Bachblüten Anhängsel


Rock rose: used in a state of terror, panic and extreme fright- whether the person is in good health or not. People who are suffering from this state of mind are usually in a serious condition.

Situation so grave that it affects those around him (Chancellor, 1995:162 ). Many women experiencing menopause go through a feeling of being unable to cope and fear of losing control.

Impatiens: Feels impatient, irritable, extreme mental tension and for those who are quick in mind and action. The mental tension often manifests as muscular tension and pain.

Effective for all pain caused by tension such as sudden cramp, an  agonizing pain, or other spastic conditions (Chancellor, 1995: 121).

It is common that women experiencing menopause also experience severe mood swings and irritability that this flower may be able to subdue.

Clematis: In individuals who experience a sense of  indifference, dreaminess, inattention and unconsciousness. Poor memories, they avoid difficulties or unpleasantness by allowing their

attention to wander and by withdrawing (Chancellor, 1995:76). Lack of concentration is a common symptom in women experiencing menopause.

Star of Bethlehem: After mental or physical shock. One of five remedies in Rescue Remedy and its function is to neutralize shock in any form. Dr Bach called this remedy “The comforter and

soother of pains and sorrows” (Chancellor, 1995:179).

Women going through menopause do have a sense of vulnerability, insecurity and depression that can be helped by the Bach Flower remedies.

Cherry Plum: For the desperation and deep depression of those on the verge of a nervous breakdown. The distress becomes so great, that they fear the mind will give way under strain. They fear

that they will lose control of their thoughts or actions, and be impelled to do something dreadful or to commit an act which in a happier time they would not consider for a moment

(Chancellor, 1995:61). Women in menopause commonly experience the feeling of losing control and anxiety therefore the inclusion of this flower remedy. 


[Edward Bach] (24-9-1886 - 27-11-936)

Bach grew up in Birmingham, studied medicine at the University College Hospital, London and obtained a Diploma of Public Health (DPH) at Cambridge.

Before turning to alternative therapies, he was a House Surgeon and a casualty medical officer at University College Hospital; he was in charge of 400 beds during World War I; he worked at the National Temperance Hospital and had a successful practice at Harley Street. 

Later he worked at the London Homeopathic Hospital and he developed seven bacterial nosodes known as the seven Bach nosodes:, which have received only limited recognition and their use has been mostly confined to British homeopathy practitioners.

These Bowel Nosodes were introduced by Bach and the British homeopaths, John Paterson (1890-1954) and Charles Edwin Wheeler (1868-1946) in the 1920s. Their use is based on the variable bowel bacterial flora associated with persons of different homeopathic constitutional types.


Bach flowers

In 1930, at the age of 43, he decided to search for a new healing technique. He spent the spring and summer discovering and preparing new flower remedies - which include no part of the plant but simply what Bach claimed to be the pattern of energy of the flower. In the winter he treated patients free of charge.

Bach did not use the Scientific Method to determine the claimed healing properties of his concoctions. Instead, Bach claimed to have psychically or intuitively discovered the healing effects of 38 wildflowers. His "discoveries" were arrived at by "inspirations." For example, while on a walk he had an inspiration that dew drops on a plant heated by the sun would absorb healing properties from the plant. He claimed that all he needed to do was hold a flower or taste a petal and he could intuitively grasp its healing powers. From these intuitions he went on to prepare "essences" using pure water and plants. Bach claimed that these wildflowers have a soul or energy with an affinity to the human soul. The flower's spiritual energy is transferable to water.

Rather than recognizing the role of germ theory of disease, defective organs and/or tissue, and other known and demonstrable sources of disease, Bach thought that of illness as the result of

"A contradiction between the purposes of the soul and the personality's point of view“. This internal war, according to Bach, leads to negative moods and energy blocking, which causes a lack

of "harmony," thus leading to physical diseases.

Bach advertised his remedies in two daily newspapers, but since his practices did not follow any scientific protocol, and his results were dubious, the General Medical Council disapproved of his advertising. For example, in his treatise Heal Thyself he wrote:

"Disease will never be cured or eradicated by present materialistic methods, for the simple reason that disease in its origin is not material . . . Disease is in essence the result of conflict between the Soul and Mind and will never be eradicated except by spiritual and mental effort“.

In 1934, he moved to Mount Vernon in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxfordshire.

[Suzanne E. Sky, L.Ac.]

Dr Edward Bach was a remarkable man. He was an early pioneer of natural medicine who discovered results when he treated the person rather than the disease. Born in 1886, Bach entered the medical profession from a sincere desire to help others. Early on in his practice he noticed that the patients personality or temperament was more helpful in deciding which medicine would be most effective than any other factor.

Early in his career, Bach studied bacteriology and became fascinated by the connection between a person's colon flora and their health. He discovered that a vaccine made from the patient's intestinal bacteria, and injected into their blood stream, gave excellent results, especially in chronic diseases. When Bach discovered homeopathy, he modified his method and made homeopathic preparations known as nosodes (remedies made from pathological tissues). He classified the intestinal bacteria into seven main groups and made preparations still known today as Bach's Seven Nosodes. Soon, he found that when a patient entered his office, he could immediately tell which type of flora would be predominant in that person, and which nosode they would need. From this Bach correlated seven main personality types and began prescribing the Nosodes solely on the basis of the patients personality, rather than laboratory tests. The results were even greater than he expected, and he saw clearly the importance of treating the person rather than their disease.

