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What are Bach Flower Essences?

They’re gentle natural extracts from flowers and trees, preserved in a little brandy, safe enough for children and dogs.

The original 38 remedies were developed in the 1920’s and 30’s by Dr Edward Bach who noted their power to help with emotions.

Bach Flower Essences are energy remedies. They work to disrupt negative energy states or vibrations. They are non-toxic and have no nasty side effects.

 

Today I’m sharing a summary sheet of when to use them in the hope they might help you out too!

 

Who was Dr Bach?

Dr Edward Bach was a British physician, bacteriologist, homeopath who devoted his life to the discovery of 38 remedies that correspond to 38 negative emotional states. These remedies were inspired by classical homeopathic traditions.

 

How are flower essences made?

Dr Bach insisted that only wild grown flowers be used.   Dr Bach had 2 methods – the sun method and the boiling method.

In the sun method, fully opened flower heads still fresh with dew are floated on the surface of pure spring water in a glass bowl and left for a few hours in the sunshine, whereas in the boiling method, used for trees and bushes, the branches and leaves are boiled in water for half an hour.

In both methods, the plant matter is removed, and, according to Bach, the water retains the vibrations or energy of the flower. The liquid, called the mother tincture, is filtered and mixed with brandy, which acts as a preservative.

The remedies can be taken orally diluted in a glass of water, or applied directly to pulse points such as the wrists, temples and behind the ears.

They can be used individually or in combination with up to seven other tinctures.

BFRs do not contain pharmacologically relevant remnants of the original flowers and are considered safe to use in combination with other medications, as well as by pregnant women, children, babies and the elderly.

However, it has been suggested that BFRs could be dangerous for recovering alcoholics due to their alcohol content.

 

When can you use Bach Flower Remedies

Anytime. I’ve used them safely through pre-conception, pregnancy, labour and breast feeding.

They’re safe for children and pets.

I use them now in my perimenopause, another emotional time when hormones are changing.

They’re so practical. Let’s say you’re moving house and feeling frustrated and impatient, try Impatiens.  After you move, try Walnut to help you adapt to your new neighbourhood

Got a new baby?  Try Olive and Rescue-Remedy. These help new moms cope with unrelenting tasks and sleep disruption.

 

 

How to take Bach Flower Essences:

Simply add 2 drops from the pipette to a glass of plain water and sip.

Take up to four times a day this way.

For immediate use, you can take the drops undiluted, they contain brandy as a natural preservative so you’ll taste that.

 

What about alcohol inside Bach Remedies?

Brandy is added to the remedy as a natural preservative.

If you’re against taking alcohol (religion, addiction, allergy, etc) then get rid of teh alcohol by adding your drops to a small mug of boiling water. The brandy will evaporate rapidly.

Or apply the drops to your wrist.

(See the section on multiple flower essences for a non-alcohol tip.)

How to give flower essences to a baby or toddler

Ok so you don’t want to be popping that glass pipette near the mouth of a  wiggly youngster.  More so if you’re feeling sleep deprived.  Instead add the drops to drinking water or drop onto your child’s wrist. Remember these work energetically on the electromagnetic field in and around the body so they don’t need to be swallowed.

Rescue Remedy comes in a glass-free sprayer too…ideal for babies, bedtimes, road trips, school journeys, doctor and dentist visits, first aid, out and about… keep one in your pocket/diaper bag.  A spray stops tears rapidly!  And defrazzles mom too :)

How to take multiple flower essences

If you are taking multiple essences, add two drops of each to an empty 30ml dropper bottle, add 2 teaspoons of brandy or organic unpasteurised apple cider vinegar as a preservative and fill the rest with mineral water.

Take four drops four times a day.

Remember to label your bottle with the mixing date. Use it quickly. Make up small amounts as you need them. Anything with added water has a limited shelf life. Be sensible.

 

How to Choose your  Bach Flower Essence?

The simplest is way is reading through either the alphabetical or the situational list.

