Bach Flower Remedies’ Rescue Remedy has become a must have for those moments of needing to step away from a situation and bring one in to the present. The small amber bottle with yellow label has become a tool, for those in the know about the magic of Dr Edward Bach’s Flower Remedy system, to help alleviate stress.
Safe enough for anyone to use – children, pets, pregnant women and the elderly included – each of the 38 remedies discovered by Dr Bach is directed at a particular characteristic or emotional state.
The 38 remedies, developed by Dr Bach at his home and workplace in Mount Vernon, England during the 1920s and 1930s, are associated with a basic human emotion. The Original Bach Flower Remedies gently restore the balance between mind and body by casting out negative emotions such as fear, worry, hatred and indecision which interfere with the equilibrium of the being as a whole. The Bach Flower Remedies promote inner peace so that the body is free to heal itself.
Dr Bach designed his system to be simple and for anyone to learn how to use. While there are Bach Flower Remedy practitioners operating worldwide, it is not necessary to visit a practitioner in order to take the remedies. The idea is that one can look up the 38 flower remedies themselves, and choose a remedy based on whatever emotional situation they are currently dealing with. Bach Flower Remedies empower people to essentially heal themselves and so therefore bring balance in to their lives.
“Bach Flower Remedies are based on emotions rather than physical conditions,” explained Susanne Haar, Pharmacist and Homeopath at Nelsons Homeopathic Pharmacy in London. “Dr Bach said you can gauge how you feel by your emotions. So your physical health is all based on your emotions. So finding out how do you feel emotionally in order to heal yourself.”
Dr Bach believed that a healthy emotional life and a balanced personality allows the body to find its own natural state of health. Bach Flower Remedies work on a spiritual and emotional level in order to bring about healing on a physical level. The remedies are readily available from chemists and pharmacies internationally. Two drops of a Bach Flower Remedy in water or a drink of your choice is recommended. It is possible to mix up to seven of the 38 remedies in a mixing bottle. The world-renowned Rescue Remedy itself counts for just one of the seven.
Whatever emotional situation a person is experiencing, the idea is that you can mix together the remedies you need based on that situation. For instance, you may have issues with a relationship you are currently in. As an example, you may try mixing Honeysuckle (which is for those who live in the past), Aspen (which deals with fear of unknown things), and Heather (for tackling self-centredness and self-concern).
In deciphering which remedies to take, it requires working with one’s own intuition. In fact one’s intuition needs to be working throughout the whole process in order for the healing process of the Dr Bach Flower Remedies to truly work. One must be honest with oneself about what is going on within, mentally and emotionally, in order to successfully treat the issue or situation.
The process of self-healing through the Bach Flower Remedies, just as Dr Bach desired and intended, is very simple. “You can go and pick up the Bach Flower Remedies in any health food store and start mixing your own,” Haar explained. “There’s a little leaflet that tells you what the emotion is – what the negative side is and what the positive side is by taking the remedy. This is empowering people. It gives back the responsibility to yourself. That in itself is very healing, that you can be in charge of your own health. The remedies are so gentle that they can be used on children and pets even.”
With there being no side-effects from using Bach Flower Remedies, the system integrates well with traditional medicine. “We get a lot of private prescriptions at Nelsons Homeopathic Pharmacy for Bach mixtures,” said Haar. “There’s a whole new era of people not wanting medicines with side-effects. They get into these philosophies like Dr Bach’s whose remedies are very gentle, very emotional remedies. And you can heal yourself with no side-effects whatsoever.
“Being a pharmacist you think some people need an antibiotic and they do need drugs, but at the same time, how can you support both? So you support the natural remedies wherever possible if people don’t want the side-effects or support the healing from side-effects with natural remedies. People have got the best of both worlds these days. They work well together – there’s a demand out there for natural things.”
Unlike Homeopathy, Bach Flower Remedies are “very positive remedies”, according to Haar, who whilst training as a homeopath and pharmacist was quickly introduced to the differences between Bach Flower Remedies and Homeopathy. “Homeopathy and Bach Flower Remedies are very different remedies,” she said. “So when you feel negative, Bach Flower Remedies will change it and it will become positive. It can just change you as a being. But homeopathy are very negative remedies. And when you are negative and are treated with a negative, as it were, it balances itself out by becoming neutral.”
In her position, Haar often finds people ask why there are no more than 38 Bach Flower Remedies. “Dr Bach felt as soon as he had reached the 38, that that was it. He felt that was complete,” she said.
Evidently, Dr Bach always followed his inner voice. Whilst developing his system of flower remedies, it was his intuition that he relied upon, and in that, his natural gifts as a healer, an alchemist and a teacher, instead of being confined by the limitations of scientific study that he had earlier entered into having originally studied and worked in orthodox medicine.
Working in harmony with his own inner being as well as nature was key to Dr Bach’s success. “What we know about Dr Bach is that he was a very sensitive man himself and was very in tune with nature,” Haar described. “He would also make his own furniture for his cottages in Mount Vernon out of wood – so obviously he was really adept to working with nature.”
During his research, Dr Bach himself experienced the mental and emotional states that he was pioneering remedies for. One of the 38 Bach Flower Remedies itself deals with intuition and the lack of trust in one’s own decisions. The plant Dr Bach chose was Cerato. Dr Bach developed the Cerato tincture for “those who have not sufficient confidence in themselves to make their own decisions. They constantly seek advice from others, and are often misguided”.
“Cerato is a good one for those who make a decision and are then like ‘oh I’m not sure’,” Harr said. “You would start with making a decision and then seek confirmation from somebody else. If you take Cerato, what you should be able to do is trust your own inner wisdom and just follow it. It’s more quietly self-assured and decisive.”
Why Dr Bach chose Cerato was obviously a reflection of his own inner being, as Haar explained: “Dr Bach went around the Welsh Mountains and district and picked the wildflowers there. He tested them on himself and his friends. He felt Cerato was the one that worked really well with getting the all inner wisdom. There are other plants that do at as well, but Dr Bach felt particularly drawn to Cerato. Those small blue flowers are very small and sensitive and have to stand up and find itself. Whether it was something to do with the blue colour or whatever it was, obviously it was Dr Bach’s inner wisdom that directed him to Cerato.”
Bach Flower Remedies can be used immediately when a situation arises, as well as for long-term use. A bottle of one of the 38 remedies will give 3-4 weeks worth of daily use. As with any healing process, as one issue resolves itself, it may give rise to another. Haar explained how the body will intuitively know when it’s healed and what the next course of action is. “It’s a bit like a journey,” she said. “The body itself will know when it’s healed so you stop taking the remedies and either change to something else or carry on with what you are already taking. The body just knows that now it’s reached the stage and it feels fine. Obviously there may be relapses if you have another crisis or something else happens that you might need another remedy for. But the body knows.”
Referring to will and intent, Haar added: “If somebody decided they wanted to completely change how they are, they normally stay really focused if they have somewhere they know they are going.”
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Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a journalist who writes about sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com