“The action of these remedies is to raise our vibrations and open up our channels for the reception of our Spiritual Self, to flood our natures with the particular virtue we need, and wash out from us the fault which is causing harm. They are able, like beautiful music, or any gloriously uplifting thing which gives us inspiration, to raise our very natures, and bring us nearer to our Souls: and by that very act bring us peace and relieve our sufferings. They cure, not by attacking disease, but by flooding our bodies with the beautiful vibrations of our Higher Nature, in the presence of which disease melts as snow in the sunshine.”
– Dr. Edward Bach
If you are looking for holistic ways to create greater unity and wholeness in your life, then check out the use of vibrational essences of flowers, plants, gems, crystals or minerals. These naturally healing energies provide a positive balancing force to help release the energetic patterning of old thoughts, attitudes and emotional issues that no longer serve us. This simple system of re-patterning effects change at a causal level offering us the powerful opportunity to bring harmony and balance to emotions, body, mind, and spirit.
The 38 Flower Remedies that Dr. Edward Bach developed during the 1930’s are a well-known modern day example of the use of flower energies.
The Bach Flower Remedies work in conjunction with herbs, homeopathy and medications and are safe for everyone, including children, pregnant women, pets, the elderly and even plants. They carry the energetic information of each flower (and contain only a very small amount of flower material), and are said to work by transmitting a vibrational energy through the memory of water.
They gently restore the balance between mind and body by casting out negative emotions, such as, fear, worry, despair, loneliness, oversensitivity, and indecision which interfere with the equilibrium of the being as a whole. The Bach Flower Remedies allow peace and happiness to return to the sufferer so that the body is free to heal itself.
Look for these flower remedies at your local health food stores or they can be purchased online. All of the 38 Bach Flower Remedies also come alcohol-free and are available for purchase at Directly from Nature .
Dr. Bach’s philosophy is as simple as it is profound. He carried an innate understanding that life on the physical plane of existence is intended to be a conscious partnership between the physical (personality) and non-physical (spiritual) aspects of ourselves. All of Bach’s work is based on this truth and we hear it echoed over and over again throughout his writings as he constantly reminded us of the need to remember our spiritual origins and the interconnectedness of body, mind and spirit.
He explained that symptoms of disharmony in the physical body are nothing more than a reminder that the personality self is in some way out of alignment with the greater truth of the spirit and will ultimately disappear as greater harmony is brought to an individual’s mental and emotional approach to life.
Dr. Bach saw his Flowers Remedies as tools that would help us to rise above the limited vision that we carry at a personality level and connect us with the our true Essence.
Edward Bach thought that dew collected from the flowers of plants contains some of the properties of the plant, and that it was more potent on flowers grown in the sun. As it was impractical to collect dew in quantity, he decided to pick flowers and steep them in a bowl of water under sunlight. If this was impractical due to lack of sunlight or other reasons, he decided the flowers may be boiled.
The result of this process Bach termed the “mother tincture”, which is then further diluted before sale or use.
Bach was satisfied with the method, because of its simplicity, and because it involved a process of combination of the four elements: 1. the earth to nurture the plant; 2. the air from which it feeds; 3. the sun or fire to enable it to impart its power; 4. the water to collect and be enriched with its beneficent magnetic healing.
Edward Bach was born at Moseley, near Birmingham, in 1886 and trained as a doctor in London. Despite the success of his work with orthodox medicine he felt dissatisfied with the way doctors were expected to concentrate on diseases and to ignore the people who were suffering them. He turned to alternative therapies. He believed that illness is the effect of disharmony between body and mind. Symptoms of an illness are the external expression of negative emotional states.
In 1928, Bach began work on his own remedies made from plants. At the age of forty-three, he gave up his lucrative Harley Street practice and left London in order to concentrate on finding a new system of healing involving plant remedies. He was sure a new system of medicine could be found in nature and so he left to work in Wales and the English countryside.
Just as he had abandoned his old home, office and work, so now Bach abandoned the scientific methods he had used. Instead, he chose to rely on his natural gifts as a healer, and used his intuition to guide him. He would hold his hand over different plants to see which one affected his emotional state, and he would collect the dew from that plant to use as a remedy.
The Bach Flower Remedies can be taken either in a 30 ml/1 once treatment bottle filled with spring water. 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 Remedies 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 spring water and add 2 drops of each Remedy. Each remedy is used alone or in conjunction with other remedies, and each flower is believed to impart specific qualities. You can combine up to 6 or 7 Remedies in a treatment bottle.
Remedies may be recommended by a naturopath or by a trained Bach flower practitioner after an interview. Some vendors recommend dowsing to select a remedy.
The best known flower remedy product is the Rescue Remedy combination, which contains an equal amount each of Rock Rose, Impatiens, Clematis, Star of Bethlehem and Cherry Plum remedies. Rescue Remedy is a trademark and other companies produce the same formula under other names, such as Five Flower Remedy.
According to the Bach Flower website, millions of people throughout the world depend on Rescue Remedy to get themselves through the stress, complications, and shocks of modern life. This popular product is ideal for coping with exam stress, driving tests, first day of school nerves, job interviews, a child with a melt-down and high pressure environments.
The website discloses the following celebrities using or have used Rescue Remedy:
- Dr. Phil (from “The Dr. Phil Show”) and his wife are fan of Rescue Remedy.
- Emma Watson says about Rescue Remedy, “A few drops under my tongue before I go out calms me down. It’s in my makeup bag all the time.”
- Jay McCarrol, the winner of the reality TV show Project Runway, used Rescue Remedy on the show’s grand finale.
- Jennifer Anniston says it keeps her cool under pressure.
- Cate Blanchett swears by it, and Salma Hayek has been a fan for years.
- Martha Stewart uses Rescue Remedy and Rescue Sleep.
- Van Morrison ordered Rescue Remedy before his performance in Texas, 2010.