Friday, April 15, 2011

Your Go To Guide For Making Your Own Bach Flower Remedies

G'morning all my faithful readers!

...And a grand "welcome" to my newest followers!

Today I am going to start another 4-part series, a reference guide to using wild flowers to make your own Bach Remedies. Some you can grow, others you may need to find and fetch. This is a wonderful way to not only bond with your children, but also to teach them young that, when appropriate, natural healing is best reached for before pharmaceutical chemicals, and to give them a much needed appreciation for Gaia (Mother Earth)


Making Your Own Bach Flower Remedies

(For more Method details on using Bach Remedies, please see earlier posts)

(Make sure to only use wild flowers, not cultivated!)

Oak (quercus robur)

Uses: When you're exhausted but still struggle to go on.

Type Of Plant: Broad-leafed deciduous tree found in woods.

Flowering Times: Spring

How To Gather: Pick female catkins from a number of trees.

Which Method: Sun

Cherry Plum (prunus cerasifera)

Uses: A constituent of Bach's Rescue Remedy. Helps to cure the fear of losing self-control or insanity, suicidal feelings or feelings of depression, prevents violent outbursts and uncontrollable impulses.

Type Of Plant: Small, deciduous tree, approximately 10-12 ft tall.

Flowering Time: Early spring, before the leaves begin to show.

How To Gather: Pick 6 in. lengths of flowering twigs from many trees.

Which Method: Boiling

Impatiens (impatiens glandulifera)

Uses: A constituent of the Rescue Remedy. For impatience, irritability, mental tension.

Type Of Plant: Annual plant growing in damp places

Flowering Time: Late Summer

How To Gather: Pick only pale,  mauve flowers

Which Method: Sun

Wild Rose (rosa canina)

Uses: For apathy. Wild rose helps you to renew both your interest in life and your sense of purpose. It also helps you not to simply accept things the way they are, with no hope of getting better.

Type Of Plant: A bush or shrub found in hedges and country lanes.

Flowering Time: Throughout Summer

How To Gather: Pick 6 in. long stems carrying the open pink flower and leaves. Pick from many plants and from all parts of them.

Which Method: Boiling

Gentian (gentiana amarella)

Type Of Plant: A small plant found in dry soils.

Flowering Time: Fall

How To Gather: Pick flowers just below the bud

Which Method: Sun

*****Warning! Do not use the variety gentiana lutes*****

Sweet Chestnut (castanea sativa)

Uses: Relieves the complete desperation of someone who thinks that they cannot take any more, even to the point of nervous breakdown. Can help you to feel a sense of optimism and peace of mind.

Type Of Plant: Deciduous tree, 70 ft tall.

Flowering Time: Late summer after leaves have appeared.

How To Gather: Pick 6 in. long stems carrying young leaves and both male and female flowers.

Which Method: Boiling

Vervain (verbena officinalis)

Uses: If you have too much enthusiasm or are overstretching yourself

Type Of Plant: Wayside perennial

Flowering Time: Throughout summer

How To Gather: Pick whole spikes above dead flowers

Which Method: Sun

Aspen (populus tremula)

Uses: To calm fear and anxiety that seems to have no specific reason. This kind of fear can range from a slight foreboding to a fear of an upcoming terrible event of some kind that keeps you awake at night.

Type Of Plant: A slender, deciduous tree.

Flowering Time:Early spring, just before the leaves begin to shoot.

How To Gather: Pick 6 in. long stems of both male and female flowers (which appear as catkins) and with leaf buds.

Which Method: Boiling

Honeysuckle (lonicera caprifolium)

Uses: Helps you stop living in the past or longing for days gone by.

Type Of Plant: Woody climber often wrapped around other trees.

Flowering Time: Throughout summer

How To Gather: Pick clusters on 6 in. long stems, including stalk and leaves.

Which Method: Boiling

Olive (olea europaea)

Uses: Relieves total exhaustion and inner and interest in life. Helps to restore your inner strength after a grueling mental or physical effort. It can also be used to strengthen you if you are combating a long illness.

Type Of Plant: Evergreen 30 ft tall tree grows in warm climates.

Flowering Time: Spring

How To Harvest: Pick an entire cluster of flowrs that grow from the leaf axil.

Which Method: Sun

Mustard (sinapis arvensis)

Uses: Helps depression without a specific cause, which can replace your normal cheerfulness with feelings of hopelessness.

Type Of Plant: Annual plant in fields and waysides

Flowering Time: Late spring to early summer

How To Gather: Pick bright open flowers

Which Method: Boiling

Vine (vitis vinifera)

Uses: Strong determined characters who can be hard, heartless, aggressive and tyrannical can be encouraged to guide others without controlling them. Prevents imposition of discipline for discipline's sake.

Type Of Plant: Deciduous climber growing in warm sunny places.

Flowering Time: Before the fruit starts to appear.

How To Gather: Pick entire clusters of flowers from many parts of many plants.

Which Method: Sun


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