Bach flower remedies are a gentle, natural healing system developed by English physician Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930s. They come in liquid form* and are generally taken by mouth.** The remedies relieve stress and anxiety and various other states of mind and mood that Dr. Bach identified as imbalances of our otherwise basic good health. There are 38 remedies, plus Rescue Remedy, a crisis formula which is a combination of five remedies and is Dr. Bach’s only approved static combination. He felt that people were best served by taking the flowers individually or in combinations made up to address the concerns of the immediate present, so any other combinations sold as such would not be helpful.
The remedies are made by exposing the blossoms of particular plants to the sun for a few hours as they rest in a bowl of spring water. Some remedies are made by boiling in pure water for half an hour. The vital energy of the flower is transferred to the water, and preserved by mixing it with equal parts brandy. This is the mother tincture, which is diluted to stock strength (what you buy in a shop), which can be taken as is, or diluted further into a dosage bottle (what you receive with your personal blend of remedies after a consult).
Dr Bach became disillusioned with traditional medicine because he felt it did not treat the whole person. In 1917, he was diagnosed with cancer and sent home to die. Instead, Dr. Bach found his life’s work in devising a system of natural healing that was based on the vibrational harmony of flowers and how that could be imparted to help people (and animals and other plants) reestablish balance and harmony within themselves. Bach’s focus was on helping people find true healing, peace of mind and spiritual wellbeing. He lived almost 20 more years, dying in 1936 after he declared his life’s work – the Bach flower remedy system – to be complete.
Dr. Bach eventually settled on 38 states of mental/emotional/spiritual imbalance that he could treat through his gentle flower remedies. These include fear of unknown things, fear of known things, jealousy, impatience, poor boundaries, shock and trauma, difficulty in transitions, and so forth. The remedies can be combined or taken singly to answer to virtually any of these imbalances. While no medical claims can be made about the flower remedies, relieving stress and imbalance in the mental and emotional realms is known to support healing in the physical realm as well.
All consultations are confidential, including your status as a client. You are, of course, free to tell anyone you like about your session! Bach flower remedy appointments may be held in person, by phone, or by Skype.
*There is a Rescue Cream available, which includes the Rescue Remedy formula plus Crab Apple, for skin problems, bumps and bruises.
** Remedies can also be placed on the body at pulse points, used in a bath or the soles of the feet, and misted from a spray bottle.
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What happens in a Bach Flower Remedy consult? We take some time to talk about what is going on for you, what you would like help with, and I make notes of possible remedies for you to take. I will share my thoughts with you, and you decide which ones make the most sense or sound right to you. If there is anything else that needs addressing, you can ask for other remedies. Eventually we arrive at a combination (between 1-7 remedies) that addresses your current needs, and I make a dosage bottle for you.
How do I know the remedies are working? If you pay attention, you will notice how the flower remedies affect you. I encourage my clients to make notes about what they are having trouble with and which remedies they are taking and why. Often the remedies work so deeply and effectively that people sometimes think they weren’t really experiencing their problems in the first place. If you make notes, you can track your progress.
Flower remedies work on the “onion peeling” principle – that is, the outermost layers of difficulty resolve first, and then a new layer is revealed. Some issues are more recent or superficial and resolve quite easily; others run deeper and take more time.
Why should I use Bach flower remedies? Bach flower remedies are helpful, subtle and profound. They bring your energy field back into balance and relieve the mental, spiritual and emotional suffering of the 38 states of imbalance identified by Dr. Bach. Flower remedies have no negative side effects and do not interfere with any medication or psychotherapy process, but support deep transformation and healing.
What is the daily dosage? Four drops from your dosage bottle four times a day, more often if needed. Two drops from a stock bottle (what you buy in a shop) under the tongue or in water or other liquid to be sipped frequently. Be careful not to touch your mouth or tongue with the dropper! If you do, rinse it off before putting it back in the bottle, or you will create a little petri dish in there…
What if I need more than one bottle? If you are in town I will do a free refill and leave it for you to pick up. If we did a phone consult, I usually send two bottles at once. Usually the combination needs to be changed after two bottles, so we would do a follow-up consultation if you would like to keep working with the remedies. One 1-ounce bottle should last a couple of weeks or more.
For more information about Bach flower remedies, see the FAQ page.
Dr. Bach’s goals included all people feeling comfortable using the remedies, so learning about them for yourself is strongly encouraged. He liked to say, “When I feel cold, I put on a sweater; when I feel I lack confidence, I take some Larch.” He wanted it to be that ordinary and easy for people to make use of his system and not have to rely on a practitioner for help.
For information on classes in the US, research on the flower remedies, and to purchase your own remedies, go to Bach Flower Education.
For information about the remedies and their origins, visit the website of the Dr. Bach Centre in England.
You can also purchase Bach flower remedies (Bach Remedies Original brand) for a good price at http://www.vitacost.com/.
Complete sets of small bottles of Bach flowers (Healing Herbs brand) are available here http://www.fesflowers.com/fes-store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=2