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What should I take to help my asthma? Bach Flower Remedies don't treat physical complaints directly. However, asthma is often triggered by stress, and as the remedies treat negative emotional states they may well be useful. But the way to select them is always to think about the sort of person you are and about your current emotional state, and forget the physical symptoms. Where can I find an accredited Bach practitioner? Easy! How does one use a remedy? Drink it? Sniff it? Apply it to the skin? The remedies come as a liquid, preserved in brandy. To take them, you dilute two drops of each remedy that you need into a 30ml dropper bottle, top up with mineral water, and take four drops four times a day. Alternatively you can put the two drops into a glass of water, and sip from that at intervals. I have heard that the remedies work faster if you don't dilute them. Is this true? There is no difference in potency or speed of effect between taking the four drops from a treatment bottle and taking neat stock remedy. 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.
but if you have any worries on this score we would always advise that you talk to your doctor or midwife. As for the alcohol. and when the remedies have dealt with these you can then move on to the issues that were in the background. Crab Apple. Treat the main feelings you have now. then those are the ones you can leave out at this stage. How soon does Rescue Remedy take effect? How soon do the other remedies make a difference? Rescue Remedy usually works quite quickly.although again ask your doctor if you are in doubt.But I want to know what is the right thing to do if someone needs more than five remedies? Is it right to put the extra remedies in another bottle and take them alternatively? What do you suggest? In fact it's quite usual to give six or seven remedies together at the same time. The other remedies can also work quickly. On very rare occasions this can take the form of a rash. because it is taken for emergency situations rather than deep-rooted problems. The answer to this is not to make up two treatment bottles with say. and this is the maximum we suggest people work with. I know that is correct to put maximum five remedies in the same bottle. or unexpected feelings may be stirred up. but if you are dealing with something that has been around a long time then it can take weeks or even months to see a real difference. Where such things do occur they can be disregarded and there is no reason to stop taking the remedies.Is it safe to take the remedies if you are pregnant? I am not at the moment but am hoping to be in the months ahead. six remedies in each. Are there other ready-mixed remedies apart from Rescue Remedy? . So if your twelve remedies include five that are really for things you felt yesterday or last week or ten years ago. and how are they caused? The Bach Flower Remedies work by flooding out negative feelings and emotions. the small amount that you take when you take a remedy should not be a problem . What is the likelihood of reactions and rashes. It's quite common for people to feel they need many more than this number . it is safe.12. 20 remedies or more. but remember he was seeing thousands of people over a period of many years. Yes. Dr Bach is known to have given nine remedies together on two occasions. and I know the remedies have brandy in them. 15. The way to do this is to think about how you feel now and treat that. eg to Star of Bethlehem. Sometimes the emotions that are dealt with have been repressed for some time and in order to clear them they have to be cleansed from the system. but instead to get the number of remedies down to six or seven.
So if you have just received bad news you might take Rescue because it's more likely to be in your pocket. or get wrapped up in causes and fighting for principles. All of these things can leave them unable to switch off and relax.would that be a wise choice? Vervain is for people who are over-enthusiastic about what they do. I'm using Rescue Cream for a finger with ezcema.but Rescue alone would be sufficient for the initial crisis. make up a mixture for everyone preparing for an examination or for everyone who felt depressed. is if you were suffering from regular panic attacks (Rescue Remedy) and could these back to a trauma in the past (Star of Bethlehem). perhaps mixed in a treatment bottle.The only ready-mixed remedy is the Rescue Remedy.it wouldn't do any harm . I am thinking about taking Vervain for muscle tension . rather than as a mix of five remedies. An occasion where you might take both. which was prepared by Dr Bach to cover all the usual reactions people would have to crises and emergencies. then Aspen or Mimulus are the remedies to choose. Then if it appeared that the shock was the outstanding emotion you might switch to Star of Bethlehem alone. . for example. There would then be clear indications for both remedies. Generally speaking you should think of Rescue Remedy as a single remedy with its own indications. You could take both right away .something ready to hand when things have gone wrong. But it was intended as an emotional first-aid kit and not as a quick replacement for the 38 individual remedies. I thought Star of Bethlehem was one of the things in Rescue Remedy. so after the immediate crisis is over the correct thing to do is to look at the individual response rather than go on giving Rescue Remedy indefinitely. If the Rescue Cream is making it worse stop using the cream and instead add Rescue Remedy and Crab Apple to water and use that to clean the area a couple of times a day. or have a burning desire for justice. because no two people will ever react in exactly the same way and the most effective help is always to select remedies for the individual rather than generalising. At the moment it's got worse should I stop using it? Some ezcemas do not respond well to any cream. Someone said I should take Star of Bethlehem at the same time as Rescue Remedy. If that is the cause of your muscle tension then Vervain is the right remedy. for example. so why should I take both? Rescue Remedy is a crisis remedy . In the same way it would be quite wrong to. But if muscle tension is actually caused by fear.
