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Choosing & Using the Bach Flower Remedies By Crystal Herbs
A Guide to How to Best Use the Bach Flower Remedies
The Bach Flower Remedies are gentle acting remedies that work best on issues at a surface level of awareness – so how you are thinking and feeling in the moment. There are 38 different Bach Remedies and they are very simple and easy to choose & use and are particularly effective when mixed into combinations.
Choosing Your Bach Flower Remedies
Identifying the Bach Flower Remedies that will be the most beneficial, either for yourself or someone else, is a simple process of self-reflection and observation – how am I thinking and feeling, what emotions do I need help with, what is going on for me?
Bach Flower Remedy Selector
You can use this drop down list to find yourself a Bach Flower Remedy for a specific issue or pattern.
Bach Flower Remedies
Select Your Issue
Being Example to Others
Bottled Up Emotions
Control – Domination
Control – Manipulation
Fear – For Others
Fear – Of Losing Control
Fear – Terror
Fears – Known
Fears – Unknown
Lack of Concentration
Lack of Confidence
Lack of Direction in Life
Lack of Faith/ Doubt
Living in the Past
Can’t carry on
Not Trusting in Yourself
Over Active Mind
Physical/ mental Tiredness
Repeating Same Mistakes
Unable to Change
Using all 38 Remedies
Bach Remedy List – Quick Guide
Agrimony – Smiles hide inner worry
Aspen – Apprehension, unknown fears
Beech – Over critical, intolerant
Centaury – Weak willed, subservient
Cerato – Lack of faith in ones own judgement
Cherry Plum – Fear of losing control, suicidal
Chestnut Bud – Inability to learn ones lessons
Chicory – Possessive, controlling
Clematis – Dreamy, absent minded
Crab Apple – Cleansing – physically & mentally
Elm – Overwhelmed by responsibility
Gentian – Despondency, disappointment, lack of faith
Gorse – Hopelessness, despair
Heather – Overtalkative
Holly – Anger, Jealousy, Suspicion
Honeysuckle – Living in the past, homesickness
Hornbeam – Mental tiredness, procrastination
Impatiens – Impatience, irritability
Larch – Lack of confidence
Mimulus – Known fears, nervousness
Mustard – Gloom, depression for no apparent reason
Oak – The strengthener
Olive – Physical & metal tiredness, exhaustion
Pine – Feelings of guilt, unworthiness
Red Chestnut – Fear for others
Rock Rose – Extreme fear, nightmares
Rock Water – Self punishment, rigidity
Scleranthus – Indecision, inability to choose, balance
Star of Bethlehem – Shock, Trauma, Accidents
Sweet Chestnut– Extreme anguish, despair
Vervain – Over enthusiasm, perfectionism
Vine – Dominating, need for control over others
Walnut – Change, need for adaptability, protection
Water Violet – Proud, upright people, superiority
White Chestnut – Thoughts buzzing around in head
Wild Oat – Inability to see ones direction
Wild Rose – Apathy, lack of enthusiasm
Willow – Resentment, bitterness
Revival Remedy – Combination for Emergency Situations
What Are You Looking For When You Choose a Remedy?
Remember that no matter what the issue, you are simply looking for the remedies that will help you bring greater balance to how you think and feel.
Dr Edward Bach said: “There is no true healing unless there is a change in outlook, peace of mind, and inner happiness.”
How Are You Thinking & Feeling?
So, start by looking at how you are reacting to the issue or situation that you would like support with, then review your general reaction to the events and situations of your life, to identify any general trends or patterns in the way that you think and feel. For example, perhaps certain people, situations or events trigger a fearful reaction, or possibly anger, guilt, or a lack of confidence. Some people face the world with feelings of hopelessness, doubt or judgement, while others struggle to find balance in their relationships with those around them.
Selecting the Right Remedies for Yourself
When you have identified the issues that you want help with you can either use our Bach Flower Remedy selector to help you to choose the remedies that will most help, or browse through the list or remedies here or the using the Bach Remedy descriptions in the shop.
