Bach Original Flower Remedies
At this time of year, I am always excited to hear how my A level students have done in their examinations and what their plans are following this. When I think back to this time in my life it was both exciting and nerve-wracking. Going off to university was a start of a whole new chapter of my life. In this time, I would meet life-long friends, study a subject I was passionate about and live far more independently. I have always thrived on my independence, but the responsibility of this can always lead to stress. I always had a bottle of Bach Rescue Remedy on hand. Knowing this seemed to help me cope with the pressure of deadlines and end of year exams.
If you haven’t heard of Bach Rescue Remedy it is a mixture of flower essences in grape alcohol solution. You either put a few drops directly on your tongue, or into a glass of water to drink, and it is supposed to help comfort and reassure. In addition to the Rescue Remedy, you can also get individual flower essence. There are 38 Bach Original Flower Remedies. These are made from wild plants, prepared by using the same methods as Dr Edward Bach in the 1930s. They are grouped into one of seven categories:
- Face your fears
- Know your own mind
- Live the day
- Reach out to others
- Stand your ground
- Find joy and hope
- Live and let live
The Bach Original Flower Remedies have just had an update on the design of their label. They are now colour-coded, reflecting the seven groupings and each bottle has a sketch of the plant used to produce the flower essence.
I have a scientific background and there really is no experimental evidence to support that Bach Flower Remedies work. However, I do believe that we shouldn’t just dismiss something because we don’t have evidence yet. I strongly believe that the scent of flowers can really affect your mood and state of mind, so it may be that extracts from flowers could also do this. However, our minds are a wonderful thing. It might just very well be, that if we believe that we are taking something that will help with our confidence, then we will feel more confident regardless.
Until I can be proven otherwise, I have Vervain to remain strong willed and enthusiastic (vital to a long day teaching teenagers); Scleranthus to be decisive in situations where you struggle to make decisions (important when we are trying to decide what to do as a family) and Olive to let go and allow yourself to revitalise and restore your mental energy (which is what I need to do at the end of every day to enable me to be the best mother and teacher that I can be).
Disclaimer: I was sent a sample of the Bach Original Flower Remedies to try, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.