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Bach Flower Essences

General | January 16, 2018 | Author: Naturopath

Alternative Therapies

Bach Flower Essences

Flower essences are herbal infusions or decoctions, made from the flowering part of a plant. They are made in a form similar to homeopathy where they are heavily diluted and act as a vibrational medicine in the body. Flower essences usually work on emotional imbalance such as fear, anxiety, grief and low confidence—working to bring about harmony and happiness.

Safe for children, adults and even animals—flower essences come in two main forms; the original Bach flower remedies and Australian bush flower essences founded by Ian White.

Bach flower remedies

Dr. Edward Bach discovered that flowers in nature have the ability to affect our emotions in a positive way. The energies from different flowers can remove our emotional pains and suffering. As a result of his research, he developed 38 flower essences from 1920-1930 in England.

Rescue remedy

Rescue remedyMade from a combination of 5 flower remedies to help deal with stressful events and crises. It is the most famous of the Bach remedies that can be used for exams, fears such as flying, accidents and upon receiving unwelcome news. Rescue remedy helps to reduce stress and promote focus and calm.

In animal studies, it was found that rescue remedy significantly reduced risk factors for cardiovascular disease –by controlling glycaemia, triglycerides and HDL-cholesterol.

Ingredients in rescue remedy and their indications include:

  • Star of Bethlehem—trauma, after effect of shock, post-traumatic stress
  • Rock rose—acute terror and fear
  • Cherry plum— fear of losing control, rage, breakdown and temper tantrums
  • Impatiens—impatience, irritation, nervous, fidgety and frustrated
  • Clematis—lack of concentration, poor memory, day dreamy and withdrawn

Rescue remedy is designed to help you deal with immediate problems. If you are working through other underlying issues you may find the following flower essences more suitable. They can be used individually or in combination.

Here’s a list of the remaining 33 flower essences and their indications. See if you can relate to any of these remedies.

AgrimonyAgrimony—addiction, unhappiness, anxiety and hiding feelings

Aspen—fears and worries of unknown origin

Beech—intolerance, critical and lack of compassion

Centaury—timid, passive, tired and unable to say no

Cerato—lack of confidence and seeks advice from others

Chestnut bud—repeating the same mistakes and not learning from them

Chicory—possessive, critical, self-centred, manipulative and demanding

Crab apple—poor self-image, a sense of not being clean and obsessive behaviour

Elm—depression, feeling overwhelmed and exhaustion

Bach flower remediesGentian—discouraged, depression, sadness and giving up

Gorse—hopelessness, despair and pessimism

Heather—lonely, talkative, demands attention and dislikes being alone

Holly—hate, envy, suspicion and jealousy

For those who live in the past and have an over attachment to memories, good or bad, Honeysuckle might be the flower essence for you. It could include feelings of homesickness, nostalgia or even bereavement.

If you feel weary, tired, bored or lack sufficient mental energy to carry on, Hornbeam might be helpful.

Larch can be indicated if there is lack of confidence, depression and a feeling of inferiority.

Dr Edward Bach wrote of mimulus as “fear of worldly things, illness, pain, accidents, poverty, of dark, of being alone, of misfortune.”

He then described a person suited to mustard flower essence as “those who are liable in times of gloom or even despair, as though a cold, dark cloud overshadowed them and hid the joy of life.”

Olive is when there is lack of energy, fatigue and convalescence.

Oak is for those who are exhausted, overworked, a workaholic and an overachiever.

Ok, we’re nearly there. Here’s a quick summary of the remaining flower essences with some keywords.

  • Pine - feelings of guilt, shame and unworthiness
  • Red chestnut - worry, overconcern and fear
  • Rock water - a person who is opinionated, strict, overworked and denies themselves pleasure
  • Scleranthus - when you suffer indecision, particularly when placed with two choices
  • Sweet chestnut - when you feel hopelessness, intense sorrow and extreme mental anguish
  • Vervain - for individuals who are strong-willed, highly strung with minds that race ahead of events
  • Vine - very capable people, who are certain of their own ability and confident of success
  • Walnut - helps you adjust to major life changes
  • Water violet - quiet, private people who like to be left alone
  • Wild oat - when you are uncertain of the correct path in life
  • Wild rose - lack of motivation, apathy, chronically bored, past depression and fatigue
  • Willow - when you feel resentment, self-pity and bitterness

White chestnut is helpful for when your mind is cluttered with unwanted, repetitive thoughts. It is added to the rescue remedy sleep formula for insomnia and sleeplessness.

Preparing and purchasing the right remedy

Bach flower remedies can be found in health food stores and pharmacies. You can buy any of the flower essences individually and make your own treatment formula.

After deciding which remedy or combination of remedies are required, place two drops in a 30ml dropper bottle. Fill this with pure spring or mineral water and a teaspoon of brandy to help preserve the liquid. From this bottle you can take four drops, four times daily. If needed, they can be taken more frequently until you feel calmer and more peaceful.

Naturopaths are often trained in flower remedies and may dispense them as part of their treatment. Speak to your naturopath if you require assistance in selecting and formulating your Bach flower remedy specific to your needs.

The essences work to bring an awareness to our conscious mind any out-dated patterns and old wounds that are preventing us from moving forwards in our lives. They are safe and non-toxic—suitable for children, pets, adults and people with various medical conditions.  Australia’s best online discount chemist


White I. (2003) Australian bush flower remedies 6th edition. Bush Biotherapies, Australia

Bullen V, Weeks N. (1998) The Bach flower remedies: illustrations and preparations. The C.W Daniel company Limited, England

Resende MM, et al. Preventive use of Bach flower Rescue Remedy in the control of risk factors for cardiovascular disease in rats. Complement Ther Med. 2014 Aug;22(4):719-23

Balinski AA. Use of Western Australian flower essences in the management of pain and stress in the hospital setting. Complement Ther Nurs Midwifery. 1998 Aug;4(4):111-7

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