Dr Edward Bach
developed the Bach Flower Remedies
in the 1930's
THE BACH FLOWER REMEDIES
The Flower Remedy system was developed in the 1930's by Dr. Edward Bach. He was physician, a bacteriologist, researcher and later a homeopath, who developed these remedies to help us recover emotional balance and to reconnect to our true nature. He noticed that whenever our emotions are not centered we fall into an imbalanced or negative state which causes us to become distressed and tense. This can have many effects on our psyche and our physical health.
Life's challenges and experiences often cause our natural frequency to become out of tune. We develop blocks and build defense mechanisms and become tense. Our busy way of life and the huge amounts of information and interactions we have often cause us to be stressed and overwhelmed, and stop us from clearly seeing the path ahead
What they do and how do they work?
The Bach Flower Remedies are vibrational essences and work through the principle that all that exists, from matter to more ethereal bodies like emotions and thoughts, is in constant vibration. When our thoughts are vibrating at a low frequency or our emotions are off balance we don't feel well. The remedies through their own vibrational frequencies help us re balance those thoughts and emotions that have gone into a negative state.
I like to compare their effect to that which we experience when we listen to music, which of course is a sound vibration. We have all experienced how a particular sound or song can soothe us, give us confidence, energize us, or make us feel happy and optimistic. The Bach Flower Remedies also work through vibration to re adjust our frequency.
There are 38 remedies which are mapped to particular emotional states. Once the problematic emotions are pinpointed a combination of remedies is chosen and mixed to make up a bespoke remedy treatment suitable for that unique individual in that particular moment in their life.
List of the 38 Bach Flower Remedies
Below are the 38 flower essences developed by Dr Bach with a brief description of the emotional states they help balance. Click on the link to go to the full description on the Bach Centre's webisite.
Please be aware that these are general descriptions and that the emotional states can present themselves in more subtle ways.
Agrimony - Suffering hidden behind a cheerful face. difficulty in entering conversations that may involve disagreement with others.
Aspen - fear or anxiety for unknown reason.
Beech - intolerance of others. Easily triggered by others.
Centaury - Finding it hard to say 'no' to others. always puting oneself last.
Cerato - Uncertainty in one's own decisions. easily swayed by others.
Cherry Plum - fear of losing your mind or of losing self-control.
Chestnut Bud - failure to learn from one's mistakes. Repeating the same unhelpful patterns over and over.
Chicory - possessive love. Clingy and often Fussy in their attention to loved ones. difficulty in letting go or easily offended by others close to us.
Clematis - lives in the future. dreamy. Disconnected from the present moment. Often feels ungrounded or 'disconnected' from their body.
Crab Apple - a cleansing remedy. helps with self-hatred. Self-Disgust. lack of love for one's own body or image. exaggerated preoccupation with germs and cleanliness.
Elm - overwhelmed by pressure and responsibility.
Gentian - feels discouraged when things don't go as hoped.
Gorse - lack of hope, despair.
Heather - constand need to speak about oneself and one's issues. self-concern. feels lonely and seeks company to talk to. self-centeredness.
Holly - Anger, hatred, envy, suspiciousness and jealousy. angry outbursts.
Honeysuckle - living in the past. Nostalgia. struggles to let go of the past.
Hornbeam - tiredness at the thought of starting something. difficulty in getting things started. lack of motivation for getting things done.
Impatiens - impatience, stressed by time, frustration of things not moving quickly enough. irritated by people who move, act or speak slowly.
Larch - lack of confidence in oneself and one's abilities.
Mimulus - fear of known things. syness.
Mustard - depression, particulatly depression which feels is arriving for no apparent reason.
Oak - constantly pushing oneself despite exhaustion. overworks. doesn't know when to take a break.
Olive - exhaustion after mental or physical effort, or after illness.
Pine - Feelings of guilt.
Red Chestnut - over-concern for the welfare of loved ones. Excessive worry for others.
Rock Rose - Panic and terror. Bad Nightmares.
Rock Water - self-denial, rigidity and self-repression. Inflexibility, particularly with oneself.
Scleranthus - Indecisive. Inability to choose. 'analysis paralysis'
Star of Bethlehem - shock, trauma. good remedy to take after having been 'shaken up' by something.
Sweet Chestnut - Extreme mental anguish, sadness and despair.
Vervain - over-enthusiastic. highly idealistic. Tries to convince others.
Vine - dominant and inflexible. Demands obedience from others. finds it hard to compromise, take a back seat or follow others.
Walnut - protection from stressful environments and unwanted influences. Helps to break old habits. helps adapt to change,
Water Violet - introverted personalities that can often become too isolated from others. Sometimes a bit superior in their attitude to others. has difficulty relating with and relating to others.
White Chestnut - incessant repetitive thoughts. mind never stops.
Wild Oat - Unable to chose direction in life because torn between many choices.
Wild Rose - drifting, resignation, apathy. lack of motivation in changing one's circumstances.
Willow - self-pity. resentment. Feeling the world is against one. feeling like a victim.
why speak to a registered practitioner?
You can chose your own remedies. There is no way that choosing the 'wrong' remedy may harm you. Taking a remedy you don't need will do nothing as you are already in balance in that area, so you will remain in this balance, that's all!
A lot of people chose their own remedies and that is fine. The reason why so many other people chose to go to a practitioner is that a trained and experienced person will be able to see much more subtle clues and will usually be able to make suggestions of remedies one would often overlook.
The practitioner, having a neutral perspective on the issues their client is dealing with will also be able to view the outline of the situation more clearly. When we are in the middle of a crisis our perspective is affected by the emotional forces pulling at us at that particular time, making it harder to see our situation objectively.
Working with registered practitioner is also a great way to learn how to use the Bach Flower Remedy System by yourself. Part of out goal as practitioners is to empower our clients so that they can take care of their own emotional health.