Dr. Edward Bach
The story of the man behind the Bach Flower Remedies
Edward Bach Fact Panel
- Born: 24th September 1886 in Moseley, Birmingham, England.
- Died: 27th November 1936 in Wallingford, Berkshire, England.
- Nationality: British
- Medical Education: Birmingham University and University College Hospital, London.
- Occupation: Doctor, Bacteriologist, Medical Researcher, Spiritual Writer.
- Best Known for: creating the Bach Flower Remedies, the Bach Nosodes, and his spiritual writings.
Dr Edward Bach created the Bach Flower Remedies in the 1930s and is often known as the father of modern flower remedies. He was also a deep thinker, philosopher and spiritual writer and with a vision way-ahead of most of his contemporaries, he understood that the true cause of illness and disease in human beings lies in the personality - in the mental and emotional patterns through which we view ourselves and the world around us. His understandings echo those of the great Sages and Masters of many spiritual traditions and represent a clear way forward for all of us to bring greater balance and harmony to ourselves and to the world around us. His beautiful set of 38 Bach Flower Remedies was created out of a true desire to help humanity in a practical way to understand and heal these patterns.
A Journey From Orthodox Medicine to Discovering the Bach Flower Remedies
Edward Bach lived a fairly short, but extraordinary life, which took him on a journey from his research laboratories and conventional medical wisdom to the flowers and fields of rural England and Wales and a deep understanding of our innate connection to our souls and how nature can help us heal. It was also a journey of personal transformation that expanded his own connection and inner sensitivity to the point where he felt he had become his own inner laboratory.
Here you can explore the life of Edward Bach and his journey from medical doctor to the the fulfilment of his desire to find a deeper understanding about the nature of illness and disease and its causal issues.
Dr Bach's Life Journey
From a young age Dr Bach was driven by a deep desire to find the truth about human illness & disease and to provide a cure in the form of a simple medicine available for all. Nora Weeks, who was a close friend, colleague and biographer of Edward Bach said: “There were two great interests in his life - overwhelming compassion for all who suffered, whether human being, bird or beast, and love for Nature, for Her trees and plants. These two combined to lead him to the knowledge of the healing that he sought. The one love helped the other, for he found in Nature's storehouse the flowers of the field which heal all those in sickness and in pain”.
The Young Edward Bach
Edward Bach was born on the 24th September 1886 to a prosperous family who lived in Moseley, at that time a leafy village just south of Birmingham in the U.K..
He was eldest son of Walter and Ada Bach, and he had two siblings - Charles and Elsie. His father owned a brass foundry in Birmingham and may have been quite a forceful personality, because despite Edward Bach's dream of becoming a doctor, he followed his father's wish that as the eldest son he should join the family brass foundry - Bach & Co. It's probably fair to say that it was not a role that he was well suited to and after three years, he finally told his parents of his dream of becoming a doctor, and they agreed to fund his medical education.
Becoming a Doctor and Early Medical Career
So in 1906 Edward Bach began his 'great calling to help people' and started his training at Birmingham University. He followed a very conventional medical education and qualified as a doctor ( MRCS - Member of the Royal College of Surgeons and LRCP - Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians ) in 1912 at University College Hospital, London.
In 1913 he took up the position of Casualty Medical Officer at University College Hospital. On the outbreak of the First World War he applied for overseas service, but was denied on health grounds and instead by 1915 he was in charge of over 400 beds for wounded soldiers sent back from the front. This would have been the 'blood and guts' of his early medical work, but alongside this he was also beginning his research in vaccine therapy and bacteriology. This work would lead him forward into the next part of his professional life, following his conviction that there was "a simple method of healing to be found, one which would cure all disease, including those called chronic and incurable".
