Bach Flower Remedies
The Bach Flower Therapy and its 38 Remedies were discovered by Dr. Edward Bach, a physician who practiced for twenty years in London's prestigious Harley Street as a consultant and bacteriologist. In 1930 he abandoned this lucrative career to devote himself full-time to the development of this therapy and the discovery of the remedies.
The most interesting thing about the Bach Flower remedies is that the whole system was design to enable the average man/woman in the street to 'heal thyself' and for most people there is no need for a practitioner though there are practitioners available for those who are unable to treat or prescribe for themselves. The only skills required for self prescribing are the ability to read, the ability to reason and the ability to be honest with yourself. The latter of these is a dichotomy because where on the one hand it can be the most difficult to achieve and so would require a trained practitioner to release the truth about oneself, it can, on the other hand be conducive to self-treatment as you do not have to disclose yourself to anyone else.
The best way to arrive at an understanding of what the Bach Flower Therapy is all about is to read the discriptions of each remedy. Before self-treatment, it is a good idea to practice by reading through the discriptions and matching them up with people you know, this can also be a lot of fun, in a perverse sort of way. It perhaps should be pointed out at this stage that you can also treat animals and plants.
Methods of dosage.
The stock concentrates will keep indefinitly. They can be taken by people of all ages - there is no danger of an over-dose or side effects, and should the wrong choice be made no harm will ensue. They will not be influenced by, nor will they effect any form of medcine prescribed to a person.
First determine the personality and temperment; fears, worries, emotional upsets and the subsequent effects in outlook and attitude. More than one remedy can be taken at one time, but it should not be difficult to limit your choice to within six.
Take 2 drops from each chosen stock remedy in a cup of water, fruit juice, or nay beverage, and sip fairly frequently. Replenish cup to continue treatment if need be... Alternativly you can put the drops in a bottle of approx. 1fl.oz. (30ml) capacity and fill up with Natural Spring Water (non-gas) and take 4 drops on the tongue directly from the bottle. Take as often as needed but at least 4 times a day, especially first and last thing daily. Hold the dose a moment or so in the mouth before swallowing to gain the full effect (this also applies when sipped from a cup). Such a prepared dosage bottle will remain fresh for about 3 weeks if stored in a cool place, but should a presevative be necessary, include a spoonful of brandy or cider vinegar to the preparation. Dosage drops can be added to a baby's bottle or taken in a spoonful of water.
Rock Rose. In emergency.
Mimulus. Known fears.
Cherry Plum. Fear of losing mind.
Aspen. Unkown fears.
Red Chestnut. Fear for others.
Cerato. Constantly seeking advice.
Scleranthus. Which one to choose.
Gentian. Easily discouraged.
Gorse. Given up.
Hornbeam. No faith in selve.
Wild Oat. No path in life.
Honeysuckle. Clings to the past.
Wild Rose. Apathy.
Olive. Nothing left to give.
White Chestnut. Unwanted thoughts.
Mustard. Gloom and despair.
Chestnut Bud. Cannot learn from past.
Water Violet. Aloofness.
Agrimony. Puts on a brave face.
Walnut. Protection from others.
Holly. Cannot let go.
Larch. For lack of confidence.
Pine. For self blame.
Elm. Depression Sweet Chestnut. For the end of the line.
Star of Bethlehem. For great shock.
Willow. For the embittered.
Oak. For strength.
Crab Apple. For the unclean.
Chicory. For those that cling.
Vervain. Always right.
Vine. Father figure.
Beech. Rock Water.
Rescue Remedy. Rescue Cream.
The remedy of emergency, for cases where there even appears no hope. In accident or sudden illness, or when the patient is very frightened or terrified, or if the condition is serious enough to cause great fear to those around. If the patient is not conscious the lips may be moistened with the remedy. Other remedies in addition may also be required, as, for example, if there is unconsciousness, which is a deep, sleepy state, Clematis; if there is torture, Agrimony, and so on.
Fear of wordly things, illness, pain, accident, poverty, of dark, of being alone, of misfortune. The fears of everyday life. These people quietly and secretly bear their dread, they do not freely speak of it to others.
Fear of the mind being over strained, of reason giving way, of doing fearful and dreaded things, not wished and known wrong, yet there comes the thought and impulse to do them.
