What are Bach Flowers? Bach flower remedies are dilutions of flower material developed by Edward Bach, an English physician and homeopath, in the 1930s.The remedies are intended primarily for emotional and spiritual conditions, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, insomnia and stress.
Bach flower remedies are often associated with homeopathy, but they differ from homeopathy in that they do not follow fundamental homeopathic precepts such as the law of similars or the assumption that curative powers are enhanced by diluting and shaking. Each remedy is used alone or in conjunction with other remedies, and each flower imparts specific qualities to the remedy. Bach flower remedies are also used on pets and domestic animals. Remedies are usually taken orally. They contain a very small amount of flower material in a 50:50 solution of water and brandy. Since the remedies are extremely diluted they don’t have a characteristic scent or taste of the plant.
Bach thought of illness as the result of “a contradiction between the purposes of the soul and the personality’s point of view.” This internal war, according to Bach, leads to negative moods and energy blocking, which causes a lack of “harmony,” thus leading to physical diseases. Edward Bach said: “Disease will never be cured or eradicated by present materialistic methods, for the simple reason that disease in its origin is not material . . . Disease is in essence the result of conflict between the Soul and Mind and will never be eradicated except by spiritual and mental effort”. Dr. Bach created 38 flower essences, which he felt would cure any mental/emotional imbalance. Dr. Bach believed that your body is naturally whole, complete and perfect. When you solve the core mental and emotional issues by bringing your being into balance, you feel better and find that life is a joyous experience.
Dr. Bach observed that certain flowers had healing energies and by harnessing the energies of the flowers and you can cure dis-ease and dis-order. It was his belief that the cause of every dis-ease and dis-order stemmed from the mental and emotional aspects of our being. In 1928, while maintaining his medical practice, Dr. Bach spent his spare time researching plants and herbs. It was during this period that he developed the first three flower remedies that he would work with; Impatiens, Mimulus and Clematis. His familiarity with homeopathic provings (testing the curative properties of substances) and his sensitivity to the subtle qualities of plants suggested the type of personality these flowers could provide relief for. As a result, Dr. Bach started prescribing the flower essences based on the emotional characteristics of the patient. Using this method, he was able to get results he had never seen before, results which showed that the whole person was being brought into a state of greater health. This so impressed him as a healer that he concentrated on flower remedy treatment and stopped using conventional medicine altogether.
In conventional medicine, often called “Western Medicine”, the doctor tends to treat the outward appearing issue as the problem rather than attempting to find the underlying or root cause. Eastern medicine looks at the whole person, treating the mind, body and soul as a unit. In this philosophy, the issue is a symptom rather than the problem. The question that the whole body practitioner will ask “What is out of balance to cause this issue?” Dr. Bach began treating his patience using this philosophy and taught his three practitioners the same way.
Since his death in 1936, Dr. Bach’s flower essences have been used throughout the world. Practitioners focus on balancing their clients, treating the whole person rather than just one symptom. Often new symptoms surface after taking the remedies for a while. This happens after the first set of issues has been dealt with and one or more new issues have come to the surface. It’s similar to having a headache; your eyes may burn, your head pounds and your ears ring but you may not to be aware of how badly your head hurts or your ears are ringing until you close your eyes. Bach Flower essences can help you to resolve issues so you are in balance and life becomes a joyous experience.
There are thirty-eight original Bach remedies plus “Rescue RemedyTM”, each prescribed for certain mental and emotional problems. They form a complete system with which practitioners treat every variety of human emotional imbalance.