Author(s): Julian Barnard
In the 1920s, the physician and homeopath Dr Edward Bach made his great discovery of the healing effects of various flower essences, which resulted in thirty-eight 'flower remedies'. Bach described them as 'bringing courage to the fearful, peace to the anguished, and strength to the weak', but the therapeutic effects of the remedies go beyond emotional states. They are equally effective in the treatment of physical disorders. Julian Barnard describes how Bach made his discoveries. He examines the living qualities of the plants in their context, and looks at how the remedies are actually produced. The result is remarkable. Barnard recounts his observations so that readers can experience for themselves the complex ways in which the remedy plants grow -- their gestures and qualities, ecology, botany, and behaviour.
'Do we really need another book about the Bach Flower Remedies? The answer has to be a resounding affirmative, since this book takes you on a journey. You follow Edward Bach, see the way his ideas evolved. And you learn how to utilise this remarkable group of remedies to maximum benefit. [...] This really is an excellent book which methodically leads you through the 38 remedies in a manner which makes you appreciate the full value and beauty of this remarkably simple system.' -- Keith Souter, Health and Homeopathy, January 2005 'The general reader will find this book illuminating and instructive. Line drawings adorn the text and provide another avenue of understanding.' -- Scientific and Medical Network Review, January 2005
Julian Barnard has lived and worked in Walterstone on the Welsh border for the past twenty years. Born in the Thames Valley in 1947 to a family with connections to the great English botanists John Henslow and Joseph Hooker, he was brought up with a love of plants. He went to school at Oxford and trained at the Architectural Association in London. Finding a copy of The Twelve Healers led to a training in herbal medicine with Dorothy Hall in Australia. The author of a series of books about Dr Bach's flower remedies, including The Healing Herbs of Edward Bach: An Illustrated Guide to the Flower Remedies, he has also edited and published the Collected Writings of Edward Bach, the first complete edition of Bach's works. In 1986 he was instrumental in establishing the Bach Educational Program to bring flower remedies to a wider public. Still actively engaged in education, he has given talks and workshops in more than a dozen countries in Europe and the Americas.