What are the Bach Flower Remedies?
Dr. Edward Bach discovered 38 essences, each for a specific emotional and mental state, plus a combination of five of the essences designed for difficult and demanding situations, which he called Rescue Remedy. 37 of the 38 are based on single wild flowers and tree blossoms. The exception, Rock Water is made from the water of a natural spring with healing properties.
How do they work?
These flower essences, like other forms of natural medicine, take effect by treating the individual, not the disease or the symptoms of the disease. They work specifically on the emotional condition of the person concerned. Thus two people with the same complaint, e.g. arthritis, may benefit from quite different essences. One may be resigned to the illness, while the other may be impatient with it, so different essences will be appropriate in each case.
The effect of taking the essences is not to suppress negative attitudes but to transform them into positive ones, stimulating one’s own potential for self-healing and freeing the physical system to engage fully in fighting disease and stress.
People do not have to be physically ill to benefit from the essences. Many of us go through times of difficulty and fatigue when negativity creeps in, at these times the essences are invaluable in restoring the balance before physical symptoms appear. The purpose of the essences is to support the patient’s fight against illness by addressing the emotional factors like depression, anxiety and trauma that are thought to impede physical healing.
They can also be used preventively at times of anxiety and stress, and are particularly helpful for the many people who feel generally tired and unwell without a specific medical diagnosis.
Are they safe?
The essences may be taken on their own or in conjunction with medical or other treatments, they will not conflict with any medication. The essences are completely safe, have no unwanted side effects and are non-addictive. They are gentle in action and can safely be taken by people of all ages, from newborn babies to elderly people. They are also beneficial for animals and plants.
It is important to note that they are not included as a substitute for medical treatment.
Choosing and using the Essences
Dr. Bach divided the 38 essences into seven groups, representing fundamental conflicts, which prevent us from being true to ourselves:
- Insufficient interest in present circumstances
- Over-sensitivity to influences and ideas
- Despondency or despair
- Over-care for the welfare of others
It is possible that more than one essence may be suitable for your case; if so, you can combine up to 6 or 7 essences if necessary. They are not used directly for physical complaints, but for the sufferer’s worry, apprehension, hopelessness, irritability etc., because these states of mind or moods can only hinder recovery of health and are believed to contribute to sickness and disease.
For those who have fear
The remedy of emergency, when the client is very frightened of terrified, or if the condition is serious enough to cause great fear to hose around.
Fear of worldly things, illness, pain, accidents, poverty, of dark, of being alone, of misfortune. The fears of everyday life.
For people who fear losing control of their behaviour. They may be on the verge of breakdown. Sometimes they can be exploding in sudden outbursts of rage.
Indicated for people who are seized by sudden fears or worries for no specific reason, and who may therefore be generally nervous and anxious.
For those who have selfless over-concern and fear or worry for the welfare of others, especially of family and close friends.
For those who have uncertainty
For the people who do not trust their own judgement in decision-making. They constantly seek advice from others, and are often misguided.
Those who suffer much from being unable to decide between two things, first one seeming right then the other. This changeable outlook can make them unreliable and they can waste time and lose opportunities due to indecision.
Is for doubt and despondency. Suffers are easily discouraged and depressed when things go wrong or when faced with difficulties.
For extreme hopelessness and despair, for people have given up the fight.
For those who feel that they have not sufficient strength, mentally or physically, to carry the burden of life placed upon them; they lack enthusiasm and may procrastinate.
For people who have reached a cross-roads in life and are completely undecided as to what to do. Wild Oat is helpful in making important decisions such as choosing a career.
For those with
insufficient interest in
Those who are dreamy, drowsy, not fully awake, no great interest in life. Your head is in the clouds and you have a lack of concentration, tend to be accident-prone.
For those who live much in the past, perhaps a time of great happiness, also a state of homesickness or nostalgia. They find it difficult to get over bereavement and constantly refer to the past in conversation.
Those who are resigned to an unpleasant situation, whether illness, a monotonous life or uncongenial work. They become resigned to all that happens, and just glide through life, take it as it is, without any effort to improve things and fine some joy. They have surrendered to the struggle of life without complaint.
Those who are exhausted in body and mind after a long period of strain through personal difficulties, an intense period of study or work, a long illness or nursing someone else for a long time. They need a lot of sleep, as a result of being over tired the body may be functioning below par.
Indicated for obsessive, worrying thoughts that seem impossible to control. Sufferers cannot let go of unhappy events or arguments and keep reliving them mentally. Unwanted thoughts go round and round like a stuck record. It is difficult to concentrate during the day, or to sleep at night.
