What are the Bach flower remedies?
Bach flower remedies are an alternative or complementary treatment that is used when one is suffering from any kind of emotional problem, personality disorder, and even psychosomatic conditions. They are prepared using entirely natural methods and consist of watered-down extracts from the flowers of wild plants that belong to a ‘higher order’, according to spiritualists, esotericists, and sensitives.
The Bach flower remedies were discovered by Dr. Edward Bach, a medical doctor, bacteriologist, and homeopath, who, also being a sensitive, used his highly developed sense of perception to discover what flowers related to and could heal negative emotions in the early 1900s. He truly believed that the body and mind could heal and cure themselves if natural remedies were used and if the body and mind were allowed to let the inner vital forces do its work unhindered. The basic premise behind the Bach flower remedies is very similar to homeopathy – both are natural, holistic, and safe healing modalities that act directly on the healing inner vital forces in us (also referred to as Chi, Prana, Lifetrons, Breath of Life, Vital Force, Bioplasma, Animal Magnetism, Inner Winds in many religions and cultures). Once these vital forces are activated, they dissolve subtle blockages in us that are the root cause of our emotional and even physical illness, bringing relief, hope, healing, and peace of mind.
Dr. Edward Bach believed that once the negative emotions are healed, the body could then heal itself from its various undesirable conditions, called psychosomatic conditions. Psychosomatic conditions are basically problems in the body that have their origins Ie. negative emotions, usually chronic ones. For example, someone who suppresses his or her anger for a long time could suffer from ulcers in the stomach. A person who is too rigid in their thinking can suffer from stiffness and even arthritis. The idea is that the body and mind are not two separate, unconnected entities. They are but two sides of a coin and can affect each other very intimately. What affects the body can affect the mind and vice versa.
Dr. Bach’s system of healing contains 38 flower remedies, each of which addresses a specific negative emotion and feeling, such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, anger, etc. These 38 emotions are grouped into seven basic categories:
- Lack of interest in present circumstances
- Oversensitivity to influences and ideas
- Sadness or despair
- Cares for others at the expense of oneself
Choosing a Bach flower remedy
Many of us suffer from one or more negative emotions, so it is best to select a flower remedy or remedies that match the emotional issue or issues at the root of your problem. In most cases, a mix is made of 6 or more remedies. What is most important is to focus on and select a remedy for a negative emotion you are suffering CURRENTLY and in the present moment, and not for a problem that you suffered weeks or months ago. Deal with what is ailing you now and then focus on whatever has ailed you in the past.
The Bach flower remedies can be bought at a local health food store, but it is always best to visit a certified Bach flower specialist who has been trained to use them. Many people think they know what remedies they need, but the truth of the matter is that we don’t really observe or even know ourselves well enough, and that is something a Bach flower therapist is trained to do.
Dr. Bach also created a combination remedy called Rescue Remedy, and that can be used during any emotional emergencies, such as shock, trauma, bad news, fainting, etc., and to help you stay calm in stressful situations
How to Use the Bach Flower remedies?
Bach flower remedies are usually sold as liquids in dropper bottles. You can either drop the remedy directly on your tongue or mix it into a glass of water to drink. The dosage varies, but most people take several drops a few times a day. It is usually recommended that you take 4 drops under the tongue 4 times a day. Some remedies are also sold as pills, sprays, skin creams, and bath salts in health food stores.
Do Bach Remedies really work?
Many people have used the Bach remedies for many negative conditions, including anxiety, depression, stress, emotional and even physical trauma. Modern science doesn’t believe in the efficacy of the Bach flower remedies and considers it nothing more than a mere placebo effect, but the fact that they work on adult humans, children, infants, animals and even plants is proof that they are effective and work on “anything that contains a Soul, which that permeates the being with an incessant supply of the healing Vital Energy.”
Side Effects and Safety
Many studies have shown that the Bach flower remedies are extremely safe, harmless and cause no untoward side effects. It is advised not to frivolously take the Bach remedies in place of prescribed conventional medicine. Always consult with a medical doctor or a Bach flower therapist first.