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The Bach Flower Remedies

Dr Edward Bach was a bacteriologist, pathologist and homeopath from England. He developed the Bach flower remedies; dilutions of flower material, in the 1930’s by trial and error. Letting his intuition guide him to the correct plants and then figuring out what each may be helpful for when used.

Each of his 38 remedies is aimed at treating a different emotion or mental state. Dr Bach discovered that as he treated his patients unhappiness; their physical distresses would be alleviated, this would in turn allow the bodies natural immune system work better. Once the natural immune system is working correctly, the body will begin to heal itself.

Dr Bach also believed that the morning dew dripping off the flower petals would have the healing energies from that petal. (The May Dew was thought to have healing powers by entire villages in England as recently as the 1800’s.) For this reason; the flower remedies contain a very small amount of flower material, mixed in a 50:50 solution of brandy and water. Since it is such extreme dilutions, the remedies do not have scents or tastes of the plants themselves.

The Bach flower remedies are most often referred to as homeopathic because of the extreme dilution in water. However, they are not true homeopath because they do not follow the “law of similars” or the belief that curative powers are enhanced by succussion. They are considered vibrational medicines and rely on the concept that the water “remembers and carries” the plants energies from the plant through the production of the remedy.

According to Wikipedia; in scientific clinical trials, the Bach flower remedies are not found to be any more than a placebo. As a Wiccan and a natural healer; I believe in the power of the mind and body to heal itself. I think that if a person is emotionally in distress that we can heal ourselves with the power of our minds. If someone feels that they need assistance with this in any way, it is better if you can use a natural remedy than have to become dependent on synthetic remedies prescribed by a doctor. If the natural remedies do not work, then it is time to seek professional counseling from a physician.

The Bach flower remedies can be mixed together to treat several different symptoms at one time. There is a reference guide available at The Bach Centre Remedy Guide for use in deciding which remedies you need for your conditions. If you use the website at The Bach Centre you can also find information on taking courses as well as information on finding a practioner if you are not confident to mix the remedies on your own.

This is the list of the 38 remedies and the conditions that they are indicated for. I am linking each back to the page that has the full description. Again, these links are taking you to a secondary page from The Bach Centre.

Mental torture behind a cheerful face
Fear of unknown things
Inability to say “NO”
Lack of trust in one’s own decisions
Cherry Plum…
Fear of the mind giving way
Chestnut Bud…
Failure to learn from mistakes
Selfish, possessive love
Dreaming in the future without working in the present
Crab Apple…
The cleansing remedy, also for self-hatred
Overwhelmed by resposibility
Discoruagement after a setback
Hopelessness and dispair
Self-centeredness and self-concern
Hatred, envy and jealousy
Living in the past
Procrastination, tiredness at the thought of doing something
Lack of confidence
Fear of known things
Deep gloom for no reason
The plodder who keeps going past the point of exhaustion
Exhaustion following mental or physical effort
Red Chestnut…
Over-concern for the welfare of loved ones
Rock Rose…
Terror and fright
Rock Water…
Self-denial, rigidity and self-repression
Inability to choose between alternatives
Star of Bethlehem…
Sweet Chestnut…
Extreme mental anguish, when everything has been tries and there is no light left
Dominance and inflexibility

Protection from change and unwanted influences
Water Violet…
Pride and aloofness
White Chestnut…
Unwanted thoughts and mental arguments
Wild Oat…
Uncertainty over one’s direction in life
Wild Rose…
Drifting, resignation and apathy
Self-pity and resentment

Also available is a mixture of 5 different remedies that are premixed for use by the public. Rescue Remedy is a combination of Cherry Plum, Clematis, Impatiens, Rock Rose and Star of Bethlehem. It is supposed to be helpful for an emergency or stressful event. There is also a cream version available of this (also containing Crab Apple) to be applied on bumps and bruises.

Since I have never had the opportunity to use the Bach Remedies; I hope that you will tell us what you think, if you have tried them. It would be nice to hear from an average user; instead of someone trying to sell either the Bach Remedies or something other than the Bach Remedies. I’ll be sure to add to the post if I ever have the chance to try them.

Until next time…Blessed Be…Sheila


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