Welcome to our post about Bach flower rescue remedies.
Around the turn of the century, Dr Edward Bach (1880-1936), a British bacteriologist, medical doctor and homeopath, began to experiment with flower rescue remedies, using them to treat certain emotional disorders including anxiety, depression and anger.
He theorised that these plant remedies contained natural ‘vibrations’ to restore harmony and health. Dr Bach eventually devised 38 Bach flower remedies, ranging from sweet chestnut to combat desolation, to vine to counteract a personality with tyrannical propensities.
One method involved in the preparation of Bach flower rescue remedies is floating the flower heads in spring water in direct sun-light for 3 hours (this is to replicate flower dew, which Dr Bach believed to contain medicinal properties).
Another method involves boiling the sprigs of the flowers or catkins (this procedure is usually used for the remedies that come from trees). The remedies are then bottled in dark glass in order to protect their potency.
A normal dosage is 2 drops of a remedy combined with 30 ml (1 fl oz) of water, 4 drops of the resulting mixture are taken oral-ly four times a day. However, for short-term problems, 2 drops of each remedy can be added to a glass of water to be sipped throughout the day.
You can also mix the remedies together to treat specific problems, but mixing more than five or six is not considered necessary or appropriate.
In addition to the 38 Bach flower rescue remedies — together with books and instruction leaflets for their use — most health food stores and chemists now stock Bach flower rescue remedy for use in emotional ’emergencies’, such as sudden shock. This is a combination of several remedies.
The Bach flower remedies are not harmful and will not interfere with other medical treatments.
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