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God Grant Me The Serenity To Accept The Things I Cannot Change; Courage To Change The Things I Can; And Wisdom To Know The Difference.

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Dr Edward Bach




When we feel fulfilled, happy and positive, we tend to enjoy better health. We get more out of life and we can give more to our friends and family.

But things happen. Sometimes we need a little help to stay in balance and move forward. That's when Bach Flower Remedies can help.

Created by a Harley Street doctor in the 1930's, the Bach Flower Remedies are 38 plant and flower based remedies that can help you manage the emotional demands of everyday life. Each remedy aids a specific emotion. You can take them individually or mix them together to match the way you feel.

Recent research into the links between emotions and the immune system supports the view that emotional and physical health are linked. More and more medical experts now agree that a healthy mind really does ensure a healthy body. Bach Flower Remedies can help you take control of the way you feel and get more out of life.



Recognising exactly how you feel is the key to choosing the most appropriate Bach Flower Remedy. Try to pinpoint how you are feeling at the moment. Then match the exact mood you're in with the appropriate remedy.

For example, if moving house is making you feel frustrated and impatient, try Impatiens. And if you are finding it hard to adapt to your new neighbourhood, try Walnut.

Sometimes we find it difficult to be honest with ourselves. Few of us want to be seen as jealous or over-protective, but once we have admitted how we feel, we are halfway towards balancing that emotion. So, if you have trouble working out your feelings, why not ask someone who knows you well to help?

The Bach Flower Remedies were developed by Dr Edward Bach a Harley Street doctor and well known Physician, Bacteriologist, Homeopath and Researcher. He believed that attitude of mind plays a vital role in maintaining health and recovering from illness.

He identified 38 basic negative states of mind and created a plant or flower based remedy for each one.

After leaving London in 1930, Dr Bach explored the countryside in search of the remedies for several years. In 1934 he decided to settle down and create a centre for his work, and chose Mount Vernon, a small cottage in Sotwell, Oxfordshire.

He spent the last years of his life at Mount Vernon and it was here that he completed his research.

Nowadays, Mount Vernon is better known as The Bach Centre, and the present custodians continue to prepare the mother tinctures (first process in making the remedies), often using the same locations that Dr Bach identified in the 1930's.

Only the Bach signature guarantees that you receive the original Bach Flower Remedies, prepared as they have been since Dr. Bach's time with tinctures made exclusively by the Bach Centre at Mount Vernon.



Dr. Bach recognised through his work with his patients, that to bring about real and lasting healing it was necessary to treat the cause of illness rather than just the symptoms. With a vision way-ahead of most of his contemporaries, he understood that the true cause of illness and disease in human beings lies in the personality - in the mental and emotional patterns through which we view ourselves and the world around us.

A very good introduction to the general principles of Vibrational Medicine and the use of flower remedies in particular can be gained from studying the work & spiritual insights of Dr. Edward Bach.

To treat these personality patterns he discovered and developed 38 different flower remedies which have today become known as the Bach Flower Remedies and which are widely known and used by many people around the world. Each remedy is a correcting vibration for a state of mind or emotion that needs to be gently rebalanced. Since the body is a direct reflection of the mind, transforming negative vibrations into positive good vibrations allows the body to respond naturally with better health.

Bach Flower Remedies can be taken by anyone, safely and without fear of side effects, overdosing or addiction. While they are not intended to replace medical treatment where necessary, they can be used in conjunction with, and to compliment, any other form of medicine. Since flower remedies work on a higher vibrational frequency they will not interfere with other forms of treatment. Animals and plants will also benefit greatly. No harm comes from choosing the wrong remedy as it will cancel itself out if not needed.



