Dr. Bach believed that the basic cause of all disease was an emotional disharmony resulting from conflict within the personality. The 38 remedies which he discovered, were for the treatment of this disharmony, and each remedy was specific for a particular emotional condition, such as fear, anxiety, depression, loneliness, etc. The remedies were prepared mainly from natural wildflowers, using fresh water and the power of the sun to produce an essence, which was taken internally by the patient.
Dr. Bach died in 1936, immediately after completing his system. His followers have carried on the work he started, and the 38 remedies, known as the "Bach Flower Remedies", still prepared by the same natural method, are available in Australia today.
Dr. Edward Bach found, by experience, that most human disease had their basis in disharmony between the spiritual and mental aspects of a human being.
This disharmony - to be found wherever conflicting moods produced unhappiness, mental torture, fear or lassitude and resignation - lowered the body' vitality and allowed disease to be present. For this reason the remedies he prepared were for the treatment of the mood and temperament of the patient, not for his physical illness; so that each patient, becoming more himself, could increase his or her own vitality and so draw from an inward strength and an inward peace the means to restore health.
The most recognised of all Bach Flower Remedies is the "multi-useful" Rescue Remedy. Below, you will see what Dr. Bach himself said about his Rescue Remedy. The Rescue Remedy is a combination of 5 remedies. The five remedies are:
Rock Rose: for terror, extreme fear, panic, either in the patient or in those around.
Star of Bethlehem: for the after-effects of shock, mental or physical.
Clematis: for unconsciousness, coma, fainting, giddiness, all of which indicate a temporary lack of interest in the present.
Cherry Plum: for the fear of the mind giving way, of insanity, brain-storms, hysterical conditions, suicidal tendencies.
Impatiens: for the extreme mental tension and irritability resulting in muscular tension and, hence pain.