Dr. Bach ("Batch") was an English physician who died very young (50 years) in 1936, but he was an accomplished and noted scientist as well. He was frustrated by clinical methods and destroyed his lab in disgust, then walked out to dedicate himself to finding a natural method of healing. His results are the Bach Flower Remedies, which provide a completely safe and natural way to help people and animals with emotional distress.
He did so with the essences of flowers and their blossoms: 38 distinct cures from clematis, chestnut, crab apple, impatiens, water violet, gentian, beech, elm, Star of Bethlehem, and others. Naturally empathic, he could hold his hands over a bloom or bud and be overcome by the nature of the distressful issue that the plant would cure.
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How are the Bach Flower Remedies made?
The Bach Flower Remedie®s are made 100% naturally from spring water infused with wild flowers, either by the sun-steeped method or by boiling. The Remedies are hand-produced exclusively in England. The Remedies contain 27% grape-based brandy as a preservative.
How do I take the Bach Flower Remedies®?
The Bach Flower Remedies® can be taken either in a 30ml/1once treatment bottle filled with spring water. From the treatment bottle take 4 drops 4 times a day until relief is obtained, or two drops in a glass of water and sip at intervals. If no water is available, the Remedies can be taken undiluted either in the mouth, on the skin behind the ears or on the inside of the wrist.
To prepare a treatment bottle, fill the bottle with fresh spring water and add 2 drops of each Remedy. You can combine up to 6 or 7 Remedies in a treatment bottle. As preservative (optional) you can use brandy, apple cider vinegar or vegetable glycerin, 1 tsp. in the treatment bottle.
What is Rescue® Remedy & Rescue® Remedy Cream?
Dr. Bach created an emergency combination of Remedies which he called Rescue Remedy®. It contains five different Remedies: Star of Bethlehem, Clematis, Impatiens, Cherry Plum and Rock Rose. Rescue Remedy® is worth carrying with you in case of emergencies or everyday stress. Rescue® Remedy helps you go through difficult situations, stressful events, an exam or job interview in a calm and relaxed matter.
Rescue Remedy® Cream, contains the same five Remedies as Rescue® Remedy with added Crab Apple. The cream is for external applications such as bruises, diaper rash, sprains, burns, stings, scratches and other skin conditions.
On occasions when you are stressed and your mind is over-active, take a dose or two of Rescue® Remedy in the evening before going to sleep. (see also White Chestnut) (Just for reference here: Jennifer Anniston is a big fan of Rescue Remedy.)
Bach Flower Remedies and Pregnancy
Bach Flower Remedies are extremely helpful during pregnancy, when the expecting mother goes through a wide range of emotions. The Bach Flower Remedies restore peace of mind when the mother feels fearful, tired, overwhelmed, impatient and other emotions related to pregnancy. Rescue® Remedy and Walnut are very useful during labor.
Bach Flower Remedies® and Children.
Children respond very well to the Bach Flower Remedies®. The Bach Flower Remedies® are extremely helpful for all childhood emotions, such as, shyness, tantrums, fear, nightmares, and low self-esteem. The Bach Flower Remedies® help children reach a balance in themselves, so that they can learn from life's ups and downs.
Bach Flower Remedies® for pets.
Our pets also have emotions and the Bach Flower Remedies® are very helpful to aid pets overcome difficult times. The Bach Flower Remedies® have been very successful in calming hyperactive dogs, fearful cats, newly arrived puppies and many other pet emotions.
What happens if I take too much of the Remedies?
It is impossible to overdose with the Bach Flower Remedies®, they are 100% natural and safe. You can drink a whole bottle of Remedies and not "overdose." However, if you think that "more is better," you are wrong. The Bach Flower Remedies® work best over a period of time, taken from the treatment or stock bottle at least 4 times a day.
What happens if I take the wrong Remedy?
Nothing is going to happen if you take the wrong Remedies, the Remedy only work on the energy level that we are having problems with. For example, if you have a "known fear" (MIMULUS) and take ASPEN "unknown fear", nothing is going to happen. Your "known fear" will stay and ASPEN wouldn't do anything to you. When you take the wrong Remedy nothing happens.
Why are the Essences sometimes called Remedies?
In the US they are called Essences, and in England they are called Remedies. Books written in England refer to them as Remedies.
What are the difference between Essential Oil and The Bach Flower Remedies®?
Essential Oil: As the name says, it is oils from different plants and flowers. They smell very strongly, some of them should be avoided for people with different illnesses, pregnancy, in the sun, etc. The Essential Oils comes from the whole world, however, the quality can easily be very different because some farmers cheat and mix in cheap oils.
Bach Flower Remedies®: They do not smell, they can never do any harm to anyone at any time, they are made by infusion of wild plants & flowers from a certain area in England.
The Bach Flower Remedies® are considered homeopathic.