Flower Essences are liquid plant preparations which carry an imprint of specific flowers. They are prepared by a special technique developed in the 1920s by Dr Edward Bach.
Flower Essences do not directly treat disease, but help to stabilise emotional and mental stresses. The essences are designed to help transform emotions, attitudes and patterns of behaviours which hinder the person's full development or potential. They are used to help restore emotional and psychological equilibrium to individuals during periods of stress.
Rescue Remedy is a combination of five Bach flower remedies, which is used to address fear, panic, severe mental stress and tension. It is beneficial for all psychological and physical stresses.
Dr Edward Bach was a medically qualified doctor and pathologist who worked at the London Homeopathic Hospital in the 1920s.
He began his practice by using conventional medicine, but later came to the conclusion that "the personality of the individual was of more importance than the body in the treatment of disease". His conclusion was to "treat the patient and not the disease".
In the 1930s Dr Bach scoured the countryside and private gardens of England in search of healing agents which would remove negative emotions and attitudes, thereby enabling the body to restore itself to health, happiness and well-being.
Bach himself was deeply religious, believing all mankind was created in a state of perpetual unity with God. Man's soul, the real self, is most directly connected to the Creator, and ever leads man to a higher good. Although the physical body is temporary, the soul is everlasting. Moreover, the soul infuses and guides the personality, comprising the mind and body as a whole.
Dr Bach defined health as perfect harmony between the soul, mind and body. Disease, then, results from a lack of harmony between these elements.
Disease, according to Dr Bach, is paradoxically a healing process because it warns us against carrying our wrong actions too far. Once disease has manifested itself, we must modify our erring mental state and bring it back into line with the convictions of our soul, if we are to be healed.
Disease is in essence the result of conflict between soul and mind – so long as our souls and personalities are in harmony all is joy and peace, happiness and health. It is when our personalities are lead astray from the path laid down by the soul, either by our own worldly desires or by the persuasion of others that a conflict arises.
Disease is solely and purely corrective; it is neither vindictive or cruel, but it is the means adopted by our own souls to point out to us our faults, to prevent our making greater errors, to hinder us from doing more harm, and tobring us back to the path of Truth and Light from which we should never have strayed.
Complete healing, Dr Bach said, depended on four factors:
When Dr Bach developed his flower remedies, his aim was to effect a healing on a much deeper level than just the physical.
They are able…. To raise our very natured, and bring us nearer to our souls…They cure, not by attacking disease, but by flooding our bodies with the beautiful vibrations of our Higher Nature in the presence of which disease melts like snow in the sunshine.
Since 1936, the thirty-eight flower remedies discovered by Dr Bach have been used to restore emotional and psychological equilibrium to individuals during periods of both mild and major stress.
These are listed under the headings of:
Rescue Remedy was named by Dr Bach for its calming and stabilizing effect on the emotions during a crisis.
It contains five Bach Flower Remedies:
Bach E The Bach Flower Remedies (1979) Keats Publishing
Scheffer M Bach Flower Therapy – Theory and Practice (1986) Thorsons