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List of Bach Flower Remedies

Bach Flower remedies gently restore the balance between mind and body. You can choose remedies for emotional stability or for some positive characteristic, you want to develop inside yourself.

Bach Flower essences work to balance emotions, either by "dissolving" specific issues or by supporting the development of desired positive traits.

Dr. Edward Bach has categorized flower essences into seven distinct groups:

  • For combating fears: Aspen, Cherry Plum, Mimulus, Red Chestnut, Rock Rose
  • For addressing uncertainty: Cerato, Gentian, Gorse, Hornbeam, Scleranthus, Wild Oat
  • For rekindling interest in present circumstances: Chestnut Bud, Clematis, Honeysuckle, Mustard, Olive, Wild Rose, White Chestnut
  • For alleviating loneliness: Heather, Impatiens, Water Violet
  • For reducing oversensitivity to influence and ideas: Agrimony, Centaury, Holly, Walnut
  • For dispelling despondency or despair: Crab Apple, Elm, Larch, Oak, Pine, Sweet Chestnut, Star of Bethlehem, Willow
  • For easing over-concern for the welfare of others: Beech, Chicory, Rock Water, Vervain, Vine

List and Description of Bach Flower Essences

AGRIMONY – Agrimonia eupatoria

“Mental torment behind a brave face“

“The jovial, cheerful, humorous people who love peace and are distressed by argument or quarrel, to avoid which they will agree to give up much. Though generally they have troubles and are tormented and restless and worried in mind or in body, they hide their cares behind their humor and are considered very good friends to know. They often take alcohol or drugs in excess, to stimulate them and help themselves bear their trials with cheerfulness.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Remedy action: restores the ability to express one’s true feelings and emotions, promotes ease of expression, leading to feelings of real inner harmony and peace.

ASPEN – Populus tremula

Fear and anxiety of an unknown origin

“Vague unknown fears for which there can be given no explanation, no reason. It is a terror that something awful is going to happen even though it is unclear what exactly. These vague inexplicable fears may haunt by night or day. Sufferers may often be afraid to tell their trouble to others.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Remedy action: helps to relieve shaking, trembling, or vague fluttering feelings in the tummy together with coldness, paleness & nightmares.

BEECH – Fagus sylvatica

Intolerance towards diversity in others, critical, lack of compassion

“For those who feel the need to see more good and beauty in all that surrounds them. And, although much appears to be wrong, to have the ability to see the good growing within. So as to be able to be more tolerant, lenient and understanding of the different ways each individual and all things are working to their own perfection.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Criticism, judgment, and intolerance are very common personality traits in today’s world where they are often seen as acceptable ways of instilling discipline in children as they grow up. Being easily irritated by others’ habits, having a very fixed outlook on life, or being so sensitive to criticism from others that it is difficult to benefit from life’s lessons, are all indications of the need for this remedy.

Remedy action: enables us to acquire the skill to accept something or someone we neither like nor can change, with serenity.

CENTUARY – Centaurium umbellatum

For those who do not know how to say NO – Cinderella syndrome

“Kind, quiet, gentle people who are over-anxious to serve others. They overtax their strength in their endeavors. Their wish so grows upon them that they become more servants than willing helpers. Their good nature leads them to do more than their own share of work, and in so doing they may neglect their own particular mission in life” – Dr. Edward Bach

Those in need of Centaury have a misplaced sense of service and believe that they must put others’ needs before their own. They appear to lack the willpower to say ‘no’ and are easily dominated and open to being taken advantage of by those with stronger personalities. As a consequence, they often wear themselves out in service to others and do not develop their own individuality or creativity. They are weak-willed, bullied, unable to say no, imposed on, lack energy, tired, timid, passive, and quiet.

Remedy action: restores the qualities of inner strength & self-determination.

CERATO – Ceratostigma willmottiana

Confirmation, seeking advice, do not trust own wisdom or judgment

“Those who have not sufficient confidence in themselves to make their own decisions. They constantly seek advice from others, and are often misguided” – Dr. Edward Bach

Those in need of Cerato have difficulty trusting in their own intuition or ‘inner voice’. They appear to have an air of uncertainty around them and tend to seek the opinions of others when faced with decisions in their lives, rather than trust their own judgment. Even when they have consulted with friends & colleagues they will still have great difficulty making a firm choice of direction causing themselves much confusion. The statement I don’t know can often be heard from the lips of those in the negative Cerato state.

