Bach Flower Remedies

Medically reviewed by
Stephanie Klein, MSN, FNP-C

Bach Flower Remedies use specific formulas of flowers and plants to gently restore the balance between mind and body and address emotional disturbances and psychological traumas.

Other Names:

Flower Essences



Helpful for:

Emotional (Anxiety and Depression)

Created by:

Edward Bach

Introduction to Bach Flower Remedies

Bach Flower Remedies are a purely natural healing method with over 38 different types of flower and plant remedies. These remedies tackle various areas of health or disease and help return the body to a harmonious state. In this harmonious state, the body is better equipped to heal since it is functioning as it should.

Benefits of Bach Flower Remedies

Developed in the 1930s, the 38 remedies were originally created by Dr. Edward Bach, a physician who believed that emotional well-being played a key role in overall wellness. This perspective was highly challenged at the time, especially amongst the medical community. However, as individuals today seek out alternative ways of healing, Bach Flower Remedies has become a popular go-to. And for a good reason!

According to the Bach Flower Remedies chart, these remedies are divided into 7 groups, helping treat conditions that fall under these groups. The 7 groups include:

  1. Loneliness
  2. Fear
  3. Uncertainty and indecisiveness
  4. Oversensitivity and easily influenced
  5. Despair and despondency
  6. Lack of interest in current situations
  7. Overcaring of other people and overthinking for the sake of others

For instance, water violet, impatiens, and heather are used to help alleviate loneliness. Water violet is thought to help create warmer relationships with others, strengthening your relatability. Impatiens is said to help treat impatience and understanding through calming and stress-reducing effects, which helps connect you with other individuals – even though you may prefer to work alone. Heather gives way to you allowing others to take the spotlight and also a more compassionate nature.

From these groupings and due to their all-natural ingredients, Bach Remedies are attached to a ton of benefits, including:

  • Simple and all-natural therapy alternatives
  • Easy application
  • Helping the body heal itself
  • No side effects
  • Can be combined with other therapies without hazard or issue
  • Can improve the outcome of other therapies
  • Can treat an array of diseases
  • Can help with a variety of mental health conditions, helping a person feel stronger and more capable

How Bach Flower Remedies work

“The main reason for the failure of the modern medical science is that it is dealing with results and not causes. Nothing more than the patching up of those attacked and the burying of those who are slain, without a thought being given to the real strong hold.”
– Dr. Edward Bach

In a way, the Bach Flower Remedies chart is designed to help individuals understand and re-balance emotional distress or imbalances. According to Bach Flower Remedies, it’s all about finding the right balance of remedies that work for you.

When you find the right combination, you can rebalance your emotional health. In turn, this will flood into all other aspects of health, including your physical health. It gives your body what it needs to heal naturally and effectively from disease, pain, or illness. Individuals have also reported that through the use of Bach Flower Remedies, they have achieved a higher state of calm. This can decrease the stress involved in health treatments or dealing with a diagnosis.

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Behind the Science

Science & Safety

There is various evidence indicating the efficacy of Bach Flower Remedies when it comes to treating psychological problems and pain. A 2009 systematic review explores these topics in-depth. It also supports the safety of Bach Flower Remedies and their usage.

A 2007 study published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice explored the relationship between reduced physical pain and Bach Flower Remedies. 46% of the participants noted pain improvements. Meanwhile, an astounding 88% of participants reported improvements in terms of their emotional outlook.

A 2015 study demonstrated the use of Bach Flower Remedies on individuals experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome. Researchers concluded that these remedies were an effective treatment for mild and moderate carpal tunnel syndrome, where it reduced symptoms and pain.

There has been limited evidence showing the effective use of Bach Flower Remedies on chronic depressive disorders. Limited evidence is used here since it refers to case studies and cannot scientifically be applied to a broader audience. More research is needed.

Smaller studies and case reports have indicated a need for more research studies to be completed on Bach Flower Remedies and their effect on menopausal symptoms and sleep patterns. So far, case reports show great promise.


Where do Back Flower Remedies fall on the medical spectrum?

Bach Flower Remedies falls under the ‘Emotional Therapies’ section of the medical spectrum.

Alternative Medicine

Also known as holistic medicine, it is the study and application of nature, botany, energy, and technology to bring the body back to balance and address the root causes of disease without detrimental side effects, toxins and chemicals, or a lifetime of intervention.

Biological Medicine

Also known as European Biological Medicine, this modality, popular in Germany and Switzerland, applies numerous therapies that aim to restore the body’s regulatory and self-healing capacity by promoting proper regeneration on a cellular and organ level.

Conventional Medicine

Conventional medicine is the most recognized and practiced section of the medical spectrum that includes pharmacological drugs, surgical procedures, lab testing, and more in an attempt to reduce symptoms and manage disease. 

Conventional Therapies

The Innovative Medicine approach considers all conventional options and appropriately prescribes or refers patients to specialists in which this approach would be most suited.

Emotional Therapies

Mental health and the study of mind-body medicine is an integral part of the medical spectrum that can often go overlooked and unaddressed.

Psycho-Emotional Intervention

The study of psycho-neuro-immunology (PNI) has shown how our thoughts and psychological state impact our biochemistry and can lead to disease. Any comprehensive treatment plan must address psychological stress to be successful.

Spiritual Practices & Therapies

We often confuse spiritual practices with religion, but the role of spirituality, consciousness, awareness, purpose, and information on a quantum level is incredibly important in healing.

Receiving Therapy

Bach Flower Remedies Treatment Protocol

At the New York Center of Innovative Medicine (NYCIM), we have a comprehensive dispensary on site and Bach Flower Remedies may be recommended by your healthcare team. Emotional stress or other blockages may have varying impacts on your treatment, health, and healing process. Thus, it may be beneficial to the individual to explore alternative treatment protocols to achieve a better emotional balance.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Bach Flower Remedies are an all-natural source that helps relieve emotional disharmony. Many of these remedies come in portable dropper bottles, which make them easy to use and transport.

 For a single remedy, place 2 droplets on your tongue, and take as needed during your day. You may also add these droplets to a glass of water and sip throughout your day.

For multiple remedies, add 2 drops of each remedy to a bottle of spring water. Do not exceed more than 7 remedies when mixing. From this bottle, take only 4 drops for up to 4 times a day.

Bach Flower Remedies work to restore emotional harmony, which allows your body to use its innate abilities to heal and obtain optimal health.

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