For sudden depression, which descends out of the blue and lifts just as a suddenly for no apparent reason.
For failure to learn by experience, leading to an inability to make progress in life. The person keeps repeating the same mistakes, such as falling over again and again for the wrong partner, or continuing to work in an unsuitable job.
For those with
For gentle and self-reliant people, they have a sense of superiority. Carried to extremes, they can be aloof, appearing proud, disdainful and condescending. They have a tendency to withdraw appearing anti-social and cold. They find it hard to open up to others.
Suitable for people who are easily irritated. They are impatient and want everything done instantly. They act, think and speak quickly. They are independent, hate wasting time and often finish other people’s sentences.
Is indicated for those who are preoccupied with their own situation or ailments and unable to enter into genuine two-way communication with others. They drive others away by their extreme neediness. They dislike being alone but fail to realize that they are often avoided because they sap others people’s vitality and show no interest in other people’s problems.
For those over-sensitive to
influences and ideas
People who need this remedy often appear carefree and humorous, but their joie de vivre is a mask for anxieties, worries and even real inner torment, which they may be trying to conceal from themselves as well as others. They dislike being alone and are very sociable, seeking company as a distraction.
For people who find it hard to say no. Anxious to please, they give in to others out of subservience rather than willing co-operation. Although dissatisfied with this state of affairs, they will deny their own wishes or vocation rather than risk a confrontation.
For those who find it difficult to adapt to change or who are over-sensitive to certain ideas, atmospheres and influences. It is the essence for times of major life changes: teething, puberty, pregnancy, divorce, menopause; changes of religion, moving, changing job, also for the regrets caused by change. This essence provides constancy and protection from the influence of others.
For people who can be bad-tempered, hard-hearted, and even cruel and on occasions violent. Inside, they are suffering-often for no good cause. Sometimes hatred, envy and jealousy is a normal feeling for those who would benefit of taking Holly.
For those with
despondency or despair
For those who do not consider themselves as good or capable as those around them, who expect failure, who feel that they will never be a success, and so do not venture of make a strong enough attempt to succeed.
For people who feel full of guilt and self-reproach; they blame themselves for other people’s mistakes. They feel undeserving and unworthy. Even when successful they think they could have done better, and are never content with their efforts or the results.
For those who feel overwhelmed by their workload. Elm is indicated when capable people suddenly feel overwhelmed by their responsibilities and feel unable to deal with them or keep up with the events; taking on too much work without taking care of themselves often brings this about.
People in need of this remedy may feel on the point of nervous breakdown, agonizing mental anguish. It may take the form of intense sorrows; sufferers can feel almost destroyed by it. Dejection is accompanied by a sense of loneliness and the feeling that the future is bleak and utterly hopeless.
Star of Bethlehem
For those in great distress under conditions which for a time produce great unhappiness. The shock of serous news, the loss of someone der, the fright following an accident, and such like. For those who for a time refuse to be consoled, this remedy brings comfort. Is for the after-effects of trauma, mental or physical.
For resentment, self-pity and bitterness. Is for feelings of being short-changed by life- “I don’t deserve this. Why should it happen to me?” They may be grumbling, sulky and irritable.
Oak people are normally brave, strong and reliable; they need Oak when their inner strength wanes and fatigue takes over. They keep going, whatever happens, ignoring their tiredness. Driven by a strong sense of duty, they are helpful to others, conscientious and reliable.
Indicated for people who feel unclean and suffer from a poor self-image, sometimes may be obsessively house proud, or have a mental obsession with cleanliness and trivialities.
For those with over-care for
welfare of others
For people who are overly possessive and whose care for others is self-centred and manipulative. They find it hard to give without expecting anything in return. They may be critical, interfering and nagging. Some Chicory people will feign illness in order to gain attention.
For those with fixed principles and ideas, which they are confident are right, and which they very rarely change. They have a great wish to convert all around them to their own views of life. They are strong of will and have much courage when they are convinced of those things that they wish to teach.
For people who dominate others. They are often very capable, even highly gifted but they use their undoubted gifts to dominate and bully. They know better than everyone else and put other people down. They demand and expect absolute obedience.
For people who are constantly making criticisms, intolerant of other people’s shortcomings and unable to make allowances. They find it hard to see the good in others. They are convinced that they are always in the right and everyone else in the wrong.
For those who are very strict in their way of living; they deny themselves many of the joys and pleasures of life because they consider it might interfere with their work or way of life. They are inflexible they have fixed ideas and dogmas. These people are over-conscientious and they often overwork but are never satisfied with their own achievements.
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The price for a consultation is $60 and includes a personalized formula using original Bach Flower Remedies by Nelson's.
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