Bach Flower Remedies
Dr. Edward Bach (1886-1936) developed 38 remedies to treat such emotional problems as despair or lack of confidence. Essences of flowers are diluted and preserved in brandy, which are then again diluted with water. The usual dose of a Bach Flower Remedy is a few drops taken either sublingually or mixed with a quarter cup of water and swallowed. Although the flower essences are extremely dilute, the "vibrational and therapeutic" essence remains, according to Bach's theory.
For Bach flower remedies, visit www.bachcentre.com (UK) or SEE BELOW for US.
Patients who cannot have products containing alcohol or fermentation may want to avoid these remedies.****
Ann's NOTE: When I use a homeopathic remedy (for example) that is soaked in alcohol, I add it to very hot water which I have been told dissipates the alcohol. I have had NO bad reactions and I am 'sensitive/allergic' to alcohol.
2/08 UPDATE from Alicia Sirkin, BFRP
"What most people don’t know is that the Bach flower Remedies work equally as well by topical application. In fact, they even work in a bath or sprayed over the body from an atomizer.
The remedy liquids can be rubbed onto any pulse point (inside of the wrists, temples, behind the ears, etc.) with the same results as oral dosing. If the doctor tells a patient not to ingest any alcohol, but that a few drops rubbed onto the skin is fine, then the remedies can safely and effectively be used in this way.
Only those individuals recovering from alcohol dependency and taking a drug like Antabuse may not use Bach Flower Remedies or any supplement or drug with an alcohol preservative base.
Many people who cannot consume products preserved in alcohol can successfully use Bach Flower Remedies to release distressing states of mind with topical applications".
J Complementary Therapies
in Clin Practice, April-May 2007
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