Bach Flower Remedy Combinations
While it is perfectly possible to gain benefit from a single Bach Flower Remedy most adults will find that a combination of 7 or 8 remedies will be the most effective way to use these remedies.
You can purchase the individual Bach Remedies that you need and make your own combinations, or buy one of our custom Bach Combinations.
See Essences for Children page to check how many to select for a child.
Using Bach Flower Remedies
Making a Combination
Put 2 drops (4 drops of Revival Remedy combination) from each of the stock bottles that you have selected, into a clean glass dropper bottle containing no more than 30ml of spring or spa water, together with a teaspoon of brandy or cider vinegar as a preservative. Dr Bach called a combination made in this way, a treatment bottle.
For best results we recommend that adults take
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How to Energize Your Wand
First wash your hands, light incense and light a rose candle, run your left hand over your right hand, then your right hand over your left, keep doing this until you feel the energy building in your hands. Next pick up your wand in the hand you use for writing, close your eyes and imagine a stream of silver white light coming from the universe and entering the top of your head imagine it beaming down and coursing along your arm into your hand out from your fingertips and going into your wand you will literally feel the energy flowing as you charge your wand with power. Make sure when you perform the wand energising ceremony, there is incense and a lit candle, you can also use some oil essence to create the appropriate atmosphere.
How to Charge Your Wand
The wand works especially well for healing and enchanting, also for spell casting, the wand will unblock blocked energy and witches use it to heal and align themselves, they usually do this by touching the tip of the wand to their third eye and imagining silver light beaming through their body and clearing any areas where energy is blocked. The wand works on the physical, mental and emotional well being.
How to Re-charge Your Wand
After several uses the wand requires re-charging, just as sleep recharges all witches, a well used wand needs to be re-charged. I like to re-charge the wand with the Sun, the Moon (when full) a rose quartz and an amethyst crystal, always charge with the Sun first. As soon as you wake up place the wand outside for two hours with the rose quartz next to it and place a piece of paper with the words, “the power of the universe shall imbue this wand”, then in the evening do the same thing only you use the amethyst and leave the wand out all night. When you bring the wand inside use a smudge stick to seal the power in the wand.
Making a Wand
It is always better to make your own wand as when you are touching it during the crafting it is absorbing your energy, the wand is a very personal item. Make sure you use wood that is sturdy so that is doesn’t fragment as you are working with it, most wands are approximately twelve to sixteen inches long, you can often find branches already broken off trees and lying on the ground, these are quite suitable to be used for your wand, do not be concerned if the branch is bent or crooked it won’t affect the energy in any way. Sandpaper can be used to make your wand smooth, feel and charge your wand with love and light to help your wand wield its most powerful magic, and as you are charging you wand transmit the energy of love beauty and kindness.
Decorating Your Wand
Work on your wand with the premise it is unique to you, therefore any choice of wood is acceptable, you can wrap it in cord or ribbon I suggest using the colours red, purple or black, you may use any crystals you desire, you will find that if using crystals the crystal always chooses you, when you feel the energy of the crystal drawing you, that is the one for you. You might wish to tie talismans to your wand, anything is suitable and each wand is made with feeling and takes on the energy of the individual and unique witch. You might also choose to attach feathers to your wand. One of the most important features of the wand is to carve or write your name on the wand, this seals the power completely and makes the wand utterly yours.
Remember you are the witch and your energy creates the magic, the wand is a tool for you to use and is an extension of your power.
You may also wish to inscribe rune symbols on your wand for extra strength, each rune has its own magical energy. below is a list of the runes and their magical strengths.