Early Personal Life
We know little of Dr. Bach's personal life really. We know that Edward Bach married Gwendoline Caiger on the 14th January 1913 in Hendon in Middlesex. His first marriage was to be a short lived relationship and Gwendoline died of diphtheria in April 1917. However, by this time Bach already had a daughter with Kitty ( Kathleen Emmeline Jane ) Light, who he married in May 1917, shortly after the death of Gwendoline. Their daughter was born on the 13th January 1916, christened Evelyn Bach and affectionately called Bobbie. There are many pictures of Kitty, Edward and Bobbie Bach enjoying life and they seem to have experienced a period of happiness together, but again it was not a long relationship, finally ending in 1922. It is not clear what relationship Edward Bach had with his daughter Evelyn after the relationship with Kitty ended, it seems he wrote to her when she went to boarding school, but she does not seem to have been a big part of his later life.
What caused these relationships to end is not known, but life and relationships are complicated, and each of us have our lessons to learn, and no doubt Dr Bach had many of his own to learn too. From all that we know of him it seems that he was a single minded individual and it's possible that once he had made up his mind about a course of action, there was little that would persuade him otherwise. He had his great calling, his life mission, and that was probably the main focus of his life at this stage. Nora Weeks described him thus: "he was destined to stand alone, for few could follow and understand the determination of one who knew his life's work from the start, and would allow nothing to interfere with that great aim."
From a young age Edward Bach had not always been in the best of health, and now, such was the drive and enthusiasm that he had for his work and his soul purpose, that he set himself a punishing schedule of work. Not only was he in charge of war beds at UCH, he was also conducting research work in the bacteriological department and was a Demonstrator and Clinical Assistant of Bacteriology to the Hospital Medical School. Nora Weeks says that "he worked unceasingly, giving himself no rest, until he felt so ill that he would faint at the laboratory bench."
Maybe he didn't realise how ill he was becoming, or maybe he was so motivated he didn't stop to listen to his body. Either way, in July 1917, just a few months after his marriage to Kitty Light, Edward Bach collapsed while at work with a severe haemorrhage in the stomach. He was carried, unconscious, from one ward to another, and such was the seriousness of his condition that his cancer was operated on immediately.
Despite the severity of his illness he survived the operation, but he was told afterwards that he would probably only have three months to live. This was an agonising moment for Bach, who felt that he had only just begun his research and life purpose, and he found it a difficult thing to reconcile himself to. However, driven by his soul purpose, he pushed himself back to work as soon as he was able to and immersed himself in his experiments. This can not have been an easy period for Bach, but he found that to his surprise, at the end of three months he was fully recovered.
What did Bach learn from this experience? In 'Bach Flower Remedies Form & Function' Julian Barnard says "He had first-hand experience of serious illness from his cancer operation in 1917. During the nineteen years from 19I7-1936, he was struggling to make sense of his own experiences; trying to discover the cause of disease. It is unconvincing when someone who has never been ill tells us what they believe to be the cause of illness. For Bach his own illness was the forge for his creed: a creed he recited in Heal Thyself and other writings".
From Allopathic Medicine to Homoeopathy
The next part of Bach's journey took him from University College Hospital to his own private research laboratory and in 1919 he joined the London Homoeopathic Hospital as a pathologist and bacteriologist. Dr Bach later came to believe that our lives are a reflection of our Soul's purpose, and maybe his Soul directed him to this next step of his journey. For this new job at the London Homoeopathic Hospital brought him into contact with the work of the founder of homoeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann. Hahnemann's ideas on how to treat people were so close to his own - treat the patient not the disease - and reinforced in Bach that he was heading in the right direction with his research.
Now began a period where he started to combine Hahnemann’s ideas with his own, and he began to prepare the vaccines that he had been working with homoeopathically. These became known as the Bach Nosodes, and he was delighted with the results and over the next few years, he and his colleagues, John Paterson and Charles Wheeler further refined the work. By this stage of career Bach had become highly regarded by his medical peers, from both the orthodox and homoeopathic traditions. In fact he was known as the 'the second Hahnemann' among some homoeopaths. Alongside his work at the London Homoeopathic Hospital he also ran a busy Harley Street clinic, whose practice expanded ever more as his reputation grew.
