Bach Flower Remedies/Therapy
“The action of these remedies is to raise our vibrations and open up our channels for the reception of our Spiritual Self, to flood our natures with the particular virtue we need, and wash out from us all the fault which is causing harm. They are able, like beautiful music, or any gloriously uplifting thing which gives us inspiration, to raise our very natures, and bring us nearer to our Souls: and by that very act, to bring us peace and relieve our sufferings.”
– Dr. Edward Bach
What are Bach Flowers?
Bach Flower Remedies are flower essences made from specific blooms of flowering plants and trees. Dr. Edward Bach, a medical doctor from England, developed this system of healing in the years from 1930 – 1936.
Dr. Bach believed that physical dis-ease was the result primarily of imbalances of our mind and emotions; therefore in order to achieve true healing one must resolve and treat those factors underlying the physical condition.
In his search to find a method of healing as an alternative to modern medicine his strong love for nature as well as his compassion and desire to ease suffering led him to the discovery of the power of plants. He realized that each plant holds its own unique signature and personality and that plants and in particular the flowers have the potential to assist living beings to resolve imbalances which cause distress and dis-ease to the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. The underlying idea is to free ourselves of any limitations that might hold us back from living our lives to the fullest and in accordance with our soul purpose.
Who can benefit from taking Bach Flower Remedies?
Any living creature of any age may benefit from working with Bach Flowers, this means Bach Flowers may be used for infants, children, adults, seniors as well as for plants and animals.
How do I know when to work with Bach Flowers?
Bach Flowers can be considered a life-long companion because they have their use in acute situations as well as longstanding challenges.
Any time someone is experiencing emotional or physical distress, regardless of the severity, Bach Flower Remedies can provide support, assisting the individual to return to a balanced state. At times certain emotions or personality traits may interfere with a person’s ability to unfold to their full potential. In these cases the Bach Flowers may help to overcome and resolve these issues allowing the individual to live a life more in accordance with their potential as well as in harmony with their soul.
There is a remedy or a combination available for any situation imaginable.
Will taking Bach Flowers create any side effects?
Generally Bach Flower Remedies do not cause any undesirable side effect; however very occasionally they may trigger an emotional overload or some minor physical symptoms. In the unlikely event that this should happen, a person may decrease the dosage or stop taking the remedy internally for a certain period of time before re-introducing it again.
Can Bach Flowers interfere adversely with prescription drugs or other forms of treatment?
There is no known interaction between the Bach Flower Remedies and prescription drugs, herbs or any other treatment forms. In fact, many times, the flower essences support other treatment protocols including conventional medicine.
How do I know which remedies to take?
You may choose your remedies intuitively, for example with the help of the cards from
Bach Flowers Unfolding or consciously by reading about the remedies and deciding which one seems most appropriate. However, choosing a flower remedy consciously will not always lead to the most appropriate choice because our mind may interfere with what it is that we truly need.
Some people or practitioners prefer to use a questionnaire or a form of an interview to determine the “right” Bach Flower at any given time.
Dr. Edward Bach developed this system of healing following his intuition. For this and other reasons, I personally prefer the intuitive approach in most cases. Many years of practice have proven this method to be highly accurate.
The Seven Categories
Dr. Bach included 38 Bach Flowers into his system of healing plus the RESCUE REMEDY, a combination of 5 of the 38 original flowers. He grouped the 38 remedies into seven different categories, each one addressing a specific overall state of mind.
1. FEAR: Rock Rose – Mimulus – Cherry Plum – Aspen – Red Chestnut
2. UNCERTAINTY: Cerato – Scleranthus – Gentian – Gorse – Hornbeam – Wild Oat
3. INSUFFICIENT INTEREST IN PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES: Clematis – Honeysuckle – Wild Rose – Olive – White Chestnut – Mustard – Chestnut Bud
4. LONELINESS: Water Violet – Impatiens – Heather
5. OVERSENSITIVITY TO INFLUENCES AND IDEAS: Agrimony – Centaury – Walnut – Holly
6. DESPONDENCY or DESPAIR: Larch – Pine – Elm – Sweet Chestnut – Star of Bethlehem Willow – Oak – Crab Apple
7. OVER-CARE FOR WELFARE OF OTHERS: Chicory – Vervain – Vine- Beech – Rock Water
RESCUE REMEDY: Rock Rose – Star of Bethlehem – Impatiens – Cherry Plum – Clematis
“They cure, not by attacking disease, but by flooding our bodies with the beautiful vibrations of our Higher Nature, in the presence of which disease melts as snow in the sunshine.”
– Dr. Edward Bach
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