FEHU: Good Luck, wealth, money, property
URUZ: happiness, fulfillment, good fortune
THURISAZ: Good news, safe travel, inner strength
ANSUZ: Achieve goals, transformation, life changes
RAIDHO: Clear mind, journey, seeing through illusions, finding the truth
KANO: Inspiration, ambition, life-strength, determination
GEBO: Weddings, love, promotion, extra power
WUNJO: Good life, happiness, comfort, security, property, wealth
HAGALAZ: Elemental disruption, change, clearing, awakening, growth
ISA: Stillness, quiet, peace, inner strength
NAUTHIZ: Free from distress, letting go, releasing the past
JERA: Rewards, promotions, increase salary, reaping benefits from hard work
EIHWAZ: Breaking up, ending a dispute, major change, closure,
PERTH: Material gain, new beginning, wealth, fortune
ALGIZ: Removing blockages, visible growth, making ground, success
SOWELU: Guidance, renewal, change, advancement, new locations
TEIWAZ: Wisdom, victory, success, justice, enlightment
BERKANA: Birth, marriage, creativity, new beginnings,
EHWAZ: Transformation, new home, progress, new goals, new outlook, trust
MANNAZ: Male energy, male influence, new career opportunities.
LAGUZ: Life energy, manifestation, movement, progress, spiritual energy
INGUZ: Family, children, spouse, relatives, new energy, family benefits
DAGAZ: Awakening, love, attraction, realization, white light
OTHALA: New possessions, inner qualities, new
Many contemporary Wiccans and other Pagans find that rather than joining a group, they prefer practicing as a solitary. The reasons for this as are as varied as those who walk the path – some may find that they work better by themselves, while others who wish to join a coven may be limited by geography or family and job obligations.
Covens vs. Solitaries
For some people, it’s hard to make the decision to practice as a solitary. For others, it’s a no-brainer. Both methods have their benefits, and you can always change your mind if you find that one isn’t working for you. Some of the advantages of practicing as a solitary Pagan include setting your own schedule, working at your own pace, and not having to deal with the dynamics of coven relationships. The downside, of course, is that you’re working alone, and at some point, you may find yourself wishing you had someone to tell you where to go and what to do next in order to expand your knowledge.
Regardless, there are a number of things to keep in mind if you’re considering – or have already found your way to – a path as a solitary Wiccan or Pagan. Here are five practical tips to help you on your way to successful solitary practice.
- Try to establish a daily routine. It’s easy to let your studies go by the wayside if you’re all by yourself, so establishing a daily routine will help you keep on task. Whether your routine includes meditation, reading, ritual work, or whatever, try to do something each day that helps you work towards achieving your spiritual studies.
- Write things down. Many people choose to keep a Book of Shadows, or BOS, to chronicle their magical studies. This is important for a variety of reasons. First, it allows you to document what you’ve tried and done, as well as what works and doesn’t work for you. Secondly, by writing down your rituals, prayers, or spellwork, you’re laying the foundation for your tradition. You can go back and repeat things that you find to be useful later one. Finally, it’s important to keep track of what you do magically and spiritually because as people, we evolve. The person you are now is not the same person you were ten years ago, and it’s healthy for us to be able to look back and see where we were, and how far we’ve come.
- Get out and meet people. Just because you’ve chosen to practice as a solitary doesn’t mean you should never come into contact with other Pagans or Wiccans. Most metropolitan areas — and a lot of smaller communities — have informal Pagan groups that get together regularly. This offers solitaries a chance to network and chat with each other, without having to form specific organized groups. Take advantage online resources to see what’s in your area. If there’s nothing around you, consider starting a study group of your own for like-minded folks.
- Ask questions. Let’s face it, we all need to start somewhere. If you read or hear something and you want to know more about it, ask. If something isn’t clear or contradicts something you’ve already read, ask. Don’t accept everything at face value, and remember that just because one person had a particular experience doesn’t mean that you’ll have an identical experience. Also, keep in mind that just because you read something in a book doesn’t necessarily mean it’s valid — learn to ask whether a resource is worth using or not. Don’t be afraid to be a skeptic sometimes.
- Don’t ever stop learning. Ask other people in the Pagan community—either online or in real life—for recommendations about books and other resources. If you