etc. that is a known fear and so indicates Mimulus. For example. Is this Rock Rose. .but then. The remedies would be Mimulus to deal with the anxiety and fear. But if the fear is purely imaginary . and Beech to deal with the intolerance. Is this Aspen or Mimulus? The answer is 'it depends'. As for fear of the dark. with a heavy heart. In other words. How does the depression of Sweet Chestnut compare to that of Mustard? And how does it compare to the hopelessness of Gorse and Gentian's lack of faith? Gentian is for a mild despondency after a setback. the you need Impatiens.of an imagined intruder or ghost.If impatience is the reason. Then simply select the remedies that match. or Rock Rose if you were truly terrified. part of the fear could be fear of 'something' in the dark. or of something that you cannot name happening to you while you cannot see . For example. In practice it may be right to take both at once. But again.then that begins to be Aspen. I occassionally have fears during the night . How would you determine which remedies are right for someone. The key to selecting remedies is to ask how the person feels right now (rather than yesterday or last year) and also to consider the type of person he or she is. or both? My fears include being afraid of the dark. you might have applied for a job and failed to get it. since elements of both fear can be present at the same time. You say 'I might as well give up' . If you hear a noise and think that it might be an intruder.and look only at how you feel about things and the type of person you are. if that person were sitting with you? Just by talking and listening. or Aspen.you check the house and find nobody. which make it difficult for me to sleep.and again that is an Aspen fear. you fill in another application form for a different job. then that would be a known fear and you would take Mimulus.the muscle tension .. imagine someone who says that she is anxious about a job interview and is displaying her anxiety by becoming irritated with her family whenever they don't do things the way she would. If you are tense because you drive yourself too hard you might need Oak or Rock Water or Elm. but still feel afraid that 'something' is there . the way to decide on your remedy is to ignore the physical symptom .. I'm looking for help in clarifying my understanding of the remedy Sweet Chestnut.
tea. His wife and children are starving. coffee. and because the heat will evaporate the alcohol in the remedies it is a method we sometimes recommend to people who for one reason or another dislike the alcohol content. This is absolute despair. The best thing would be to filter the remedy into a spare treatment bottle. Something has gone wrong and you decide to give up because there is no point trying again. Dr Bach listed Gentian and Gorse in his 'Uncertainty' group. but the liquid stayed inside. though the brandy might start to taste less pleasant. A couple of months ago I dropped a bottle of Rescue and the glass broke into two pieces near the top. When you look at Sweet Chestnut like this you can see at once the clear difference between it and Gentian and Gorse. I've kept it like this. Finally. you might have actually got the job that you really want. .. as if there is a cloud hanging over us. Yes. In a Gorse state you say 'that's it. You should be excited. Imagine someone who has tried and tried to get a job. the only concern I'd have would be over splinters of glass. He has no money to travel to an interview and his clothes are too ragged for him to get work in any case. when all possible ways forward are cut off. Even suicide would not be a solution because it would mean abandoning his wife and children. All the time he is out of work the rent remains unpaid. because in both instances the problem is not genuine despair but rather a lack of faith. Can you take Bach Flower Remedies in tea. To use the same example. I give up' and tear up the other application form. This will not affect the potency of the remedies. and in this respect they are not like homoeopathic remedies. coffee and so on? You can put the remedies in tea. The Sweet Chestnut state comes when all avenues really are closed off.. Is is still usable? The air won't spoil the remedy.. Then the bailiffs arrive to kick them out of the house. If only Gentian and Gorse were more certain of their success they would not be depressed at all. I would like to know if I can place the remedy drops into hot drinks without destroying their healing properties. you can put the drops into hot drinks . An ordinary coffee filter will do. the dark night of the soul. but your spirits are low.water. you apply for a job and fail to get it. When people say 'why are you so down?' you can only shrug your shoulders. covered but of course the air can go in. fizzy drinks etc. Sweet Chestnut is a different thing altogether. Mustard is the remedy for when everything in life is fine but we still feel gloomy. coffee etc.Gorse is when you feel very pessimistic. To use the same example.