Vague unkown fears, for which there can be given no explanation, no reason. Yet the patient may be terrified of something terible going to happen, he knows not what. These vague unexplainable fears may haunt by day or night. Sufferers are often afraid to tell their trouble to others.
For people who find it difficult not to be anxious for other people. Often they have ceased to worry about themselves, but for those whom they are fond they may suffer much, frequently anticpating that some unfortunate thing may happen to them.
Those who have not sufficient confidence in themselves to make their own decisions. They constantly seek advice from others, and are often misguided.
Those who suffer much from being unable to decide between two things, first one seeming right then the other. They are usually quiet people, and bear their difficulty alone, as they are not inclineed to discuss it with others.
Those who are easily discouraged. They may be progressing well in illness or in the affairs of their daily life, but any small delay or hindrance to progress causes doubt and soon disheartens them.
Very great hopelessness, they have given up belief that more can be done for them. Under persuasion or to please others they may try different treatments, at the same time assuring those around that there is so little hope of relief.
For those who feel that they have not sufficient strength, mentally or physically, to carry the burden of life placed upon them; the affairs of every day seem too much for them to accomplish, though they generally succeed in fulfilling their task. For those who believe that some part, of mind or body, needs to be strengthened before they can easily fulfil their work.
Those who have ambitions to do something of prominence in life, who wish to have much experience, and to enjoy all that which is possible for them, to take life to the full. Their difficulty is to determine what occupation to follow; as although their ambitions are strong, they have no calling which appeals to them above all others. This may cause delay and dissatisfaction.
Those who are dreamy, drowsy, not fully awake, no great interest in life. Quiet people, not really happy in their present circumstances, living more in the future than in the present; living in hopes of happier times, when their ideals may come true. In illness some make little or no effort to get well, and in certain cases may even look forward to death, in the hope of better times; or maybe, meeting again some beloved one whom they have lost.
Those who live much in the past, perhaps a time of great happiness, or memories of a lost friend, or ambitions which have not come true. They do not expect further happiness such as they have had.
Those who without apparently sufficient reason become resigned to all that happens, and just glide through life, take it as it is, without any effort to improve things and find some joy. They have surrendered to the struggle of life without complaint.
Those who have suffered much mentally or physically and are so exhausted and weary that they feel they have no more strength to make any effort. Daily life is hard work for them, without pleasure.
For those who cannot prevent thoughts, ideas, arguments which they do not desire from entering their minds. Usually at such times when the interest of the moment is not strong enough to keep the mind full. Thoughts which worry and will remain, or if for a time thrown out, will return. They seem to circle round and round and cause mental torture. The presence of such unplesant thoughts drives out peace and interferes with being able to think only of the work or pleasure of the day.
Those who are liable to times of gloom, or even despair, as though a cold dark cloud overshadowed them and hid the light and the joy of life. It may not be possible to give any reason or explanation for such attacks. Under these conditions it is almost impossible to appear happy or cheerful.
For those who do not take full advantage of observation and experience, and who take a longer time than others to learn the lessons of daily life. Wheras one experience would be enough for some, such people find it necessary to have more, sometimes several, before the lesson is learnt. Therefore, to their regret, they find themselves having to make the same error on different occasions when once would have been enough, or obsevations of others could have spared them even that one fault.
For those who in health or illness like to be alone. Very quite people, who move about without noise, speak little, and then gently. Very independent, capable and self-relient. Almost free of the opinions of others. They are aloof, leave people alone and go their own way. Often clever and talented. Their peace and calmness is a blessing to those around them.
Those who are quick in thought and action and who wish all things to be done without hesitation or delay. When ill they are anxious for a hasty recovery. They find it very difficult to be patient with people who are slow, as they consider it wrong and a waste of time, and will endeavour to make such people quicker in all ways. They often prefer to work and think alone, so that they can do everything at their own speed.
Those who are always seeking the companionship of anyone who may be available, as they find it necessary to discuss their own affairs with others, no matter whom it may be. They are very unhappy if they have to be alone for any length of time.
The jovial, cheerful, humorous people who love peace and are distressed by argument or quarrel, to avoid which they will agree to give up much. Though generally they have troubles and are tormented and restless and worried in mind or in body, they hide their cares behind their humour and jesting and are considered very good friends to know. They often take alcohol or drugs in excess, to stimulate themselves and help themselves bear their trials with cheerfulness.
