The Bach Flower Remedies
Explains how to use each Bach flower remedy and how to design make a combination treatment tincture for yourself.
Bach Flower Remedies were formulated by Dr. Edward Bach. For those who love using herbs for traditionally physiological healing, the Bach Flower Remedies are a perfect compliment as they deal with our emotional selves. The easiest way to use the remedies is to read through a description of each one, and choose one (or as many as four)to work with. Put a few drops of the remedy into any liquid you are drinking or place a few drops on your tongue. If you choose more than one remedy, purchase a dark amber glass bottle with a dropper at your local drugstore, generally called "treatment bottles." Put a few drops of each remedy in the bottle and fill it to the top with distilled water. You can use this treatment remedy throughout the day in your drinks or by putting a few drops on your tongue. The self-made liquid should last you two weeks; whereby you can make another batch.
The Remedies typically take two weeks to completely manifest a change in your emotions and habits. I have one I take semi-regularly for procrastination and self-confidence. I definitely notice a difference when I forget to take it.
The following is a list of the remedies and their treatments:
(Check with your doctor before taking any of the following.)
Agrimony: For cheerful people who hide their troubles from others. They generally try to avoid confrontations and may use drugs or alcohol to try to escape their problems. They can be oversensitive to outside influences.
Aspen: For people who fear the unknown, sometimes feeling anxious for no particular reason and they often do not wish to discuss their fear with anyone.
Beech: For perfectionists who cannot see positive aspects in people or situations. For those that seem as though "there's no pleasing them."
Centaury: For people who can't say "no." They tend to want to serve others and not look after themselves or their desires. Others are able to take advantage and exploit them.
Cerato: For people who are uncertain and cannot seem to make a decision; frequently asking others for advice and counsel.
Cherry Plum: For people who are fearful of uncontrollable emotions. Sometimes these people have been known to hurt themselves.
Chestnut Bud: For people who never seem to learn from their mistakes; they constantly repeat them again and again before lessons are learned.
Chicory: For people who are overly concerned with other people's lives and wish they would conform with their ideals and advice. Often possessive and demanding.
Clematis: For daydreamers who do not live in the present. Concentration is a challenge for them and they find it difficult to reach their goals.
Crab Apple: For people who feel shameful about their bodies; either an unhealthy feeling of disgust or contamination arises. They often feel their bodies need detoxing.
Elm: For people who feel overburdened, often caused by being a diligent worker. Feelings of depression and despondency often offer.
Gentian: For easily discouraged people. Even the smallest of setbacks causes self-doubt.
Gorse: For those who have lost hope. Often these people are suffering from an illness and they believe there is nothing more to do.
Heather: For lonely people who seek solace in anyone who will listen to them.
Holly: For people full of negative emotions such as anger, envy, and jealousy often without knowing the cause of such emotions.
Honeysuckle: For people who live in the past and do not expect to find the joy they once had. Such people are extremely prone to reminiscing about "the good old days."
Hornbeam: For an ever-present "Monday Morning" feeling. Physical and mental weakness are often a sign this remedy is needed.
Impatiens: For those who are impatient; feeling they can "do it better" if they just do it themselves.
Larch: For those who feel inadequate compared to others around them. Sometimes the feeling takes overs their body so intensely that they never try to succeed.
Mimulus: For fear of known things such as death, pain, an illness. Also for shy people who cannot and do not relate well to others.
Mustard: For times of sadness and gloom; when it is impossible to feel or contemplate happiness.
Oak: For people who need a sense of balance. Frequently these people never give up and charge on through any adversity. Seemingly, this is a good quality to have, but sometimes they do so at the cost of their health.
Olive: For people with complete exhaustion, both physical and mental. There is no joy or happiness in their lives.
Pine: For people who feel a constant sense of guilt. They never feel "good enough" or that their work is good enough.
Red Chestnut: For people overly concerned with the welfare of loved ones when away from them or ill. Often they care more about the welfare of others than they do for themselves.
Rock Rose: For people who live in fear, fright, or frequent hysteria. This remedy can be used in emergency situations to calm them down.
Scleranthus: For indecisive people who frequently change their minds believing they can make a better choice. High energy and mood swings are also present.
Star of Bethlehem: For unhappiness or distress following bad news, shock or the death of a loved one.
Sweet Chestnut: For people who feel such great anguish it is unbearable. They've reached their limit and they can go no further.
Vervain: For those who need to be right constantly. They are frequently overbearing and overpowering.
Vine: For strong, powerful and self-righteous people. Frequently they are overbearing and difficult to deal with, even when ill.
Walnut: For people who need to move on with life or through its phases; young adulthood, death of a loved one; birth of a child, etc.
Water Violet: For very lonely and quiet people who prefer to be alone. They are frequently self-reliant and talented, but do not wish to socialize.
White Chestnut: For people with obsessive thoughts and an inability to relax and concentrate on their job or even leisure activities.
Wild Oat: For people who cannot find their path in life. Often they have strong ambition but cannot see their way to applying it.
Wild Rose: For people who resign themselves to life always being the way it is. There is little joy or happiness present in their lives. For apathy.
Willow: For people with resentment over their present circumstances. There is little joy in doing that which used to bring them joy. Life feels unfair.
Rescue Remedy: An emergency remedy used to calm down in a crisis. It contains five flower essences: Impatiens, Clematis, Rock Rose, Cherry Plum and Star of Bethlehem. When four drops are placed on the tongue, an almost instant feeling of calm comes over the person.