While Bach had great respect for homeopathy and its founder, Dr. Hahnemann, he refuted the basic premise of homeopathy, that like cures like. Bach states "It is obviously fundamentally wrong to say that 'like cures like'. ...Like may strengthen like, like may repel like, but in the true healing sense like cannot cure like. ....And so in true healing, and so in spiritual advancement, we must always seek good to drive out evil, love to conquer hate, and light to dispel darkness. Thus must we avoid all poisons, all harmful things, and use only the beneficent and beautiful." (Collected Writings, page 113)

Bach became dissatisfied with using the intestinal Nosodes, desiring to find a natural method which would not require using pathological material. He felt herbs would provide the most suitable material and began investigating the plant world. As Bach continued to work with and observe people, he became even more convinced thata person's temperment and personality were the factors that determined what illnesses they were prone to and what medicines would help them.

The first two plants he discovered and used in his practice, that are still Bach Flower Essences® today, were Impatiens and Mimulus. The third one was Clematis. This was in 1930. Bach was so pleased with the results, he decided to give up his use of nosodes altogether and seek out other herbal remedies to add to his repertory. Dr. Bach gave up his successful, lucrative and prestigious Harley Street office and set out for Wales to discover new healing plants. Little did he know he was about to discover a whole new form of natural medicine and herbal preparation.

Tromping around Wales for many years led him to discover the remaining 36 Bach Flower Remedies®. Bach was very particular in his selection of flowers and where he found them. Each of his remedies is a specific botanical entity, and substitutions are not equally effective. Bach was a sensitive as well as a medical researcher and physician. This blend made him search out only non-toxic plants that offered the highest vibratory patterns. Of the 39 essences we attribute to Bach, 37 are from plants, trees and bushes. One remedy, Rock Water, is from a special spring. The 39th, is a combination of several remedies, used for acute and emergency situations.

Bach found great results using the flower essences with people who came to him from all over. No matter what illness the person had, he only gave remedies in accord with their mental/emotional state of being. Bach himself became ill several times and only recovered after discovering and using the appropriate flower essence. He discovered several essences in this way.

Dr. Bach died in his sleep in 1936, feeling his lifes work was complete. He stated that the 38 flower essences he discovered would cover every possible area of need. His goal was to discover a safe, effective system of medicine that even the simplest person could use to help themselves, without a doctor. He felt he achieved this goal with his system of the Bach Flower Remedies®, which anyone can learn and apply with a little study.

The cause of disease according to Dr. Edward Bach


[Friedwart Husemann, M.D.]

Bach's Medical System

As a boy, Edward Bach hoped to discover the principle that could be used to cure all diseases. As a medical student he was conscious of the strong bias in school medicine. When he first came in contact with patients he felt that their psychological and personal symptoms were much more important than the physical symptoms. He trained

as a bacteriologist and produced vaccines (nosodes) from the intestinal microorganisms, injecting patients with their own nosodes. He achieved remarkable results with

this method, later modifying it and giving the nosodes only by mouth. He then found in Hahnemann's Organon much of what he himself had discovered in working with

his nosodes.

In July 1917 Bach had a severe pulmonary hemorrhage requiring surgery. He was in a coma for some time.

He developed his nosode therapy further at the London Homeopathic Hospital, believing that he had found the therapeutic principle to treat the condition called psora by Hahnemann.

He differentiated between seven groups of bacteria:

1. Proteus,

2. Dysentery,

3. Morgan,

4. Fecalis,

5. Coli mutabile,

6. Gaertner,

7. No. 7.

In clinical use, the mental symptoms and temperament of the patient became the most important indications/Bach defined 7 clearly-defined personality types with the 7 nosodes corresponding.

His approach was based on bacteriologic/pharmaceutic/clinical investigations. The success achieved with the nosodes failed to satisfy. He suddenly gave it all up.

In 1928 (age of 42) came a turning point in his life. He was looking for plants to replace his nosodes for purer remedies. He went to the world of nature, gathering plants, potentizing them or their active principles, but found again and again that nothing equaled the power of his nosodes.

He realized that there had to be more than 7 types. He initially established 12 personality types, indicating twelve flowers for their treatment. One of his booklets was therefore entitled “The Twelve Healers”. He realized that he was on the threshold of discovering a completely new system of clinical medicine. He also had a feeling that he would find a new method of preparation that differed from existing techniques in being extremely simple. He left London at this point, burned all earlier lectures and essays, and started a migrant kind of life in Wales, where he discovered one medicinal plant after the other.

Bach's primary intuition -using the term in his sense- had been that there are twelve personality types which he distinguished according to mental and characterological aspects:

1) fear

2) terror

3) mental torture or worry

4) indecision

5) indifference, boredom

6) doubt or discouragement

7) over-concern

8) weakness

9) self-distrust

10) impatience

11) over-enthusiasm

12) pride or aloofness

Bach found a natural remedy for each of these, perceiving the connection directly when encountering the plant:

The results achieved with these remedies, used according to the mental typology, satisfied Bach greatly. They were much better than those he had known with his nosodes. Most of the readers of this journal will be familiar with Cichorium intybus, a plant R.S. investigated in spiritual science. The story of a patient treated with Cichorium intybus by E. Bach is of interest. According to Bach, Chicory is indicated for people who are over-concerned and like to interfere in other people's affairs:

According to Bach, the physical disease had been caused by lack of harmony between soul and spirit, personality and higher self. Disease as such is beneficial and serves us well: it is a corrective, pointing to a lesson to be learned. Essentially there are twelve faults to be recognized. The disease will be cured if we develop the virtue that balances the fault. In support, or even on its own, the appropriate flower therapy is indicated for each fault. Bach's writings thus contain lists such as the following:

This establishes a kind of pastoral medical and phytotherapeutic connection.

