Bach Flower Remedies
BACH FLOWER REMEDIES
I follow the philosophy of Dr Bach which despite being written down nearly a century ago, still has a place in our modern day lives.
Dr Edward Bach
Early medical career
Edward Bach studied medicine first in Birmingham and later at the University College Hospital, London, where he was House Surgeon. He also worked in private practice, having a set of consulting rooms in Harley Street. As a bacteriologist and pathologist he undertook original research into vaccines in his own research laboratory.
In 1917 Dr Bach was working on the wards tending to soldiers returned injured from France. One day he collapsed and was rushed into an operating theatre suffering from a severe haemorrhage. His colleagues operated to remove a tumour, but the prognosis was poor. When he came round they told Bach that he had only three months left to live.
As soon as he could get out of bed, Bach returned to his laboratory. He intended to advance his work as far as he could in the short time that remained. But as the weeks went by he began to get stronger. The three months came and went and found him in better health than ever. He was convinced that his sense of purpose was what saved him: he still had work to do.
His research into vaccines was going well, but despite this Dr Bach felt dissatisfied with the way doctors were expected to concentrate on diseases and ignore the whole person. He aspired to a more holistic approach to medicine. Perhaps this explains why, not being a homeopath, he took the offer of a post at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital.
Once there he soon noticed the parallels between his work on vaccines and the principles of homeopathy. He adapted his vaccines to produce a series of seven homeopathic nosodes. This work and its subsequent publication brought him some fame in homeopathic circles. People began to refer to him as 'the second Hahnemann'.
The flower remedies
Up to now Bach had been working with bacteria, but he wanted to find remedies that would be purer and less reliant on the products of disease. He began collecting plants and in particular flowers - the most highly-developed part of a plant - in the hope of replacing the nosodes with a series of gentler remedies.
By 1930 he was so enthused by the direction his work was taking that he gave up his lucrative Harley Street practice and left London, determined to devote the rest of his life to the new system of medicine that he was sure could be found in nature. He took with him as his assistant a radiographer called Nora Weeks.
Just as he had abandoned his home, office and work, Dr Bach began to abandon the scientific method and its reliance on laboratories and reductionism. He fell back instead on his natural gifts as a healer, and more and more allowed his intuition to guide him to the right plants.
Over years of trial and error, which involved preparing and testing thousands of plants, he found one by one the remedies he wanted. Each was aimed at a particular mental state or emotion. He found that when he treated the personalities and feelings of his patients their unhappiness and physical distress would be alleviated naturally as the healing potential in their bodies was unblocked and allowed to work once more.
His life followed a seasonal pattern from 1930 to 1934: the spring and summer spent looking for and preparing the remedies; the winter giving help and advice to all who came looking for them. Most winters were spent in the coastal town of Cromer. Here he met and became friends with a local builder and healer, Victor Bullen.
The Bach Centre
In 1934 Dr Bach and Nora Weeks moved to a house called Mount Vernon in the Oxfordshire village of Brighwell-cum-Sotwell. In the lanes and fields he found the remaining remedies that he needed to complete the series. By now his body and mind were so in tune with his work that he would suffer the emotional state that he needed to cure and try plants and flowers until he found the one that would help him. In this way, through great personal suffering and sacrifice, he completed his life's work.
A year after announcing that his search for remedies was complete, Dr Bach passed away peacefully on the evening of November 27th, 1936. He was only 50 years old, but he had outlived his doctors' prognosis by nearly 20 years. He left behind him several lifetime's experience and effort, and a system of medicine that is used all over the world.
He left his work in the hands of his friends and colleagues Nora Weeks and Victor Bullen, with instructions that they should carry on his work and stay true to the essential simplicity of what he had done. In a letter to Victor dated 26th October 1936, a month before his death, he wrote:
People like ourselves who have tasted the glory of self-sacrifice, the glory of helping our brothers, once we have been given a jewel of such magnitude, nothing can deviate us from our path of love and duty to displaying its lustre, pure and unadorned to the people of the world.
Nora and Victor stayed true to those ideals of simplicity and sharing, as does the Bach Centre today.
Dr Bach understood that every human being was unique and as such every remedy was unique. He only approved of one pre mix and that was his Crisis Mix which is now called Rescue Remedy. I do not supply pre mixes although you are welcome to select your own remedies from the full 38 in the system and I will make them up for you. ( Link to the shop)
I do not supply premixes because the remedy you may need may not be in the mix. There may also be too many remedies in the bottle and all this does is slow down the ones you actually need. That is why as a Practitioner I take so much trouble to select exactly the right remedy.
Dr Bach believed in a Unity between our souls our minds and our bodies. There needs to be a balance between all three for perfect health and happiness. “For those who are sick, peace of mind and harmony with the soul are the greatest aid to recovery”. Dr Bach believed that to understand disease you had to understand certain truths. By this he meant that we have to be true to ourselves, to walk our own path and not be affected by the influences or wishes of others. As long as our Soul and Personality are in harmony then we will have joy, peace, health and happiness. If they are not, then as Bach wrote in Free Thyself “ Disease is the result in the physical body of the resistance of the personality to the guidance of the soul”
About Flower Remedies
All the remedies I use come from Nelsons because they are made from local plants, many of which grow wild in the Bach Centre garden. The Nelsons remedy-maker has been trained by Judy and Keith from the Bach Centre and uses many locations that were first identified by Dr Bach in the 1930s.
Mother tinctures are made by hand and in small quantities.
Making mother tinctures
How remedies are made
Two methods are used to make remedies. Most of the more delicate flowers are prepared using the sun method. This involves floating the flower heads in pure water for three hours, in direct sunlight.
Woodier plants, and those that bloom when the sun is weak, are generally prepared by the boiling method - i.e. boiling the flowering parts of the plant for half an hour in pure water.
In both cases once heat has transferred the energy in the flowers to the water, the energised water is mixed with an equal quantity of brandy. This mix is the mother tincture.
Mother tincture is further diluted into brandy (at a ratio of two drops of mother tincture to 30 ml of brandy) to make the stock bottles that I use and that you can see in the shops
Each Client must be responsible for their health. They must take ownership for their own illness. My role of a Practitioner in a consultation is only to assist you, the client, in helping yourself. In a consultation I am there to aid you in your own healing. I will explain how Dr Bach’s system of healing is a method of self- help and self – discover. I will not prescribe but I will teach you how to use the Bach System. There will not be at typical “Doctor – Patient” relationship as I am not a Doctor. There should be an equal relationship with mutual respect for each other. You will be encouraged to feel confident about choosing the remedies. You should know that the use of the remedies is accessible to all.
At all times we must remember that true healing is about the balance of the body, mind and soul. As a Practitioner I am conscious that this can only be done by the client themselves. I am only here to gently guide and assist. However I am also here to offer encouragement and support to help you work through the healing process. I will also remind you how far you have come in improving the balance in your life.
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