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Edward Bach

M.B., B.S., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., D.P.H.

The Twelve Healers and Other Remedies
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This wor7 of healin3 has 4een done and
154lished and 3iven freel2 so that 1eo1le li7e
2o5rselves can hel1 2o5rselves, either in illness
or to 7ee1 well and stron3.
6 Edward Bach, s1ea7in3 on his </
Se1tem4er %&-
The roots of The Twelve Healers and Other Remedies lie in
the !e4r5ar2 %&/ iss5e of the >o5rnal Homoeo1athic (orld. Here,
5nder the title ?Some 'ew Remedies and 'ew #ses@, the doctor6
t5rned6homoeo1ath Edward Bach 154lished an acco5nt of five
1lant64ased remedies, of which three A "m1atiens, Mim5l5s and
Clematis A wo5ld 4e the startin3 1oint of the Bach flower remed2
s2stem. These remedies were homoeo1athic 1re1arations, 1re1ared
5sin3 trit5ration and s5cc5ssion. !lower remedies as we now 7now
them 4e3an later that same 2ear, with the discover2 of the s5n
method of 1re1aration.
B2 %&. the n5m4er of remedies had 3rown to twelve, and
Bach incl5ded an acco5nt of them in a 4oo7let called !ree Th2self.
"n the followin3 s1rin3, %&&, he was alread2 loo7in3 for more
remedies, 45t fo5nd time to write and 154lish f5rther, incl5din3
two articles, ?Twelve ,reat Remedies@ and ?=Twelve Healers@, the
latter 1rinted in E1som, and a 4oo7let, The Twelve Healers, 1rinted
in Marlow. Man2 2ears later, 'ora (ee7s recalled how this last
...was 1rinted locall2 in 1am1hlet form, and he BBachC
decided to sell it at two1ence a co12 in order that all
co5ld afford to 452 it and 4enefit from the her4al
remedies. He ho1ed in this wa2 to cover the cost of
1rintin3 the 1am1hlet, for, as 5s5al, he had little
mone2 to s1areD 45t he never did$ he wo5ld send
co1ies to all who as7ed for them, alwa2s for3ettin3 to
as7 for two 1ennies in e8chan3e.

"n )535st %&& Bach wrote to The C( Daniel Com1an2,

who had 154lished his 4oo7 Heal Th2self a co51le of 2ears 4efore.
He sent them a co12 of his The Twelve Healers 1am1hlet, and some
additional t21ewritten material headed ?The !o5r Hel1ers@, which
introd5ced new remedies fo5nd that 2ear. Daniels 154lished The
Twelve Healers and !o5r Hel1ers that a5t5mnD and a 2ear later, in
E5l2 %&+, 4ro53ht o5t a second edition that incl5ded a f5rther
three remedies$ The Twelve Healers and Seven Hel1ers.
B2 the a5t5mn of %&< Bach had discovered a f5rther
nineteen remedies, alon3 with the 4oilin3 method of 1re1aration.
(ith a total of &F remedies he anno5nced that the s2stem was
com1lete. He wrote to The C( Daniel Com1an2 and as7ed them, as
a sto13a1, to 1rint a two61a3e leaflet with 4rief information on the
new remedies and insert it into the remainin3 stoc7 of The Twelve
Healers and Seven Hel1ers. Soon he was at wor7 on a new, final
version of the 4oo7.
This last edition saw a com1lete chan3e in the 1resentation
of the remedies. Startin3 with the first C( Daniel edition, Bach had
drawn a distinction 4etween healers Gtwelve f5ndamental
1 Nora Weeks, The Medical Discoveries of Edward Bach, chapter XVI.
remediesH, and hel1ers Gseven remedies for lon36term states, 5sed
when the choice of healer wasn=t clearH. 'ow that he had to
incor1orate another nineteen remedies into the s2stem, he theorised
that each new remed2 mi3ht corres1ond to one of the healers or
He la4o5red on this desi3n for some time A 45t it was never
com1leted. Perha1s it 3ot in the wa2 of that 1erfect sim1licit2 which
felt so ri3ht to him. Perha1s some remedies didn=t fall nat5rall2 into
1lace. )lmost certainl2, he do54ted whether the arran3ement was
of an2 1ractical 5se$ the ?thirt26ei3ht different states... sim1l2
descri4ed@ were eno53h ?to find that state or a mi8t5re of states
which are 1resent, and so to 4e a4le to 3ive the reI5ired remedies.@
Did it reall2 matter whether 1eo1le ended 51 with healers or
hel1ers, or neither, or 4othJ
"n the end, Bach removed the healersKhel1ers distinction
entirel2, and instead classified the &F remedies 5nder seven 3eneral
headin3s. He was so thoro53h in his revision that his 154lishers
were concerned at the effect of s5ch a chan3e on the 4oo7=s readers.
The2 wrote 4ac7 to the a5thor$
(e note that 2o5 retain the title, The Twelve Healers,
45t the 4oo7 in its 1resent form does not indicate what
are the Twelve Healers. (e s533est that the Twelve
Healers sho5ld 4e indicated 42 an asteris7 and that a
note of this fact sho5ld 4e made in the "ntrod5ction.
2 From Bach's Introduction to The Twelve Healers and Other Remedies;
see page 13.
3 etter !rom "he #W $anie% #o td to &d'ard Bach, 2(
)u%* 1+3,.
