Origin of the Bach Flower Remedies
The Bach Flower Remedies were developed by the English doctor Dr. Edward Bach (1886 to 1936). Dr. Bach felt that the origin of physical illness was found in psychological disharmony and a negative frame of mind. In order to redress the internal balance, he chose 38 English home-grown plants and associated them with human mental conditions. These 38 negative psychological conditions are meant to be expressed through precise complaints. Healing, according to the Bach Flower Remedies, involves the transformation of weaknesses of character through notional and spiritual efforts into virtues. The substance content of the plants plays no significant role. It is meant to be the very fine vibrations of the flowers which have a healing effect on the soul.
The Extraction of Flower Essences for the Bach Flower Remedies
The flowers are picked on a sunny, cloudless day and placed in a glass bowl which is filled with spring water. The bowls are then placed, on location of the flower, in the sun for 3 to 4 hours. The withered flowers are removed and the essence is preserved in alcohol on the premises. This mixture is then diluted and filled with spring water at a ratio of 1:240.
Applying Bach Flower Remedies
Bach Flower Remedies can be applied for various purposes:
- For acute psychological problems
- For long and continuous psychological strain
- To further develop ones own personality.
Determining the right flower for treatment:
- It is the right flower if the flower description reflects ones personal situation.
- If several flower characteristics simultaneously apply then one can chose a mixture of various flower essences. One can only combine 2 to 3 Bach Flower essences at a time.
Rescue Drops can be seen as the amended 39th essence of the flower essence palette. The Rescue Drops are a fixed combination of 5 Bach Flower concentrates which serve as "first aid drops". The Rescue Drops are applied after trauma, shock, accidents or in stress situations.
Effectiveness of the Bach Flower Remedies
The Bach Flower concentrates are meant to contain the energetic and spiritual strength in a concentrated form. This strength is meant to get rid of blockages in the "bio-energetic field" of the human being.
Use of the Bach Flower Remedies
Bach Flower Remedies are not adequate for the treatment of acute illnesses. The aim of the Bach Flower Remedies is to have a balancing and harmonising affect on the soul. It is also aimed at helping people to deal with psychic crises and difficult living situations. Bach Flower Remedies is not suitable for the treatment of physical pain or mental illnesses.
The Risks of Bach Flower Remedies
Bach Flowers do not have any side effects. The danger of the Bach Flower Remedies is that necessary treatment is not carried out. Scientific proof of the effect of Bach Flower Remedies has so far not been provided.
The Bach Flower Remedies
The Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy
Advanced Bach Flower Therapy: A Scientific Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment, Götz Blome