Custom-formulated or off-the-shelf: how to know what Bach Flowers are best

Want to know what Bach Flowers are best for you? Here's the ultimate guide on the difference between custom-formulated and off-the-shelf. 🌸 Let's start at the beginning - what are Bach Flowers and what's a Bach Flower combination.

What Bach Flowers are best?

I’m often asked by clients what I think are the best Bach Flowers for them: custom-formulated or off-the-shelf Bach Flower mixtures. This is an excellent question and not always obvious, so let’s devote this blog to the subject.

Let’s start at the beginning: what are Bach Flowers, and what’s a Bach Flower combination? And then – what Bach Flowers are best for you?

What are Bach Flowers?

Bach Flowers are tinctures, mainly derived from wildflowers that grow in the English countryside. Bach Flower tinctures are natural and work by matching and raising our vibrational frequencies. They are incredibly effective as they address both symptoms and root causes

Wild Rose – one of the Bach Flower tinctures

Bach Flowers are part of an effective daily self-care regime for optimal performance, parallel to exercising, eating well, and sleeping enough. I take my Bach Flowers every day.

Bach Flower combinations or mixtures are formulas of different Bach Flower tinctures that synchronize in support of a specific goal. These goals can include sleeping better, feeling less stress, making better decisions, reducing anxiety or feelings of guilt, increasing productivity, reducing procrastination, improving communication, or reaching your goals more effectively.

Bach Flower mixtures are divided into two different types: custom-formulated (or personally-formulated) combinations and off-the shelf combinations (or pre-formulations). 

Custom-formulated Bach Flower combinations

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 order a custom-formulated Bach Flower combination from me, you begin with a Bach Flower consultation (remote or in-person). 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 what you are looking for, I create a special and unique Bach Flower formula especially for you. Each tincture in your mixture is selected in support of you and your objective at this time. Therefore, custom-formulated Bach Flower combinations are the most effective type of formula.

That being said, let’s not dismiss pre-formulated Bach Flower formulas, for they too are incredibly effective in the right situation!

Off-the-shelf Bach Flower combinations

Off-the-shelf Bach Flower combinations are mixtures of different Bach Flower tinctures created for a general condition or situation. They are an extremely convenient solution when you fit the profile matching that particular formula.

A common example of an off-the-shelf 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 root causes, and as no two people’s symptoms and root 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 an off-the-shelf Bach Flower combination is a good fit for your situation, it’s a great choice. In such a case, they are not only effective, but also convenient. Therefore, I offer them to my clients. I wouldn’t provide off-the-shelf Bach Flower combinations if I didn’t utterly believe in them.

Power Formula & Stress Formula

Two off-the-shelf Bach Flower combinations you can obtain through me are Stress Formula, which is fabulous for calming you in stressful situations, and Power Formula, which assists you with getting things done, overcoming procrastination, and moving outside your comfort zone.

Stress Formula helps relax and calm in challenging and stressful situations. It reduces worrying, which allows for better focus when it’s most needed. It’s great for children with separation anxiety, whether it’s when you leave them in the other room, or at kindergarten. It also really helps your teenager before tests and exams. It’s terrific for everyone before bed so you fall asleep faster and sleep more restfully.

In contrast, Power Formula helps you when you’re having a hard time getting started, or when you don’t reach your goals because of inaction. It doesn’t matter your reason or excuse – procrastination, feeling tired or bored or unmotivated, anxiety, or simply having a hard time getting out of your way or your comfort zone.

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 period 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!). Power 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 root causes common to many people, Power Formula makes for an amazing off-the-shelf mixture.

Magic Birth Formula & Calm Birth Formula

Two other off-the-shelf or Easy-Access Bach Flower combinations you can obtain through me are Magic Birth Formula and Calm Birth Formula.

Calm Birth Formula is perfect when you are feeling fearful at the thought of childbirth. It helps calm you, allowing you to be more present and relaxed. Magic Birth Formula helps you release traumas connected with your previous difficult birth(s). It also supports you in releasing fears around your present birth, so you feel calmer and more present.

Both are the perfect gift for expectant mothers, whether it be yourself or someone else in your life. ❤

Qualification for off-the-shelf products

I offer the same qualification with my off-the-shelf Bach Flower combinations that I do with all off-the-shelf products and services – 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 an off-the-shelf product or service will help everyone. 

Custom-formulated or off-the-shelf: what are the best Bach Flowers?​

So why choose one over the other, custom-formulated or off-the-shelf? 

Being uniquely prepared just for you, I generally recommend custom-formulated Bach Flower formulas, for they are the most effective combinations going. That being said, you may prefer the convenience of an off-the-shelf formula. If this is the case, and your situation and the off-the-shelf Bach Flower combination 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. 

More information

If you want more information about what Bach Flowers are best for you, how long it will take for your Bach Flowers to work, or anything else to do with Bach Flowers or clarifying or reaching for your goals, I invite you to reach out to me.

You can do this by to writing me a note or booking a Bach Flower consultation.

Have a fabulous day, filled with all that you wish and need, including the Bach Flower formula perfect for you.

~ Sat-Sung

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