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November 26th, 2008, 09:47 AM
The Bach Flower Remedies are 38 plant and flower based remedies, each one specially devised to treat a different feeling.

They help you to manage the emotional demands of everyday life, the kind of feelings that affect everyday life in the 90s.They are the original flower remedies made according to the exact traditions of Dr. Edward Bach.

The Bach Flower Remedies work by stimulating the body’s own capacity to heal itself, by balancing negative feelings, helping you to take control, feel good about yourself, and get more out of life.

The Bach Flower Remedies are unique, simple to use, suitable for all the family and widely available from all major pharmacies and healthfood stores.

Where do Bach Flower Remedies come from?

The Bach Flower Remedies were created by a Harley Street doctor, Edward Bach, in the 1930s. His Philosophy, " A healthy mind ensures a healthy body", was ahead of it’s time when you consider that today more and more medical experts are acknowledging the links between our mental and physical health.

Dr. Bach devised a system of seven major emotional groups under which people could be classified, such as Fear, Uncertainty or Loneliness. He categorised 38 negative states of mind under these groups. Then using his knowledge of homoeopathy, Dr. Bach formulated a plant or flower based remedy to treat each of these emotional states – these are the unique Bach Flower Remedies.

The Dr. Edward Bach Centre, Mount Vernon, Oxfordshire was where Dr. Bach lived and worked and discovered his healing flowers in the surrounding fields and hedgerows. These same flower locations are still used in the preparation of the Bach Flower Remedies by the present custodians, who are dedicated to maintaining the method and use of the Remedies as intended by Dr. Bach. It also acts as the education and training centre on the Bach Flower Remedies.

Guide to the 38 Bach Flower Remedies

Fear: -
Terror Rock Rose
Fear of unknown things Mimulus
Fear of mind giving way Cherry Plum
Fears and worries of unknown origin Aspen
Fear or over-concern for others Red Chestnut

Loneliness: -
Proud, aloof Water Violet
Impatience Impatiens
Self-centredness, self concern Heather

Insufficient interest in present circumstances: -
Dreaminess, lack of interest in present Clematis
Lives in the past Honeysuckle
Resignation, apathy Wild Rose
Lack of energy Olive
Unwanted thoughts, mental arguments White Chestnut
Deep gloom with no origin Mustard
Failure to learn from past mistakes Chestnut Bud

Despondency or Despair: -
Lack of Confidence Larch
Self-reproach, guilt Pine
Overwhelmed by responsibility Elm
Extreme mental anguish Sweet Chestnut
After-effects of shock Star of Bethlehem
Resentment Willow
Exhausted but struggles on Oak
Self-hatred, sense of uncleanliness Crab Apple

Uncertainty: -
Seeks advice and confirmation from other Cerato
Indecision Scleranthus
Discouragement, despondency Gentian
Hopelessness and despair Gorse
"Monday morning" feeling Hornbeam
Uncertainty as to the correct path in life Wild oat

Over Sensitivity to Influences and Ideas: -
Mental torment behind a brave face Agrimony
Weak-willed and subservient Centaury
Protection from change and outside influences Walnut
Hatred, envy, jealousy Holly

Over-care for the Welfare of Others: -Selfishly possessive Chicory
Over-enthusiasm Vervain
Domineering, inflexible Vine
Intolerance Beech
Self-repression, self-denial Rock Water

Choosing the Bach Flower Remedies for you

Recognising exactly how you are feeling is very important when it comes to choosing the most appropriate Bach Flower Remedy for you. To choose the Bach Flower Remedy you need, first try to pinpoint exactly how you are feeling at the moment. Then match the exact mood you’re in with the appropriate Bach Flower Remedy It can he difficult to admit to ourselves some of our negative emotions - few of us want to be seen as jealous, or over-protective, for example. But once you have admitted how you feel, you are half way towards treating that emotion. If you find it too difficult to work out your feelings, why not ask someone who knows you well like your partner, a member of your family’ or a work colleague to describe you.

At least one of the Bach Flower Remedies will be suitable for you - whatever your mood, whatever your problem. Once you become more familiar with which Bach Flower Remedies work best for you, you may like to build up your own collection, so your required Bach Flower Remedies are ready for you to take, whenever you need them.

Typical examples of the use of the Bach Flower Remedies

Gentain for those feelings of discouragement, despondency
Star of Bethlehem for the shock of unexpected redundancy
Olive for your lack of energy
Vervain for born enthusiasts who cannot switch off
Centaury for those who are constantly at the beck and call of others
Larch for those lacking in confidence
Rescue Remedy to calm the nerves immediately before the exam/test
Honeysuckle to help you stop yearning for the past
Willow for those feelings of resentment, self-pity
Walnut to help you adjust to your new situation
Rock Rose for terrifying dreams
White Chestnut for constant worrying thoughts or mental arguments
Agrimony for those restless at night from repressed worries.

Taking the Bach Flower Remedies
Taking the 38 Bach Flower Remedies: - Dilute two drops in a small glass of water and sip at intervals throughout the day or until relief is obtained. Replenish as necessary For longer term use, add 2 drops to a 30ml dropper bottle, top up with mineral water and take 4 drops from this solution 4 times daily, or more frequently if necessary until relief is obtained. Up to 6 or 7 Remedies may be taken together if required.

Taking the Bach Rescue Remedy: - Dilute 4 drops in a small glass of water and sip at frequent intervals until relief is obtained.

If necessary 2 drops of your Bach Flower Remedy or 4 drops of your Bach Rescue Remedy can be dropped neat onto the tongue, or rubbed onto the lips, behind the ears or on the temples and wrists.

How often or for how long you take Bach Flower Remedies depends on you. If your mood is just fleeting or you’re in a bit of a crisis you may only need one dose, but if you’ve been feeling the same for some time, there is no set limit as to how long you can take your chosen Remedy or Remedies.

Bach Flower Remedies are available in handy 10ml bottles (Bach Rescue Remedy also available in 20m1) and fit easily into your bag or briefcase, or on your desk. They can be taken by women, men, children and pets - even plants have been known to benefit. And they can be used in conjunction with any conventional or complementary medicines.

Remember, Bach Flower Remedies are completely natural, and safe to be used at any time, by all the family

Bach Flower Rescue Remedy

Bach Rescue Remedy is used by countless people in times of emotional upheaval. Celebrities use it to combat stage fright, and models use it to put themselves more at ease on the catwalk or in front of the camera.

Whatever your day has in store, Bach Rescue Remedy can help you through its ups and downs. It is so popular because it is appropriate in so many everyday situations and it can be taken by anyone.

Rescue Remedy is a unique combination of five Bach Flower Remedies:

Rock Rose - for terror, lmpatiens - for impatience, Clematis - for dreaminess; lack of interest in the present, Star of Bethlehem - for the after-effects of shock, Cherry Plum - for fear of the mind giving way

Rescue Remedy can help you cope with everyday situations such as

Taking an exam or driving test ... the after-effects of a bitter argument ... wedding-day nerves ... going to the dentist ... working to a tight deadline ... coping with bereavement going for a job interview ... speaking at an important meeting ... facing redundancy ... fear of flying ... receiving bad news ... stuck in a traffic jam ... coping with the kids.

Bach Rescue Cream is a general skin salve to soothe and restore, it can help a wide range of skin conditions, such as rough, flaking or chapped skin. Bach Rescue Cream contains the same combination of Bach Flower Remedies as Rescue Remedy, plus Crab Apple - the cleansing Remedy.