Bach i3nored the reI5est to hi3hli3ht the first twelve, 45t
did add a co51le of sentences to the end of the "ntrod5ction to
acco5nt for the title. )t the 1roof sta3e, the 154lishers went ahead
and inserted asteris7s themselves, and added their own final
(e have BLC ta7en the li4ert2 of addin3 to 2o5r
additional note to "ntrod5ction the followin3$ ?The
ori3inal twelve are indicated 42 asteris7s.@ (e have
added the asteris7s to the names in the Remedies Section
BsicC and in the list of names.
The finished 4oo7, The Twelve Healers and Other Remedies,
was 154lished on Bach=s </
4irthda2, Se1tem4er .+
%&-. "n
accordance with the a5thor=s instr5ctions, the 154lishers withdrew
and destro2ed remainin3 stoc7s of the 1revio5s edition. )s 'ora
(ee7s recalled,
"t had alwa2s 4een his c5stom to destro2 an2 notes made
d5rin3 the co5rse of his researches directl2 he had
reached the final concl5sion and 154lished the res5lt. He
felt in this wa2 there wo5ld 4e no conflictin3 acco5nts to
15MMle the learnerD his aim 4ein3 to ma7e the healin3 of
disease a sim1le matter, and so remove the fear 1resent
in the minds of most at the tho53ht of illness.
- etter !rom "he #W $anie% #o td to &d'ard Bach, dated 31
. Nora Weeks, The Medical Discoveries of Edward Bach, chapter XX.
The %&- edition was the last 1re1ared in Dr Bach=s
lifetime. B5t onl2 wee7s after its 154lication, he was writin3 of the
need to ada1t it, to do more to defend the sim1licit2 of the
com1leted s2stem. ?(hen the ne8t edition of The Twelve Healers
4ecomes necessar2,@ he wrote to his friend *ictor B5llen, ?we m5st
have a lon3er introd5ction, firml2 51holdin3 the harmlessness, the
sim1licit2 and the mirac5lo5s healin3 1owers of the Remedies.@
Bach dictated this lon3er introd5ction to his assistant 'ora
(ee7s on the &/
of Octo4er %&-. "t was one of the last acts of his
life. ) month later, on 'ovem4er .N
, he died in his slee1.
)s she had 1romised to do, 'ora (ee7s sent the new
material to The C( Daniel Com1an2 earl2 in Decem4er %&-. "t
was the onl2 si3nificant chan3e made when the %+ edition was
1rinted, so that this te8t, all in Dr Bach=s own words
, can 4e
considered the definitive version of the 4oo7.
The Twelve Healers and Other Remedies has 4een in 1rint
ever since. "t has 4een translated into most ma>or lan35a3es A not
alwa2s s5ccessf5ll2 A and has 3one thro53h co5ntless editions. Over
the 2ears, the ori3inal remed2 descri1tions remained sacrosanct
B5t other 1arts of the te8t were o1en to editin3 and 51datin3.
!ollowin3 Bach=s own lead, the c5stodians of the Bach Centre
alwa2s treated The Twelve Healers as a livin3 te8t whose >o4 was to
1resent and 1reserve the sim1licit2 of the s2stem.
, etter to Victor Bu%%en dated 2,
/cto0er 1+3,.
( 1part !rom minor changes to one section made 0* Nora Weeks !or the
1+-1 edition2 see the !ootnote on page 3-.
3 1n e4ception 'as the remo5a% o! one sentence !rom Bach's description
o! 6ock 6ose 7 see the !ootnote in the main te4t.
The world has chan3ed, tho53h, and it no lon3er seems so
im1ortant to 7ee1 The Twelve Healers 51dated in I5ite the same
wa2. (e have other wa2s to 1resent detailed information a4o5t
dosa3e and wor7in3 with animals and so on$ we4 sitesD social
networ7sD trainin3 co5rsesD and s1ecialist 4oo7s on ever2thin3 from
selectin3 remedies for horses to ma7in3 2o5r own.
The challen3e toda2 is more a4o5t hono5rin3 Edward
Bach=s ori3inal wor7, and his wishes for its f5t5re. He wo5ld have
4een disa11ointed that 1re6%&- editions have 4een re154lished
and 5sed to reinter1ret and com1licate the finished s2stem. (e feel
the time is ri3ht, then, to 15t the em1hasis 4ac7 onto the definitive
%+ edition, with not a word chan3ed, and with notes to 35ide the
reader 4elow the s5rface of the te8t.
)t the same time we are wor7in3 with Bach !o5ndation
Re3istered Practitioners aro5nd the world to 1rod5ce new
translations of this seminal wor7 into as man2 lan35a3es as
1ossi4le. Man2 of the e8istin3 translations contain 3rave errors, and
the 1re1aration of definitive forei3n6lan35a3e editions is lon3
The a5t5mn of ./, which sees the N<
anniversar2 of Dr
Bach=s death and the .<
anniversar2 of his 4irth, seems a fittin3
time to offer this 3ift.
E5d2 Ramsell Howard
Stefan Ball
This s2stem of treatment is the most 1erfect which has 4een
3iven to man7ind within livin3 memor2.
"t has the 1ower to c5re
diseaseD and, in its sim1licit2, it ma2 4e 5sed in the ho5sehold.
"t is its sim1licit2, com4ined with its all6healin3 effects, that
is so wonderf5l.
'o science, no 7nowled3e is necessar2, a1art from the
sim1le methods descri4ed hereinD and the2 who will o4tain the
3reatest 4enefit from this ,od6sent ,ift will 4e those who 7ee1 it
15re as it isD free from science, free from theories, for ever2thin3 in
'at5re is sim1le.