Kind, quiet, gentle people who are over-anxious to serve others. They overtax their strength in their endeavours. Their wish so grows upon them that they become more servants than willing helpers. Their good nature leads them to do more than their own share of work, and in doing so they may neglect their own particular mission in life.
For those who have definite ideals and ambitions in life and are fulfilling them, but on rare occasions are tempted to be led away from their own ideas, aims and work by the enthusiasm, convictions or strong opinions of others. This remedy gives constancy and protection from outside influences.
For those who are sometimes attacked by thoughts of such kind as jealousy, envy, revenge, suspicion. For the different forms of vexation. Within themselves they may suffer much, often when there is no real cause for their unhappiness.
For those who do not consider themselves as good or capable as those around them, who expect failure, who feel that they will never be a success, and so do not venture or make a strong enough attempt to succeed.
For those who blame themselves. Even when successful they think they could have done better, and are never content with their efforts or results. They are hardworking and suffer much from the faults they attach to themselve. Sometimes if there is a mistake it is due to another, but they will claim responsibility even for that.
Those who are doing good work, are following the calling of their life and who hope to do something of importance, and this often for the benifit of humanity. At times there may be periods of depression when they feel that the task they have undertaken is too difficult, and not within the power of a human being.
For those moments which happen to some people when the anguish is so great as to seem to be unbearable. When the mind or body feels as if it had borne to the uttermost limit of its endurance, and that now it must give way. When it seems there is nothing but destruction and annihilation left to face.
Star of Bethlehem.
For those in great distress under conditions which for a time produce great unhappiness. The shock of serious news, the loss of someone dear, the fright following an accident, and such like. For those who for a time refuse to be consoled, this remedy brings comfort.
For those who have suffered adversity or misfortune and find these difficult to accept, without complaint or resentment, as they judge life much by the success which it brings. They feel that they have not deserved so great a trail, that it was unjust, and they become embittered. They often take less interest and are less active in those things of life which they had previously enjoyed.
For those who are struggling and fighting strongly to get well, or in connection with the affairs of their daily life. They will go on trying one thing after another, though their case may seem hopeless. They will fight on. They are discontented with themselves if illness interferes with their duties or helping others. They are brave people, fighting against great difficulties, without loss of hope or effort.
This is the remedy of cleansing. For those who feel as if they had something not quite clean about themselves. Often it is something of apparently little importance: in others there may be more serious disease which is almost disregarded compared to the one thing on which they concentrate. In both types they are anxious to be free from the one particular thing which is greatest in their minds and which seems so essential to them that it should be cured. They become despondent if treatment fails. Being a cleanser, this remedy purifies wounds if the patient has reason to believe that some poison has entered which must be drawn out.
Those who are very mindful of the needs of others they tend to be over-full of care for children, relatives, friends, always finding something that should be put right. They are continually correcting what they consider wrong, and enjoy doing so. They desire that those for whom they care should be near them.
Those with fixed principles and ideas, which they are confident are right, and they very rarely change. They have a great wish to convert all around them to their own views of life. They are strong of will and have much courage when they are convinced of those things that they wish to teach. In illness they struggle on long after many would have given up their duties.
Very capable peopl, certain of their own ability, confident of success. Being so assured, they think that it would be for the benifit of others if they could be ppersuaded to do things as they themselves do, or as they are certain is right. Even in illness they will direct their attendants. They may be of great value in emergency.
For those who feel the need to see more good and beauty in all that surrounds them. And, although much appears to be wrong, to have the ability to see the good growing within. So as to be able to be more tolerant, lenient and understanding of the different way each individual and all things are working to their own final perfection.
Those who are very strict in their way of living; they deny themselves many of the joys and pleasures of life beause they consider it might interfere with their work. They are hard masters to themselves. They wish to be well and strong and active, and will do anything which they believe will keep them so. They hope to be examples which will appeal to others who may then follow their ideas and be better as a result.
Dr. Bach combined five specific Remedies to formulate an emergency composite. Its purpose is to treat the pre or post emotional effect that a sufferer may experience through shock, great fear or terror, panic, severe mental stress and tension, a feeling of desperation or a numbed, bemused state of mind. To nullify the sufferer's shock and fear is of the utmost importance in helping the natual healing process.
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