Frequently Asked Questions
What are Bach Flower Remedies?
Dr. Edward Bach was a renowned doctor in London in the early 1900s. After developing an interest in Homeopathy, he felt medicine wrongly focused on the disease alone instead of the patient as a whole. Believing that symptoms of an illness were a manifestation of underlying emotional issues creating imbalances in the body, he gave up his lucrative practice in 1930 to focus on a new system of healing through nature. That is how the original 38 Flower Remedies of Dr. Bach were born. You can read more about Dr. Edward Bach and the 38 Flower Remedies on the Bach Centre website.
How do I take Flower Remedies?
Bach flower remedies are in liquid form and can be taken as drops on the tongue, or mixed in with water or your favorite beverage. Personal flower remedy blends are taken as 4 drops, 4 times a day (before each meal and before bed works for many) for 3-4 weeks. We recommend starting a journal practice to document your emotions while taking your first custom flower remedy blend.
Do Flower Remedies have any side effects?
Flower remedies are non-toxic and safe to use. Because they are completely natural and non-toxic, they can be used by anyone. Kids, elderly, pregnant women, pets and even plants can safely benefit from them. The only thing that can happen is literally nothing! If the flower remedies chosen is not the one needed at the time, simply nothing will happen. The only side effect possible is if taking huge quantities at a time and be affected by the brandy or alcohol used to preserve them.
Why do I need a consultation? Can I take flower remedies on my own?
Yes, you can take flower remedies without working with a Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner! Dr. Bach hoped that every household would have access to flower remedies and intended for flower remedies to be simple and easy to use. Bach Flower Remedies can be purchased online and are often available in natural food stores. Rescue Remedy is a blend of 5 flower remedies and is the most commonly used flower remedy even though there are a total of 38. Each flower remedy is associated with a basic human emotion, some of which are negatively stigmatized. Dr. Bach found that following the initial use of flower remedies that underlying emotions would often emerge, a process he referred to "peeling the onion". Working with a Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner is by no means necessary in order to benefit from the flower remedies, but working with a practitioner can help explore your own emotions and also understand the differences between remedies that seem very similar (apprension vs terror for example).