BACH FLOWER MEDICINES

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Bach flower remedies are dilutions of flower “essences” developed by Dr. Edward Bach. The remedies are intended primarily for emotional and spiritual conditions, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, insomnia and stress. They are similar to homeopathy in many respects and form a part of alternative medicine. The Bach Remedies are all derived from non-toxic substances, with the idea that a “positive energy” can redirect or neutralize the “negative energy”.

There are thirty-eight original Bach remedies plus “Rescue Remedy”, each prescribed for certain mental and emotional problems. They form a complete system with which practitioners treat every variety of human emotional imbalances. Other systems of remedies have been developed by practitioners who have access to flowers that are indigenous to other regions, and that were therefore unknown to Bach.

ARGIMONY:
Putting on a brave face. Concealing fear, hurt or inadequacy behind a cheerful face. Hiding inadequacies or hurt.
ASPEN:
Fear of unknown origin or without a particular cause. Overwhelmed by emotions or images that arise out of the blue. Children afraid of monsters or suffering from nightmares.
BEECH:
Arrogance. Being narrow-minded, hypercritical and intolerant of others. Mocking. Pride.
CENTURY:
Easy led or manipulated by others. Good-natured but weak willed and easily exploited. Often made a scapegoat. Self-sacrificing.
CERATO:
Lack of confidence or uncertainty in one’s own judgment. Indecisive and wanting approval or reassurance from others. Self-doubt.
CHERRY PLUM:
Fear of losing control. Mind filled with irrepressible thoughts or emotions Uncontrollable irrational thoughts. Erratic state.
CHESTNUT BUD:
Repeating the same mistakes.
CHICORY:
Possessive and demanding attitude. Expecting a great deal from others. All take and no give. Playing the martyr to gain attention. Lack of inner fulfillment. Jealousy based on selfishness.
CLEMATIS:
Absent minded or inattentive. Being in a spaced-out or dreamy state. Daydreamer, with no interest in the real world, or living in a fantasy.
CRAB APPLE:
Self-disgust. Sense of uncleanliness. Over-reaction to minor imperfection. A loss of perspective, distracted by fine details, or a minor spot.
ELM:
Overwhelmed by responsibility. The extra burden causing a lapse in capability. Unable to make even a simple decision. Feeling inadequate and overwhelmed or exhausted by a task.
GENTIAN:
Depression of known origin (e.g. menopause, mid-life crisis). Easily discouraged. Despondent and sceptical. The eternal pessimist. Wants to believe but failure to leads to depression.
GORSE:
Despair and hopelessness. “What’s the use” attitude. Pessimistic. Giving up even on a chance for survival from terminal illness.
HEATHER:
Self-centred but not self-pitying. Desire to talk about and unburden their self on others. Obsessed with their own problems.
Desperate for an audience. The needy child. Possessiveness.
HOLLY:
Envy and hatred. Feeling malicious. Jealousy and resent. Being hard-hearted, with a general display of ungenerous thoughts and ideas.
HONEY SUCKLE:
Living in the past. Obsessive nostalgia. Yearning for the good old days not living in the present. Unfulfilled dreams. Homesickness.
HORNBEAN:
Monday morning feeling. Apathy. Insufficiently challenged mentally. Exhausted from mundane routine. Headache or exhaustion from over studying or watching too much television.
IMPATIENTS:
Impatience. Frustration that things aren’t happening quickly enough. Irritability especially with slowness. Doesn’t suffer fools gladly.
LARCH:
Lack of confidence. Expects to fail. Inferiority complex. Overcautious and so constrained that they will not try anything for fear of failure. Feeling useless and impotent. Weak-willed.
MIMULUS:
Fear. Fear of known reason. Burdened with many different fears. Reserved and sensitive, shy or timid. Fear about specific things. Passive.
MUSTARD:
Gloom and depression. A black cloud depression with lethargy and lack of drive. Depression that arises without reason.
Periods of deep gloom that come and goes. Giving up, hopeless.
OAK:
Exhaustion from overwork. Struggling bravely against adversity. Exhaustion from ongoing duty or commitments to dependants or others.
OLIVE:
Exhaustion. Drained of energy and can’t go on. Extreme fatigue, sick with exhaustion. Physical and mental tiredness. Following a period of stress.
PINE:
Guilt complex. Always apologizing or excusing oneself. Putting oneself down. Blames oneself for underachievement and takes on blame for others. Scapegoat. Despondent through self-reproach.
RED CHESTNUT:
Altruism, self sacrifice. Obsessive concern for others, unable to let go. Sacrificing one over concerns for others. Suffering, or overwrought with fear for loved ones.
ROCK ROSE:
Acute fear and panic. Panic attacks. Terror and nightmares. Sudden alarm. Paralyzed with fear. Anxiety with palpitations.
ROCK WATER:
Self-denial. Imposing strict or rigid rules on themselves and suppressing inner needs. Being unaware of how hard they are on themselves.
SCLERANTHUS:
Mood swings. Vacillating mind labours to and fro. Indecisive, opinions and moods change from one moment to the next. Erratic.
STAR OF BETHLEHEM:
Trauma, both mental and physical. The after effects of physical and emotional shock. Grief, bereavement or bad news.
SWEET CHESTNUT:
Despair. Acute anxiety and anguish from shock and distress. Acute desperation, feeling weak and vulnerable, or can’t cope.
VERVAIN:
Over-enthusiastic in ones conduct. Over eager to enthuse others. Fanatical or highly-strung. Obsessive in ones duty to a job or cause.
VINE:
Tyrannical, domineering. Deliberately applies pressure to achieve their ends.  Power hungry and inflexible. Over-confident and a bully. Inconsiderate, lacking compassion for others.
WALNUT:
Life changes. Adjusting to change and new challenges. Coping with difficult transition periods. Vulnerability due to change.
WATER VIOLET:
Proud, reserved and detached. Superiority complex leading to isolation by pride. Silently disdainful of others. Appearing superior to others, yet emotionally detached. Enjoys silence.
WHITE CHESTNUT:
Overpowered by persistent thoughts going round and round one’s head. Prisoner to one’s thoughts. Sleeplessness.
WILD OAT:
Purposeless through lack of commitment to a path. Too many opportunities present yet still feel unfulfilled. No certain path in their life.
WILD ROSE:
Apathy, lack of interest in life. Ambitionless. Lack of desire. Lazy. Sense of resignation, beyond hope. Dispassionate.
WILLOW:
Resentful and embittered. “Poor me”. Hard done by, feel like one of life’s victims. Passive resentment, negative feelings turned inward. Bitterness about their state. Self-pitying and sulky.
RESCUE REMEDY:
A combination of 5 remedies, each covering an element of the mental state of person who is involved in emergent situation like shock, terror, unconsciousness, unbearable pain, in body or mind, irritability, impatience.
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