This s2stem of healin3, which has 4een Divinel2 revealed
5nto 5s, shows that it is o5r fears, o5r cares, o5r an8ieties and s5ch
li7e that o1en the 1ath to the invasion of illness. Th5s 42 treatin3
o5r fears, o5r cares, o5r worries and so on, we not onl2 free
o5rselves from o5r illness, 45t the Her4s 3iven 5nto 5s 42 the ,race
of the Creator of all, in addition ta7e awa2 o5r fears and worries,
and leave 5s ha11ier and 4etter in o5rselves.
+ "he !irst se5en paragraphs o! the Introduction 'ere dictated 0* Bach
a!ter the 1+3, edition 'as pu0%ished. 8ee the &ditors' Introduction !or
more in!ormation.

)s the Her4s heal o5r fears, o5r an8ieties, o5r worries, o5r
fa5lts and o5r failin3s, it is these we m5st see7, and then the disease,
no matter what it is, will leave 5s.
There is little more to sa2, for the 5nderstandin3 mind will
7now all this, and ma2 there 4e s5fficient of those with
5nderstandin3 minds, 5nham1ered 42 the trend of science, to 5se
these ,ifts of ,od for the relief and the 4lessin3 of those aro5nd
Th5s, 4ehind all disease lie o5r fears, o5r an8ieties, o5r
3reed, o5r li7es and disli7es. Let 5s see7 these o5t and heal them,
and with the healin3 of them will 3o the disease from which we
!rom time immemorial it has 4een 7nown that Providential
Means has 1laced in 'at5re the 1revention and c5re of disease, 42
means of divinel2 enriched her4s and 1lants and trees.
remedies of 'at5re 3iven in this 4oo7 have 1roved that the2 are
4lest a4ove others in their wor7 of merc2D and that the2 have 4een
3iven the 1ower to heal all t21es of illness and s5fferin3.
"n treatin3 cases with these remedies no notice is ta7en of
the nat5re of the disease. The individ5al is treated, and as he
4ecomes well the disease 3oes, havin3 4een cast off 42 the increase
of health.
)ll 7now that the same disease ma2 have different effects on
different 1eo1leD it is the effects that need treatment, 4eca5se the2
35ide to the real ca5se.
19 "his sentence marks the start o! the shorter introduction that appeared in
the 1+3, edition.
The mind 4ein3 the most delicate and sensitive 1art of the
4od2, shows the onset and the co5rse of disease m5ch more
definitel2 than the 4od2, so that the o5tloo7 of mind is chosen as the
35ide as to which remed2 or remedies are necessar2.
"n illness there is a chan3e of mood from that in ordinar2
life, and those who are o4servant can notice this chan3e often
4efore, and sometimes lon3 4efore, the disease a11ears, and 42
treatment can 1revent the malad2 ever a11earin3. (hen illness has
4een 1resent for some time, a3ain the mood of the s5fferer will
35ide to the correct remed2.
Ta7e no notice of the disease, thin7 onl2 of the o5tloo7 on
life of the one in distress.
Thirt26ei3ht different states are sim1l2 descri4ed$ and there
sho5ld 4e no diffic5lt2 either for oneself, or for another, to find that
state or a mi8t5re of states which are 1resent, and so to 4e a4le to
3ive the reI5ired remedies to effect a c5re.
The title,

The Twelve Healers, has 4een retained for this

4oo7, as it is familiar to man2 readers.
The relief of s5fferin3 was so certain and 4eneficial, even
when there were onl2 twelve remedies, that it was deemed
necessar2 to 4rin3 these 4efore the attention of the 154lic at the
time, witho5t waitin3 for the discover2 of the remainin3 twent26si8,
which com1lete the series. The ori3inal twelve are indicated 42
11 "his and the su0se:uent paragraph 'ere added to the t*pescript o! the
1+3, edition at the proo! stage. 8ee the &ditors' Introduction.
)nd the reasons 3iven for each
12 #!. the 1+3, edition, 'hich has ;"he 6emedies and the reasons !or
gi5ing each<. "he change in 'ording 'as pro0a0%* a printer's error.
are 1laced 5nder the followin3
N HE)D"',S
. !OR !E)R -
.. !OR #'CERT)"'TO F
&. !OR "'S#!!"C"E'T "'TEREST "' PRESE'T C"RC#MST)'CES ./
+. !OR LO'EL"'ESS .&
<. !OR THOSE O*ER6SE'S"T"*E TO "'!L#E'CES )'D "DE)S .<
13 "he group names are 0ased on the genera% emotiona% characteristics
Bach identi!ied !or each o! the se5en Bach nosodes. "he Bach nosodes
'ere a set o! homoeopathic remedies made !rom 0acteria, 'hich Bach
'orked on 0et'een 1+1+ and 1+23. 8ee Nora Weeks, The Medical
Discoveries of Edward Bach, chapters V and VI.
1- "he 1+-1 edition capita%ises this as ;/5er=#are<; !or the current edition
'e ha5e amended this to !o%%o' the pattern set t'o %ines 0e!ore 0*
The resc5e remed2.
The remed2 of emer3enc2 for cases
where there even a11ears no ho1e. "n accident or s5dden illness, or
when the 1atient is ver2 fri3htened or terrified, or if the condition is
serio5s eno53h to ca5se 3reat fear to those aro5nd. "f the 1atient is
not conscio5s the li1s ma2 4e moistened with the remed2. Other
remedies in addition ma2 also 4e reI5ired, as, for e8am1le, if there
is 5nconscio5sness, which is a dee1, slee12 state, ClematisD if there is
tort5re, )3rimon2, and so on.
