Bach flower remedies are a safe and natural method of gently restoring the balance between mind and body. These remedies that are based on natural wildflower extracts allow moving away from negative emotions such as anxiety, fear, difficulty in sleeping, worry, hatred, indecision and such that hamper daily life and ability to truly achieve one’s potential. We do not always realise that we are going through some disturbance which if fixed can make life’s biggest problems disappear. By becoming aware and then seeking guidance or solutions can make an enormous impact on one’s life.
Bach flower remedies work wonders in areas of ensuring emotional wellbeing. There are lots of researches that show a clear relationship between physical illness, stress and emotional outlook. When you replace damaging or negative energy whether in terms of emotion or body sensation into positive energy by adopting better thoughts they create miraculous and much-needed changes in all areas of life. A better life can be created by warding off unsupportive beliefs and welcoming happy energy and helpful thoughts that mould one to be in a worthier space, both mentally and physically.
While flower remedies don’t address specific physical ailments, they magically work on an energetic level to address the underlying emotions, release unwanted patterns, to let the true potential show up. The natural extracts of these wildflowers introduce positive energies when consumed thereby altering the composition of one’s being.
If you are someone who wants to balance emotions and is extremely affected always due to emotional ups and downs, has issues that cannot be linked or stay unidentified or unanswered, you must try the benefits offered by Bach flower remedies.
Bach flower remedies were developed in the 1930s by Dr Edward Bach who believed that the key to overall health was to care for the mind as well as the body. Bach Centre in London is the Home of Dr Edward Bach and the Bach flower remedy system. Mount Vernon, now known as the Bach Centre, remains the nucleus of Dr Bach's work.
Dr Edward Bach studied medicine in London and qualified to be a Doctor in 1912. As a bacteriologist and pathologist, he undertook original research into vaccines in his research laboratory. Yet, he was not satisfied with the way mainstream doctors were expected to focus on diseases rather than the whole person. He aspired to a more holistic approach to medicine. When he took a post at the Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital where he noticed the parallel connections on his work on vaccines and the principles of homoeopathy. He adapted his vaccines to produce a series of seven homoeopathic nosodes. His work brought him some fame in homoeopathic circles. People began to refer to him as 'the second Hahnemann'.
He was very keen to find remedies that were purer and less reliant on the products of diseases, unlike vaccines. In this process, he began collecting flowers – the most highly-developed part of a plant – in the hope of replacing the nosodes with a series of gentler remedies. He gave up his positions as a doctor and instead used his natural gifts as a healer, allowing his intuition to guide him to the right plants. Within a year, he found one by one the remedies which 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. He put years of self-sacrifice and personal suffering to complete the search of all his remedies after which he passed away peacefully in Nov 1936.
He spent all his life exploring the use of flowers and plants as a means of promoting emotional wellbeing. He identified a total of 38 natural remedies, each one derived from a different wildflower, plant or tree, and each corresponding to a different emotional state.
Dr Bach used a metaphor to describe how these remedies work. He said, 'they are able, like beautiful music, or any gloriously uplifting thing which gives us inspiration, to raise our very natures, and bring us nearer to our Souls: and by that very act, to bring us peace, and relieve our sufferings.'
Undoubtedly, everyone in their lifetime faces all sorts of stress but do not always pay staunch attention to them. We are cultured to ignore, keep moving ahead and this creates a disturbing alignment with nature. These stresses may originate from different situations or happenings in life for different people, either of them which are not in your control. But, if you can recognise and point in the direction of the effects on mind and body, then that is a big step towards avoiding the harmful effects of such occurrences in your life. If you identify and work on it at the right time, the battle may be half won. The Bach flower remedies don't treat the triggers for our emotions but the emotions themselves.
A useful analogy of Bach flower remedies is with the world of colour. There are only three basic colours (red, blue yellow), yet every visible colour can be produced when they are combined. Similarly, there are 38 basic states of mind. Combining them gives hundreds of millions of variations.