Continuing his researches. Bach found 7 more medicinal plants. In the last 2 years of his life he discovered a another 19 medicines using a different method of research. Bach himself would develop a certain negative mental state or a physical illness, and he always knew that he would recover as soon as he found the appropriate medicine. This method of pharmacognosy through self treatment required great courage of his convictions and an unshakeable faith in his mission. The additional 19 medicines were largely taken from trees (oak, elm, larch, hornbeam, etc.) and prepared not by the sun method, which will be described below, but (with the exception of White Chestnut) by decoction. Bach mainly used this second series of remedies for patients who did not respond too well to the first series.

Bach's system of medicine thus involves 2 x 19 = 38 remedies. The Rescue Remedy: combination of Rock Rose, Impatiens, Clematis, Star of Bethlehem and Cherry Plum.

The first book published by Bach following the discovery of his flower remedies was Heal Thyself. Physical illnesses are psychological in origin. If we deal with our psychological problems we shall be well, contented and happy. The function of the new remedies was to help patients to overcome the negative states of soul that caused the illness.

Bach rejected poisonous plants and metals as medicinal agents. He would only use the flowers, for the flower, containing the potential seed, concentrates the vital powers of the plant.

Bach’s method: freshly gathered flowers were placed in a dish of clear water and exposed to direct sunlight. A glass bowl, as thin-walled as possible, was filled almost to the brim with pure water, preferably from a spring. Sufficient flower heads were placed in the bowl to cover the surface completely. A cloudless day would be chosen, and the flowers were picked after they had been in the sunlight for about 2 hours. The bowl was then placed in the sun, changing its position from time to time so that the light of the sun was fully on the surface, with the whole bowl bathed in light. A quarter of the liquid was poured off after 3, 4 and 7 hours respectively, adding about 20% of pure alcohol to the drawn-off liquid, which would represent the 3rd, 4th and 7th potencies respectively.

It is evident from the above that Bach - in the initial stages of developing the method - equated the period of exposure to the sun with different potencies. It also shows that Bach would originally pick the flowers 2 hours after sunrise at the earliest and that some of the tinctures were not ready until 9 hours after sunrise, in the afternoon. Later he said the flowers should be exposed to the sun until the petals just started to fade. Ultimately the instruction was to expose to the sun for 4 hours, and that is the method used today. Even today, the 4-hour period may well extend beyond noon.

The method was, therefore, to take the place of potentization for Bach's researches had shown that this was the best way of ensuring medicinal powers. Bach wrote in 1930 that people should not reject the method on account of its simplicity; the further scientific research advanced, the greater would be recognition of the principle of simplicity in the whole of creation.

In his view, the system could be used to cure all diseases:

Whatever the disease, the result of this disharmony, we may be quite sure that the cure is well within our powers of accomplishment, for our souls never ask of us more than we can very easily do. Any disease, however serious, however long-standing, will be cured by restoring to the patient happiness and desire to carry on.

Examples he gave were "arthritis, cancer, asthma, etc." and also "measles." A few weeks before his death he spoke of "all diseases normally known in this country".

There is no need to tell you of the Great Healing Properties of these Remedies, more than to say that hundreds and thousands of people have been brought back to health.

He compared his cures to the melting of snow:

They [the Bach Flowers] cure not by attacking disease but by flooding our bodies with the beautiful vibrations of our Higher Nature, in the presence of which disease melts as snow in the sunshine.

He also stated that his method was very simple, requiring "no medical knowledge whatsoever". "The whole principle of Healing by this method is so simple as can be understood by almost everyone".

Anthroposophic Point of View

A comparison of Bach's method with anthroposophic medicine will not only throw a light on the Bach Flowers but, if we look at anthroposophic medicine in the mirror of another system, some of the principles of anthroposophic medicine emerge more clearly.

What are the origins of disease?

Bach saw the origin of physical illnesses in the human psyche. The mental symptoms were much more important to him than physical symptoms. Edward Bach (1886-1936) and R.S.  (1861-1925) were of one mind regarding the psychic origin of physical illnesses. "The disease is merely an abnormality in the individual's life of feeling", said R.S. and Edward Bach had clearly developed the "perceptive eye for the inner life" that R.S. hoped physicians would develop. In anthroposophic medicine this concept of disease is only one among many, and it is immediately reversed when it comes to "mental" diseases, the syndromes known in the field of psychiatry. Depression and mania, compulsive neuroses or delusional states have their origin in the patient's physical body. Other concepts arise, for instance, if we consider the human being from the point of view of the 4 aspects, its 3-fold nature, or the polarity between the upper and lower human being.

If a physical illness has its origin in the patient's soul life, does this permit us to give low value to physical symptoms?

Let us imagine 2 patients who are both over-concerned (Bach).

Let us say one has a heart condition and the other a liver disease. Heart and liver are different worlds, and so it cannot be one and the same. Here we see that it really matters if we are able to distinguish between body, soul and spirit.

Anthroposophy considers not only the psyche, which may affect the individual's vital processes, but also the spiritual nature of a person which is embodied and active in the organs. Seen in this light, disease is "the physical Imagination of spiritual life", and I differentiate between two different spiritual realities when making the distinction between hemolytic and hepatocellular icterus. The soul is undoubtedly more spiritual than the body, but the latter is more perfect in its kind. If we compare the marvelous structure of the heart or the brain and their finely attuned functions with the uncertainties and instability of our feelings, it is evident that the physical body, of its kind, is the most perfect aspect of the human being. Any approach to medicine must base itself on a study of the physical body; otherwise it can have no solid foundation.

One-sided or all-round methods?

