Bach flower remedies are dilutions of flower material developed by Edgard Bach in the 1930s. He called this material “essences”. The remedies are used primarily for emotional and spiritual conditions, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, insomnia and stress.
The remedies contain an small amount of flower material in a 50:50 solution of water and brandy. Because the remedies are extremely dilute they do not have a characteristic scent or taste of the plant. Vendors state that the remedies contain something called the energetic signature of the flower, and that this can be transmitted to the user. Controlled studies have found the flower remedies are no more effective than a placebo.

Production of the Bach Flower Remedies

The production of the Bach Flower Remedies is handled in two ways: Using the “sun method,” the flowers are picked on a warm summer day in full sunshine. The flowers are put in a glass bowl with fresh spring water, taken, if possible, from a spring close to the location of the flower. It is sufficient that the flowers only cover the surface of the water. The bowl is placed in the sun for two to four hours. According to Edward Bach the sun will transfer the vibration of the flowers into the medium of the water, which in this way becomes energetically impregnated.
Afterward the flowers are removed from the solution, and an equal portion of alcohol is added for preservation (Bach used brandy). The derived solution is stored in a stock bottle. During treatment, the remedy is usually diluted with water.
Since not all flowers, shrubs, bushes, and trees bloom at a time of year with plenty of sunshine, a second method for the preparation of remedies is necessary, the so-called cooking method. The flowers and buds are picked according to the sun method and boiled down. The extract is filtered several times and mixed again with the same portion of alcohol as a preservative. The process is continued in the same way as the remedies produced with the sun method.

The Relationship among the Flowers

Through the relationship of the flowers to each other (the “tracks”) it is possible to determine which flower covers the superficial side of a problem and which focuses more on the deeper cause. In this way a new hierarchy is created, one that will determine the therapy to follow. This hierarchy is especially helpful when a patient needs many flowers, which can make it difficult to find a starting point. Once the acute problems have diminished, it is possible with the help of this hierarchy to determine which of the deeper negative emotional states have led to the present complaints. It is then possible, if desired, to continue the therapy with the appropriate flowers to open up the mind.

Diagnosis through the Bach Flower Body Maps

Every Bach Flower Remedy is related to an area on the surface of the body – similar to the foot reflex zones. Negative moods lead to a change of energetic structure in these places, which often is accompanied by pain and disturbing sensations. Thus, solely by pinpointing the areas on the body map it is possible to obtain a flower diagnosis.

Application of the Flowers to the Skin

Through a direct application to the disturbed areas it is possible to increase the effect of the flowers tremendously. Not only is it possible to improve negative emotional states much faster in this way than through oral tinctures, but the physical complaints often ease immediately as well. Bach Flower Therapy is thus not only a soul cleanser “to harmonize the psyche”, as often stated, but also a therapy for the treatment of physical ailments.

How are the remedies made?

Is a three step process:

  • Step One: Mother tinctures are prepared from plant material and natural spring water using either the Sun or Boiling Method as defined by Dr Bach.
  • Step Two: The mother tincture is made up of the energised spring water [Step one] mixed with an equal quantity of 40% brandy. The brandy acts purely as a preservative for the remedy.
  • Step Three: To make the stock bottle, the mother tincture is added to 27% grape alcohol.

There are two methods of preparing the mother tinctures:

The Sun Method:

Dr Bach used this method to make 20 of the remedies, most of which are delicate flowers and bloom in the height of summer.

The Boiling Method:

Dr Bach used this method to prepare the remaining 18 remedies, from trees and bushes and plants, most of which flower in the early part of the year.

Sources: Wikipedia, Edward Bach

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