!ear of worldl2 thin3s, illness, 1ain, accidents, 1overt2, of
dar7, of 4ein3 alone, of misfort5ne. The fears of ever2da2 life. These
1eo1le I5ietl2 and secretl2 4ear their dread, the2 do not freel2
s1ea7 of it to others.
1. "his !irst sentence 'as omitted !rom most %ater editions o! the 0ook. $r.
Bach com0ined !i5e remedies and ca%%ed it ;rescue remed*<, and some
readers 'ere con!used that the same name 'as a%so used to descri0e
6ock 6ose.
!ear of the mind 4ein3 over6strained, of reason 3ivin3 wa2,
of doin3 fearf5l and dreaded thin3s, not wished and 7nown wron3,
2et there comes the tho53ht and im15lse to do them.
*a35e 5n7nown fears, for which there can 4e 3iven no
e81lanation, no reason.
Oet the 1atient ma2 4e terrified of somethin3 terri4le 3oin3
to ha11en, he 7nows not what.
These va35e 5ne81laina4le fears ma2 ha5nt 42 ni3ht or da2.
S5fferers often are afraid to tell their tro54le to others.
!or those who find it diffic5lt not to 4e an8io5s for other
Often the2 have ceased to worr2 a4o5t themselves, 45t for
those of whom the2 are fond the2 ma2 s5ffer m5ch, freI5entl2
antici1atin3 that some 5nfort5nate thin3 ma2 ha11en to them.
Those who have not s5fficient confidence in themselves to
ma7e their own decisions.
The2 constantl2 see7 advice from others, and are often
Those who s5ffer m5ch from 4ein3 5na4le to decide
4etween two thin3s, first one seemin3 ri3ht then the other.
The2 are 5s5all2 I5iet 1eo1le, and 4ear their diffic5lt2
alone, as the2 are not inclined to disc5ss it with others.
Those who are easil2 disco5ra3ed. The2 ma2 4e 1ro3ressin3
well in illness or in the affairs of their dail2 life, 45t an2 small dela2
or hindrance to 1ro3ress ca5ses do54t and soon disheartens them.
*er2 3reat ho1elessness, the2 have 3iven 51 4elief that more
can 4e done for them.
#nder 1ers5asion or to 1lease others the2 ma2 tr2 different
treatments, at the same time ass5rin3 those aro5nd that there is so
little ho1e of relief.
!or those who feel that the2 have not s5fficient stren3th,
mentall2 or 1h2sicall2, to carr2 the 45rden of life 1laced 51on
themD the affairs of ever2 da2 seem too m5ch for them to
accom1lish, tho53h the2 3enerall2 s5cceed in f5lfillin3 their tas7.
!or those who 4elieve that some 1art, of mind or 4od2,
needs to 4e stren3thened 4efore the2 can easil2 f5lfil their wor7.
("LD O)T
Those who have am4itions to do somethin3 of 1rominence
in life, who wish to have m5ch e81erience, and to en>o2 all that
which is 1ossi4le for them, to ta7e life to the f5ll.
Their diffic5lt2 is to determine what occ51ation to followD
as altho53h their am4itions are stron3, the2 have no callin3 which
a11eals to them a4ove all others.
This ma2 ca5se dela2 and dissatisfaction.
Those who are dream2, drows2, not f5ll2 awa7e, no 3reat
interest in life. Q5iet 1eo1le, not reall2 ha112 in their 1resent
circ5mstances, livin3 more in the f5t5re than in the 1resentD livin3
in ho1es of ha11ier times, when their ideals ma2 come tr5e. "n
illness some ma7e little or no effort to 3et well, and in certain cases
ma2 even loo7 forward to death, in the ho1e of 4etter timesD or
ma24e, meetin3 a3ain some 4eloved one whom the2 have lost.
Those who live m5ch in the 1ast, 1erha1s a time of 3reat
ha11iness, or memories of a lost friend, or am4itions which have
not come tr5e. The2 do not e81ect f5rther ha11iness s5ch as the2
have had.
Those who witho5t a11arentl2 s5fficient reason 4ecome
resi3ned to all that ha11ens, and >5st 3lide thro53h life, ta7e it as it
is, witho5t an2 effort to im1rove thin3s and find some >o2. The2
have s5rrendered to the str533le of life witho5t com1laint.
Those who have s5ffered m5ch mentall2 or 1h2sicall2 and
are so e8ha5sted and wear2 that the2 feel the2 have no more
stren3th to ma7e an2 effort. Dail2 life is hard wor7 for them,
witho5t 1leas5re.
!or those who cannot 1revent tho53hts, ideas, ar35ments
which the2 do not desire from enterin3 their minds. #s5all2 at s5ch
times when the interest of the moment is not stron3 eno53h to 7ee1
the mind f5ll.
Tho53hts which worr2 and will remain, or if for a time
thrown o5t, will ret5rn. The2 seem to circle ro5nd and ro5nd and
ca5se mental tort5re.
The 1resence of s5ch 5n1leasant tho53hts drives o5t 1eace
and interferes with 4ein3 a4le to thin7 onl2 of the wor7 or 1leas5re
of the da2.
Those who are lia4le to times of 3loom, or even des1air, as
tho53h a cold dar7 clo5d overshadowed them and hid the li3ht and
the >o2 of life. "t ma2 not 4e 1ossi4le to 3ive an2 reason or
e81lanation for s5ch attac7s.
#nder these conditions it is almost im1ossi4le to a11ear
ha112 or cheerf5l.
