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Living In Perfect Harmony With Bach And His Flower Remedies

Updated on February 8, 2013

From Harley Street physician to pushing essences of flowers is a far cry but Dr. Edward Bach (1886-1936) was so convinced about what he was doing that he turned away from a thriving conventional medical career to pursue what he firmly believed in. Right through his years of being a doctor, he just could not give up the notion that it was Nature not man who had the answer to disease. His quest took him through the bylanes of Wales and the woody paths around Oxfordshire where he lived, looking for flowers that he believed had curative powers. As he started treating patients with the essences of these flowers, he realised that what he had to look for and treat were the symptoms of the heart and the mind. When he treated those, the patient got better.

What Edward Bach left behind spread throughout the world and more and more people who were turning away from conventional medication and looking for more holistic alternative remedies came, tried and were amazed. Bach had 38 flower remedies (one was misnamed as it was spring water found deep under rocks) in his repertoire and there was one – the 39th – that was made up of a combination of five of these essences. His firm belief that what people think and feel have a strong effect on their bodies is borne out today by many doctors who practise conventional medicine too. He was influenced to a great extent by the father of homeopathy, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann and he tried to group patients into types and treat them. He started with two flower essences, added one at the end of that year and very soon had built up what he felt was the whole range necessary to take care of all people’s ailments of the mind.

Bach firmly believed that man was made to exist in harmony with nature and free of all illness. It was because mentally, emotionally and spiritually man had turned away from his higher self and embraced the baser things that he was prone to illness. However, Nature, as understanding as ever, had just the flowers to raise him up to his level of perfection – if only he tried them. Each flower essence is for a particular feeling or frame of mind.

Many physicians and people of the time looked askance at what he was propagating – how could a doctor turn away from his noble profession? And how could the essence – not even the flower itself – be strong enough to deal with illness? For Bach, the essence was initially obtained by collecting the dewdrops on the flowers because he believed that the energy of the flower passed into the water. However, this was soon not enough for his growing practice so he mixed the dewdrops with brandy and then further diluted it for his patients. This too was not enough so he started suspending the flowers in spring water and then allowing the sun’s rays to pass through them so the water would be energised with the flower power.

What exactly is this flower power? Bach believed that it was the vibrational imprint that each flower had and left behind in the water when the sun’s rays passed through. Each flower had a different vibration and when a patient with a particular ailment took it, his vibration would change for the better. These flowers have within them the power to raise a man’s energy levels and to change his mental make up to a more positive one. When this happens, the effects are seen within the body. This was essentially what Bach’s book ‘Heal Thyself’ was about. The wonderful thing was that even if one were to take the wrong flower remedy, while it would not have a positive effect on the mind, there would be no negative or side effects which is what makes these remedies so safe.


Here are Bach’s 38 flower remedies and the 39th – Rescue Remedy - which is the most well known one of them all.


Agrimony, Aspen, Beech, Centaury, Cerato, Cherry Plum, Chestnut Bud, Chicory, Clematis, Crab Apple, Elm, Gentian, Gorse, Heather, Holly, Honeysuckle, Hornbeam, Impatiens, Larch, Mimulus, Mustard, Oak, Olive, Pine, Red Chestnut, Rock Rose, Rock Water, Scleranthus, Star of Bethlehem, Sweet Chestnut, Vervain, Vine, Walnut, Water Violet, White Chestnut, Wild Oat, Wild Rose, Willow, Rescue Remedy.



Bach Remedy Dosages


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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Thanks!

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      liz 6 years ago

      wow. :-)

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Hi Cory - I've got a hub here on that remedy and you can also download the whole ebook if you like:

      https://hubpages.com/health/Willow-and-Bitterness

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      Cory R 7 years ago

      This article and comments are very informative, my mom stopped in after church with a bottle of Willow that is almost empty but just enough to give it a try. I'll be doing that for the next couple of day i'll be back with a review :)

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Thanks for reading vinner.

