Bach flowers, origin and benefits

Bach flowers, origin and benefits

Bach Flowers enjoy excellent popularity today. With the passage of time they have been gaining ground until they become a matter of shared study, not only by the acquaintances of this subject, but also arousing more and more interest in people. The call Floral Therapy It constitutes a pillar of knowledge contributing to natural therapies a great wisdom of nature thus reinforcing our love for the environment and its components.


  • 1 Brief history of Dr. Bach and the emergence of therapy
  • 2 Dr. Bach's floral therapies
  • 3 Basic Classification of Bach Flowers
  • 4 Emotional classification of Bach Flowers
  • 5 How do I know what flowers can I take?
  • 6 Can I become addicted to Bach Flowers?
  • 7 Bach Flowers for children and babies

Brief history of Dr. Bach and the emergence of therapy

The work of Dr. Bach it was the beginning of this great adventure, since observed the problems of society with a different prism. He studied, researched and wrote. He left us a legacy worthy of admiration which endures in our memory and in naturopathic medicine. Therefore we owe him this teaching because it was the point of origin of what is known as the so-called Bach Flowers that, as we see, bear his last name.

The Dr. Edward Bach devised a simple and natural technique that would end up influencing people physically and psychically, nothing more and nothing less than through the personality, and for that I would do it using the essence of wild flowers.

Edward Bach was born in Montseley, located in England on September 24, 1886. His childhood and his impetus to help mitigate the suffering of humans was one of the impulses that would lead him to study the medical career at the University of Birmingham, obtaining in 1912 his diploma.

The importance of Bach Flowers was determined thanks to intestinal bacteria, observing how they were found in greater numbers in healthy people. After this discovery he began to develop a vaccine which was injected at the blood level of his patients, thus revolutionizing the treatments given at that time and also without forgetting the homeopathic school.

In the year 1917 when Bach had to be operated urgently due to a hemorrhage and his bad luck wanted it to be due to a serious illness. His diagnosis was disturbing, he only had three months to live. So he advanced in his work, due to this sad prognosis, but the determination and dedication to others along with the will to continue led him to the purpose of his life, thus working the miracle of recovery. And that is how Mr. Bach, convinced that when a person manifests love and interest he finds no obstacles, he carried out his task. With this attitude and using his own method of healing he managed to reverse his fatal outcome. Already in the year 1918 during an influenza epidemic, he tried to inject to the soldiers of the Army of Great Britain a vaccine that he had managed to invent thus saving thousands of lives among national and foreign troops.

Dr. Bach's floral therapies

At the age of 43 he decided to change the destiny of his life and went to live in Wales where nature's search prompted him to explore his inner world, beginning to deepen the so-called floral remedies. Here it was by determination where he discovered the first flowers to treat things like: impatience, fear, rush, etc ... And this is where we meet the famous Floral Therapy, based on the studies of Paracelsus, back in the 15th century. Well, here the story, yes, we will make a brief review about Bach's flowers.

  • The set consists of 38 flowers divided in turn into seven groups that deal with: fears, lack of interest, uncertainty, loneliness, hypersensitivity, external ideas, despair, and excessive concern for others.
  • There are 12 original remedies to address personality structures, or what is the same as the search mechanisms for security, protection and ways of interacting with each person.

Basic Classification of Bach Flowers

The basic classification created by Dr. Bach, includes 12 primary essences called healers, 7 helpers other 19 last flowers. This first classification is made according to its therapeutic properties, but there is a emotional classification as well as the individual of each flower.

The 12 primary essences

Agrimony, Centaury, Cerato, Chikory, Clematis, Gentian, Impatiens, Mimulus, Rock Rose, Scleranthus, Water Violet and Verbain.

The 7 Helpers

Gorse, Heather, Oak, Olive, Rock Water, Vine and Wild Oat.

The last 19 flowers

Aspen, Beech, Cherry Plum, Chesnut bud, Crab Apple, Elm, Holly, Honeysuckle, Hornbean, Larch, Mustard, Pine, Red Chestnut, Star of Bethlehem, Sweet Chestnut, Walnut, White, Chestnut, Wild Rose and Willow.

Emotional classification of Bach Flowers

Dr. Bach proceeded to perform this division in relation to people's emotions, and is divided into a total of 7 groups.

Group 1:

Destined to fight the fear: Mimulus, Rock Rose, Cherry Plum, Red Chestnut.

Group 2:

Destined for uncertainty: Scleranthus, Cerato, Gentian, Gorse, Horbean and Wild Oat.

Group number 3:

Destined for lack of interest in the present: Honeysuckle, Clematis, Wild Rose, White Chestnut, Olive, Mustard and Chestnut Bud.

Group 4:

Destined for loneliness: Impatiens, Water Violet and Heather.

Team 5:

Destined for influences and hypersensitivity: Centaury, Agrimony, Walnut and Crab apple.

Group 6:

Destined for despondency / despair: Pine, Larch, Elm, Sweet Chestnut, Star of Bethlehem, Wilow, Oak and Crab apple.

Group 7:

Destined for excessive worry we are surrounded by people who: Verbain, Chicory, Vine, Beech and Rock Water.

How do I know what flowers can I take?

In choosing the right flower we must be in conditions of action on oneself, as well as on others in order to help them grow spiritually. This means that we will assume that We begin to become aware of our own life to be able to act like this and achieve the learning of recognition of what our imbalances are. By rule and ending we will allow flowers to end up interacting with us, achieving a balance and therefore teaching us a new way to face our daily lives as well as relationships with the people around us.

Can I become addicted to Bach Flowers?

To this day it has not been proven that such therapy is addictive, on the contrary, since Bach flowers, in any case, what they produce in us is a positive mood to carry out everyday aspects of life.

Its effects once overcome by the therapy patient disappear, which is why it does not become addiction. Therefore we can be calm in reference to this interesting question.

Bach Flowers for children and babies

If the question is whether Bach flowers are safe for this sector of the population, the answer is yes, indeed. We always talk about an alternative therapy, that must also be taken into account. Here are some examples of Bach Flowers in children as well as babies.

  • Sleeping problems.
  • Nightmares.
  • Wet the bed
  • Learning problems
  • For times of exams.
  • Hyperactivity problems
  • Shyness problems

David Álvarez, therapist