Bach used only flowers for his medicines (exception = Rock Water = water from medicinal springs).

Anthroposophically speaking, flowers act on the metabolic pole, i.e. the area where Bach had collected his nosodes at an earlier stage. The fact that he used plants to influence the soul is understandable from the anthroposophic point of view. Mineral medicines act on the human ego, plants on the soul (astral) body, animal substances on the life body, and human substances (blood preparations) on the physical body. The flower actually has a soul aspect, showing nature's changing facial expressions in a poetic way.

Bach, therefore, had the right ideas concerning both disease and his Flower Remedies, but he made them the sole and exclusive principle to the point where there are no limits, and one loses one's bearings.

Some dietary advice given by R.S. may demonstrate this.

The metabolic/sulphur pole is dominant in fair-haired children, the nerve/sense pole in dark-haired children. To correct such a bias, Steiner advised that fair-haired children should be given root vegetables, dark-haired children aromatic fruits. The effect of such a diet given to children also influences the soul, and we really ought to demonstrate this empirically by conducting long-term trials. But we can understand the principle even without this. A fair-haired child, with the emphasis on metabolism, would thus be given root vegetables and a dark-haired child, with the emphasis on nerves and senses, fruit to correct the bias. Anthroposophic medical treatment is also based on the principle that human beings have an upside-down plant inside them.

The Flower Remedies deal with one aspect of this. The other, polar root aspect and the third, mediating leaf aspect are missing. People using the Flower Remedies, therefore, have no clear understanding of what they are doing. For what do I really know about an effective medicine if I do not also know the medicine which acts in the opposite way?

Many mothers today give Bach Flower Remedies to their children as a form of prophylactic psychological medicine. In view of the above, one would expect the Flower Remedies to increase the bias in a fair-haired child, in whom the flowering/sulphur is already dominant, while they may be expected to have a balancing effect in dark-haired children.

Medicines free from poison?

Bach rejected poisonous plants (Bell./Acon.) even in potentized form. R.S. would occasionally prescribe substances in doses that came close to the toxic range (Merc-v nat. in Thuja comp.).

Here again, the physical body can teach us how to find the right way. It produces numerous toxic substances (CO2/P/Fe/bilirubin) all of which the physical boda detoxifies. Classic exogenous toxins such as Morp./Strophant. have been known for years to be endogenous as well, with small amounts produced in the body. Everything normal and healthy in one organ is unhealthy or a toxin for the next organ. Consider the way the brain floats calmly in the cerebrospinal fluid, like an iceberg; in the heart the same macroscopic calm would signify cardiac arrest and, therefore, death. The inner life, which proved of such interest to Bach, can only exist in the body by slightly poisoning it all the time; the state of unconsciousness we enter in sleep will then correct this again. If a disease develops in which vegetative, regenerative, sleep-like metabolic forces dominate (a febrile inflammation) toxic substances are indicated that will strengthen the waking- up pole, which has become too weak, and thus counteract the overweening metabolic, going-to-sleep pole. Bell. D 3 or D 4 may be indicated in such a case, not as a homeopathic simile, but for the above reasons. Bell. D 30 would be contraindicated, for if the origin is perceived to be in the metabolic pole, we have to intervene there, and this is successfully done by using low, material potencies.

To be able to cope with the widest possible range of situations - and Edward Bach clearly wanted this - we have to understand that it is "a nonsense to dream of non-poisonous medicine".

Self-treatment or self-education?

One of Bach's most important social impulses is that of self-treatment. Apart from the simplicity of his method, this is probably one of the main reasons why the system is so widespread, having become highly popular in recent years.

As already mentioned. Bach's first publication was Heal Thyself. Steiner asked young doctors to make it part of their medical ethics not to treat themselves and not to lay claim to the benefits of the medicines for themselves. This was clearly said with reference to medical treatment.

In terms of general hygiene it is, of course, justifiable and indeed highly necessary to strive for health. "Striving for health" is the first condition for entering on the spiritual path (Knowledge of the Higher Worlds). Tried and proven aids are eurythmy and the exercises connected with the lectures on Overcoming Nervousness and Practical Training in Thought. At this psychological level, self-treatment is far from simple, requiring a great deal of effort and will power. It is, in fact, a matter of self-education. The "heal yourself" impulse should not take the place of self-education. We are well on the way to this, however, when we read in the prospectuses of the Bach Center in England that Bach Flower therapy is "preventive medicine for the psyche", serving to "build character" and that the long-term goal of Bach Flower therapy is to achieve "purity of soul and, therefore, maximum personal development and stability".

Under the pretext of treatment something entirely different is offered here: the self-education impulse is obscured. Purity of soul is a goal that in anthroposophic terms can only be achieved through numerous incarnations and, in Christian terms, only on the Day of Judgment. In selling their products the manufacturers of Bach Flower Remedies want to provide something to be acquired passively which, in fact, can never be provided from outside: self- knowledge, self-education, character improvement, purity of soul.

As far as I can see, this impulse was not of primary concern to Bach himself; he truly wanted to heal physical diseases by treating the soul. Bach was convinced that his system would cure every disease.

Sun method or powers of morning and evening?

R.S. introduced new, complicated manufacturing methods for a whole range of anthroposophic medicines. Examples are the machine used to produce mistletoe preparations and the method of producing Kalium acet. comp. cum Stibio. His suggestions were based on certain insights, e.g. that mistletoe as it occurs in nature, is a "decadent process". It is often necessary to complete the work of nature, using the art of pharmacy.