Dr Edward Bach dedicated his life to understanding illness and disease and to helping people to overcome the problems that they faced in life. His life's journey took him from orthodox allopathic medicine, through bacteriology, homoeopathy and onto the Flower Remedies for which he is now so well known. During his life's journey he gradually began to understand what he considered to be the root causes of illness and disease, and the philosophy they he developed is as simple as it is profound. He knew at a very deep level that life on the physical plane of existence was meant to be a conscious partnership between our personality selves ( mind and emotion ) and the part of ourselves that is eternally connected to our Creator - the Soul; i.e. to have a conscious connection between mind, body and spirit. When these aspects of ourselves function in absolute harmony, then we experience balance at all levels of our being. This message is basically the same message that all of the great Sages and Masters of the past have given to humanity. It represents the unchanging truth of the Universe and one that we still collectively need to remember in order for us to be able to bring our world and ourselves into balance and harmony. You can hear this message time and again in Dr Bach's work as he seeks to remind humanity of this innate knowledge that is held deeply within all of us.

The 38 Bach Flower Remedies were developed as tools that would help us to rise above the limited vision that we carry at a personality level and connect us with the true Essence of ourselves.

Dr Bach is often known as the father of modern flower remedies. With a vision way-ahead of most of his contemporaries, he understood that the true cause of illness and disease in human beings lies in the personality - in the mental and emotional patterns through which we view ourselves and the world around us. His beautiful set of 38 Bach Flower Remedies was created out of a true desire to help humanity to understand and heal these patterns.


1886 Born on the 24th September in Moseley, Manchester. His ancestry was Welsh and he was intuitive and interested in healing from a very young age.
1906 His great calling to help people led him to enter Birmingham University to study Medicine
1912 Qualifies as a medical doctor from University College Hospital, London
1913 Takes up the position of Casualty Medical Officer at U.C.H.
1913 - 1918 Becomes interested in Bacteriology, and his work with Intestinal Toxaemia gains recognition in the medical profession
1919 Appointed Pathologist & Bacteriologist at the London Homoeopathic Hospital, and first comes into contact with Homoeopathy and the work of Samuel Hahnemann
Develops the 7 Bach nosodes
1922 Gives up his post at the LHH to concentrate on his work with the Bach nosodes, which prove to be very successful.
Gains reputation as the "second Hahnemann"
His very successful Harley Street practice expands ever more along with his reputation
1928 Start of Dr Bach's 'new work'. His wish to replace the 7 nosodes with natural herbs lead him to discover the first of his 3 remedies; Clematis, Impatiens & Mimulus(*1)
1929 Towards the end of the year he gives up using the very successful Bach nosodes and concentrates solely on the use of his 3 new remedies
1930 Leaves London, his tremendous reputation and work with the nodsoes, and his highly successful Harley Street practice, to focus entirely on his new work with the remedies. He moves to Wales (May - July) to devote his time to finding more remedies.
While in Wales he perfects the Sun Method of potentisation.(*2)
Moves to Cromer in Norfolk and discovers 6 more remedies
1931 Publishes 'Heal Thyself', which explains his new understanding of illness and disease and its causes.
Discovers 2 more remedies
1932 Writes Free Thyself
Discovers the rest of the 12 Healers
1934 Moves to the village of Sotwell in Berkshire
1935 Discovers another 19 remedies, most of which are boiling method remedies (*3)
1936 Published the 'Twelve Healers & Other Remedies', his completed understandings about his remedies and their uses

Dies in his sleep on the 27th November

  "Life, to him, was continuous: an unbroken stream, uninterrupted by what we call death, which merely heralded a change of conditions; and he was convinced that some work could only be done under earthly conditions, whilst spiritual conditions were necessary for certain other work."

Nora Weeks from the 'Medical Discoveries of Edward Bach Physician'



Rock Rose
Extreme fear, nightmares, terror, acute fear or blind panic. Useful for those suffering from nightmares, panic attacks. Give to the helpers as well as the sufferer in extremely fearful situations, as strong negative vibrations spread to those around, hindering their work.

