Bach Flower Remedies for Beginners: 38 Essences That Heal from Deep Within

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Llewellyn Worldwide, 2001 - Health & Fitness - 287 pages
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The mind and body cannot be separated--what affects one will affect the other. The Bach Flower Remedies contain the subtle vibrational essences of flowers and trees. These remedies correct imbalances in the mental, emotional and spiritual bodies, promoting healing in the physical body.

Every day we are subjected to thousands of distractions, stressors, and pollutants. These myriad influences can wear down our natural defenses and cause frustration, tension, and even physical illness. The 38 Bach Flower Remedies are a safe and natural solution to the challenges of life in the 21st century. The remedies purify and balance the internal energy system, which in turn heals existing health problems--and can even help prevent future problems from manifesting!

Flower remedies are a safe and gentle form of alternative healing. They cannot harm--they only heal. In fact, they can even be given to children, animals, and plants. This comprehensive guide to the Bach Flower Remedies includes:

* Concise descriptions of the 38 Bach Flower Remedies
* Instructions for diagnosing imbalances and deciding which of the remedies is appropriate
* Directions for preparing your own remedies
* Case studies from people describing the powerful effects of the remedies on their lives

At the end of the day, are you often left feeling overwhelmed by too much pressure and responsibility? The Elm remedy encourages clear thinking and boosts inner strength. Are you trapped in a cycle of repetitive or destructive behavior? Chestnut Bud will help you learn from your experiences and control negative or repetitive behavior. Have you suffered an extreme shock or trauma, such as surgery or a serious illness? The combination Rescue remedy will soothe your mind and emotions while stimulating physical regeneration.

Bach Flower Remedies for Beginners is a comprehesive guide to the use of these powerful healing gifts from the earth. Whether you're just starting to explore the world of alternative healing or you're experienced practitioner, this book is a valuable healing resource.


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Great book that will remain on my shelf for quick reference. Perfect for those gardeners who would like to add another side to their gardening... actual use of flower essences. While many believe this ... Read full review


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About the author (2001)

