Using the healing power of plants: This principle was used by Dr. Edward Bach, the founder of Bach flower therapy through his treatment methods. Even if Bach flowers do not belong to classical phytotherapy, many people are convinced of the effect of this holistic method. The 38 Bach flowers are considered helpful for treating mental states as well as resulting physical effects.
Bach Flowers – Therapy approach according to Dr. Bach
The English physician Dr. Edward Bach is the creator of the Bach flowers and the developer of Bach flower therapy. He saw the cause of many illnesses in the disturbed harmony between soul and mind. According to his approach, misunderstandings in one’s own beliefs trigger blockages. These blockades would stand in the way of the self-healing powers. Thus he also saw his treatment goal through Bach flowers as a return to the patient’s intuitive knowledge and to rebalance the mental balance. In his view, this would open the way to self-healing once again.
38 Bach flowers for 38 states of mind
When Bach originally referred to 19 states of mind, he later extended them to 38. He attributed his Bach flowers to these states of mind. In two different ways, the vibrations of the chosen Brook flowers should be transferred to water. On the one hand, he boiled solid, woody plant parts. He also saw this method as successful in plants that grew and bloomed in the dark season. His second way was the transmission of vibrations through the sun. This method favoured Bach for delicate Bach flowers. Here the Brook flowers were placed in water bowls in the sun for several hours, so that they release their healing energy.
Bach flowers – production of essences
The water thus obtained is then mixed with an equal amount of alcohol. Alcohol serves as a preservative for the Brook flowers. The flower essences are made from this tincture by diluting them 1:240. These Bach flowers are commercially available in the so-called stock bottles. These small pipette bottles can be purchased individually, as a combination pack for specific applications or as a complete set with all 38 Bach flowers.
Bach flowers for humans and animals
The naturopath Mechthild Scheffer from Hamburg took up this topic again in 1981. She founded several institutes and wrote more than 15 books as well as numerous publications on the subject of Bach flowers. It is thanks to her that numerous other naturopaths, alternative physicians and interested laymen become more familiar with the effect of the Bach flowers. Bach flowers also found their way into veterinary medicine, for example to treat anxiety and restlessness in animals.
The 38 Bach flowers and their assignment
It is still customary for the original Bach flowers to be named after Dr. Edward Bach by their English names. A questionnaire is used to record mental conditions. With him, the past, but above all the moods of the last few days, are asked. Individually, it is worked out which brook flowers are considered helpful for adults, for children and for animals as well as animal keepers.
Bach flowers – without side effect
Bach flowers are side-effect-free. They can be used simultaneously with other means from naturopathy, but also in addition to therapies of guilt medicine. Bach flowers serve
- For prevention in the mental area
- To cope with mental stress
- As helpful support in times of crisis
- Accompanying acute diseases
- Therapy complementary to chronic diseases
Agrimony – Honesty
The Little Odermennig Offered. Agrimonia eupatoria stands for all aspects of honesty, including towards oneself. Affected people try to hide their restlessness, oppressive thoughts and worries behind a played cheerfulness. The aim of these Bach flowers is to ensure that problems are correctly assigned and not related to themselves.
Aspen – Clues
The trembling poplar (espe) Offered. Populus tremula is recommended in the form of Bach flowers people who are plagued by indeterminate fears. It is intended to help children who are afraid in the dark, as well as adults with fear of the future. The therapy aims to ensure that one’s own sensitivity is properly assessed.
Beech – Tolerance
The red beech Fagus sylvatica accompanies people on their way from nagging know-it-all to the understanding knowledgeable. Intolerance can become tolerance through these Bach flowers, excessive criticism can become a constructive coexistence. Life and letting live is their theme. Beech Bach flowers are also used in nörgel children, who by their very nature cannot yet be opposed to objective explanations.
Centaury – Serving
Those who can never say no can be supported by Real Thousand Weed Centaurium erythraea in their will to think about their own needs. This is essential for one’s own health, because serving others to self-sacrifice burns out.
Cerato – Intuition
Too little self-confidence can increase a mental negative attitude. The Chinese Hornwort Offered. Ceratostigma willmottianum is used as Bach flowers, so that one’s own intuition leads again to trust ingessing his judgment and not just listento to the advice of others.
Cherry Plum – Serenity
The cherry plum Prunus cerasifera is intended to support letting go. Even tense conditions, the feeling of an impending nervous breakdown or a burst of anger are attributed to Cherry Plum. More spontaneity, more serenity are the goal of these Bach flowers.
Chestnut Bud – Learning
Learning, especially from experience, is the theme of the Ordinary Horse Chestnut Aesculus hippocastanum. Inner haste, indifference or even mental haste make us repeat mistakes again and again. Chestnut Bud is designed to help us deal constructively with our mistakes.
