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The Bach Flower Essences - Dr. Susan Archibald

Dr. Susan Archibald's presentation of the Bach Flower Essences for National Public Health Week.

"The remedies to be described are beneficent in action, and cause no aggravation nor reaction for their effect is to uplift"
- Dr Edward Bach, 1930

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The Bach Flower Essences - Dr. Susan Archibald

  1. 1. An Introduction to theBach Flower EssencesNational Public HealthWeekApril 1 – 7, 2012Susan Archibald, PhD
  2. 2. What are the Bach FlowerEssences?The remedies to be described arebeneficent in action, and cause noaggravation nor reaction for their effectis to uplift" - Dr Edward Bach, 1930Each of the 38 remedies discovered byDr Bach is directed at a particularcharacteristic or emotional state. Toselect the remedies you need, thinkabout the sort of person you are andthe way you are feeling. Photo used with permission
  3. 3. The 7 Headings For fear For uncertainty For insufficient interest in present circumstances or those overly sensitive to influences and ideas For despondency or despair For loneliness For over care For welfare of others Photo used with permission
  4. 4. Essences for Those Who HaveFearROCK ROSEThe rescue remedy. The remedy of emergency for cases wherethere even appears no hope. In accident or sudden illness, whenthe patient is very frightened or terrified, or if the condition isserious enough to cause great fear in others. If the patient is notconscious the lips may be moistened with the remedy. “…terror and fright…”MIMULUSRemedy for fear of worldlythings, illness, pain, accidents, poverty, dark, being alone, ormisfortune. Also can be used for the fears of everyday life. Remedycan be used for those people who quietly and secretly bear theirdread, and do not freely express these emotions to others. “…fear of known things…”
  5. 5. Essences for Those Who HaveFearCHERRY PLUMRemedy for those struggling with fear of the mind beingover-strained and of reason giving way, and thosestruggling with the thoughts or impulse of fearful anddreaded things. “…fear of the mind giving way…”ASPENVague unknown fears, for which there can be given no explanationor no reason. The patient may be anxious of something terriblegoing to happen, though he/she knows not what. These vagueunexplainable fears may haunt by night or day. Sufferers often areafraid to tell their trouble to others. “…fear of unknown things…”
  6. 6. Essences for Those Who HaveFearRED CHESTNUTFor those who find it difficult not to be anxious for otherpeople.Often these individuals do not worry about themselves, butfor their loved ones, frequently anticipating that someunfortunate thing may happen to them. “…over-concern for the welfare of loved ones…”
  7. 7. FOR THOSE WHO SUFFERUNCERTAINTYCERATOFor those who have not sufficient confidence in themselvesto make their own decisions. These people may constantlyseek advice from others, and are often misguided. “…lack of trust in ones own decisions…”SCLERANTHUSThose who are unable to decide between two things—firstone seeming right then the other. These individuals areusually quiet people, and often bear their difficulty alonebecause they are not inclined to discuss it with others. “…inability to choose between alternatives…”
  8. 8. FOR THOSE WHO SUFFERUNCERTAINTYGENTIANRemedy for those who are easily discouraged. Individualsmay be progressing well in illness or in the affairs of theirdaily life, but any small delay or hindrance to progresscauses doubt and becomes disheartening. “…discouragement after a setback…”
  9. 9. FOR THOSE WHO SUFFERUNCERTAINTYGORSEFor those experiencing very great hopelessness or whohave given up belief that more can be done for them.Under persuasion or to please others, they may trydifferent treatments while assuring those around that thereis so little hope of relief. “hopelessness and despair”HORNBEAMFor those who feel that they have not sufficient strength,mentally or physically, to carry the burden of their life; theaffairs of every day seem too much, though they generallysucceed in fulfilling their task. Remedy for those whobelieve that some part of mind or body needs to bestrengthened before they can easily fulfill their work. “tiredness at the thought of doing something”
  10. 10. FOR THOSE WHO SUFFERUNCERTAINTYWILD OATRemedy for those who have ambitions to do something ofprominence in life, who wish to have much experience, andto enjoy all that which is possible for them—to experiencelife to the full.Their difficulty is to determine what occupation to follow—although their ambitions are strong, they feel they have noapparent calling. This may cause delay and dissatisfaction. “…uncertainty over ones direction in life…”
