Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Introduction to Bach Flowers


Hey Everyone! It has been another crazy weekend for both Danielle and I. Danielle had a huge garage sale and was busy selling her stuff all weekend. I had mentioned last week that I was putting on a huge event for the restaurant I work for Meritage.

Oysterfest was a huge success! After my 15 hour work day I am ready for some real R&R. We talked a lot about stress last week. On friday Danielle went through some great ways to deal with stress which I found extremely informative. My stress levels being so high lately that finding new ways to cope with it can even be a bit stressful.

During our healthy pets week I had briefly touched on Edward Bach and his magnificent flowers. When Danielle and I were attending out CNHP lectures last winter we learned a lot about Dr. Bach. I found it absolutely fascinating. After a bit more research I was so excited about the remedies I purchased the kit of 38 flowers so that I could make my own tinctures at home. I made a few when I first received the kit, some for friends and some for myself but soon I completely forgot that I had the kit. I have been struggling for months with unwanted fear and anxiety and because I was so busy I failed to remember that I had some of the most powerful mood enhancers right under my nose.

Edward Bach was a doctor who was born in Birmingham, England in 1886. He suffered from an illness that made his body very sensitive to its environment. This sensitivity, although considered a curse by many, was a key to his ability to discern the remedies in nature.

Dr. Bach spent the majority of his adulthood trying to investigate the world of Western medicine. During this time in history infectious disease was rampant in most communities. Desperate times lead to desperate measures. Many of the techniques used in hospitals were very invasive and sometimes caused more harm than good in patients. Dr. Bach found himself discouraged because he was a follower of Hippocrates in that he believed that healing should be gentle, painless and non-invasive.

Dr. Bach observed that the same treatment did not always cure the same disease in each patient. He noted that much could be learned by observing the sick person's response to his complaint and seeing the various reactions of the sick to their diseases, which seemed to influence their prognosis. He also discovered that the personality of the individual was more important in the healing process than that of the state of the physical body. If our psyche is unhealthy it takes a lot more energy for the body to heal because we are not focused on the real problems but rather we are preoccupied with the stress and fear our mind may be clouded by.

Bach's most amazing discovery was the understanding of the mind and that the mind controlled the physical. Amply by normalizing the mind, a sick body could correct its own infections. Bach was a real student of people and an observer of the sick. Bach propounded that there were several moods, which were evident in those who were sick. He identified them as fear, terror, worry, indecision, uncertainty, indifference, apathy, doubt, discouragement, over caring, weakness, impatience, self distrust, over enthusiasm, pride and aloofness.

His goal was to find homeopathic remedies to help calm the mind and lead his subjects on a path to healing. He eventually discovered that flowers of certain plants when mixed with water and sunlight could produce calming essences that helped patients overcome some of their strong personality traits that might disrupt their path to feeling healthy. He came up with 38 different remedies that could be used in combination or alone to help stabilize an individuals psyche in a non-invasive and homeopathic way.

Now that we spoke a bit about the history of Edward Bach and how he found his remedies here are some facts about using Bach flowers. Friday I will give you the lowdown on how to choose and make your own flower tinctures.

 What do Bach Flowers Treat?

The Bach remedies don't treat physical complaints directly. Instead they help by treating the negative emotional states that provoke or worsen illnesses.
This means the way to select the correct remedies is always to think about the sort of person you are and about your current emotional state, and forget the physical symptoms.

How do the remedies actually work?

Dr Bach used a metaphor to describe how the remedies work. He said, ‘they are able, like beautiful music, or any gloriously uplifting thing which gives us inspiration, to raise our very natures, and bring us nearer to our Souls: and by that very act, to bring us peace, and relieve our sufferings.’ Just as a beautiful sunset or a photograph can move us so that we feel more at peace, so taking a remedy uplifts us in a gentle way and helps us be the best we are.
There are many theories about the mechanism the remedies use to achieve this. Most believe the active ingredient in the remedies is a kind of energy or vibration that is transferred from the living flower to the water during the process of making the mother tinctures. Some believe the energy forms a pattern in the water; others talk of quantum mechanics and spiritual vibrations. Attempts to capture this energy have produced beautiful Kirlian photographs showing distinct patterns and colours for different remedies - but little hard research has been done. Any firm conclusions are just speculation.
The real proof that these flower energies exist, however, is the effect they have on people. Taking Mimulus when we are afraid is just a more specific form of the emotional reaction we feel when we listen to Beethoven or gaze up at the stars.

Why not mix all the remedies together and have a single mix for every problem?

         Just as most healing processes it is better to focus on a smaller amount of problems than to blanket yourself with an "overall" cure. Also the flowers are their to treat all different types of people and personalities. If you were to mix all of them together they wouldn't be specialized enough to do anything for the individual.

Is it safe to take the remedies alongside other kinds of medicine?


Normally there is no problem with taking Bach remedies alongside other medicines. The active ingredient in a flower remedy is an energy from the plant, not a physical substance, so it will not interfere with the physical action of the other medicine. Nor will the other medicine stop the Bach remedy from working.
The only point of caution concerns the alcohol used to bottle and preserve the remedies. This can usually be ignored as the amount of alcohol in a single dose is minute. But you should check with your prescribing doctor, pharmacist or health advisor before taking an alcohol-based Bach remedy if you have been advised to avoid all traces of alcohol.

I will show you on Friday how to create your own specialized remedy. I will also go over how to take these remedies and how you can go about making these remedies. 
If you would like to check out some of the different flowers and there treatments visit The Bach Centre

See you friday!



Disclaimer: PRTLIVING (and all of those feature and interviewed) is limited to providing self-help education in natural health matters and advocating of a healthy lifestyle. If you have a medical problem, please seek the advice of your medical doctor. 


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