Remedy action: restores the qualities of inner certainty and wisdom and helps to create a bridge between the personality and the Soul restoring the ability to know and trust one’s own innate inner wisdom.

CHERRY PLUM – Prunus cerasifera

Fear of losing self-control and violent reactions

“Fear of mind being over-strained, of reason giving away, of doing fearful and dreaded things, not wished and known wrong, yet there comes the thought and impulse to do them.” – Dr. Edward Bach

When a person has a fear of losing control, temper tantrums, breakdowns, abuse, rage, exploding, and violent reactions. When he or she is in deep despair and feels like he/she is going to “lose it.” A person has a great fear of losing control of her/his mind, going insane, or perhaps having a breakdown. He or she can be snappy, on edge, want to scream, or fear that he/she could be uncharacteristically violent, either to herself or others. In a very extreme state, they may have wide-staring eyes and be unable to stop themselves from saying or doing things that are completely out of their normal character. Many women experience variations of these irrational feelings related to their monthly cycle.

Remedy action: restores the qualities of balance, calmness, and positive control of the mind.

CHESTNUT BUD – Aesculus hippocastanum

Keeps repeating the same mistake, doesn’t learn from past mistakes

“For those who do not take full advantage of observation and experience, and who take a longer time than others to learn the lessons of daily life. Whereas one experience would be enough for some, such people find it necessary to have more, sometimes several, before the lesson is learned. Therefore, to their regret, they find themselves having to make the same error on different occasions when once would have been enough, or observation of others could have spared them even that one fault.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Remedy action: a helpful remedy for anyone who finds it difficult to take in information in any form.

CHICORY – Cichorium intybus

Nobody loves me

“Those who are very mindful of the needs of others tend to be over-full of care for children, relatives, friends, always finding something that should be put right. They are continually correcting what they consider wrong, and enjoy doing so. They desire that those for whom they care should be near them” – Dr. Edward Bach

Chicory is for selfish, possessive, domineering people in relation to those closest to them. Those in need of Chicory tend to be possessive of those they care about, wanting to keep them nearby to cling onto and to love. They can appear to be emotionally needy, manipulative, excessively interfering or easily fall into self-pity and resentment if their efforts at ‘helping’ others are not appreciated. Behind the negative chicory, the state lays an inner emptiness and feeling of being unwanted or unloved that unconsciously drives the personality to use these rather selfish and manipulative ways to get its needs met.

Remedy action: helps to restore the principles of unattached and selfless love.

CLEMATIS – Clematis vitalba

Dreamers, those who escape reality by living in their ideas and future

“Those who are dreamy, drowsy, not fully awake, have no great interest in life, have a lack of concentration. Quiet people, are not really happy in their present circumstances, living more in the future than in the present; living in hopes of happier times when their ideals may come true. In illness, some make little or no effort to get well, and in certain cases may even look forward to death, in the hope of better times; or maybe, meeting again some beloved one whom they have lost.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Remedy action: helps those who all too easily drift off into daydreams and fantasies about the future feeling that life will be better there than it currently is.

CRAB APPLE – Malus sylvestris/pumila

Disgust me

“This is the remedy of cleansing. For those who feel as if they have something not quite clean about themselves. Often it is something of apparently little importance, in others, there may be a more serious disease that is almost disregarded compared to the one thing on which they concentrate. In both types, they are anxious to be free from the one particular thing which is greatest in their minds and which seems so essential to them that it should be cured. They become despondent if treatment fails. Being a cleanser, this remedy purifies wounds if the patient has reason to believe that some poison has entered which must be drawn out.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Crab Apple aids purification at all levels. Those in need of Crab Apple have temporarily lost sight of their own innate purity and carry underlying feelings of uncleanness, dirtiness or lack of purity, which in extreme states can manifest as obsessions related to housework or bodily cleanliness. They can be fussy, easily upset and have a tendency to make mountains out of molehills when in a negative state. Other indications for these remedies are skin eruptions or compulsive, obsessional behavior of any sort.

Remedy action: helps people who feel unclean or have a hard time accepting his/her own self-image.

