How do I take the essences ?
The essences are simple to take.

Single essence use: Add 2 drops in water and Sip at intervals or add to a 30ml mixing bottle containing natural spring water; take 4 drops a minimum of 4 times a day.

Multiple essence use: Add 2 drops of each essence (maximum of 7 essences) to a mixing bottle containing still spring water; take 4 drops a minimum of 4 times a day.

You can add a teaspoon of brandy or cider vinegar to the mixing bottle to act as a preservative if you wish.

30ml Mixing bottle can be bought ready-to-use from your Bach™ Original Flower Remedies stockist

You can take the essences undiluted direct from the stock bottle. Just take two drops on your tongue and repeat as necessary.

You can use the remedies essences. Simply rub 2 drops on the lips, temples or pulse points.

When using RESCUE Remedy® use 4 drops onto your tongue or into your glass of water and sip at intervals. Alternatively add to a 30ml mixing bottle containing still spring water and take 4 drops a minimum of 4 times a day.

Why is there alcohol in Bach Original Flower Remedies?
Alcohol is used in the essences for its preservative properties - Dr Bach used alcohol in his preparations, usually brandy. It is there to guard against microbial contamination which could otherwise grow in the water-based essences. The alcohol is not an active ingredient. In the early days when chemists were supplied with mother tinctures to prepare the stock remedies, they used either rectified spirit or pure alcohol. Nora Weeks explained: 'In preparing the stock bottles, including the RESCUE Remedy®, at Mount Vernon, we use brandy instead of rectified spirit added by the chemists. The brandy, like the rectified spirit, is used only as a preservative and makes no difference whatever to the strength or efficiency of the essences.'

How quickly will the essences start to make a difference?
For some people it can be immediately, for others it might take a little longer depending on the issues being treated. As the system treats the individual each case is unique.

How can I be sure I'm buying genuine Bach Original Flower Remedies, originating from the Bach Centre?
Only Bach™ Original Flower Remedies have the Bach signature on the label.

Can the essences only be added to water?
You can add the remedies to tea, coffee, fizzy drinks etc. They differ to homeopathic essences in this respect. Hot drinks will cause the alcohol to evaporate but the flower essence will remain in the drink.

Are there any side effects from using the essences?
Whilst the Bach Flower essences are not expected to cause side effects, however as with all medicines side effects can occur. If symptoms worsen of if there are any adverse or unwanted effects occurs consult a doctor or qualified healthcare practitioner.

Do the essences work faster if I don't dilute them?
No, they won’t work faster if you don’t dilute them as there is no difference in potency or speed of effect between taking the four drops from a treatment bottle and taking neat stock essences. The brandy in the stock bottle will, however, taste stronger and this psychologically may give the impression that the essences are stronger but this isn't the case.

Can I take Bach Original Flower Remedies with other medicine?
If you are taking prescribed medication or any medicines bought yourself speak to your doctor before taking the Bach™ Original Flower Remedies.

How many essences can I use at once?
No more than seven should be used. You may feel as if you need more than this, but you should try to choose six or seven at the most. Try to pinpoint how you are feeling at the moment, and then match the exact mood you're in with the appropriate essences. Any past emotions can be treated once you have dealt with the present ones.

When should I stop taking the remedies?
When the problem that is being treated has gone. There is no need to continue taking them in case it comes back, nor do you have to wean yourself off the essences gradually.

Can I take the essences if I am pregnant?
You should always consult your doctor or qualified healthcare practitioner if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Why not mix all the essences together and have a single mix for every problem?
This was an idea suggested in Dr Bach's day, and he did in fact try it but found that it simply didn't work. The simplest and most direct method was the one he recommended - in other words, selection of a few essences according to the personality and emotional state.

Can I take too much?
The recommended dosage given (e.g. 4 drops for the RESCUE Remedy® and 2 drops for the Stock essences), should be followed - no better effect will be obtained from increasing the recommended usage.

Do I need to add alcohol to a treatment bottle?
The standard way of mixing the essences into a treatment bottle is to put two drops of each selected essences into an empty 30ml dropper bottle, and then top this up with still spring water. If you keep this cool - and if you are careful not to let the dropper touch your tongue, a treatment bottle can be used for the two to three weeks.
Are there any combinations of essences that I should never use?
No. Even the essences that might appear to be direct opposites (Vervain and Wild Rose, for example, or Vine and Centaury) may occasionally be needed at once by the same person. It all depends on the personality and current emotional states of the person being treated.

What if I have experienced alcohol-dependency problems in the past or am intolerant of alcohol?
If you have experienced alcohol-dependency problems in the past or are intolerant of alcohol it would not be advisable for you to use the Bach Flower essences as they are supplied in 27% grape alcohol.

What do the (new) group names mean?
Dr Bach originally chose seven groups under which to categorise the 38 Bach Original Flower essences. Those who are familiar with any of Dr Bach's work may wonder why these group names have changed. Working very closely with the Bach Centre, Mount Vernon, the groups have been given a more modern title to help those new to the remedies understand them a little better. The groups themselves have not changed. The grouping titles used today are as follows:

Face your fears Fear
Know your own mind Uncertainty
Live the day Insufficient Interest in Present Circumstances
Reach out to others Loneliness
Stand your ground Oversensitivity to influences and ideas
Find joy and hope Despondency and Despair
Live and let live Overcare for the welfare of others