Bach Flower Remedies were developed by Dr. Edward Bach (1886 - 1936), a Harley Street Clinic physician and prominent, bacteriologist, homeopath, and researcher. Dr. Bach believed that mental attitude plays a vital role in maintaining health and recovering from illness. After leaving London in 1930, Dr. Bach explored the English countryside in search of plant-based remedies for several years. In 1934, he decided to settle down and create a center for his work, choosing for its location Mount Vernon, a small cottage in Sotwell, Oxfordshire. Today, Mount Vernon is better known as the Bach Centre, and its present custodians continue to prepare the mother tinctures, or the first process in making the Bach remedies, often using plants from the same locales that Dr. Bach identified in the 1930s.
Dr. Bach identified 38 basic negative states of mind, and created a corresponding plant- or flower-based remedy for each one. He sought a safe, simple, and pure method of healing his patients that would take into consideration their individual mental and emotional makeup. He found that certain flower essences stimulated self-healing in his patients by clearing the negative emotional factors that affected their state of health.
Bach remedies are derived from non-poisonous plants, shrubs, and trees, and are prepared by heating the flowers in spring water with sunlight, or boiling them to extract their healing essences. These flower essences are completely safe, non-toxic, non-addictive, and may be used in conjunction with any other conventional medical or holistic treatment. While Bach essences are not taken for physical symptoms, the body often heals itself once emotional balance is restored.
Bach flower remedies target the mental / emotional state of an individual, helping to clear negative emotions, mindsets, attitudes, and personality traits that not only impede the body's ability to heal itself, but also create roadblocks to inner peace and happiness. Bach remedies are useful in dealing with stress, fear and anxiety, depression, anger and resentment, excessive worry, low self-esteem, guilt, and loneliness.
The production of Bach flower essences
Production of Bach Flower Essences is carried out via two methods:
1. With the sun method, the flowers are picked on a warm summer day in full sunshine. They are placed in a glass bowl with fresh spring water, if possible taken from a spring close to where the flower was picked. It is sufficient that the flowers only cover the surface of the water. The bowl is then placed in the sun for two to four hours. According to Dr. Edward Bach, the sun transfers the energy of the flowers into the medium of the water, which becomes "energetically impregnated". After impregnation, the flowers are removed from the solution, and brandy is added for preservation.
The derived solution is stored in a stock bottle. During treatment, the remedy is usually diluted with water.
2. Since not all flowers, shrubs, bushes, and trees bloom at a time of year when there is abundant sunshine, a second method for the preparation of remedies is necessitated, the cooking method. In this method, the flowers and buds are picked the same as in the sun method, then boiled down. The extract is then filtered several times and mixed again with an equal portion of brandy as a preservative. The process is then continued in the same way as the remedies produced with the sun method.
38 Flowers Description :
1. AGRIMONY For treating patients suffering inner torture, which they try to dissemble behind a facade of cheerfulness. Often used as a remedy for alcoholism. 2. ASPEN For treating apprehension - a sense of dread without knowing why; unexplainable anxiety; presentiments; anxiety for no known reason 3. BEECH For a patient who is critical and intolerant of others; arrogant 4. CENTAURY For treating weakness of will; patients who let themselves be exploited or imposed upon; subservience; difficulty in saying "no"; doormat syndrome. 5. CERATO For treating those who doubt their own judgment and intuition, and seek the advice of others; easily influenced and impressionable 6. CHERRY PLUM For treating a patient suffering from uncontrolled, irrational thoughts; fear of losing control and doing something terrible; fear of "going crazy"; uncontrolled bursts of temper; impulsive; suicidal 7. CHESTNUT BUD Treats refusal to learn by experience; continually repeating the same mistakes 8. CHICORY Treats the possessive patient who demands respect or attention (selfishness), likes others to conform to their standards; martyr syndrome; patient who interferes and manipulates 9. CLEMATIS Treats patient who is indifferent, inattentive, daydreaming, absent-minded, escapist from reality. 10. CRAB APPLE "The Cleanser Flower" treats patients who feel unclean or ashamed of ailments; those who suffer from self-disgust / -hatred; house pride. 11. ELM Treats the patient who is temporarily overcome by inadequacy or responsibility, though normally quite capable. 12. GENTIAN Treats despondence; patients who are easily discouraged and rejected; skeptical, pessimistic; depression, where the cause is known. 13. GORSE Treats the patient who is desperate, without hope; "Oh, what's the use?"; defeatist 14. HEATHER Treats patients who are obsessed with their own troubles and experiences; talkative bores; poor listeners 15. HOLLY Treats patients who are jealous, envious, vengeful, or suspicious 16. HONEYSUCKLE For nostalgic patients who dwell in the past; homesickness 17. HORNBEAM Treats the "Monday morning blues" but once started, task usually fulfilled; mental fatigue; procrastination 18. IMPATIENS Treats impatience, irritability, patients who behave in a melodramatic manner 19. LARCH Treats despondency due to lack of self-confidence; expects failure, so fails to make the attempt; has the ability, yet feels inferior 20. MIMULUS Treats fear of known things, fear of the world; shyness, timidity, bashfulness 21. MUSTARD Treats "dark cloud" of depression that descends for no known reason and which can lift just as suddenly, making patient downcast, saddened, and low. 22. OAK Treats brave, determined types who struggle on in illness and against adversity despite setbacks; plodders, never resting 23. OLIVE Treats those drained of energy, for whom every task is an effort; the physically fatigued 24. PINE Treats feelings of guilt; self-blame for the mistakes of others; feelings of unworthiness 25. RED CHESTNUT Treats excessive care for, and concern for, others, especially those held dear 26. ROCK ROSE Treats patients who are alarmed, panicky, full of trepidation 27. ROCK WATER Treats patients who are hard on themselves, often overworked, rigid, self-denying; ascetic 28. SCLERANTHUS Treats uncertainty, indecision, vacillation; fluctuating moods 29. STAR OF BETHLEHEM Treats all the effects of serious news, or fright following an accident, etc.; release from trauma, no matter how long ago it took place 30. SWEET CHESTNUT Treats absolute dejection; the feeling that one has reached the limits of what one can stand 31. VERVAIN Treats over-enthusiasm, over-effort, straining; for patients who are fanatical, high-strung, incensed, or inordinately frustrated by injustices 32. VINE Treats patients who are dominating, inflexible, ambitious, tyrannical, or autocratic; arrogant pride; those considered good leaders 33. WALNUT Protection remedy against powerful influences, helps adjustment to transition or change, e.g., puberty, menopause, divorce, new surroundings. In contrast to CENTAURY, the patient knows what s/he wants, but is easily influenced by other people to do otherwise. 34. WATER VIOLET Treats patients who are proud, reserved, sedate types, occasionally superior, in whom there is little emotional involvement, but who are reliable and dependable. 35. WHITE CHESTNUT Treats persistent unwanted thoughts, preoccupation with some worry or episode, mental arguments, constant inner dialog 36. WILD OAT Helps determine patient's intended path in life. 37. WILD ROSE Treats resignation, apathy, patients who are drifters who accept their lot, making little or no effort toward improvement; those who lack ambition 38. WILLOW Treats patients who experience resentment and bitterness, who have an "it's not fair" and "poor me" attitude.