Background to Dr Bach's system of flower remedies
Dr Edward Bach M.B., B.S., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., D.P.H., developed the original Bach flower remedies in the 1930’s. His philosophy, one of simplicity was reflected throughout his life and a keynote of his completed work, ‘The thirty eight Bach flower remedies’.
“Let not the simplicity of this method deter you from its use” - Dr E. Bach
The remedies are a simple system that focus on balancing emotional outlook and restoring equilibrium so enabling us to fulfil our true potential. He felt that worry, fear or depression, if left untreated lead to the development of physical illness and impaired recovery.
“We can judge our health by our happiness” - Dr E. Bach
Dr Edward Bach qualified at University College Hospital London in 1912. His early medical career was both successful and conventional. His journey took him from surgery, to bacteriology, immunology, homeopathy and finally the flower remedies. In 1928 saw the birth of this new work with the discovery of the first three flower remedies. From then on, any spare time he had was spent searching for and testing new remedies.
Dr Bach was a highly respected consultant physician with a Harley Street practice and treated the poor for no payment at his premises in Nottingham Place W1. He had always been interested in patients as people and became increasingly dissatisfied with the limitations of orthodox medicine and its focus on curing just symptoms. In 1930 he closed his medical practice and laboratory leaving London to devote his time to continuing his research. For the next six years he developed the system, treating patient’s successfully using only the flower remedies. The results justified his conviction that true healing agents are found in beneficent plants of nature. Dr Bach completed his work in 1936.
“For those who are sick, peace of mind and harmony with the
Soul is the greatest aid to recovery” - Dr E. Bach
- Focus on the individual - looking at the underlying causes of the disease and not just the symptoms
- Are based on single wild flowers and tree blossoms, with the exception of Rock Water (natural spring water)
- Are suitable for all the family
- Are not habit forming and highly unlikely to cuase any unwanted side effects, as they work on an emotional level - rather than physical
The seven groups
Dr Bach divided the 38 remedies into seven groups representing fundamental conflicts which can impair us from being true to ourselves. Working closely with the Bach Centre, we've given a modern take to wording for Dr Bach's original groups. This makes them more relevant to today's contemporary language, whilst still being faithful to Dr Bach's chosen groupings:
Face your fears
- Live the day
- Reach out to others
- Know your mind
- Find hope and joy
- Live and let live
- Stand your ground
More information on the seven groups can be found in the Bach International Education Programme.
Here are a couple of exercises that we recommend you complete in order to give yourself a broader understanding of Dr Bach’s philosophy:
To give you further insight into the life’s work of Dr. Edward Bach’s, we recommend that you watch and enjoy this short documentary, ‘The Journey to Simple Healing’:
To help you make the most of this, we would like you to make some observations. We recommend that you print off the Documentary exercise sheet and read through the questions below before pressing the start button.
Now you have read a little of Dr Bach’s philosophy, it’s time for you to take time out to see if you can observe the behaviours that led Dr Bach to develop his system of remedies.
Next time you are in a busy place such as a café, bar, airport or station, try observing those around you. You may notice those who are impatient wanting attention straight away, others hesitant and indecisive, some appear aloof and detached, others talk incessantly rarely pausing for breath, some are timid and anxious, others appear dreamy and in a world of their own. These are just some personality traits you may become aware of. See what else you notice.
To help you do this exercise please print the Observation exercise sheet and take it with you.
Move on to the next section
Now you have some understanding of both Rescue Remedy and Dr Bach’s philosophy, let’s move on to the next section, where we will introduce a number of other remedies and discuss how they can help when under pressure.