Back in 2007 I collaborated in a double blind placebo research study with several renowned doctors and scientists from a major university on the impact of Bach Flower Remedies on Anxiety. The findings showed that Rescue Remedy significantly lowered anxiety in the high anxiety group beyond the placebo effect. The study noted that “the Bach Flower Essence system is traditionally based on repeated observation and involves specific preparation procedures, combination formulas and dosage schedule. In theory, Bach Flower Essences serve to generate energy that restores a healthy balance and harmony when emotions are either blocked or overly simulated, and further research is warranted to verify this concept. Bach Flower Essences, including Rescue Remedy, may represent a useful nontoxic approach in the management of situational anxiety experienced by patients in high-stress areas, such as critical care and community-based health care settings. With additional analyses of the histories, methods and theoretical bases, potential side effects, and outcomes of alternative healing techniques, increased educational resources would become available to allow more accurate and efficient choices in health care.” If you are interested in seeing the entire research study click here.
I have now spent the past 18 years coaching clients on the use of Bach Flower Remedies and incorporating the teaching of custom blends into my coaching practice. While Rescue Remedy can be a powerful tool in supporting anxiety, I also find the subtle nuances of blending the other remedies to be quite effective in helping my clients to more quickly realize the benefits of the personal achievement coaching process.
A client of mine was suffering from terrible insomnia and could not sleep through the night despite best efforts and several attempts at making behavioral changes and verifying with a Physician that there was no physical cause. My client began incorporating a custom blend of Bach Flower Remedies and within 3 days sporadic sleeping improvements began followed by full nights of restful sleep after only 10 days!
Another client of mine lost her husband and after three years was still feeling stuck and hopeless with a very negative outlook for the future. With coaching she was able to recognize just how stuck she had become and by incorporating Bach Flower remedies between sessions she reported that the transformation was simply amazing. She began to be hopeful and openly seek other relationships and even start dating again.
According to the Bach Centre, “Dr Bach used a metaphor to describe how the remedies work. He said, ‘they are able, like beautiful music, or any gloriously uplifting thing which gives us inspiration, to raise our very natures, and bring us nearer to our Souls: and by that very act, to bring us peace, and relieve our sufferings.’ Just as a beautiful sunset or a photograph can move us so that we feel more at peace, so taking a remedy uplifts us in a gentle way and helps us be the best we are.” As etherial as this may sound, the flower energies really do work and have been proven over and over again to have a wonderful balancing effect on our emotions. In my coaching work with clients, in addition to other methods, tools and techniques, I teach them how to create a custom blend that they may use between sessions to support their desired change. It is a wonderful experience to witness the results as they unfold.