It's long been known that flowers have a natural way of uplifting and nourishing us. But did you know you can tap into the power of flower essences in your daily life to balance emotions and restore harmony to your state of mind?
Bach Flower Remedies are highly effective tools for restoring emotional balance, yet gentle enough that they’re used to help children, animals, and even plants feel better. They support good feelings like peace, happiness, and confidence, while softening the less-than-desirable traits that tend to arise.
A Brief Background
This system of natural healing was created in the 1930s by Dr. Edward Bach, a well-known English physician, bacteriologist, and pathologist who dedicated his life to developing the flower remedies.
Bach was a highly intuitive man ahead of his times. He realized that each person has a different attitude and personality; therefore, the best remedy to heal a person should be chosen based on their individual characteristics, rather than just the symptoms.
Bach also knew that negative emotions can be at the root of physical symptoms and weaken the immune system (Think of the heart-racing effects of anger or deep fatigue that accompanies sadness). He set out to protect the body, mind and spirit with the positive energies of flowers.
He created 38 plant and flower-based remedies that apply to the most common emotional states. Each essence of a different flower helps resolve a specific state: Larch for self-confidence, Mustard for sadness that arises for no reason, Mimulus for known fears, Holly for jealousy, and so on.
Bach developed a method that’s still used today: transferring the energy from the trees and flowers to water, infusing it via a sun steeping or boiling method, and then using a small amount of brandy to preserve it.
How It Works
Today, the Bach Centre carries out Dr. Bach’s work, and practitioners are certified in more than sixty different countries. Rescue Remedy, a stress-relief blend of five essences, is a well-known remedy that’s good to have on hand to keep calm in immediate acute or crisis situations.
Essentially, Bach Flower Remedies are a safe way to address personality traits that you’d like to work on, such as impatience or a tendency to be judgmental of others, as well as transitory situations and deep-seated feelings or patterns. You can use flower essences for as briefly as a dose or two for a passing mood or for an extended period of time to restore harmony in different situations. They’re great tools for managing the emotional demands and stress of everyday life and reining negativity back into balance.
Bach Flower consultations can be done over the phone. A practitioner will listen to how you’re feeling and where you’re facing challenges, and identify the right mix (of up to seven essences) to help your unique situation.
Atlthough these remedies work well on surface-level issues that you’re experiencing in the moment, they can also address deeper-seated chronic patterns of behavior. Like an onion, we develop energetic layers of emotions on top of our true core over time simply to cope and protect ourselves. Once you start shedding these outer layers, you get closer to your true self - that vibrant, authentic “you” feeling that many of us have been missing since childhood.
Bach Flower Remedies are non-toxic and gentle enough for all ages. The recommended dosage from a treatment bottle mix is four drops on the tongue at least four times daily for as long as needed.
Want to learn more? Visit The Bach Centre website or email Beth@HudsonHealingArts.com with any questions you have. Consultations can be scheduled by calling: (201) 653-7700 ext.1.
Hannah Chenoweth is a Hoboken-based conference producer and freelance writer who enjoys covering all aspects of health and wellness.