Bach Flower Therapy
Dr. Edward Bach, doctor, bacteriologist, immunologist, and homeopath, developed a natural and effective treatment called Bach Flower Therapy in the 1930's. Dr. Bach believed that the key to healing diseases is a healthy and balanced mind. Bach Flower Therapy is not intended to directly treat physical diseases but the emotional conflict or imbalance behind them. These negative mental states include fear, uncertainty, anger, anxiety, depression and stress and they may appear in the form of both physical and psychological symptoms. The causes of the disease can be accessed by attending to these emotional states.
Bach Flower Remedies help in managing emotions. They affect the balance of the mind and the feeling of well-being. Every Bach flower essence has a specific impact on a given mental state, and they can be used alone or combined with other essences. Bach Flower Therapy has been used with outstanding results around the world for tens of years by traditional and complementary health care professionals as well as in self-care. Rescue Remedy, a combination of various essences, is included in the first aid kit of the ambulances in some countries.
According to the developer of Bach Flower Therapy, Dr. Bach, the healing effect of the flower essences is based to their energy fields and vibration. He classified the emotional problems into seven main groups: fear, uncertainty and indecision, lack of interest towards the present moment, loneliness, over-sensitiveness, despair, and over-concern for others. Bach's studies are based on the idea about taking care of the individual instead of a disease, despite of the people's individual differences and personality traits.
Bach flower remedies are a mixture made out of water, flowers and brandy. They are safe for everybody to use, and there is no risk of overdose, side effects or incompatibility with other treatments. The flower essences can be used both internally and externally. They are also suitable for children and animals.
Children should use a maximum of six different flower essences at a time. The solution is sufficient for three weeks and the dosage is four drops four times a day. Small children can use 2–4 drops of the solution three times a day. Flower remedies can be also added to bathing water.
Bach flower remedies can also be administered to animals. The selection is made the same way as with humans, but the treatment usually lasts for only 2–3 days. Personality traits can be seen in animals as well as in humans, such as aggression, acquisitiveness, lethargy, or jealousy.
When selecting a flower remedy, it is important to acknowledge one's own emotional state as accurately as possible. Negative emotions may be difficult to admit to oneself, but when one is aware of them, the balance of mind is already one step closer.
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Bach flower drops have been used traditionally for the following emotions. Select a combination that is best for your characteristics.
● Rock Rose - fear, “someone stiff with fright,"
● Mimulus - fear of known things; doctor, airplanes
● Cherry Plum - fear of losing control of the situation
● Aspen - unexplained fears and worries
● Red Chestnut – too much concern for loved ones
● Cerato - need to seek advice and confirmation from others
● Scleranthus - indecision, cannot choose when face alternatives
● Gentian - lack of courage, discouragement
● Gorse - a deep despair and hopelessness
● Hornbeam – bored at the thought of doing something
● Wild Oat - uncertainty about the direction of life, the desire to experiment everything
3. Lack of interest in the present moment
● Clematis - living in a dream world, "absent"
● Honeysuckle - living in the past, "before was better,"
● Wild Rose - apathy, resignation
● Olive – exhaustion
● White Chestnut - thinking too much about things, unwanted thoughts
● Mustard - deep depression for no reason, inexplicable despair
● Chestnut Bud – keep repeating same mistakes without learning from them
● Water Violet - need for solitude, no desire to reveal inner self
● Impatiens - impatience, everything has to happen soon, no time for friends
● Heather - self-centeredness, concern for oneself
5. Susceptibility to other influences and ideas
● Agrimony - hidden problems behind a happy face
● Centaury - the desire to keep others happy at any cost
● Walnut - changes: work place change, relocation, divorce, menopause
● Holly - suspicion, jealousy, envy, pungency, even hostility
6. Hopelessness and despair
● Larch - lack of confidence, fear of failure
● Pine - guilt, shame, self-blame
● Elm - a burden because of too much responsibility
● Sweet Chestnut - extreme mental distress, deep despair
● Star of Bethlehem - shock and sorrow
● Willow - self-pity, "the victim"
● Oak – cannot stop working, despite their own exhaustion
● Crab Apple – known as the “cleanser” remedy, suitable for low self-esteem
7. Over concerned on the well-being of others
● Chicory – selfish, possessive, do things to gain attention, manipulation
● Vervain - over-enthusiasm, hyperactivity, wants others included in their plans
● Vine - Dominance, strong-minded, inflexible
● Beech - intolerance, criticalness intolerability in regard to others.
● Rockwater - perfectionism, setting of high objectives
For more information on Bach Flower Therapy, see BachCentre.com