Chicory – Relationships
The Ordinary Waiting Forekeeper is supposed to lead those affected from calculated giving to unselfish love. Giving emotional gifts without putting one’s own demands in the foreground, without imposing help, is the task of these Bach flowers.
Clematis – Reality
From the dreamed reality, the flight from reality to the conscious design, the ordinary forest vine Clematis vitalba is supposed to guide us. Unhealthy dayrooms are replaced by the practical living out of creativity and other talent. Dreamy, messy children help these Bach flowers to give more reality awareness.
Crab Apple – Cleaning
Bach flowers for cleaning are presented by the wooden apple Offered. Malus pumila. If you feel unclean, suffer from cleaning pressure and order, Crab Apple can open up positive development opportunities.
Elm – Responsibility
The English elm, also called hair elm Ulmus procera, is mainly used for temporary stress, which is not justified. Often they are very strong people who are sometimes plagued by self-doubt. The Bach flowers from Elm help to believe in his abilities again and to use them positively.
Gentian – Faith
The task of the Enzian Gentiana amarellais to find the way to one’s own faith, that of oneself, that of others. These Bach flowers are intended to help us overcome scepticism and mistrust. It teaches us to take a positive attitude and to withstand conflicts.
Gorse – Hope
The common stinging ulex europaeus brings sufferers out of hopelessness. Here, the Bach flowers prove themselves in children who have been ill for a long time. New hopes and perspectives are the development opportunities that Gorse can support.
Heather – Identity
The way out of self-centeredness, the compulsive desire to be the center of attention and the begging devotion to a free experience, with more empathy towards others, is the task of the brook flower of heather Calluna vulgaris.
Holly – Opening
As the holly suggests, peopleplagued by mistrust and jealousy react with defense. They close themselves off from others, feel reset and hurt. Bach flowers help Holly to reopen and find a warm, generous way to treat herself.
Honeysuckle – Past
Just as the honeysuckle or Jelängerjelieber Lonicera caprifolium likes to have the head in the sun and the feet prefer in the shade, so divided are people in the Honeysuckle state. They hang in the past, have trouble with the present and still dream of having arrived in the future. Living and enjoying it in the moment is the goal of these Bach flowers.
Hornbeam – Clamping force
The hornbeam or white paper Carpinus betulus is considered helpful to overcome mental exhaustion. Hornbeam also helps to solve dependence on rather harmful rituals, such as the cigarette to a cup of coffee, without which one does not seem to be able to cope. New freshness and a healthy rhythm of life should bring us back these Bach flowers.
Impatiens – Patience
Impatient, the English word for impatient, cannot be denied here. The glandular or Indian springwort Impatiens glandulifera is supposed to bring back patience. All external manifestations of impatience such as finger drums, seesaws, irritability are themes of Bach flowers.
Larch – Self-confidence
The Bach flowers serve children as well as adults to find a healthy self-confidence. The European larch Larix dedicua helps to overcome feelings of inferiority.
Mimulus – Bravery
Putting aside the shyness, overcoming fears and despair: With the Bach flowers from the spotted gaukler flower Mimulus guttatus, the fear of new things is to be overcome. Tasks are tackled courageously and without delay.
Mustard – Light
The field mustard Sinapis arvensis accompanies us from the darkness of melancholy into the light. The melancholy days are left behind, a bright future awaits thanks to the Bach flowers.
Oak – Endurance
Too much perseverance can harm our health. In order to find the right measure again, the Brook flowers are given from the stem oak Quercus robur. Our own borders are recognized and respected again.
Olive – Regeneration
Burnt out, tired, exhausted. The olive tree/olive tree Olea europaea is the means of choice to achieve a balanced handling of its energy. Regeneration and strengthening should also be achieved in children by Brook flowers made of olive.
Pine – Self-acceptance
Accepting oneanother with all its weaknesses, without feelings of guilt, is not always easy. The task of the Ordinary Pine (Forest Pine, Pine) Pinus sylvestris is to teach us again a realistic assessment of responsibility – one’s own and that of others.
Red Chestnut – Abnabelung
The red horse chestnut Aesculus carnea is the abnabel flower among the brook flowers. If you always have the well-being of others over your own, who is too connected to others, take this essence to preserve your own personality.
Rock Rose – De-escalation
Children and adults suffering from anxiety and panic before exams and new situations are recommended the Ordinary Sunflower Helianthemum nummularium. Finding more serenity is the intention of these Bach flowers.
