Jan 17, 1995 11:00 AM
by William Allen
Some time back a couple of us chatted briefly about Edward Bach
and his flower remedies and noted that Bach either was a
theosophist or a theosophist without knowing it. The following
appeared on the alt.folklore.herbs net and I thought others in
theos-l might find it stimulating.
>Date: Mon, 16 Jan 1995 2:16:9 GMT
>From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Richard Andersen)
This is a small INFO on the Bach remedies, which is a very fine
system for treating mental disorders in a natural way. It is a
personal posting, and not an advertisement from any company. I
have however, apart from my own short introduction here, used a
small pamphlet from the Bach Centre in England as a text source,
as it explains things quite well. A few addition are taken from
books and other sources, including my own experience with the
The Bach System consists of essences made from 38 different
flowers. Each remedy has a specific action upon a certain
mental attitude. This way there is a remedy or combination of
remedies for any kind of mental disorder.
The Bach remedies are not tranquilizers, which just allay
symptoms without dealing with the causes of the mental
disorders, like most orthodox chemical medicine does (some of
the remedies, though, have strong tranquilizing effects, but
they work in a quite different, and positive way). Conversely,
they attack problems at the root. Just as our body has its own
self-healing properties regarding diseases, wounds etc., our
mind and spirit have their own self-healing capacities (actually
these things are deeply connected, but that is another story).
The Bach remedies stimulate these processes in a natural way,
thus creating a true healing of the disorder, without side
effects of any kind.
They are excellent in combination with other kinds of mental or
spiritual therapy, which seeks to reveal and treat the real
causes of mental disorders, rather than covering them up.
The text deals with the issue that mental disorders are the
primary cause of physical illnesses. My personal experiences
and studies in recent years seems to confirm this viewpoint,
though I still have some unsolved questions regarding this
subject (sometimes it can be quite tricky to reveal, what it
really was that cured a disease; there are many factors involved
to take into consideration...).
End of introduction.
- * -
THE BACH SYSTEM
The remedies used are all prepared from the flowers of wild
plants, bushes and trees, and none of them is harmful or habit
They are used, *not directly*, for physical complaints, but for
the sufferer's worry, apprehension, hopelessness, irritability,
etc., because these states of mind or moods not only hinder
recoverery of health and retard convalescense, but are generally
accepted as primary causes of sickness and disease.
A long-continued worry or fear, as is well-known, will deplete
the individual's vitality; he will feel out of sorts, below par,
not himself, and the body then loses its natural resistance. As
peace and harmony is achieved, unity returns to mind and body,
closing the circuit as it were and allowing the Life Force to
flow freely again, thus providing the body its chance to produce
its own *natural* healing.
This system and the remedies were discovered by a doctor who had
practised for over 20 years in London as a Harley Street
consultant, bacteriologist and homeopath. The late Edward Bach,
M.B., B.S., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., D.H.P., gave up his lucrative
practice in 1930 to devote his full time to seek energies in the
plant world which would restore vitality to the sick, so that
the sufferer himself would be able to overcome his worry, his
apprehension, etc., and so assist in his own healing.
Dr. Bach developed great sensitivity both in mind and body. If
he held his hand over a flowering plant, or the flower in the
palm in his hand, he could sense in himself the properties of
Before finding a particular flower, he would suffer in himself,
and very acutely, the negative state of mind for which that
flower was needed and, at the same time, he was privileged, as
he said, to suffer from some physical complaint. Then he would
wander about the fields and lanes until he was 'led' to find the
flowers which would immediately restore his serenity and peace
of mind, and within a few hours the physical complaint would
also be healed.
In this way he found 38 flowers to cover all known negative
states of mind from which mankind can suffer, categorizing them
in seven headings:
-Those for anxiety and apprehension.
-For uncertainty and indecision.
-For insufficient interest in present circumstances.
-For over-sensitiveness to ideas and influence.
-For despondency and despair.
-For over-care for the wellfare of others.
As the Bach Remedies are benign in their action and can result
in no unpleasant reactions, they can be taken by anyone. Stock
concentrate Remedies will keep indefinitely - a 10 ml
concentrate bottle will make approximately 60 treatment bottles.
