Dr Edward Bach Flower Essences

_Healing with the clean, pure, beautiful agents of nature is surely the one method of all which appeals to most of us._ Dr Edward Bach 1936

Dr Edward Bach Rescue Remedy is sold in chemists, pharmacies and health stores worldwide, endorsed by many for reducing stress and anxiety, aiding sleep…

Dr Edward Bach

Did you know that its creator – Dr Edward Bach died back in 1936?

He was a doctor ahead of his time, who intuited that the energy from flowers could be harnessed, to heal the emotions and in one of his remedies – to heal the the mind.

In turn, he felt that the body would heal itself.

Rescue Remedy

Dr Bach created 38 different flower essences and one combination essence known as Rescue Remedy.

Rescue Remedy contains five different essences:

  • Cherry Plum,
  • Clematis,
  • Impatiens,
  • Rock Rose,
  • Star of Bethlehem.

The Single Flower Essences

The remaining single essences were subdivided, for healing of seven different types of issues:

  • Fear,
  • Uncertainty,
  • Insufficient interest in present circumstances,
  • Loneliness,
  • Over sensitivity to influences and ideas,
  • Despondency and despair,
  • Over care for the welfare of others.

Overcoming Fear

The following five essences may aid in overcoming fear:

  • Aspen
  • Cherry Plum
  • Mimulus
  • Red Chestnut
  • Rock Rose


Aspen aids healing of unknown fears or anxiety, when we suffer unexplained fear or feelings of foreboding.


Mimulus is useful for known fears, such as a fear of heights, fear of spiders, fear of flying…

Cherry Plum

Cherry Plum helps overcome a fear of letting go or losing control.

Red Chestnut

Red Chestnut aids in healing fear for the well being of our loved ones e.g over protective parents, grandparents, friends..

Rock Rose

Rock Rose helps overcome extreme fear, terror or fright e.g immediately after an accident or injury.

It is one of the ingredients of Dr Bach Rescue Remedy.

All of the above flower essences can help replace our fears with courage, confidence and inner strength.

Other Essences

I cannot include all 38 individual essences in one post, but here are some of my personal favourites:


Dr Edward Bach described those who would benefit from his flower essence Agrimony as:

“The jovial, cheerful, humorous people who love peace and are distressed by argument or quarrel, to avoid which they will agree to give up much…

They hide their cares behind their humour and are considered very good friends to know”

Hiding our true feelings can lead to addictive behaviours such as overeating, overwork…

Agrimony can aid us in being more open about our true feelings, instead of hiding behind a mask.


I find some of the most gifted people lack confidence in their own abilities.

Dr Bach Flower Essence Larch is :

“For those who do not consider themselves as good or capable as those around them, who expect failure, who feel that they will never be a success, and so do not venture or make a strong enough attempt to succeed.”

Larch flower essence will aid self confidence, and allow you to let your light shine.


“For those who have suffered much mentally or physically, and are so exhausted and weary that they have no more strength to make an effort.  Daily life is hard work for them without pleasure.”

These are the words of Dr Edward Bach, describing those in need of Olive Bach Flower Essence.

Many people are feeling a sense of exhaustion during the current Covid-19 crisis.

Olive can help you to heal both physical and mental exhaustion, and embrace vitality.


Walnut is the Bach Flower Essence for easing the effects of change.  It is also incredibly helpful for strengthening the aura.

I have been taking Walnut regularly during the past few months. I know that it has helped me greatly during this challenging time.

If you imagine a walnut with its strong outer shell, taking Walnut flower essence is a natural way of nurturing resilience.

How to Take the Remedies

You will find comprehensive instructions on taking Dr Edward Bach flower essences HERE

Dr Bach’s Books

If you want to learn more about Dr Bach’s wonderful legacy , he wrote two books – “Heal Thyself” first published in 1931, and “The Twelve Healers and Other Remedies” first published in 1933.

The Bach Centre

Mount Vernon, Dr Edward Bach’s former home and workplace is now home to http://www.bachcentre.com, where you will find:

  • A guide to the remedies,
  • How to choose remedies,
  • Dosage details,
  • Practitioner information,
  • Answers to FAQs…

They also have a list of registered flower essence practitioners who will help you select the best remedies for your individual needs.

Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness.


  1. Thanks for this Bridget, I’ve got some of this somewhere, I might take some. Mia has a urine/ kidney stone problem and I’m stressing like mad. I just wish she would eat all the food with her meds in. Unfortunately she is not a cat to let you push them down her throat 😬

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  2. Wonderfully informative post Brigid. I remember taking Rescue Remedy a few years ago and it made such a huge difference. Thanks for this info. And what a clever man he was! 🙏

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    • Lovely. They are quite special aren’t they? I started using them around 1985 when a friend recommended them. I remember going to a talk by Julian Barnard in Edinburgh. They were a part of my course at college and once I became a practicing therapist in 1988, I offered them to all my clients. However, I have found them an essential part of my own healing journey. Thank you for sharing on FB. x

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  3. Thank you for the list and the explanations, Bridget. Nature gives us so much, and you’ve reminded us of that important fact. ♥

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  4. I’ve only used one Bach product before, a rollerball that I still use (can’t remember the essence though – is there one for improving memory??) This is a great overview of all the different types and what they’re designed for, I never realised there were quite so many varieties. I definitely need some cherry plum for the control issues, but I want Rock Rose because I love the game of it. I really want to try some of these now, will have to scout around for prices. Excellent post lovely!

    Caz xx

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    • Rescue remedy is the most well known of his remedies Caz, so that was probably in the rollerball. The Bach Centre website has lots of great info on each remedy, and you will find names of therapists who can make an individual remedy especially tailored to your needs. I would never have managed life’s ups and downs without them. xx

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  5. This is a great post, Brigid. I didn’t know what ingredients are in Rescue Remedy although I have used it. I am starting to feel exhausted by Covid-19 especially as it is picking up here and there are a lot of new infections. With my mom and Michael in my house, it is scary. Stay safe and well.

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    • Thank you Robbie. I think Rescue Remedy is a good option for most people right now. I hope you all manage to get through Covid-19 in good health. Thankfully, it has eased considerably here in Ireland. A great relief.

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  6. Thank you for this helpful post, Brigid. I’ve used essential oil but haven’t taken oral essence. I just ordered the Remedy essence. I know all the flowers in my garden calm my mind. I’ll see how this Remedy Essence works for me.

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  7. Ahead of his time is right, Brigid. I always had a bottle of Rescue Remedy in the house and I swear it worked. Scents are powerful, and I have no doubt that they impact our brains and bodies. I’m going to make a point of going outside today and burying my face in a rose. 🙂 Wonderful post.

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  8. I love this post and rescue remedy …when my daughter competed on her ponies some shows caused a case of nerves and we and others used to give the ponies and the riders some rescue remedy it was a know curer of nerves in the Equestrian circle…A man before his time I love those little bottles of essences.I hope you are feeling much better Brigid

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