Bach flower remedies are the remedies that were developed from flower essences by Dr. Edward Bach. Read the article to know more.
Dr. Edward Bach (1886-1936), a British Physician and a Microbiologist, invented the 'Bach Flower Remedies,' also called 'Flower Remedies' or 'Flower Essences.' While practicing conventional medicine and Homeopathy, he realized that the physical symptoms are closely related to a person's mental and emotional state, which needs to be addressed to treat a person. He believed that ill or negative states of mind cause most of the illnesses. This negative state of mind can be addressed using the natural and non-toxic method of medicine that he derived from the fresh flowers known as Bach flower remedies.
In 1930, Dr. Edward Bach first prepared the flower essences. Dr. Bach developed 38 remedies that can be useful to overcome various emotions of a person like fear, jealousy, anxiety, depression, etc. Each remedy is based on one native flower that would help restore a person's health by reducing the feelings caused by a negative state of mind.
Dr. Bach believed that illnesses are caused by the imbalance and disharmony between our body and mind. Thus, most of the physical symptoms are caused due to disharmony at the level of mind. If our mind is at peace, the body can heal and recover from any physical illnesses.
The flower remedies contain active flower ingredients that are transferred from the flower to water during the process of making the Bach flower mother tinctures. It is believed that fresh flowers have a lot of positive energies, which is transferred to have a positive impact on a person's mind. These flower remedies can restore harmony at the level of mind and body and are proven to relieve the negative emotions like fear, worry, hatred, etc., that disrupt the body's equilibrium.
Bach flower remedies can be taken in several ways. Just remember, if you feel you have severe emotional issues, you can take frequent doses of the remedy instead of taking larger doses. Larger amounts will not produce significant results. You can mix up to 5 to 6 remedies and take at a time. If you want to take multiple remedies, then add two drops of each remedy in a bottle of water, mix it well, and take a sip from it. The simplest way is to add two drops of the selected remedy in a 400 to 500 ml bottle of water. Just sip the water throughout the day until you find relief. Keep the leftover water in the refrigerator. You can make the new dilution every time or use the same leftover water.
Another way to take the remedy is to take two drops of the remedy over the tongue directly.
People have used Bach remedies for many conditions, such as anxiety, depression, stress, emotional and physical trauma, and cancer. However, existing reliable research does not back these claims. Many people claim that flower remedies work well in cancer, but they do not prevent, control, or cure cancer or any other physical condition. It is believed it can improve your mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. It helps the body heal itself by creating a positive emotional state and restoring the balance in the body. It also triggers the body's own internal healing process. This may help people feel better.
Studies have found that Bach remedies are safe. Most of the remedies contain a small amount of alcohol, which acts as a preservative. Hence it is advisable to check the label in case if you want to avoid alcohol-based remedies.
Many people think that Bach flower remedies are a part of homeopathic remedies since flower remedies are prescribed based on an individual's emotional and mental well-being. However, that is not true. Bach flower remedies are not homeopathic remedies. There are several differences between these two systems. Below are a few points that indicate how Bach flower remedies are different than homeopathic remedies:
Bach flower only comes from flowers, except rock water, whereas homeopathic medicines are made of plants, animals, metals, etc.
Only nonpoisonous plants and their parts are used for preparation, unlike homeopathic remedies.
Bach flower remedies mainly focus on current emotions and hence can treat the emotional issues well. The homeopathic system considers all aspects of a person's life to prescribe a remedy.
No succussion is needed in making them, whereas succussion is an important part of homeopathic remedy preparation.
Dilution is not needed (can be diluted but unnecessary), whereas homeopathic remedies are highly diluted.
They can be taken at least four times a day for some weeks or more. Homeopathic remedies cannot be taken so frequently and for such a long period except in acute cases where the frequent doses of homeopathic remedies are taken.
There is no real aggravation, and it is safe in sensitive patients. However, homeopathic remedies can cause slight aggravation.
Rescue remedy is the mode widely and commonly used in Bach flower remedy. Rescue remedy is not the same as Bach Flower remedy, but a combination of five different essences of Bach flower remedies. They are:
Star of Bethlehem.
As the name suggests, rescue remedy mainly helps to deal or rescue you with everyday stressful situations or emergency crises. It can be useful to get over anxiety or fear of appearing in front of crowds or anxiety during public speaking or exams or help us overcome the emotional shock after an accident or after your loved ones' death. This remedy helps us focus, relax, and able to handle the situation calmly.
A few drops of this remedy everyday usually help overcome stressful situations. Many people keep this remedy handy, and whenever they feel stressed or overwhelmed with work, take a few drops mix with water and are good to go. However, I would advise you not to self-prescribe any of these remedies for a longer duration and consult your physician for proper diagnosis and treatment.
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28 Sep 2020 - 4 min read
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