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A little background about the origin of 
Bush Flower Essences

Ian White, (the creator of Australian Bush Flower Essences), tells us that geologically, Australia is the oldest of all the continents and is regarded as possessing (along with Brazil), the highest number of flowering plants in the world. There is also a lot of red and purple. Metaphysically, red symbolises raw physical energy, and purple, highest learning. Ian also reminds us that Australia has always had a very wise old energy.

If you are interested in little videos about the individual flowers, Ian White shares on Instagram regularly here.

The Doctrine of Signatures

Australian Bush Flower Essences notices the characteristics of The Doctrine of Signatures, which is the age-old belief that plants resemble the very body parts they are intended to treat. For example, Eyebright is a blue flower with a yellow centre which suggests the human eye and found to be helpful to treat tired eyes.

The concept is perhaps as old as the history of mankind, but is believed to have taken its name from the book “The Signature of All Things” (1621) by German philosopher, mystic, and theologian Jakob Boehme.


In Australia, the people the first nations (Aboriginal), obtained the beneficial effects of a flower essence by eating the whole flower and the use of a flower for the purpose of healing was always seen as a pleasurable rite. They certainly knew of many flowers that could be used for resolving specific emotional balances.

Dr Edward Bach (1886-1936) - the modern pioneer of flower essences - brought flower remedies into modern use. You may have heard of Bach's Rescue Remedy - widely available in pharmacies and health food stores in Australia. Dr Bach created many more, but Rescue Remedy is the most famous that many are familiar with in present time.

Using flower essences is encompassing the psychological, spiritual and the emotional physical states relevant to today.

Ian White  

Ian is the founder of the Australian Bush Flower Essences and a 5th generation Australian herbalist. Ian graduated from the University of NSW with a Bachelor of Science before completing degrees in Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine and Homoeopathy and has been practicing successfully as a Naturopath since 1979. His great-great-grandmother, worked as a herbalist during Australia’s Gold Rush in the 1850’s. It is Ian's teachings, experience and way of encompassing holistically all of our being, that influences Karen's use of flower essences as an accompaniment to her work.

The flower essences are safe for children, animals and people.

If, for example, the essence has restored harmony to the level it was intended, the no harm is done if the essence is continued. It is not medicinal in that they cannot cause harm. If the essence is no longer required, then it will have no further effect.