Edward Bach's main concern, on the other hand, was to find a simple method on which human beings have minimum influence. His sun method exposes the medicinal substances to direct sunlight, and initially he would start two hours after sunrise at the earliest, with exposure time of 3 - 7 hours, depending on the "potency" required. The method was developed further, and today a standard exposure time of 4 hours is used, often until noon or later. Originally, noontime was always part of the process.

Steiner, on the other hand, advised against using the noon or midnight powers of the sun, recommending utilization of the powers of morning and evening, with direct sunlight playing no role in this, the aim being, among other things, to avoid the use of alcohol as a preservative. Bach was unable to manage without alcohol for his remedies. Steiner spoke of the different nature of the powers of noon and midnight, predicting their future effects in the East and West. A time will come when "those who have knowledge in the cosmos will fight one another“. It will be an American secret how the powers of noon can be made to serve the ahrimanic double, to paralyze the powers of morning and evening. And the powers of midnight will be used in Eastern occultism to bypass the Christ impulse.

Readers may judge for themselves if Bach's sun method may be seen in connection with the above-mentioned American secret or not. The fact is that Edward Bach, coming after Samuel Hahnemann and after Rudolf Steiner, discovered a method of preparing medicines that uses the noontide powers of direct sunlight.

Questions we have to ask in relation to that method are: what happens when the flowers are thus exposed to the sun? Which physical substances and non-physical creative powers are transferred to the water? Is this the equivalent of potentization, as Bach believed it to be?

Should we use medicines for which the principle of action is unknown?

Twelve and seven

Bach discovered 7 nosodes, 12 human types, 12 healers and 7 helpers, and then another 12 + 7 = 19 remedies, after which he declared the system to be complete. He himself never spoke of the meaning of those figures. Without going into speculation, let us recall, however, that the major turning point in Edward Bach's life came when he realized that the whole of humanity is made up of 12 types. In Anthroposophy we speak of the individual human being, and initially only of the physical body which consists of 12 senses or has embryologically evolved through the forces that come from the 12 regions of the zodiac. The individual human being, and initially only the life (ether) body, differentiates into 7 stages of life, a 7-fold metal or planetary process. Numerous further differentiations and aspects make the individual person a being of body, soul and spirit, a marvelous, artistically metamorphosed, highly complex mirror of the cosmos. We feel growing admiration and profound reverence as we learn to perceive this human being. For Edward Bach, it seems, the whole of humanity was simply and easily divided into 12 types, his system being so simple that even 38 types are easy to understand. This has resulted in a simple, practical method that requires "no medical knowledge whatever" and "can be understood by almost everyone".

Simple or Complex?

In Nora Week's book the terms "simple" and "simplicity" are used dozens of times.

The keynote of Edward Bach's life was simplicity and it was also the keynote of his final work - the new system of herbal medicine.

Tempting words - "the genius of simplicity" - but there is also a certain arrogance which should not be overlooked.

Since Edward Bach's days, a vast number of harmful effects on the environment have become known, among them thalidomide, the Chenobyl disaster, the natural catastrophe of the Aral Sea, the plague of toads in Australia, the ozone hole in the stratosphere, ozone pollution near ground level, the hothouse effect, mad cow disease (BSE) due to meat being fed to herbivores, etc. All of these were caused by human beings, sometimes on expert advice. The common denominator is a biased, simplistic approach, and failure to think of all possible consequences. Simplicity of thinking is the banner headline when we consider the causes of today's natural disasters. The longing for simple ways of thinking arises from the desire to avoid effort. Life, the world and the human being are many-layered and complex, and in using methods that are too simple and one-sided we destroy them.

Bach's Flower therapy is as one-sided as it is simple. The original claims for universality have no doubt been found to be relative in practice. Bach's successors now want to offer "inner development in the form of drops", and the tremendous spread of Bach's Flower Remedies is a product of our age, a product of avoidance of effort.



Blütenessenzen selbst herstellen: braucht folgende Ausrüstung.

    * Glasschale

    * Vorratsflaschen

    * Einnahmeflaschen

    * Stilles Mineralwasser

    * Branntwein


    * Pipette

    * Kleiner Trichter


Das wichtigste Utensil ist eine kleine Glasschale. Natürlich kann man eine beliebige Glasschale verwenden, doch ich habe mir extra für diesen Zweck eine schöne, schlichte Schale angeschafft.

Eine Schale, die ich auch fürs Müsli benutze, schien mir zu profan für die Herstellung von Blütenessenzen.

Wenn die Blütenschale nicht in Benutzung ist, steht sie an einem schönen Platz, wo sie sich energetisch aufladen kann - zumindest stelle ich mir das mit der Aufladung so vor.


In die Vorratsflaschen füllt man die fertige Mutteressenz, durch Branntwein haltbar gemacht.

Mir schienen Flaschen mit 250 ml Fassungsvermögen geeignet für den Zweck (zu groß?). Die braunen Flaschen habe ich mir in der Apotheke besorgt.


Für die Einnahme der verdünnten Blütenessenzen braucht man kleine Einnahmefläschchen.

Grössen von 10 ml bis 50 ml sind geeignet, am verbreitetsten sind wohl Fläschchen mit 30 ml Fassungsvermögen.

Für die Einnahme werden gerne Flaschen mit integrierten Pipetten genommen, um die Tropfen einfacher dosieren zu können. Aber auch Flaschen mit normalen Tropfeinsätzen sind geeignet und vor allem deutlich preiswerter.

Stilles Mineralwasser

Am besten ist frisches Quellwasser für die Herstellung von Blütenessenzen geeignet.

Wenn man solches nicht hat, kann man aber auch ein schlichtes stilles Mineralwasser benutzen.


