Bach flower remedies general information
In the Bach remedy system there are 38 flower essences. All of the flower essences were discovered between 1920-1930 by Dr Edward Bach, a very successful and well-known pathologist, physician and bacteriologist.
The 38 flower essences are all associated with a human emotion. For example, Mimulus is the remedy for a known fear e.g. heights, dark etc. Taking the remedy helps us to change into a positive feeling. Self- confidence, Willingness to accept and take risks.
Dr. Bach developed his system to be simple and easy to use. Dr. Bach believed that every emotion or illness has a function to play and helps us to learn but also grow.
Part of the learning experiences comes, when we sit down and think how we are feeling about a particular situation or problem. A situation or a cluster of symptoms (exam nerves, sleeplessness, lack of energy or confidence, whatever) can have many emotional causes and this is something the Bach Practitioners know very well.
The most important think is to make the problem personal and ask ourselves: “I can’t sleep and how does it make me feel? ” Working with the original 38 Flower Remedies that Dr. Bach developed, we ignore the symptom and instead of that we look at the emotional root of the problem.
Dr Bach believed that healing our emotions has a positive impact and improves other aspects of our life. A well-balanced and healthy emotional life, leads to a balanced personality and will allow the body to find its own natural state of heart.
The Bach flower remedy is a complementary therapy, 100% safe, to be used by people along any other medication or therapy (except pregnant women in the 1st trimester). The remedies have no side effects or placebo effect since they can be used and help even animals with their emotions.
“Healing with the clean, pure, beautiful agents of nature is surely the one method of all which appeals to most of us”
– Dr Edward Bach, 1936
Biography of Dr. Edward Bach
Dr. Edward Bach was born on the 24th September 1886. By 1912 he was a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons and Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians. He was awarded with Degrees B.S. (Bachelor of Science), with the Diploma in Public Health from Cambridge, M.B (Bachelor of Medicine) in 1914. He ended up practicing as a Consultant having his own practice in Harley Street, but before that, he was appointed as a Pathologist and Bacteriologist at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, led to his Nosode work, which led to his fame.
He was very keen about nature, flower and plants and in the end; the flower remedies became his life goal when he discovered how various trees and plants could affect his thoughts and feelings. He came to understand that for every human emotional pattern or state, there is a flower whose essence possesses an equal and opposite pattern. These plants can balance our emotions and consequently, assist in the prevention and treatment of physical illness, when they are used for their complementary (opposite) states.
Dr Bach was a forward thinker of his time and he embraced what Hippocrates believed: How emotional states lead to physical illness if they are not treated on time. This is a fact, which is now accepted and recognized by today’s medical profession. The last few years of his life were dedicated to complete and provide a simple and very effective system of natural medicine available to everyone. By the end the 38 flower essences were complete.
Mental torture behind a cheerful face
Fear of unknown things
The inability to say ‘no’
Failure to learn from mistakes
Lack of trust in one’s own decisions
Fear of the mind giving way
Selfish, possessive love
The cleansing remedy, also for self-hatred
Overwhelmed by responsibility
Dreaming of the future without working in the present
Discouragement after a setback
Hopelessness and despair
Self-centredness and self-concern
Hatred, envy and jealousy
Living in the past
Tiredness at the thought of doing something
Lack of confidence
Fear of known things
Depressed moods when no reason can be given for feeling this.
Gives us the strength to know when to quit.
Reignites our passion for living.
Worrying about other people.
Feelings of terror
Encourages us not to expect too much from ourselves
Supports decision-making when we can’t choose between two options.
Star of Bethehem
Brings comfort to those suffering from shock
Comforts those experiencing mental anguish
Too much mental energy
Helps those who need to show more respect for ideas from other people
Helps us to cope during transitions in life
Encourages strong, independent people to develop closer interpersonal relationships
Brings life back into focus by restoring mental clarity
Used to treat those who are at a turning point in life and are unsure of how to proceed.
Treats independent people who find it difficult to get involved socially
Aids in bringing peace to people who frequently feel sorry for themselves
Use in acute emergency situations
How the Bach Flower Remedies are made
Woodier plants, and those that bloom when the sun is weak, are generally prepared by the boiling method – i.e. boiling the flowering parts of the plant for half an hour in pure water.
In both cases once heat has transferred the energy in the flowers to the water, the energised water is mixed with an equal quantity of brandy. This mix is the mother tincture. Mother tincture is further diluted into brandy (at a ratio of two drops of mother tincture to 30 ml of brandy) to make the stock bottles that you see in the shops such as Boots, Holland and Barrett, etc.