!or those who do not ta7e f5ll advanta3e of o4servation and
e81erience, and who ta7e a lon3er time than others to learn the
lessons of dail2 life.
(hereas one e81erience wo5ld 4e eno53h for some, s5ch
1eo1le find it necessar2 to have more, sometimes several, 4efore the
lesson is learnt.
Therefore, to their re3ret, the2 find themselves havin3 to
ma7e the same error on different occasions when once wo5ld have
4een eno53h, or o4servation of others co5ld have s1ared them even
that one fa5lt.
!or those who in health or illness li7e to 4e alone. *er2 I5iet
1eo1le, who move a4o5t witho5t noise, s1ea7 little, and then 3entl2.
*er2 inde1endent, ca1a4le and self6reliant. )lmost free of the
o1inions of others. The2 are aloof, leave 1eo1le alone and 3o their
own wa2. Often clever and talented. Their 1eace and calmness is a
4lessin3 to those aro5nd them.
Those who are I5ic7 in tho53ht and action and who wish
all thin3s to 4e done witho5t hesitation or dela2. (hen ill the2 are
an8io5s for a hast2 recover2.
The2 find it ver2 diffic5lt to 4e 1atient with 1eo1le who are
slow, as the2 consider it wron3 and a waste of time, and the2 will
endeavo5r to ma7e s5ch 1eo1le I5ic7er in all wa2s.
The2 often 1refer to wor7 and thin7 alone, so that the2 can
do ever2thin3 at their own s1eed.
Those who are alwa2s see7in3 the com1anionshi1 of
an2one who ma2 4e availa4le, as the2 find it necessar2 to disc5ss
their own affairs with others, no matter whom it ma2 4e. The2 are
ver2 5nha112 if the2 have to 4e alone for an2 len3th of time.
O*ER6SE'S"T"*E TO "'!L#E'CES )'D "DE)S
The >ovial, cheerf5l, h5moro5s 1eo1le who love 1eace and
are distressed 42 ar35ment or I5arrel, to avoid which the2 will
a3ree to 3ive 51 m5ch.
Tho53h 3enerall2 the2 have tro54les and are tormented and
restless and worried in mind or in 4od2, the2 hide their cares
4ehind their h5mo5r and >estin3 and are considered ver2 3ood
friends to 7now. The2 often ta7e alcohol or dr53s in e8cess, to
stim5late themselves and hel1 themselves 4ear their trials with
;ind, I5iet, 3entle 1eo1le who are over6an8io5s to serve
others. The2 overta8 their stren3th in their endeavo5rs.
Their wish so 3rows 51on them that the2 4ecome more
servants than willin3 hel1ers. Their 3ood nat5re leads them to do
more than their own share of wor7, and in so doin3 the2 ma2
ne3lect their own 1artic5lar mission in life.
!or those who have definite ideals and am4itions in life and
are f5lfillin3 them, 45t on rare occasions are tem1ted to 4e led awa2
from their own ideas, aims and wor7 42 the enth5siasm, convictions
or stron3 o1inions of others.
The remed2 3ives constanc2 and 1rotection from o5tside
!or those who sometimes are attac7ed 42 tho53hts of s5ch
7ind as >ealo5s2, env2, reven3e, s5s1icion.
!or the different forms of ve8ation.
(ithin themselves the2 ma2 s5ffer m5ch, often when there
is no real ca5se for their 5nha11iness.
!or those who do not consider themselves as 3ood or
ca1a4le as those aro5nd them, who e81ect fail5re, who feel that
the2 will never 4e a s5ccess, and so do not vent5re or ma7e a stron3
eno53h attem1t to s5cceed.
!or those who 4lame themselves. Even when s5ccessf5l the2
thin7 that
the2 co5ld have done 4etter, and are never content with
their efforts or the res5lts. The2 are hard6wor7in3 and s5ffer m5ch
from the fa5lts the2 attach to themselves.
Sometimes if there is an2 mista7e it is d5e to another, 45t
the2 will claim res1onsi4ilit2 even for that.
1, "he 'ord ;that< is omitted !rom most %ater editions.
Those who are doin3 3ood wor7, are followin3 the callin3
of their life and who ho1e to do somethin3 of im1ortance, and this
often for the 4enefit of h5manit2.
)t times there ma2 4e 1eriods of de1ression when the2 feel
that the tas7 the2 have 5nderta7en is too diffic5lt, and not within
the 1ower of a h5man 4ein3.
!or those moments which ha11en to some 1eo1le when the
an35ish is so 3reat as to seem to 4e 5n4eara4le.
(hen the mind or 4od2 feels as if it had 4orne to the
5ttermost limit of its end5rance, and that now it m5st 3ive wa2.
(hen it seems there is nothin3 45t destr5ction and
annihilation left to face.
!or those in 3reat distress 5nder conditions which for a time
1rod5ce 3reat 5nha11iness.
The shoc7 of serio5s news, the loss of some one
dear, the
fri3ht followin3 an accident, and s5ch li7e.
!or those who for a time ref5se to 4e consoled
this remed2
4rin3s comfort.
1( In su0se:uent editions ;some one< is usua%%* 'ritten as ;someone<. We
ha5e pre!erred ;some one< as it matches Bach's usage in the description
!or #%ematis, 'here he 'rites o! ;some 0e%o5ed one<.
13 >ost %ater editions insert a comma a!ter ;conso%ed<.
!or those who have s5ffered adversit2 or misfort5ne and
find these diffic5lt to acce1t, witho5t com1laint or resentment, as
the2 >5d3e life m5ch 42 the s5ccess which it 4rin3s.