By 1922 he choose to concentrate all of his efforts on research into the Bach Nosodes and into his private practice. He took out a lease on a new larger laboratory in Park Crescent where he was to meet Nora Weeks, who worked in the same building as Dr Bach's new laboratory, and who would become a very big part of his life moving forward.
The New Work: Origins of the Bach Flower Remedies
For many the reputation that he had gained and the status that it gave him would have been the fulfilment of their ambitions in life. For Edward Bach none of this seemed all that important, the inner drive was to find a natural cure, based not on the use of disease ( as with the Bach Nosodes ), but in the the fields of nature. He cared not for the white coats, status, and reputation that came with being a pre-eminent doctor and researcher. Now his wish was to replace the 7 Bach nosodes with natural herbs; nature helping to effect the cure rather than the diseased tissue used to make nosodes.
Bach clearly had a wonderful blend of scientific rigour and an inner sensitivity and intuition. Nora Weeks says of Bach that "Although most of his discoveries up to that time had been made through scientific research, Edward Bach would trust to his intuition when science could give him no satisfactory answer to his problems, and he found that such inner knowledge always led him aright". And it was his intuition that in 1928 took him on a whim to Wales, after he had had little success in finding what he needed in and around London. It was in the rural Welsh countryside of his childhood holidays that he discovered the first of his 3 new remedies; Clematis, Impatiens & Mimulus. So successful were the results he gained from using these remedies that towards the end of 1929 he gave up on the Bach nosodes altogether and focussed only on his three new remedies. Initially he prepared these homoeopathically as he had not yet discovered the sun method of potentisation, a new method for preparing remedies that was very different to homoeopathic methods of preparation.
By 1930 the inner drive within Bach was so strong that he left London, his work with the nosodes, his reputation and his highly successful Harley Street practice, to focus entirely on his new work with the remedies. Nora Weeks said “To him decision was instant action, and within a fortnight he had divided his extensive practice amongst his medical friends and closed down his laboratory.”
The Sun Method
On leaving London Bach first headed back to Wales, where he stayed from May to July 1930 and devoted his time to finding more remedies. This was a pivotal period in his research because it was in Wales that he discovered and perfected the Sun Method of potentisation for making remedies. This new method delighted Bach as it caused no distress or injury to the plants that he choose and it was a simple, effective and natural method of preparation that anyone could use. He described is thus: "The earth to nurture the plant, the air from which it feeds, the sun or fire to enable it to impart its power, and water to collect and be enriched with its beneficent magnetic healing". Now that he had discovered the sun method, he stopped preparing his remedies homoeopathically and started to make what we now know as a flower remedy or flower essence.
The Philosophy Behind the Remedies
Dr. Bach's research lead him to believe that life on the physical plane of existence was meant to be a conscious partnership between our personality selves ( our mind & emotions ) and our Souls, the part of ourselves that is always connected to our Creator. He believed that when we have a conscious connection between mind, body and spirit, so when all of these aspects function in harmony, then we experience balance at all levels of our being. In Free Thyself Bach says: “Health is our heritage, our right. It is the complete and full union between soul, mind and body; and this is no difficult far-away ideal to attain, but one so easy and natural that many of us have overlooked it.”
It was one of the characteristics of Dr Bach that as soon as he had made a discovery, he wanted to share it. And so while he was in Abersoch he started work on the draft of his book 'Heal Thyself' which would explain his discoveries so far about what he considered to be the true cause of illness and disease. Nora Weeks described Heal Thyself thus: "In this book it is made plain that disease of the body is not primarily due to physical causes, but to certain disturbing moods or states of mind which interfere with the normal happiness of the individual; and how these moods, if allowed to continue, lead to a disturbance of the functions of the bodily organs and tissues with resulting ill health, for the mind is in absolute control of the mental and physical conditions of every human being”. Heal Thyself: An Explanation of the Real Cause and Cure of Disease was to be Dr Bach's seminal work on the philosophy behind the Bach Remedies. So revolutionary was the content at the time, that initially he struggled to find a publisher who would take it on without having to fund it himself, which he was unable to do at the time, so in the end it was not published until 1931.
