“Wonderful as it may seem, relieve your patient of the mood or moods such as are given in this system of healing, and your patient is better”
– Dr Edward Bach, 1936
Bach flower remedies are one of the best ways to cure deep seated problems on all levels. Am sure you must have heard of them, but if not, you must really try them out. Dr.Edward Bach, a century ago, had experimented with the healing properties of flowers and came up with this set of 38 Bach Flower remedies.
The basic concept is behind every manifested illness there exists an imbalance on the inner self. Anxieties, fears, depression, tension, trauma, dislikes, avoidance, greed, apathy and other negative emotions over a period of time result in illness of the body. Most doctors will treat the outer symptoms of your body but will not cure the inner real inner problem. Modern doctors won’t even think on these deeper lines of thought! Thus over time the illness will repeat itself or the same imbalance will manifest as a different illness.
This same theory is behind curing issues caused by planetary imbalances using the perfumes, colors and food tastes associated with them. But planetary remedies may not be so easily accepted by most people who still think astrology to be hogwash! But Bach flower remedies are ‘mainstream’, your homeopathic physician may also be prescribing these. In India, I bought the entire set of 38 bottles for around Rs 4000/- from a wholesale supplier of homeopathic medicines. As I use the liquid, I keep topping it up with more medicinal brandy. So if you can buy a set it is a life time investment.
The beauty of these remedies is that they have Zero side-effects and they actually work. Then there are lots of questionnaires online where you can find out which emotional issues you need to address. You can combine upto 4 flower remedies at one time. A quick list of the remedies, with their keywords of the mental conditions that they address.
Agrimony – outwardly cheerful, internally unhappy, anxious, mentally tormented.
- Agrimony – remedy for someone who is secretly addicted to substances, anxious and deeply unhappy behind a cheerful face.
- Aspen – for people who have vague fears of unknown things, worried, unable to tell others, terrified, and very haunted by worry.
- Beech – a remedy for intolerance, for re-balancing critical and non-compassionate people who are hard on others and also on themselves.
- Centaury – for those who are unable to say ‘no’, weak willed, bullied by others, tired, timid, passive and a doormat.
- Cerato – if you do not trust your own self, always seek advice from others, unable to decide for yourself, cannot judge situation/people properly, this remedy is for you.
- Cherry Plum – if you fear losing control over the mind, get emotional breakdowns, temper tantrums, explode with uncontrolled rage and can be abusive in this mood, use this remedy.
- Chestnut Bud – if one cannot learn from experience and makes the same mistakes again and again, this flower can help.
- Chicory – for those who are selfish, possessive lovers. Over-protective, suffocating with a nagging nature. Are easily offended, manipulate loved ones and are self-centred and demanding.
- Clematis – The ones who like daydreaming, are vaguely dreamy all the time, disinterested, withdrawn, lack of concentration, lackadaisical and dream of happy things in the future but do not work in the present.
- Crab Apple – For OCD, self-hatred, sense of being unclean, low self esteem, (this is a cleansing remedy).
- Elm – If someone is depressed, overwhelmed by responsibility, exhausted, despondent at the thought of working.
- Gentian – If you are easily depressed and discouraged in the face of difficulties, and even tiny setbacks tend to dishearten.
- Gorse – The remedy for heavy hopelessness and despair coupled with intense pessimism.
- Heather – For those who demand attention, are talkative, talk only about themselves, are self-centred and dislike being left alone and are internally lonely.
- Holly – For hatred, envy, insecurity, suspiciousness, jealousy. And for aggressive behaviour triggered by this negativity.
- Honeysuckle – For curing nostalgia, living in the past, missing someone and always thinking of the good times they had together, living in the past, over-attached to past memories.
- Hornbeam – If someones is mentally weary, even bored, tired at the thought of doing things, overworked, needs strength and is lethargic.
- Impatiens – A cure for impatience, nervous irritation, frustration. For those who are accident prone, fidgety and always in haste.
- Larch – To redress lack of confidence, discouragement, and for people who tend to avoid situations where may have to perform.
- Mimulus – To set right problems caused by fear of known things, also stammering, timidness, over-sensitivity and overall lack of courage
- Mustard – If someone is always depressed or gloomy for no reason, always under a dark cloud.
