The Different Flowers That Make Up Bach Rescue Remedy

Clemantis FlowerBach rescue remedy is one of the most popular, and most well known, flower remedies for naturally treating conditions such as shock and stress; it is useful to have a bottle handy if you are going for a job interview, just received bad news, taking a journey, speaking at a public event or attending a stressful family situation. Bach rescue remedy helps to restore emotional balance to your health when a situation occurs to disrupt this balance. There are five flowers that are used in Bach rescue remedy.

History of Bach Rescue Remedy

The Bach rescue remedy was created by Dr Edward Bach (1886 – 1936). Dr Bach was an English physician who suffered a major breakdown at the age of 31. After recovering from this trauma, his work led him to match physical health with emotional health, through the course of which he recognized certain personality types matched certain physical illnesses. He experimented with and prepared several plant remedies that corresponded with the personalities of his findings.

The rescue remedy was created from five specific remedies that Dr Bach had prepared; he used this particular combination to save a fisherman’s life in 1930 (source: The Essential Writings of Dr Edward Bach, Dr Edward Bach). Rescue remedy helps you to cope with sudden fear and shock that may arise out of both minor and major traumas.

Cherry Plum

Cherry Plum (Prunus cerasifera) is a tree or shrub that has white flowers which flower in the spring months. Cherry Plum gives you the emotional strength and composure to take control of a situation. It is useful if you fear you will lose control of your thoughts and actions.


Clematis (Clematis vitalba) is a flowering climbing plant with a wide variety of colorful flowers. It is a summer to early Fall flowering plant. Clematis gives you the ability to concentrate on real life and put into action your hopes and dreams. It is useful if you are a day dreamer who has difficulty focusing on current events in your life.


Impatiens (Impatiens glandulifera) is another late summer to early Fall flowering plant that has mauve-colored flowers. As the plant’s name suggests, impatiens gives you the potential for patience, empathy, initiative and independence. It is useful if you are impatient, an over-reactor or irritable.

Rock Rose

Rock Rose (Helianthemum nummularium) is a summer flowering plant that has yellow flowers. Rock rose gives you the ability and strength to handle emergencies without panic or terror. It is useful if you find yourself experiencing sudden fear and panic.

Star of Bethlehem

Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum) is a spring flowering plant that opens up with white flowers in sunlight. Star of Bethlehem allows you to deal with events and feelings that have deeply affected you. It is useful for treating shock and trauma that has emotionally left you scarred.

(source of all flower remedy descriptions: The Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy, Mechthild Scheffer).

Bach Flower Remedies

The five flowers that make up the Bach rescue remedy are only a few of the flower remedies that Dr Bach created. Dr Bach initially identified twelve healing remedies which were followed by the discovery of further flower remedies. The rescue remedy is his most famous first-aid remedy that is now used by many people on a daily basis for various situations; rescue remedy is available in several formats including as a dropper, spray and cream. It is extremely useful to keep a bottle of it handy to deal with the next unscheduled emergency that you might find yourself in!

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