A gentle but powerful tool available to us as practitioners and to everyone at home is the Bach and Bush flowers. These potent essences are what most would consider an energetic medicine, they are fantastic for working with people to resolve mental and emotional patterns and issues. They also work wonderfully for pets who may have anxiety, grief or some other form of distress. The most common of these remedies which many may know is the ‘Rescue Remedy’. This invaluable remedy is a blend of essences for fear, shock, terror, panic and that out of body kind of feeling which accompanies any situation which may cause these emotions.
The Bach flower essences came into existence through Dr Edward Bach, a medical doctor, bacteriologist and pathologist. While practicing as a surgeon and undertaking early research into vaccines, Bach collapsed and was operated on for a bleeding tumour. He was given only 3 months to live, so determined to complete the work he had started, he through his all at it. Instead of becoming weaker, he grew stronger back in to good health. Bach was convinced this was due to a renewed sense of purpose.
Slowly Bach became disgruntled with medicines fragmented approach and began to seek an approach that would help address the person as a whole. His study lead to him to begin observing humans and as he did he uncovered some reoccuring and wide spread emotional states that people tended towards.
After a move to the countryside, Bach drifted away from his scientific training and began to trust more in his intuition, seeking out and finding flowers to balance out these emotional states. After many years work, summers gathering and preparing remedies and winters treating those that came in need, Dr Bach completed his series of medicines. 38 remedies in total, each directly relating to an emotional state.
The essences can be used individually, dropped onto the tongue, or combined to create a personalised mixture.
Article by Damian Harrison, Naturopath from Chamomile Naturopathy , Bellingen.