Who is Dr. Edward Bach?
Dr. Edward Bach was a British Physician, who, through his practice, began to see disease as an end product; a final stage; a physical manifestation of unhappiness, fear and worry. Dr. Bach quickly noticed that tending to the emotional needs of his patients had a profound effect on their physical well being. Dr Bach began to look to nature to find healing remedies for the mind and body, just as his ancestors and other cultures did. Over a period of years Dr. Bach found 38 healing flowers and plants that with the right preparation became the 38 Bach Flower Essences. These Essences are enough to cover all the negative emotional states that are possible.
How do the Essences work?
The Bach Flower Essences are a safe and natural method of healing. They gently restore the balance between mind and body by casting out emotions, such as, fear, worry, hatred and indecision which interfere with the equilibrium of the being as a whole. The Essences allow peace and happiness to return to the sufferer so that the body is free to heal itself.
How are the Bach Flower Essences made?
The Bach Flower Essences are made 100% naturally from distilled water infused with wild flowers, either by the sun-steeped method or by boiling. The Essences are hand produced exclusively in England. The Essences contain brandy as a preservative.
How do I take the Bach Flower Essences?
The Bach Flower Essences can be taken either in a 30ml/1once treatment bottle of distilled or spring water and from this take 4 drops 4 times a day until relief is obtained, or two drops in a glass of water and sip at intervals. If no water is available the Essences can be taken undiluted either in the mouth, on the skin behind the ears or on the inside of the wrist.
To prepare a treatment bottle, fill the bottle with fresh distilled or spring water and add 2 drops of each Essence. You can combine up to 6 or 7 Essences in a treatment bottle. As preservative (optional) you can use brandy, apple cider vinegar or vegetable glycerin, 1 tsp. in the treatment bottle.
What is Rescue Remedy & Rescue Remedy Cream?
Dr. Bach created an emergency combination of Essences which he called Rescue Remedy. It contains five different Essences: Star of Bethlehem, Clematis, Impatiens, Cherry Plum and Rock Rose. Rescue Remedy is worth carrying with you in case of emergencies or everyday stress. Rescue Remedy helps you go through difficult situations, stressful events, an exam or job interview in a calm and relaxed manner.
Rescue Remedy Cream, contains the same five Essences as Rescue Remedy with added Crab Apple. The cream is for external applications such as bruises, diaper rash, sprains, burns, stings, scratches and other skin conditions.
On occasions when you are stressed and your mind is over-active, take a dose or two of Rescue Remedy in the evening before going to sleep. (See also White Chestnut)
Bach Flower Essences and Pregnancy.
Bach Flower Essences are extremely helpful during pregnancy, when the expecting mother goes through a wide range of emotions. The Bach Flower Essences restore peace of mind when the mother feels fearful, tired, overwhelmed, impatient and other emotions related to pregnancy. Rescue Remedy and Walnut are very useful during labor.
Bach Flower Essences and Children.
Children respond very well to the Bach Flower Essences. The Bach Flower Essences are extremely helpful for all childhood emotions, such as, shyness, tantrums, fear, nightmares and low self-esteem. The Bach Flower Essences help children reach a balance in themselves, so that they can learn from life's ups and downs.
Bach Flower Essences and Pets.
Our pets also have emotions and the Bach Flower Essences are very helpful to aid pets overcome difficult times. The Bach Flower Essences have been very successful in calming hyperactive dogs, fearful cats, newly arrived puppies and many other emotions.
What happens if I take too much of the Essences?
It is impossible to overdose with the Bach Flower Essences; they are natural and safe. You can drink a whole bottle of Essences and not "overdose", as they are not a drug. However, if you think, "more is better" you are wrong. The Bach Flower Essences work best over a period of time, taken from the treatment or stock bottle at least 4 times a day.
What happens if I take the wrong Essence?
Nothing is going to happen if you take the wrong Essence, the Essences only work on the energy level that we are having problems with. For example, if you have a "known fear" (MIMULUS) and take ASPEN "unknown fear", nothing is going to happen. Your "known fear" will stay and ASPEN wouldn't do anything to you. When you take the wrong Essence nothing happens.
Why are the Essences sometimes called Remedies?
Here in the US they are called Essences, and in England they are called Remedies. Books written in England refer to them as Remedies.
What are the difference between Essential Oils and The Bach Flower Essences?
Essential Oils: These are oils that are extracted from different plants and flowers. Essential oils nurture the sense of smell, which is an extremely effective method of balancing the mind. However, some of the oils are not safe for people with different illnesses or conditions such as pregnancy. Visit the Aromatherapy section on this site for more information on Essential Oils.
Bach Flower Essences : These essences do not smell, they can never do any harm to anyone at any time, they are made by infusion of wild plants & flowers. All of the Essences are considered homeopathic in England; here in the US only Rescue Remedy and the Cream are considered Homeopathic. The Bach Flower Essences are produced at one location under the written direction of Dr. Edward Bach who died in 1936. Dr. Bach was VERY specific with the directions on how & when to make the Essences. He told his assistants, just before he died that many people will try to imitate and copy the Essences and his assistants had to promise NEVER to alter the 38 Essences. True licensed Bach practitioners continue to grow the flowers at the Bach Centre in England and prepare the remedies just as Dr. Bach instructed.