By Sinead Fine (MAHA)

Edward BachBach was a renowned medical doctor, who specialised in bacteriology, immunology and homeopathy, and resided in London where he had a general practice as well as conducting research. He created 7 Bach Nosodes which are homeopathic medicines, which are still in use today, one of those being Dysentery Co. His strong beliefs about natural healing finally led him to move to the country. Here he felt he would discover a new form of medicine, a new form of potentising native flowering plants.

When Bach set out to create these remedies he did so from the viewpoint of personality. He believed in treating the person’s personality not his disease. Bach believed MOODS were the indicators for treatment of disease and ailments. Two people could have the same illness but react to it completely different. For example two people could suffer from hay fever but one would be irritable while the other would be discouraged, not trying to achieve healing. Cure, Bach believed was only obtained through the removal of the cause – the cause often being the state of mind. He believed that the blooms of plants and trees could hold these healing abilities because the flower head was the pure essence of the plant– which held the potential seed, the potential healing.

He created the Sun Method for potentising his newly created remedies and through his intuition and increased sensitivity, was able to feel the vibrations and power emitted by any plant which he wished to test. He avoided primitive plants such as seaweed and poisonous plants such as henbane, instead concentrating on gentle flowering plants. In total he created 39 remedies, one of which is the famous Rescue Remedy. Of the 38 other remedies the first 19 were discovered over a period of a few years and the last 19 were discovered during the period 1934 – 1935.

From observing patients, friends and people in the villages surrounding him Bach saw 12 distinct states of mind and he sought to find a remedy for each state, which he proceeded to accomplish. These are:

  • Doubt or discouragement: Gentian
  • Fear: Mimulus
  • VervainIndecision: Scleranthus
  • Indifference or boredom: Clematis
  • Impatience: Impatians
  • Mental torture or worry: Agrimony
  • Over-concern for others: Chicory
  • Over-enthusiasm: Vervain
  • Pride or aloofness: Water violet
  • Self distrust: Cerato
  • Terror: Rock Rose
  • Weakness: Centurary

He called these remedies the 12 Healers. These were the basic states of mind from which illness could occur. He then went on to discover 7 more remedies which he called the 7 Helpers. These were for states of mind, which had become more persistent than those of the first group. The 7 Helpers were for people who had adapted their lives and natures accordingly, until they had partially or entirely lost their own individuality. These are:

  • Oak LeavesGorse
  • Heather
  • Oak
  • Olive
  • Rock Water
  • Vine
  • Wild Oat

Bach had friends in Switzerland and Italy send him potentised remedies of for Vine and Olive, as he felt it was very important to include them.

Around this time he also developed an early version of Rescue Remedy with Rock Rose, Clematis and Impatiens in it. In April 1934 Bach went to Mount Vernon and stayed there until his death in November 1936. During these two years Bach discovered the next set of 19 remedies, most of which were made in an intense 6 month period. At this stage Bach was so sensitive that he often was affected by great emotional states until he had found a flower to alleviate his suffering.

HoneysuckleThe second set of 19 remedies consisted of 11 flowering trees (Aspen, Beech, Crab Apple, Elm, Hornbeam, Larch, Pine, Sweet Chestnut, Walnut Horse Chestnut, and Willow), 3 bushes (Holly, Honeysuckle, and Wild Rose), and 2 plants (Star of Bethlehem and Wild Mustard). In 1936 Bach published The Twelve Healers and Other Remedies. He perfected his Rescue Remedy. He also trained others to carry on his work. He called his remedies Healing Herbs and in 1936 when he had collected his 39 remedies he knew he had completed his work.

He died in his sleep at the age of fifty in his home at Mount Vernon.