Flower essence therapy is a form of alternative medicine which uses diluted homeopathic tinctures of 38 different flowers. Each remedy is used alone or in conjunction with other remedies. Each flower is believed by advocates to impart specific qualities to the remedy. They are generally specially prepared by a naturopath or other healer for each patient to meet his/her individual needs (including nervous conditions such as depression, anxiety, insomnia and general stress).
The best-known Bach flower remedy is Rescue remedy, a pre-blended combination of Rock Rose, Impatiens, Clematis, Star of Bethlehem and Cherry Plum extracts. Rescue Remedy is so-called because the ingredients are believed to relieve acute stress, anxiety, and panic attacks, especially in emergency situations. Rescue Remedy is taken at need, and it is available either in a small spray-bottle, in a glass bottle with an eye-dropper, or as a 'rescue cream' to be rubbed onto the skin. Drops are generally taken under the tongue, as needed.
Rescue Remedy and other Bach flower remedies can be used on household pets and domestic animals, and it has been reported to be quite successful in calming them and improving problem behaviours.
Bach Flower Remedies contain no artificial preservatives or additives. By themselves, the tinctures are extremely perishable so they are mixed with a grape-alcohol or other alcohol carrier (usually brandy or cognac mixed with water) to act as a preservative.
There are makers of Flower remedies all over the world. Bach was the originator of an idea that has spread far and wide. The principles are the same throughout the world.
List of Bach Flower Remedies
The Dr. Edward Bach Centre in the UK presents this list of the 38 remedies discovered by Dr Bach and directed at a specific characteristic or emotional state.
Dr Edward Bach (September 24, 1886 - November 27, 1936).
Bach grew up in Bermingham, studied medicine at the University College Hospital, London and obtained a Diploma of Public Health (DPH) at Cambridge.
Before turning to alternative therapies, he was a House Surgeon and a casualty medical officer at University College Hospital; he was in charge of 400 beds during World War I; he worked at the National Temperance Hospital and had a successful practice at Harley Street. Later he worked at the London Homeopathic Hospital and he developed seven bacterial nosodes known as the seven Bach nosodes, which received immediate recognition and were used widely throughout North America and Europe by homeopathy practitioners.
In 1930, at the age of 43, he decided to search for a new healing technique. He spent the spring and summer discovering and preparing new herbal remedies, and the winter treating patients for free. He advertised his remedies in two daily newspapers, but General Medical Council disapproved with his advertising. In 1934, he moved to Mount Vernon in Oxfordshire.
In his treatise Heal Thyself he writes: "Disease will never be cured or eradicated by present materialistic methods, for the simple reason that disease in its origin is not material . . . Disease is in essence the rresult of conflict between the Soul and Mind and will never be eradicated except by spiritual and mental effort."
He died at the age of 50 on the evening of November 27th, 1936.