BACH FLOWER REMEDIES
Bach flower remedies are made from the original plants and flowers. There are a total of 38 remedies in the Bach system of remedies.
Story (history) of origin of the Bach flower remedies:
Bach flower remedies were founded by Dr. Edward Bach, who was a well-known bacteriologist, physician and a homoeopath. Dr. Edward believed that emotional well-being is the key to overall health, he believed that if we heal the negative emotions, the body heals itself. The idea behind Bach flower remedies is similar to homoeopathy, which focuses upon the body’s own healing power.
He spent his life exploring different flowers and plants and how to use them to bring upon a gentle cure of our emotions thus creating a balance.
Every single medicine from the group of 38 remedies is directed at a particular emotional state.
Preparation of the Bach flower remedies:
Preparation of these remedies is very simple, and anyone can prepare these remedies.
Bach flower remedies are prepared by two methods:
The sun method – this method is used mainly for the delicate flowers; the flower heads are floated in pure water for three hours under the direct sunlight
The boiling method – mainly for the woodier plants or those which grow in the seasons of weak sunlight, here the flower and its parts are boiled in pure water for half an hour.
This energised water is then filtered and mixed with some amount of brandy to preserve the medicines for longer durations. This is the mother tincture of our medicines.
This is further diluted before usage.
The Bach flower remedies:
Dr. Bach organised 38 remedies into seven groups, which are mentioned below along with the name of the medicines that each group include. Along with the traditional names, modern names are also mentioned for your ease.
Face Your Fears
Aspen, Cherry Plum, Mimulus, Red Chestnut, Rock Rose
Know Your Own Mind
Cerato, Gentian, Gorse, Hornbeam, Scleranthus, Wild Oat
Insufficient interest in present circumstances
Live the Day
Chestnut Bud, Clematis, Honeysuckle, Mustard, Olive, White Chestnut, Wild Rose
Reach Out to Others
Heather, Impatiens, Water Violet
Oversensitivity to influences and ideas
Stand Your Ground
Agrimony, Centaury, Holly, Walnut
Despondency and despair
Find Joy & Hope
Crab Apple, Elm, Larch, Oak, Pine, Star of Bethlehem, Sweet Chestnut, Willow
Overcare for the welfare of the others
Live & Let Live
Beech, Chicory, Rock Water, Vervain, Vine
Each one of these medicines cover a different sphere of emotions, so the selection of remedy will also depend upon the emotional state you are in.
Dosage and method of taking the medicine:
If you are using a single remedy
Take 2 drops directly on tongue or mix the medicine in a glass of water and sip throughout the day, repeat as per your need.
Either keep the glass in the fridge or make sure to prepare a fresh glass every day.
If you are using a mix of remedies
If you feel that you require more than one remedy for your emotional states, you can mix the remedies matching your needs.
Take a clean 30ml bottle with a dropper lid, fill it 3/4th with spring water, add 2 drops of each remedy that you require. You can add a maximum of seven remedies at once in the bottle.
From this bottle, take a minimum of four drops, four times a day, directly on tongue.
These mixes last for two to three weeks if kept in the fridge, if it’s not possible then add a teaspoon of brandy or cider vinegar or glycerin as a preservative.
FAQs Query about BACH FLOWER
I am taking medicines for PCOD, can I take Bach flower remedies along with my medicines?
Bach flower remedies are very much safe with no known side effects, but it is always better to consult your healthcare professional before taking the remedies.
I am three months pregnant; can I take these remedies for my mood swings?
You should consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, before taking any medicines.
Do these remedies act fast if I take them directly on tongue?
Medicines taken directly or mixed with water are equally effective. Effect on every individual varies depending upon the individual's body state.