Dr Bach's description of Rock Rose:

"The rescue remedy. The remedy of emergency for cases where there even appears no hope. In accident or sudden illness, or when the patient is very frightened or terrified, or if the condition is serious enough to cause great fear to those around. If the patient is not conscious the lips may be moistened with the remedy. Other remedies in addition may also be required, as, for example, if there is unconsciousness, which is a deep, sleepy state, Clematis; if there is torture, Acrimony, and so on".


For all known fears, fear of lifts, heights, spiders, water, etc., fear of anything material, nervousness. Those needing this essence may be timid, shy, nervous, sensitive to crowds, loud noises, bright lights; they may stammer or blush easily. As Mimulus is taken, so they will become courageous and these negative states will fade away.

Dr Bach's description of Mimulus:

"Fear of worldly things, illness, pain, accidents, poverty, of dark, of being alone, of misfortune. The fears of everyday life. These people quietly and secretly bear their dread, they do not freely speak of it to others".

Cherry Plum

For fear of losing control of the mind/nervous breakdown. Suicidal, snappy, on edge, wanting to scream or be violent, either to self or others. Saying things completely out of character, but unable to stop oneself. Irrational behaviour. Many women experience these negative traits during PMT. Characterised in the acute negative state by wide, staring eyes. Cherry Plum brings calmness, control and peace.

Dr Bach's description of Cherry Plum:

"Fear of the mind being over-strained, of reason giving way, of doing fearful and dreaded things, not wished and known wrong, yet there comes the thought and impulse to do them".


For unknown fears, vague fears and apprehension, perhaps unable to express fears of spirit/psychic/ strange places, etc. Apprehensive of coming events. Shakiness or fluttering tummy. Very useful for children with fears of dark, also agoraphobia. Aspen brings relief from these uneasy feelings.            


Dr Bach's description of Aspen:

"Vague unknown fears, for which there can be given no explanation, no reason. Yet the patient may be terrified of  something terrible going to happen, he knows not what. These vague unexplainable fears may haunt by night or day. Sufferers often are afraid to tell their trouble to others."

Red Chestnut

For those always fearing and worrying for others, always fearing the worst; if one of the family are late home "they must have had an accident". Often no fear for themselves. As Red Chestnut is taken these negative fears turn to positive optimism.

Dr Bach's description of Red Chestnut:

"For those who find it difficult not to be anxious for other people. Often they have ceased to worry about themselves, but for those of whom they are very fond they may suffer much, frequently anticipating that some unfortunate thing may happen to them".


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This essence helps those who lack faith in their own judgement and who seek the opinions of others when decisions are necessary. Unable to listen to their "inner voice" or intuition. Cerato removes the blockage between the higher self and the mind, enabling them always to be guided correctly.


Dr Bach's description of Cerato:

"Those who have not sufficient confidence in themselves to make their own decisions. They constantly seek advice from others, and are often misguided".


Unable to choose between two things. Indecision. Weighing things up they will urn & ah, taking a long time to reach a decision. All of this has to do with balance, so in the negative state can cause stumbling, shakiness, vertigo, mood swings, etc. This essence brings an inner balance and a decisive character.


Dr Bach's description of Scleranthus:

"Those who suffer much from being unable to decide between two things, first one seeming right then the other. They are usually quiet people, and bear their difficulty alone, as they are not inclined to discuss it with others".


This helps people with relatively mild downheartedness and despondency that follows when something has gone wrong. People in a Gentian state are discouraged: but they will soon pick up again when things start to go right.  

Dr Bach's description of Gentian:

Those who are easily discouraged. They may be progressing well in illness, or in the affairs of their daily life, but any small delay or hindrance to progress causes doubt and soon disheartens them."


Deep hopelessness, sadness, often suffered by those with long term illness. If this negative state has taken root there may be dark rings under the eyes. As Gorse is taken so the darkness will change to light. 

Dr Bach's description of Gorse:

"Very great hopelessness, they have given up belief that more can be done for them. Under persuasion or to please others they may try different treatments, at the same time assuring those around that there is so little hope of relief".


