What Are the Bach Flower Essences?
The Bach Flower Essences are all natural, very dilute solutions made from spring water, an alcohol preservative, and the parts of specific flowers.
They are used to help balance the emotions and bring about a state of equilibrium in living organisms, and have been successfully used with people, animals, and even plants.
There are a total of 38 different Bach Flower Essences, 37 made from specific flowers and one made from the water of a spring believed to have healing properties.
Each essence is used to treat a specific emotion or state of mind such as fear, anger, apathy, etc. These are all emotions that most people can readily identify in themselves and in other people, and with training can also identify in animals.
These emotional states and their corresponding essence are all described in The Twelve Healers and Other Remedies by Edward Bach, MB, BS, MRCS, LRCP, DPH. Dr. Bach's goal was to create a system of medicine that was simple enough that people who become familiar with the essences through his publications could identify their negative emotional state, select the corresponding essence and thus treat themselves.
The Bach Flower Essences® are very safe. The only contra-indication is hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients. Since the botanical component is so dilute, a reaction is very unlikely. Grape alcohol is used as a preservative, so the essences may be unsuitable for those sensitive to alcohol.
Bach Flower Essences are not used to treat physical disease, but rather the emotional state of the patient. They can be used to help resolve fear and anxiety, anger, grief, and many other emotions.
This gentle form of medicine can be made up specifically for you and taken with herbal medicine or on their own.
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This questionnaire can help you learn the different type of emotional imbalance that each Bach Flower Remedy addresses. You may want to read more about each of the Remedies in order to select the correct combination.
6) Cherry Plum
7) Chestnut Bud
10) Crab Apple
25) Red Chestnut
26) Rock Rose
27) Rock Water
29) Star of Bethlehem
30) Sweet Chestnut
34) Water Violet
35) White Chestnut
36) Wild Oat
37) Wild Rose