Pick the Bach Flower Essences that fit your situation.

You may need 5 or more!  A good all rounder is the Rescue Remedy.

There are no side-effects if you choose the wrong one. You simply keep the bottle in the cool and dark for when you do need it.

Another useful way to check whether it is for you or not is through muscle testing or asking a kineseologist.

Or, consult a Bach Flower expert.

 

Alphabetical List of Remedies/Essences and their indications

Agrimonymental torture behind a cheerful face
Aspenfear of unknown things
BeechIntolerance, perfectionist
Centazrythe inability to say ‘no’
Ceratolack of trust in one’s own decisions
Cherry Plumfear of the mind giving way, fear of losing control
Chestnut Budfailure to learn from mistakes
Chicoryselfish, possessive love, needs the appreciation of others
Clematisdreaming of the future without working in the present, absentminded
Crab Applethe cleansing remedy, also for self-hatred, poor body image
Elmoverwhelmed by responsibility, pressures of work
Gentiandiscouragement after a setback, pessimism
Gorsehopelessness and despair
Heatherself-centredness and self-concern
Hollyhatred, envy and jealousy, feels victimized
Honeysuckleliving in the past, overwhelming nostalgia for the past
Hornbeamprocrastination, tiredness at the thought of doing something
Impatiensimpatience
Larchlack of confidence, competent but fear failure
Mimulusfear of known things, shy, nervous personality
Mustarddeep gloom for no reason
Oakthe plodder who keeps going past the point of exhaustion
Oliveexhaustion following mental or physical effort
Pineguilt, self-blame
Red Chestnutover-concern for the welfare of loved ones
Rock Roseterror and fright, useful for nightmares
Rock Waterself-denial, rigidity and self-repression
Scleranthusinability to choose between alternatives
Star of BethlehemShock, loss, bereavement, trauma
Sweet ChestnutExtreme mental anguish, when everything has been tried and there is no light left
Vervainover-enthusiasm, perfectionism
Vinedominance and inflexibility
Walnutprotection from change and unwanted influences, birth, puberty, divorce
Water Violetpride and aloofness
White Chestnutunwanted thoughts and mental arguments, unwanted thoughts, unable to concentrate
Wild Oatuncertainty over one’s direction in life
Wild Rosedrifting, resignation, apathy
Willowself-pity and resentment
Rescue RemedyFor emergencies to combat fear, panic, shock and fear of losing control

Dr Bach’s list of 7 situations:

 

Face your fears

Mimulus- You’re shy or feel anxious about something specific

Aspen – You’re anxious, but can’t say why

Rock Rose – You feel an extreme terror about something

Red Chestnut – You feel anxious about somebody else’s safety

Cherry Plum – You fear you might lose control

 

Live the day

Honeysuckle – Your mind is on the past instead of the present

Clematis – You’re in a dream

Chestnut Bud – You find yourself repeating the same mistakes

White Chestnut – Your mind is running over the same thing

Wild Rose – You really can’t be bothered

Mustard – You feel down in the dumps and don’t know why

Olive – You feel tired after making an effort

 

Reach out to others

Heather – Your talkativeness leads to loneliness

Impatiens – You feel impatient with the slow pace of people or things

Water Violet – You like your own company but sometimes feel lonely

Know your own mind

Hornbeam, – You put things off, feeling tired at the thought of starting work

Gentian – You feel a bit down after a setback

Gorse – You give up when things go wrong

Scleranthus – You can’t make your mind up

Wild Oat – You want to do something worthwhile, but can’t find your vocation

Cerato – You know what you want to do, but doubt your judgement

Find joy and hope

Star of Bethlehem –  You’re suffering from shock or grief

Willow – You feel resentful and sorry for yourself

Elm – You feel overwhelmed by your many responsibilities

Pine – You feel guilty or blame yourself

Sweet Chestnut – You feel despair when there is no hope left

Larch – You expect to fail and lack confidence in your skills

Oak – You’re a strong person who struggles on past the limits of strength

Crab Apple – You feel unclean or dislike something about yourself

Live and let live

Vine – sometimes you’re a tyrant when you want to lead

Vervain – Your enthusiasm leads you to burn yourself out

Beech – You feel critical or intolerant towards others

Chicory – Your love for your family makes it hard to let them go

Rock Water – You drive yourself hard, trying to set an example

Stand your ground

Centaury – You can’t easily say ‘no’ to other people

Walnut – Other people’s ideas knock you off course, you’re unsettled at times of change