Zur Haltbarmachung der Mutteressenz aber auch der Einnahmetropfen wird besonders gerne Brandy genommen. (Für Kinder kann man 25% Zucker ausprobieren).

Der darin enthaltene Alkohol konserviert die Essenzen, sodass sie jahrelang, vielleicht sogar jahrzehntelang haltbar sein.

Branntwein hat ein feines Aroma und färbt die Tropfen zudem leicht braun, was optisch einen gehaltvollen Eindruck ergibt. Man kann jedoch auch farblose Alkoholika einsetzen.

Wer keinen Alkohol mag, kann stattdessen auch Obstessig benutzen.


Mit einer Pipette kann man die Essenzen gut tropfenweise dosieren.

Pipetten bekommt man unter anderem in Apotheken, wo es auch welche gibt, die man direkt auf Flaschen aufschrauben kann.

Kleiner Trichter

Mit einem kleinen Trichter kann man die Mutteressenz und den Branntwein bequem in die Vorratsflasche füllen.


Außerdem ist er nützlich, um Wasser und Branntwein in die Einnahmefläschchen zu füllen, bevor man die Tropfen der Essenz hinzufügt.


Anleitung für die Herstellung von Blütenessenzen nach der Sonnenmethode.

Die Sonnenmethode ist die bekannteste Methode zur Gewinnung von Blütenessenzen, sie wurde auch von Edward Bach für die meisten seiner Bachblüten verwendet.

Bei der Sonnenmethode nimmt man die Kraft der Sonne zu Hilfe, um die Schwingungen der Blüten auf das Wasser zu übertragen.

Bevor man loslegt, sollte man die Seite über die Ausrüstung durchgelesen haben.

Wichtig! Geht nur an Sonnentagen

Da die Sonne auf die Blüten einwirken soll, um eine Mutteressenz herzustellen, funktioniert die Sonnenmethode nur an sonnigen Tagen. Man braucht mindestens drei Stunden Sonne.

Gerade im Spätwinter, Frühling oder Herbst muss man also möglicherweise tagelang in Lauerstellung abwarten und auch den Wetterbericht aufmerksam verfolgen.


   1. Als erstes gießt man klares Wasser in die Glasschale.

   3. Wenn man Blüten verwenden will, die nicht in der Nähe des Hauses wachsen, geht man natürlich zuerst zu den Blüten und füllt dort erst das Wasser in die Schale.

   4. Ich finde es nett zu den Blüten, wenn man ihnen erklärt, was man von ihnen will, bevor man sie pflückt.

   5. Dann pflückt man die Blüten und legt sie auf das Wasser in die Schale.

   6. Am besten benutzt man ein Blatt, um die Blüten zu berühren, damit man sie nicht mit den Fingern anfassen muss.

   7. Die Oberfläche der Glasschale sollte von den Blüten bedeckt sein.

   8. Zum Einwirken der Blütenkräfte auf das Wasser stellt man die Glasschale an einen sonnigen Platz.

   9. Sehr schön ist es, wenn man einen geeigneten Platz auf einer Wiese oder zwischen Blumen findet.

  10. Aber die Schale sollte an ihrem Platz auch sicher und ungestört stehen können.

  11. Dieses Kriterium geht im Zweifelsfall über die Idylle.

  12. Lass die Blütenschale dann mindestens drei Stunden lang stehen.

  13. Du kannst dich dazusetzen oder die Schale immer mal wieder besuchen, um an dem Prozess der Blütenessenzentstehung teil zu haben.

  14. Nach drei Stunden ist die Blütenessenz fertig.

  15. Dieses Blütenwasser nennt sich auch "Mutteressenz" (zusammen mit dem konservierenden Branntwein).

  16. Bei den Schneeglöckchen in diesem Beispiel sind die Blüten im Verlauf der drei Stunden weiter aufgeblüht und haben angefangen wunderbar zu duften.

  17. Meistens weiß man gar nicht, dass Schneeglöckchen herrlich duften, weil sie so dicht am Boden wachsen und die Kälte den Duft am Ausströmen hindert.

  18. Man kann die Blütenschale jetzt ins Hausinnere bringen und weiter verarbeiten.

  19. Wenn man weit weg von zuhause ist, kann man die folgenden Schritte auch außer Haus durchführen.

  20. Als nächstes braucht man die Vorratsflasche für die Mutteressenz.

  21. Die Blüten werden abgefiltert oder abgesammelt, weil man nur die Flüssigkeit braucht.

  22. Ein Trichter hilft dabei, das mit Blütenschwingungen angereicherte Wasser in die Flasche zu füllen.

  23. Die Flasche sollte etwa halb gefüllt werden.

  24. Wenn man zuviel Wasser hat, kann man es an die Stelle gießen, wo die Blütenpflanzen wachsen und sich bei ihnen bedanken.

  25. Man kann auch ein paar Schlucke von dem Wasser trinken oder die Stirn damit benetzen, um sich auf die Blütenessenz einzustimmen.

  26. Um die Mutteressenz haltbar zu machen, füllt man die zweite Hälfte der Flasche mit Branntwein.

  27. Dann verschließt man die Flasche und schüttelt sie kurz, um die wässrige Essenz mit dem Branntwein zu vermischen.

  28. Zuletzt wird die Flasche mit Inhalt und Datum beschriftet.

  29. Um die neue Essenz kennen zu lernen, ist es empfehlenswert, sich gleich eine Einnahmeflasche zuzubereiten und in den nächsten Tagen regelmäßig Tropfen davon einzunehmen.


Gewinnung von Baumessenzen

Die Herstellung der Extrakte erfolgt ohne Verletzung der Pflanzen nach der Tropfenmethode. Dabei werden unter Achtung des Pflanzenwesens Pflanzenteile oder Blüten mit Wasser besprüht.