ELM – Ulmus procera

Depression overwhelmed by responsibilities, despondent, exhausted

“Those who are doing good work, are following the calling of their life and who hope to do something of importance, and this often for the benefit of humanity. At times there may be periods of depression when they feel that the task they have undertaken is too difficult, and not within the power of a human being.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Elm helps those normally very capable people, perhaps with responsible jobs, large families, or dependents to care for who suddenly find themselves feeling overburdened, overwhelmed, and uncharacteristically unable to cope with their responsibilities.

Remedy action: help to restore the strength of mind and ability to cope.

GENTIAN – Gentiana amarella

A victim of destiny – discouragement, and despondency after failure

“Those who are easily discouraged. They may be progressing well in illness or in the affairs of their daily life, but any small delay or hindrance to progress causes doubt and soon disheartens them.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Those who need this remedy are uncertain about their relationship with their Creator and find it difficult to see themselves as part of a greater whole in which all is ordered according to a higher plan. They are easily discouraged by even small setbacks in life and can appear pessimistic and cynical because they find it very difficult to see a positive resolution to any problem. The phrase ‘doubting Thomas’ sums up the negative Gentian state very well.

Remedy action: helps to restore the soul qualities of trust and faith at a personality level.

GORSE – Ulex europaeus

Lost case – the feeling of extreme hopelessness and despair

“Very great hopelessness, they have given up belief that more can be done for them. Under persuasion or to please others, they may try different treatments, at the same time assuring those around that there is so little hope of relief.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Gorse is the remedy for those who suffer great uncertainty in the process of life, causing them to experience feelings of hopelessness and despair. This is a state sometimes found in those with a long-term illness who have lost all hope of recovery or in those whose experiences have caused them to view life ‘as a lost cause’. When this state is very deep-rooted a person may have dark rings under the eyes or be prone to sigh a lot.

Remedy action: help to dispel dark feelings and promote new hope and vision for the future.

HEATHER – Calluna vulgaris

What will happen to me? – overtalkative, demand attention, dislike being alone, lonely, obsessed with themselves, self-centered, narcissistic

“Those who are always seeking the companionship of anyone who may be available, as they find it necessary to discuss their own affairs with others, no matter who it may be. They are very unhappy if they have to be alone for any length of time.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Heather is the remedy for those whose inner sense of isolation and loneliness manifests as a compulsive need to talk about themselves to anyone and everyone – even a complete stranger. When in an acute state, those in need of this remedy appear to have their thoughts entirely focused on themselves and can cause unsuspecting listeners to feel as though they are unable to escape the very force of their conversation. They make very poor listeners and sadly can drive people away by the very strength of their own neediness.

Remedy action: help to relieve this state so that they are more in touch with the need to give as well as receive.

HOLLY – Ilex aquifolium

I can’t forgive you – aggression towards others, hatred, jealousy, envy, suspicion, malice, anger

“For those who are sometimes attacked by thoughts of such kind as jealousy, envy, revenge, suspicion. For the different forms of vexation. Within themselves, they may suffer much, often when there is no real cause for their unhappiness.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Remedy action: opens the heart and unites us with Divine Love, floods the heart chakra with the vibrations of Divine, unconditional love helping to transmute and transform these negative states.

HONEYSUCKLE – Lanicera caprifolium

The good old days – homesickness, nostalgia

“Those who live much in the past, perhaps a time of great happiness, or memories of a lost friend, or ambitions which have not come true. They do not expect further happiness such as they have had.” – Dr. Edward Bach

It’s the remedy for those who live in the past, mourning for times past, nostalgia, over-attachment to past memories good or bad, and can’t let go of the past. They are often locked into past happier times which they feel can never return, leaving them with feelings of nostalgia, sadness, or regret. This is an excellent remedy for anyone experiencing difficulty with homesickness, bereavement, divorce, or unaccepted change of all kinds.

Remedy action: helps to dissolve these difficult feelings bringing greater acceptance of the past and hope for the future.

*Honeysuckle, Star of Bethlehem, and Walnut used in combination are particularly valuable support for anyone coming to terms with a loss of any kind.

HORNBEAM – Carpinus betulus

The Monday Morning Syndrom – mental weariness”

“For those who feel that they have not sufficient strength, mentally or physically, to carry the burden of life placed upon them; the affairs of every day seem too much for them to accomplish, though they generally succeed in fulfilling their task. For those who believe that some part, of mind or body, needs to be strengthened before they can easily fulfill their work.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Those in need of this remedy often experience a state of procrastination brought on by a kind of mental weariness or staleness. They feel tired even after a good night’s sleep and find it very difficult to get going in the morning, maybe needing several cups of coffee in order to be ready to face the day. However, once they eventually do get going they usually discover that they are perfectly capable of completing their day’s work.

