The Bach Healing System

Dr Edward Bach (1886-1936) practiced as a Harley St doctor, bacteriologist, homeopath and researcher in London for 20 years. Disenchanted with this model, he left and for the next 6 years developed a system of healing that would acknowledge the whole person, not the isolated symptom.

From the observations of his patients he knew he needed to work with people’s personality and emotions as healing begins from within. Dr Bach's belief of the mind/body connection is now readily accepted.

These harmless gentle flowers, herbs and trees of the fields have the power to heal all mental and physical dis-ease. He created 38 flower remedies that covered all and every emotion and feeling, as well as the personality and temperament. He also created Rescue Remedy for accidents, shock, trauma. Nowadays it is also used alot for stress.


The 7 Bach Flower Groups

Fear Group
Aspen, Cherry Plum, Mimulus, Red Chestnut, Rock Rose

Uncertainty Group
Cerato, Gentian, Gorse, Hornbeam, Scleranthus, Wild Oat

Insufficient Interest in Present Circumstances
Chestnut Bud, Clematis, Honeysuckle, Mustard, Olive, White Chestnut, Wild Rose

Over Care for Welfare of Others
Beech, Chicory, Rock Water, Vervain, Vine

Over-sensitive to Influences & Ideas
Agrimony, Centaury, Holly, Walnut

Heather, Impatiens, Water Violet

Despondancy or Despair
Crab Apple, Elm, Larch, Oak, Pine, Star of Bethlehem, Sweet Chestnut, Willow


Bach Flower Remedies - Descriptions

Those who hide worries and torments behind a brave or cheerful face.
Can be users of drugs and alcohol. Be the life of the party. POSITIVE RESULT (P+) Inner peace and free from mental turmoil.

Intolerant and critical of others. Judgemental. Irritated by others ways, habits.
P+ Tolerance and compassion, see the good in others.

Doubt own judgement, need to consult others. Lost touch with your inner voice.
P+ Trusting in self, decisive and intuitive.

Chestnut Bud
Fail to learn from life's experiences, repeats the same mistakes. Unable to learn.
P+ Ability to watch, learn and remember.

Overwhelmed by inadequacy & responsibility. Difficulty coping.
P+ Confident, self-assured, can prioritise and gain proper perspective.

Feel hopeless, given up, despair. Nothing will help.
P+ Restores hope, gives light and strength, lifts the soul.

Envy, jealousy, hatred, suspicion, angry. Spitting, hitting, aggressive.
P+ Loving, happy, trusting.

Monday morning feeling, bored, procrastination, more a mental tiredness.
P+ Energy certainty, freshness & spontaneity.

Fear of known things. E.g.; Height, spiders, exams. Timid, shy type.
P+ Courage to face trials & difficulties. Calm and composed.

Dark cloud that descends, making you saddened and low for no known reason.
P+ Joy, peace, stability and optimism.

Fatigued, drained physically and emotionally. For Convalescing.
P+ Gives strength, energy and vitality.

Red Chestnut
Over-anxious and fearful for the wellbeing and safety of the ones you love and care for.
P+ Caring and loving without the anxiety. Radiate thoughts of health & courage.

Rock Rose
Terror, frozen in fear, feel helpless.
P+ calm, rational in the presence of chaos.

Indecisive, hestitant, changeable, erratic, scattered energy, confused mind.
P+ Poised, balanced, quick to take action, clear-headed.

Sweet Chestnut
Can hardly bear anymore, at limits of endurance, in anguish and despair. Very tearful.
P+ Faith in spite of unbearable anguish, liberation from despair, optimism & peace of mind.

Over-enthusiasm causing strain and tension. Forceful, dogmatic. Fixed ideas. Incensed by injustices. Busy mind - lists of things to do. Can be poor sleepers.
P+ Calm, able to relax. More "being" than "doing".

White Chestnut
Persistant unwanted thoughts, preoccupations and worries, mental arguments.
P+ mental peace and calmness, a still, empty mind.

Resentful, blame others, feel bitter about life. Feel victims of fate. Refuse to accept own responsibility.
P+ Can forgive & forget past injustices. Understand & recognise they are in control of own destiny.

Water Violet
Proud, reserved, enjoys being alone. Independent, self-contained.
P+ empathetic, wise. Warmer connections with others. .

Apprehension, anxiety for no known reason, fear of the future.
P+ Fearlessness, faith to be adventurous. Unafraid.

Have difficulty saying no, are imposed on, bullied by others. Anxious to please.
P+ Serve others but not to detriment of self. Can voice their own truth. Good at creating boundaries.

Cherry plum
Uncontrolled, irrational thoughts. Suicidal. Fear of insanity. Verge of breakdown.
P+ Calm mind, able to think and act rationally.

Overly possessive, manipulative, attention-seeking, needy, sulky, bossy, interfering. The excessive "mother hen".
P+ Loving, understanding, warm, kind, concerned for others.

Inattentive, dreamy, absentminded, mental escapism.
P+ Attentive, very interested in life, involved in the present.

Crab Apple
Poor self image, self conscious, self hate, self harm, feel unclean, skin problems, over focussed on detail, obsessive compulsive.
P+ Broadminded, able to control their thoughts, objective. Not focussed on body.

Easily discouraged, despondent, negative outlook. Cup half empty.
P+ Perseverance and optimism, no obstacle too great.

Talkative - obsessed with own troubles and experiences. The "buttonholer".
P+ Selfless, helping others, good listener.

Living in the past, nostalgic, homesick, repeated visions/flashbacks/dreams.
P+ Move forward, break bonds, live in the present.

Impatient, easily irritated, rushed, want things to happen NOW. Snappy. No time!
P+ Patience.

Lack of confidence, low self esteem, feel inferior. Fears failure.
P+ Confident, ability to take risks, try. Self belief.

Driven by strong sense of duty/responsibility, struggle on although exhausted. Stoic.
P+ Restored energy, helps to recognise the need to take time off to relax and look after self.

Guilt complex - blames self even for the mistakes of others. Never feel you've done well enough. Always apologising. Regrets.
P+ Realisation of self-worth. Do not dwell on past mistakes.

Rock Water
Inflexible, inner strictness and rigidity, self denying. Adhere to regime/belief.
P+ Flexible mind, allow themselves more flow in life.

Star of Bethlehem
After effects of trauma, shock, sorrow or grief. Numbness, sadness. Delayed pyschological shock. Accidents.
P+ Re-integration, calmness & clarity, neutralise effects of shock.

Stubborn, dominating, inflexible, tyrannical. Aggressive and expect obedience.
P+ Encourage and guide without controlling them, loving, wise leaders/parents.

Wild Rose
Apathy, resignation. "This is just the way it is". No effort to change situation.
P+ Involvement, vitality, lively interest in life.

Unable to adapt or transistion well through changes, sensitive. In need of protection from outside influences (people or environment).
P+ free from influences, unaffected by change. The link breaker.

Wild Oat
Uncertain as to correct path in life, what career to choose, at a cross roads, dissatisfied with current lifestyle/work.
P+ Decisive and definite ideas and ambitions.

Here are 3 quotes from Dr Bach that show his philosophy of healing.

“In treating cases with these remedies no notice is taken of the nature of the disease. The individual is treated, and as he becomes well the disease goes, having been cast off by the increase of health.”

"So long as our Souls and personalities are in harmony all is joy and peace, happiness and health. It is when our personalities are lead astray from the path laid down by the Soul, either by our own worldly desires or by the persuasion of others, that a conflict arises. This conflict is the root cause of disease and unhappiness."