By Judith Davies
Bach flower remedies, or essences, are extracts from fresh flowers, believed to have a positive effect on negative emotions. This alternative therapy has been used to support those with conditions ranging from anxiety and stress, to mood swings, excessive worrying and sleep problems.
Dr. Edward Bach’s former work in the field of bacteriology led to his interest in fresh flowers in the 1930s. He was drawn to these remedies as a result of his emotional state at the time. He made a tincture from the flower heads by placing them in spring water and allowing the sunlight to extract the essence. Brandy was added to preserve the essence. The remedies are administered by placing a few drops under the tongue three times a day.
My interest in flower remedies was sparked when my father had brought home a book on the Bach Flower Remedies, hoping it might help my mother who suffered from depression from time to time. One night, when I couldn’t sleep, I looked at all the 38 remedies Dr. Bach had made, and as a budding therapist myself, I thought these remedies could certainly help me and all mankind!
My godmother gave me the money to buy my first set of remedies, and I never stopped using them. We all have some negative experiences in our past, but it is how we react to them that influences our current state. For example, when we are over tired, we react in different ways.
You may feel weary before the day even starts. Knowing how we react to these feelings is the key to choosing the right flower essence. While certain remedies can help with physical and mental exhaustion, especially after an illness, a different kind is recommended for those who find themselves irritable and impatient.
There are many other flower essences for emotional states, such as the Californian Flower Remedies and the Australian Bush Flower Remedies, often referred to as vibrational healing. They are believed to work on the subtle energies of the body, bringing about a positive change.
Dr. Bach was a selfless man who only worked for the good of others, seeking no reward. He wrote several books, which I would encourage you to read.
Judith Davies, a former nurse and midwife, is a fully qualified therapist in Reflexology Training for Healthcare Professionals (The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Reflex Therapy). Please get in touch for more information.
Judith Davies Alternative Therapy, Eardisley, Hereford. Tel: 01544 327 022 or 07468 883 226
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