Edward Bach (1886-1936) was a doctor, graduated in the United Kingdom, he worked for a long time in England; his studies stem from the principles of homeopathy, starting from the assumption that to cure a disease it is necessary to cure man. Bach spent many years of his life searching for a natural healing method that was intended to cure patients from the anxieties of everyday life; according to Bach, diseases are alarm signals of our body, which invites us to reflect on our lifestyle, and to follow the path of human and spiritual growth, in order to be able to heal even from the diseases themselves: when it is possible to have a good emotional balance, a fulfilling life, free from neurosis and negative mental states, the body itself is able to heal itself without external help. This type of medicine therefore starts from considerations on the lives of patients, on how they experience the disease state, and not on the symptoms they experience or on the organ affected by the disease.
It is a completely different vision from that of traditional medicine, which over the years has given many positive results, with the most disparate diseases, but has never been scientifically proven.
Treating yourself with Bach flowers means first of all considering the negative feelings we feel, the things that cause us stress; with the help of a naturopath or an expert in this field, the remedy or remedies to be taken for the necessary period of time are identified; since these are natural products that act on the deepest feelings of man and on daily behaviors, the cures with these flowers are generally quite prolonged, sometimes it is necessary to take remedies based on Bach flowers for months before being able to resolve the problems underlying the most frequent diseases. Bach flowers may give immediate effects, with sudden changes in mood or very intense emotional states: generally this symptom indicates that the person who advised us has chosen the Bach flowers best suited to our temperament in the correct way.
When we go to an expert, let's expect to meet someone who will hardly ask us about the symptoms that afflict us, or about the diseases we have had in the past; more likely it will ask us how we feel, how we live with others, how we are today and in general what kind of person we think we are.
- Bach flowers">Bach flowers
During his years of studies, Dr. Bach came to the conclusion that it is possible to change people's behavior and state of mind by using what he himself called the memory of flowers, their energy, transmitted to water; this memory is extracted from the flowers through the method of the sun and the method of boiling. In both methods, the flowers should be picked during their greatest flowering period, on a beautiful sunny day, and without absolutely touching them with your hands. The method of the sun consists in placing the flowers in a glass container, filled with pure spring water, and placing this container in the sun for 5-6 hours; with the boiling method, the flowers are placed in a porcelain metal pot, covered with pure spring water and left to boil for about half an hour. At the end of these operations the liquid obtained is filtered and lengthened with an equal amount of cognac or brandy. We thus obtain the mother tincture of the Bach flower, to be used in the measure of two drops in 30 ml of spring water; this compound is generally taken four times a day, four drops each time. Dr. Bach was a strong supporter of the idea that each person was able to cure themselves, so the dosage of Bach flower remedies can be varied by each patient, who can take the remedy whenever he feels the need.
- Clematis vitalba">Plants
Bach initially used only 12 main remedies, called the 12 healers; later he added another 26, seven of which called the 7 aids, and the remaining nineteen called the 19 assistants.
Some Bach flower mixes are available on the market, suitable for use by people who experience some particular moods; dr. Bach had prepared only one mixture, called Rescue Remedy, useful in cases of particular stress, panic crises, very intense or altered emotional states, while he advised against the use of other types of prepackaged blends, always recommending the preparation of personalized blends.
In fact, all the remedies prepared with Bach flowers can be mixed in order to find the right remedy for each patient; on average, 6-7 different remedies are used for each patient.
The plants used by Bach are the most common wild plants that can be found in meadows or along roads in Europe.
The 12 Healers
The 12 Healers
Agrimony: Agrimony eupatoria.
Cenatury: Erythraea centaureum.
Chicory: Cichorium intibus.
Rock Rose: Helianthemum.
Gentiam: Gentiana acaulis.
Mimulus: Mimulus guttatus.
Impatiens: Impatiens balsamina.
Cerato: Ceratostigma plumbaginoides.
Scleranthus: Scleranthus annuus.
Water violet: Hottonia palustris.
Clematis: Clematis vitalba.
The 7 aids
The 7 aids
Rock water: spring water.
Wild oat: Bromus.
Heather: Calluna vulgaris.
Gorse: Medicago arborea.
Vine: Vitis vinifera.
Bach Flowers: The 19 Assistants
The 19 Assistants
Holly: Ilex aquifolium.
Honeysuckle: Lonicera caprifolium.
Hornbeam: Carpinus betulus.
White chestnut: Aesculus hippocastanum.
Sweet chestnut: Castanea sativa.
Red Chestnut: Aesculus pavia.
Beech: Fagus sylvatica.
Chestnut bud: aesculus hippocastanum bud.
Crab apple: Malus sylvestris.
Cherry plum: Prunus cerasifera.
Pine: Pinus sylvestris.
Aspen: Populus tremouloides.
Wild rose: dog rose.
Willow: Salix alba.
Mustard: Sinapis arvensis.
Star of Bethlehem: Ornhitogalum umbellatum.