepest part of the psyche, reminding us with their beauty that
all true healing comes from the heart.
During the past twenty years, I have worked therapeutically with
flower essences, essential oils, herbs, and nutrition as a
clinical herbalist, aromatherapist, teacher, counselor, and
international lecturer. Certified in Texas as a horticulturist, I
organically grow and produce quality products. I have learned
that plants grown in the adverse climatic conditions of my
environment enhance the immune response of the flowers, forcing
them to bloom under stress just as we who thrive to achieve
self-actualization do. As we search within for understanding and
wisdom, Mother Nature will nurture us with the healing quality of
home-grown plants and flowers.
Flower essences and essential oils have been an integral part of
traditional healing since ancient times and are making their way
into modern medicine as an adjunct to pharmaceuticals.
What is most important in healing from the heart is that we take
responsibility for individual health and seek support on every
level. Health includes taking responsibility for our own
emotions, feelings, creativity, and expression. An integrated
personality will then receive illumination from the spirit to
express the hearts desire and to share all the treasures
of the heart.
Copyright © 2002 Judy Griffin