Which Bach Flower formula do I choose?
I’m often asked by clients what I recommend for them: custom-formulated or pre-formulated Bach Flower mixtures. This is an excellent question and not always obvious, so let’s devote this blog to the subject.
And to really understand the answer, let’s start at the beginning: what are Bach Flowers anyhow, and what’s a Bach Flower mixture?
What are Bach Flowers?
Bach Flowers are tinctures, mainly derived from wildflowers that grow in the English countryside. Bach Flower tinctures are natural, work by matching and raising our vibrational frequencies, and are incredibly effective as they address both symptoms and underlying causes.
Bach Flowers are part of an effective daily self-care regime for optimal performance, parallel to exercising, eating nutritiously, and sleeping well. I take my Bach Flowers every day.
Bach Flower combinations or mixtures are formulas of up to seven different Bach Flower tinctures that synchronize in support of a specific goal, such as, for example, sleeping better, feeling less stress, anxiety, or guilt, increasing productivity, improving communication, or reaching goals more effectively. Bach Flower mixtures are divided into two different types: custom-formulated (or personally-formulated) combinations and pre-formulated combinations.
Custom-formulated Bach Flowers.
Custom-formulated Bach Flower combinations are created for you specifically, in connection with a specific situation or specific situations in your life, at this time. They are unique and formulated on a case-to-case basis.
When you want a custom-formulated Bach Flower combination, you begin with a Bach Flower consultation with me (remote or in-person) that lasts for up to an hour. During the consultation, you talk about what is going on for you right now, what you’d like changed or improved, and what your goals are.
Based on our conversation and what you are looking for, I create a special and unique Bach Flower formula especially for you. As each tincture is selected in support of you and your objective at this time, it is the most effective type of formula.
That being said, let’s not dismiss pre-formulated Bach Flower formulas, for they too can be incredibly effective in the right situation!
Pre-formulated Bach Flowers.
Pre-formulated Bach Flower combinations are mixtures of different Bach Flower tinctures created for a general condition or situation. They are an extremely convenient off-the-shelf solution when you fit the profile matching the particular formula.
A common example of a pre-formulated Bach Flower combination is Rescue Remedy, which helps most people in most situations of temporary stress or emergency. “Most” is an important qualification, for as Bach Flowers treat both symptoms and causes, and as no two people’s symptoms and causes are identical, no one in good faith or honesty can claim that a pre-formulated Bach Flower combination will help everyone in every situation.
However, when a pre-formulation is a good fit for your situation, it’s a great off-the-shelf choice. I offer pre-formulated Bach Flower combinations because they are fabulous under the right conditions. I wouldn’t provide pre-formulations if I didn’t utterly believe in them.
The two pre-formulated Bach Flower combinations that I offer are Stress Formula, which contains the tinctures contained in Rescue Remedy, along with a Bach Flower that is great during COVID, and Power Formula, which assists with getting things done and moving outside of comfort zones.
Let me tell you a bit more about Power Formula. I initially created it as a custom-formulated Bach Flower combination for myself during a dark time when I found myself in a deep rut. I was feeling stuck and increasingly unable to move outside of my comfort zone (a pretty unsuccessful recipe for a business owner!). The formula worked miracles for me, helping me move out forward and get things done (indeed, one of the prototype names for Power Formula was Get Sh*t Done, exactly for this reason). I was so taken by the effectiveness of the mixture that I decided to offer it to others to help them too. As the mixture addresses a collection of symptoms and causes common to many people, Power Formula makes for an amazing pre-formulation.
I offer the same qualification with my pre-formulated Bach Flower combinations that I do with all pre-formulations – they help most people, in most situations for which the formulas are intended. By their very nature, being pre-formulated, it is unrealistic to believe that they will help everyone.
What's best for me?
So why choose one over the other?
Being uniquely prepared just for you, I generally recommend custom-formulated Bach Flower formulas, for they are the most effective formula going. That being said, you may prefer the convenience of an off-the-shelf combination. If this is the case, and your situation and a pre-formulation are a good fit, then this could be your best choice.
My prime concern is that you receive what is best for you. You see this not only in my Bach Flower formulas and my other services, but also in my pricing and my customer service.
Pricing: you pay the same amount for a Bach Flower formulation from me, whether it’s custom-formulated or pre-formulated. The only price difference is the cost of the Bach Flower consultation should you select a custom-formulated mixture.
Customer service: you receive the same customer service regardless of whether you have selected a custom– or pre-formulation. An example of my customer service: some clients choose to receive reminders from me to take their Bach Flowers (because if you want your Bach Flowers to work, you need to take them!). I provide this service to any of my clients who request it, regardless of the formulation they’ve received from me.
Have a fabulous day, and take your Bach Flowers!