Cromer and Six New Flower Remedies
After his time in Wales, Dr Bach moved to the beautiful town of Cromer on the north Norfolk coast. What or who drew him to Cromer is not clear, but he grew to have a deep and genuine affection for the town and its people and over the next four years he spent at least several months there each year. Nora Weeks said that "The months spent at Cromer during the past five years had been ones of great happiness and satisfaction for Bach. Most of his research work had been done there, the finding and preparing of eight of the nineteen remedies, and the working out of the principles of the new system of medicine".
During his first stay in Cromer, starting in August 1930, he spent a lot of time walking the fields and lanes and found another six remedies. The first was the yellow spired Agrimony, then the blue flowered Chicory which he found in bloom amongst the uncut corn, and then the tiny flowers of the Vervain plant. Next he re-made the Clematis remedy ( which he had previously made homoeopathically ) and then made two new remedies; Centaury and Cerato. Towards the end of September he also made a remedy from the flowers of the sturdy little Scleranthus plant. These seven remedies were the first of what he would call The Twelve Healers.
During one of his stays in Cromer Bach met Victor Bullen, a local builder, and the two became friends. In later years it was Nora Weeks and Victor Bullen who would take the legacy of Dr Bach's work out into the world.
Journeys of Discovery - Finding the Flowers
The 38 Bach Flower Remedies were discovered in the course of a seven year period between 1928 and 1935. Wherever he went, whether in the countryside around Crickhowell, Cromer, Westerham, Marlow on the Thames or Sotwell he was guided by a rich and deep inner connection both to himself and the higher realms, which guided him to where he needed to be and which flowers he needed to use. Over the course of this journey he discovered two methods for making the flower remedies - the Sun Method and the Boiling Method of potentisation and completed a comprehensive set of 38 remedies that addressed all aspects of human nature, emotional outlook and personality.
From Doctor to a Herbalist
Dr. Bach was a classically trained doctor, one that had a vision way beyond that of his contemporaries, but still a doctor and one with a very considerable reputation for research in the medical field over many years. It was his deep desire that the medical profession would embrace his new understandings, his research and his new remedies. Perhaps he was a natural optimist, but the leap required for the vast majority of his contemporaries from their conventional approach to his new understandings would have undoubtedly been a huge one. From working with the problems of the body, he was asking them to embrace the idea that "Disease is in essence the result of conflict between Soul and Mind, and will never be eradicated except by spiritual and mental effort." It was a big leap and in her biography Nora Weeks noted that: "a few staunch friends in the medical profession were already using the remedies and getting excellent results, but the majority, although they looked upon him as a genius for his work as a bacteriologist, found it hard to reconcile themselves to his changed ideas and methods, and to recognise his genius as a herbalist, as he so loved to be called."
"The action of these remedies is to raise our vibrations and open up our channels for the reception of our Spiritual Self, to flood our natures with the particular virtue we need, and wash out from us the fault which is causing harm."
Dr. Edward Bach ( see all Dr Bach Quotes )
Maybe Bach began to recognise it as too big a leap for his old colleagues too, and that his lecture to the British Homoeopathic Society - "Ye Suffer From Yourselves" - in 1931 marked a turning point for Bach. From then on he changed his focus from his medical colleagues to instead reaching out directly to the public and proving his remedies out in the world. His calling changed him profoundly, and by 1936 he saw himself not as a medical doctor but as a herbalist. He wrote to the General Medical Council in January of that year to say: "Having proved that the herbs of the field are so simple to use and so wonderfully effective in their healing powers, I deserted orthodox medicine.”
From Convention to Inner Freedom
It wasn't just professionally that Edward Bach was changing either. You get the sense when reading about Dr. Bach's life that every instinct within him was gently pushing him in a particular direction. He was very much deepening his spiritual connection and stepping out of the role of conventional doctor. He was probably also stepping away from what convention looked like in many other ways too. We know that he hated to wear a hat, and once he left London he never wore one again. At the time it was pretty unusual to be seen outside without a hat ( "If you want to get ahead, get a hat,'' said the slogan ). He certainly had little regard for how he looked in later life, saying "if people wished to meet him they must take him as he was, but if they wished to meet a suit of clothes, he would send them one with pleasure." It is said that he used to make his own clothes while in Cromer and once made a new pair of trousers to a ladies pattern. He was certainly not the conventional image of what a doctor or man of his standing should look like, and his previous medical colleagues would probably struggle to recognise the man they once knew.
He also seemed to have the priceless ability to get on with people from all walks of society, maybe because he himself had no pretensions and no interest in hierarchy. He would as happily spend time with the local fisherman and gypsies, as he would the eminent doctors and researchers of his previous life, or the local 'high society', something pretty unusual in a man of his background. Some accounts of Bach's life say that he and Mary Tabor became vegetarians, something almost unheard of in those days, although he also very much liked his pipe and a pint of beer.
One gets the sense from all of this of Bach casting off the old restraints of his conventional life and embracing himself more fully at all levels. And maybe this was something that he had to do in order to find within himself the freedom to ground and birth the new understandings that he was working with. These new understandings and deeper spiritual connection must have looked and felt very different to the life that Bach had been used to and creating a new and different looking life was part of this birthing process.
Sharing With the World
By the time Bach set off on his 'new work' and the discovery of the flower remedies, he had already published many papers on his previous work with vaccine therapy, bacteriology and the Bach Nosodes. Now that he was on the path of discovering his new form of healing, he again wanted to share it with the world at each stage. In the course of this period of discovery he gave many talks, had articles published in medical magazines and wrote numerous books and pamphlets.
On the Bach Flower Remedies
At each stage of development Bach would publish his findings and there were many iterations of his books about the Bach Flower Remedies. He started with 'The Twelve Healers' in 1933, then 'The Twelve Healers & Four Helpers' written in Cromer in 1933, then 'The Twelve Healers & Seven Helpers' written in Sotwell in 1934 and finally 'The Twelve Healers & Other Remedies' written in Sotwell in 1935/36. Each one charted the new remedies and updated descriptions and understandings. There were also many articles and lectures that he gave on the remedies and their uses.
On the Philosophy Behind the Remedies
It is an interesting fact that most people who use the Bach Flower Remedies will do so without ever having read or connected with Dr. Bach's work on understanding illness and disease. His seminal work on his understandings was published in 'Heal Thyself' in 1931. He also wrote 'Free Thyself' in the spring of 1932, mainly in Regents Park, a place away from the hustle and bustle of his temporary London life. This was published as pamphlet and gave a fascinating insight in Dr. Bach's philosophical outlook. He also wrote articles, including; 'Some Fundamental Considerations of Disease and Cure' for the Homoeopathic World in 1930, and gave lectures on his understandings, including the aforementioned 'Ye Suffer From Yourselves' in Southport in 1931 and a lecture in Wallingford and a Masonic lecture both in 1936. There were no doubt many more of both, however either the texts from these have been lost over time or were never documented in the first place. To read full unabridged versions of Bach's work, the 'Collected Writings of Edward Bach' compiled by Julian Barnard, is an excellent book.
The Sotwell Years and His Later Personal Life
In March 1934 Edward Bach left Cromer, his inner sense being that he needed a place to settle in more permanently, preferably one within easy reach of London. His search took him through Sussex, Kent and Buckinghamshire, until he returned to Wallingford in the Thames Valley area. It was around here that he had previously discovered Gentian and Rock Rose and one gets the sense that there were people here that he knew and liked. His search brought him to a little house called Mount Vernon in the village of Sotwell near Wallingford and it was in this village that he settled.
Bach's first discovery while in Sotwell was Wild Oat, which he found growing in the hedgerows of the lanes around the village, and became the final remedy in the Seven Helpers series. The other Seven Helpers are Gorse, Heather, Oak, Olive, Rock Water and Vine and together with the Twelve Healers they form the 'First Nineteen' of the Bach Flower Remedies.
The first few months in Sotwell were peaceful, with few people knowing where he was. This gave him time to plan the garden and write the 'Twelve Healers and Seven Helpers', which was published in July 1934. In the summer of that year he went weekly up to London to see clients, but eventually found this too overwhelming and decided instead to make Sotwell the headquarters for his work. As well as Mount Vernon, he also had a house called Wellsprings ( both owned by the same family ) that was made available to him by Mary Tabor, and he spent part of the summer making furniture for both houses.
Friends & Helpers
From all accounts Edward Bach was a sociable person, who enjoyed the company of others. It would seem that he had around him had a group of friends who helped to support him and his work. When he first left London, Nora Weeks accompanied Bach on his travels as his assistant and secretary. He met Victor Bullen in Cromer, and there is a picture of Nora Weeks, Victor Bullen, his family and Edward Bach on the beach in Cromer enjoying a day in the sunshine together.
When Bach first met Mary Tabor is not clear, but one gets the sense they already knew each other before he moved to Sotwell, where she lived. It is very probable that Mary Tabor supported his work financially, she certainly put her house 'Wellsprings' at his disposal, and it is also probable that he lived there with her, while Nora Weeks and Victor Bullen lodged at Mount Vernon. Certainly many of Bach's letters from the time were sent from Wellsprings, and on his death certificate his place of residence was listed at Wellsprings, with Mary Tabor's name also being listed on the certificate.
Dr F. J. Wheeler seems to have been a significant figure too, providing "financial generosity on a large scale" as well as "very great assistance with regard to the clinical results he has obtained with these remedies, his wholehearted collaboration over a considerable period".
The Second Nineteen
In 1935 Dr. Bach started the journey of finding the second nineteen of his 38 remedies, all of which were discovered in the countryside around Sotwell, which he explored on foot, bicycle and occasionally by car. This was not an easy period for Bach as he would experience very strongly the states of mind for which that particular remedy was required in the days leading up to finding the flower that would help. One gets the sense that this process took a lot out of him, together with the demand of seeing patients and everything else that went into birthing his new system of remedies and the understandings that went with them.
On Death and Dying
It is clear that from 1935 onwards Edward Bach was beginning to struggle with his health, the will was there but the body was finding it difficult to keep up with the sheer amount of work that he did. By October 1936 his health had deteriorated badly, his body was beginning to falter and he was confined to his bed. Typically total rest seemed out of the question and he spent his time writing letters and training his team so that they could carry on the work of taking the remedies out into the world. These must have been interesting times for Bach, Nora Weeks said that "his whole time and attention could then be given to his future work, for he knew he had more to find out in connection with the healing of disease. He had no knowledge as yet what that work might be, or whether it would be done on earth or on another plane."
Bach himself said on life: "Thirdly, we must realize that the short passage on this earth, which we know as life, is but a moment in the course of our evolution, as one day at school is to a life, and although we can for the present only see and comprehend that one day, our intuition tells us that birth was infinitely far from our beginning and death infinitely far from our ending. Our Souls, which are really we, are immortal and the bodies of which we are conscious are temporary, merely as horses we ride to go a journey or instruments we use to do a piece of work." ( You can see more quotes from Edward Bach here ).
27th November 1936 - Passing From One Realm To Another
Such was Edward Bach's enthusiasm, drive, and love of life that amongst his friends there was a real optimism that he might yet recover his health and carry on his work at this level. However, it was not to be, and on the 27th November 1936, he passed peacefully in his sleep at the Ladygrove nursing home. Nora Week said that; "Life, to him, was continuous: an unbroken stream, uninterrupted by what we call death, which merely heralded a change of conditions; and he was convinced that some work could only be done under earthly conditions, whilst spiritual conditions were necessary for certain other work". After his passing he was buried in St James' churchyard in Sotwell, and on his gravestone is written 'Behold, I am alive forevermore'.
Edward Bach was 50 when he died, his death certificate registering cancer as the cause of death. In a way, given the severity of his collapse and operation in 1917, the wonder is not that he died so young, so much as that he had another nineteen very full years of life afterwards in which to pursue his life mission. After his passing he left his work in the hands of his trusted friends and colleagues - Nora Weeks, Victor Bullen and Mary Tabor.
Dr. Bach's Legacy
It's indicative of the impact that Dr. Bach's work had on the world that nearly 90 years after his death the remedies that he discovered are flourishing all around the world and have been the foundation point for so many other flower, gem & crystal essences too. Not only the Essences either, because the Bach Nosodes are still in use by homoeopaths too. Beyond the Bach Remedies, the spiritual philosophy expressed in Bach's writings echoes so much of the modern spiritual understandings that we have today. He truly was a way shower, a pathfinder and a man way ahead of his times.
Reflections on Dr Bach
Here are a few reflections on Edward Bach from those who knew him:
“In Edward Bach genius was combined with a joyousness and simplicity of nature, a great humility and lack of self-pride in his achievements which endeared him to all those with whom he worked or came in contact. His striking personality, his intuitive knowledge and understanding of human nature, his certainty of his own purpose in life and disregard of all that might interfere with that mission, made him one of those outstanding characters who are remembered and loved for themselves and their work throughout the world's history.” Nora Weeks - a close friend and colleague
“Those of us who had the privilege of being closely associated with Dr. Edward Bach during the latter years of his life can never be sufficiently grateful for the experience. In this healing work which he gave to us, and which we continue in his name, we gratefully acknowledge his inspiration and help.” Victor Bullen - a close friend and colleague.
"I first met Edward Bach at the International Homeopathic Congress in 1929. This meeting was the beginning of a friendship lasting until the day of his death. During these years I had the privilege of keeping in touch with him either personally or by letter, and in this way sharing with him each new discovery. One characteristic of his work was his unselfish desire to help humanity; he wanted nothing for himself. The finding of each new remedy filled him with joy and thankfulness to the Giver of all." Dr F. J. Wheeler - a close friend and colleague.
"I want to leave on record my affection and respect for one who had something of the quality that is called genius, and was throughout a staunch and generous comrade and friend. I have seldom known one more free from any taint of self-seeking, more single-minded in altruism, more courageous in asserting what he felt to be the truth.” Dr C.E. Wheeler - a friend and colleague.
"I liked him so much for the way he was always ready at any time, whether night or day, to give a helping hand to anyone, in any shape or form. Rich or poor, it did not matter to him." Mr. Jack Davies - one of Bach's friends amongst the fishermen of Norfolk.
Although not exactly a reflection as such, Mary Tabor wrote a book called "To Thine Own Self" in homage to her time with Bach. It was published shortly after Bach's death, and was loosely based on the characters of Bach and his friends and on Bach's work and philosophy.
Sam is co-owner at Crystal Herbs and has been working professionally with Flower & Vibrational Essences since 1996. He is passionate about the Bach Flower Remedies and the work and understandings of Dr Edward Bach and the potential that they have to help people with their personal and spiritual growth. Sam is a trained essence practitioner, energy healer and teacher and loves sharing knowledge and information about essences and any other tools that help us to re-connect with our hearts and the true essence of who we are.