What Are Flower Remedies

What are flower remedies? They are a gentle way of promoting healing by easing emotional troubles, thereby encouraging complete healing of your mind and body as well.

Flower remedies were discovered by Dr. Edward Bach, who realized that remedies made from specific flowers could help balance the emotions.

Like many holistic practitioners, he believed that the human body is a complex organism made up of mind, and emotions as well as the body.

If you could heal the emotions, healing of the mind and body would follow.

And this makes sense, if you think about it.  How many times have you experienced an emotional trauma, and then developed a bad cold immediately afterward?

Bach recognized this, and during the 1920s and 1930s, he developed 38 different remedies, each one associated with a basic human emotion.

What Are Flower Remedies
Going To Do for Me?

So what are flower remedies going to do for you?  There are times when overpowering negative emotions can wreak havoc with our physical bodies.  You can read about how flower remedies helped patients here.

Here are a list of the 38 different remedies and the 38 ways they can ease negative emotions.  These come from the Bach Remedy Website.

  • Agrimony - mental torture behind a cheerful face
  • Aspen - fear of unknown things
  • Beech - intolerance
  • Centaury - the inability to say “no”
  • Cerato - lack of trust in one’s own decisions
  • Cherry Plum - fear of the mind giving way
  • Chestnut Bud - failure to learn from mistakes
  • Chicory - selfish, possessive love
  • Clematis - dreaming of the future without working in the present
  • Crab Apple - the cleansing remedy, also for self-hatred
  • Elm - overwhelmed by responsibility
  • Gentian - discouragement after a setback
  • Gorse - hopelessness and dispair
  • Heather - self-centeredness and self-concern
  • Holly - hatred, envy and jealousy
  • Honeysuckle - living in the past
  • Hornbeam - tiredness at the thought of doing something
  • Impatiens - impatience
  • Larch - lack of confidence
  • Mimulus - fear of known things
  • Mustard - deep gloom for no reason
  • Oak - the plodder who keeps going past the point of exhaustion
  • Olive - exhaustion following mental or physical effort
  • Pine - guilt
  • Red Chestnut - over-concern for the welfare of loved ones
  • Rock Rose - terror and fright
  • Rock Water - self-denial, rigidity and self-repression
  • Scleranthus - inability to choose between alternatives
  • Star of Bethlehem - shock
  • Sweet Chestnut - Extreme mental anguish, when everything has been tried and there is no light left
  • Vervain - over-enthusiasm
  • Vine - dominance and inflexibility
  • Walnut - protection from change and unwanted influences
  • Water Violet - quiet self-reliance leading to isolation
  • White Chestnut - unwanted thoughts and mental arguments
  • Wild Oat - uncertainty over one’s direction in life
  • Wild Rose - drifting, resignation, apathy
  • Willow - self-pity, and resentment

Tips on Taking Flower Remedies

Now that you know what flower remedies are, the next thing you may be wondering is how to take them. The remedies can be combined, depending on your personality type and the particular emotions you may be feeling at the moment.

You can mix the remedies together by adding different drops to a glass of water and then sipping it throughout the day. Or you can make up your own particular treatments by adding a couple of drops of different remedies in an empty 30 ml glass bottle with dropper (you can find one here) and then topping it off with non-carbonated mineral water.

These homemade remedies will last about 2-3 weeks if you keep them in the refrigerator. If you want to carry your homemade remedies with you, then add a teaspoon of brandy or cider vinegar to the treatment bottle before topping it with water.

What Are Flower Remedies
Going to Do For You?

Think about how you feel right at this moment. Do you feel overwhelmed by everything you have to do? Then Elm might be the right remedy for you. What if you've suffered a setback of some sort? Then Gentian would be your remedy.

Your personality would also have an impact on what remedy is right for you. Do you prefer being alone? Then Water Violet would be a good choice. Do you tend to be strong-willed and inflexible? Then Vine is likely your remedy.

Learn which remedies work best for you by clicking here.

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