The Simplicity of the Bach System

There are 38 remedies in the Bach remedy system. All of them were discovered in the 1920s and 1930s by Dr Edward Bach, a well-known bacteriologist, physician, and pathologist.

Each remedy associates itself with a basic human emotion. Mimulus, for example, is the remedy for when we are anxious or afraid about something specific. Taking the remedy helps us overcome our fear and face it with courage.

Dr. Bach designed his system to be simple. It may seem daunting at first, but anybody can learn how to use it. On this site, you will find all you need to get you started.  The remedies are in liquid form so that you can mix together the remedies you need to to help balance your current emotional situation. Like Dr. Bach, we believe that healing on an emotional level has knock-on effects on other levels. A healthy emotional life and a balanced personality will allow your body to find its own natural state of health.

Please follow this link to look up every remedy and find out what they are for. the following links tell you how to select and take the remedies, and below you will find how they are made, and we have lots of recommendations for further reading if you want to know more.

How the remedies are made

The remedies are made by using one of two methods. Dr. Bach chose to use the sun method for certain plants – mostly the more delicate flowers – and involves floating the flower heads in pure water for three hours, in direct sunlight.

And for other remedies – mostly the woodier plants and those that bloom when the sun is weak – he chose to use the boiling method which means boiling the flowering parts of the plant for half an hour in pure water.

In both cases the heat transfers the energy in the flowers to the water.  This is then filtered and an equal quantity of brandy is added to the energised water as a preservative.  This creates the mother tincture.

The Mother Tincture is then further diluted at a ratio of two drops to every 30 ml to make the stock bottles that you see in the shops.

It is a simple process and doesn’t require special preparation or special abilities. All that is needed is willingness and understanding, along with sunshine and water, and the right plant on the right day.

If you decide to make a remedy for yourself, Dr. Bach taught us not to handle the flowers as the remedy should be influenced only by the flowers themselves.  Choose a sunny, cloud-free morning. Fill a small fine glass bowl with pure spring water and then gently and simply snip the flowers directly onto the water’s surface, or cover the palm of your hand with a broad leaf so you can then tip the flowers onto the water without touching them.  Stay calm and take your time.  Enjoy the experience, and remember to take a moment to thank the plant or tree for its offering.

Remedies and lettuces

Anyone can make their own remedies, which is why the instructions for making them were never patented, but instead published, first in the earlier editions of The Twelve Healers & Other Remedies and latterly in Nora and Victor’s book The Bach Remedies, Illustrations and Preparations.

For obvious reasons, most people find it easier and more convenient to use remedies prepared for them by someone else. To meet this need Dr. Bach and later Nora and Victor prepared their own stock remedies for distribution to patients, and supplied mother tincture to a select few pharmacies in London with instructions that they dilute them into stock bottles and distribute them through their shops.

The Bach Centre continued to make mother tinctures and dilute them into stock remedies for packing and distribution throughout the world until their demand outstripped our capacity at Mount Vernon. Today, one of the original three pharmacies – Nelsons – prepare and distribute remedies from mother tinctures made with the plants that still grow in the Bach Centre’s garden and other original locations chosen by Dr. Bach himself.  There are also other companies that make their own brand of the 38 remedies.  So, instead of only being available in a select number of places they can be bought easily in ordinary shops.  As well as in High Street pharmacies and health stores, you can find them at airports; you can buy them in supermarkets.

Dr. Bach was a humble man; he would lead sing-songs in the village pub, play football with the local kids, and he would smoke his pipe and enjoy a drink.  But he was also a man with a vision: he wrote about a hospital of the future where doctors would treat their patients as individuals, where patients would understand the nature of their discomfort, and where the healing medicine of nature would nurture their feelings and their soul.

Yet simplicity isn’t always easy to maintain. Since 1968 when Nora Weeks obtained the original medical licences for the remedies, our desire to keep the system both unchanged and available to as many people as possible took us into areas that seem far removed from simply going out into the countryside to prepare a remedy in the sunshine: compliance with directives and regulations, official inspections, quality control, fire insurance…  Yet the bowls and the pans and the flowers were and are still there, and the 38 remedies and the message of self-healing are the same as when Dr. Bach walked down to Wallingford on his birthday in 1936 to give his work to the world.

He showed us how the remedies – the gifts of nature – can help ourselves and others. His vision of a hospital, doctor and patient of the future was a sanctuary of peace, hope and joy – something that we can find within ourselves if we choose to look for it. And Dr. Bach would be delighted to see the remedies so readily available and as easy to access as our daily vegetables, bread, and fruit.

As Dr. Bach explained to Nora Weeks:

‘I want to make it as simple as this: I am hungry, I will go and pull a lettuce from the garden for my tea; I am frightened and ill, I will take a dose of Mimulus.’

And, indeed, it really is as simple as that.