Bach Remedies & Flower Essences


They are liquid herbal remedies made of flowers. During the essence making process the life force of the flowers becomes suspended in water, which is then preserved in brandy. Flower essences are put under the heading of  vibrational medicine, which also includes crystal and environmental essences. It is thought that they work by setting up a resonance/or vibration within the system, which seems to activate a positive energetic response in the individual.

Here is a definition of a flower essence:

A catalyst that initiates positive change, helping us to come into balance, harmonising emotions and relieving negative feelings.

Here’s what Doctor Bach says:-

“The flower remedies are like beautiful music or any gloriously uplifting thing which gives us inspiration, to rise our very natures, and bring us nearer to our souls and by that very act, to bring us peace and relieve our sufferings.”

Edward Bach, Ye Suffer from Yourselves. 1931

How do they make you feel?

It is difficult to describe as it can be so ‘natural’ because you are feeling the best of yourself.  People report ‘I just feel lighter,’ ‘I feel more myself,’  ‘I feel more relaxed and calm,’  ‘I feel more uplifted,’ ‘I have a sense of greater well-being.’  Your family will often notice a change before you do. The flowers always embody the positive and their natural vibrations help us to be happy and return us to health.

Can they improve your life?

They can aid emotional healing and strengthen the whole person. They seem to lift you above your problem so you can view it from a new perspective which may offer you more choice. We need to remember that on one level we are whole and that our strengths are always there – we have just lost sight of them. As the flower essence supplies us with the strength we can’t access, we can get used to feeling strong again and in so doing re-claim our lost self.

Can they encourage change?

There are often payoffs in being ill, so we must really want to change. We also need to recognise the link between body and mind.  During the healing process we may encounter difficult parts of ourselves, it’s never easy to be confronted with one’s real nature if we perceive it as not very nice! But flower remedies can help us change our state of mind and come to terms with it. They can turn hatred into love, resentment into forgiveness, so many people take the remedies for self development and to become the best of themselves.

In our urban lives we have lost our natural connection with nature. Time in nature is very calming and healing, think about holidays by the sea. Flower essences can give us some of the healing power of nature in a bottle.