Dr. Edward Bach studied medicine at the University College Hospital, London, and was a House Surgeon there. He worked in general practice and as a bacteriologist. Later working as a pathologist he worked on vaccines. Despite the success of his work with orthodox medicine he felt dissatisfied with the way doctors were expected to concentrate on diseases and ignore the people who were suffering with them. He was inspired by homoeopathic medicine but wanted to find something purer and less reliant on the products of disease. In 1930 he gave up his practice and left London, devoting the rest of his life to a new system of medicine that he was sure could be was sure could be found in nature.
His works, known as The Bach Flower Remedies, are 38 flower-based remedies, which are beneficial in meeting the demands of everyday life. Each aids a specific emotion, but can be taken individually or in combination. Dr. Bach based his work on a profound philosophy:
- * Life is seen as a learning process
- * Ill health, whether mental or physical, is to help us understand more about ourselves and the purpose of our lives
- * Health is achieved through harmony between our physical and spiritual selves.
- * The mind and body will remain in a state of health, if emotional equilibrium can be maintained.
Pioneered by Dr. Bach, a flower essence is a liquid preparation imprinted with the etheric pattern of a particular flower. Like a homeopathic remedy, the liquid contains little or no detectable chemical substance of the flower from which it was made. Instead, the liquid maintains the vibrational pattern of the flower. Dr. Bach believed that the source illness or disease was emotional in nature. Each emotion is a particular energetic state of being. All emotions seem to have a particular energyâ€"love, despair, anger, fear, apprehensionâ€"each are a different energetic pattern. Dr, Bach considered negative energetic states, negative emotions, to be the source of disease in the body. This theory is supported by many of the worldâ€™s healers,
Dr. Bach also thought that these energetic states could be transformed, and that one of the transformational methods is the use of the vibrational patterns of flowers. He showed through numerous case studies that flower essences, properly selected and applied, can be effective in treating the negative energies which underlie most disease states. Further, one need not have and illness or disease to realize the benefits of flower essences, flowers can be used to assist in transforming any negative emotional state.
It is believed that these flower remedies strengthen, protect and purify the energy field of any adult, child or animals taking these remedies. This is enormously good news for those of us who are sensitive to outside energy influences. After using these remedies for years in clinics it is believed that extremely high energetic resonance enables these flower remedies to help prevent the outbreak of viral strains, including flu, and cold sores. It is believed that oneâ€™s personal energy field learns to resonate at the high frequency of the flower remedies over time. In adults, the crown chakra begins to emit white light within 24 hours of taking the flower remedies. The process is much faster in children and animals.
There are two methods for producing Bach Flower Essences.
1. With the sun method, the flowers are picked on a warm summer day in full sunshine. They are placed in a glass bowl with fresh spring water. If possible taken from a spring close to where the flower was picked. It is sufficient that the flowers only cover the surface of the water. The bowl is then placed in the sun for two to four hours. According to Dr. Bach the sun transfers the energy of the flowers into the medium of the water, which becomes â€śenergetically impregnatedâ€ť. The flowers are then removed from the solution and an equal portion of brandy is added for preservation.
2. Since not all flowers, shrubs, bushes and trees bloom at a time of year when there is abundant sunshine, a second method for the preparation of remedies is necessary, the cooking method. In this method, the flowers and buds are picked the same as in the sun method, and then boiled down. The extract is then filtered several times and mixed again with an equal portion of brandy as a preservative.
How to take the Bach Flower Remedy:
- Dilute two drops of the remedy in a glass of water and sip.
- For multiple use add two drops of each chosen remedy (no more than seven) to a one ounce bottle and top off with mineral water. Take four drops at least four times a day.
- If desired the Bach Flower Remedy can be dropped straight onto the tongue or rubbed onto the lips, behind the ears or on the temples and wrists.
- The tincture can be used as often as desired. In a crisis you may need only the one dose but for a continuing emotional problem you can take them for as long as needed.
In our next installment we will look at the 38 remedies and what each is for.
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