Bach Flower Remedies

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Bach flower remedies were discovered by Dr Bach, renowned physician in London who in 1930 gave up his practice to devote all of his time to the search for a new method of healing.




Bach flower remedies were discovered by Dr Bach, renowned physician in London who in 1930 gave up his practice to devote all of his time to the search for a new method of healing. For many years he had sought a natural and pure way to heal people; he had discovered how different people reacted differently to the exact same disease. One could be cheerful and hide his worries while another would be very depressed with no hope for tomor-row. Dr Bach believed that those two patients should be treated differently, not strictly according to the disease, but according to their emotions. It was in 1928 Dr Bach discovered the first 38 essences and started to adminis-ter them to his patients, with immediate and successful results. Each of the 38 remedies discovered by Dr Bach is directed at a particular characteristic or emotional state. The cheerful patients would acknowledge their worries, and the depressed patients would regain hope. The essences restored their emotional balance allowing their bodies to heal themselves.


The 38 plants and their indications are as follows:

·  Agrimony for people who put a brave face on their troubles

·  Aspen for people who are anxious or afraid but don’t know why

·  Beech for people who are intolerant and critical of others

·  Centaury for people who allow others to impose on them

·  Cerato for people who doubt their own judgment

·  Cherry Plum for uncontrolled, irrational thoughts and the fear of doing something awful

·  Chestnut Bud for people who repeat mistakes and don’t learn from experience

·  Chicory for over-possessive, selfish people who cling to their loved ones

·  Clematis for day dreamers

·  Crab Apple for those who dislike something about the way they look and as a general cleanser

·  Elm for responsible, capable people who in a crisis doubt their ability to cope

·  Gentian for people disheartened when something goes wrong

·  Gorse for people who have lost hope, often without cause

·  Heather for talkative types who are obsessed with their own problems

·  Holly for negative feelings of hatred, envy, jealousy and suspicion

·  Honeysuckle for people who live in the past

·  Hornbeam for mental tiredness at the thought of a coming task

·  Impatiens for impatience and irritation at other people’s slowness

·  Larch for fear of failure and lack of confidence

·  Mimulus for people who are afraid of something real that they can name Mustard for gloom and depression with no known cause

·  Oak for strong, indefatigable people who can over-extend themselves by trying too hard

·  Olive for people physically drained by exertion or illness

·  Pine for those who blame themselves when things go wrong

·  Red chestnut for excessive worry about the welfare of loved ones

·  Rock rose for extreme fright and terror

·  Rock water for people whose self-discipline and high standards are carried to excess

·  Scleranthus for people who find it hard to choose between possible courses of action

·  Star of Bethlehem for sudden frights and shock Sweet chestnut for utter despair and anguish

·  Vervain for enthusiastic people who are always on the go

·  Vine for domineering people

·  Walnut to help protect against outside influences and the effects of change

·  Water violet for private, reserved people who can appear proud and arrogant

·  White chestnut for persistent worrying thoughts

·  Wild oat for people unable to find a direction for their lives

·  Wild rose for people who resign themselves without complaint or effort to everything life throws at them

·  Willow for people who are full of self-pity, resentment and bitterness


Dr Bach’s remedies are still made today at the Bach Centre, Mount Vernon, in England. Since 1991, practitio-ner courses have been running at the Centre and are now running in the United States, Canada, Spain, Holland and Ireland as well. As a result more than 350 trained practi-tioners are now registered with the Centre.


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