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Choosing & Using Bach Flower Remedies

The Bach flower remedies are so simple to use that no complicated knowledge is necessary to choose the appropriate remedy or combination of remedies.  As well as the 38 individual flower remedies, there is also one compound called the "Rescue Remedy" that is considered an emergency formula for stressful situations.   

Learn More About Bach Flower Remedies

Bach flower remedies are a natural, non-invasive, and gentle approach to healing that stimulates the natural healing mechanism of the body.  They can be used safely on babies, pregnant women, the elderly, and on our pets too.  

Learn more about the flower remedies, where they originated from, how they are made, and how they work.  ...Read more

Let's take a closer look at each of the 38 remedies, as well as the unique "Rescue Remedy" combination.  We'll also learn how to choose the best remedy for each situation, how best to take these remedies, and how they work to stimulate healing.

How to Choose a Remedy

Dr. Bach separated the 38 flower remedies into 7 emotional groups to make it easy for us to choose which remedy we need to help restore emotional balance.

Rescue Remedy

Bach Rescue RemedyThe Bach Rescue Remedy is a compound of 5 different flower essences created to help calm us during stressful times or emotionally traumatic events.  Whether we are preparing for an interview or a test, or receive stressful and upsetting news that causes us emotional pain, this remedy helps us find the calmness we need:

  • Rock Rose
    (for experiences of terror or panic)
  • Impatiens
    (teaches empathy, understanding, and patience of others)
  • Cherry Plum
    (teaches us to trust in our inner wisdom, and have the courage to follow our path)
  • Star of Bethlehem
    (for trauma and shock - helps to recover from these traumas and integrate them into our present life)
  • Clematis
    (bridges together the physical world and fantasy world, helps ground us and brings clarity and alertness)

Rescue remedy is available in different forms, including drops, a spray, or pastilles to chew.  It is also available in a non-alcohol version.   ...buy Rescue Remedy now

Rescue Remedy For Pets

Bach flower remedies for pets too!Pet Rescue RemedyRescue Remedy is also available for pets, and is wonderful for stressful situations such as plane flights, the sound of fireworks, or for pets who have fearful dispositions.  It can be purchased in stores and online.  

Many Naturopathic vets and vets who offer a more natural approach to veterinary care recommend and sell this remedy.  ...buy Pet Rescue Remedy now

Where Can I Find Bach Flower Remedies?

Bach flower remedies are widely available in many health food and supplement stores as well as online.  They can also be purchased from Naturopathic doctors and veterinarians.  The remedies are very inexpensive, with an average price of $12.  

How Are Remedies Taken?

Remedies can be used individually, or can be mixed together in a "compound" remedy.  Through trial and error, the Dr. Edward Bach Centre in England settled on the recommendation of combining no more than 6-7 of the 38 remedies when making your own compound remedy.  A number greater than 7 appeared to weaken the efficiency of the other remedies in the compound.  Many people only take one remedy and have no need to mix multiple remedies into a compound.

To experience the maximum effect of the remedies, they should not be taken immediately before or after a meal (allow 30 mins) and they should be taken in one of 4 ways:

  1. With a Glass of Water:  Add two drops of each remedy to a glass/bottle of spring or filtered water that can then be drank or sipped during the course of the day.  Add 4 drops of Bach Rescue Remedy if this is also being used.

  2. Drop-dispensing bottleIn a Treatment Bottle:  For more chronic conditions, create a combination of 3-parts spring water or filtered water to 1-part preservative (either alcohol, vinegar, or glycerin) and store in a drop dispensing bottle.  

    The most common size for drop dispensing bottles is 30 ml.  For each 30 ml dispensing bottle, add 3 drops of each remedy (the equivalent of 1 drop/10ml).  Add 6 drops of Bach Rescue Remedy if this is also being used.  

    If the dispensing bottle is ever re-used, it should be sterilized in boiling water (if using soap, make sure it is a non-chemical soap).

  3. Internally at Full Strength:  Apply the drops directly under the tongue.  Due to the brandy content, you may want to consider an alcohol-free version of the remedy for children (these are more limited in availability).

  4. Externally Applied:  Apply directly to pulse points on the body, for example the temples or wrists.  Several drops of each remedy can also be added to a hot bath (add 8-10 drops of Bach Rescue Remedy if this is also being used).  Hot or cold compresses can be soaked in 2 cups of water mixed with 6-8 drops of each remedy.  

    Applying the remedies externally will have the same impact on the emotions as it will if you take them internally.  This method may be preferred by those who choose not to ingest alcohol for moral or religious reasons.  Some religious faiths do, however, allow the intake of alcohol for medicinal use.  Adding the remedies to a hot drink will also allow the steam to evaporate the trace amount of alcohol.

The length of time for taking each remedy varies from 2-4 weeks, up to 6-8 weeks for long-term treatment.  

The remedies are normally taken with water because, although taking the remedies directly may have a more immediate effect, the effect in water is more long lasting, perhaps because the energetic imprint of the remedy is absorbed more fully in the presence of water.

Bach flower remedies should be stored at room temperature and away from direct sunlight.

How Do Remedies Feel?

The effects of taking Bach flower remedies vary from person to person, and depend on how acute or chronic the condition.  When the correct remedy or remedy combinations have been chosen, a slow and steady improvement should be felt.  A sense of well-being will become apparent, but it is important to have patience.  Over time, imbalances begin to subtly but noticeably correct themselves.  For example, those prone to heavy smoking, alcohol, or drug use, may feel a progressive reduced need for them as the days and weeks go by.  Those suffering from depression may experience feeling more optimistic and upbeat.  

The effects are typically very subtle as they work on transmuting destructive emotional states and help us to connect to our naturally positive state of being.  When it feels appropriate, reevaluate and readjust the remedies as needed.  As there are no hard, fast rules when it comes to dosage, it is recommended to follow your intuition with regard to either increasing or decreasing the dosage.

Feeling no response, or only minor improvement over a period of time may indicate that the incorrect remedy or remedy combinations have been chosen.  Reassess your emotional state and the remedies you have chosen to see if a different remedy would be a better match.  No response may also indicate that on a deeper level you are resisting change, which prevents the energies of the remedies from having any effect.

No Side Effects

Bach flower remedies are used to treat a wide range of physical and emotional imbalances ranging from acute to chronic.  They are a very gentle and non-toxic therapy that can be used safely on babies, pregnant women, the elderly, on animals, and even on plants.  They are also a non-toxic and completely natural approach to healing.


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