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Bach Flower Remedy: Crab Apple And OCD

Updated on February 13, 2013

The Bach flower remedy Crab Apple stands for perfect order and balance but when there is need for it in the body, the person takes it to an extreme and wants everything around him to be flawlessly perfect. It gets to a stage very often when he not only wants to walk a certain way, look a certain way and act a certain way but he even starts thinking that certain thoughts are imperfect and he tries to think a certain way. If he can’t live up to these impossibly high standards he sets himself, he gets terribly bothered. Sounds like the character in the TV serial ‘The Monk’? Or Jack Nicholson in ‘As Good As It Gets’? You guessed it – it’s obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD we’re talking about.


A person who needs Crab Apple is constantly fidgeting, looking around to see if everything is all right. He might suddenly get up and go clean something – like the doorknobs or the ashtrays. He might just go throw away anything that is lying around that he feels is cluttering up the place. He just cannot relax unless everything around him is ordered to his way of thinking. He just cannot bear to see any blemish in himself either – so he might just get a bit too het up about a scar or a pimple. Very often, these people will keep washing their hands or take many showers during the day. Crab Apple makes them a bit more practical and teaches them that it is all right to have a little dust floating around. For people who are not typically Crab Apple, this essential oil is great when you want to wash the memory of a dirty feeling off – this could be physically, like after a rather tough nursing job or mentally like after having to put up with a distasteful experience. It relieves skin problems too and can be added – a few drops – to the bath.


His mind gets caught up in the details – and it’s usually the little, unimportant ones that assume alarming proportions inside his head. It could be a little stain on the carpet or a bit of water or milk spilt on the table. He can think of nothing else till he has put whatever he thinks is wrong, right. So when he is in someone else’s house, it is torture for him to sit through a social evening when little things like this irritate him and engulf his mind. So he is usually in a state of stress and this could bring on a few health problems. Crab Apple lifts his mind from the petty details to the things that really matter.


They constantly feel that they need to clean up – inside and out. If a harsh thought crosses their mind, they feel so terrible in their hearts. They are very sensitive souls and they get hurt easily when made fun of about their unusual behaviour. They are perfectionists and feel that even emotionally, they have to feel like a perfect person should.


It is almost as though the imbalance in the universe is a burden that is placed on them to correct. They tend to be negative and this causes a lot of darkness in their soul. Crab Apple opens the windows and lets in the light. Rather than hide inside, they learn to look out and to try to fly. It gives them the positive energy to hope.

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      It would be wonderful if it helped - OCD can be such a bothersome condition. Thanks for coming by!

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      Daniel Carter 8 years ago from Western US

      Wonderful information. I can pass this along to a relative who may benefit!

      As always, thanks so much!

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Thank you Sandy and Brenda for coming by and reading :)

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      Am I dead, yet? 8 years ago


      This is something I would definitely look into, Shalini. Thanks for the information.

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Thank you Christoph - always great to see you here!

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      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      You are just a wealth of information on unusual and facinating topics!

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      Jaspal 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Interesting and educative hub ... I did not know about Bach Flower remedies. Maybe one should try the Crab Apple.

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Sabu - thanks as alweays for reading!

      Avanti - really? would love to learn more from him!

      Katie - thanks - that was sweet of you :)

      Candie - thanks for always coming by with your words of encouragment!

      VioletSun - coming from you, that's wonderful - I appreciate it :)

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Shalini: You are adding to the healing energy by doing this series of hubs on the Bach remedies. Will try Crab Apple. Blessings to you.

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      KatieE39 8 years ago from Colorado

      I just tweeted this hub. (-:

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      This one I hadn't heard of! Very good, Thank you!

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      KatieE39 8 years ago from Colorado

      An awesome hub! I think I will try the Crab Apple.

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      Avanti 8 years ago

      Very interesting, Shalini. I've got to share this with my Dad - he's a self-taught Bach Flower Remedies enthusiast!

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      sabu singh 8 years ago

      Super as always Shalini