Monday, June 3, 9:17 pm local time, arrival at Saint Pancras station, London …
The journey on Edward Bach’s path begins … but does it really begin? Not quite !
After being trained in Bach flowers, I followed in the footsteps of Edward Bach with an invitation from the Nelsons laboratory, manufacturer and distributor of Bach® Original Flowers.
I had the opportunity to contact them as part of an investigation I conducted on different laboratories that offer Bach flowers, all this in the framework of the forthcoming publication (September 3, 2019) Trédaniel editions, from my first book “Bach Flowers: The Reference Guide”.
On the Way to the Flowers …
Initially trained in classical allopathic medicine, Edward gradually moved toward a more holistic approach, focusing more on the psycho-emotional balance, personality and psychology of the patient. And so after several years of travel and research, he discovered 38 remedies: 37 flowers and natural spring water, each corresponding to a psycho-emotional state, which he gathered in 7 different emotional groups.
He adds a 39th elixirs, Rescue, which combines 5 flowers for emergency situations.
Mount Vernon and the Bach Center …
In 1934, he wanted to find a place to settle, where to anchor somehow.
He then moved with his assistant Nora Weeks to Mount Vernon, located in Brighwell-cum-Sotwell, a village in Oxfordshire. They build the foundations of what will later become the Bach Center.
Most flowers grow in or around the Mount Vernon Garden, floral essences are made in the kitchen of the house.
Edward Bach and the Nelsons Pharmacy … 1st contact
Anxious to be able to spread his floral therapy to all, Edward Bach turns to London pharmacies including the homeopathic pharmacy Nelsons. He supplies them with the mother macerate and the pharmacists carry out the second dilution in order to obtain the stock remedy, that is to say the floral elixir which is then sold to the patients.
For many years, the Bach Center has hand-crafted and distributed tens of thousands of flower essence bottles using flowers from the Mount Vernon Garden and surrounding areas.
In the early 1990s, the Bach Center decided to focus exclusively on training and the Nelsons group bought the manufacturing and distribution part. The floral essences are sold under the brand Bach®Original Blossoms, easily recognizable by the signature of Edward Bach on the products. Today, the Nelsons group produces floral essences according to Edward Bach’s principle of manufacture, most of which are always from the Mount Vernon Garden or nearby sites most often identified by Edward Bach. The macerated mothers are made at the picking locations and then transferred to the Nelsons plant located a few miles away in Wimbledon where the elixirs are then elaborated before being sent around the world.
After this little historical interlude, let’s resume the journey … Tuesday, June 4, departure for the Bach Center …
Mount Vernon, the Garden and the Legacy of Edward Bach
Direction Brighwell-cum-Sotwell … two hours of bus during which the ticking of the windshield wipers remind us that the shimmering green of the English landscape is not due to sunshine! and finally a little miracle … after the rain, the sun moves forward …
Finally, here we are ! Mount Vernon! The beauty of the place is only matched by the lively, warm and wild atmosphere that emanates from the garden. Because it welcomes us … We take the opportunity to go to meet the flowers … Honeysuckle … Cerato … Wild Rose … Aspen … Rock Rose …
After a few words on the journey of Edward Bach and his relationship with the pharmacy Nelsons, a surprise awaits us ….
Sensory Interlude …
The sun hides and gives way to the rain that gives new life to the garden … leaves shine like mirrors, flowers close and the smell of earth, humus mingles with that of the heat of the sun just disappeared …
Would it be musical notes? The harp, the clarinet and the cello warm up, the notes, at first shy, assert themselves and the melody begins.
I am invited to put a blindfold on my eyes … I let myself be guided to the tent. The beating rain bounced off the canvas, determined not to let the harp or the clarinet win. Nature has its own harmony, its own melody.
Strange feeling of only feeling the touch of my companion … Visit on path of the emotions described by Edward Bach. Touch, tap, tap, move. Music notes are sometimes soft and slow, sometimes powerful almost stunning. The perfume of the flowers mixes, subtle and sweet.
They guide me to the exit of the tent, I take off my blindfold, my eyes get used to the light. Strange feeling not to see, to have to trust his other senses. Also, we must trust the Other, the one I do not know and who guided me in this experience.
An interesting experience to remember to feel, feel and trust.
After this interlude out of time, last walk in the garden … Some flowers are closed with the rain, witness that it is time to leave.
Visit the Nelsons Homeopathic Pharmacy
Wednesday, June 5, 10:30 am, visit the homeopathic pharmacy Nelsons …
Typical little pharmacy where sits the bronze bust of Samuel Hahnemann recalling that it is homeopathy that we owe the opening of this institution.
If Bach®Original flowers are prominently in the pharmacy, this remains a pharmacy. She welcomes, advises patients, clients and issues prescriptions.
It also offers consultations with homeopaths trained in the use of Bach flowers. Here we find the spirit of the global approach, chosen by Edward Bach.
It’s funny to think that a few years ago it was Edward Bach who sent the macerates and then the bottles were made. Today, there are now flasks of flower essences made by Nelsons, even though most of the flowers have not changed and are still sourced from Edward Bach’s garden.
Men go by, nature in perpetual motion, is finally immutable …
And here, this magnificent adventure ends!
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