For those taking a long time to "come round" when waking, still tired after a good nights sleep. Usually a kind of mental/boredom tiredness, the kind you often get after a day spent doing nothing, bringing on a feeling of procrastination. Do not confuse with Wild Rose. Hornbeam refreshes the mind.  

Dr Bach's description of Hornbeam:

"For those who feel that they have not sufficient strength, mentally or physically, to carry the burden of life placed upon them; the affairs of every day seem too much for them to accomplish, though they generally succeeded in fulfilling their task. For those who believe that some part, of mind or body, needs to be strengthened before they can easily fulfil their work".

Wild Oat

For those unable to see their true path in life, wishing to find the vocation right for them. Each person is put on earth to serve a Divine purpose; something which will come easily and naturally to them and which they will enjoy doing above all else. This essence will help them to see the right path. 

Dr Bach's description of Hornbeam:

"Those who have ambitions to do something of prominence in life, who wish to have much experience, and to enjoy all that which is possible for them, to take life to the full. Their difficulty is to determine what occupation they should follow; as although their ambitions are strong, they have no calling which appeals to them above all others. This may cause delay and dissatisfaction".

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Drifting off into daydreams or fantasies of the future, therefore the mind has lapses of concentration on the earth level, bringing inattentiveness, poor memory, dizziness, bumping into things or tripping up. Quiet, gentle people, often more at home "up there". Often appearing deaf and needing lots of sleep. People working a lot in their imagination often need the "grounding" this essence brings, e.g. artists and writers.


Dr Bach's description of Clematis:

"Those who are dreamy, drowsy, not fully awake, no great interest in life. Quiet people, those who are not really happy in their present circumstances, living more in the future than in the present; living in hopes of happier times, when their ideals may come true. In illness some make little or no effort to get well, and in certain may even look forward to death, in the hope of better times; or maybe, meeting again some beloved one whom they have lost."


For those locked in the past, to happier times perhaps, unable to keep their minds on today's living; this can bring regrets and sadness. Excellent for those suffering from homesickness, bereavement, divorce, or any kind of loss. Use in conjunction with Star of Bethlehem and Walnut, to help recover quickly from these sad events.

Dr Bach's description of Honeysuckle:

"Those who live much in the past, perhaps a time of great happiness, or memories of a lost friend, or ambitions which have not come true. They do not expect further happiness such as they have had"

Wild Rose

Apathy, boredom and resignation are the key words when in the negative Wild Rose state. Most of us, at some time, will experience a loss of  enthusiasm even for the things we usually enjoy doing. This is due to an apathetic resignation which can bring with it a feeling of tiredness. Many experience this during long term illness, as they are often told to resign themselves to the fact they may never be well. Wild Rose will bring back joy in life whatever the circumstances.

Dr Bach's description of Wild Rose:

"Those who without apparently sufficient reason become resigned to all that happens, and just glide through life, take it as it is, without any effort to improve things and find some joy. They have surrendered to the struggle of life without complaint".


For tiredness or exhaustion; physical/mental. Useful for convalescence after an illness, restores strength, or for short term use after a hard day's digging in the garden etc., put 2 drops in a drink and sip, replenish if necessary.


Dr Bach's description of Olive:

"Those who have suffered much mentally or physically and are so exhausted and weary that they feel they have no more strength to make any effort. Daily life is hard work for them, without pleasure".


White Chestnut

To be taken at those times when our thoughts are taking over our life, preventing concentration on little else. Like a hamster on a wheel, the same worries will buzz around and around in the head and if we try to think of something else it will be to no avail, as the same thought will shortly return to pester us. White Chestnut calms the mind, bringing peace. Can be useful to help sleep; see also Agrimony.

Dr Bach's description of White Chestnut:

"For those who cannot prevent thoughts, ideas, arguments which they do not desire from entering their minds. Usually at such times when the interest of the moment is not strong enough to keep the mind full. Thoughts which worry and will remain, or if for a time thrown out, will return. They seem to circle round and round and cause mental torture. The presence of such unpleasant thoughts drives out any peace and interferes with being able to think only of the work or pleasure of the day".



