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Everything that you need to know about “Bach Flower Remedies”

Everything that you need to know about “Bach Flower Remedies”

As a Bach Flower Practitioner myself, I would like to explain this system and try to answer all popular FAQs about Bach Flower Remedies. 

I got introduced to this system by my mother, who used to give me Bach flower remedies as a child to calm my nerves before an examination, to relax my body after a very hectic week at school and so on. 

I was aware of the system but truly dived deep into it recently. What caught my attention about this system was its simplicity. Both, in terms of using and learning it. 

What is Bach Flower Remedy?

The Bach® remedy is a form of complementary and alternative medicine. It is natural and non-invasive. It’s based on the idea that flowers have a healing vibrational energy. The practice uses flower essences, which are liquids infused with a flower’s energy. Modern flower essences were created by Dr.Edward Bach, a British physician, in the 1930s. He believed that this can bring about mental, physical, and spiritual wellness. He quotes in his book called Free Thyself, “ Health depends on being in harmony with our souls”. 

Bach® Original Flower Remedies work by helping you balance any negative emotions you might be experiencing. Such emotions can include anxiety, worry, fear, uncertainty or a lack of confidence. These types of feelings interfere with your equilibrium. Bach® Original Flower Remedies will help restore you to your former sense of self, and improve your emotional balance.

Bach® Original Flower Remedies are natural, and made from wild flowers. Preserved in a grape brandy, these natural remedies are non toxic, and are safe for everyone to use, including children and pets.

Dr. Bach devised this system to make it simple and easily available to everyone. He wanted to keep it as simple as choosing something to eat when you are hungry. If you feel fear you need to take Mimulus (flower remedy for fear). The system concentrates on the person and their emotions rather than the physical symptoms. Dr Bach believed that if we heal the person the disease automatically disappears.

 

About Dr. Edward Bach and his philosophy

Dr. Edward Bach (1886-1936), a British Physician and a Microbiologist, invented the ‘Bach Flower Remedies,’ also called ‘Flower Remedies’ or ‘Flower Essences.’ While practicing conventional medicine and Homeopathy, he realized that the physical symptoms are closely related to a person’s mental and emotional state, which needs to be addressed to treat a person. He believed that disharmony between mind, body and soul was the cause of disease. He wanted to treat this by a natural, non-toxic method of medicine that he derived from the fresh wild flowers known as Bach flower remedies. In 1930, Dr. Edward Bach first prepared the flower essences. Dr. Bach developed 38 remedies that can be used to overcome various emotions of a person like fear, jealousy, anxiety, depression, etc. Each remedy is based on one native flower that would help transmute the negative feelings into positive ones, thereby restoring the health and well being of the person. 

Uses of Bach Flower Remedies?

Bach flower remedies can be used for any emotional concerns. Anxiety, depression, stress, emotional and physical trauma, fears, the lack of will to say no, anger, masking emotions etc. The Bach system does not claim treating the physical symptoms or replacing conventional medicines. It works on a person’s emotions and personality. It helps the body heal itself by creating a positive emotional state and restoring the balance in the body. It also triggers the body’s own internal healing process.

How to Take Bach Flower Remedies?

Bach flower remedy is easy to take. It is benign in nature so even if you take more drops or less it will not harm you in any way. One of the methods is the direct-to-tongue method. Where you put two drops of the remedy directly on your tongue. The other one is the Glass water method. In this method you add two drops of the individual remedy in a glass of water/ preferred beverage. The last and the most popular one is the Personalized Mix.  This method involves mixing all the remedies that you need in an amber bottle and using that personalized mix. You will fill the amber glass bottle with mineral water,  add two drops of each individual remedy that you need and then add a preservative, ideally 1 teaspoon of brandy or apple cider vinegar in your personal mix bottle. This bottle lasts for 21 days after which you must reassess your emotions and see if you need to change or add any new remedy to your personal mix. 

It is recommended to take two drops of your personal mix or individual remedy in water, 4 times a day. But if you feel you need to take it more often, you can do that as well. As I mentioned earlier it is safe to frequent the doses if you require it. You can mix up to 5 to 6 remedies at a time. For more information please get in touch with a Bach Practitioner who will be able to guide you through the best way forward. 

