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Edward Bach (1886-1936) was a doctor, graduated in the UK, worked for a long time in England; his studies are born from the principles of homeopathy, starting from the assumption that to cure a disease it is necessary to treat man. Bach spent many years of his life searching for a natural healing method that was intended to treat patients from the worries of everyday life; according to Bach diseases are alarm signals of our body, which invites us to reflect on our lifestyle, and to follow the path of human and spiritual growth, to be able to heal even from the diseases themselves: when you can have a good balance on the emotional level, a fulfilling life, free from neuroses and negative mental states, the body itself is able to heal itself without external help. This type of medicine starts therefore from considerations on the life of the patients, on how they live the state of illness, and not on the symptoms they warn or on the organ affected by the disease.
This is a completely different vision from that of traditional medicine, which over the years has yielded many positive results, with the most diverse diseases, but has never been scientifically proven.
Taking care of Bach flowers means first of all considering the negative feelings we feel, the things that cause us stress; with the help of a naturopath or an expert in this field it is possible to identify the remedy, or remedies, to be taken for the necessary period of time; being natural products that act on the deepest feelings of man and on daily behaviors, the treatments with these flowers are generally quite long, sometimes it is necessary to take the remedies based on bach flowers for months before being able to solve the problems that underlie the most frequent diseases. It may happen that the bach flowers give immediate effects, with sudden mood swings or very intense emotional states: generally this symptom indicates that the one who has advised us has chosen in the correct way the most suitable Bach flowers for our temperament.
When we go to an expert, let us therefore expect to meet someone who will hardly question us about the symptoms that afflict us, or about the illnesses we have had in the past; more likely he will ask us how we feel, how we live with others, how we are today and in general what kind of person we think we are.
During his years of studies, dr. Bach came to the conclusion that one can change the behavior and mood of people by using what he himself called the memory of flowers, their energy, transmitted to water; this memory is extracted from the flowers through the sun method and the boiling method. In both methods the flowers should be picked during their greatest flowering period, on a beautiful sunny day, and without absolutely touching them by hand. The method of the sun consists in placing the flowers in a glass container, filled with pure spring water, and placing this container in the sun for 5-6 hours; with the boiling method the flowers are placed in a porcelain metal pot, covered with pure spring water and left to boil for about half an hour. At the end of these operations, the liquid obtained is filtered and lengthened with an equal amount of cognac or brandy. We thus obtain the mother tincture of the Bach flower, to be used in the measure of two drops in 30 ml of spring water; this compound is generally taken four times a day, four drops each time. The dott. Bach was a strong supporter of the idea that every person was able to heal himself, so the dosage of Bach flower remedies can be changed by each patient, who can take the remedy whenever he feels the need.Bach initially used only 12 main remedies, called the 12 healers; later he added another 26, seven of which were called the 7 aid, and the remaining nineteen called the 19 assistants.On the market there are some mixes of Bach flowers, suitable for use by people who try some particular moods; the dott. Bach had prepared a single mixture, called Rescue Remedy, useful in cases of particular stress, panic crisis, very intense or altered emotional states, while he advised against the use of pre-packaged mixtures of another type, always advising the preparation of personalized mixtures.In fact all the remedies prepared with Bach flowers can be mixed to find the right remedy for each patient; on average, 6-7 different remedies are used for each patient.The plants used by Bach are the most common wild plants that can be found in meadows or along roads in Europe.The 12 Healers
The 12 Healers
Agrimony: Agrimonia eupatoria.
Cenatury: Erythraea centaureum.
Chicory: Cichorium intibus.
Rock Rose: Helianthemum.
Gentiam: Gentiana acaulis.
Mimulus: Mimulus guttatus.
Impatiens: Impatiens balsamina.
Cerato: Ceratostigma plumbaginoides.
Scleranthus: Scleranthus annuus.
Water violet: Hottonia palustris.
Clematis: Clematis vitalba.
The 7 aids
The 7 aids
Rock water: spring water.
Wild oat: Bromus.
Heather: Calluna vulgaris.
Gorse: Medicago arborea.
Vine: Vitis vinifera.
Bach Flowers: The 19 Assistants
The 19 Assistants
Holly: Ilex aquifolium.
Honeysuckle: Lonicera caprifolium.
Hornbeam: Carpinus betulus.
White chestnut: Aesculus hippocastanum.
Sweet chestnut: Castanea sativa.
Red Chestnut: Aesculus pavia.
Beech: Fagus sylvatica.
Chestnut bud: bud of aesculus hippocastanum.
Crab apple: Malus sylvestris.
Cherry plum: Prunus cerasifera.
Pine: Pinus sylvestris.
Aspen: Populus tremouloides.
Wild rose: dog rose.
Willow: Salix alba.
Mustard: Sinapis arvensis.
Star of Bethlehem: Ornhitogalum umbellatum.