Healing Depression Series: Bach Flower Remedies (BFR) – Are they a placebo? part 1, or wait, this is just alcohol!

Are they a placebo? Part 1.

What I want to do with this entry is discuss if the Bach Flower Remedies are a placebo or not.

It is reasonable for people to be sceptical about the BFR’s and so they should be. I certainly was. When I first saw them around 1992, the claims they made about healing emotional conditions seemed a little too good to be true.

To my logical mind back then, I just couldn’t see how that was possible.

It is true that many claims are made about products that are false and misleading. There are a lot of scams out there. There are many unscrupulous people who use spiritual mumbo jumbo to sell their goods with the promise of healing on a miraculous level.

They are blatantly misleading and how they are allowed to advertise their products and get away with it is just beyond belief.

They hurt the products that are legitimate. It’s like looking for a diamond in a mountain of glass facsimiles. At first glance, it looks promising until you realize it’s just another fake.

I’ve come across my fair share of such scams, and I’m sure many others have, too.

The Bach Flowers seemed to fall under the same category, so it wasn’t until 1994 when I finally tried them.

A lady, who I was getting therapeutic massages from, explained that they did work. At the time, I was quite drawn to her, and hung  on her every word (in fact, this turned out to be a soul call, which is a call for help on a spiritual level) but I didn’t know that back then.

So, I bought a few, tried them, and found that worked so well that it was remarked that I was on happy pills.

What really sold me was that, around that time, I received some really bad news about a business investment I had made. As it involved a partner, it made it worse. I had made this decision right before I started trusting my intuition. (Which advised me against it, but I didn’t know enough at the time to listen.)

Normally, I would have not been able to sleep due to mulling over it and worrying about what I had to do, the reactions, and so on, but I decided to take Star of Bethlehem, which is the remedy for shock and trauma.

I immediately felt a peace settle over me, and the problem didn’t bother me again and it did eventually resolve itself, like most things do.

I started trying them on other people and found that the remedies would have a calming effect, especially on my mother, who could be highly strung.

I found that by putting same Rescue Remedy on her wrist, she calmed right now. My mind told me this shouldn’t be possible, but the results were certainly real.

Next: Are they a placebo – Part 2

11 thoughts on “Healing Depression Series: Bach Flower Remedies (BFR) – Are they a placebo? part 1, or wait, this is just alcohol!

  1. My holistic vet recommended trying one for my dog for hid anxiety. She said that for some they dont make much of a difference but for others the difference is remarkable. We got the stress formula (our health store didnt have one for anxiety) . It didnt seem to help much, but Ive used it a couple of times and thought I might have noticed a slight difference. You said in a previous post, something about making sure youre using the right one, so now Im wondering if we should try different ones. You notice the difference immediately? Is there a cumulative effect?


    1. It’s vital that you use the right ones. No point taking something for weariness if you’re feeling anxiety, for example. It’s like using a band-aid for a headache. 🙂 Aspen is the remedy that should have been used (assuming the Vet diagnosed correctly). You will notice a difference quite soon if you get the right remedy. I also will ask what exactly were you given. What was the stress formulae? Some of them just don’t seem to do anything. 🙂

      Thanks for your comments.


      1. It says – Helianthemum nummularium for courage and presence of mind
        Clemais vitalba for focus when ungrounded
        Impatiens glandulifera for patience and problems with people
        Prunus ceasifera for balanced mind when losing control
        and, Onithogalum umbellatum for softening impact of shock


        1. Okay, they have give you a copy of the Rescue Remedy, but put it in such a way as to avoid copyright infringements.

          Great for emergencies, but not actually going to help nervousness or anxiety. Keep it around in case of accidents, bad news, major shocks, etc. It might save a life.


        2. OK, your dog had soooo much to say. In this reading he and I are hiavng a conversation. Blessings,AlixCharlie Brown where are you?I’m in heavenWhy are you there?It was my time to goHow did you get there?I arranged to goYour human mom Elana is very sadYes I know but she does not know. This is the crux of the message this is what we came to you (Alix) so that she could hear: there is nothing sad about passing over, there is nothing sad. The part of us that is spirit is always joyful and always alive and it never knows death. Only the personality knows death and that is supposed to die sooner or later anyway.When Elana is in the kitchen making breakfast I am there. When her daughter sees me I am there. I will always be there with her but not in the body any more just in spirit. I am to be her guide.Elana’s daughter is very magical. She sees things and knows things. It is very important that Elana honors this seeing. I will come to the daughter at important times she should learn to pay attention when she sees me.The world is a magical place. I am gone but not really. Please tell Elana to stop crying and begin to embrace that magic. Her life depends on it. This is what she is here to do and I will always be there beside her. I love her slurp all is well I am with god good-bye and trust!


        3. , by saying that using certain gemstones like jasper,amethyst and adventurine can give you psychic protection. Like Sage mention being an empath, I just want to be alone,away from people in a room or space. I don’t do large crowds because I am in a crowd and I am happy as soon as someone passed me by or even just bump into me, my mood instantly changes. i have also noticed that my empath gift works long distance so I am still picking up people’s emotions and so I starting to wear this amethyst necklace and it has worked for me so maybe it can for you. Remember when you are feeling people’s emotion, to try to center yourself by think if it really is your emotion or someone else? The way I can tell when I am feeling someone’s emotion is when I feel happy and then suddenly I feel sad or upset. The stronger the emotion the more you feel it. I hope this helps.Blessed be!-Zen


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