Remedy action: helps those who feel that they lack the mental strength to carry out the everyday tasks of their lives.

IMPATIENS – Impatiens glandulifera

I can’t wait – impatiens, irritability, nervy, frustration, hasty

“Those who are quick in thought and action and who wish all things to be done without hesitation or delay. When ill they are anxious for a hasty recovery. They find it very difficult to be patient with people who are slow as they consider it wrong and a waste of time, and they will Endeavour to make such people quicker in all ways. They often prefer to work and think alone, so that they can do everything at their own speed.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Those in need of Impatiens can become very impatient and irritable with others who are naturally slower than they are, a state that often creates inner discomfort and tightness. They usually prefer to do things by themselves because it is; quicker to do it myself.

Remedy action: helps to calm those who are driven by an inner sense of urgency, a feeling that they need to get things done ‘yesterday’.

LARCH – Larix decidua

Everyone else is better than me – lack of self-confidence, inferiority complex, discouraged

“For those who do not consider themselves as good or capable as those around them, who expect failure, who feel that they will never be a success, and so do not venture or make a strong enough attempt to succeed.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Those in need of Larch have such an inbuilt unconscious certainty of failure that they never attempt new things in life and so never discover their true potential. They automatically feel inferior to others and will stand back, allowing those that they feel are better able than themselves to take up life’s opportunities.

Remedy action: helps to restore confidence in one’s own abilities.

MIMULUS – Mimulus guttatus

Everyday, common fears, and anxieties, shyness, timidity, blushing, lack of courage, simple phobias

“Fear of worldly things, illness, pain, accidents, poverty, of dark, of being alone, of misfortune. The fears of everyday life. These people quietly and secretly bear their dread; they do not freely speak of it to others.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Those in need of Mimulus suffer unnecessary fear and worry about everyday situations, such as visiting the dentist, flying, swimming, spiders, or perhaps taking their driving test. They can appear nervous, shy, or timid and may hesitate or blush easily when in situations where they feel vulnerable. Sensitivity to crowds, loud noises, or bright lights is another example of states for which Mimulus would be beneficial.

Remedy action: helps those who feel they need greater courage to face up to the everyday events of life and dissolves their fears and worries those with this personality trait find themselves able to create a more positive mental approach to life.

MUSTARD – Sinapis arvensis

Deep gloom, depression without apparent reason

“Those who are liable to times of gloom or even despair, as though a cold dark cloud overshadowed them and hid the light and the joy of life. It may not be possible to give any reason or explanation for such attacks. Under these conditions, it is almost impossible to appear happy or cheerful.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Mustard helps those who from time to time experience a black cloud of gloom that comes and goes for no reason that is obvious. Those in this state feel despairing and unable to cover over how they feel. They withdraw into themselves, feeling separate and isolated from the rest of the world.

Remedy action: helps to dispel the blackness, bringing back light and joy.

OAK – Quercus robur

I won’t give up – strong, capable people struggling to overcome the limits of their strength

“For those who are struggling and fighting strongly to get well, or in connection with the affairs of their daily life. They will go on trying one thing after another, though their case may seem hopeless. They will fight on. They are discontented with themselves if illness interferes with their duties or helping others. They are brave people, fighting against great difficulties, without loss of hope of effort.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Those in need of Oak tend to struggle to endure all things long after others would have given up. They possess great strength and courage and like the mighty Oak tree itself often provide shelter and nourishment for others. However, this is often done at great cost to themselves and can lead to the despairing feeling of being suddenly and completely lacking in the strength to carry on. Often a great weariness comes over them.

Remedy action: help to restore strength, endurance, and fortitude so that they can carry on.

OLIVE – Olea europaea

Fatigue after exertion, lack of energy

“Those who have suffered much mentally or physically and are so exhausted and weary that they feel they have no more strength to make any effort. Daily life is hard work for them, without pleasure.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Olive is for people who are exhausted with no reserves of strength or energy. This could be at any level. In the acute state, those in need of Olive often complain of being too tired to do another thing or feeling completely washed out. This is usually the result of situations where a great deal of energy has been used up – overworking, a hard spell of digging in the garden, or exhaustion related to a long-term illness, loss of blood, or chronic diarrhea.

