1. Book: "Black Hills Flower Essences - Nature's Gift of Gentle Spirit Healers", 1. Edition, Volume 1 by Isa Kirk
Available directly from Publisher/Author and Amazon.com
2. Calendar: "Lunar Zodiac Calendar - In Tune With Nature's Rhythms" 2014 by Isa Kirk
Available directly from Publisher/Creator Isa Kirk and Amazon.com
The new 2015 Calendars will be available by September 2014
3. Article in "Todays Horse Magazine", February 2014 Issue: "Flower Essences" by Kim Kizzier, LMT
The profound link between emotions and physical pain and disease has been known for as long as recorded history, but in the last couple centuries our focus on Western or evidencebased medicine has led us to treat disease and physical symptoms as the primary and sometimes only affect. Emotional and spiritual health are typically kept in separate wellness categories than physical although we are beginning to see more information in modern medical trends leading us to take a more serious look at the links between them. Pharmaceutical companies are advertising their medications for depression by addressing the physical pain symptoms associated with sadness and despair. The work of Louise Hay who spent decades linking specific physical disease and pain syndromes with the emotional condition of the person, is becoming more quoted and popular as time goes on; (Books: You Can Heal Your Life, You Can Heal Your Body – Louise Hay). The use of Flower Essences can be a very effective and gentle means to bring balance to the whole-body of people or animals by addressing mental and emotional imbalance.
The ancient Chinese, Egyptians, and Aboriginal people of Australia are reported to have used Flower Essences to address emotional, physical, and mental balance. In recent modern times Dr. Edward Bach (1886-1936) spent the last several years of his career and life developing 38 Bach Flower remedies, each being associated with a basic human emotion. Dr. Bach, a well-known bacteriologist, physician, and pathologist in his time, worked on some of the original research into vaccines, but became frustrated with the tendency for doctors to concentrate on disease and ignore the whole person. In his research, he drew parallels between his work with vaccines and the principals of homeopathy and eventually took a position at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital while still maintaining a successful private practice.
Continuing to pursue a gentler method of treatment, Dr. Bach left his practice in 1930 to devote the rest of his life to a new system of
medicine and spent years testing and preparing thousands of plants to naturally treat personalities and feelings of patients and to
alleviate their unhappiness and physical distress. He believed that the body would heal itself when balanced and unblocked and Flower Essences are able to do just that. Dr. Bach maintained a philosophy of Simplicity. His 38 remedies of gentle healers can be combined into nearly 293 million different combinations as needed. He wrote several books on his work that are still used today by Flower Essence practitioners. In 1934, Bach opened the Bach Centre in Oxfordshire, England, which is still in operation offering training and preparing. Bach Flower Remedies that are available world-wide. Most natural health stores in the U.S. will have some form of Bach Flower Essences available.
Different from Essential Oils and herbal preparations, Flower Essences are extracted from particular parts of a plant on a particular day into pure water with the help of sunshine and then preserved with brandy or other alcohol in a sterile bottle. The essence of the plant remains
stable in the preparation and can be divided into combinations or added to make additional bottles. The essence remains with the liquid preparation and does not weaken with dilution. Similar, yet slightly different than the principals of homeopathy where dilution typically makes the preparation stronger, Flower Essences can be diluted and their effectiveness is not changed.
Local Practioner Isa Kirk from Plenty Star Ranch near Custer, S.D., has been working with Flower Essences for decades and in 2010 began creating the first Black Hills Flower Essences from wild flowers found in her local area. Originally from Munich, Germany, Isa attended the
Paracelsus School for Alternative Healing Practitioners in the early 1990s while working for a wholistic practitioner in Munich; focusing on treating pets and farm animals. She said that Flower Essences were known and used much more commonly in Europe than in the U.S. In 1995, Isa came to the Black Hills of South Dakota and married Jack Kirk to “live out her dreams in one of the most beautiful areas in the United States.” It is often believed that herbs have the most effective healing potential when utilized by people and animals living in the immediate area of their natural habitat. Knowing that and with additional knowledge of plants, lunar, and zodiac rhythms, and natural healing, Isa Kirk has developed a line of Black Hills Flower Essences. She offers personal blends, consultations, classes, and has published a new book describing her first 30 Essences “Black Hills Flower Essences - Nature’s Gift of Gentle Spirit Healers - Vol 1”. For more information Isa can be contacted through her web site at: www. plentystarranch.com.
How they Work
‘Flower Essences assist an individual to overcome the effects of trauma, stress, or shock related to negative behavior patterns and their physical expressions such as all manner of diseases, aches and pains, nightmares, unexplainable sudden sadness, lack of interest in daily life, the inability to deal with loss, abandonment or change in the environment, and other of life’s unforeseen events. They often can assist to change emotional eating habits and other addictions, heal allergies, and other physical ailments, allow for better sleep, attention span,
and overall energy. Responses have been described as gentle physical, mental, and emotional cleansing effects. As this “cleansing” process progresses, additional or different essences may address the next, deeper level of disharmony. They do not interfere with any other method of therapy or medication and Flower Essences have NO adverse side effects’. (Black Hills Flower Essences, Isa Kirk)
Although both Black Hills and Bach Flower Essences have specific qualities and effects associated with each flower (ex: Bach Aspen Essence might be used for Fear of the Unknown will help to give courage in exploring the unknown or Black Hills Yarrow Essence may be used to assist in self-preservation), the choosing of essences and blends involves much intuition and instinct. Often the actual source of imbalance in ourselves or another is not completely understood when we are looking at the obvious symptoms. The intuitive process of choosing the essences will often present a pattern of disharmony that may not have been initially obvious. It is not uncommon for ‘healing’
or shifts to occur in areas that weren’t originally an apparent issue. Isa works not only with the documented information and intuitive process, but also the lunar and zodiac rhythms to get a most beneficial result in both the making of and choosing essences. She recently created a 2014 Lunar - Zodiac Calendar from her many years of study and use of this ancient knowledge.
