Edward Bach, the doctor who developed 38 homeopathic flower remedies, was a highly sensitive person. While his remedies may work for wide swath of the population, I believe they’re best suited to people who are similarly sensitive.
Since highly sensitive people often experience everything more intensely, when they have neuroplastic pain, TMS, or mind-body syndrome, not only do they feel everything strongly, but they often have more pronounced emotional reactions. These can show up as anxiety, grief, anger, guilt, hopelessness, and despair.
While everybody with TMS usually becomes highly sensitive to their symptoms, not everybody with TMS has the same psychological make-up, even though there are a lot of similarities: perfectionism, do-goodism, self-criticism, stoicism, and anxiety.
In my experience, Bach flower remedies work best with people who are more tuned in to their internal environment, both physically and emotionally. Since so much of mind-body syndrome is the mind, it can be very helpful to support one’s personality with flower remedies.
While it’s beyond the scope of this article to go into each remedy, there are educational sites, including questionnaires, you can easily access online. Here are a few: http://bachflower.com, http://Bachremedies.com, Nelsons.com
The flower remedies are probably one of the safest things on earth. They don’t interact with any pharmaceuticals, and they are not mind altering in any way that would be disturbing. They’re just another way of supporting yourself emotionally.
For example, if you lack confidence, the right remedy can increase it. If you’re perfectionistic, you might relax a bit more. Struggling with grief? A remedy might help soften the experience.
As there are only 38 remedies, it’s not an overwhelming amount to study. I’d recommend taking a couple of different questionnaires online, reading some of the basic material, and finding your four most fitting remedies. You can make your own formula or you can buy a custom-made formula on Amazon or through one of the Bach companies.
You can also just focus on the most dominant aspect of your personality, and use one remedy. As they are fairly inexpensive, it won’t be a big financial burden. Consistency is the key. If you take the remedies sporadically, I don’t think you will notice anything particularly life-changing. Of course, when it comes to rescue remedy and rescue sleep remedy, you can sometimes feel the effects within seconds. (It’s important to note that even though the word “sleep” would make you think it has an extra ingredient to induce sleepiness, that’s not the case. The remedy they add to the basic Bach rescue remedy is an anti-ruminative. This is why I recommend Bach sleep remedy instead of the traditional rescue remedy for anyone who has a tendency to overthink.)
Some people might experience immediate results from Bach essences, though for deeper personality traits, you can expect to take a couple of drops of the remedy under the tongue four times a day, for about three months. (If you have a history of overusing alcohol, the remedies are usually diluted in an alcohol water solution, though you can find alcohol free versions online.)
I find Bach remedies very supportive, and an excellent adjunct to other psychologically and emotionally oriented modalities.
They are also safe for children and pets.
Copyright Nicole S. Urdang