Using Bach Flower Remedies to enhance Emotional Balance


What are Bach Flower Essences?

Bach Flowers Essences are a natural and gentle method of healing, bringing deep emotional balance during challenging times.  This system of healing was discovered by Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930’s, however the practice of using the healing properties of flower essences has been dated back to ancient Egypt. Today, there are many different types of essences available which are used worldwide such as Bush Flowers from Australia, Findhorn Flower Essences from Scotland, Icelandic Flowers from Iceland and many more.

Dr. Bach through years of practice observed that many physical ailments were a possible result of an imbalance in one’s mental and emotional state.  The essences work by treating the individual rather than the disease or physical symptoms.  Addressing the energetic imbalance that lies beneath the psychical symptom will help bring about a state of harmony enabling us to rediscover the positive sides of ourselves.

There are 38 healing remedies in a set and each essence is made from wildflowers, blossoms and plants which will address particular emotional states.   The vitality and energy of the flowers are extracted by infusing the blossoms in water under the sun or full moon for a period. Research has shown that water has memory and the imprint of all that is infused in it will be retained, hence the scent, color and the vitality of the plants are captured.

Who can use Bach Flowers?

Flower essences can be used safely by everyone, this includes children, the elderly, animals and even for plants. There are no side effects, and they are non-addictive.

What symptoms can they be used for?

Bach Flowers work on balancing the emotional state before disease appears or addressing the feeling the individual may be experiencing even when physical symptoms are present.

Many people use them during times of stress, anxiety, fear, uncertainty, grief, shock, irritability, lack of confidence, trauma, resignation and much more.

How to take Bach Flower Essences?

The mixture you receive from your practitioner will be prepared specifically for you based on your current emotional state. The mixture can have up to 7 essences combined.

The best way to take these essences are 4 drops on the tongue 4 times a day for a period of 4-6 weeks. There will be days where you may feel you need the extra support, and you can take extra doses. Taking the first dose upon waking will set you emotionally on the right path for the day, and taking your last dose before sleeping will allow you to process any challenging emotions you may have experienced during the day aiding in a restful night’s sleep.

How will I feel whilst taking the Essences?

The emotional shifts that one may experience after taking the essences are subtle and everyone will respond differently. You may not notice it, but people around you may point the shift that they see within you.   Consciously or subconsciously allow the mind and body to take in the benefits of these Flowers, this will help with letting go of old patterns and fixed emotions with the goal to rebalance and harmonize the body.

What is the difference between Flower Essences and Essential Oils?

Both essences are made from plants, yet their properties are extracted by using different methods and their application is also unique to their healing abilities. Flower essences are prepared in water and are used orally. They address the mental emotional root cause that may have led to a manifestation of physical symptoms in an individual. 

However essential oils are oil based and are aromatic. Their unique active compounds are extracted through distillation and cold pressing and these aromatic chemicals are then mixed with carrier oils. Pure essential oils are often used for physical ailments via inhalation or topical application, they are not safe to be taken orally.

Each Essence or Holistic Therapy has its unique healing properties, it is a matter of finding what works for you and what you may need at a specific time.


Blossoming flowers, in a way, signify a flourishing spirit, allowing these Essences to guide the mind, body and soul. And will enable us to let go of old negative patterns, making room for new habits with a sense of calm and acceptance in a balanced way.

Bach Flowers can be used for many different emotional states, it does not just have to be used for a state of trauma, shock etc., but can also be used to support you through day-to-day challenges such as impatience, irritability at work, confidence when doing exams. At Kamalaya, we can provide you with a one-to-one Bach Flower session or you can experience the benefits of these Essences in conjunction with doing our Embracing Change program.

Contact us to find out more about our holistic approach to enhancing your health and wellbeing.

Kamalaya Naturopath Leila Abachi

Written by: Leila Abachi, Naturopath at Kamalaya Koh Samui


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