  11. 11. NOT SUFFICIENT INTERESTIN PRESENTCIRCUMSTANCESCLEMATISFor those who are dreamy, drowsy, not fully “awake,” or those whohave no great interest in life. Individuals may be quiet people, notreally happy in their present circumstances and living more in thefuture than in the present—in hopes of happier times, when theirideals may come true.“…dreaming of the future without working in thepresent..”HONEYSUCKLEFor those who tend to live in the past, perhaps a time of greathappiness, or dwelling on memories of a lost friend, or ambitionswhich have not come true. Often, these individuals do not expectfuture happiness such as they have had. “…living in the past…”
  12. 12. NOT SUFFICIENT INTERESTIN PRESENTCIRCUMSTANCESWILD ROSEFor those who, without apparently sufficientreason, become resigned to all that happens, and tend toglide through life without any effort to improve theirexperiences and find some joy. In other words, a remedyfor those individuals who have surrendered to the struggleof life without complaint. “…drifting, resignation, apathy…”
  13. 13. NOT SUFFICIENT INTERESTIN PRESENTCIRCUMSTANCESOLIVEFor those who have suffered much mentally or physically andare so exhausted and weary that they feel they have no morestrength to make any effort. Daily life is hard work for them,without pleasure. “…exhaustion following mental or physical effort…”WHITE CHESTNUTFor those who cannot prevent undesired thoughts, ideas, andarguments from entering their minds. Usually these thoughts arisewhen the interest of the moment is not strong enough to keepthe mind full and thoughts of worry will impede. The presence ofunpleasant thoughts drives out peace and interferes with being ableto think only of the work or pleasure of the day. “…unwanted thoughts and mental arguments…”
  14. 14. NOT SUFFICIENT INTERESTIN PRESENTCIRCUMSTANCESMUSTARDFor those who experience periods of gloom, or even despair, asthough a cold dark cloud has hid the light and the joy of life. It maynot be possible to give any reason or explanation for such changesin mood. Under these conditions individuals may feel its impossibleto appear happy or cheerful. “…deep gloom for no reason…”CHESTNUT BUDFor those who do not take full advantage of observation andexperience or take a longer time than others to learn the lessons ofdaily life. These individuals can find themselves making the samemistakes on different occasions without taking past mistakes intoaccount. “…failure to learn from mistakes...”
  15. 15. LONELINESSWATER VIOLETFor those who in health or illness like to be alone. Remedyfor those very quiet people who do not speak muchand, when they do, it is very gently.These individuals tend to be veryindependent, capable, and self-reliant, and are free of theopinions of others. Often clever and talented, their peaceand calmness is a blessing others. “…pride and aloofness…”
  16. 16. LONELINESSIMPATIENSFor those who are quick in thought and action and whowish all things to be done without hesitation or delay.When ill they are anxious for a hasty recovery.These individuals can find it very difficult to be patient withpeople who are slow and will endeavor to make suchpeople quicker in all ways.They often prefer to work and think alone, so that they cando everything at their own speed. “…impatience…”
  17. 17. LONELINESSHEATHERFor those who seek the companionship of anyone who maybe available, as they find it necessary to discuss their ownaffairs with others, no matter whom it may be. Theseindividuals tend to be unhappy if they have to be alone forany length of time. “…self-centredness and self-concern…”
  18. 18. OVER-SENSITIVE TOINFLUENCES AND IDEASAGRIMONYThe jovial, cheerful, humorous people who love peace andare distressed by argument or quarrel. Though generallythey have troubles and are tormented and restless orworried in mind or body, mask their fears behind humor. Inaddition, these individuals may abuse drugs or alcohol tostimulate themselves and help bear their trials withcheerfulness. “…mental torture behind a cheerful face…”
  19. 19. OVER-SENSITIVE TOINFLUENCES AND IDEASCENTAURYFor kind, quiet, gentle people who are over-anxious toserve others and may overtax their strength in theirendeavors.Their good nature leads them to do more than their ownshare of work and in so doing they may neglect their ownparticular mission in life. “…the inability to say no’…”
  20. 20. OVER-SENSITIVE TOINFLUENCES AND IDEASWALNUT For those who have definite ideals and ambitions in life and are fulfilling these goals, but on rare occasions are tempted to be led away from their own ideas, aims, and work by the enthusiasm, convictions ,or strong opinions of others. The remedy offers constancy and protection from outside influences.HOLLY For those who sometimes are attacked by thoughts of such kind as jealousy, envy, revenge, and suspicion. They may suffer much within themselves, often when there is no real cause for their unhappiness.
  21. 21. FOR DESPONDENCY ORDESPAIRLARCHFor those who do not consider themselves as good orcapable as those around them, who expect failure, who feelthat they will never be a success, and so do not venture ormake a strong enough attempt to succeed. “…lack of confidence…”PINEFor those who blame themselves. Even when successfulthey think that they could have done better and are nevercontent with their efforts or the results. They are hard-working and suffer from the faults they attach tothemselves. Sometimes they will even claim responsibilityfor the mistakes of others. “…guilt…”
  22. 22. FOR DESPONDENCY ORDESPAIRELMThose who are doing good work, are following the calling oftheir life and who hope to do something of importance, andthis often for the benefit of humanity.At times there may be periods of depression when they feelthat the task they have undertaken is too difficult, and notwithin the power of a human being. “…overwhelmed by responsibility…”SWEET CHESTNUTFor those moments when people experience anguish sogreat it seems to be unbearable. When the mind or bodyfeels as if it has reached the limit of its endurance. When itseems there is nothing but destruction and annihilation leftto face. “…Extreme mental anguish, when everything has been tried and there is no light left...”
  23. 23. FOR DESPONDENCY ORDESPAIRSTAR OF BETHLEHEMFor those in great distress under conditions that mayproduce great unhappiness, such as the shock of seriousnews, the loss of a loved one, or the fright following anaccident. This remedy can bring comfort to the shock. “…shock…”WILLOWFor those who have suffered adversity or misfortune andfind these difficult to accept as they judge life much by thesuccess which it brings. These people may becomeembittered or take less interest and activity in thosethings which they had previously enjoyed. “…self-pity and resentment…”
  24. 24. FOR DESPONDENCY ORDESPAIROAKFor those who are struggling to get well or in connectionwith the affairs of their daily life. They will try one thingafter another, though their case may seem hopeless.These people may feel discontented with themselves ifillness interferes with their duties or helping others butthey are also brave—fighting against great difficulties,without loss of hope or effort.“…the plodder who keeps going past the point of exhaustion…”
  25. 25. FOR DESPONDENCY ORDESPAIRCRAB APPLEThis is the remedy of cleansing. Cleansing may besomething of little importance or can be cleansing of amore serious disease or ailment.For people who are anxious to be free from the oneparticular thing which is greatest in their minds and whichseems so essential to them that it should be cured. “…the cleansing remedy, also for self-hatred…”
  26. 26. OVER-CARE FOR WELFAREOF OTHERSCHICORYFor those who are very mindful of the needs of others;they tend to be caring forchildren, relatives, friends, always finding something thatshould be put right. They are continually correcting whatthey consider wrong, and enjoy doing so. They desire to benear their loved ones. “…selfish, possessive love…”VERVAINThose with fixed principles and ideas, which they areconfident are right, and which they very rarely change.They are strong of will and have much courage when theyare convinced of those things that they wish to teach. Inillness they struggle on long after many would have givenup. “…over-enthusiasm…”
  27. 27. OVER-CARE FOR WELFAREOF OTHERSVINEFor very capable people who are certain of their own abilityand confident of success. They often feel that it would befor the benefit of others to follow their lead. They may beof great value in emergency. “…dominance and inflexibility…”BEECHFor those who feel the need to see more good and beautyin their life as well as the good growing within. So as to beable to be more tolerant, lenient, and understanding of thedifferent way each individual and all things are working totheir own definition of perfection. “… intolerance…”
  28. 28. OVER-CARE FOR WELFAREOF OTHERSROCK WATERThose who are very strict in their way of living; they denythemselves many of the joys and pleasures of life becausethey consider it might interfere with their work.These individuals are hard masters to themselves. Theywish to be well and strong and active, and will do anythingto keep them so. They hope to be examples to others whomay then follow their ideas and be better as a result. “…self-denial, rigidity and self-repression…”
  29. 29. Rescue RemedyRescue Remedy® is a unique combination of five Bach®Original Flower Remedies all working on emotionalimbalances associated with daily stressful situations:•Rock Rose–for terror and panic•Impatiens–for irritation and impatience•Clematis–for inattentiveness and to counteract faintness•Star of Bethlehem–for shock•Cherry Plum–for irrational thoughts and lack of self control“Every single person has a life to live, a work to do, a glorious personality, a wonderful individuality." Dr. Edward Bach, The Original Writings
  30. 30. The Bach Centre
  31. 31. The Bach Centre Questions?
  32. 32. ReferencesBach, E. (1933). The twelve healers and other remedies: The definitive edition. Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxon. UK: The Bach Centre. (Copying and distribution of this publication is allowed for non- commercial purposes provided nothing is altered. All other rights reserved.)The Bach Centre. (2009). Retrieved on 3/16/2012 from