Side Effects of Bach Flower Remedies?

Studies have found that Bach remedies are safe. Most of the remedies contain a small amount of alcohol, which acts as a preservative. Hence it is advisable to check the label in case you want to avoid alcohol-based remedies. 

 

Are Bach Flower Remedies Similar to Homeopathic Remedies?

Okay, so here is the most important and commonly asked question. Many people think that Bach flower remedies are a part of homeopathic remedies since flower remedies are prescribed based on an individual’s emotional and mental well-being. However, that is not true. Bach flower remedies are not homeopathic remedies. Listed below are the differences between the two systems: 

  1. Bach flower is only derived from flowers, except rock water, whereas homeopathic medicines are made of plants, animals, metals, etc.
  2. Only non-poisonous plants and their parts are used for preparation of Bach remedies, unlike homeopathic remedies.
  3. Bach flower remedies mainly focus on treating emotions and the person. The homeopathic system considers all aspects of a person’s life, both physical symptoms and emotional symptoms to prescribe a remedy.
  4. No succussion is needed in making Bach Remedies, whereas succussion is an important part of homeopathic remedy preparation. *Succession a process in which a substance is diluted with alcohol or distilled water and then vigorously shaken in a process called “succussion”.
  5. Bach remedies can  be taken at least four times a day for some weeks or more. It is safe to increase doses and frequency as per the need of the patient. Whereas, Homeopathic remedies cannot be taken so frequently and you have to follow a specific dosage and time period.

 

Flower Essence vs. Essential Oils? 

There is common confusion between flower essences and essential oils. While both are made from plants, there are a number of important differences between the two. Flower essences are a herbal floral infusion, essential oils are concentrated liquids made from plant compounds.

FLower Essence 

Essential Oils 

Flowers are submerged in water. They are unscented.  Plants are steamed or pressed. They are scented. 
This water is boiled or exposed to the sun and then filtered. The extracts are then often combined with a carrier oil.
The final product does not contain any part of the flower.  The final product contains actual compounds from the plants.
Used for emotional healing. These extracts are very powerful and target our emotional and mental wellbeing, along with our attitudes, negative thoughts, behaviors, and feelings.

Used for physical healing and topical application. 

What Is the Rescue Remedy?

Rescue Remedy or Crisis mix is used in the case of emergencies. It is a combination of 5 pre-mixed remedies that are very usually used in SOS situations, in the event of an accident and when the person cannot really talk, or trauma caused by death where the person is immobilized and not in the state to have a consultation. The remedy helps to contain the situation. This is when we use the crisis mix. 

The combination of five different essences of Bach flower remedies that make the rescue remedy are: 

  • Impatiens.
  • Star of Bethlehem.
  • Cherry Plum.
  • Rockrose.
  • Clematis.

The suggested dose is 4 drops for this remedy when it is required. The crisis mix should be used only in SOS situations and then switch to a personal mix to treat any long standing emotional issues. 

A Rescue Cream is also available which helps to treat surface skin conditions like eczema, rashes, hives, itching, small burns, bruises and cuts etc. It contains the 5 essences from the crisis mix with an addition of the remedy named Crab Apple in the cream. 

 

What happens if I take the wrong Remedy?

Nothing really happens when you take the wrong remedy. Remedies only work on the energy level of the particular emotional symptom which is imbalanced. For example, if you have a “known fear” (MIMULUS should be used) and instead you are taking  ASPEN for “unknown fear”, nothing is going to happen. Your “known fear” will continue to persist and ASPEN will not change anything for you. When you take the wrong Remedy, nothing happens. It’s a neutral effect, If aspen is not required by the body it will just be neutral to that remedy. 

 

How long does it take to see results?  

Each one of us is made different. Some of us may see immediate results but some of us may take a month or several months. It is safe to continue taking remedies until you feel revitalized and balanced. Don’t be disheartened if it doesn’t work as quickly as you want it to. Continue being consistent, focusing on the positive potential of your remedy or remedy mix.  

Let me know in the comments section below if this was helpful. If you would like more information you can book a consultation with me, please feel free to contact me by email on [email protected] or you can also direct message me on instagram/ facebook  @ruhanie.hs 

Wishing everyone more health and peace! 

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