Those who are liable to times of gloom, or even despair, as though a dark cloud overshadowed them and hid the light and the joy of life. It may not be possible to give any reason or explanation for such attacks.

Dr Bach's description of Mustard:

In all things cheerfulness should be encouraged, and we should refuse to be oppressed by doubt and depression, but remember that such are not of ourselves, for our Souls know only joy and happiness".

Chestnut Bud

The symptoms are repetition of the same mistakes over and over again, not learning lessons the first time, whether it be life's lessons or academic ones. Excellent for students who are slow learners, or anyone failing into the same trap, again and again. Helpful for the mentally retarded.

Dr Bach's description of Chestnut Bud:

"For those who do not take full advantage of observation and experience, and who take a longer time than others to learn the lessons of daily life. Whereas one experience would be enough for some, such people find it necessary to have more, sometimes several, before the lesson is learnt. Therefore, to their regret, they find themselves having to make the same error on different occasions when once would have been enough, or observation of others could have spared them even that one fault".



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Chicory is for folks possessive of those they love, wanting them near, to cling onto and to love. The "needy mother". A selfish love which often shows itself as greed, boarding possessions or as liking sympathy when ill. Can evoke illness to attract attention. The positive aspect is the ability to give love unconditionally.


Dr Bach's description of Chicory:

"Those are who very mindful of the needs of others; they tend to be over-full of care for children, relatives, friends, always finding something that should be put right. They are continually correcting what they consider wrong, and enjoy doing so. They desire that those for whom they care should be near them".


For those folks who over strive. Perfectionists who like things done properly, but fast. often workaholics, they can be fanatical and over enthusiastic in their views, wanting to change the world or the way people think. In their enthusiasm, they are inclined to ram their own opinions down people's throats, not having learned that good is never achieved by force. This causes much tension, which is eased by taking this essence until this lesson is learned.


Dr Bach's description of Vervain:

"Those with fixed principles and ideas, which they are confident are right, and which they very rarely change. They have a great wish to convert all around them to their own views of life. They are strong of will and have much courage when they are convinced of those things that they wish to teach. In illness they struggle on long after many would have given up their duties".


For people who know their own minds and think they know what is best for others. They are mentally strong and enjoy the exercise of power, but in their negative states this can lead them to dominate others by force alone. Tyrannical fathers and overbearing bosses are typical negative Vines, in that they will expect absolute obedience from others and will not be overly concerned with winning hearts and minds as long as their orders are followed.

Dr Bach's description of Vine:

Very capable people, certain of their own ability, confident of success. Being so assured, they think that it would be for the benefit of others if they could be persuaded to do things as they themselves do, or as they are certain is right. Even in illness they will direct their attendants. They may be of great value in emergency."


For those very critical and judgemental of others. Often irritated by people's little habits. Very intolerant and with a fixed outlook, often bringing rigidity of the body. This essence brings great tolerance and an ability to view life with a wider perspective.


Dr Bach's description of Beech:

"For those who feel the need to see more good and beauty in all that surrounds them. And, although much appears to be wrong, to have the ability to see the good growing within. So as to be able to be more tolerant, lenient and understanding of the different way each individual and all things are working to their own final perfection."

Rock Water

For folks who punish themselves, often unknowingly. Very hard on themselves, wishing to set a good example to others, therefore becoming very rigid. They often deny themselves the smallest luxury, or even necessity, making martyrs of themselves. Sometimes very rigid in diet, attitudes or lifestyle. "Sackcloth & ashes" type. The tension this causes will ease as this essence is taken.

Dr Bach's description of Rock Water:

"Those who are very strict in their way of living; they deny themselves many of the joys and pleasures of life because they consider it might interfere with their work. They are hard masters to themselves. They wish to be well and strong and active, and will do anything which they believe will keep them so. They hope to be examples which will appeal to others who may then follow their ideas and be better as a result".


