Bach flower remedies were formulated by Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930's. Dr. Bach wasn't only known as a regular physician but he was also known as a homeopathic practitioner.
Bach developed these flower remedies with the belief that each flower essence was effective for bringing balance to the emotions, therefore promoting health in the body.
It is important to note that although Bach flower remedies are often associated with homeopathy, they do not follow the same principles or theory. Although they are made from the flower essences of wild plants, trees and bushes, they do not involve the usage of anything toxic.
The Bach Flower Remedies® are 100% safe and natural and work in conjunction with herbs, homeopathy and medications. They are safe for everyone, including children, pregnant women, pets, elderly and even plants.
They are considered a gentle way to manage your emotions and to help maintain a healthy, positive outlook.
How many are there?
There are a total of 38 Bach flower remedies. Each one is known for it's specific qualities and it's effects on particular negative emotions. You will find them below listed in alphabetical order.
- Arigomy - confrontation difficulties, puts on a front
- Aspen - unspecific fears, insecurity
- Beech - help with acceptance of others
- Centaury - caring too much for others, self-neglect
- Cerato - lacks confidence in one's own ability to make decisions
- Cherry Plum - loss of emotional control
- Chestnut Bud - chronically making bad decisions
- Chicory - critical of others, argumentative
- Clematis - helping to bring into the present moment
- Crab Apple - feeling ugly or unclean without cause
- Elm - overwhelmed and exhausted
- Gentian - facing set backs, discouragement
- Gorse - hopelessness, pessimism
- Heather - unhappy being alone, need constant company
- Holly - paranoid thoughts, obsessive jealous, envious thoughts
- Honeysuckle - no hope for the future, loss of a loved one
- Hornbeam - mistrust in one's own ability to carry life's burdens
- Impatiens - irritation, impatience with others
- Larch - lacking self-esteem, confidence
- Mimulus - specific fears, specific phobias
- Mustard - suddenly depressed for no reason
- Oak - feeling fatigued due to overwork, perfectionism
- Olive - physical exhaustion
- Pine - guilt, self-blame, perfectionism
- Red Chestnut - chronic fear for the safety of others
- Rock Rose - panic, inability to focus, frozen with fear
- Rock Water - unrealistic expectations
- Scleranthus - indecisiveness,
- Star of Bethlehem - shock from trauma, loss of loved one
- Sweet Chestnut - unbearable anguish
- Vervain - difficulty accepting others as they are
- Vine - persuasiveness
- Walnut - help with life adjustments, changes
- Water Violet - preference to be alone
- White Chestnut - repetitious thoughts, cluttered thinking
- Wild Oat - ambitious but indecisiveness
- Wild Rose - melancholy, emotional numbness, flat emotions
- Willow - adversity, misfortune, refuse to accept, sulking and feeling sorry for self
Depression - mustard, elm, sweet chestnut, willow, gorse, gentian
Stress - oak, elm, sweet chestnut, cherry plum, white chestnut, impatiens
Fear and Anxiety - rock rose, mimulus, cherry plum, aspen, red chestnut, white chestnut
Panic Attacks - rock rose, mimulus, cherry plum, Rescue Remedy®
Phobias - mimulus
Separation Anxiety - mimulus, walnut
Jet Lag - olive, walnut, impatiens, Sleep Remedy®
Rescue Remedy® is a ready-to-go mixture that is meant to use anytime you need emotional stability. Many people keep this popular remedy handy and have found it extremely helpful in times when panic attacks occur or when emotions reach an unbearable strength.
Sleep Remedy® is a handy pre-mixed solution that is made specifically for those who are having difficulty in sleeping. Many people take this remedy with them when they are traveling and oftentimes, they use it at home to help alleviate their insomnia.
Bach flower remedies now also come in a delicious, chewable form called pastilles. Many people find these pastilles to be more convenient and more discrete.
The Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy by Mechthild Scheffer
The Bach Flower Remedies by Dr. Edward Bach
Looking for a Bach Flower Remedy Practitioner?
To find a practitioner in your own country, be sure to visit the Bach Foundation Referral List
Many of the listed flower remedies can purchased in bulk and used in herbal teas.