Dr Edward Bach was a physician and homeopath who spent much of his life (between 1918-1935) discovering his simple system of 38 flower essences. He was convinced that emotional well being was the key to general good health and his system captured the positive mood of the flowers allowing us to rediscover the positive side of ourselves.
In 1930 Dr Bach gave up his Harley Street practice to dedicate himself full-time to developing his system of flower essences. He discovered the sun method of preparation – a fresh and simple approach to harness the flower energies – and later on the boiling method, used for some of the woodier plants.
By 1935 he had 38 essences in total, and announced that the system was complete. A year later, in 1936, he died, having founded The Bach Centre to continue his work. In the early 1930's, Dr Bach would take the train back to London to deliver concentrated essences to selected homeopathic pharmacies one of these being Nelsons.
Following Dr Bach's death, the Bach Centre, under the leadership of his former assistant Nora Weeks, continued to call on Nelsons for help as and when it was needed. In 1961, Nora asked Nelsons to formulate a base cream for RESCUE® Cream. In the late 1970s the Bach Centre took out the first trademarks, so that the original brand of 38 essences had its own unique identification: Dr Bach's signature on the bottle. But by the end of the 1980s, so many people wanted the signature brand that the Centre could no longer cope with the demand.
In 1991, the Centre again approached Nelsons for help. Under the Bach Centre's guidance Nelsons set up a dedicated bottling plant and began bottling and distributing stock essences for the Centre. Two years later, in 1993, the arrangement was made permanent.
Since that date, Nelsons has been responsible for the original signature brand of the 38 essences, Bach™ Original Flower Remedies and for making sure that essence preparation and bottling is all carried out exactly as when Dr Edward Bach himself was making essences.
We continue to source plants in many of the original essence-making sites identified by Dr Bach, not least the Bach Centre itself, whose gardens are home to many of the flowers. Every stage of the process is carried out with the greatest love and respect. From the flowers to the bowls in the sun to the bottles on the shelf, everything that goes into a Bach™ Original Flower Remedy is exactly as nature intended.