The Five Flower Remedy is a combination of the essences of five specific flowers, each possessing unique curative characteristics. Developed by Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930's, the philosophy behind the healing and restorative powers of these flowers lies in their ability to alleviate negative emotions which can become energy blockers and lead to a physical illness. The Five Flower Remedy, also known as the Rescue Remedy, is specifically designed to help people overcome feelings of anxiety they experience in stressful situations. Each of the flowers, Cherry Plum, Rock Rose, Clematis, Impatiens and Star of Bethlehem, have calming powers and are each used in the treatment of emotional distress. When used in combination their powers compliment each other.
The Cherry Plum is a flowering tree. A tincture made from this flower is used to combat anxiety and the stress of losing control of a situation.
A shrub, the flower of the Rock Rose is used to replace feelings of fear and terror with peace and inner stability.
The Clematis was used by native peoples to treat headache and nervousness. It also brings clarity of mind to people who are not fully awake and focused. Impatiens is used to relieve restlessness and irritability.
The Star of Bethlehem is a powerful treatment for someone who has suffered a sudden shock or emotional upset.
The essence of the flowers is released when they are boiled or steeped in water in direct sunlight much like the process of preparing sun tea. This concentrate is further diluted with French brandy. The flower concentrate can be ingested directly or mixed with water and comes in a cream as well as a spray. Alcohol free granules are also made for the treatment of children and can be used to calm animals. Of the nineteen Bach flower remedies formulated to treat emotional conditions, the FiveFlower Rescue Remedy is the best known and most popular.