Ruth Simpson from Brisbane, Australia, was only eight years old when she was sexually abused by her father’s friend. “I harboured mixed feelings about this strange experience and didn’t even know it was wrong until I was older. I was confused about my sexuality. There was a constant conflict with everything I did in life. I would enthusiastically start something only to find my energy fizzled out, and then quit and start something else.”

Feeling constantly overwhelmed and conflicted, Ruth met Aditi Surti, a certified Bach Flower practitioner from the Bach Centre in the UK, and an entrepreneur living in Mumbai. “I took Bach Flower Remedies for a month and after a three- months break did another round for a month. Today, I am a Sous Chef at a leading Brisbane restaurant. After changing eight jobs in four years, I’ve stuck to this job for 15 months, and finally feel more focused and peaceful,” she affirms.

Says Swati Mehra, a Surat based independent Bach practitioner and a beneficiary of flower remedies, “My husband was exhausted after a dance practice for our nephew’s wedding but a few drops of Oak, Olive and Hornbeam later, he felt energetic. I administered three pills of Mimulus to my son who was stressed out during his exams and it instantly calmed his fears. Once, when my triggers were pushed one after the other while eating out, it gave me an upset stomach, I took a dose of Cherry Plum and White Chestnut, and felt better.”

Pooja Rajpal Kasala from Qatar, yet another witness to flower power, chanced upon Bach Flower Remedies while on a backpacking trip to France. “I was stressed about walking many kilometers on a daily basis and Rescue Remedy calmed my mind. I felt a lot more in control and even managed to keep pace with other more experienced trekkers. I’ve been using Bach Flower Remedies intermittently ever since. Red Chestnut when I feel deeply worried about my loved ones, especially my mum, who stays away from me and Aspen to curb my anxiety-driven panic attacks.”

Back to the basics

What exactly are these flower remedies which work so subtly yet powerfully? While evidence suggests flower essences were used long ago in ancient Egypt, Sumeria, aboriginal Australia and, of course, India, Dr Edward Bach (pronounced ‘batch’), the modern day father of flower essences, discovered them between 1930 and 1936. After years of intense experimentation with over 1000 flowers, the English surgeon, bacteriologist and pathologist shortlisted 38 remedies (37 flowers and rock water, i.e., water from streams not exposed to man-made environmental conditions) which could heal body-mind-spirit disharmony when used individually or in combinations. He correlated these 38 remedies to seven emotional states which he discovered while tending to war-returned soldiers. These emotions were – fear, uncertainty, insufficient interest in current situations, over-sensitiveness towards self or surroundings, hopelessness or depression (melancholy), despondency and despair, and over-concern for others. Dr Bach believed that conventional medicine focussed on the disease rather than the patient who is a more holistic entity, a sum total of his physical, mental, spiritual and emotional faculties. That is why healing must also have a comprehensive approach in order for it to work.Read More..