Bach flower remedies work on the concept that the body and mind are one; when we work on one part, we positively affect the other. Through Bach flower remedies, anyone can balance their emotions and fulfil their potential in a completely natural way. Taking a Bach flower remedy gently uplifts us and helps us be the best we are.
Bach flower remedies, inspired by the principles of homoeopathy, are infusions made from select flowers grown in the European countryside. There are 38 flowers in the remedy system and every wildflower has a different therapeutic quality, completely natural. These flowers were discovered in the 1920s and 1930s by Dr Edward Bach that grew in the wilderness. They are nature's gifts to mankind.
Each Bach flower remedy is associated with a basic human emotion. The remedies are in liquid form that can be mixed to form a remedy that you need to help balance your current emotional situation. Like Dr Bach, Suchitra Hari believes that healing on an emotional level has knock-on effects on other levels. The body will always find its own natural state of health if one is leading a healthy emotional life and has a balanced personality. Dr Bach has designed his system to be simple and applies to just anybody.
Nature is the best healer and Bach flower remedies are the best example of that. They are created using wildflowers that are completely safe and natural. All natural elements have their energy and when this energy is consumed they allow the balance to be created and sustained.
The action of the flower remedies is energetic and not biochemical. Unlike pharmaceuticals, which usually suppress symptoms, flower remedies work by the principle of resonance in the subtle body where imbalance begins. The plants used in the system have a unique vibrational energy pattern. Sometimes flower remedies work immediately, and sometimes you will begin to feel the effects unfold over days or weeks, and layer by layer.
Since the remedies are prepared from flowers, they are natural and very safe. They can be used by anyone, including children as well as pregnant women. These remedies can complement any healing modality. True flower remedies have no fragrance, dye, or any flavour in them to cause any negative reactions, or for them to interfere with other medicines being consumed. All pure flower remedies are neutral in nature and subtle in effect. The flower extracts are thus natural and harmless. Just like music, you may feel good or may not be impressed by it, but listening to it doesn't cause any harm in any way.
After a comprehensive private consultation and discussion with Suchitra (Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner), a personalised composite blend is uniquely created which is very specific to the client. The discussion between Suchitra and the client is strictly confidential adhering to the norm of practitioners registered with the Bach Centre, U.K., who need to work within specified code of conduct. The drops from the composite are to be taken under the tongue or in any liquid, a minimum of 4 times daily and can last up to two to three weeks. Post this a follow-up consultation may be required as needed.
Bach Flower Remedies are so natural that they can be used just by anybody. Stress is nowadays a very common factor in everyone's life. Sources of stress may be different for everyone and hence the impact of these are varied based on one's acceptance or ignorance level.
When you are stressed you may experience different feelings, like anxiety, fear, anger, sadness, or frustration. These feelings can sometimes multiply and combine to produce physical symptoms, making you feel worse than before. For some people, stressful life events can contribute to symptoms of depression whereas for some, it can make them overwhelming, uninterested in life and create aches and pains throughout the body. Everyone reacts differently but the basic remains the same: Emotions.
It is not always necessary that a single faltering emotion is into the picture and hence combination remedies work well in these scenarios. There are about 239 million emotional issues in combinations that can be worked upon using the Bach flower remedies.
In general, Bach Flower remedies can work upon:
Seldom are people aware that stored emotions cause a lot of physical problems. They tend to ignore or shoo away smaller magnitude situations that cause stress which can eventually lead to a huge impact in the near future. They thus don't recognise or accept these quick entry points of stress that are dangerous. The attention to these is drawn only when damage is noticeable.
Instead, if they get balanced out in the right way at the right time then it increases the overall quality of life. People who are feeling disturbed, worried, sleepless, and stressed due to situations or happenings in their life like stressed work environment, incompatible relationships, the health situation of a loved one, the stress of personal health issues, transitional phases of life (settling in new school/college/job, newly married, post-pregnancy, career break, menopause, etc.) and such overwhelming and tormenting scenarios can use Bach flower remedies to break free and lead a positive life. Both men and women can take advantage of these natural healing essences to conquer life struggles.
