In the 1930’s, English physician Edward Bach created a series of thirty-six flower remedies, prepared from plants found in his native England, to address underlying mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of physical disease. This ongoing series describes those remedies.
Fill in the blank. “The ________ oak.”
Lots of choices, all of them describing strength and dignity – mighty, regal, towering, noble, enduring. Even the word looks and sounds strong and capable – an “OK”, with the letter that you get on your report card when you do a really good job sitting quietly in the middle of its single syllable. No fancy, hard to spell bougainvillea or delicate orchids here, nosirree.
That’s Oak folk, in a nutshell. They’re capable, calm, reliable, very strong and enduring. You can count on them. It’s not a whim of design that gold oak leaves are wrapped around a royal coat of arms and the caps and epaulettes of high-ranking military officers, and are attached to the ribbon of a medal when you win it – again.
Kings, generals, and heroes carry a heavy load. Oak is Bach’s remedy for strong, dependable, responsible people who’ll work themselves to exhaustion or illness, never complaining, even when the joy has gone from their work. They don’t stop to rest, and would never think of giving up – keep marching, one foot in front of the other. If you fall, you won’t get up.
Oaks have powerful magic – ask a Druid if you can find one, or the ghosts of the Comanche and Tonkawa, who met under the branches of Austin’s five-hundred year-old Treaty Oak for councils of war and peace, back when it was part of a ring of fourteen of its brothers. Sam Houston is said to have rested in its shadow when he was kicked out as president of the Texas republic at the start of the Civil War.
In 1989, some idiot deliberately poured enough Velpar on its roots to kill a hundred trees – and it lived, against all odds. Maybe, in the international vigil held in its support, someone thought to place a few drops of Oak on its ancient roots.
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