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Bach Flower Remedies: Nature's Solution to Emotional Balance

In the realm of natural healing and complementary therapies, Bach Flower Remedies hold a unique place. Originated in the 1930s by Dr. Edward Bach, a British physician and homeopath, these remedies are based on the principle that emotional well-being is key to overall health.

 Dr. Bach identified thirty-eight flower essences, each aimed at addressing specific emotional states or patterns. But what exactly are these remedies, and how can they be used safely and effectively?

 Let us dive into the world of Bach Flower Remedies to uncover their secrets.

What are Bach Flower Remedies?

Bach Flower Remedies are liquid solutions made from the flowers of wild plants, trees, and bushes. They work on an energetic level to balance emotional disturbances, which Dr. Bach believed they were the root cause of physical ailments.

Each of the thirty-eight remedies corresponds to a specific emotional state - for example, Mimulus is used for known fears, while Larch is used for lack of confidence.

The remedies are prepared in two methods: the sun method, used for most flowers, involves floating flowers in pure water under sunlight; the boiling method is used for woody plants and involves boiling the plant parts in water. The resulting solutions are then preserved in brandy to create the "mother tincture," which is further diluted before use.


Why Use Bach Flower Remedies?

People turn to Bach Flower Remedies for a variety of reasons, primarily to manage emotional states such as fear, anxiety, depression, and stress. Unlike pharmaceuticals that often mask symptoms, these remedies aim to treat the underlying emotional cause.

They are used to foster positive emotions, such as courage in place of fear or peace in place of turmoil.

How to Use Bach Flower Remedies

To use Bach Flower Remedies, one must first identify the emotional state or states they wish to address. This can be done through self-reflection or consultation with a practitioner trained in Bach Flower Remedies.

Once the remedies are selected, they can be taken in several ways: one.

Directly from the bottle:

1.Two drops of the chosen remedy (or remedies) can be placed directly on the tongue.

2. In a glass of water: Add two drops of each selected remedy to a glass of water and sip at intervals.

3. In a treatment bottle: Mix two drops of each selected remedy in a 30ml treatment bottle filled with spring water, taking four drops at least four times a day. For those experiencing a range of emotions, a combination of up to seven remedies can be used.

4. On the inside of your wrist, two drops. Rub together.

5. On the bottom of your feet, two drops on the high point of your arch.

6. In the tub and add five drops to the full bath.


Are They Safe? 

Bach flower remedies are generally considered safe and have no contraindications, but some people should avoid them:

·        Pregnant or breastfeeding people

Bach flower remedies contain alcohol, which can harm infants and pass into breast milk. Pregnant women should consult with a doctor before taking any supplements.

·        People taking disulfiram (Antabuse)


Please note that Bach flower remedies contain alcohol and taking disulfiram within 12 hours of alcohol can cause a reaction. Bach Flower offers on their web site remedies that are non-alcoholic for people with alcohol use disorders. Bach Flowers do NOT take the place of any medication! Bach Flowers are not medication.


The 38 Bach Flower Remedies are a set of essences developed by Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930s. Each is believed to correspond to a specific emotional state or aspect of personality, offering a comprehensive approach to emotional balance.


Here is a summary of all 38 remedies and the emotional states they are traditionally associated with:

1. Agrimony- Concealing inner turmoil behind a cheerful face.

2. Aspen - Fear of unknown origins.

3. Beech - Intolerance and criticalness towards others.

4. Centaury - Difficulty saying no, leading to being easily exploited.

5. Cerato- Lack of trust in one’s own decisions.

6. Cherry Plum - Fear of losing control of one's mind or actions.

7. Chestnut Bud - Failure to learn from past mistakes.

8. Chicory - Possessiveness and a need for attention and control.

9. Clematis* - Dreaminess and lack of interest in the present.

10. Crab Apple - The cleansing remedy, also for self-hatred/dislike of imperfections.

11. Elm - Overwhelmed by responsibility.

12. Gentian - Discouragement after a setback.

13. Gorse - Hopelessness and despair.

14. Heather - Self-centeredness and self-concern.

15. Holly - Anger, jealousy, and distrust.

16. Honeysuckle- Living in the past and nostalgia.

17. Hornbeam - Feeling tiredness and procrastination at the thought of starting tasks. 18. Impatiens - Impatience and irritation with slow situations or people.

19. Larch - Lack of confidence and fear of failure.

20. Mimulus - Fear of known things, shyness.

21. Mustard - Deep gloom with no origin.

22. Oak - The plodder who keeps going past the point of exhaustion.

23. Olive - Exhaustion following mental or physical effort.

24.Pine - Guilt and self-reproach.

25. Red Chestnut - Over-concern for the welfare of loved ones.

26. Rock Rose- Terror and fright.

27. Rock Water - Self-denial, rigidity, and self-repression.

28. Scleranthus - Inability to choose between alternatives.

29. Star of Bethlehem - Shock, grief, or fright.

30. Sweet Chestnut - Extreme mental anguish, when everything has been tried and there is no light left.

31. Vervain- Over-enthusiasm or fanaticism.

32. Vine- Dominance and inflexibility.

33. Walnut - Protection from change and unwanted influences.

34. Water Violet - Pride and aloofness.

35. White Chestnut - Unwanted thoughts and mental arguments.

36. Wild Oat - Uncertainty over one's direction in life.

37. Wild Rose - Apathy and resignation.

38. Willow - Resentment and self-pity. Each remedy is used to help individuals manage their emotional states more effectively, aiming to restore balance and well-being naturally.

In conclusion, while Bach Flower Remedies offer a gentle, effective way to begin addressing the emotional and spiritual facets of our well-being, they only scratch the surface of the in-depth, transformative journey that awaits anyone seeking profound, lasting change.

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