Remedy action: helps to restore energy levels.

PINE – Pinus sylvestris

I’m guilty of everything – self-blaming

“For those who blame themselves. Even when successful they think they could have done better, and are never satisfied with the decisions they make. Would this remedy help me to stop blaming myself for everything?” – Dr. Edward Bach

Pine needs people who feel guilt, self-reproach, humble, apologetic, shame, unworthy, undeserving, self-blame, or self-reproach and will often take responsibility for, or even apologize for, something that has nothing to do with them at all. They are never truly satisfied with themselves and tend to feel that others are better than they are. It is difficult for those in this state to find any real sense of achievement or joy in life.

Remedy action: helps to restore a positive sense of inner self-value or self-worth.

RED CHESTNUT – Aesculus carnea

I’m worried about you – fear and worry that something bad could happen to a loved one or someone close

“For those who find it difficult not to be anxious for other people. Often they have ceased to worry about themselves, but for those of.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Red Chestnut helps those who are fearful for the safety of others. Those in need of Red Chestnut worry for the safety of others, particularly those close to them. When things do not happen as anticipated they will immediately fear the worst, imagining that some harm has befallen their loved ones; ‘they must have had an accident.

Remedy action: helps to restore optimism and trust in the Divine Plan bringing the recognition that everyone has their own path and is divinely looked after no matter what happens to them.

ROCK ROSE – Helianthermum nummularium

Terror, frozen fear, panic attacks”

“The remedy of emergency for cases where there even appears no hope. In an accident serious or sudden illness, or when the patient is very frightened or terrified, or if the conditions are serious enough to cause great fear to those around. If the patient is not conscious the lips may be moistened with the remedy.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Rock Rose is helpful in any situation where there is a need to transmute the vibrations of extreme fear or terror. In an acute state, those in need of Rock Rose may become rigid, shaking, or petrified by acute fear. They can be paralyzed by fear or experience the kind of blind fear that creates the urge to run away to anywhere but where they currently are. The tendency to panic in emergencies or to have terrifying nightmares also indicates a need for Rock Rose.

Remedy action: helps to calm the vibrations of extreme fear or terror.

ROCK WATER – Aqua petra

Self-punishment, rigidity, self-denial, self-repressing

“Those who are very strict in their way of living; deny themselves many of the joys and pleasures of life because they consider it might interfere with their work. They are hard masters to themselves. They wish to be well and strong and active and will do anything which they believe will keep them so. They hope to be examples which will appeal to others who may then follow their ideas and be better as a result.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Those in need of Rock Water set themselves very high standards and impose very strict discipline upon themselves in an effort to adhere to their high-minded, idealistic principles. They hope to set an example for others to follow by forcing themselves to be saints or martyrs. As a result, they live a very rigid lifestyle, often denying themselves even the smallest luxury. This self-punishing attitude creates deeply suppressed physical & emotional needs.

Remedy action: helps to restore the ability to be open-minded and flexible in one’s beliefs.

SCLERANTUS – Scleranthus annuus

Indecision, inability to choose, imbalance, uncertainty, dizziness

“Those who suffer much from being unable to decide between two things, the first one seeming right than the other. They are usually quiet people, and bear their difficulty alone, as they are not inclined to discuss it with others.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Those in need of Scleranthus can be gripped by crippling indecision when faced with a choice between two things. In this situation, they will usually weigh things up and ‘um & ah’ for a long time. Emotionally they can swing from one extreme to another very easily and may become quickly tearful. Mentally they can have a tendency to respond to outside stimuli rather like a grasshopper, making it hard for them to concentrate in the negative state.

Remedy action: helps to restore one’s inner point of balance creating a greater connection with the Soul and one’s own inner direction.

STAR OF BETHLEHEM – Ornithogolum umbellatum

Shock, trauma, accidents, PTSD

“For those in great distress under conditions which for a time produce great unhappiness. The shock of serious news, the loss of someone dear, the fright following an accident, and such like. For those who for a time refuse to be consoled, this remedy brings comfort.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Star of Bethlehem is helpful in any situation where shock or trauma of any kind has been experienced, whether immediate or in the past. This remedy can be very beneficial for those who retain shock or trauma at some level from past situations and events. Situations such as bereavement, accident, sudden loss of job, divorce, ‘bad’ news, etc.

