What Are Bach Flower Remedies Or Essences - An Overview
What Are Bach Flower Remedies or Essences?
Bach flower remedies is an alternate therapy, a holistic system of healing that was developed by Dr. Edward Bach in the early 1930s in the U.K. Dr Bach was a homeopathic physician, bacteriologist and researcher.
He believed that mental attitude played a very important part in maintaining health as well as recovering from physical disease.
According to Dr. Bach there are 38 negative states of mind and he identified 38 different remedies, each remedy corresponding to each different state of the mind. These remedies are plant based and from non poisonous shrubs and trees.
These remedies are derived from the flowers as essences and they heal the physical body by clearing out the negative emotions. With negative emotions out of the way, not only are the roadblocks to peace and happiness removed, healing of the physical body is also ensured.
It has to be understood here that the Bach flower remedies are not taken for the physical symptoms; instead, the restoration of the emotional balance restores the body to health physically.
There is no difference between the remedies or essences. In the UK, these are called remedies while in the US they are known as essences.
Bach Flower Remedies
Difference Between Bach Flower Remedies And Homeopathic Remedies
Though both homeopathic remedies and the bach flower remedies are derived from plants there are some obvious differences between the 2 therapies.
For one, unlike the homeopathic system of therapy there is no system of having different potencies for any of the Bach flower remedies. This makes the Bach flower remedies a much simpler and easy to understand and practice system of alternate therapy. For this reason there are no side effects in this system of treatment.
Also up to 7 medicines can be mixed and given in chronic cases. The Bach flower remedies can be repeated as needed from 3 to 5 times a day without any fear of overdosing or side effects.
How Bach Flower Remedies Are Selected
In the healing system by the flower remedies the emotional aspect of an individual is the only consideration. The reasoning behind this being that the mind, which involves both the mood and disposition, is always affected by disease in the physical body.
By treating and correcting this altered state of mind of the sick person, the physical troubles disappear.
It has to be realised here that Bach flower remedies are not selected on the basis of the physical afflictions but on the basis of the altered state of mood and disposition that this disease brings to an individual.
Also, it has to be understood that though these remedies are selected on the basis of the mood and disposition of the individual they are not remedies for mental conditions or mental derangements. The mental condition is due to the altered physical state i.e. disease.
Our feelings, moods, emotions, state of mind basically are an indication of the conflict that is going on between our true self, the higher self and the lower self of the individual. The mind being the most sensitive part of the body is the first to show signs of this disharmony.
The body is under the control of the mind and does what the mind wills. It therefore reflects all that is going on in the mind. Like for example, when we are nervous the heart beats a bit faster, when we worry too much about something we tend to get a headache, and so on...
It can thus be seen that our mental thoughts or state of the mind affects our physical body in different ways.
How The Bach Flower Remedies Are Made
There are 2 methods employed to prepare the mother tinctures for Bach flower remedies.
- By the sun method in which the flower heads are floated in pure water for 3 hours in direct sunlight. This method is used for flowers that bloom in summer. About 20 of the remedies are made this way.
- By the boiling method for those plants which bloom during the cooler months when the sunlight is weak. The flowers are boiled in pure water for 30 minutes. The remaining 18 remedies are made in this way.
Once the heat either of the sun or by boiling has transferred the energy from the flowers to the water, this energized water is mixed with an equal quantity of 40% proof brandy. This gives the mother tincture.
This mother tincture is further diluted by adding 2 drops of the mother tincture to 30 ml of brandy and these constitute the stock bottles that are sold in shops.
Dose and How To Take The Bach Flower Remedies
The remedies can be taken singly or a mixture of up to maximum 7 remedies can be taken.
- For a single remedy, add 2 drops in a glass of water and sip at intervals; or add 2 drops to a 30ml mixing bottle containing pure water and take 4 drops at least 4 times of a day.
- for a mixture of remedies or multiple remedies, add 2 drops of each remedy to a 30ml mixing bottle containing pure water and take 4 drops at least 4 times a day.
A teaspoon of brandy or cider vinegar can be added to the bottle as a preservative.
The remedies can also be taken direct from the stock bottle undiluted. Put 2 drops on the tongue and repeat whenever needed.
