Dr Bach prepared his remedies using the following process. The mother tincture was prepared from the flower heads of the chosen plant which were soaked in natural spring water; this was then heated either by the sun method or boiling method as determined by Dr Bach in the 1930’s. The two methods are detailed below:
The Sun Method
This method employs the collection of delicate flowers and blooms in the height of summer and these are floated on water in glass bowls; when collecting the flower heads it is vital that they are not touched. These are then left in full sunlight for three hours; once the flower heads are carefully removed alcohol is added in equal proportion to the water in the bowl from this the flower remedy is made. Dr Bach created 20 remedies using this method. Because the flowers of some of the plants bloom for short periods the importance of timing was essential.
The Boiling Method
This method of creating remedies employs the use of boiling the flowers in water on a stove a boiled for half an hour. Once this is cooled the flowers are then removed and the water filtered to remove any residual material. An equal amount of alcohol, 40% proof brandy is then added to the water and the mixture stored in a stock bottle; this forms the base of the flower remedies. The brandy acts only as a preservative. The potentised water is called a Mother tincture.
Cherry plum/Prunus Cerasifera
Here the key words indicating the need for this remedy are:
Fear, loss of control, going mad and irrationality
The person will experience a sense of losing their mind and control; they feel they are going insane or they are having a breakdown. The person appears irritable, nervous and may want to scream and screech; they dread becoming unusually violent to others or to themselves. In this negative state the person requiring this remedy will experience extreme discomfort in the mind with prevailing illogical fear. When irrationality strikes this remedy instils peace, level-headedness and harmony. With this remedy one can restore balance, calm and positive control of the mind.
The essential oils that work well with this remedy and can facilitate balance Chamomile, Frankincense, Juniper, Lavender, Marjoram, Melissa, Neroli, Rose Otto, Sandalwood, Vetiver and Ylang Ylang.