Rock Water – Flexibility
Being strong as a rock puts us in danger of being too strict, too fixated. Perfectionism comes at the expense of vitality. The water from healing springs and wells is used in the form of brook flowers to support, so that the natural needs can be recognized and lived again.
Scleranthus – Balance
It is all too easy for us to get out of our inner balance. Mood swings, lack of decision-making power and bounce can be the result. Scleranthus annuus, the one-year-old weed, supports the development towards balance and decision-making power.
Star of Bethlehem – Consolation
The English name of the Doldigen Milk star Ornithogalum umbellatum is telling: like the star of Bethlehem, the Bach flowers should show us the way when shocks and disappointments have not yet been tolerated.
Sweet Chestnut – Redemption
The chestnut Castanea sativa is chosen from the Bach flower when people feel lost after crises and experiences. The inner hopelessness is to be overcome with this essence, spiritual change leads to new goals.
Vervain – Enthusiasm
Genuine herb verbena officinalis are the Bach flowers for overzealous people. Making everything ourselves and everything perfect exceeds our possibilities. The therapy with Vervain aims to deal with his energy more economically.
Vine – Authority
To demand as much from others as from himself can overwhelm both sides in the long run. This exaggerated ambition is to be broken down with the genuine vine Vitis venifera and the distinction between healthy and too great ambition is to be learned.
Walnut – Realization
Torn between two phases of life, such as career changes, separations or moving, we become insecure. In order to make a fresh start without uncertainties, the Bach flowers from the real walnut Juglans regia are used for therapy.
Water Violet – Communication
Communication does not always succeed. If an internal retreat is then carried out, the coexistence becomes further difficult. This unintentional detachment, in turn, brings even more distance. With Brook flowers from the water spring Hottonia palustris, we are ready to strive for a more open relationship with others.
White Chestnut – Thoughts
The Common Horse Chestnut Aesculus hippocastrum is intended to help us stop the unstoppable circle of our thoughts. Through mental clarity and letting go of the trigger, we manage to calm down again.
Wild Oat – Vocation
Dissatisfaction, aimlessness, frustration. This does not put a brake on the potential of young people. The path to clear ideas, the necessary energy to implement them and to find its life’s purpose is paved by the brook flowers of the Forest Trespe Bromus ramosus.
Wild Rose – Lust for Life
Back to full lust for life leads us the dog rose Rosa canina. Apathy and resignation are to disappear through these Bach flowers. With new motivation, we are dedicated to our tasks.
Willow – Destiny
Everyone is a blacksmith of his destiny. Through blockades, we often feel at the mercy of the circumstances and fall into a victim role. With the yolk pasture or yellow pasture Salix alba ssp. Vittelina let us get out of this role. These Bach flowers help us to accept circumstances when they cannot be changed at the moment.
Bach Flowers – The Emergency Mix
Rescue, the English name of the emergency mix of Brook flowers, means rescue. This does not necessarily have to be the serious medical emergency in which these Brook flowers are used. Rather, the Bach flowers serve to solve this tense state with every horror, every shock. The shock, the horror, is to be considered here quite individually. Whatever brings us acutely – or in the days after an intrusive event – falls within the scope of emergency drops.
The Rescue Essence consists of five Bach flowers: Star of Bethlehem, Rock Rose, Impatiens, Cherry Plum and Clematis are mixed in the finished essence in a certain ratio. Their respective properties of the Bach flowers support and complement each other. Rescue is not only available as a drop, but also dragees, cream and gel, these Bach flowers are available. In addition, there are mixed preparations with other Bach flowers, which refer even more closely to certain situations.
Application of Bach flowers
If you have selected the appropriate Bach flowers for yourself – or with professional support – it is time to prepare the application. Bach flowers are diluted for ingestion.
In the first, classic method, two drops of the brook flowers are placed directly from the Stock Bottle into a glass of water. In the case of emergency drops, there are four drops. This prepared water is drunk for hours in small sips. This application of Bach flowers is particularly suitable in acute cases.
A further preparation is carried out in an application bottle. Three drops of the Bach flowers are added to a pipette bottle of 30 ml for the emergency drops. Afterwards, it is replenished with mineral water. Due to the shelf life, a water-alcohol mixture can also be added. From these Bach flowers from the preparation bottle, four drops are given four drops a day directly to the tongue, where they should remain a few minutes before swallowing.
Application time of the Bach flowers
The emergency mixture is taken until the condition improves. Bach flowers can also be taken daily for a longer period of time under continuous stress. Longer-lasting situations are treated in a curable manner. Here 21 days are considered as measure, 11 days should not be undercut. If there is no improvement during this period, the Bach flowers should be reassessed on their mixture and, if necessary, modified. A further three weeks are now the new duration of treatment.