The remedies can also be applied externally by rubbing on the lips, temples or the pulse points.
These remedies can also be added to tea, coffee or other beverages though it is best to take them on an empty stomach half to one hour before or after eating.
The remedies can be stopped when the problem that is being treated is resolved.
Pregnant and breast feeding women should consult their doctor or health practitioner before taking these remedies.
Bach flower remedies can be taken by children, adults, elderly and even pets and plants. Plants that have been transported and transplanted respond favorably to the Rescue remedy (given below) before and after the process.
Rescue Remedy And Rescue Cream
This is an emergency combination of 5 flower remedies created by Dr Edward Bach. The 5 remedies are Impatiens, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum, Rock Rose and Clematis.
The rescue remedy is useful in coping with day to day situations like stress, trauma, etc.
This is a general salve that is used to soothe the skin. It is made by blending 6 flower remedies and is applied externally to the skin.
The 38 Bach Flower Remedies And A Small Description Of Their Indications For Use
Appears carefree and humorous, puts on a cheerful front to hide problems; often takes to alcohol or drugs to help put up the brave front.
Haunted by vague, unknown fears and worries, nervous and anxious
Critical, intolerant, judgemental towards people, events, situations, etc; desires change in others
Weak willed, unable to say no, easily bullied, timid, quiet ,passive, a doormat
Doublts self ability or judgements, lack of self confidence, seeks advice from others constantly
Prunus cerasifera mirabolanum
State of deep despair, suicidal thoughts, overstrained mind, fars the mind giving away, state of negativity, fears of losing the mind or fears committing acts of extreme violence
Failure to learn from past mistakes, keeps repeating the same mistakes, takes longer time to learn life's lessons
Possessive, over protective, critical, nagging, manipulative, controlling, demanding, selfish
Daydreams, withdrawn, lack of concentration, no interest in life, living more in future than in the present
Cleansing remedy, poor self image,self hatred, sense of being mentallty or emotionally unclean or unacceptable
Depressed and overwhelmed, feelings of inadequacy, overwhelmed by responsibility or tasks at hand
Easily overwhelmed , discouraged or depressed when faced with hindrance or difficulty
Hopelessness and despair, pessimistic, depressed from long term illness
Talkative, dislikes being alone, self absorbed, always seeks company, deamds attention, self centered, self concerned
Jealousy, envy, hatred, resentment, malice, desire for revenge, suspicion, insecurity
live in the past than in the present, homesick, nostalgic, lives in memories of past happiness, ambitions, lost friend or love
Bored of the daily routine, weariness more mental than physical, Monday morning blues,
Impatient, easily irritable, nervous, frustrated, quick thinking, fast working so prefers to work alone, impatient with slow workers
Lack of confidence, inferiority complex
Fears the known eg, pain, illness, death, flying, darkness, misfortune etc, shy and timid
Unexplained deep gloom or melancholy, deep sadness bordering on despair
Quercus robur Var. Peduncolata
A plodder, plods on till exhausted, workaholic, overworked, fatigued
Exhaustion, lack of energy following physical or mental effort
Guilt, apologetic, blames self for other's mistakes, have feelings of self doubt and reproach
Overanxious, over concerned, over worried for others
Frozen with fear or terror after a nightmare, panic stricken
Self denial, self sacrificing, set too high standards for oneself, self repression
Indecisive, hesitant, can't make up one's mind
Star Of Bethlehem
Shock, grief, fright, post trauma stress
Deep despair, extreme mental anguish, intense sorrow
Over enthusiatic, fanatical, hyperactive, argumentative with fixed ideas and principles
Strong willed, inflexible, domineering, ruthless, aggressive
Fears major life changes, tempted to be led away from their own ideas and aims.
Proud, aloof, prefer to be alone in health or illness, clever and talented
Mind filled with unwanted thoughts, worries and preoccupations, mental arguments
Uncertainity over one's direction or path in life, lack of clarity
Apathetic, resigned to an unpleasant situation in life, drifting, surrenders to struggle of life
Self pity, resentment,,, bitterness, unable to forgive, blame others for one's mistakes
The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or healthcare provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.
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