Select Resources for Beginners
Bach, Edward. The Essential Writings of Edward Bach: The Twelve Healers and Heal Thyself
→ Small booklet with the two short works that Bach believed represented the distillation of his work to be left to posterity.
Howard, Judy and John Ramsell, eds. The Original Writings of Edward Bach (1990)
→ Includes three papers on bowel nosodes from Bach’s early work, Free Thyself, Ye Suffer from Yourselves, and miscellaneous correspondence.
Barnard, Julian, ed. Collected Writings of Edward Bach (1987, enlarged and revised 2007)
→ The most comprehensive published collection of Bach’s writings, including all the writings referenced above, and more.
Bach’s friend and assistant charged by Bach with maintaining his legacy.
Weeks, Nora. The Medical Discoveries of Edward Bach Physician (1940)
→ The classic biography of Edward Bach.
Current Bach Centre co-director with Judy Ramsell Howard.
Ball, Stefan. The Bach Remedies Workbook: A Study Course in the Bach Flower Remedies (1998)
→ A cartoon-illustrated workbook for learning the remedies. A great resource to begin self-study.
Leading Bach scholar and maker of Healingherbs Bach remedies.
Barnard, Julian. A Guide to the Bach Flower Remedies. Vermilion, 1979.
→ A 63-page booklet that covers the basic philosophy, remedy indications, and best practices in working with Bach remedies. Ideal if you are looking for a synthesis that you can read in one sitting.
Barnard, Julian. Bach Flower Remedies: The Essence Within. West Wickham: Winter Press, 1988, 1995, 2010.
→ A visually delightful journey through the remedies, including information on plant habitat, behavior, identification, and signatures, as well as remedy indications.
Healingherbs Bach Educational Resource
Healingherbs Bach Flower Learning Programme (requires login)
Acupuncturist and oriental medicine doctor who translated Bach’s works into Spanish.
Chancellor, Phillip M. Handbook of the Bach Flower Remedies (1971)
→ This classic is valuable for learning the remedies according to Bach’s and Weeks’ original understanding of them. Remedy descriptions are followed by original cases taken from the records of Edward Bach and The Bach Remedy News Letter published by Nora Weeks after Bach’s death.
Trained by Nora Weeks and Victor Bullen, Nickie Murray took over the reins from them and became co-director of the Bach Centre with her brother John Ramsell.
Nickie Murray discusses the 38 Bach flower remedies, in conversation with Julian Barnard (audio)
→ Although this is not reading but audio material, it is included here because it is an excellent introduction and review of the remedies for beginners. With many thanks to Julian Barnard for making this content freely available.
Judy Ramsell Howard
Current Bach Centre co-director, along with Stefan Ball. She began working at the Bach Centre alongside her father, John Ramsell, in 1985.
Judy Ramsell Howard. The Bach Flower Remedies: Step by Step (1990)
→ A 75-page booklet that covers the basic philosophy, remedy indications, and best practices in working with Bach remedies. Ideal if you are looking for a synthesis that you can read in one sitting.
Expert practitioner and former representative of the Bach Centre in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Scheffer, Mechthild. Bach Flower Therapy: Theory and Practice (1986)
→ Excellent foundational text explaining Bach’s philosophy, the remedies, and best practices for their use. Highly recommended for all practitioners.