Bach Flower Remedies
Bach flower remedies are liquid solutions of flowers developed by Edward Bach, a homoeopath, in the 1930s. Bach believed that essence found on flowers retains healing properties of that plant. The remedies are intended primarily for emotional and spiritual conditions, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, insomnia, and stress. Flower Essences are a very gentle and subtle therapy. Due to these qualities, it enables to reach deep in ourselves where emotions such as grief, fear, anger have a lodge and as a result have developed into physical symptoms such as insomnia, migraines, personalities disorders even cancer to name a few. The essences bring in positive attributes of courage, patience, understanding and the ability to let go and move forward. This therapy works well as a complementary support for others therapies to address the person at a holistic level. The dose of the flower essences works on frequency, not quantity. Therefore it is important to take it as indicated in order to achieve optimal results. Each of the 38 remedies discovered by Dr Bach is directed at a particular characteristic or emotional state. To select the remedies you need, think about the sort of person you are and the way you are feeling.


The Twelve Healers



The Twelve Healers are the plants that Dr Bach associated with personality types. They relate to our essential nature and are the most common starting point for selecting essences. It is useful to identify the one that best describes the kind of person you are. Several of them may seem to be relevant but one will be most appropriate. If we can find it then it becomes the focus of a combination for personal use.


Agrimony: Worry hidden by a carefree mask.


Centaury: For those who are kind, eager to serve, the inability to say 'no'. 


Cerato: For distrust of self and intuition, easily led and misguided. 


Chicory: For self-pity, self-love, possessive, demanding, hurt and tearful. 


Clematis: For dreamers, those who are absent-minded.


Gentian: For discouragement and despondency.


Impatiens: For those who are irritated by constraints, quick, tense, impatient. 


Mimulus: For those who are shy, nervous, fearful. 


Rock Rose: For those feeling alarmed, intensely scared, horror, dread. 


Scleranthus: For indecision, inability to choose between alternatives. 


Vervain: For those who are willful, over-enthusiasm, opinionated and stressed. 


Water Violet: For those who are withdrawn, aloof, and proud.


The Seven Helpers



The Seven Helpers are the support essences and are selected for long-term emotional states.      

Dr Bach found these chronic conditions often obscure a person’s true nature as it is expressed within the Twelve Healers group.


Gorse: Hopelessness.


Heather: Talkative, self-centred and self-concern. 


Oak: Persevering, the plodder who keeps going past the point of exhaustion. 


Olive: Exhaustion following mental or physical effort. 


Rock Water: Strict idealist, self-denial, rigidity, and self-repression.


Vine: Dominance and inflexibility.


Wild Oat: Lack of direction, uncertainty over one's direction in life




The Second Nineteen



The Second Nineteen are the essences that reflect our emotional responses to traumatic events. They help us to develop greater inner strength and fortitude and bring out our best qualities. They are clearly focused on immediate issues.


Aspen: Unreasoning fears.


Beech: Critical, intolerance.


Cherry Plum: Loss of control.


Chestnut Bud: Unable to learn from mistakes.


Crab Apple: Feeling unclean, the cleansing remedy, also for self-hatred.


Elm: Overwhelmed by responsibility.


Holly: Anger, hatred, envy, and jealousy.


Honeysuckle: Living in the past.


Hornbeam: Mental or physical tiredness.


Larch: Loss of confidence.


Mustard: Unexplained Gloom.


Pine: Self-blame, guilt.


Red Chestnut: Imagining the worst, over-concern for the welfare of loved ones.


Star of Bethlehem: Needing comfort in distress, shock.


Sweet Chestnut: Desolation, Extreme mental anguish, no light left from trying.


Walnut: Unsettled during life change, protection from change and unwanted influences.


White Chestnut: Mental congestion, unwanted thoughts, and mental arguments.


Wild Rose: Drifting, resignation, apathy.


Willow: Resentment and self-pity.



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