BachFlowerRemediesBach Flower Remedies are the true representatives of “Flower Power”. It seems incredible but it is true that commonly found wild flowers can help healing of the deepest recesses of the human mind and can restore calmness in the turbulent oceans within.

Edward Bach studied medicine first in Birmingham and later at the University College Hospital, London, where he was House Surgeon. He also worked in private practice, having a set of consulting rooms in Harley Street. He worked as a Bacteriologist and a Pathologist and his area of research was human vaccines. He collapsed at work one day and was rushed in for a surgery as he had severe Hemorrhage due to a tumor. His prognosis was given to be very poor and was told that he had 3 months to live. Dr. Bach returned home determined to live those 3 months fully and with a strong will to survive. As it happens all the Doctors were surprised to see him in great health at the end of 3 months. As it so happens this was a life changing experience for him which led him to approach medicine and the treatment of patients in a holistic manner using plants. . He started to rely on his natural gifts as a healer and allowed his intuition to guide him to the right plants.
His study moved to “Flowers” as these are the most developed part of the plant and his years of observations resulted in close observations of these flowers during their entire seasonal variation. He realized that each of these flowers was aimed at a particular mental state or emotion. He found that when he treated the personalities and feelings of his patients their unhappiness and physical distress would be alleviated naturally as the healing potential in their bodies was unblocked and allowed to work once more.
His whole philosophy of healing can be summed up in his own words as
“People like ourselves who have tasted the glory of self-sacrifice, the glory of helping our brothers, once we have been given a jewel of such magnitude, nothing can deviate us from our path of love and duty to displaying its lustre, pure and unadorned to the people of the world.”

Guide to the remedies
Each of the 38 remedies discovered by Dr. Bach is directed at a particular characteristic or emotional state. To select the remedies you need, think about the sort of person you are and the way you are feeling. They may be prescribed singly or in combinations of 2 or 3 remedies by the Practitioner.
Agrimony – mental torture behind a cheerful face
Aspen – fear of unknown things
Beech – intolerance
Centaury – the inability to say ‘no’
Cerato – lack of trust in one’s own decisions
Cherry Plum – fear of the mind giving way
Chestnut Bud – failure to learn from mistakes
Chicory – selfish, possessive love
Clematis – dreaming of the future without working in the present
Crab Apple – the cleansing remedy, also for self-hatred
Elm – overwhelmed by responsibility
Gentian – discouragement after a setback
Gorse – hopelessness and despair
Heather – self-centredness and self-concern
Holly – hatred, envy and jealousy
Honeysuckle – living in the past
Hornbeam – tiredness at the thought of doing something
Impatiens – impatience
Larch – lack of confidence
Mimulus – fear of known things
Mustard – deep gloom for no reason
Oak – the plodder who keeps going past the point of exhaustion
Olive – exhaustion following mental or physical effort
Pine – guilt
Red Chestnut – over-concern for the welfare of loved ones
Rock Rose – terror and fright
Rock Water – self-denial, rigidity and self-repression
Scleranthus – inability to choose between alternatives
Star of Bethlehem – shock
Sweet Chestnut – Extreme mental anguish, when everything has been tried and there is no light left
Vervain – over-enthusiasm
Vine – dominance and inflexibility
Walnut – protection from change and unwanted influences
Water Violet – pride and aloofness
White Chestnut – unwanted thoughts and mental arguments
Wild Oat – uncertainty over one’s direction in life
Wild Rose – drifting, resignation, apathy
Willow – self-pity and resentment
The original system also includes an emergency combination remedy. Bach Flower remedies are often misused due to insufficient knowledge in prescribing them. A close and dedicated study of the remedies is extremely essential before self –medication and therefore consulting a Practitioner of the system is extremely essential.
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. They allow peace and happiness to return to the sufferer so that the body is free to heal itself.