More than one remedy can be taken at the same time - 2 drops of
each chosen Remedy in a glass of water and sipped at intervals,
or in a 30 ml (1 fl.oz) drop-bottle filled with spring water
(this represents a treatment bottle) from which 4 drops are
directly placed on the tongue at least 4 times a day. If the
mixture tends to spoil or get sour, which can happen especially
in warm weather, whisky, gin, cognac or whatever can be added
for conservation (the total alcohol percentage in the mixture
should be at least 20 %). If you want to avoid alcohol, you can
use 50% cider vinegar or rice vinegar instead.
Litterature and issued instructions are self-explanatory, making
it quite simple for sufferers to help themselves and others. If
further advice is required a brief description is needed of the
person's personality, temperament, general outlook, worries
etc., and reasons for same if any. Also needed is any great
disappointment or upset which might have left its mark, and what
effect it has had on thoughts, actions, outlook and so on.
Please remember - consider the person's attitude, feelings,
worries, indecision, timidity, vexations, resentment,
possessiveness, hopelessness lethargy, hatred, overpowering or
demanding nature, intolerance, tenseness, etc., and most
essentially the reason "why" there is apprehension, worry and
fear etc. Only then can the correct remedy(ies) be determined.
Physical conditions are only considered as a guide to the
person's state of suffering and its subsequent effect on the
*It is up to the person to take medical advice if
- * -
The "RESQUE REMEDY" (Liquid or Cream)
Dr.Bach combined five specific Remedies from the 38 to formulate
an emergency composite that he chose to call "Resque Remedy".
He saved a fisherman's life in 1930 with this preparation.
Its purpose is to comfort/reassure and calm those who have
received serious news, severe upset, startling experiences,
consequently falling into a numbed, bemused state of mind.
To nullify the sufferers anguish is of the utmost importance.
This helps the natural healing process of one's being to proceed
Therefore the "Resque Remedy" is invaluable to keep at hand for
immediate use until the arrival of the doctor if necessary. It
does not take the place of medical attention.
"Rescue Remedy" is taken orally (4 drops in a glass of water),
but can also be applied externally either in liquid or cream
form - see the included instruction leflet. *Animals and plants
can also benefit from this treatment*.
- * -
AT A GLANCE REFERENCE TO THE BACH REMEDIES
Those who suffer considerable inner torture which they try to
dissemble behind a facade of cheerfullness. Often used as a
remedy for alcoholism.
Apprehension - the feeling that something dreadful is going
to happen without knowing why. Unexplainable anxiety,
presentiments. Anxiety for no known reason.
Critical and intolerant of others. Arrogant.
Weakness of will; those who let themselves be exploited or
imposed upon - become subservient; difficulty in saying "no".
Those who doubt their own judgment and intuition, seek advice
of others. Often influenced and misguided.
6. CHERRY PLUM
Uncontrolled - irrational thoughts. Fear of losing control
and doing something terrible, fear of "going crazy".
Uncontrolled bursts of temper. Impulsive suicide.
7. CHESTNUT BUD
Refusal to learn by experience; continually repeating the
The overly-possesive, demands respect or attention
(selfishness), likes others to conform to their standards.
Makes martyr of oneself. Interferes and manipulates.
Indifferent, inattentive, daydreaming, absent-minded. Mental
escapist from reality.
10. CRAB APPLE
"The Cleanser Flower". Feels unclean or ashamed of ailments.
Self disgust/hatred. House proud.
Temporarily overcome by inadequacy or responsibility, though
normally very capable.
Despondent. Easily discouraged and rejected. Skeptical,
pessimistic. Depression, where the cause is known.
Desperate, without hope: "Oh, what's the use". Defeatism.
People who are obsessed with their own troubles and
experiences. Talkative 'bores' - poor listeners.
For those who are jealous, envious, revengeful and
suspicious. Those who hate
For those with nostalgia and who constantly dwell in the
"Monday morning" feeling but once started, task usually
fulfilled. Mentally tired. Procrastination.
Impatience, irritability. Reacts in an exaggerated manner.
Despondency due to lack of self-confidence; expectation of
failure, so fails to make the attempt. Feels inferior, yet
has the ability.
