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Bach Flower Remedies

‘Health depends on being in harmony with our souls.‘ – Dr Edward Bach

What Are Flower Remedies?

For anyone who doesn’t know Bach (pronounced ‘batch’) flower remedies are solutions of brandy and water – the water contains extreme dilutions of flower/plant material that holds natural healing properties to balance our personalities. All but one of the remedies are based on single wild flowers and plants, the exception ‘Rock Water’ is made from the water of a natural spring.

Bach Flower Remedies

Who Developed Them?

The 38 remedies were developed in the 1930s by Dr Edward Bach, an English physician, homeopath and keen observer of human behaviour. Dr Bach spent his life searching for the purest methods of healing, his simple and profound philosophy was that; ‘Disease is the direct result of a conflict between our spiritual and mortal selves. Health and happiness result from being in harmony with our own nature and in doing the work for which we are individually suited.’

How Do They Work?

Of his remedies Dr Bach once said, “They are able, like beautiful music, or any glorious uplifting thing which gives us inspirations, to raise our very natures, and bring us nearer to our souls: and by that act, to bring us peace, and relieve our sufferings.”

How Do I Select One?

You can pick and choose remedies as and when you feel drawn to them, they are completely natural and enormously gentle so there are no side effects or any dangers of over-dosing. However it is also worth bearing in mind that we function from our subconscious 95-97% of the time, so we aren’t always consciously aware of the flower remedy that we might benefit from taking at the time. As a result Kinesiology (muscle testing) is a wonderful method for making a selection because it bypasses the reason and logic part of our minds and removes the guesswork.

How Can I Find Out More?

There are lots of training courses available for people who want to find out more about using and choosing remedies, but in this blog we thought it would be helpful to introduce you to the key meanings behind each of the 38 essences. However please remember that these are not the full and complete descriptions and each bottle would be worthy of a lengthy blog entry in its own right.

Agrimony – Smiles hide inner worry
Aspen – Apprehension and unknown fears
Beech – Over critical and intolerant
Centaury – Weak willed, subservient
Cerato – Lack of faith in ones own judgment
Cherry Plum – Fear of losing control
Chestnut Bud – Inability to learn ones lessons
Chicory – Possessive, controlling
Clematis – Dreamy, absent minded
Crab Apple – The Cleanser
Elm – Overwhelmed by responsibility
Gentian – Despondency, disappointment
Gorse – Hopelessness, despair
Heather – Over talkative, self-concern
Holly – Anger, jealousy, suspicion
Honeysuckle – Living in the past
Hornbeam – Mental tiredness
Impatiens – Impatience, irritability
Larch – Lack of confidence
Mimulus – Known fears, nervousness
Mustard – Gloom, despair for no apparent reason
Oak – The strengthener
Olive – Tiredness, exhaustion
Pine – Feelings of guilt, unworthiness
Red Chestnut – Over-concern for others
Rock Rose – Extreme fear, terror
Rock Water – Self punishment, rigidity
Scleranthus – Indecision
Star of Bethlehem – Shock, trauma, grief
Sweet Chestnut – Extreme anguish, despair
Vervain – Over enthusiasm, perfectionism
Vine – Dominating, need for control over others
Walnut – Change
Water Violet – Proud with thoughts of superiority
White Chestnut – Repetitive thoughts
Wild Oat – Inability to see ones direction
Wild Rose – Apathy, lack of enthusiasm
Willow – Resentment, bitterness, anger

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