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Flowers that Heal
Bach Flower Remedies
Member Name: BunnyGoddess
Bach Flower Remedies
Date: 11/08/12, updated on 11/08/12 (632 review reads)
Advantages: Simple and beautiful.
Disadvantages: A bit expensive
I have used Bach Flower Remedies for about 35 years.
They do not seem to work for everyone, but they do work for some and that is good enough. I first came across them via a Homeopath friend who lent me the entire set as she did not have time to prescribe.
I started to study them via a handbook and soon learned that each remedy has an emotional type.
For instance, White Chestnut is for persistent unwanted thoughts and Crab Apple is to cleanse away impurity and feeling of disgust.
My boyfriend had awful acne and used get nasty embarrasing pustules, and so with his consent, I put him on Water Violet as he was shy and lacked self-confidence and yet was rather aloof. I also gave him Crab Apple.
He had had acne for years, but within 2 weeks it all cleared up and he NEVER had it again.
Personally, I use the White Chestnut and Cherry Plum as I have anxiety and worry a lot and have had some trauma to get over. It works very well and in minutes.
<How to Use
What you do is put a few drops of your chosen remedies in some water and sip it slowly. Alternatively you can put say 4 drops of the actual remedy(ies) in another bottle containing spring water and keep it with you to take regularly.
I also dowse for the correct Remedy using a crystal dowser. I have learned to do this over many years. If the right remedy is found the dowser will strart to rotate without my help.
<How are they made?
There are 38 remedies in the Bach remedy system. All of them were discovered in the 1920s and 1930s by Dr Edward Bach, a well-known bacteriologist, physician and pathologist. I have found his writings a bit old fashioned but I guess it was the times.
Basically flowers are left in Spring water in sunlight for their energies to go into the water. Other flowers are boiled to obtain their 'essence' which is not juice or suchlike, but their life essence. These remedies are then preserved in grape alcohol and bottled.
I have actually floated mint in water in sunlight and drunk the water. It had an effect on me, it was as though I was drinking in energy, not minty water!
The most popular flower remedy is called rescue remedy. Rescue remedy is a combination of 5 flower essences which are Rock Rose, Impatiens, Clematis, Star of Bethlehem and Cherry Plum. There is also a rescue remedy cream that contains these 5 flowers plus Crab Apple. Rescue remedy is suppose to be used during anxiety and panic attacks. I have used this with some success, even on animals. With animals you can put it behind their ears.
<Does it work?
Well, as I said, for some. In some clinical trials it is not shown to be effective.In some, it is.....
I think you have to be 'on the wavelength' for such things to work. After many years struggling with ill health, I have come to believe some medical doctors are money grubbing quacks, some are excellent. In the same way, some modern medicines are fantastic, other a mere sop or are at worse, deleterious to the person taking them.
Same is true with the complementary therapies.
There are many ways to help yourself, and adding Bach remedies to your repertoire is a delightful way to harmonise with your energies and reflect on your state of mind whilst hopefully addressing emotional disorders. Personally, I think they work. I do not think everything works, I have, for instance never found homeopathy successful with my illness.
All illness affects your state of mind, it seems a good idea to work on your state of mind and gain control over negative feelings.
I must say, I also love crystals and all the healing arts, but as the daughter of a scientist, I also have my head screwed on. I also like to know how the crystals are formed etc.
I believe the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and if it works for you, stick with it.
There are many clinical trials on the remedies and some have surprising positive results, some not so.
I belive Nelson's and Ainsworth's now make the Flower Remedies. They used to be made at Mount Vernon.
You may buy the remedies at Holland and Barrett, sometimes Boots. They range from £5- £ 12 depending on size. There are 10ml and 30ml bottles. Rescue Remedy can be in glycerin, or as a cream as well as in alcohol. You can also get a spray.
This is from the Bach Flower website at Mount Vernon:
You can phone them-
General information - no charge
One mixed 30ml standard treatment bottle (up to seven remedies) including Bach Centre telephone consultation - £14.20*
Subsequent repeat 30ml standard treatment bottles (no consultation) - £6.88*
30ml standard treatment bottle only (no consultation) - £6.88*
Personal consultation at the Bach Centre - up to half an hour - not including treatment bottle - £16.08
Personal consultation at the Bach Centre - up to one hour - not including treatment bottle - £39.60
Summary: A great aid and natural