Remedy action: help to take away the numbing effect and assist recovery (it is not replacing medical assistance, but could enhance it).

SWEET CHESTNUT – Castanea sativa

There is no way out – the dark night of the soul, extreme mental anguish, hopeless despair, intense sorrow

“For those moments which happen to some people when the anguish is so great as to seem to be unbearable. When the mind or body feels as if it had borne to the uttermost limit of its endurance, and that now it must give way. When it seems there is nothing but destruction and annihilation left to face.” – Dr. Edward Bach

In the acute state, those in need of Sweet Chestnut feel that they have reached the limits of their endurance and are at the end of the road. In this extreme state, they feel absolute and utter despair or hopelessness – a state of desolation in which they feel isolated from the rest of mankind.

Often described as ‘the dark night of the soul’ this state can be experienced when the personality is faced with the challenge of confronting itself. The ‘back to the wall’ feeling is the result of the personality’s resistance to make the inner change necessary to move to the next level of consciousness, so this uncomfortable state can sometimes precede a big movement forward.

Remedy action: helps to restore our connection to our Soul’s light and love, brings back the light and joy to life, dissolving the darkness.

VERVAIN – Verbena officinalis

Over enthusiasm, perfectionism, hyper-activity”

“Those with fixed principles and ideas, which they are confident are right, and which they very rarely change. They have a great wish to convert all around them to their own views of life. They are strong of will and have much courage when they are convinced of those things that they wish to teach. In illness, they struggle on long after many would have given up their duties.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Vervain is a remedy for idealists, overpowered by their excessive enthusiasm, over-sensitive to the injustice in the world; and always ready to „swim against the tide“, and „to right wrongs“. Those in need of Vervain have very high principles and ideals that they seek to convert others to, by the sheer force of their will and enthusiasm. They are perfectionists who tend to overwork, driving themselves way past what is reasonable, often becoming wound up & highly strung as a result. In the acute state, they can be fanatical, overzealous, and incensed by injustice.

Remedy action: helps to restore balance to the unconscious belief that it is their responsibility to take care of everything around them.

VINE – Vitis vinifera

Power, dominating, need for control over others

“Very Capable people, certain of their own ability, confident of success. Being so assured, they think that it would be for the benefit of others if they could be persuaded to do things as they themselves do, or as they are certain is right. Even in illness, they will direct their attendants. They may be of great value in an emergency.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Those in need of Vine have a tendency to be overbearing, dominating, certain that they are right, and need to take control in every situation. They can find it very hard to hear another’s point of view and will intimidate others weaker than themselves, often without realizing what they are doing. Extreme examples of this personality type are the ruthless tyrant or bully.

Remedy action: helps to restore the principle of balanced leadership through the right use of power and will, to open the heart, and to remind the personality that positive leadership is the result of a partnership between the heart and the mind.

WALNUT – Juglans regia

Cutting the cords – changes, need for adaptability, protection

“For those who have definite ideals and ambitions in life and are fulfilling them, but on rare occasions are tempted to be led away from their own ideas, aims, and work by the enthusiasm convictions or strong opinions of others. The remedy gives constancy and protection from outside influences.” – Dr. Edward Bach

We all face the challenge of change many times in our lives and Walnut helps us to be open, flexible, and adaptable at such times. This might change occur as we move through the various stages of life, or lifestyle changes such as bereavement, divorce, new house, or job. In such situations, Walnut acts as a link breaker helping us to release the old and decisively embrace the new.

Remedy action: promotes adaptability, emotional flexibility, and protection during times of change, acts as a link breaker helping us to release the old and decisively embrace the new; provides a cloak of protection for those over-sensitive to their environment or to the influence of others.

WATER VIOLET – Hottonia palustris

Proud, aloof, lonely, anti-social, disdainful, condescending, self-reliant, private

“For those who in health or illness like to be alone. Very quiet people, who move about without noise, are aloof, leave people alone, and go their own way. Often clever and talented. Their peace and calmness is a blessing to those around them.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Those in need of Water Violet often have much valuable wisdom and insight to share but due to their gentle, sensitive natures find it hard to communicate this to others. They have a tendency to withdraw into their own space and can sometimes appear to be aloof and unapproachable or perhaps slightly superior or proud, all aspects of personality that contribute to their sense of isolation from others.

