What are flower remedies?
Flower remedies, also called flower essences, are herbal infusions, made from the flowering part of wild plants, bushes or trees, which address emotional and mental aspects of wellness. This method of treatment was discovered in the 1930′s by Dr. Edward Bach, a renowned British physician and bacteriologist. Not to be confused with aromatherapy or essential oils, flower remedies are scentless and are taken internally in the form of liquid drops under the tongue.
How do flower remedies work?
Similar to acupuncture and homeopathy, flower remedies work on the subtle level of the bioenergetic field in our bodies and assist in positively changing mental and emotional patterns.
Are Flower Remedies the same as homeopathics?
No, true Bach Flower remedies are classified and labeled as herbal supplements, not homeopathic drugs. Due to their specific and very unique method of preparation, Flower Remedies are a completely different healing modality than are homeopathics. Some brands of “Bach” remedies are prepared and labeled as homeopathic drugs (indicated by “HPUS” and using “x potencies”). I, as well as many other practitioners I’ve been in contact with, consider these to be inferior in strength and action.
How are they made?
The flower essences we use are from Healingherbs in England. The flowers they use are from the English and Welsh countryside, gathered at the peak of bloom where they grow wild, without interference from pollution or environmental disturbance. Made on site in their natural growing habitat, the best and brightest flowers are picked and floated in a crystal bowl filled with water from a clear stream nearby. When the flowers have stood in full sunlight for several hours, the water is imprinted with the power of the plant. This is the flower essence. This liquid is then bottled and preserved in organic brandy.
What is the source of your flower remedies?
All of the flower remedies I use are made by Healingherbs in England. I have found them to be more effective than the leading brand found in most health food stores. They follow Dr. Bach’s method of preparation to the letter, unlike some brands that uses homeopathic methods of preparation. They are organic, biodynamic, and wild-harvested in the English countryside, then preserved in organic brandy.
Did Dr. Bach give his remedies a brand name?
The name “Bach Flower Remedies” is a generic term used by writers and therapists across the world to refer to the particular plant discoveries of Dr. Bach. Dr. Bach himself did not give his work a brand name.
However, Bach’s name was trademarked in 1979 by the company, Bach Flower Remedies, Ltd. to designate their particular brand of the flower remedies. (BFR, Ltd., is now owned by Nelson & Co. Limited.)
A 2008 decision by the European Trade Marks Registry in the matter of registered trade marks owned by Nelsons (Bach Flower Remedies Ltd) ruled that “Bach” refers to Dr. Bach and “Bach Flower Remedies” refers to the flower remedies which Dr. Bach discovered and not exclusively to the branded products of one manufacturer.
How should I pick a formula that is right for me? I only have some of the symptoms listed.
Pick the one that most relates to your feelings and emotional state overall, at the moment. If some of the symptoms listed do not pertain to you, the formula will still be effective in treating the symptoms you do have. An inappropriate remedy will not hurt or cause adverse reaction.
How long does the remedy take to work?
The remedies can work immediately in certain situations (First Aid Kit, Moon River and Wholehearted are fast-acting), but for long-term issues it will take three weeks to one month to see changes. The effects of flower remedies are cumulative. Remedies must be taken as directed to feel the benefits.
How do I take them and how often?
The standard dose is four drops, four times a day, under the tongue. Regular use of the flower remedies builds the strength of their action. Therefore, potency is increased not by taking more drops at one time, but by using them on a frequent, consistent basis. The remedies should be taken four times daily, although this may need to be increased in acute situations to once every hour, or even more often. (First Aid Kit may be used every ten minutes).
Can I take more than one formula at a time?
I don’t recommend taking more than one formula at a time, as it lessens their effectiveness, but it is fine to change formulas and then go back to your regular one, i.e. if you are taking Wallflower but you have a lot of work coming up and need some motivation, stop taking the Wallflower and take My Personal Assistant. Once your workload has lessened, you can then go back to taking your Wallflower. The benefits obtained from your normal formula will not be lost if you switch temporarily. (First Aid Kit is the exception to this rule and may be taken alongside your normal formula when needed).
What can I expect when I take flower remedies?
Many people report an initial increase in awareness of their previous pattern of imbalance, followed by a lessening of stress, more confidence, harmony in relationships, inner peace and happiness. Things improve over time and eventually the remedies are no longer needed. There is no backsliding or loss of benefits once progress has been made. In the first three days or so of treatment, it is common to need more sleep or to release old emotions. This is subtle and not experienced by everyone. It’s a part of the healing process and will pass after a few days.
Are flower remedies addictive? Do they have side effects?
Flower remedies are safe, non-addictive and have no side effects. Their gentleness makes them suitable for children and pets. (Drops can be added to a baby’s bottle or put in a pet’s water dish).
I accidentally took more than four drops. Can I overdose on flower remedies?
No, you can’t overdose. Taking more than four drops will cause no harm and still only counts as one dose.
Can children or people sensitive to alcohol use the formulas from the Regular line?
Yes. You may dilute the alcohol by adding four drops from the dropper bottle into a glass of spring water. Each sip counts as a dose. Or, 32 drops can be added to a daily water bottle and sipped throughout the day. Adults can also use the Children’s Formulas.
What about allergies to pollens/trees?
Flower remedies are safe for allergy sufferers. Because they are so dilute, they are considered vibrational medicine, containing only trace amounts of the original plant material.
Will flower remedies interfere with my medication, or will my medication interfere with the effects of the remedies?
Flower remedies do not interfere with medications and are compatible with other healing modalities. Medication will not interfere with their action. Flower remedies are not meant to replace medications, so please consult your physician if you have any questions regarding this matter.
How should I care for my bottles?
Please be sure when taking your drops to avoid touching the glass dropper to your mouth as it should be kept clean. If this should occur, just rinse it off with clean, hot water.
Bottles not being used should be stored upright, away from direct sunlight, heat sources, cell phones and computers. The bottle you are using regularly will be fine if not stored upright.
Disclaimer: Alexis Smart does not offer medical or psychological advice. This information is offered for educational purposes only.
**These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat or prevent any disease.**