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Water Violet

These gentle, sensitive souls can often become negative, a state in which they acutely feel the need to withdraw into their own space, needing to distance themselves from others; perhaps feeling somewhat aloof and slightly superior to their fellow man. Very proud and upright people, these negative emotions bring a sense of loneliness. The transformation brought about is the ability to socialise easily and to share their integrity, wisdom and knowledge with others as their sense of separateness dissolves.

Dr Bach's description of Water Violet:

"For those who in health or illness like to be alone. Very quiet people, who move about without noise, speak little, and then gently. Very independent, capable and self-reliant. Almost free of the opinions of others. They are aloof, leave people alone and go their own way. Often clever and talented. Their peace and calmness is a blessing to those around them".



For impatience and irritability. Those liking things done very quickly, perhaps preferring to work alone as slower workers irritate them. Those needing Impatiens may flush, or flare up and loose their temper easily. Brings a gentle patience.

Dr Bach's description of Impatiens:

"Those who are quick in thought and action and who wish all things to be done without hesitation or delay. When ill they are anxious for a hasty recovery. They find it very difficult to be patient with people who are slow, as they consider it wrong and a waste of time, and they will endeavour to make such people quicker in all ways. They often prefer to work and think alone, so that they can do everything at their own speed".


For people who are obsessed with themselves, but who do not like to be alone. Dr Bach called them 'buttonholers' because they do anything to keep people with them, all the time talking at exhaustive length about their problems and illnesses, great and small, until people begin actively to avoid them. Thus the thing Heather people fear - loneliness - is brought about because of their own behaviour.

The remedy is given to help Heather people see their own concerns in the context of other people's. Having suffered themselves from the need to talk, they become good listeners and great supports for others. As a result people seek them out for their compassion rather than avoiding them because of their self-centredness.

Dr Bach's description of Heather:

Those who are always seeking the companionship of anyone who may be available, as they find it necessary to discuss their own affairs with others, no matter whom it may be. They are very unhappy if they have to be alone for any length of time."

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For those putting on a brave face when inwardly in turmoil and worried. Bottling things up, sometimes exploding in anger, unable to express their feelings when necessary, liking to keep the peace, at much cost to themselves. They may be restless at night, or suffer throat problems. Brings peace and an ability to communicate happily.

Dr Bach's description of Agrimony:

"The jovial, cheerful, humorous people who love peace and are
distressed by argument or quarrel, to avoid which they will agree to give up much. Though generally they have troubles and are tormented and restless and worried in mind or in body, they hide their cares behind their humour and jesting and are considered very good friends to know. They often take alcohol or drugs in excess, to stimulate themselves and help themselves bear their trials with cheerfulness."


Unable to say "no". Often taking on too much and tiring themselves out. A distorted view of service. Lacking willpower, the weak mind frequently resulting in a weak body. Folks needing Centaury often lack individuality, being so influenced by stronger personalities. This essence brings strength and the ability to say "no" without guilt, when necessary.

Dr Bach's description of Centuary:

"Kind, quiet and gentle people who are over-anxious to serve others. They overtax their strength in their endeavours. Their wish so grows upon them that they become more servants than willing helpers. Their good nature leads them to do more than their own share of work, and in so doing they may neglect their own particular mission in life."


These gentle, sensitive souls can often become negative, a state in which they acutely feel the need to withdraw into their own space, needing to distance themselves from others; perhaps feeling somewhat aloof and slightly superior to their fellow man. Very proud and upright people, these negative emotions bring a sense of loneliness. The transformation brought about is the ability to socialise easily and to share their integrity, wisdom and knowledge with  others as their sense of separateness dissolves.

Dr Bach's description of Walnut:

"For those who have definite ideals and ambitions in life and are fulfilling them, but on rare occasions are tempted to be led away from their own ideas, aims and work by the enthusiasm, convictions or strong opinions of others. The remedy gives constancy and protection from outside influences".


A strong essence to counteract the strong emotions of envy, jealousy, suspicion, revenge, hate and anger. As Holly is taken it will open the heart and flood it with love, in the face of which these strong negative emotions cannot exist. Can bring about "unconditional" love.