The2 feel that the2 have not deserved so 3reat a trial, that it
was 5n>5st, and the2 4ecome em4ittered.
The2 often ta7e less interest and less activit2
in those
thin3s of life which the2 had 1revio5sl2 en>o2ed.
!or those who are str533lin3 and fi3htin3 stron3l2 to 3et
well, or in connection with the affairs of their dail2 life. The2 will
3o on tr2in3 one thin3 after another, tho53h their case ma2 seem
The2 will fi3ht on. The2 are discontented with themselves if
illness interferes with their d5ties or hel1in3 others.
The2 are 4rave 1eo1le, fi3htin3 a3ainst 3reat diffic5lties,
witho5t loss of ho1e or effort.
This is the remed2 of cleansin3.
!or those who feel as if the2 had somethin3 not I5ite clean
1+ >ost %ater editions gi5e this sentence as ;"he* o!ten take %ess interest
and are %ess acti5e...<
a4o5t themselves.
Often it is somethin3 of a11arentl2 little im1ortance$ in
others there ma2 4e more serio5s disease which is almost
disre3arded com1ared to the one thin3 on which the2 concentrate.
"n 4oth t21es the2 are an8io5s to 4e free from the one
1artic5lar thin3 which is 3reatest in their minds and which seems
so essential to them that it sho5ld 4e c5red.
The2 4ecome des1ondent if treatment fails.
Bein3 a cleanser, this remed2 15rifies wo5nds if the 1atient
has reason to 4elieve that some 1oison has entered which m5st 4e
drawn o5t.
Those who are ver2 mindf5l of the needs of othersD the2
tend to 4e over6f5ll of care for children, relatives, friends, alwa2s
findin3 somethin3 that sho5ld 4e 15t ri3ht. The2 are contin5all2
correctin3 what the2 consider wron3, and en>o2 doin3 so. The2
desire that those for whom the2 care sho5ld 4e near them.
Those with fi8ed 1rinci1les and ideas, which the2 are
confident are ri3ht, and which the2 ver2 rarel2 chan3e.
The2 have a 3reat wish to convert all aro5nd them to their
own views of life.
The2 are stron3 of will and have m5ch co5ra3e when the2
are convinced of those thin3s that the2 wish to teach.
"n illness the2 str533le on lon3 after man2 wo5ld have
3iven 51 their d5ties.
*er2 ca1a4le 1eo1le, certain of their own a4ilit2, confident
of s5ccess.
Bein3 so ass5red, the2 thin7 that it wo5ld 4e for the 4enefit
of others if the2 co5ld 4e 1ers5aded to do thin3s as the2 themselves
do, or as the2 are certain is ri3ht. Even in illness the2 will direct
their attendants.
The2 ma2 4e of 3reat val5e in emer3enc2.
!or those who feel the need to see more 3ood and 4ea5t2 in
all that s5rro5nds them. )nd, altho53h m5ch a11ears to 4e wron3,
to have the a4ilit2 to see the 3ood 3rowin3 within. So as to 4e a4le
to 4e more tolerant, lenient and 5nderstandin3 of the different wa2
each individ5al and all thin3s are wor7in3 to their own final
Those who are ver2 strict in their wa2 of livin3D the2 den2
themselves man2 of the >o2s and 1leas5res of life 4eca5se the2
consider it mi3ht interfere with their wor7.
The2 are hard masters to themselves. The2 wish to 4e well
and stron3 and active, and will do an2thin3 which the2 4elieve will
7ee1 them so. The2 ho1e to 4e e8am1les which will a11eal to others
who ma2 then follow their ideas and 4e 4etter as a res5lt.
!or those 5na4le to treat themselves or to 1re1are their own
s511lies, treatment and remedies can 4e o4tained on a11lication
and ?Mo5nt *ernon@
Sotwell, (allin3ford,
S511lies of the remedies can also 4e o4tained from the
followin3 chemists$
29 With the e4ception o! the %onger introduction, dictated 0* Bach 0e!ore
his death, pages 3- and 3. are the on%* pages 'here the 1+-1 edition
di!!ers !rom the 1+3, edition. Nora Weeks edited them to %et readers
kno' that remedies ?and he%p choosing them@ 'ere a%so a5ai%a0%e !rom
the Bach #entre2 c!. page 2, o! the 1+3, !acsimi%e edition at
21 "he team in 1+-1 comprised Nora Weeks ?$r Bach's assistant and
0iographer@, Victor Bu%%en and >ar* "a0or.
22 We%%springs 0e%onged to >ar* "a0or, and had 0een used 0* Bach to see
patients and as an address !or correspondence. >ar* "a0or %e!t the team
and mo5ed a'a* some time in the 1+-9s. "he house, 'hich sti%% e4ists,
is in pri5ate o'nership.
23 Bach and Nora Weeks mo5ed into >ount Vernon in 1+3-. "oda*, >ount
Vernon is o'ned 0* "he $r &d'ard Bach Bea%ing "rust, a registered
charit*, and is home to the Bach #entre. 8ee )ud* 6amse%% Bo'ard, The
Story of Mount Vernon.
2- 8ot'e%% 'as part o! the count* o! Berkshire unti% 1+(-, 'hen the area
around Wa%%ing!ord and $idcot 'as trans!erred to the count* o!
/4!ordshire under the oca% Co5ernment 1ct, 1+(2.
Messrs. ;EE'E R )SH(ELL,
&F 'ew Cavendish Street,
London, (..
Messrs. 'ELSO' R CO., LTD.,
N& D57e Street,
,rosvenor SI5are,
London, (.".
