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Bach Flower Remedies

Bach Flower Remedies

Introduction

The Bach Flower System

Dr. Bach wrote: "Behind all diseases lie our fears, our anxieties, our greed, our likes and dislikes. Let us seek those out and heal them, and with the healing will go the disease from which we suffer."

The best-known formula, Rescue is a combination of five Remedies* and is used for: accidents, crisis, emergencies, a dental procedure, stress etc.

*( Cherry Plum, Clematis, Impatiens, Rock Rose, Star of Bethlehem.)

The Bach Flower Remedies:

1. Agrimony 2. Aspen
3. Beech 4. Centaury
5. Cerato 6. Cherry Plum
7. Chestnut Bud 8. Chicory
9. Clematis 10. Crab Apple
11. Elm 12. Gentian
13. Gorse 14. Heather
15. Holly 16. Honeysuckle
17. Hornbeam 18. Impatiens
19. Larch 20. Mimulus
21. Mustard 22. Oak
23. Olive 24. Pine
25. Red Chestnut 26. Rock Rose
27. Rock Water 28. Scleranthus
29. Star of Bethlehem 30. Sweet Chestnut
31. Vervain 32. Vine
33. Walnut 34. Water Violet
35. White Chestnut 36. Wild Oat
37. Wild Rose 38. Willow
39. Rescue Remedy  



At-A-Glance Guide to emotional groups and flowers:
 

Despair: Crab Apple, Elm, Larch, Oak, Pine, Star of Bethlehem, Sweet Chestnut, Willow.
   
Disinterest: Chestnut Bud, Clematis, Honeysuckle, Mustard, Olive, Wild Rose, White Chestnut.
   
Fear: Aspen, Cherry Plum, Mimulus, Red Chestnut, Rock Rose.
   
Loneliness: Heather, Impatiens, Water Violet.
   
Over-sensitive to influences & ideas Agrimony, Centaury, Holly, Walnut.
   
Over-concern for others: Beech, Chicory, Rock Water, Vervain, Vine.
   
Uncertainty: Cerato, Gentian, Gorse, Hornbeam, Scleranthus, Wild Oat.




What are Bach Flower Remedies?

The Bach Flower Remedies are homeopathic plants and flower extracts, which developed from an initial 12 to the current 38 out of the work of a Harley Street physician, Dr. Edward Bach during the Inter-War years.

Where did the Bach Flower Remedies come from?

Dr. Bach treated people, not just diseases. He divided his patients into seven major emotional sub-groups: Fear, Loneliness, Uncertainty etc. He then categorized 38 negative states of mind (allegedly, every negative state known to man) within these groups and set about finding natural cures.

He searched the fields and hedgerows surrounding his home in Oxfordshire.

It is reported that he would enter the state of mind until he was led to the appropriate flower. If he held his hand over the flower, he could sense the properties of that flower, rather like the Shaman of other cultures.

How do the Bach Flower Remedies work?

The Remedies work by stimulating the body's own capacity to heal itself, balancing negative feelings and emotions, helping to instill a feeling of control, confidence and a positive outlook.

How are Bach Flower Remedies to be taken?

Rescue is the exception to the rule, so we can deal with it first. It is now available as drops, or a cream. However, the drops are taken at double the rate of the others. (The bottle is available in a larger size!) For immediate effect, or field use, 4 drops can be dropped neat upon the tongue, or rubbed onto the lips, or even behind the ears, or on the temples, or wrists (the same pulse points as perfume).

Bach Rescue cream contains the same basic five flower remedies as the liquid but Crab Apple is added, for cleansing. It is a general salve, useful for a host of conditions featuring chapped, flaking or just rough, skin problems.

All of the 38 remaining Bach Flower Remedies come in 10 ml bottles making it easy to carry in a purse, or pocket. A standard dose consists of 2 drops. Up to 6 or 7 remedies may be taken together.

The drops may be used neat but are usually diluted in a glass of water from which sips may be taken throughout the day. It may be replenished as often as necessary. The remedies are natural and safe for all the family, even the pets!

A portable version can be mixed up ready for use.

Add the same 2 drops to a 30 ml dropper bottle, top up with mineral water and take 4 drops from this solution, 4 times daily (or more if necessary) until relief is obtained.
 

Agrimony Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Mental torment - those who suffer considerable inner torture, putting on a "brave face" for others...

Aspen Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Apprehension - fears of unknown origin...
 

Beech Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Arrogance - intolerance of others...

Centaury Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Weak-willed, subservient, exploited...

Cerato Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Self-doubting, seeking advice and confirmation from others...

Cherry Plum Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Fear of losing control, vicious rages...

Chestnut Bud Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Fails to learn from mistakes , goes on repeating them...

Chicory Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Selfishly possessive - "martyr syndrome"...

Clematis Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Day - Dreamer, lack of interest, indifference, escapist...

Crab Apple Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

'Cleanser" - ashamed of illness, disgusting toxins...

Elm Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Inadequate - overwhelmed by responsibility...

Gentian Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Despondent - easily discouraged...

Gorse Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Feeling helpless, hopeless "What's the use?"...

Heather Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Bore, self-centered, talkative about their own troubles, poor listener...

Holly Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Hateful, envious, jealous, suspicious...

Honeysuckle Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Nostalgic - lives in the past, homesick...

Hornbeam Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

"Monday morning" feeling, procrastination...

Impatiens

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Impatience (amazingly enough!) - irritable...

Larch Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Lack of confidence - expects to fail, so fails to make the attempt, defeated before making a start, inferiority complex...

Mimulus Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Fearful, of known things - shy, timid...

Mustard Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Deep gloom - "under a dark cloud"...

Oak Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Plodder - exhausted but struggles on valiantly...

Olive Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Lack of energy - everything is an effort...

Pine Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Guilt complex - self-reproach, accept the blame for others mistakes...

Red Chestnut Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Obsessed - over-concern for others...

Rock Rose Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Panic - terror, alarm...

Rock Water Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

"Workaholic", rigid-minded, self-repression, self-denial...

Scleranthus Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Indecisive - fluctuating moods...

Star of Bethlehem Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Shock - tragic news...

Sweet Chestnut Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Extreme mental anguish - bleak outlook...

Vervain Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Fanatic - over-enthusiasm, highly strung...

Vine Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Leader - domineering, inflexible...

Walnut Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Protection from change, major life adjustments (puberty, menopause, divorce, new surroundings, change of jobs etc.)...

Water Violet Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Proud, aloof - reliable and dependable...

White Chestnut Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Preoccupied - with unwanted thoughts, worries...

Wild Oat Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Centering - removes uncertainty about life's path...

Wild Rose Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Drifter - lacking in ambition, accept their lot, resignation...

Willow Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

Resentment - "poor me"...

Rescue Bach Flower Remedy

The indications for selecting this Bach Flower Remedy are:

To comfort and reassure before, during or after a stressful experience: taking an exam, coping with the kids, facing redundancy...

References

Balch, E. : Heal Thyself. C.W. Daniel Co. Ltd. 1930.

Balch, E. : The Twelve Healers and Other Remedies. C.W. Daniel Co. Ltd. 1933.

Howard, J : The Bach Flower Remedies Step by Step. C.W. Daniel Co. Ltd. 1990.

Howard, J : Growing up with Bach Flower Remedies. C.W. Daniel Co. Ltd. 1990.

Howard, J : Bach Flower Remedies for Women. C.W. Daniel Co. Ltd. 1992.

Petrak, J.: How To Remember Bach Flower Remedies. Curry-Peterson Press.