and if you are careful not to let the dropper touch your tongue. as you have to do with some conventional drugs like steroids and betablockers. and even if the wrong ones are being taken this only means that they will not improve things . This is not true. Either the remedies have not yet had time to work (two or more months or even years of regular dosage may be needed to deal with deep-rooted problems) or the selection was wrong.they will never make them worse. There is no need to continue taking them in case it comes back and of course no need to wean oneself off the remedies gradually. This means that there is no need to stop taking the remedies. A teaspoon of brandy . The only reason you need the alcohol is to help stop the water from going off. say. the remedies will not themselves cause any symptoms or problems that are not already in you and are entirely beneficient in their effects.if. . you intend to carry it about in your pocket all the time. When does one stop taking the remedies? When the problem that is being treated has gone. but it may be that the remedies are stirring up repressed feelings that need to be cleansed before complete healing can be achieved.is enough for this purpose. Do you need to add alcohol to a treatment bottle? The standard way of mixing the remedies into a treatment bottle is to put two drops of each selected remedy into an empty 30ml dropper bottle. The remedies are entirely positive and cannot under any circumstances cause the negative state to appear. You only need to add alcohol if the bottle will not be kept cool .I have heard that if you take Pine for too long you will experience the negative state of Pine. If you keep this cool . and then top this up with still mineral water. Where things are getting worse in spite of the remedies this may mean one of two things. In any case. If you feel this is the case then you can look to see if there is a need for any other remedies instead of or as well as the ones you are currently taking. Nor do you need to take a complete course of doses over a specific number of days. then the water will stay fresh for the two to three weeks that the treatment bottle will last. as you do with antibiotics. should you stop taking them or continue? The Bach Flower Remedies do not cause side-effects or aggravations.preferably in the fridge . Alternatively you can use cider vinegar or vegetable glycerine.about 5mls . If things get worse once you start taking a the remedies.
When you do so you might explain the dilution process and mention that if the remedies are dropped into a hot drink most of the alcohol will evaporate. Are the remedies adversely affected by going through x-ray machines and so on? No.Is it always better to select as few remedies as possible? In a sense it is better to select fewer remedies. given the brandy content? If the remedies are mixed into treatment bottles and taken four drops at a time in the approved way the amount of alcohol taken in is actually very small. and the ones that are necessary will not work as well or quickly as they might otherwise have done. it is not true that three remedies are always better than four. The normal guideline is to try to use no more than six or seven at a time. For both these reasons it is best in these circumstances to consult your qualified medical practitioner before taking the remedies. but the actions of the remedies are not affected in any way. ask for advice. The brandy used to preserve the remedies may be affected and may taste a little strange. Taking more remedies than are actually needed means that the focus is lost. Even the remedies that might appear to be direct opposites (Vervain and Wild Rose. or even nine) remedies really are necessary. for example. Are there any combinations of remedies that should never be used? No. since experience has shown that more than this number is hardly ever necessary if a little thought goes into the selection process. Is the effectiveness of Bach Flower Remedies affected if they are stored near aromatherapy oils? No. However. Nevertheless. taking even a minute quantity of alcohol may have a psychological impact on someone who has decided to give up completely. or that the ideal treatment is a single remedy: if six (or eight. Is it safe to take the Bach Flower Remedies if you are a recovering alcoholic. that is how many you should take. and it is of course possible to administer the remedies externally by rubbing them on the pulse points. In addition there is a very powerful drug (known as Antabuse) which causes a violent reaction in someone drinking even a tiny quantity of alcohol. . or Vine and Centaury) may occasionally be needed at once by the same person. But if in doubt. It all depends on the personality and current emotional states of the person being treated.
I get so confused how many drops to take out of different sizes of bottle. selection of a few remedies according to the personality and emotional state. Help! You always take two drops out of a single remedy stock bottle. again whether you are putting it in your mouth or in a glass or in a treatment bottle. Why is it two drops in treatment bottles and in a glass of water . Simple! Buying things How do I get hold of the Bach Flower Remedies? Easy! Can I order the remedies direct from the Bach Centre through the internet? We don't export remedies directly from the Bach Centre: the place here is too small to cope with the work involved. The simplest and most direct path was the one he recommended . but by putting in two drops you can be sure that even if one drop sticks to the side of the glass you will have enough remedy in the water for it to be effective. and he did in fact try this but found that it simply didn't work. When putting the remedies in a glass of water you are taking more than you need. Why is it four drops of Rescue Remedy and two drops of everything else? Rescue Remedy is a composite remedy and contains fewer drops of each individual mother tincture than a single stock bottle would.and the minimum dose is the amount you get if you take four drops from a treatment bottle. but the amount of remedy is not important as long as the minimum dose is taken . because even a few sips from the largest glassful will give you the minimum dose. Instead we operate through official national distributors.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. It also means that you can sip from a glass of water without worrying about how big the glass is or how much water is in it (see below) or how much of the water you have drunk. whether you are putting it in your mouth or in a glass or in a treatment bottle.surely the person taking the glass of water will get more remedy? This is true. So in order to get the right amount of the remedy the dose is doubled.in other words. You always take four drops out of Rescue Remedy. And you always take four drops out of a mixed treatment bottle. .
