Where to purchase Bach Flower Remedies
In 1994, a set of the original Bach Flower Remedies, from the Bach Centre in England, cost in excess of AUD $400. They are available from Health Food Shops and other Natural Product Distributors. The price for a single 10ml bottle of the stock-strength remedy is in excess of $15, which makes it virtually out of the reach of the average home healer.
You have a few options:
# You can make some of them yourselves (see lesson 2)
# You can purchase them in dosage-strength form, which is somewhat cheaper, but you won’t be able to make up bottles for others. You can still treat others by putting some drops in a drink however.
# You can visit a practitioner like myself and have them make up a remedy for you.
# Or you can buy remedies from some small manufacturers who make their own. This means that they are not the original Bach Flower Remedies, but they are remedies made from the same flowers.
# I must mention here again that the Bach Centre insists that their remedies are the only true Bach Flowers, but Dr Bach always said that he wanted everyone to be able to make them.
# As you know, he taught the method of preparation and actually encouraged people to make their own. Nowhere does he claim that the remedies are exclusive to him or to England, as many claim today.
# So, don’t be discouraged from making your own remedies, or from getting them from others who make their own.
A brief look at other Flower Essence systems
In recent years, many other flower essences have been developed. In various countries throughout the world, flower essences indigenous to those lands are being tested and used in clinical practice.
There are now Australian, New Zealand, Alaskan, Himalayan, Californian, Hawaiian and Amazonian flower essences available, and no doubt there will be more to come. The most commonly used essences, apart from the Bach Flowers, are the Gurudas, Californian and Australian essences.
Californian Flower Essences
The Californian Flower Essences were developed by the Flower Essence Society during the 1970s and to some extent they reflect their era, which was the height of the personal growth and human potential movement.
Therefore, many of these flowers are used to enhance such things as creativity, self-actualization and spiritual growth. These essences include a lot of familiar herbs, like yarrow, borage, sage, rosemary, garlic, dill, dandelion and familiar garden plants, like sunflower, snapdragon, fuchsia, forget- me-not, calendula and so on.
We have made and used many of the Californian Flower Essences, and found them very helpful for a wide variety of conditions. We often use them in conjunction with the Bach Flowers. One of the reasons that I am attracted to these essences is because many of the flowers are so familiar to me, and I have a lot more of these growing in my garden than I do Australian plants.
Australian Bush Flower Essences
I haven’t used the Australian essences much, because I don’t feel much affinity for the Australian flowers. But, this is purely a personal matter. It is not that one group of essences is any better than another, although there are those who claim that the Australian ones have to be better for us, because we are Australian, and there are those who swear that the Bach Flowers are the best.
I have been told that the Australian essences are very powerful and are suitable for those who wish to work on very deep-seated issues. There is certainly a lot of interest in the Australian essences, and if you want to know more about them then get a copy of Ian White’s book called Bush Flower Remedies. You will find their website at: http://www.ausflowers.com.au
This is a vast subject and I’ve really only scratched the surface, because there is enough material on the subject for a very in-depth course. But I hope I have whetted your appetite a bit.
I would like to leave you with one closing thought. With these remedies, Edward Bach has given us an amazing tool whereby we can help to heal and free ourselves, and also help others to heal themselves. One of his most famous teachings, and I really want you to remember this, is that WE ARE ALL HEALERS.
But what this really means, is that we are not the healers, so much as the catalysts to help others find their own inner healing power. This is what true healing is all about. If you begin to use these remedies and at the same time, read whatever you can that was written by Edward Bach, I guarantee that you will never be the same again, and it will kindle in you an urge, not so much to be a healer, but to help others discover their own ability to heal themselves.
Finally, this is how Bach so eloquently described the way the remedies work
“They cure, not by attacking disease,
but by flooding our natures with the beautiful vibrations of our Higher Nature,
in the presence of which
disease melts as snow in the sunshine”.
-by Candy Hillenbrand
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