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      vinner 7 years ago from India

      thanks for this amazing hbu

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      True Valarie - the problem is, we don't seem to see what's right beneath our noses! Thanks for reading.

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      Valarie King 7 years ago from California

      I'm also a strong believer that nature does have the answers to our health problems.

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Thanks Jyoti - I'm so glad you know about them!

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      Jyoti Kothari 7 years ago from Jaipur

      hi shalini,

      i have tried batch flower medicine in some cases and got wonderful results. It works especially good in mental illness.

      I have linked this hub to Indian hubbers blog.

      Jyoti Kothari

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Yes, it's amazing, isn't it? I'll always be grateful to Dr. Bach for his wonderful discovery!

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      Benji Mester 7 years ago from San Diego, California

      That's very interesting. I hadn't heard about the medicinal properties of flowers before. I'm constantly amazed at what I hear about what nature is able to do to heal the body.

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Thank you Steviebeth - yes, alternate treatments are great if they are right for the ailment.

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      Steviebeth1227 7 years ago from Nashville

      Your article was very informative and interesting. I have Lupus SLE and have to take an ungodly amount of medicine. I am always interested in reading about alternative treatments to the medicine regime that I've got going now. Well written and informative.

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Thanks for reading fastfreta - Dr. Bach was an amazing man!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      This is a very good informational hub. I have been looking into natural healing methods as oppose to conventional medicine, so I'm glad to get a hub like this. I'll have to bookmark this one.

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Thank you Kim for stopping by - the wonder of healing is all around us - as you say, all we need to do is tap into it!

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      Kim Garcia 7 years ago

      This is so remarkable. I believe nature bestows much healing qualities that we need to tap into. I love this Hub!! Be Blessed!

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      Kim Garcia 7 years ago

      Wow!!! Another insightful Hub!! I found this to be extremely fascinating and beneficial. What an amazing abundance of healing properties we have in nature!! Thank you!

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Glad you liked it Aqua - today they are available online in most parts of the world.

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      Aqua 7 years ago from California

      Wow! This is fascinating reading - I had never heard of Bach or Bach's Flower Remedies. You're a great writer as well. Thanks for the interesting and useful hub!

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Thank you mythbuster - I do hope you'll find all of them useful.

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      mythbuster 8 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Very interesting information here! What an excellent way to attend to health matters. I've bookmarked this hub and will return often.

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Rescue Remedy - for extreme shock and grief :D

      ... watched the whole thing - he just wasn't his usual self :( Roland Garros is his turf - guess even the invincible have their off days!

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      While where in the topic of mood enhancers - would you have anything for coping with loss - ie in the French Open! :C

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Cris - aromatherapy is great too for so many ailments and just as mood enhancers. Thanks for reading!

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Shalini

      This was a very interesting specially since I'm sort of into aromatherapy. But this definitely takes it up a notch. Thanks for sharing, my perspective on health and medicine is broadening. :D

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Candie - I'm so glad they've worked on your pets - I use them all the time for my dogs as well.

      jshaiju - thanks for reading - yes, sometimes it's so amazing how quickly they work when you've found the right remedy.

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      jshaiju 8 years ago from Chennai, India

      Some years back, I gave cherry plum to my mother for her toothache. the pain subsided in no time. Seeing this, I tried the same on one of my workers (in construction industry) for his sudden bouts of stomach ache. He had been trying conventional medicines with no effect over the past few years. One single dose cured him of the stomach ache. The remedy was given only at the time of unbearable pain. In both cases, the symptom was wanting to die due unbearable pain.

      Bach Flowers do work.

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      I gave my dog a little "rescue remedy" after she was fixed, and my cats too. Made a huge difference in their healing, completely changed my cat, she went from Feral to lap cat in a few days. I totally am sold on these products!

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Thanks for coming by Paper Moon - yes, they work for me too but I do agree that there are so many for whom they don't - maybe one needs a certain amount of receptivity?

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      Paper Moon 8 years ago from In the clouds

      I have enjoyed the harmonious use of some of these flower remedies. I have read that some consider them placebos, but found that they work for me.