The Truth About Bach Flower Remedies (Essences)


Have you ever spent the night tossing and turning because your head was spinning like a hamster wheel, and you couldn’t stop it? White Chestnut will fix that almost instantly, with no side effects. You’ll definitely want to get the straight dope on the Bach Flower Remedies (Essences).

In this episode I’m going to talk about one of my favorite healing tools. It’s something very simple that’s generally quite misunderstood. And it’s something very powerful that’s often underestimated. It’s called the Bach Flower Remedies, and before I go any further I want you to know that I don’t sell them, don’t own stock in them, and am not getting paid to talk about them. This is simply something I think everyone should know about.

If you’ve never heard of the Bach Flower Remedies (Essences), or don’t know much about them, I think you’ll find this episode quite enlightening. And if you’ve used the Bach Flower Remedies before, and thought they didn’t do much, you should definitely listen to what I have to say about this now.

The Bach Remedies (Essences) are a set of 38 individual flower essences. In some ways similar to homeopathic remedies, they are a kind of vibrational medicine, working on our system energetically, rather than metabolically or mechanically. I’ll explain this further in a bit.

Each of the Bach Remedies corresponds to a negative mental/emotional state, for example fear, sadness, worry, or guilt. The states themselves, and the corresponding remedies are very specific. That’s an important key to understanding Bach Remedies. If you don’t have the specific mental/emotional state the remedy addresses, nothing will happen.

For example, there are actually several different remedies for fear. Mimulus is for fear of a known cause, whereas Aspen is fear of something unknown; for anxiety or panic for no particular reason. If you’re afraid of failing a test you’ll be taking, and you take Aspen, it won’t help because that’s not what its for. But if you have a vague sense of anxiety or suffer panic attacks with no immediate apparent cause, Aspen is the remedy for you.


These are vibrational remedies, some people also call them flower essences. Similar to homeopathic remedies, there is very little of the actual flower they come from in the remedy at all. The vibration of specific flowers are transferred to water, and that water is preserved in alcohol, brandy to be exact, and bottled. When you take a drop of that remedy, your energetic field, or aura, receives the essence of the flower. Sounds pretty fanciful, doesn’t it? Only from a very limited view of life.

I won’t go into energetic healing, the aura and vibrational medicine here. If you’re listening to my podcast there’s a good chance you’re already tuned into that, at least to some degree, and there are people who can explain it much better than I can. All I’ll say is that energetic medicine is very real, the Bach Flower Remedies work on that principle, and they work amazingly well.

The only thing is, they don’t work exactly in the way we’ve come to expect medicine to work. Compared to the gentle and non-intrusive way the Bach Flower Remedies work, most modern medicines and even herbal remedies are like a sledge hammer. We feel the effects. They make us feel up, or down, or drowsy, or speedy. Or they treat physical symptoms we can measure. Bach Flowers don’t work that way.

Instead, all these remedies do is put a positive energy, very specific positive energies, into our energetic field. These energies lift our system so we can release negativity, in the form of the specific negative mental/emotional states we’ve gotten ourselves into.

If that all still sounds rather abstract, let me give you a few examples that will make it real.

Have you ever had the experience of trying to go to sleep, but your mind is spinning like a hamster wheel, with thoughts that keep going round and round? There’s a remedy for that, called White Chestnut. Take a couple drops of that and a few minutes later you’ll practically forget why you took it. Sure you could still go back and think about the stuff you were obsessing over. But now you aren’t obsessing any more. The negative side effect of this remedy? None.

Another example. Suppose you’re an intelligent person who should be able to make your own decisions, think for yourself, and find your own way in life. But you’re always asking other people’s advice, second guess your own intuition, and can’t seem to trust your own good judgment. There’s a remedy for that, and it’s called Cerato. Take Cerato for a while, and you’ll wonder why you ever asked anyone else for advice, when you know perfectly well what you want to do. The negative side effect of this remedy? None.

Say you got your emotional toes stepped on by someone, and you just resent the hell out of that person. You feel bitter, ungrateful, and you’re generally a downer to yourself and everyone around you. Well, let’s say it’s not you, but someone else you know who feels and acts this way. There’s a remedy for that, called Willow. Willow lifts a person out of that bitter, resentful state so they can start to appreciate their life, and other people, and not be such a toad. The negative side effect of this remedy? None.

There are 38 of these, and you can easily find all the information, so I’m not going to go through all of them, but I like these so much I’ll tell you about just a few more. Honeysuckle, for home sickness. Olive for exhaustion. Impatiens for… impatience. Beech for being too judgmental. Rock Rose for terror. And Scleranthus for indecision.

The negative side effect of these remedies? None. Nada, Zip. Zero. In fact there are no negative side effects or contraindications for any of the Bach Flower Remedies. Every single one of them works, and every one does exactly what it’s supposed to do. But remember, if you don’t have what the remedy is for, it won’t do anything. And if you do, it will often work so well and so unobtrusively you won’t even think about it. And that’s why Bach Flower Remedies don’t get the credit they deserve.


Now I’ve got to tell you something important about Rescue Remedy, the best known of the Bach Remedies. Rescue is a mix of 5 of the Bach Flowers most relevant for dealing with our mental emotional state during an accident or emergency. If you are in serious trouble, like a car wreck, a big fight, or you just fell over for some reason, take Rescue Remedy and it will help you feel better. I’d like to tell you it will fix the dents in your car, but you’ll actually need a body shop for that. But emotionally, you’ll be on an even keel so you can deal with it.

The problem with Rescue Remedy is that like all the Bach Remedies, it only helps with the specific thing it’s for. And unfortunately, the company that manufactures and markets Bach Flower Remedies decided to market Rescue Remedy as a cure for stress – a kind of emotional panacea, if you will. That’s not what it’s for, and it doesn’t work for that, except perhaps as a nice placebo. As a result, lots of people pick up Rescue Remedy at the checkout counter, pop it on the way home from the store, and think, “that didn’t do anything”, and never try it again. Of course it didn’t do anything. You didn’t need it then, and now you think it doesn’t work.

So in my not so very humble opinion, the Bach people are doing themselves, these remedies, and all of us a disservice by misrepresenting what Bach Remedies are really for. I guess they’re making more money that way in the short term. In the long term they’re shooting themselves in the foot. Ouch. Now that’s something you could take Rescue Remedy for.


I don’t sell the 38 Bach Flower Remedies, but I do offer over 68 guided meditations, programs, and courses that can help you with all kinds of mental emotional challenges, teach you how to develop your intuition, offer you greater spiritual connection, and a whole lot more. Please look for all of my work at The Healing Waterfall dot com. And hey Doctor Edward Bach, wherever you are, thanks. I love your work.