We all know that when we feel happy and have a positive attitude, we tend to enjoy better health. But life sometimes with its twists and turns presents many challenges. During these times, we need help to keep strong, be able to deal with the challenges, stay in balance and move forward. That’s when Bach Flower Remedies can help.
Research about the links between positive emotions and good health (or negative emotions and health issues) is now well known. Many experts agree that emotions affect health and the Bach remedies address just the negative emotional issues, assisting the individual to cope better, become more positive, reduce stress levels and consequently assist to attain better health.
The origin of the flower essences
The Bach flower essences were the inspiration of Dr Edward Bach, a Harley St doctor in the 1930’s.
Dr Bach had a successful Harley Street practice in London and was a highly respected practitioner. After many years of medical practice he came to the conclusion that a person’s personality had a major impact on their health.
By 1930 he was so enthused by the direction his work was taking that he gave up his lucrative Harley Street practice and left London, determined to devote the rest of his life to the new system of medicine that he was sure could be found in nature. He took with him as his assistant a radiographer called Nora Weeks.
Over years of trial and error, which involved preparing and testing thousands of plants, he found one by one the remedies he wanted. Each was aimed at a particular mental state or emotion. He found that when he treated the personalities and feelings of his patients their unhappiness and physical distress would be alleviated naturally as the healing potential in their bodies was unblocked and allowed to work once more.
Today, we have a total of 38 Bach Flower essences that Naturopaths experienced in this modality utilise to assist their clients.
These natural medicines are safe and have no side effects whatsoever. They can be given separately or combined (up to a total of four different ones is ideal) to treat multiple issues.
They can be given to anyone regardless of age and health status, from small children to the frail elderly, to pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, with absolute safety.
With experience in combining the appropriate essences, results can be astounding although at the same time subtle, while the essences provide the means for our mental and emotional states to become balanced, this in turn helping us to react more effectively to stresses of everyday life.
Bach flower essences can be utilised for chronic conditions as well for situations where a quick response is required. The most familiar combination is the Rescue Remedy that many people have heard of. This can be used for emergencies and anticipation, such as fear of going to the dentist for example, it helps calm the nerves and alleviate the fera to a certain extend.
While the essences are harmless, it is always recommended that they should be prescribed by a knowledgeable and experienced Naturopath for best results. Every person is different and would present specific signs and symptoms, requiring individualised prescriptions.