How are Bach® Original Flower Remedies* taken?

Please see the How to Take the Remedies page where you'll find instructions and tips for taking remedies.

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Why is there alcohol in Bach® Original Flower Remedies?

Dr. Bach used alcohol in his preparations, usually brandy, for its preservative properties. It is there to guard against microbial contamination which could otherwise grow in the water-based remedies. 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 remedy.”

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How quickly will the remedies 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. Each case is unique.

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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.

Genuine Bach Signature

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Can the remedies only be added to water?

You can add the remedies to liquids including tea, coffee, fizzy drinks, etc. They differ from other homeopathic remedies in this respect. Hot drinks will cause the alcohol to evaporate but the flower essence will remain in the drink.

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Are there any side effects from using the remedies?

While the Bach® Original Flower Remedies are considered free from side effects, if you notice anything different when using the remedies or you experience any additional symptoms please stop taking the remedies and speak to your doctor or a Bach Registered Flower Practitioner (BRFP). To find a BFRP, see our Find a Practitioner page.

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Do the remedies work faster if I don't dilute them?

There is no difference in potency or speed of effect between taking the 4 drops from a treatment bottle and taking a remedy that has been diluted in water or alcohol. The brandy in the stock bottle will, however, taste stronger and this psychologically may give the impression that the essences are stronger. This isn't the case.

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Can I take Bach® Original Flower Remedies with other medicine?

As always, if you are taking prescribed medication it is advisable that you speak with your doctor before using the Bach® Original Flower Remedies (or other forms of self-purchased treatments) and follow the advice given.

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How many remedies can I use at once?

No more than 7 should be used. You may feel as if you need more than this, but you should try to pinpoint 6 or 7 at the most. Try to pinpoint how you are feeling at the moment, then match the exact mood you're in with the appropriate remedy. Any previously felt emotions can be treated once you have dealt with the present ones.

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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 remedies gradually.

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Can I take the remedies if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

You should always consult your doctor and/or midwife before taking the remedies.

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Can I give remedies to my dog or cat?

Please see our cat and dog page devoted to pets, showing how to choose and give the remedy.

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Why not mix all the remedies 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: selection of a few remedies according to the personality and emotional state.

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Can I take too much?

The recommended dosage given (2 drops of a remedy or 4 drops for RESCUE REMEDY®), should be followed at all times — no better effect will be obtained from increasing the recommended dosage. Always read the label.

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Do I need to add alcohol to a treatment bottle?

The standard way of mixing the remedies into a treatment bottle is to put 2 drops of each selected remedy into an empty 30 mL dropper bottle, and then top this up with still mineral water. If you keep this cool — preferably in the fridge — and if you are careful not to let the dropper touch your tongue, then the water will stay fresh for two to three weeks. You only need to add alcohol if the bottle will not be kept cool — if, say, you intend to carry it about in your pocket for the day. This prevents the water in the liquid from going bad. A teaspoon of brandy — about 5 mL per 30 mL of water — is enough for this purpose. Alternatively you can use cider vinegar or vegetable glycerine.

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Are there any combinations of remedies that I should never use?

No. Even the remedies 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.

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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® Original Flower Remedies as they are supplied in 27% grape alcohol.

There are alcohol-free forms of RESCUE REMEDY®. For instance, the Kids version is preserved with vegetable glycerin. It is sweet tasting but contains the same five flowers as traditional RESCUE REMEDY® products.

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What do the group names mean?

Dr. Bach originally chose seven groups under which to categorize the 38 Bach® Original Flower Remedies. 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 were given more modern titles to help those new to the remedies understand them a little better. The groups themselves have not changed.


 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 Over-sensitivity to influences and ideas

 Find joy and hope Despondency and despair

 Live and let live Over-care for the welfare of others

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Does Nelsons have a satisfaction guarantee?

Yes. If you are not satisfied with Nelsons products for whatever reason, simply take the product back to the store with your receipt for a full refund. If you cannot do this, please feel free to contact Nelsons' customer service in the US. Please see our Contact Us page.

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* The claims for these products are based on traditional homeopathic practice. They have not been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration