Edward Bach was born 1886 in Mosely near Birmingham. As a boy he had a great love of nature and overwhelming compassion for any who suffered. He dreamed of finding a simple form of medicine that could treat all forms of disease.
Bach studied medicine first in Birmingham and later at the University College Hospital, London. As a medical student he started to notice that those patients who shared similar personality characteristics often responded to similar treatment while others with different traits would need different treatment, although all were suffering from the same complaint.
He became successful as a doctor and researcher, but despite this he felt dissatisfied with the allopathic method, which he saw as too reductionist and impersonal. He felt that at best he was only able to palliate and relieve symptoms.
Striving to develop a system of medicine that cured rather than simply palliated he took up a post as assistant bacteriologist at University College Hospital. Combining his knowledge of bacteriology and homeopathy he developed a series of bowel nosodes, which enabled him to successfully treat patients who were previously untreatable. Bach was struck by the fact that the personality traits of those needing a particular nosode were usually similar and he eventually was able to prescribe the correct nosode for a patient based on personality alone.
In 1930 he gave up his lucrative career in London and moved to the countryside, determined in finding a new system of medicine based on nature. Over years of trial and error, which involved preparing and testing thousands of plants, he found thirty-eight flower essences.
Each was aimed at a particular mental state or emotion. He found that when he treated the personalities and feelings of his patients their physical distress would be alleviated naturally.
Dr. Bach died peacefully in 1936. Since then flower essences have been developed in several countries all over the world. Each system of flower essence possesses its own unique quality or vibration. Some examples are the Australian Bush Flower Essences, the Alaskan Flower Essences and Flora of Asia.
To understand how flower essences work requires a recognition that the human being is more than a physical body, but also a spiritual being. Each flower essence has its own energetic imprint or signature, which interacts with the subtle energy of the human being. They work in a similar way to music or art, which carry meaning through the vehicle of sound or light. Flower essences carry meaning though the medium of water.