Remedy action: helps to restore the soul qualities of humility and wisdom, and helps to remember the oneness of all things and to dissolve the barriers around the heart chakra that this state creates, promoting the ability to socialize easily and to share their integrity, wisdom, and knowledge.

WHITE CHESTNUT – Aesculus hippocastanum

Concern, repeated unwanted thoughts, mental arguments, insomnia

For those who cannot prevent thoughts, ideas, and arguments that they do not desire from entering their minds. Usually at such times when the interest of the moment is not strong enough to keep the mind full. Thoughts which worry and still remain, or if for a time thrown out, will return. They seem to circle round and round and cause mental torture. The presence of such unpleasant thoughts drives out peace and interferes with being able to think only of the work or pleasure of the day.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Those in need of White Chestnut suffer from a constantly busy mind in which there is no reprieve from revolving thoughts that circulate round and round like a hamster on a wheel. They often experience recurring internal mental arguments and conversations, all states that effectively cut them off from the present moment and can sometimes make it difficult to sleep.

Remedy action: gives a calm, peaceful mind uncluttered by unnecessary thoughts, tranquillity, and clarity of thought.

WILD OAT – Bromus ramosus

Crossroad in life, decision making, lack of clarity, drifting in life

“Those who have ambitions to do something of prominence in life, who wish to have much experience, and to enjoy all that which is possible for them, to take life to the full. Their difficulty is to determine what occupation to follow; as although their ambitions are strong, they have no calling which appeals to them above all others. This may cause delay and dissatisfaction.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Those in need of Wild Oat have not yet connected with the inner direction of their Soul that would give them clarity on the direction of their chosen life path. They are often strongly ambitious people with many talents and gifts but as they lack a strong inner sense of how to use them tend to end up flitting from one thing to another. A state of uncertainty that means they are endlessly searching in the outer world for the ‘right’ direction when the answer is actually within themselves.

Remedy action: promotes an inner certainty about the vocational direction of one’s life, helps to strengthen their inner connection, and promotes clarity of direction.

WILD ROSE – Rosa canina

Apathy, resignation, lack of enthusiasm, motivation, and ambition

“Those who without apparently sufficient reason become resigned to all that happens, and just glide through life, take them as it is, without any effort to improve things and find some joy. They have surrendered to the struggle of life without complaint.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Those in need of Wild Rose experience a state of apathetic resignation, which can bring with it feelings of boredom or tiredness. In an acute state, they appear to have given up, completely lacking the motivation and enthusiasm necessary to function normally in life. Some people experience this during a long-term illness, having been told to resign themselves to the fact they may never be fully well again.

Remedy action: helps to restore the qualities of enthusiasm and joy in the process of life and to bring back the enthusiasm to find joy in life whatever the circumstances.

WILLOW – Salix vitellina

Self-pity, resentment, short-changed, poor me, sulky, irritable, grumbling, bitterness, blame, complain

“For those who have suffered adversity or misfortune and find these difficult to accept, without complaint or resentment, as they judge life much by the success which it brings. They feel that they have not deserved so great a trial that it was unjust, and they become embittered. They often take less interest and are less active in those things of life which they had previously enjoyed.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Those in need of Willow have a tendency to feel a victim of circumstance and to blame others for their life situation. They may become easily bitter or resentful, bear grudges, or feel that ‘life’s not fair’ when things do not go their way.

Remedy action: helps to restore the qualities of self-responsibility and forgiveness, and to dissolve these difficult personality traits, and to promote the recognition of the need for self–self-responsibility, the forgiveness of self and others and to restore optimism in their ability to create the life they want.

RESCUE REMEDY – For emergency situations

It was originally formulated by Dr. Bach for use in situations requiring ‘emergency rescue’.

It acts as a very swift emotional stabilizer in circumstances where there is much fear, panic, trauma, or other severe upset such as a serious accident, unexpected bereavement, shocks, panic attacks, PTSD, nightmares, bad news, injuries, breaks, etc.

It is also a very effective support for those less traumatic but still challenging events in life like exams, driving tests, visits to the dentist, presentations, etc.

It consists of five essences:

Star of Bethlehem: Against fear; works as an integrator

Clematis: Against panic and terror

Impatiens: Against stress and tension

Cherry Plum: Against fear that we will lose control over the mind and ourself

Rock Rose: Against fainting

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