Dr Bach's description of  Holly:

"For those who sometimes are attacked by thoughts of such kind as jealousy, envy, revenge, suspicion. For the different forms of vexation. Within themselves they may suffer much, often when there is no real cause for their unhappiness".


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Brings back confidence in those lacking this quality. Larch is for those who deep down know they have the ability, but actually lack the confidence to carry out the task. They admire others achieving that which they would wish to do but are never jealous. Useful for short term use, driving tests, exams, etc., but often necessary long term, bringing back the confidence to live life to the full.

Dr Bach's description of Larch:

"For those who do not consider themselves as good or capable as those around them, who expect failure, who feel that they will never be a success, and so do not venture or make a strong enough attempt to succeed".


The essence to alleviate guilt feelings which can be very deep, often stemming from childhood. Often bringing a sadness and possibly a lack of self worth. Some folks in the acute negative state will always be apologising even if they are not at fault. Pine brings relief from these states.

Dr Bach's description of Pine:

"For those who blame themselves. Even when successful they think that they could have done better, and are never content with their efforts or the results. They are hard working and suffer much from the faults they attach to themselves. Sometimes if there is any mistake it is due to another, but they will claim responsibility even for that".


For those folks normally very capable, perhaps with responsible jobs, large families or dependants to care for. Suddenly overwhelmed by their responsibilities, overburdened and unable to cope. This is when Elm is needed, bringing back their strength of mind and ability to cope. Happily, this essence is only needed short term as it soon restores balance.


Dr Bach's description of Elm:

"Those who are doing good work, are following the calling of their life and who hope to do something of importance, and this often for the benefit of humanity. At times there may be periods of depression when they feel that the task they have undertaken is too difficult, and not within the power of a human being".

Sweet Chestnut

Absolute and utter despair, no way out, complete hopelessness, back against the wall, "the dark night of the soul". All terms used to describe this negative emotion These feelings of desolation may also be accompanied by weariness or feeling trapped, perhaps in a tunnel; or feelings of complete isolation from the rest of mankind. Sweet Chestnut will return you to the joy of life once again.

Dr Bach's description of Sweet Chestnut:

"For those moments which happen to some people when the anguish is so great as to seem to be unbearable. When the mind or body feels as if it had borne to the uttermost limit of its endurance, and that now it must give way. When it seems there is nothing but destruction
and annihilation left to face".

Star of Bethlehem

THE essence for shock. Releases and dissolves the effect of any kind of shock or trauma, whether immediate or in the past. It is a recognised fact that shock can kill so if this essence can he given immediately it will help to take away the numbing effect thus assisting the body to carry on with its own self healing unhampered. This does not replace medical assistance, which should always be called for, but enhances it.

Dr Bach's description of Star of Bethlehem:

"For those in great distress under conditions which for a time produce great unhappiness. The shock of serious news, the loss of some one dear, the fright following an accident, and such like. For those who for a time refuse to be consoled this remedy brings comfort".


When life seems hard and we take a lot of knocks it is easy to become bitter or resentful of others who may seem to have an easier life. This essence is for those who bear grudges, perhaps to be beard muttering "It's not fair", feeling that they have been given a raw deal. Sometimes they develop a down-turned mouth along with their cynicism. Willow brings a healthy optimism.

Dr Bach's description of Star of Willow:

"For those who have suffered adversity or misfortune and find these difficult to accept, without complaint or resentment, as they judge life much by the success which it brings. They feel that they have not deserved so great a trial, that it was unjust, and they become embittered. They often take less interest and less activity in those things of life which they had previously enjoyed".


For those folks who struggle on, never giving in regardless of adversities or their burdens. Like the mighty oak they possess great strength and courage. This essence is only needed at the time when they cannot struggle on any longer. Often their legs ache and a great weariness comes over them. Luckily, Oak is usually only needed in the short term as it works quickly, bringing back strength and fortitude.