Stoc7 4ottles of$
s. d.
One remed2 . . F G1osta3e .d.H
Twelve remedies . < / G1osta3e +d.H
The com1lete set of &F . < / G1osta3e -d.H
2. Deene E 1sh'e%% is no %onger in 0usiness. "he address is no' home to a
compan* supp%*ing 'ine ce%%ar e:uipment.
2, "he Ne%sons Bomoeopathic Fharmac* continues in 0usiness in $uke
8treet, as does its association 'ith !%o'er remedies2 Ne%sons make and
se%% remedies as Bach Original lower Remedies.
2( "hese 1+-1 prices are gi5en in pre=decima% currenc*2 a shi%%ing ?s.@ 'as
the e:ui5a%ent o! toda*'s .p coin; there 'ere t'e%5e o%d pennies ?d.@ to a
shi%%ing. 1 !u%% set o! remedies p%us postage 'ou%d ha5e cost Gust under
)s all these remedies are 15re and harmless, there is no fear
of 3ivin3 too m5ch or too often, tho53h onl2 the smallest I5antities
are necessar2 to act as a dose. 'or can an2 remed2 do harm sho5ld
it 1rove not to 4e the one act5all2 needed for the case.
To 1re1are, ta7e a4o5t two dro1s from the stoc7 4ottle into
a small 4ottle nearl2 filled with waterD if this is reI5ired to 7ee1 for
some time a little 4rand2 ma2 4e added as a 1reservative.
This 4ottle is 5sed for 3ivin3 doses, and 45t a few dro1s of
this, ta7en in a little water, mil7, or an2 wa2 convenient, is all that is
"n 5r3ent cases the doses ma2 4e 3iven ever2 few min5tes,
5ntil there is im1rovementD in severe cases a4o5t half6ho5rl2D and
in lon36standin3 cases ever2 two or three ho5rs, or more often or
less as the 1atient feels the need.
"n those 5nconscio5s, moisten the li1s freI5entl2.
(henever there is 1ain, stiffness, inflammation, or an2 local
tro54le, in addition a lotion sho5ld 4e a11lied. Ta7e a few dro1s
23 "he dosage instructions in %ater editions o! The Twelve Healers 'ere
su0stantia%%* re'ritten to address :uestions and concerns raised 0*
remed* users. #ompare !or e4amp%e pages 23 and 2- o!
'''.0achcentre.comAcentreAdo'n%oadAhea%ers.pd!, the Bach #entre's
299+ edition.
from the medicine 4ottle in a 4owl of water and in this soa7 a 1iece
of cloth and cover the affected 1artD this can 4e 7e1t moist from
time to time, as necessar2.
S1on3in3 or 4athin3 in water with a few dro1s of the
remedies added ma2 at times 4e 5sef5l.
Two methods are 5sed to 1re1are these remedies.
) thin 3lass 4owl is ta7en and almost filled with the 15rest
water o4taina4le, if 1ossi4le from a s1rin3 near42.
The 4looms of the 1lant are 1ic7ed and immediatel2 floated
on the s5rface of the water, so as to cover it, and then left in the
4ri3ht s5nshine for three or fo5r ho5rs, or less time if the 4looms
4e3in to show si3ns of fadin3. The 4lossoms are then caref5ll2 lifted
o5t and the water 1o5red into 4ottles so as to half fill them. The
4ottles are then filled 51 with 4rand2 to 1reserve the remed2. These
4ottles are stoc7
, and are not 5sed direct for 3ivin3 doses. ) few
2+ "o'ards the end o! the 1+(9s Nora Weeks decided to 'ithdra' a 0ook
on remed*=making she had 'ritten 'ith Victor Bu%%en, amid concerns
that essences prepared using BachHs methods might 0e seen as part o! his
s*stem, regard%ess o! the p%ants used. >ost o! this section 'as remo5ed
at the same time. "he Bach #entre repu0%ished the Weeks E Bu%%en
0ook in 1++32 see the Fre!ace to The Bach lower Remedies!
"llustrations and #re$arations.
39 Bach re!ers to mother tinctures as ;stock remedies<, and makes a dosage
remed* direct%* !rom the mother tincture. In !act, the norma% di%ution
process in5o%5es three stages2 energised 'ater mi4ed 'ith 0rand* to
make mother tincture; mother tincture di%uted at the ratio o! t'o drops to
39m%s ?1 oI.@ o! 0rand* to make a stock remed*; and the stock remed*
then di%uted 0e!ore taking as descri0ed in the section on $osage. It isn't
c%ear 'h* Bach on%* re!ers to t'o stages in this passage, 0ut it's %ike%*
dro1s are ta7en from these to another 4ottle, from which the 1atient
is treated, so that the stoc7s
contain a lar3e s511l2. The s511lies
from the chemists sho5ld 4e 5sed in the same wa2.
The followin3 remedies were 1re1ared as a4ove$
)3rimon2, Centa5r2, Cerato, Chicor2, Clematis, ,entian,
,orse, Heather, "m1atiens, Mim5l5s, Oa7, Olive, Roc7 Rose, Roc7
(ater, Scleranth5s, the (ild Oat, *ervain, *ine, (ater *iolet,
(hite Chestn5t Blossom.
Roc7 (ater. "t has lon3 4een 7nown that certain wells and
s1rin3 waters have had the 1ower to heal some 1eo1le, and s5ch
wells or s1rin3s have 4ecome renowned for this 1ro1ert2. )n2 well
or an2 s1rin3 which has 4een 7nown to have had healin3 1ower
and which is still left free in its nat5ral state, 5nham1ered 42 the
shrines of man, ma2 4e 5sed.
