Ever hear about something that just seems too simple to be real? As in “if it was that easy then surely someone would have realized this before!”? Bach Flower Remedies have that effect on people. These flower remedies are a basic system of homeopathy that was created by Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930’s to balance your emotions. There are many wonderful resources out there if you wish to learn more about the way these are made or what specific remedies are for (www.bachcentre.com is a good one to try). This is not that resource though: this is a place for telling stories.
I was first introduced to Bach Remedies because of my cat. In 2001 we moved from Kelowna British Columbia to North Battleford Saskatchewan, a drive of about 15 hours which is unpleasant at the best of times, but pretty much impossible if you are accompanied by a homicidal panther who hates the car. I had no clue as to how we were going to get her to stay in the car without her ripping us to shreds in the process. One of my co-workers at a health food store suggested Rescue Remedy, a combination of flower remedies used for general stress and anxiety. To my surprise and delight, it worked and we all lived through that trip.
I then forgot about the remedies for a couple years (having twins will do that – anything not related to day-to-day survival just disappears), until we moved back to Kelowna, this time with twin toddlers (but no cats) in tow. After being here for two days, my son developed an eye infection. It was swollen shut and weeping; every few minutes I was cleaning the goop out of his eye. I was using my knowledge of nutrition and herbs; giving him colloidal silver, probiotics and echinacea, but nothing was having any affect. I had just come to the conclusion I would have to take him to a doctor when my mother suggested Bach Flower Remedies. The one that came up for him was ‘mimulus’. When I looked up the description, it spoke of fears, trouble with new things and transitions, a timid child unsure of their surroundings. I gave him the remedy and almost immediately the symptoms started to clear. By the end of the next day he was back to normal; no antibiotics, no fuss.
Children are fun to give Flower Remedies to because they shift so fast. When a child is scared (like my son after moving to a new place) or angry, or manipulative, these are all encompassing in-the-moment emotions. They aren’t the result of 20 years of bad habit or stored anger or old hurts – they are reactions to a current situation and so they are easier to deal with. We don’t usually see as dramatic of results with adults, but the changes are effective and profound nonetheless.
I teach workshops that explain how the essences work, descriptions of the 38 remedies and the differences between them, and how to use them to make your life better. If you are interested in hosting a workshop in your area, please contact me.