The History of Bach® Original Flower Remedies*
Bach® Original Flower Remedies were developed by Dr. Edward Bach, a Harley Street doctor and well known Physician, Bacteriologist, Homeopath and Researcher in the U.K. 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 from them. He was inspired by his work with homeopathy 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 a new system of medicine that he was sure could be found in nature.
Dr. Bach believed that attitude of mind plays a vital role in maintaining health and recovering from illness and wanted to find something that treated the cause rather than the symptom. After identifying 38 basic negative states of mind and spending several years exploring the countryside, he managed to create a plant or flower based remedy for each one.
In 1934, he decided to settle down and create a center for his work, and chose Mount Vernon, a small cottage in Sotwell, Oxfordshire, England.
He spent the last years of his life at Mount Vernon, now also known as the Bach Centre, and it was here that he completed his research.
"Our work is to steadfastly adhere to the simplicity and purity of this method of healing" - Dr. Edward Bach
Over seventy years after his death, the guiding principle of 'simplicity and purity in the method' remains paramount for all those who work preparing and distributing the remedies. Known around the world, they are still made to his exact specifications at his home, Mount Vernon, in Oxfordshire, England.
The continuation of Dr. Bach's work in this way has been enabled by the friends and colleagues he trained and to whom he entrusted full responsibility to adhere to his exact methods of preparation. As principal of the Bach Centre, it is Judy Ramsell Howard's role to ensure that the preparation of the flower essences never strays from Dr. Bach's original methods. She says, "Many of the plants we use come from sites originally identified by Dr. Bach himself and we still make the remedies just as they were made in Dr. Bach's day. The method has been passed down lovingly through the generations. He taught his assistants who taught my aunt and father, who have in turn taught me, and we continue to make the remedies using all the love, care and attention to detail that has always gone into their preparation here at Mount Vernon."
Wanting to make his flower essences more available to the general public, Dr. Bach enlisted the help of Nelsons Homeopathic Pharmacy in London back in the 1930s. Under his instruction, they began to make and sell stock remedies from the mother tinctures he supplied. In 1990, this relationship was formalized, and since then Nelsons (the Pharmacy's parent company) has been responsible for all the bottling and distribution of the remedies.
Today, Nelsons produces millions of stock bottles each year from its warehouse facility in Wimbledon, London, and the Bach® Original Flower Remedies are sold in over 70 countries around the world.
The Bach® Original Flower Remedies are used by individuals and respected medical and complementary health practitioners alike. To make sure that you have a genuine Bach® Original Flower Remedy, just look for the Bach signature on the bottle. This guarantees a Bach® Original Flower Remedy just like Dr. Bach himself used to make.
* The claims for these products are based on traditional homeopathic practice. They have not been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration.