Discovering Bach (The Bach Flower Remedies)

There is a spiritual essence to flowers that speaks to our emotional needs. Their aesthetics and fragrance are a wonderful gift to humanity. ‘Stop and smell the roses’ is not just an empty expression. Flowers are actually embedded with healing properties. Just seeing them can greatly affect our thoughts, and our thoughts are powerful.

Our thoughts have a direct bearing on the causation, development and cure of any physical illness we might have. Dr. Bach developed thirty-eight remedies that can help lift us out of the negative states of mind from which we often suffer. He organized them into categories under the following major headings:


The Bach Flower Remedies (extracts) are simple and benign, they have no unpleasant reactions, and they can easily be used by anyone. Whether you surround yourself with the flowers or turn them into essential oils, pot-pourri, or extracts, you will find them all life-enhancing!

Here is a list and a very brief guide of remedies for those who are on the path to self-discovery.

  • Wild Rose: When you find yourself just drifting in life, accepting your lot, and making little effort to improve.
  • Wild Oat: Helps determine one’s intended path in life.
  • Scleranthus: When you’re plagued with uncertainty, indecision and you just see no way out of a bad situation.
  • Agrimony: For those who suffer from inner torture which they try to hide behind a ‘clown face’.
  • Cerato: For those who doubt their own judgement and overly seek the advice of others.
  • Chestnut Bud: For those who keep repeating the same mistakes, refusing to learn by experience.
  • Honeysuckle: For those with nostalgia, who constantly dwell in the past.
  • Larch: For lack of self-confidence. When you feel inferior, though you have the ability.
  • Gentian: When you’re easily discouraged and feeling dejected, despondent.
  • Rock Water: For those who are hard on themselves and self-denying.
  • Vine: For the domineering, inflexible, arrogant and prideful soul.
  • Clematis: For the absent-minded dreamer who is on a mental escape from reality.

Flowers are wonderful to gift to ourselves and others, and if we already know the challenges or needs of a person, we can be more purposeful in our choices to incite healing. To learn more about Dr. Bach and his wonderful story of discovery, visit

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