Flower Essences work from the premise that diseases of the body are symptoms of disturbances of the mind, the heart and the spirit. Leaf, twig or flower-essence remedies directly correlate to specific moods or mental attitudes, and serve as catalysts for the subtler levels of the healing process. Edward Bach, pioneer of flower remedies, found that patients with similar personality traits responded to the same remedy, although their outward manifestations of illness differed. Capturing the essence of a fresh flower may involve gathering the plant at sunrise and placing it in a bowl of pure, undiluted water within direct sunlight for several hours.