I wrote about Dr Bach’s Flower Remedies here. This time I’m looking at how to find the right remedy for you.
Each person is an individual, with their own emotional world, fears and stresses. Rather than give patients a diagnostic label, Dr Bach suggested that discovering how each person feels should be the guide of choosing individual support and treatment when they are unwell. This is what we could call an “olistic approach” to each patient.
In treating cases with these remedies, no notice is taken of the nature of the disease. The individual is treated and as he becomes well the disease goes, having been case off by the increase in health. (Dr. Bach in The Twelve Healers and Other Remedies)
The remedy dosage
The Bach flower remedies are completely safe and natural and they work exclusively and directly on an emotional level, seeking to balance negative emotions. Their aim is to empower us to support ourselves through difficult times and to help us developing our positive strengths. For obatain the best results an adult should take 4 drops from a treatment bottle 8 times a day for chronic states. For very acute states take 4 drops every 30-60 minutes, reverting to the normal dosage when more balance has returned.
It starts with self reflection
Going into the path of identifying the Bach Flower Remedies that will be the most beneficial, either for yourself or someone else, is a simple process of self-reflection and observation. Easier to say than to do maybe. But remember that no matter what is the issue, you are simply looking for the remedies that will help you bring greater balance to how you think and feel.
Start by looking at how you are reacting to the situation that you are experiencing in a egative way, then review your general reaction to the events and conditions of your life, to identify any general trends or patterns in the way that you think and feel. For example, some people face the world with feelings of hopelessness, doubt or judgement, while others struggle to find balance in their relationships with those around them, and so on.
It is possible to mix almost 293,000,000 different bottles of remedies to suit each person’s individual emotional state. There are 38 individual flower, plus one ready mixed combination which Dr Bach called the “crisis mix”, but it is often known as Rescue Remedy. This is used for emergency help when we feel traumatised, shocked or upset. The remedies can be mixed to match the emotional state of anyone needing support and they can be easily grouped in seven families, in order to help people finding what they need quickly:
- Fear Group:
Aspen, Cherry Plum, Mimulus, Red Chestnut, Rock Rose
- Uncertainty Group:
Cerato, Gentian, Gorse, Hornbeam, Scleranthus, Wild Oat
- Insufficient Interest in Present Circumstances:
Chestnut Bud, Clematis, Honeysuckle, Mustard, Olive, White Chestnut, Wild Rose
- Over Care for Welfare of Others:
Beech, Chicory, Rock Water, Vervain, Vine
- Over-sensitive to Influences & Ideas:
Agrimony, Centaury, Holly, Walnut
- Loneliness Group:
Heather, Impatiens, Water Violet
- Despondancy or Despair:
Crab Apple, Elm, Larch, Oak, Pine, Star of Bethlehem, Sweet Chestnut, Willow
If you find really hard exploring yourself and your emotions, going through this online questionnaire may help you sorting out your doubts and make a choice:
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