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Please note: The descriptions of the Flower Essences are not meant to replace professional, psycho-therapeutic or medical care. Flower essences are meant to complement any health program and do not interfere with other treatments.

What are Bach Flower Essences?

Flower Essences are refined herbal infusions of wild flowers in a bowl of pure water, which is further diluted and preserved with alcohol. During the preparation, much attention is given to the quality of the blossoms, the purity of the environment and the right weather conditions.

Flower Essences are non-toxic, effective 'liquid messengers from Nature' that are generally taken orally. According to Dr. Bach and current Flower Essence research these essences assist us to address core issues of health and well-being; especially stress, emotions, our attitudes, self -development, life purpose and spiritual values.

To bring healing, balance and integration to these areas is an important step towards developing mind-body health.

The essences can be both used as part of your home based health care and have also gained world-wide recognition by health professionals to assist and support their work..

The genius of Dr. Edward Bach

The use of flowers for healing goes back to ancient times – however in their modern form flower essences were first developed and used by the English physician Dr. Edward Bach (1886-1936). Bach was trained in conventional medicine but discovered soon the connection between emotions, stress and physical symptoms decades before this awareness gained public acceptance and scientific attention (for example through Psycho-neuroimmunology (PNI) research in 1981).

In 1930 Bach left his successful practice to develop his new system of natural remedies made from wild flowers. Bach prepared and tested hundreds of different flowers over a period of 8 years. Through his exceptional observation skills and his remarkable sensitivity he was able to relate each plant remedy to specific human states of mind. During a time of great depression, Bach created his 38 flower remedies which are known to help us to overcome fear, despair and other forms of emotional distress. Today, millions of people around the world use these flower remedies as part of their health care.

Flower Essences are not drugs!

Flower essences are not drugs, they have no direct impact on the body's chemistry as do pharmaceutical drugs such as tranquillisers, pain-killers or anti-depressants. In other words they do not work because of the chemical composition of the liquid.

Like homoeopathic remedies they are vibrational in nature but do not work through the Law of Similars.

How then, do they work?

The essences work through the subtle resonance pattern derived from each flower, which is imprinted upon water, Nature's universal storage medium.

To learn more about this, read Dr. Masaru Emoto's amazing book; The Hidden Messages in Water

Taking an appropriate remedy brings out its associated quality in the same way that sounding a string on one guitar can make the string of the same pitch vibrate on another! Vibrational essences are thought to work through the various human energy fields, which in turn positively influence our mental, emotional and thus physical health.

Research suggests that Flower remedies act as catalysts that gently promote the change of dysfunctional emotional patterns: As the latest scientific studies proof it – our physical  health gradually improves as our emotional states become more positive and balanced. According to Bach's insights and observations, Flower Essences help us to get into contact with what he called 'our true Self' which has become hidden by our reactions towards life's challenges.

Essences also seem to assist the integration of polar opposites (as found in Jungian psychology); for example, Mimulus is a Flower essence remedy that addresses known fears and shyness – Mimulus can gently assist a person to face these fears and to meet such challenges, (rather than numbing any fear response).

Flower Essence research

Current flower essence research uses case reports from practitioners and users of essences who document their experiences to verify their effect. Although this experience based (empirical) approach is considered anecdotal by strict science, it still delivers very valuable information and is the basis by which homoeopathic medicine has been verified for the last two centuries.

Research undertaken into the remedies' effects on people, for instance a PhD. thesis in California and in outcome studies in the UK and Italy have been positive but the evidence is still largely anecdotal, partly because of lack of funding, partly because of problems with the conventional testing procedures.


The conventional standard for scientific verification of the efficacy of remedies uses controlled studies with placebos and double – blind procedures. Here people are selected because they suffer from the same illness or symptoms. In flower essence therapy typically people with the same physical or emotional symptoms may select very different essences – for example there are many different essence combinations if someone feels depressed – essences are selected for each individual specifically, according to their circumstances.

However, an increasing number of health professional (including medical Doctors) use the essences to  complement their other therapies – because of their experiences with them!

Bach Flower Remedies – natural remedies to support wellness of body & mind

Vibrational Medicine is gaining more and more popularity – especially when top scientists dare to talk about 'energy' and how it is utilized in healing. Click here for some recommended books on the topic.

Vibration is only another synonym for frequency: different frequencies of energy reflect varying rates of vibration. Physical matter vibrates at a very slow frequency, subtle matter vibrates at speeds that exceeds light velocity.

According to Dr. Bach each flower remedy relates to very specific 'negative' or dysfunctional mood or personality trait, for example Wild Rose is used for apathy. (Please note: We all go through all of the 38 base negative states at some point in our lives).

For one of these negatives states to arise there must be a difficulty to access the corresponding positive quality: So if you are in a 'Wild Rose state' you may find that you lack enthusiasm for what is going on around you. Dr. Bach believed the energy captured from each plant resonated with one of these currently suppressed positive qualities.

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