Dr. Bach wanted to keep his new system of medicine as simple as possible so that anyone could use it with confidence. He did not leave any detailed instructions or complicated texts that would have to be studied before being able to use the remedies. The only text he wrote specifically about the remedies and how to use them is The Twelve Healers and Other Remedies. It is a small and easy-to-read booklet giving accurate but brief explanations of the thirty-eight remedies, when they should be used, and how to use them. It is invaluable to anyone wishing to make the most of the Bach remedies.
Dr. Bach destroyed many of his earlier notes and papers on the remedies, because it was his intention that people would only need brief, accurate details on how and when to use them. He did not want to complicate or confuse matters with theoretical or academic explanations.
Whatever mental, emotional, or physical condition we want to treat, all we have to do is identify those states of mind we or the person we are treating are experiencing and choose the appropriate remedies accordingly. We do not need to have knowledge of anatomy or physiology or be able to diagnose physical or mental illness, because we are not treating ourselves or others in this way. We only need to be able to recognize states of mind and simply ask others how they are feeling.
Of course, if we are treating others on a regular basis, we need to be sure that they are seeing a medical doctor if they have any serious conditions. We should never try to replace conventional treatments or medicines with the Bach remedies. The Bach remedies will work in harmony with any conventional therapy and will not cause adverse side effects. They are gentle healing agents without the possibility of overdose, addiction, or adverse effects from misdiagnosis. They are pure and natural remedies that contain little or none of the physical plant or tree, only the plant''s healing life force energy held within the water and a little alcohol for preservation.
If we are diagnosing for ourselves or others, and we have some knowledge of the remedies, it is a simple task to choose the appropriate ones for use.
Steps for Prescribing
1. Conduct an interview to identify the states of mind that are present, i.e., anger, fear, indecision, anxiety, etc.
2. List all the remedies that are relevant to these states of mind. Determine the patient''s type
3. Put them in order of severity or importance, keeping the list to within ten. This helps identify which remedies are most likely to be successful.
4. Choose the remedies we want to try from this list.
Remember, we are not treating a physical illness, so if someone has a strained ligament, for example, we should not choose Vervain because it is for people who tend to overexert themselves. Instead we need to establish what sort of person he or she is. What is the character and disposition of the person? How does he or she think and feel about him or herself and the world around them? For example, is the person dominant and controlling? Does he or she get angry easily? Is the person shy, or constantly distracted or dreamy? We need to have a good knowledge of the remedies to spot these mental traits, then we will begin to diagnose accurately and quickly.
There is no easy way to learn the remedies. Everyone has a different way of remembering things that works for them. A good way is to set a goal of remembering two or three remedies a day. Then within two or three weeks we will have a basic knowledge of all the remedies. Try to remember the key words at first (shown at the beginning of each remedy in chapter 8). When we have this basic knowledge we can begin to learn more about the remedies by using them as much as possible. The real key to success is developing the skill to recognize the relevant and predominant states of mind that someone is naturally disposed to or that accompany a particular illness.
Type Remedies
We all have a "type remedy." A type remedy is one, two, or sometime three remedies that make up the core or major traits of someone''s personality. For example, it is easy to spot someone who is always impatient, quick in thought and action, and doesn''t suffer fools gladly. This person''s type remedy is Impatiens. People who are dreamy, as if in a world of their own, and tend to sleep a lot are classic Clematis types. It is interesting to begin spotting these traits in ourselves and others. We can learn a lot about human nature in this way, and we can do this kind of study anywhere, anytime, and no one has to know that we are practicing our diagnostic techniques.
Generally speaking, when we are prescribing a Bach remedy we should try to identify the type remedy and then add other remedies that are relevant for the short-term or easily changeable states of mind. For example, someone might be a Water Violet type--proud, aloof, quiet, a loner, intelligent, and artistic--but during illness he or she may have constant worries that go around and around in his or her head. This would then indicate White Chestnut. The solution is to use both remedies together, the White Chestnut being a more temporary remedy.
When choosing the final number of remedies, we should keep the number to within six or seven. Usually just one or two remedies are needed. Using too many remedies at once can confuse the picture, and we will not know which remedies are working and which are unnecessary. We need to use our own judgment and intuition, then with experience we will become skilled and accomplished healers.
Another good way of beginning our journey with the Bach remedies and also remembering them is to briefly read through the remedy descriptions and make a note of those that are relevant to our own personality and those people closest to us. Then we should buy those remedies and use them on ourselves and others. We might need a good friend to help us spot our own type remedy, someone who knows us well and is not afraid to be honest with us. Often we think we know ourselves well, but we can miss the traits that our subconscious selfish mind does not want us to admit. We are very good at spotting our good qualities but not so good at spotting our weaknesses. If we try this exercise with a friend who is also interested in the remedies, we can learn a lot about ourselves and the remedies while having fun, too.
After prescribing for ourselves and our friend, we should have a review session in two or three weeks to share our experiences. We may find that some remedies have gone straight to the heart of the matter, or we may decide to try others. Another useful idea is to keep a diary of our states of mind over a couple of weeks. Write down how we feel about ourself, our life, and how we react to certain situations. This can be a useful way to recognize predominant states of mind and those that are more fleeting and less deep-seated, then we can tailor our remedy accordingly.
If we are thinking of prescribing for others on a regular basis, it is a good idea to treat ourselves and those closest to us for a few months first and get to know the remedies well before going further.
Prescribing for Others
The key to successfully prescribing for others is simply learning to listen well. Let the other person guide the interview. Try not to be too intrusive; people are an open book if we know how to read them. Don''t try too hard to pry them open. If they are shy and find it difficult to talk (Mimulus), or are obviously putting a brave face on things (Agrimony), these are immediate remedy indicators. If they talk too much about their own problems (Heather) this is also a big give-away. When we get to know the remedies well these personality traits will gradually become more obvious, and we will be able to spot them often within minutes of meeting someone.
It doesn''t matter if we get the diagnosis wrong on the first or second attempts. All the Bach remedies have remarkable healing qualities, and even the wrong remedy can have good results. Sometimes in the pressure of an interview or therapy session we may not be able to think clearly enough to prescribe accurately. The best remedy may come to us later on when we are more relaxed and have had time to think about the interview. This is not a problem, simply include this remedy next time. If necessary, to be more relaxed and clear in thought during an interview, take the appropriate remedies beforehand, such as Mimulus for nervousness and Clematis for clearer thinking.
During the interview we may temporarily "pick-up" the patient''s state of mind. For example, it might be a negative Clematis state that prevents us from thinking clearly. We don''t need to experience this to make a good diagnosis. To guard against this, use the Walnut remedy, which can protect us from external influences. This is also a good remedy to use between therapy sessions to help us stay centered, strong, and clear.
If we intend to treat people on a regular basis, good counseling skills are very useful. Just learning to listen without judging is a special skill that is invaluable in the healing process. It creates an environment that helps the patient relax and feel more comfortable and able to talk openly about his or her problems. We can learn these skills from reading books, practicing on family or friends, or, preferably, taking a short course at a local college or center. Learning to listen also helps us develop our ability to tune in to others and their feelings, thoughts, and personal characteristics. Listening also helps us reduce our sense of self-importance, which increases our daily worries and problems and creates a mental barrier, preventing a clear and healthy client-therapist relationship. If we think other people are important, we are obviously going to treat th

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