Why Seeing a Bach Flower Practitioner
The Bach flower remedies can help us through difficult times in our lives and help us to develop positive strengths. This is because they work direct and exclusive on an emotional level, balancing any negative emotion. They provide empowerment. This is why they are so popular and perfectly safe to be used for all family. They have been used through the world with total success by medics and complementary health practitioners.
The 38 remedies can be mixed to meet the emotional state of anybody who feels that needs support. Every time they are mixed between 1 to 7 flower essences in a bottle. It is possible to mix almost 293,000,000 different bottles of remedy to suit each person’s individual emotional state.
This makes it a very cost effective method to be used, because the therapist will help each person to identify what worries and concerns him at a present time in his life. The therapist provides bespoke treatment to cure the negative emotions. The treatment last between 2 to 3 weeks.
Except the 38 individual remedies, they is one premixed combination, which Dr. Bach calls crisis mix and it is widely known as Rescue Remedy. This is used for emergency when somebody feels traumatised or he requires help after a shock, under stress or pressure.
As a Bach Flower Register Practitioner I work under the Bach Foundation Code of Practice, which sets out the standards expected of professional practitioners and provides a safe framework for practitioners and clients.
Being a Bach Flower Practitioner from the Bach Centre’s International Register of Practitioners means that I have followed an approved programme of education and assessments to ensure that I am competent to use the remedies in professional practice.
The Bach Flower Consultation
As a Bach Flower Practitioner I assess the needs of a client based on his emotional feelings and concerns. Consulations normally last 60 minutes. Consultations can be either face to face or via phone or skype. Then I prepare a unique mixture of 1 -7 Flower Remedies for the client to take, depending on his or her feelings and needs. I make the remedy by adding 2 drops of each flower essence with spring water in a 30 ml bottle. Progress is monitored on a weekly or monthly basis and the remedy is adjusted according to changes that have occurred during the period. When the client is feeling fine Bach flower remedies can be stopped.
There is not any emotion or a combination of emotions, which cannot be addressed with the Bach Flower Therapy. All people can face times in their lives where whey are concerned about family and friends, they are shy, they have self –doubt, they feel pain without any physical cause, or overwhelm by responsibilities. Sometimes, people can possibly go through panic attacks, resentment, worries, despair, irritability, sadness and despair. Even specific phobias, or vague anxieties, daydreaming, procrastination, impulsivity, agitation. All these above, are only a few examples of emotions that Bach Flower remedies can cure.
Babies & Children
The Bach Flower Remedies is a natural stress and emotional relief, safe for babies and children. The Bach Flower Remedies for babies and children deal with every day fears, daydreaming, self-esteem, worries, sadness, self-acceptance, school issues etc. Babies are unable to communicate their emotions very well and often their behavior reflects their inner frustrations at not being understood. The subtle energies of the flower remedies can be a tremendous help. Babies from early days can benefit from the flower remedies The real benefit of using the Bach Flower Remedies is that children respond quicker than adults. Children do not have many years of unresolved emotional imbalances. Parents can be amazed how the Remedies can bring positive effects into their children routine and behavior. A lot of times, children can suffer if changes are going in the family e.g. going to school, separation of parents, illness or death in a family, moving house, losing friends. Maybe, children can get jealous after the birth of a new sibling. Children can even be shy, unconfident, impatiens or unfriendly with other children. Bach Flower remedies help children to find courage, overcome fears and uncertainty. Their reaction will reflect in the improvement of their behavior after using the Bach Flower Remedies.
Even women can be benefit from the Bach Flower Remedies. Nowadays, women are too busy trying to cope with a busy working environment, even with family demands, physical wellbeing. Women sometimes, can feel vulnerable, negative, tiredness, and tension, unable to cope with everyday tasks. There are times when women feel it is all getting too much particularly when their femininity takes a knock (relationship issues, period periods, menopause, empty nest) Bach Flower Remedies help women to cope with period pains menopause, infertility, pregnancy as well as trials and tribulations. These are periods in a woman’s life that can be quite traumatic.
On one hand, men can be faced as domineering and intolerant and on the other hand, they can be feeling pressurized and very inadequate. Issues such us self-confidence, sexuality, job hunting, fatherhood and falling in love, can have an emotional effect for them. Men find it difficult to open up their emotions and they find it difficult to talk. They can end up being over-responsible, stressed and just decide to show a strong and cheerful face. Bach Flower Remedies can help men to find courage, to open up and share their worries and get the balance there are missing in their daily life.