How were the Bach Flower Essences discovered?

Dr. Edward Bach, a licensed English physician, discovered the Essences in the late 1920s and early 1930s. He wanted to develop a method of healing which would treat the emotional and spiritual imbalances which lead to physical disease. He found certain wildflowers, trees, and in one case spring water whose essences were used to treat illness.

He intuitively related particular flowers to a mental or emotional condition. He was trained in the rational methods of science and medicine, but in his later life began to manifest a deep sensitivity. He would go in long walks on the English countryside and intuitively “feel out” the flowers that would heal particular emotional states.

How are the Bach Flower Essences Made?

Two methods are used to make the essences. Twenty of the Essences are prepared by the sun method. Flowers are picked at the peak of their blossoming and put in glass bowls holding distilled water. The bowls are put in bright sunlight for around 3 hours. The flowers are then discarded, and the potentized water is mixed half and half with brandy. The brandy acts as a preservative. This is the "mother tincture" from which the individual Bach Flower Essences that you purchase in a store are prepared.

The boiling method is used mostly for the Essences that come from trees. Flowering twigs are boiled for about an hour; then the water is left to cool, after which the twigs are discarded, and the water preserved in brandy.

How do the Bach Flower Essences work?

A quote from Dr. Bach “The action of these Essences is to raise our vibrations and open up our channels for the reception of the Spiritual Self, to flood our natures with the particular virtue we need, and wash out from us the fault that is causing the harm.”

All this talk of essences and vibrations..ummm… Could you explain some more?

Everything in the universe is composed of atoms, which in turn are composed of smaller particles that behave very strangely. The laws at this extremely small level are not “logical”, but behave according to quantum mechanics. At this level particles behave as both energy and matter and respond to other particles in similar ways. It is hard to explain in this short space the consequences of this, but basically in addition to the physical component of our bodies there is a vibrational component. Blockages in the vibrational realm can cause physical problems.

Can the Bach Flower Essences be used for physical diseases or complaints?

Yes. However, there is usually no direct relation between an illness or disease and a particular flower essence. The Bach Flower Essences are prescribed according to emotional states. The emotional states cause physical problems that will be resolved when the emotional state is fixed.

What conditions can the Bach Flower Essences be used for?

The Essences can be taken for temporary situations, like fatigue after a sports event, or the shock of the sudden death of a loved one, They can also be used for long standing conditions like timidity or aggressiveness.

How do I figure out which Bach Flower Essences I need?

The first priority should be to get as deep in touch with what you are actually feeling as possible. Use the resources on this website to get a rough idea of what you need. Think about it for a while, and then go back over them again. Often you will start with a big list of remedies that might be appropriate, but it can be narrowed down by going through them again.

How many Remedies can I take at once?

In general, it is recommended that no more than seven be taken in a mixture. Five is OK. The effects are often most noticeable the fewer the remedies. You may want to start with one or two that really fit your description. Often, the “layers of the onion effect” happens and more essences that are needed will come up as the onion is peeled back.

How often should I take the remedies?

Dilute two drops of each remedy that you need into a 30ml dropper bottle, top up with mineral water, and take four drops four times a day. You can put drops of the needed remedies in a glass of water and sip it throughout the day or even just drop them directly on your tongue.

Can I take more drops to enhance their effect?

No, because of the way the Bach Flower Remedies work taking more will not have a increase their efficacy.



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