Bach Flower Therapy

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The Bach Flower Remedies were developed by Dr Edward Bach (1886-1936), a well known Physician, Bacteriologist, Homeopath and Researcher. [1] The mother essences contain the energy pastern of the flower in a 50:50 solution of water and brandy[citation needed]. This mother essence is further diluted into stock bottles (2 drops into 15ml dropper bottle, though this varies with the set of flower essences) and from that stock bottle it is diluted again into dosage bottles one ounce or 30ml (depending on the set from 5 drops to 7 drops of stock) Because the remedies are extremely dilute they do not have a characteristic scent or taste of the plant. Practitioners state that the essences contain the "energetic signature" of the flower, and that this resonates only with the user that is in need of that essence.

Since the first set of Bach essences many other flower essence sets have been developed around the world. Ian White for instance has developed Australian Bush Flower Essences and not only does he have an emotional repertory but has a physical one as well. But there are at least 400 plus different sets out there and many ones still being developed [citation needed].


History of Dr Edward Bach

Dr Edward Bach studied medicine at the University College Hospital, London, and was a House Surgeon there. He worked in general practice, having a set of consulting rooms in Harley Street, and as a bacteriologist and later a pathologist he worked on vaccines and a set of homoeopathic nosodes still known as the seven Bach nosodes.

Despite the success of his work with orthodox medicine he felt dissatisfied with the way doctors were expected to concentrate on diseases and ignore the people who were suffering them. He was inspired by his work with homoeopathy but wanted to find remedies that would be purer and less reliant on the products of disease. So in 1930 he gave up his lucrative Harley Street practice and left London, determined to devote the rest of his life to the new system of medicine that he was sure could be found in nature.

Just as he had abandoned his old home, office and work, so now he abandoned the scientific methods he had used up until now. Instead he chose to rely on his natural gifts as a healer, and use his intuition to guide him. One by one he found the remedies he wanted, each aimed at a particular mental state or emotion. His life followed a seasonal pattern: the spring and summer spent looking for and preparing the remedies, the winter spent giving help and advice to all who came looking for them. He found that when he treated the personalities and feelings of his patients their unhappiness and physical distress would be alleviated as the natural healing potential in their bodies was unblocked and allowed to work once more.

In 1934 Dr Bach moved to Mount Vernon in Oxfordshire. It was in the lanes and fields round about that he found the remaining 19 remedies that he needed to complete the series. He would suffer the emotional state that he needed to cure and then try various plants and flowers until he found the one single plant that could help him. In this way, through great personal suffering and sacrifice, he completed his life's work.

Dr Bach passed away peacefully on the evening of November 27th, 1936. He was only 50 years old, but he had left behind him several lifetime's experience and effort, and a system of medicine that is now used all over the world. [2]


  1. Who was Dr Edward Bach
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See also

Biofield Flower Therapy

External Websites

  • Dr Edward Bach Center
  • BachTherapy.Org
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