Holly – You feel wounded, jealous, spiteful or want revenge

Agrimony – You hide your troubles behind a smile

 

 

What is Rescue Remedy?

It’s a combination made by Dr Bach for first aid, shock and stress

It’s called the Five Flower remedy whan made by companies other than Dr Bach. It is made from the same five flowers Dr Bach used.

What’s inside Rescue Remedy?

Rescue Remedy(Five Flowers) is Dr Bach’s mix of five essences –

  • Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum),
  • Rock rose (Helianthemum nummularium),
  • Impatiens (Impatiens glandulifera),
  • Cherry plum (Prunus cerasifera), and
  • Clematis (Clematis vitalba).

Can you overdose on Rescue Remedy?

If you use the alcoholic spary and have alcohol addiction is is not good- get the Rescue Remedy pastilles or use extremely diluted drops in a lot of water.

With normal use you cannot over do it. The spray version does taste yummy!

 

Where can I buy the Bach Flower Remedy Kit or Spray?

In your local health or whole foods store or online.

Many pharmacies and supermarkets stock Rescue Remedy.

Otherwise order online. Scroll down for links.

 

How long does it take for a Bach Flower Remedy to work?

The Rescue Remedy starts working in minutes.

The more sensitive a person you are the quicker it will have an influence.

For long standing issues it can take longer.

Stress, Bach flowers and the pandemic

A final tip,  get a bottle of Rescue Remedy which contains a  combination of five flower essences.

It’s an all purpose stress buster, calmer etc which would help before interviews, podcasts, exams, first day of term, moving home, Christmas, travel by air……

There’s one in our car, ready for unseen emergencies.

If you have children, try it for tantrums, nightmares, hurt knees, teething, to calm them before going into school, and to keep calm on days you just want to run screaming into the hills.

And now during the pandemic, when we are all suffering from stress and anxiety, I consider it an essential item!

 

Pet Remedy

Is your pet anxious or  stressed? Dr Bach Flower Essences are safe for pets too.. add a few drops to a separate bowl of drinking water.

You must always provide plain drinking water alongside the water infused with Bach remedy.

That way they can self-medicate when desired and not go thirsty.

Rescue remedy can be used for cats, dogs, birds, horses.. always diluted though, with plain water available.

Dr Bach remedies for dogs

You can use Bach flowers for hard to treat behavioural problems. :

  • Not housetrained
  • Excessive barking
  • Separation anxiety
  • Overenthusiastic dogs that pee on the spot
  • Rebalance a fearful dog that is either too humble or tough/aggressive
  • Aggressive behaviour towards other dogs or even other people.
  • Adjusting to a new environment
  • Overly sexual behaviour (“leg riding”)
  • Treating a trauma

Free advice and personalised remedies for dogs:

And if you’d like to speak to an expert in dog behavior and Bach Remedies, contact [email protected]   who will give you free advice on how Bach flowers can help your dog. He creates personalised combinations that suit your dog’s personality and behavioural problem.

 

 

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More ways to feel better – learn EFT

 

Links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Bach

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2695424/

https://www.bachfloweradvice.co.uk

 

Balinski AA. Use of Western Australian flower essences in the management of pain and stress in the hospital setting. Complement Ther Nurs Midwifery. 1998;4:111–117. doi: 10.1016/S1353-6117(98)80048-6. [PubMed] 

 

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