A changed attitude! Flower remedies aid in uncovering the potential and personality of the person undergoing the process.
The key shift occurs as the remedies work and changes start surfacing as the person
Suchitra Hari is a certified Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner (BFRP) from Bach Centre, the UK which is the origin of the Bach system. She is authorised to conduct the certificate Bach centre approved courses and practice Bach flower remedies.
Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner (BFRP) are professionally-trained people who share the belief of simplicity and self-help. BFRPs are a part of the Bach Centre team, and have made the same personal commitment to Dr Bach's vision as the team based at Mount Vernon, and comply with code of practice.
There are four stages to becoming a BFRP:
Focussed on the concept of basics, Level 1 course includes the indications for each remedy. The fundamental concepts of simplicity, personal selection, and the seven groups are introduced to the participants. The Level 1 course provides the participants with skills and confidence to use the remedies in their own lives and with family and friends.
Level 1 is an essential foundation course required for anyone who would like to undertake further level courses.
To be able to move on to Level 2, Level 1 course completion is a prerequisite.
Level 2 is a further advancement to the basics where the participants will understand Dr Bach's system and its belief. Fine differences between similar remedies and further exploration of Dr Bach's philosophy is a part of the Level 2 course. This level is created to provide the remedy knowledge you need to move on to practitioner-level training.
To be able to move on to Level 3, Level 1 and 2-course completion is a prerequisite.
Level 3 is for participants who are wanting to work professionally in the area of Bach flower remedies. This level is more focussed on learning, enhancing and practising consultation and listening skills. This level involves a lot of group work and is the only level which is formally assessed to ensure the participant is a competent practitioner.
The 38 Flowers and their indications as below:
Agrimony: mask feeling behind a cheerful face, always smiling.
Aspen: Unknown vague fears.
Beech: Intolerant towards others, hyper critical.
Centaury: Unable to stand for self, unable to say no.
Cerato: Seeking advice from others, doubt self-judgement.
Cherry Plum: Fear of losing control, fear of rash action, sudden outbursts.
Chestnut Bud: Repeated mistakes, tendency to fall in similar situations and not learning.
Chicory: Seeking appreciation, tendency to manipulate.
Clematis: Daydreaming, living in their own fantasy world.
Crab Apple: Feeling the need to clean, exaggerated need for order.
Elm: Overwhelmed by responsibility, temporary feeling of in adequacy.
Gentian: Easily discouraged and dejected, small setbacks have devastating effect.
Gorse: Hopeless, given up inside, 'what is the use' attitude.
Heather: Self-centred, preoccupied in self.
Holly: Hatred, Envy, Jealousy.
Honeysuckle: Unable to let go of past, constantly referring to past.
Hornbeam: Monday-morning feeling, thought of task can provoke fatigue.
Impatiens: Impatience, rushed by time.
Larch: Inferiority complex, convinced that cannot do things.
Mimulus: Fear of specific, well defined fears.
Mustard: Gloomy, depressed, deep melancholy.
Oak: Struggles regardless, shoulder burden of others.
Olive: Exhausted, tired, sapped.
Pine: Self-reproach, guilty.
Red Chestnut: Excessive concern for others, irrational fears for others.
Rock Rose: Panic, terror, frozen in fear.
Rock Water: Rigid on self, strict with self.
Scleranthus: Indecisive, jumping options, grasshopper.
Star of Bethlehem: Shock and Trauma.
Sweet Chestnut: Deep anguish and despair.
Vervain: Over-enthusiastic, incensed by injustice.
Vine: Dominating, inflexible, difficult to obey.
Walnut: Difficulty in transition, easily influenced.
Water Violet: Aloof, proud, reserved.
White Chestnut: Repeated thoughts, constant chatter.
Wild Oat: Purpose of life, direction in life.
Wild- Rose: Lack of ambition and interest.
Willow: Self-pity, resentment, bitterness.