We have an old world saying that goes ‘the earth laughs in flowers’. No one has understood this saying better than Dr Edward Bach who in his wisdom developed Bach Flower Remedies as an alternate and definitely the most fragrant form of alternate medicine.
Dr Edward Bach an eminent Physician, about 80 years ago, let go of his flourishing practice of Homeopath, decided to venture into knowing and extracting the essence of flowers full time. He left bustling London and put in all his efforts into finding out the affect plants especially flowers have on our health and daily life.
According to Bach, illness is a result of deviation from a soul’s purpose in life and the personality’s outlook which often result in energy blocking causing loss of harmony and an ongoing internal war within our body.
When negative emotions such as fear, worry, stress, indecisiveness prevail in our body, our being finds it difficult to heal itself. By the essence extracted from flowers, Bach aims at creating an environment conducive for the body to mend itself. They gently restore the balance between mind and body by casting our negative emotions such as fear, worry, hatred and indecision which interfere with the equilibrium of the being as a whole.
Bach classifies the flower essence into 38 categories based on 38 flower extracts. He did so instinctively and with the help of his psychic connection with the plants rather than on the basis of scientific data. He then through much research later termed the final essence as ‘mother tincture’ which needs to be diluted before use or sale.
Another feature of this treatment is that it is completely safe to use. It can be safely administered to both children as well as the elderly. It can also be used along with other forms of medicine be it conventional or alternative. It can be taken either in a 30ml/1 once treatment bottle filled with spring water or as 4 drops 4 times a day until relief is obtained. Incase water is unavailable, you can take it undiluted either in the mouth or rub it behind the ears or the insides of your wrists. As a preservative option, brandy, apple cider vinegar or vegetable glycerin can be used to dilute.
To help us understand Bach Flower treatment better, below are a few illustrations based on case studies. The first case study is of a meek 10 year old who was always nervous and constantly complained of tummy aches. She suffered from low self confidence and also indecisiveness. According to her mother, she for many days struggled with the decision as to whether she wanted to go to the school trip with her friends or not. Her mother, after a colleague’s recommendation introduced the little girl to Bach Flower Remedies was shocked to see the change in her meek little girl. She was much more confident and strong. She ultimately decided to go to the field trip and had a gala time there.
Second is the case of Romita, who is a breast cancer survivor. She suddenly seems to lose her appetite and her resistance to pain. A woman with a positive outlook was a shadow of herself; she experienced frequent blackouts and was depressed all day. After a recommendation from a friend, Romita started using Back Flower essence as instructed by her practioner. She used it on and off for 48 hours and felt a vast difference in herself. She was calmer and more enthusiastic. Just a few sips of the formula was needed to calm her and soon she was back to being herself.
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We, from time in memorial have understood the importance and influence of nature and also the role it plays in prevention and cure of various diseases. Bach Flower Remedies reinforces this belief system. The essences can help us to improve our emotional and mental state thus balancing the body and the mind. As Dr. Edward Bach so eloquently put it “healing with the clean, pure, beautiful agents of nature is surely one method of all which appeals to most of us”.
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