Fear of *known* things, fear of the world. Shyness,
"Dark cloud" of depression that descends for no known reason
which can lift just as suddenly, making one downcast,
saddened and low.
Brave determined types. Struggles on in illness and against
adversity despite setbacks. Plodders, never resting.
Drained of energy - everything an effort. Physically
Feelings of guilt. Blames oneself for the mistakes of
others. Feels unworthy.
25. RED CHESTNUT
Excessive care of, and concern for, others, especially those
26. ROCK ROSE
Alarmed, panicky, full of trepidation.
27. ROCK WATER
For those who are hard on themselves - often overwork. Rigid
minded, self denying. Ascetic.
Uncertainty/indecision/vacillation. Fluctuating moods.
29. STAR OF BETHLEHEM
For all the effects of serious news, or fright following an
accident, etc.. For release from trauma, not matter how old
30. SWEET CHESTNUT
Absolute dejection. Feels one has reached the limits for
what one can stand.
Over-enthusiasm, over effort; straining. Fanatical and
highly strung. Incensed and frustrated by injustices.
Arrogant pride. Considered to be good leaders.
Protection remedy against powerful influences, and helps
adjustment to any transition or change, e.g. puberty,
menopause, divorce, new surroundings. Contrary to CENTAURY
the person knows what he wants, but is easily influenced by
other people to do something else.
34. WATER VIOLET
Proud, reserved, sedate types, sometimes "superior". Little
emotional involvement, but reliable/dependable.
35. WHITE CHESTNUT
Persistent unwanted thoughts. Pre-occupation with some worry
or episode. Mental arguments. Constant inner dialog.
36. WILD OAT
Helps determine one's intended path of life.
37. WILD ROSE
Resignation, apathy. Drifters who accept their lot, making
little or no effort for improvement - lacks ambition.
Resentment and bitterness with "not fair" and "poor me"
39. RESQUE REMEDY
A combination of Cherry Plum, Clematis, Impatiens, Rock Rose,
Star of Betlehem. All purpose emergency composite for
effects of anguish, examinations, going to the dentist etc..
Comforting, calming and reassuring to those distressed by
- * -
Dr. Bach lived and worked in Mount Vernon, England, where he
discovered his healing flowers in the fields and hedgerows
surrounding the area. The very same wild flower locations are
used to this day in the preparation of the Flower Remedies by
the present custodians, who are dedicated by legacy, to
maintaining the simple method and use of the Remedies as
intended by Dr. Bach, and so faithfully carried out by the late
Nora Weeks after the doctor's death.
The 38 Remedies cover every negative state of mind known to man,
and will (in keeping with Dr. Bach's express wish) remain a
complete entity. Therefore no claimed "extensions",
"furtherance" or prepared facsimile of the Bach Remedies hold
any association with the Bach centre whatsoever.
The remedies are made by a special process - a infusion or
decoction of the dried herbs will have no effect at all. A few
of them are actually slightly poisonous used this way; however
this is *not* the case for the remedies, as they are used in low
homeopathic potency (they have been tested for toxicity by
official authorities and none has been found). For those who
want to try to make the remedies themselves, further information
can be obtained from me. However, the original remedies are
very inexpensive in use (a few dollars a month for a longtime
treatment), so I hardly find it worth making them oneselves.
Besides you are insured to get a high quality product made by
experts when using the original remedies.
- * -
If you cannot locate the remedies locally, you can get
information from the following addresses:
Ellon (Bach USA) Inc. P.O. Box 320, Woodmere,
N.Y. 11598 USA (Phone 516 825 2229)
M. Scheffer Hp., (Bach Centre German Office), Eppendorfer
Landstr. 32, 2000 Hamburg 20, W. Germany. (Tel 040 464624)
Nonesuch Botanials Pty. Ldt., P.O. Box 68, Mt. Evelyn, Vic.
3796, Australia (Phone (03) 762 8577)
Martin & Pleasance Wholesale Pty. Ldt., P.O. Box 4,
Collingwood, Vic. 3066, Australia (Phone 419 9733)
Holland Pharma, Postbus 37, 7240 AA Lochem, Holland (Tel
Camette, Murervej 16, 6700 Esbjerg, Denmark (Tlf 7514 5455 /
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