Dr Bach's description of Star of Oak:

"For those who are struggling and fighting strongly to get well, or in connection with the affairs of their daily life. They will go on trying one thing after another, though their case may seem hopeless. They will fight on. They are discontented with themselves if illness interferes with their duties or helping others. They are brave people, fighting against great difficulties, without loss of hope or effort".

Crab Apple

A cleanser, working bodily, mentally and spiritually. Benefiting any skin complaints. People with a cleanliness fetish, either bodily or an obsession with housework, etc. In the negative state these folks are very fussy, easily upset, making mountains out of molehills. This essence in particular can be applied to the skin as a lotion in a little water or 10 drops in a warm bath, in addition to being ingested. Crab Apple brings calmness to this obsessive state.


Dr Bach's description of Crab Apple:

"This is the remedy of cleansing. For those who feel as if they had something not quite clean about themselves. Often it is something of apparently little importance: in others there may be more serious disease which is almost disregarded compared to the one thing on which they concentrate. In both types they are anxious to be free from the one particular thing which is greatest in their minds and which seems so essential to them that it should be cured. They become despondent if treatment fails. Being a cleanser, this remedy purifies wounds if the patient has reason to believe that some poison has entered which must be drawn out".


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Quote from Dr. Bach:
"Treat the patients personality not his disease"


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Vibrational Essences (Bach Flower Essences) do not replace qualified medical assistance if you have a physical illness or disease, however they will complement and help that treatment on subtle levels.

For short term problems and immediate stressful situations:

Dilute two drops (four drops for First Aid Remedy, Rescue) of each chosen Bach Flower Essence in a small glass of water and sip at intervals until there is relief.

Personal formula for multiple use:

Add two drops of each chosen essence (no more than twelve different essences) to a 30 ml bottle and top it up to the halfway point with still mineral or filtered water. Add a teaspoon of brandy or apple cider vinegar as a preservative. Then fill the bottle to the top with more still mineral or filtered water. This is now your personal formula. Take four drops of the mixture, four times a day.

Directly from the stock bottle:

The Bach Flower Essences can be dropped neatly onto the tongue or rubbed behind the ears or on the temples and wrists. Take 2 to 4 drops of concentrate 4 times a day. These methods do not have greater benefit than the diluted essences.

Adding to bath water:

Flower Essences may also be added to bath water (16 drops per use).

Adding to lotions or oils:

Dilute ten drops of each chosen essence (no more than ten essences) in a 100 ml bottle of lotion or oil.

Usage of First Aid Remedy or Rescue:

All methods mentioned above can of course be used with this special remedy. In case of emergency the best way to achieve instant relief is to use the remedy directly from the stock bottle. Either by applying it onto the tongue or rubbing it behind the ears or on the temples and wrists. Here you can use the remedy every few minutes until signs of recovery are felt.

Combining Bach Flower Essences and other medications:

The Bach Flower Essences are safe and natural. They have no side effects and will not interfere with any other form of treatment including nutritional, homoeopathic, herbal and prescription medications.

Combining Bach Flower Essences and other Essences:

You may combine Bach Flower Essences and other Essences in your mixture.

How often Bach Flower Essences can be used?

Bach Flower Essences can be used as often as desired. In a crisis you may need only one dose but for a continuing emotional problem you can take them for as long as needed. Benefit comes from small quantity and regular use.

Your special mixture is taken until the problem disappears. Once the emotions are stabilized, the flower essences may be discontinued.


Adverse Reactions

Don't worry that an inappropriate remedy might have an adverse reaction. You needn't fear overdose or error. However they may allow suppressed symptoms to surface. These could include an awareness of emotions which have been denied expression. These are only temporary - they are an important part of the healing process.

Where Can I Buy Bach Flower Remedies?
Bach Flower Remedies can bought at Holland & Barrett Health Food Shops,
Boots The Chemists, Superdrug and most other stores who sell pharmaceuticals, health foods and health products.



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