Whilst I have been exposed to the familiar Bach Remedies bottles both on pharmacy shelves and in my home, I have never stopped to learn the history of their development or the basis for each remedy. Secrets of Bach Flower Remedies covers both admirably without getting bogged down in details. If you are curious about how to create your own flower remedies, it covers how to do it step by step. Not sure what to use for which remedy? Each flower is covered intensely and clearly. The system resolves to treat the emotions of the patient rather than the symptoms of the ailment which is interesting. I believe strongly in the power of homeopathy but having been in the care of a homeopath since 8 years of age and having seen how carefully Georgie has crafted and tweaked each medicine, this approach seems simplistic. That is no criticism of the book but rather a compliment to the explanation given so I could see the difference as they were synonymous in my head prior to reading this. It is a great reference book.

Being Christian, I did enjoy learning the following snippets as they reminded me of scripture:

“Olive: When your reserves of spiritual and emotional energy are exhausted Olive helps to restore them” reminded me of Romans 11:17 NIV “If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root,”

“Mustard…dispels gloom and brings joy to life” brought to mind Matthew 17:20 NIV “He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.””

Five out of five, it delivers well on its promise!

From the back cover:

The essences of wild-grown flowers, pioneered by Dr. Edward Bach for their innate remedial properties, provide an important holistic therapy for the safe healing and balancing of mind, body, and spirit.

Secrets of Bach Flower Remedies is a comprehensive guide to Bach’s basic “twelve healers­” – the plants that formed the basis of his observations – and the further twenty-six remedies that he went on to discover. From what to expect in a professional consultation, to a complete flower-by-flower directory, this accessible guide will teach you how to utilise these safe and simple remedies, gently return you to good health, and enable your emotions to flow freely and positively once more.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Ivy Press through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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