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Bach flowers


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According to the theories expressed by Edward Bach diseases are not to be considered as simple physical symptoms, but according to him the state of illness is a symptom of an inner discomfort, caused by negative feelings or a conflict between our soul and our mind; his remedies do not contain chemical active ingredients that mitigate the symptoms of our discomforts, but Bach's remedies consist of a vision of illness and discomfort. Bach flowers stimulate our ego, our soul or our mind, so as to overcome the negative states of mind that lead us to physical or psychological distress.

The remedies prepared with bach flowers




Bach flowers are commercially available in the form of essences, which should not be used concentrated; we proceed by choosing 3-5 remedies that we think may be useful in our case, if we do not have a certain familiarity with Bach flowers it is advisable to contact a phytotherapist, who can advise us as well as possible. Then dilute 3-4 drops for each remedy in a 30 ml bottle containing 20 ml of spring water (or natural mineral water) and 10 ml of brandy. The so prepared remedy must be kept away from light and electromagnetic waves, such as those produced by televisions, telephones or radios.

How to take remedies


The remedy should be taken in the measure of 4 drops, 4 times a day; Bach recommends taking these remedies as soon as you get up, half an hour before lunch, in the middle of the afternoon and before going to sleep. In the event it is possible to take the remedy several times during the day, or at different times, since our body must decide when it is time to use the remedy; although it would be better to stick as much as possible to the 4 moments of the day recommended by Bach.
In some cases it is also possible to dilute a few drops of essence directly in a glass of water, to be consumed in small sips throughout the day.
The remedies containing Bach flowers should simply be swallowed, or even kept for a few minutes under the tongue.

Solitude


Water violet: helps to have warmer relationships with others;
Impatiens: it is useful for those who think quickly and have no patience for what seems slow in others. For those who generally prefer to work alone. It teaches empathy and understanding.
Heather: it helps those who can't manage to be alone even for a few moments.

The seven groups


In his therapy with the flowers he prepared Bach has formalized the therapeutic action of thirty-eight different flowers, with which the same number of flower remedies are prepared; the 38 flowers were later divided by him into seven groups, depending on the type of disorder they can mitigate; the seven groups are as follows:
- Fear
Rock rose, Mimulus, Cherry plum, Aspen, Red chestnut.
- Uncertainty
Cerato, Scleranthus, Gentian, Gorse, Hornbeam, Wild oat
- Insufficient interest in present events
Clematis, Honeysuckle, Wild rose, Olive, White chestnut, Mustard, Chestnut bud
- Solitude
Water violet, Impatiens, Heather
- Hypersensitivity to the ideas of others
Agrimony, Centaury, Walnut, Holly
- Discouragement or despair
Larch, Pine, Elm, Sweet chestnut, Star of bethlehem, Willow, Oak, Crab apple
- Excessive concern for the welfare of others
Chicory, Vervain, Vine, Beech, Rock water.
The use of these remedies can be done by choosing a single remedy from a group, or by combining some, taken from multiple groups or from the same group; in fact, each of these flowers is useful to mitigate the problem that they call the group they belong to, but from every flower we get a remedy that helps us to mitigate a particular type of problem. If we want to prepare a remedy that combines some flowers together we try to use common sense and a little mental flexibility.

Discouragement or despair


Larch: helps to regain respect and self-esteem.
Pine: helps when you feel guilty easily, often for mistakes made by others. When you are never happy about your efforts or what you managed to achieve.
Elm: it is useful when our responsibilities overwhelm us; when we fear losing our self-esteem, we are depressed and exhausted.
Sweet chestnut: useful when the anxiety is immense and seems unbearable.
Star of bethlehem: it is useful in discouraging and depressing events, such as the death of a loved one.
Willow: is useful in times of bad luck and hardships that are difficult to accept.
Oak: it is useful when one's efforts are in vain. Often because one is hyperactive and one tends to work excessively forgetting fatigue.
Crab apple: it is useful when you feel that there is something in itself not entirely clean; when we wash our hands very often, when we think that things are dirty for no reason, when we feel ugly even if others consider us attractive.

Excessive concern forthe welfare of others


Chicory: helps to discuss less, to be less critical with others; in cases where there is always something in others to change.
Vervain: for highly motivated people, with very strong and decisive points of view. Those who spend excessive effort in everything they do, who constantly think about what they do so much to lose sleep.
Vine: helps to respect the ideas and points of view of others.
Beech: helps to be less critical of others, and to accept them for what they are.
Rock water: useful when you expect too much from yourself.

Fear


Rock rose: it is useful when you experience sudden and paralyzing fear, which does not allow us to move, speak or think clearly.
Mimulus: it is useful in unmotivated, atavistic and incomprehensible fears, such as the fear of insects or dogs.
Cherry plum: it is useful for those who fear losing control when they do things reluctantly or feel wrong.
Aspen: is useful when you have a sudden and unmotivated fear.
Red chestnut: it is useful when there is excessive fear that something bad will happen to people we love.

Insufficient interest in present events


Clematis: it is useful for those who feel their lives so unhappy as to bask in fantasy; it is also used to improve the clarity with which the present is faced and to stimulate creativity.
Honeysuckle: it is useful when thoughts dwell on the past rather than the present; it is used to let go of these thoughts of past events.
Wild rose: it is useful to regain interest in everyday life, in work, in study, in everyday commitments; and also to take responsibility.
Olive: helps increase energy, vitality and interest in life.
White chestnut: it is useful when our mind is crowded with thoughts that we want to drive out.
Mustard: it is useful when the depression suddenly catches us, clouding our thoughts.
Chestnut bud: it is useful when the same mistakes are always repeated, making it difficult to learn from the experience.

Uncertainty


Cerato: helps you believe in your own judgment when important decisions have to be made.
Scleranthus: it is useful when you have to decide between two things to choose from, but you can't decide which one is best for us.
Gentian: it is useful when you are completely discouraged, and any delay or obstacle depresses us.
Gorse: is useful when you are completely desperate and believe that there is nothing left to do.
Hornbeam: it is useful when you feel the weight of life so heavily that you think you can no longer continue with the challenges that life offers us.
Wild oat: it is useful how much in life we ​​are at a crossroads, and we are not sure which direction to take.

Bach flowers: Hypersensitivity to influencesand to the ideas of others


Agrimony: helps communicate your feelings and fears; in particular it is useful for those who hardly express what they feel but hide it with humor or often take drugs or alcohol.
Centaury: it is useful for those who can hardly say no and impose their ideas; generally for people who tend to obey and serve others.
Walnut: is useful in times when you feel free from constraints and try to move forward towards change. It helps in the changes that can lead us to happiness and protects us from external influences.
Holly: is useful when suffering from negative thoughts, such as jealousy, envy, suspicion or desire for revenge.