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I have to thank my son’s bump on the head for some of my
conviction about the benefit of Bach flower remedies. Jon was
about a year old and had hit his head quite badly. The bump was
swelling before my eyes, and I decided to try out the Bach
rescue cream that I’d recently purchased. The bump was partly in
his hair and partly on his forehead. I carefully put the cream
on – it was difficult to get the cream close to the skin where
his hair was. The next day the bruise on his forehead had gone
completely, but the bruise in his hair was still there, although
it was not as bad as I had expected it to be. This amazed me and
made me determined to learn about these amazing remedies.

I bought and studied the little booklet that explained all about
them – as a very busy mum I was happy to have something that
wasn’t too big to read! I was also happy that the remedies
weren’t drugs and could be used safely with even tiny babies.
There are 38 different flower remedies for various psychological
states, and I instantly could see how I could use them for
myself, my family and my friends: larch is for someone who lacks
self confidence, aspen is for generalised fears, impatiens for
impatience, heather for those who want to be the centre of
attention all the time, and scleranthus for the undecided.

The remedies were developed by Dr Edward Bach -pronounced
‘Batch’ – who lived in England from 1886-1936. He was trained as
a doctor and worked as a pathologist and bacteriologist, but he
felt that medicine was not getting to the root of the problem.
He learnt about homeopathy, and developed various important
homeopathic remedies, but he was still not satisfied, and this
led him to develop the Bach flower remedies.

The remedies are based on flowering plants and trees, and are
designed to correct inappropriate psychological states. This
doesn’t mean that they’re not suitable for physical problems,
because Bach believed that there was “a factor above the
physical plane which in the ordinary course of life protects or
renders susceptible any particular individual with regard to
disease, of whatever nature it may be.” (From ‘Heal Thyself’ by
Edward Bach). In other words, if you are dissatisfied or
distressed, you are more likely to catch a cold or become
chronically ill.

Bach found the remedies through intuition: sometimes he would
hold a flower in his hand and experience in his body and mind
what the remedy was capable of, and sometimes he experienced
deep negative emotions and would go out into the countryside
searching until he found the flower that would turn off these
feelings. Bach also found that if he floated the flowers in a
glass bowl containing spring water in the sunshine, this healing
property of the flower passed into the water. For some plants
that flowered early in the year, such as holly, Bach boiled the
flowers and stems to overcome the problem of the lack of
sunshine.

The remedies are normally taken in one of two ways:

Putting two drops of the chosen remedy in a glass of water and
sipping it frequently Putting two drops of several remedies in a
bottle with water and/or brandy and taking 4 drops 4 times a day

There is one combination that Dr Bach found he used a lot, and
he called this ‘rescue remedy’. This is a mixture of 5 of the 38
flower remedies (cherry plum, clematis, impatiens, rock rose and
star of Bethlehem). It can be used for any emergency or
stressful event. This is really helpful after a fall, or an
argument, before visiting the dentist or taking an examination.
The normal way of taking it is to put 4 drops in a glass of
water and then to take small, frequent sips. You can also take
it straight from the bottle in a real emergency. Many nurses I
meet swear by it, and secretly and unofficially recommend it to
their patients.

Rescue cream contains the same 5 remedies as the rescue remedy
drops, but with the addition of crab apple and is useful for
cuts and bruises, and for babies who fall and bang their heads!

The remedies are made using brandy, and this may be a problem
for some people. An alternative way to take them is by dabbing
them on the wrist, behind the ears and at the temples – this way
the benefit of the remedies may be felt without imbibing alcohol.

The remedies do not interfere with any drugs, and can be taken
with good effect by the terminally ill. Babies and pets seem to
benefit often apparently instantly and miraculously, and many
adults can tell you of amazing results for themselves and their
children

Jane Thurnell-Read is an author and researcher on health,
allergies and stress. Her web site http://www.healthandgoodnes
s.com is full of tips and information to help you be happier
and healthier.

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