On a personal note, I have experienced two different personal blend essences from Isa and found the experience not only enlightening, but very gently transformative and even life changing. I was having trouble moving forward with my life’s path and after taking my first blend for five weeks, I felt like I was getting a much clearer picture and newfound innerstrength. I am in the middle of a second blend for seven weeks and I am now finding it easier to put together a more focused plan toward that picture without the fear I once felt about how it might affect my life. Yep, I got Aspen in my blend - for fear of the unknown - yet prior to receiving the blend, I didn’t realize I had that fear. Several friends and my daughter have since tried their own personal blends and each person has their own story of personal growth and transformation.
Using Flower Essences with animals
Regarding using the Essences on animals, both the Bach Centre and Kirk have protocol for animal use and according to Isa, since animals don’t have social and mental blocks like humans, they often respond very fast to the gentle healing quality of essence blends. Drops of essence are typically taken by mouth and the dose for animals is the same as for people, but can be diluted to minimize the alcohol content Flower Essences (especially for birds or small animals). Drops can be put on a treat or rubbed onto the neck if they prefer not taking in the mouth. Isa commented that the use of flower essence has proven to be very helpful in shelter animals with abandonment issues, aggression or fear responses, and ill health due to neglect or parasite infestation. She mentioned that shelters and rescue organizations in England have been utilizing Flower Essences for 100 years and Germany for 60 to assist animals to overcome their
negative experiences more quickly and lasting to get them back into a good, healthy place to be re-homed. Isa cautions that essences will not help when neglect is ongoing either knowingly or unknowingly.
Flower Essences help a stallion Isa tells a story about her first stallion who was quite a challenge when he began pasture breeding at age three and was nearly attacking every mare in range without any respect or consideration and whether the mare was in heat or not. She said that he looked beat up and so did the mares, yet he continued the behavior. One day he had mounted an unwilling young mare
whose kicking caused the stallion to slip in the spring mud and tear a muscle in his hindquarter. Even the sudden injury did not slow him down, he simply continued on three legs. Isa prepared a personal essence blend for him with the intention of helping the injury heal faster. To her astonishment the flower essences that came up in the process indicated that this was more of an emotional problem. A fear of being abandoned and left out presented itself. She remembered that he had been a wormy, early weaned colt so this information made some sense. She went out to the pasture fence with drops in hand and he came running on three legs immediately when she called, sliding right up to her. Isa administered the drops to his mouth and she was amazed to see him lower his head, let out a deep breath in relief and stand quietly with her for several minutes. He then walked away in slow motion, hardly limping, and from that day on, he was polite, gentle, affectionate with the mares and foals, and a pleasure to be around. He always had the hole in his muscle, but never seemed to be affected by it even when ridden.
Animals and People Isa had a client that had a dog with itching hot spots and a tumor on his leg. In spite of veterinary treatment, the hot spots would not clear up. Isa was asked to make a personal blend for him. In the process, it became obvious that he was exposed to toxins. The owner took her dog to work with her in a saddle shop and they realized that the fumes which tend to settle low to the ground
where the dog was were affecting him and he finally responded with this allergic reaction on his skin. Within four weeks of being given
his personal blend, all the hot spots disappeared and the tumor had loosened and softened under the skin. He appeared to be in a much better mood playing and acting happier. Liking the results, the owner asked for a follow-up blend for the dog and for herself. In the process, it became evident that dog and owner required the same blend at the same time. The owner exposes herself to the same toxins in her shop and also smokes, so it was clear to Isa that the dog simply showed her what she was doing to herself. Both came out of the Flower Essence experience much happier, more joyful and active. The owner has since purchased a kit of essences which she uses successfully on her animals and herself.
The Bach Centre recommends a series of books for anyone wanting to utilize their remedies for animal everyday problems: Bach Flower Remedies for Animals or Emotional Healing for Cats by Stefan Ball and Judy Ramsell Howard, Emotional Healing for Horses and Ponies by Stefan Ball, Heather Simpson and Judy Ramsell Howard, and Teach Yourself Bach Flower Remedies for Dogs by Heather Simpson. They say that these books draw on insights from animal behaviorists and include real-life case studies showing the remedies in use. The Bach Centre states that Flower Remedies should always and only be selected for emotional imbalances. Veterinary care should always be sought for medical conditions or injuries that need diagnosis and treatment. The Bach Centre also advises to be cautious about books that wrongly associate flower remedies with specific physical disorders so as not to be led to give inappropriate help and delay necessary veterinary intervention. cc Flower Essences