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Bach Flower Remedies

Updated on September 12, 2012

Bach Flower Remedies and Homeopathy

In the 1930's, Dr. Edward Bach used his knowledge of homeopathy to devise a plant-based remedy to treat a particular set of negative feelings. The Bach Flower Remedies are thought to work by stimulating the body's capacity to self-heal and by balancing negative feelings. Remedies are selected which most closely correspond to a person's basic personality type or the particular emotional stress that is being experienced. The Bach Remedies are generally considered to be non-toxic, non-addictive, and safe to use with other medications. Bach flower essences are widely available from suppliers who carry homeopathic or naturopathic remedies.

Photo: Chicory is one of the flowers used in the remedies. (Sugarimp, Wikipedia)

The Bach Flower Remedies

This is an alphabetical list of the flowers used to prepare the Bach flower remedies together with the condition for which they are indicated.

  • Agrimony - repressed worries, for one who has a cheery outward appearance that conceals internal fears and concerns
  • Aspen - apprehension, fear of the unknown, anxiety, foreboding
  • Beech - intolerance, being critical of others, narrow-mindedness, feeling annoyed by others
  • Centaury - inability to say 'no', trying to please others, easily exploited
  • Cerato - lack of trust in own decisions, always turning to others for decisions
  • Cherry Plum - for some compulsions and obsessions, fear of impulsively doing something known to be wrong, impulsiveness
  • Chestnut Bud - failure to learn from mistakes, destructive patterns of behavior
  • Chicory - possessive love, needing to be involved in the lives of others, meddling
  • Clematis - daydreaming, withdrawing into a fantasy world
  • Crab Apple - feelings of self-hatred, poor self image, shame of physical appearance
  • Elm - feeling overwhelmed by responsibility, feeling unequal to a task
  • Gentian - discouraged by a setback, making 'mountains of molehills'
  • Gorse - hopelessness, despair, feeling nothing can be done
  • Heather - self-centered, needs to talk about one's self, unhappy when alone
  • Holly - hatred, jealousy, envy
  • Honeysuckle - dwelling on the past, expecting to never be happy again
  • Hornbeam - procrastination, fatigue due to boredom
  • Impatiens - impatience, irritability with slowness in others
  • Larch - lack of confidence, expectation of failure
  • Mimulus - fear of known things or things encountered in everyday life, such as fear of the dark, fear of growing old, etc.
  • Mustard - gloominess, feeling overshadowed by a cloud
  • Oak - for one who continues past the point of exhaustion, workaholic, one who continues to fight a battle that cannot be won
  • Olive - exhaustion following mental or physical effort, lacking vitality
  • Pine - guilt, perfectionist, dissatisfaction with the efforts of others
  • Red Chestnut - too much concern for the welfare of loved ones, always anticipating the worst
  • Rock Rose - fright, terror, extreme fear in the face of an emergency or accident
  • Rock Water - self-denial, repression, being too hard on oneself
  • Scleranthus - indecision, mood swings, unable to achieve balance
  • Star of Bethlehem - shock, refusing to be consoled, for trauma following receipt of bad news or loss
  • Sweet Chestnut - extreme mental anguish, when it seems no hope remains, when you have reached the limits of your endurance
  • Vervain - overly enthusiastic, feeling the need to convert others over to your way of thinking
  • Vine - inflexibility, dominance, domineering, seeming to have too much self-assurance
  • Walnut - protection from change and unwanted influences, for periods of transition and adjustment to new beginnings, protection from peer pressure and negativity from others
  • Water Violet - pride, arrogance, for loners who appear aloof, for those who seem unapproachable or distant
  • White Chestnut - unwanted thoughts and mental arguments, for when the mind replays the same 'broken record' to distraction
  • Wild Oat - uncertainty over one's direction in life, for feeling lost
  • Wild Rose - apathy, resignation, accepting what life has in store without an effort to influence it
  • Willow - self-pity, resentment, for unjust suffering and the feelings that tend to accompany it, for feeling unfortunate
  • Rescue Remedy - Mix of cherry plum, clematis, impatiens, rock rose and star of Bethlehem, used to help deal with any emergency or stressful event

Impatiens for Impatience (Joan Simon)

Impatiens for Impatience (Joan Simon)
Impatiens for Impatience (Joan Simon)

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