The remainin3 remedies were 1re1ared 42 4oilin3 as
The s1ecimens, as a4o5t to 4e descri4ed, were 4oiled for
half an ho5r in clean 15re water.
that he didn't consider the midd%e stage necessar* !or peop%e 'ho 'ere
making sma%% :uantities !or persona% use.
31 For ;stocks< read ;mother tinctures< 7 see pre5ious note.
32 "he supp%ies !rom the chemists 'ou%d ha5e 0een standard=strength stock
33 ;White #hestnut B%ossom< is so ca%%ed to di!!erentiate it !rom the 0uds
o! the same tree, used to prepare #hestnut Bud. 8ee "he Boi%ing >ethod
The fl5id strained off, 1o5red into 4ottles 5ntil half filled,
and then, when cold, 4rand2 added as 4efore to fill 51 and 1reserve.
Chestn5t B5d. !or this remed2
the 45ds are 3athered from
the (hite Chestn5t tree, >5st 4efore 45rstin3 into leaf.
"n others the 4lossom sho5ld 4e 5sed to3ether with small
1ieces of stem or stal7 and, when 1resent, 2o5n3 fresh leaves.
)ll the remedies 3iven can 4e fo5nd 3rowin3 nat5rall2 in
the British "sles, e8ce1t *ine, Olive, Cerato, altho53h some are tr5e
natives of other co5ntries alon3 middle and so5thern E5ro1e to
northern "ndia and Ti4et.
The En3lish and 4otanical name of each remed2 is as
P ),R"MO'O . )3rimonia E51atoria
)SPE' . . Po15l5s Trem5la
BEECH . . !a35s S2lvatica
P CE'T)#RO . Er2thrSa Centa5ri5m
P CER)TO . Ceratosti3ma (illmottiana
3- "he 1+-1 edition has ;remd*<; 'e ha5e corrected to ;remed*<, 'hich is
'hat 'as in the 1+3, edition.
3. "he con5ention 'ith the atin names o! p%ants is to capita%ise the !irst
'ord and not the second2 %grimonia eu$atoria. In ear%* editions o! The
Twelve Healers and Other Remedies 0oth parts o! the atin names 'ere
capita%ised, and 'e ha5e %e!t this uncorrected.
3, "he atin name gi5en to a p%ant is go5erned 0* the Internationa% #ode
!or Botanica% Nomenc%ature. "he ru%es used change !rom time to time,
and some o! the names in the 1+-1 te4t are no' out o! date. "he modern
name o! the p%ant used to make the #entaur* remed*, !or e4amp%e, is
&entaurium um'ellatum.
3( "he Creek 'ord=ending (ma is not in !act !eminine, and the correct
CHERRO PL#M . Pr5n5s Cerasifera
CHEST'#T B#D . Tsc5l5s Hi11ocastan5m
P CH"CORO . Cichori5m "nt245s
P CLEM)T"S . Clematis *ital4a
CR)B )PPLE . P2r5s Mal5s
ELM . . #lm5s Cam1estris
P ,E'T")' . ,entiana )marella
,ORSE . . #le8 E5ro1S5s
HE)THER . Call5na *5l3aris
HOLLO . . "le8 )I5ifoli5m
HO'EOS#C;LE . Lonicera Ca1rifoli5m
HOR'BE)M . Car1in5s Bet5l5s
P "MP)T"E'S . "m1atiens Ro2leii
L)RCH . . Lari8 E5ro1ea
P M"M#L#S . Mim5l5s L5te5s
M#ST)RD . Sina1is )rvensis
O); . . Q5erc5s Ped5nc5lata
OL"*E . . Olea E5ro1Sa
P"'E . . Pin5s S2lvestris
atin name !or this p%ant is &eratostigma willmottianum. We ha5e
retained willmottiana here as it is so 'ide%* used in 0ooks on the
33 "he modern name is Malus sylvestris. Malus $umila has o!ten 0een used
as a s*non*m on product %a0e%s and in 0ooks.
3+ >odern name )lmus $rocera.
-9 >odern name "m$atiens glandulifera.
-1 >odern name *ari+ decidua.
-2 >odern name Mimulus guttatus.
-3 >odern name ,uercus ro'ur.
RED CHEST'#T . Tsc5l5s Carnea
P ROC; ROSE . Helianthem5m *5l3are
ROC; ()TER .
P SCLER)'TH#S . Scleranth5s )nn55s
ST)R O! BETHLEHEM Ornitho3al5m #m4ellat5m
S(EET CHEST'#T . Castanea *5l3aris
P *ER*)"' . *er4ena Officinalis
*"'E . . *itis *inifera
()L'#T . E53lans Re3ia
P ()TER *"OLET . Hottonia Pal5stris
(H"TE CHEST'#T Tsc5l5s Hi11ocastan5m
("LD O)T . Brom5s )s1erU
("LD ROSE . Rosa Canina
("LLO( . Sali8 *itellina
U There is no En3lish name for Brom5s )s1er.
Brom5s is an ancient word meanin3 Oat.
-- >odern name Helianthemum nummularium.
-. >odern name &astanea sativa.
-, >odern name Bromus ramosus.
-( "his !ootnote on Wi%d /at is part o! the 1+-1 te4t.
)nd ma2 we ever have >o2 and 3ratit5de in o5r
hearts that the ,reat Creator of all thin3s, in His
Love for 5s, has 1laced the her4s in the fields for
o5r healin3.
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