Fear is the same now as it has always been. They put us in touch with our higher. it is worth noting that many of the best things about new age spirituality are actually rebirths of old beliefs and practices. Also. understanding and kindness. and new freedoms and responsibilities. new concerns. Da Vinci or Dante. How do I get hold of the Bach Centre's Newsletter? Even easier! Theory. and so are love. because the remedies don't treat the triggers for our emotions but the emotions themselves.which amounts to listening to what the client has to say . spiritual self . People in Dr Bach's day did not have to fear AIDS and nuclear warfare.and in this way give us the freedom to develop at our own pace. When a practitioner uses the basic consultation technique for selecting remedies .How can I be sure I'm buying genuine Bach Flower Remedies. whatever that pace may be. This was because he wanted it to be used by people from all walks of life as a way of healing themselves. We do not believe that our emotions are somehow more complex than those of Shakespeare. made by the Bach Centre? The way to tell the real Bach Flower Remedies is to look for the Bach signature on the label. and the logo of a flower in a circle. Why doesn't the Bach Centre support dowsing and kiniesology as ways of selecting remedies? Dr Bach made his system as simple and easy to use as possible. . research Bach Flower Remedies were fine in the '30's . in perfect freedom from our ego's greed for immediate enlightenment. nature and God. These bring us more in touch with our roots and remind us of our relationship to the world. Does this mean that we need new remedies? We don't think it does.this is something that everyone can understand. The remedies can be seen in that context: not as something somehow outmoded but as something eternally renewed and timeless. or worry about global warming or campaign against genetic engineering. belief.but don't modern times call for modern remedies? It's true that times have changed and that we have new things to be afraid of.
There are only three basic colours (red. There was a study done in California as part of a doctoral thesis. kinesiology or any other mechanical or purely intuitive selection method is used the situation is very different. but the methodology followed was questionable both in scientific terms and in terms of the assumptions made about the remedies. then he can go on treating himself in the future. it will go straight to the heart of the problem before the client is ready to go that far. or plants that he tried and rejected for one reason or another. small-scale studies in different parts of the world. They are never in a position to help themselves. Others seem to be old herbal remedies "rejuvenated" by being prepared using Dr Bach's methods. not the practitioner's. some of the essences that have been produced in recent times have been made using plants and flowers that Dr Bach specifically excluded. This means that self-knowledge. Most people do not know how to dowse or muscletest. Has the efficacy of the Bach Flower Remedies been proven scientifically? There have not been any proper clinical trials on the actions of the remedies. And there have been other. so they have to go back to the practitioner every time they want to select a remedy. The same promise was made in turn by the current curators of the Centre who are proud to continue this work. Before he died he warned that attempts would be made to change his work and make it more complicated. and this is why all practitioners registered with the Dr Edward Bach Foundation have signed a Code of Practice which commits them to only selecting remedies using the classic interview technique that Dr Bach preferred. and his assistants promised always to uphold the simplicity and purity of his methods.Once the client understands that the remedies are being chosen on the basis of how he feels and the sort of person he is. Dr Bach wanted his work to be kept simple so that everyone could use it. is never attained properly. but it would be more exact to say that there are 38 basic states of mind which can in combination with each other make hundreds of millions of variations. Why doesn't the Bach Centre approve the use of other flower essences? Interestingly. blue yellow). A useful analogy is with the world of colour. . and the 38 remedies he found are enough when used in combination to treat every conceivable range of human emotions. When dowsing. so we would not produce this study as 'evidence' even though it claimed to show that the remedies work. How can 38 remedies cover all known states of mind? People sometimes understand this to mean that there are only 38 states of mind. yet all kinds and variations can be produced when they are used in combination. Treatment should go at the client's speed. And if the dowsing or what-have-you works. which is one of the aims of treatment with the Bach Flower Remedies. but again nothing that would convince a determined sceptic.
