"This system of healing....shows that it is our fear, our cares, our anxieties and such like, that open the path to the invasion of illness. Thus by treating our fears, our cares, our worries and so on, we not only free ourselves from our illness, but the herbs given unto us by the grace of the creator of all, in addition, take away our fear and worries, and leave us better in ourselves". Dr Edward Bach, The Twelve Healers.
Dr Edward Bach created Bach Flower Remedies over 80 years ago while spending time in nature. His journey took him to all parts of the British Isles in search of these medicinal flowers.
Edward Bach studied medicine at Brigham University and University College Hospital, London. He qualified in 1912, and worked as a house surgeon, pathologist and bacteriologist. He carried out original research into immunology and vaccine therapy. He then took up a post in 1919 at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, where he was inspired to use plant based preparations to try to address the emotional causes of disease.
After stumbling on his first flower, Impatiens, he decided to leave London in 1930, to dedicate his life and work to find the the new healing plants we now know as Bach Flower Remedies.
In 1934, Dr Bach took up residence at Mount Vernon in England, and in the surrounding area he found the last 19 remedies. While living and working here, he planted his garden with some of the flowers that are still used today to make the Bach Remedies.
In 1936, at the age of 50 Dr Bach died, a year after find the 38th flower remedy and finishing the complete system. He died of cancer, but in fact died of exhaustion rather than because of the disease itself.
Because he was only 50, people have sometimes asked why he wasn’t able to cure himself. He was first diagnosed with cancer in 1917 and was given just 3 months to live. From then until his death he was curing himself, every day, for nineteen years – all the time it took for him to complete his work.
Dr Bach wrote two books, The twelve Healers and Heal Thyself, click on link for a free copy.