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The Origin of Bach Flowers

Dr. Edward Bach was a Physician and Homeopath who spent his life searching for the purest methods of healing. Over the course of his career, he discovered 38 remedies of flower essences that could be combined to serve an individual's needs. The remedies are made from wild plants, trees and bushes. They work by treating the whole individual rather than the disease or its symptoms. The Bach Flower Remedies are a gentle way to manage the emotions, which are part of the healing process of the whole individual. 

How Do They Work?


Each of the 38 Bach® Original Flower Remedies is unique and helps to treat a different emotion. These remedies are used by respected medical and complementary health practitioners, often in combination with other prescribed natural therapies. It can be said that flower remedies work with the vibration of a physical substance. As our bodies and physical organs are all made of underlying vibrational energies, flower remedies work in a very subtle way to influence our bodies by merging with their own vibrations. All human emotional states link to a specific flower remedy and are everyday emotions that each of us feel from time to time. As there are no active-ingredients in either a homeopathic product or a flower essence, they are completely safe for children and pets. Flower essences do not create side effects or have adverse reactions.

How Are They Made?

The Bach Flower Remedies are made from wild flowers and plants. The original Bach Flower Remedies formulas are preserved in grape based brandy and are gluten free. The 'essence' and 'vibration of' a flower is captured in, or suspended in water. Since water can hold energy and thoughts, it is a perfect base for the flower essences.

Flower essences are a cousin of Homeopathy. Homeopathy and flower essences are both considered vibrational, or energy medicine. Therefore when you ingest either, you are taking in the vibration of the plant substance. In Homeopathy you are ingesting a dilution of a plant substance. This dilution is activated by a process called succussion. A homeopathic remedy is diluted so that none of the original substance is present. What remains is energy or vibration. In Bach Flower Remedies, the vibrational imprint of a flower is transferred to water. 

The 38 Original Bach Flower Remedies 

  • Agrimony

  • Aspen 

  • Beech

  • Centaury

  • Cerato

  • Cherry Plum

  • Chestnut Bud

  • Chicory

  • Clematis

  • Crab Apple

  • Elm

  • Gentian

  • Gorse

  • Gorse

  • Heather

  • Holly

  • Honeysuckle

  • Hornbeam

  • Impatiens

  • Larch

  • Mimulus

  • Mustard

  • Oak

  • Pine

  • Red Chestnut

  • Rock Rose

  • Rock Water

  • Scleranthus

  • Star of Bethlehem

  • Sweet Chestnut

  • Vervain

  • Vine

  • Walnut

  • Water Violet

  • White Chestnut

  • Wild Oat

  • Wild Rose

  • Willow

How Are Bach Flower Remedies Taken?

Many people think that Bach Flower Remedies, because they are so gentle, can be applied anytime or anywhere without a proper dosage recommended by a physician or health practitioner. However, calibrating an essence to an individual's specific needs is important and Edward Bach found in the past, that mixing them together into one formula did not work. Also, if too much of a quantity of a particular flower essence taken, or if an essence is taken too frequently, it may cause emotional changes to be too strong and uncomfortable. Some people only require a few drops of an essence per day. Those who are attempting to correct a body imbalance or who are dealing with chronic illness, a usual starting dose prescribed might be 4 drops, 4 X per day and ultimately weaned down over a period of time. While the flower essences do not create side effects or have adverse reactions, the correct dosage and strength of an essence is important, as a flower remedy's potency is increased by frequency, and not by simply taking more drops. 


Bach Flower Remedies can be administered many ways including:

  • drops under the tongue, several times per day

  • misting into the mouth or on and around the body

  • applied topically to the skin or pulse points

  • added to bath water, creams, lotions, oils or other body substances

*As part of one's consultation, Dr. Rodger, ND may design special blends for individuals based on muscle testing and symptom assessments.

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