- Oak – For those who keep going past the point of exhaustion, exhausted, but still will not tell if they are unwell, over-achievers, overworked, workaholic people.
- Olive – For curing the exhaustion following mental or physical effort. If someone needs energy for recovery and convalescence e.g. when all reserves of energy exhausted after a long illness/activity.
- Pine – A solution for self-guilt, if someone is ashamed for no reason, feels heavy self reproach, feels unworthy and undeserving.
- Red Chestnut – For those who are overly concerned and worried for the welfare of loved ones (thus always ignoring themselves).
- Rock Rose – If you are frozen with terror and fright, is used an emergency remedy.
- Rock Water (is basically pure natural water, I have seen Ganga water also works equally well) – To sure problems caused by self-denial, rigidity and self-repression and tendency for self-perfection. These people are also self-sacrificing but highly opinionated.
- Scleranthus – To cure the inability to choose, for indecision, being dizzy and uncertain. To redress issues arising from imbalance
- Star of Bethlehem – To be used in extreme stress, severe shock and extreme trauma, is an emergency remedy.
- Sweet Chestnut – To help someone in extreme mental anguish, hopeless despair, intense sorrow, if someone is is hopeless, feels that all options are over now.
- Vervain – To set right over-enthusiasm, fanaticism and hyper-activity. For those highly strung individuals who always want to be involved in everything.
- Vine – To balance out domineering, inflexible, gifted, very capable, but bullying and thus aggressive people. They hurt others by putting them down always.
- Walnut – This flower grants protection from change and unwanted influences, allows to let go and helps adjust to major changes.
- Water Violet – is helpful for those quietly self-reliant people who are isolated, anti-social, disdainful, very private, proud and aloof.
- White Chestnut – is used to silence cluttered unwanted thoughts and mental arguments, it stops the unrest in the mind.
- Wild Oat – can help in making life changing decisions correctly when at major cross roads in life. Helps when there is uncertainty about the direction in life and lack of clarity.
- Wild Rose – When someone is drifting, resigned, apathetic with lack of ambition and motivation, feels resigned to an unpleasant situation.
- Willow – To cure self-pity, resentment, bitterness, and for those want to regain a sense of proportion in life.
Go through this list of meanings or take a self test to find out what are the negative thought processes and emotional behaviour holding you back. Then use the flowers. If you have bought the set, put 2 drops of the remedy in a glass of water and drink it, 3 times a day, or put them in your water bottle. When you no longer need to take it, you will actually forget to take it!
Now the fun part. I have used these remedies for years and found a few shortcuts which also work equally well. These shortcuts are especially useful if you cannot find the set in your local market or cannot afford to buy them.
- I live in the Himalayas where some of these plants are naturally found. So if you live in such a place yourself, you can gather the fresh flowers and keep them in a glass bowl with clean water in the direct sunlight for 3-4 hours. Then store that water in a clean bottle. If you intend to preserve it for a longer time you can add a few drops of medicinal brandy to it.
- Drink it whenever you feel the need.
- It works beautifully for small children and infants, you can even put a few drops on their forehead.
- Put it in spray bottle and spray it in your room or use it to wipe the floors of your house.
- Wash your clothes in it ,put a few drops of the remedy in your washing machine water.
- You can spray it on your pet if it is unwell.
- A even simpler way would be keep the flower itself with you, maybe wear it in your hair, or keep it in a small vase on your table.
- Or download a nice photo of the flower and keep it as your phone/laptop wallpaper.
- Simply recite its name a few times (11 or 27 or more if you wish) in your mind, visualising the flower.
- Recite its name under your breath and blow on a glass of water and drink it.
- Write its name a few times on a piece of paper.
- Draw 2 concentric circles, in the inner one write your name and within the outer one write the name of the flower remedy you have chosen for yourself. Keep this paper under your pillow or in your pocket.
- You can combine Bach flowers with Reiki or other healing techniques, they work beautifully.
These pretty flowers work always. So do use the Bach flower remedies if you feel inclined.
I recommend reading ‘The Twelve Healers and other remedies”, and other books written by Dr. Edward Bach, they are super for self-healing and they are available on the internet. I found them on archive.org.