Das heruntertropfende Wasser wird aufgefangen und beinhaltet alle Informationen der Pflanze. Anschliessend erfolgt eine Haltbarmachung mit Alkohol, der schonend aus Pflanzenfrüchten gewonnen wurde


Frei nach: Christian Osika, M.D.

Centripetal Forces In Plant Growth

Initially, Bach used the morning dew from plants. Later, he would pick the plants and put them in water. He clearly got good results with this "extract."

Reading this, I remembered similar experiments I made years ago and for quite different reasons. Following the Chernobyl disaster, vast areas in Sweden were contaminated. The danger of radioactive contamination of medicinal plants was discussed.

In Leningrad, Kiev and Moscow, botanical, general biologic and pharmacologic investigations had been in progress for years on physiologically highly active secretions found on the surfaces of plants. They were referred to as phytoncides (= antimicrobial allelochemic volatile organic compounds derived from plants)/some plants give off very active substances which prevent them from rotting or being eaten by some insects and animals/spices, onion, garlic, tea tree, oak and pine trees, and many other plants give off phytoncides/Oak contains greenery alcohol = phytoncide/more than 5000 volatile substances defend the surrounding plants from bacteria, fungi and insects/prevent the growth of the attacking organism)/in Taiwan, S. Korea and Japan, engage in so-called forest bathing to breathe in phytoncides emitted by plant and trees, in order to improve their health).

Bach had the idea at the time of growing medicinal plants in greenhouses to prevent contamination from the soil and the air. They would be harvested not by picking but by spraying and washing the pot plants. The washing water would then be the mother substance for medicinal preparations. The plants would grow on. Relatively extensive raw material production would thus require only limited space. It might have been possible to study the production, quantity and quality of phytoncides for extended periods, also in relation to planetary activities. The soil was less contaminated than expected.

During some weeks on holiday on Madeira I prepared an experiment with phytoncides. I had frequently taken delight in the yellow flowers of Oxalis pes-caprae (= Bermuda butter-cup/= African wood-sorrel/= Bermuda sorrel/=  Buttercup oxalis/= Cape sorrel/= English weed/= Goat's-foot/= Sourgrass Oxydales). which originated in the Cape Province. Grows in poor soils, and its lemon  yellow flowers open in the morning sun. They generally stay closed when it is raining wetter. In S. Africa they flower in summer, north of the equator in winter, which makes them a particularly welcome sight in the Mediterranean region, where flowers are relatively few in winter.

A feature of Madeira are numerous small channels, the levadas, which conduct water from the high-rainfall northern part of the island to the gardens and vineyards in the warmer south. The conduits have been dug and blasted, renewed and extended and given loving care for centuries. The older levadas in particular look like works of art created in nature by human hands. They come from mountain regions, heather and laurel woodlands, often fed by waterfalls, and run at a low gradient through pasture land and groves. 50 - 100 cm wide, they are accompanied by narrow paths that offer themselves for short, refreshing walks and day-long rambles. The channels often run parallel to the slopes, and the hillsides are protected from crumbling away by supportive stone walls. Bermuda buttercup grows in abundance in and on those walls.

With several bottles of spring water in my backsack, I went to a place by a levada on a northwestern slope. A circle of strong wire had been glued to the opening of small transparent plastic bag to make it rigid. I had selected some bushy buttercup patches growing almost horizontally from gaps between the stones. Gently bending the first plant so that it went through the opening in the bag

I carefully let water from the bottle run over it. When the bag was half full I poured the liquid back into the bottle, using a funnel. I washed the same plant 3x using the same water.

½ liter of the essence thus obtained was diluted to a full bath at body temperature (not hot) and I was able to experience the relaxing and enlivening effect on myself. The essence will keep for at least 2 weeks in a refrigerator, requiring no alcohol to conserve it.

The method also works with other medicinal plants.

Fresh essences may thus be produced as required, avoiding preservation with alcohol. In winter this would, of course, require a greenhouse.


[Cornelia Richardson-Boedler]

Group 7? Mental obsession, perfectionism (spiritual)

In this group, the main conflict lies in the unfulfilled urge to achieve perfection and attain high standards within one's conscience and toward one's ideals. This urge is also present in face of emotional difficulties and life's problems. One tries repeatedly and obsessively to master oneself internally or solve an external problem that poses difficulties. As a result, the obsessive-compulsive strain creates tension, frustration, and perpetuated preoccupation that lead to mental/emotional fatigue and physical disturbances.

The challenge lies in allowing oneself to let go of preoccupation, once one has tried one's best under the circumstances.

Unnecessary worry needs to be replaced with trust, personal perfectionism with tolerance and self-forgiveness.

This attitude also aids others, should they have been included in the expectancy of performance of high standards. One needs to understand that spiritual and personal perfection also comes from being led, impressed, or inspired, that one cannot accomplish all personal growth through measures, control, and excessive preoccupation.

Breathing disturbances, gastrointestinal disturbance, skin disorders, and sleeplessness can be caused by this error in the personality. Other psychosomatic diseases can have obsessive-compulsive traits as well.

Nervous breathing syndrome = “Respiratory corset”

This disorder is marked by respiratory constriction and inability to breathe freely. It often occurs in addition to cardiac symptoms and is found mostly in patients with obsessive, compulsive personality structures.

The restricted breathing is a sign of inhibited self-expression due to compulsiveness, thus serves as a mental "corset" affecting the breathing rhythm.

