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Continuing my Flower Remedies Journey 

Continuing my Flower Remedies Journey 

by Jane Basson

If you read my blog post of July 2022, you will know that I am passionate about the Bach Flower Remedies as a way of supporting our health and wellbeing.

Since writing that post, I have now completed Part 2 of the Bach Foundation training and am even more enthusiastic about the benefits of using the gentle healing power of the flower remedies for myself, my family and our Neal’s Yard customers.

In Part 1 I learned about the history of Dr Bach and his philosophy, as well as discovering the healing properties of the individual remedies.

In Part 2 the focus was on a more in-depth analysis of the system and the individual remedies, the similarities and differences of certain pairs or groupings of remedies, and the ways in which they can be used. There was also a lot of time spent on creating personal blends and how to select the remedies that will most benefit the person we are trying to help.

One of the most important principles of the Bach system is that there are no remedies for situations – there are only remedies for feelings. Two people could be in a very similar situation but the way it makes them feel (and therefore the impact it has on their wellbeing) could be very different.For example, moving to a new area could make one person feel anxious or fearful, whereas another person might feel resentful (eg if they have had to move because of a partner’s job or because they are still dependent on their parents and they didn’t really want to move). They would need different remedies, one for the feelings of anxiety (Mimulus) and the other for feelings of resentment (Willow). A demanding workload could make a usually capable person feel temporarily overwhelmed with all the plates they are spinning (they might need Elm), whereas another person might be lacking in confidence in their own ability (Larch could help) or be feeling intimidated by an over-bearing boss (they may benefit from Walnut). It is therefore essential that we discover how the person is actually feeling in the situation they are in before we can select the remedies to help them. Over time, negative thoughts and emotions can build up within a person, literally layering on top of each other, eg. fear followed by guilt, then followed by resentment. Dr Bach said it was most important to treat what we see now, ie treat the feelings the person has right now, working from the outside in. As those feelings are addressed, the layer beneath will reveal itself and then we treat that, ie address whatever feelings/emotions they are experiencing at that time, as the layers peel away and balance is achieved.I am very excited to have enrolled on Part 3 of my training (Practitioner Level) which will take place in April/May this year.

If you are interested in finding out more about the flower remedies and how to use them to support your own health and wellbeing, please do come into the shop to chat to our friendly team – they will be delighted to help.

My Exciting Flower Remedies Journey by Jane Basson

Like many people, I have long been aware of Bach Rescue Remedy and had used it once or twice, although it wasn’t really on my radar.  It wasn’t until I began working at Neal’s Yard Remedies Bath in August 2018 that I became more aware of the whole range of flower remedies and their potential to play a big part in our health and wellbeing.  As I listened to colleagues talking to customers about the remedies, I became fascinated by their gentle healing powers and made it my mission to find out more.

I was in the middle of a year-long foundation course in Herbal Medicine when the pandemic hit in 2020.  The course was a distance learning one, so it was ideal for me to complete this during that long summer of lockdowns, and gave me a real focus during that difficult time.  However, the uncertainty of that period made me question the wisdom of going on to the three-year full-time degree course in herbal medicine – and it was then that I had a light bulb moment!  I just knew that it was the flower remedies I wanted to study instead – I instinctively felt that this was the direction meant for me and I enrolled, full of anticipation, on Part 1 of the Bach Flower Remedies training.

The course, despite taking place via Zoom due to the pandemic, was expertly run and utterly fascinating.  I felt a whole new world had opened up to me and I soaked up all this fascinating new information like a sponge.  

The flower remedies are a wonderful way to address negative feelings and emotions (and haven’t we all had a lot of those during the last couple of years?).  Dr Bach, who developed this system during the 1930s, believed that physical symptoms and disease manifest from a negative emotional state – and of course now it is widely acknowledged that the mind and body are closely linked and that mental and physical health go hand in hand.   

How wonderful to be able to address anxiety, worry, uncertainty, feelings of inadequacy or of over-worry for others by using gentle, powerful flower remedies – which have no side effects, are really easy to take and are completely safe for everyone to use.

From Mimulus which helps with fear of known things (like a job interview or exams) to Aspen for fear of unknown things (a vague feeling of apprehension but not really knowing why), Walnut (for protection from overbearing people in our lives or to help with changes such as moving house or going to a new school) to Elm (for capable people who just feel temporarily overwhelmed with all their responsibilities).  This is just the tip of the iceberg – there are 38 remedies (plus Rescue or Five Flower Remedy) which can be taken individually or in a blend tailored to our needs.  At Neal’s Yard Remedies we sell the Healing Herbs range, which are prepared and created to the exact method created by Dr Bach.

I am very excited about moving on to Part 2 of my training this year and fully intend to carry on to Part 3 (Practitioner Level).  I have seen the (sometimes quite profound) benefits of using the remedies with my own family and now I love to share my passion with our lovely Neal’s Yard customers.

I’m very much looking forward to hosting some special events at our Bath store over the coming months, where customers will have the opportunity to make up their own flower remedy blend to take home.

So, watch this space for more information about upcoming workshops/events and in the meantime feel free to come into the shop to chat to our friendly team about the wonderful world of flower remedies.

An Introduction to Bach Flower Remedies with Celia Stewart

P1010906.JPG.opt405x540o0,0s405x540Celia Stewart is holding an evening workshop on 17th June at 7pm–9pm

The Bach Flower Remedies and their uses will be explored in difficult situations, such as when we find ourselves under pressure or things go wrong in life.

This event is part of International Essence Awareness Week, 15-22 June.

Celia is Bach Centre registered and a Neal’s Yard Remedies practitioner.

Includes a personally blended flower remedy treatment bottle to take away.

Please ring 01225 466944 to buy your ticket and secure your place.

11252398_849745358396436_8883502061797683370_nTickets: £15