Dr Bach was married twice. but that doesn't make him more than human. short tempered sometimes) and human qualities (courage. We have even heard it claimed that Dr Bach was actually a woman.. There are parallels between Bach's beliefs and those of Steiner. About Dr Bach What did Dr Bach die of. and we don't document the help we give to people. The truth is that he was curing himself. selflessness). persistence. and that's always been our main concern. with human faults (a workaholic. because Dr Bach didn't leave many personal papers and Nora Weeks never talked about Dr Bach's personal life precisely because it was personal and b) his personal life had nothing to do with the remedies.) Doesn't the Bach Centre sometimes make Dr Bach out to be some kind of god.As for us. But as far as we know they never met and there is no evidence to back up this assertion.. who predicted that flowers would become a great tool of healing). For the record. I've read that Dr Bach met Rudolph Steiner. he instructed them to keep their lives simple and their work with the remedies simple as well. for nineteen years all the time it took for him to complete his work. and why did he die so young? Dr Bach had cancer. that marriage failed some time before he left London in 1930. What this question ignores is the fact that in 1917 he was given just 3 months to live. and in so doing set up the Bach Centre. He was a great teacher and found a precious gift that he shared with others. his marriages and family? There are two reasons: a) we don't know a great deal. every day. but in fact died of exhaustion rather than because of the disease itself. We tend to think that 'just human' is more than enough! . When Dr Bach entrusted his work to Nora and Victor. (We do get a bit sceptical sometimes about the stories that go around about Dr Bach. a failed marriage. we have never set up experiments. though. He was human. Because he was only 50 when he died people have sometimes asked why he wasn't able to cure himself. Why doesn't the Bach Centre talk more about Edward Bach's personal life. His first wife died. as if he were the object of a cult? Absolutely not! Dr Bach was no more divine than the rest of us. We don't see it as our role to 'prove' that the remedies work instead we simply demonstrate how to use them and let people prove the effect on themselves. He had a daughter by his second wife.
Indeed.the Bach Centre still has some of Dr Bach's original mother tinctures. It seems that somebody misread this passing renfernece as being an official statement of approval. Miscellaneous I read somewhere that the Bach remedies are approved by the World Health Organisation. other authors have quoted the same statement to the point where the idea is quite wide spread. Are there any authorised correspondence courses in Bach Flower Remedies? We have just introduced an introductory distance learning course that is equivalent to the Bach International Education Programme's level 1 course. The remedies themselves will keep their properties indefinitely (although the brandy may begin to taste a little strange) . From there. The standard we adopted was five years. The answer would seem to be that he used a mix of homoeopathic and allopathic medicines up until the time when he began to use the flower remedies alone. so the question should not even arise. to our knowledge the World Health Organisation doesn't approve or licence any treatments. Why do Bach Flower Remedies have a use-by date now? Should they be discarded after this date? By law things like the stock bottles of remedies have to carry a use-by date. As far as we know there is no truth in this statement. and this mistaken belief ended up being put in a book. along with other forms of complementary medicine. which are still as potent as ever. as examples of the kind of complementary techniques that were being used around the world. which is in fact the use-by date of the brandy. and these were homoeopathic remedies. . What we do know is that while working at the London Homoeopathic Hospital he continued to see patients at his consulting rooms at Harley St and Nottingham Place. particularly in Spanish-speaking countries. and certainly he used the seven bowel nosodes on some of them.Did Dr Bach actually practice homeopathy? We don't have his case notes from the 1920's (he destroyed his notes when he left London) so can't really say exactly what medicines he used. Is this true? This idea seems to come from a report that mentioned the Bach remedies.
go straight on towards Didcot but then take the next turn on the left (signed to Brightwell-cum-Sotwell). and from there take a taxi to us in Sotwell. Go back to the main home page. the plant matter removed. again follow the road around to the right and you will see us right in front of you. This is left in bright sunlight for three hours. If you are driving from London. take the M4 west out of London and turn off at the junction to Henley on Thames. In both cases the resulting mix is the mother tincture. turning right at the traffic lights in the town and onto the road to Wallingford. The boiling method involves putting flowering twigs into a pan of spring water and boiling them for half an hour. How do you get to the Bach Centre? We are in a village called Sotwell. Keep on this road all the way into and then through Wallingford. Follow the road into Henley. and again the water is mixed half and half with brandy. If you are coming by train. then the flowerheads are removed and the energised water is mixed half and half with brandy. in the county of Oxfordshire (Oxon for short . On the other side of Wallingford is a roundabout.don't ask us why!). When you come to a fork in the road take the right-hand fork. Go back to the Centre Index. The Foundation: Education and Registration // The Trust: Preservation and Donation . just outside a town called Wallingford. The pan is then left to cool.What are the sun and boiling methods? The sun method involves floating flowerheads in a clear glass bowl filled with natural spring water. go from Paddington in London to Didcot Parkway station. Follow the road around to the right. which is further diluted to make the stock bottles sold in the shops.
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