Bach Remedies:

Pine: Obsessive-compulsive tendencies can heal excessive guilt and exaggerated attempts to appease one's conscience.

White Chestnut addresses mental preoccupation and fixation. It heals the recurring thought loop related to obsessive thinking patterns.

Mimulus: Anxiety and nervousness.

Cherry Plum: subconscious urges that are resisted with obsessive-compulsive measures.

Crab Apple: shame or self-disgust related to such possible issues and cures fixation of thought in regard to pushing problems out of proportion and despairing over them obsessively.

Rock Water: excessive self-denial and unnecessarily strict or ritualistic self-discipline in attempting to achieve perfection or self-mastery.

Oak: "one-track mind" that is bent on working and achieving despite fatigue and hardship.

Willow: an experience causing resentment is worked through repeatedly, without release.

Gentian: enhances faith and trust, enabling to let go of obsessive measures and breathe freely again.

Wild Rose: Oppressive nature of not being able to breathe, feelings of powerlessness.

Elm: feelings of being overwhelmed.

Homoeopathic Remedies:

Ars.: highly motivated to achieve order and perfection in the environment, as well as within the body and mind. Mentally, the interest is focused mainly on upholding one's standards of perfection in one's performance and conscience, while an urging for purity and health motivates the focus on the body. The leading idea centers around purging, cleaning, securing. Patients are nervous and restless and complain of regularly occurring suffocative attacks and a tense tightness in the breathing apparatus.

The chest feels particularly oppressed from being angry, on coughing or laughing, when in cold air, and on exerting physically walking or ascending.

Generally, great anxiety, even inability to speak and faintness accompany the complaint during acute moments; breathing may be stertorous and wheezing. The even more severe suffocative attacks involve a spasmodic constriction of the larynx or chest that leads to anguish, coldness, weakness, a pain in the pit of the stomach, and fear of death. These attacks more frequently appear in the evening and on lying down. < lying on the back and incites violent heart palpitations causing anguish. Patients may also refer to a burning pain in the chest and in various parts of the body.

Nat-c.: complain of a weakened nervous system and suffer aggravation from mental and physical exertion. A feeling of overexertion is incited easily, as even mere trifles instill anxiety and worry and are attended to with conscientiousness. Patients are prone to a recurring mental preoccupation with sad thoughts, < music, tends to harbor resentment against specific persons, though appearing rather cheerful and service-oriented.

Challenges from the environment, in particular in regard to emotional impressions, are not integrated well and cause emotional exhaustion and overstimulation leading to depletion. Patients react overly mentalized, conscientious, and mentally preoccupied. There is a concurrent oversensitivity to physical impressions; the sun generates headaches; < heat/cold/storms/weather changes; Hay fever occurs; food allergies (milk), failure in assimilation of food, and sensitivity to drinking cold drinks when overheated. Jaundice and chronic inflammation of the liver may develop, likely due to an inability to tolerate disturbing confrontations or situations, while suppressing one's true feelings. The nervous overexertion and failure to process affect the breathing apparatus as well; air is not "integrated" easily. Patients suffer from pressure and tension in the chest; shortness of breath and labored respiration (on inspiration); shooting pains in the chest and in the sides of the chest; a cold sensation in the left side of the chest. Physical exertion, as well as lying on the left side, bring on strong heart palpitations causing anxiety.

Aur-met.: show an overly conscientious, work-oriented attitude and a pathological tendency to depression and self-reproach. They feel nervously strained, sense that a nervous breakdown or a loss of mental control is imminent, are prone to rage, and suffer from an oversensitivity to noise, bright light, and excitement. There is also an obsession with certain ideas that cannot easily be shaken off, such as the feeling of having failed one's relations, of longing for deliverance by suicide. Even when encouraged as to their personal worth, patients insist on having failed.

An imperial attitude, in this case turned against one's own self but normally also affecting others, is upheld and ultimately dictates to suicide as a means of deliverance from self-condemnation. Chest heavily oppressed and congested and is subjected to anxious heart palpitations; the region of the sternum seems to carry a burdensome weight and aches from the pressure. There are suffocative attacks, with faintness and bluish discoloration of the face. Respiration impeded (at night and during walking in the open air when deep inspiration becomes necessary). A dull pressure-like pain is felt right under the ribs, and there is an almost constant aching in the left side of the chest. Prone to ulcerous conditions and caries of bones; generally < from sunset to sunrise.

Dig.: hard-working, industrious yet may become anxious about the future, preoccupied with trifles, and prone to remorse and self-blame. Guilt feelings may arise from a tendency to be unsympathetic toward others.

A concomitant weakness of the heart intensifies the breathing difficulties, these being marked by a compressed and constricted sensation in the chest and directly in the lungs < at night when lying down, in the morning when waking and compelling to rise, when sitting or walking, though suffocative spells instill a longing for the open air. A constant need to take a deep breath, being subjected to deep-sighing respiration and a weak,  anxious sensation in the chest that appears to stem from the stomach. Generally marked by an all-pervading weakness and lassitude, by faintness with perspiration, by vertigo, by a lack of organic, arterial, and muscular tonicity; in advanced cases, the slightest exertion or motion may cause collapse. There is a typical nightmare of falling from a height, from which patients wake with a start.

Drinking cold water causes pain in the forehead ext. nose. There is a general sensitivity to cold (cold food/weather). < alcohol/after eating;

Sad listening to music.

Nat-m.: turn inward after grief and disappointments and may develop obsessive traits, expressed in the conscientiousness about trifles and quick annoyance at minor mishaps. Also subjected to resentment, as well as remorse and self-blame.

Plat.: virgins with obsession of being married

Sulph.: Work/Hobby



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