Bach Flower Remedies

Patrice frequently prescribes Bach Flower Remedies for her clients to support and assist in changing emotional states which may be inhibiting wellness. They are both subtle and effective over a matter of weeks to help effect change and resolve emotional problems. As things change, a prescription can be changed. A combination of up to seven remedies can be used, and what's more, they don't cost a lot!

There are 38 Bach remedies, discovered by Dr Edward Bach, a visionary doctor and pioneer in natural therapies. For a biographical essay on Bach with an explanation of how he discovered and manufactured the remedies, click here.

The best known of these remedies is a combination known as Rescue Remedy. It is widely available in health food shops, and contains five remedies: two for fear, one for shock, one for impatience, and one for bringing to the present. In the event of an accident where nil by mouth is required, you can rub some Rescue Remedy onto the skin of the sufferer. It will take longer, but will work.

Bach Flower remedies do not conflict with any medications and are safe enough for babies to take. They can also be used on animals. A very small amount of brandy is used to fix the energy of the remedies during its making. Vegetable glycerin can be used instead where alcohol is completely inappropriate

The 38 remedies fall into seven groups:

1. Remedies for fear

Rock rose, Mimulus, Cherry plum, Aspen, Red Chestnut

2. Remedies for uncertainty

Cerato, Scleranthus, Gentian, Gorse, Hornbeam, Wild Oat

3. Remedies to bring one into the present

Clematis, Honeysuckle, Wild rose, Olive, White Chestnut, Mustard, Chestnut bud

4. Remedies for loneliness

Water violet, Impatiens, Heather

5. Remedies for over-sensitivity to influences and ideas

Agrimony, Centaury, Walnut, Holly

6. Remedies for despondency or despair

Larch, Pine, Elm, Sweet chestnut, Star of Bethlehem, Willow, Oak, Crab apple

7. Remedies for over-care of the welfare of others

Chicory, Vervain, Vine, Beech, Rock water

The key to understanding Bach Flower remedies and using them correctly is to find the real underlying emotion for the condition. This is done by listening to key words when people are speaking, as well as meditating, dowsing or really thinking about what is going on. We always prescribe for what is going on in the mind, never physical symptoms.

For example, Red chestnut is a fear of what might happen to others, like constant worry about whether someone will come home from school or work. But is this really fear for that person, or is it fear of abandonment of the person doing the worrying? Are they worrying about themselves and projecting it onto the other person? Is the question really "what will happen to me if that person is not here any more?" Perhaps then Rock rose, which is fear of the unknown might be a better choice.