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.

From the booklet by Nelsons entitled, “The Medicine of the Future”:

Dr. Edward Bach studied medicine at Birmingham University and completed his training at University College Hospital in London where he qualified as a physician in 1912, gaining the conjoint diploma of MRCS, LRCP the same year. During the following year he gained the degrees of MB, BS, and in 1914 the Diploma of Public Health at Cambridge.

During 1913, Dr. Bach held medical and surgical positions at various London hospitals. He became interested in immunology and worked as Assistant Bacteriologist at London's University College Hospital, where he discovered that certain intestinal bacteria were closely connected with chronic disease and its cure. He developed a group of seven vaccines from these bacteria with which he achieved outstanding results. His methods were published in medical journals, recorded by the Royal Society of Medicine and adopted generally by the medical profession. 

Dr. Bach had always been interested in the needs of his patients as individual people and believed that there must be a safer and more natural way of treating the cause of disease. He continued his research at laboratories in Harley Street until 1919, when he took the post of pathologist and bacteriologist at another London hospital...

His observation of patients led Dr. Bach to the conclusion that certain types of people reacted in the same way to different illnesses and treatments. He developed this insight into a theory of types, dividing people into seven groups. From then on he sought to prescribe according to his patients' reactions to their illnesses rather than on the basis of the illnesses themselves. He found that these diagnoses were more effective than those based on clinical examination.

Although the treatment itself was still for the physical complaint, he knew that his work would not be complete until he found a treatment for those negative moods and emotions that were responsible for the breakdown in health in the first place.

So in 1930, Dr. Bach 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 (BachCentre.com), 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 around the world.

The 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, look for the Bach signature on the bottle. This guarantees an original 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.