Bach Flower Essences

There is no true healing unless there is a change in outlook, a peace of mind and inner happiness. – Edward Bach, pioneer of Flower Essence healing systems  b.1886 d.1936


Flower essences can be a wonderful adjunct to the homeopathic treatment plan and is used to ease emotional suffering.

Developed by British homeopathic physician Edward Bach, reknown for the “Rescue Remedy” formula, the system uses 38 flowers, each associated with a unique emotional state.  They can be taken alone or in combination of up to 5 essences at a time.  When one gets habituated to a particular emotional reaction, or life’s circumstances has created emotional turmoil, a flower essence can help bring the emotions back into balance and soothe.

Consider Bach’s description of someone who could benefit from Scleranthus, a plant in the Carnation family:

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. – The Twelve Healers and Other Remedies

Unlike someone who needs Cerato, who feels so doubtful they need a second, third and fourth opinion, they will choose to chew it over alone, again and again.

Taken for a time, Scleranthus can help one be more in touch with what they want, and with their intuition.

The recommended dosage is 4 drops on the tongue, 4 to 6 times daily for as long as needed, for up to about six weeks maximum. The remedies will not interfere with prescribed medication or homeopathics and  side-effects are rare. Once one layer has been treated and felt to change, then it can be useful to reassess and see what lies beneath.

Learn more about using flower essences at the Bach Centre, the original home of visionary healer, Edward Bach.

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