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Guide to Bach Flower remedies
Dosage for all remedies
Choose remedies that match your undesired emotional states.
Up to 5 remedies may be chosen and these can be taken as below or made into a dosage form.†
Place 2 drops of the chosen remedies either directly onto the tongue or dilute in a little water or fruit juice.
Take at least four times daily or more often when necessary.
For a dosage remedy place 2 drops of each chosen remedy into a 25ml dropper
bottle and fill with equal parts of Brandy and Still Mineral Water. For a dosage
remedy take 4 drops at least 4 times per day. Please note that the Bach Centre in England recommend that a dosage form be kept no longer than 3 weeks.
Unsure of self / Repeatedly seeks advice from others
Depression from known cause / pessimism and easily discouraged
Depression of long duration / utter despondency
Hornbeam - Inability to cope with daily tasks / lack of strength
Indecision and hesitancy / imbalance
Wild Oat -
Unsure of path in life / lack of knowing what to do / over-sensitivity
Mental worry and torture but appears cheerful
Easily influenced and exploited by others
Jealousy and suspicion / feelings of revenge / Fear
At times of great change / sensitivity to outside influences / Link breaker
Vague fears of unknown origin / Anxiety and apprehension
Cherry Plum -
Desperate and suicidal /
Fears own actions in desperation
Fear of known things eg heights, poverty etc.
Red Chestnut -
Excessive fear for others / Irrational anxieties
Rock Rose -
Extreme fear and panic / terror
Over care for othersí welfare
Beech - Criticism and intolerance /
Self-indulgent and self-pity / demands attention
Self denial and martyrdom / high self-expectations
Extreme of mental energy / anxiety and tenseness / inability to relax / Poor sleep
Vine - Ruthless and inflexible /
desire to dominate others
Over concern with self but dislike being alone
Impatiens - Impatience and irritability
Water Violet -
Pride and aloofness / desire to be alone
Insufficient interest in present circumstances
Chestnut Bud - Failure to learn from past
experiences / repeats the same mistakes
Clematis - Dreams of the future /
Honey suckle - Absorbed in memories of the
Mustard - Deep gloom and depression /
from unknown causes
Olive - Complete physical and mental
White Chestnut - Persistent worrying thoughts
Wild rose - Apathy and resignation
Despondency and Despair
Crab Apple - The cleansing remedy / self condemnation /
over concentration on trivia
Elm - Overwhelmed by responsibilities and feelings
Larch - Feels inferior / expectation of failure
Oak - Effects of endurance when under pressure
Pine - Feeling of guilt and self-doubt
Bethlehem - For shock - physical / mental or emotional
Sweet Chestnut - Mental anguish having reached limits of
Willow - Bitterness, resentment and blaming others for
A combination of five Bach flower remedies. These are Star of Bethlehem, Rock Rose, Impatiens, Clematis and Cherry Plumb. For emergencies or accidents.
Bach flower remedies to the rescue
The Bach flower essences were the inspiration of Dr Edward Bach over 50 years ago.
Dr Bach had a successful Harley Street practice in London and was a highly respected practitioner in the 1930s. After many years of medical practice he came to the conclusion that a personís personality had a major impact on their health. So profound was his belief that he gave up his practice to learn
Dr Bach was a very sensitive and intuitive person with great compassion for his fellow man and a deep respect for nature. He believed very strongly that medicine should do no harm. Dr Bach developed several plant based remedies for particular mood states or personality traits. These remedies he called the 12 Healers. He used these remedies with great success on himself, friends and patients. Eventually Dr Bach prepared 38 extracts from flowers and trees. These remedies,
can "raise our vibrations and open up our channels for the recreation of the spiritual self". The set of 38 Bach Flowers covers the entire range of human emotions.
All the Bach flowers are completely safe, there are no side effects whatsoever. A few drops under the tongue or in a glass of water 4 times a day is all you need. The beauty of these remedies is that you donít need years of study to decide which remedy you need. Merely reading a description from our chart will give you a feel for the remedy which best suits you at a given time. After all - you are the one who is feeling this
There is a range of Bach Flower books available including "The Twelve Healers" by Edward Bach and "Handbook of the Bach Flower Remedies" by Philip Chancellor.
Martin & Pleasance are the sole Australian agents for the Bach Flower Remedies.
A wall chart was available of the Bach Flower Remedies in 2001 for $5.
Enquire to Martin & Pleasance, 123 Dover Street, Richmond Vic. 3121 (Australia).
Ph: (03) 9427 7422.
The Bach Flower Remedies: A major contribution to
from Vibrational Medicine for the 21st Century
by Richard Gerber MD
The most popular and widely used form of flower-essence therapy is the Bach
Flower Remedies. Each of the thirty-eight remedies has a specific indication for
a particular emotional pattern of disharmony. The following is a list of the
different Bach Flower Remedies and their therapeutic indications (as suggested
by Dr Bach).
|Cerato. For people with an extreme lack of self-confidence in their
ability to make good decisions, always looking to others for guidance and
direction. For inability to trust one's judgment. Cerato carries the vibration
of inner certainty.
Scleranthus: This flower remedy is for those who have a hard time
making up their minds. They tend to be very indecisive, often waffling back and
forth one way or another before making choices. This essence can also be helpful
for individuals who are subject to mood swings, vacillating from optimism to
pessimism or from joy to sadness or vice versa. It is a flower essence that
helps to being balance on a number of different levels simultaneously. And in
its capacity to restore balance it may actually be of assistance in treating
motion sickness, a disorder of the inner ear, which regulates our sense of
equilibrium. Scleranthus is said to carry the vibration of balance.
Gentian: This essence is indicated for those who feel despondent,
often over repeated setbacks and delays in home or work projects. People who need
this essence frequently feel tired depressed, frustrated, and discouraged,
sometimes thinking, "What's the use anyway?" This is another of
several Bach remedies that can be helpful for children with learning
disabilities who experience a daily sense of struggle with schoolwork. Gentian
is associated with the vibration of faith.
Gorse: This flower remedy is for those who feel truly hopeless,
overcome with a sense of extreme despair. The depression is much deeper than
that associated with Gentian. People who need Gorse often feel that there is
nothing that can be done to make their situation any better. Gorse carries the
vibration of hope.
Hornbeam: This essence is useful for people who have a sense of
weariness and fatigue. It may be either mental or physical weariness. It is for
people who are okay once they start moving but find it difficult to make that
initial effort to get going, that "Monday-morning feeling". I can be
helpful for those who procrastinate about things as well as for those who feel a
need to revitalise their lives. Hornbeam is also indicated for those who feel
that they are not strong enough physically (often leading to a need to
constantly work out and build up their muscles). Hornbeam transmits the
vibration of inner vitality.
Wild Oak: Wild Oat can greatly benefit people who feel dissatisfied
that they have not found their goal in life. It can also be helpful for people
suffering from a kind of "divine discontent", in that the work they
are doing is not something that causes their "soul to sing". It is of
aid for people who question the meaning and purpose of life and are looking for
greater direction. Some of the telltale signs of a need for Wild Oat are
boredom, dissatisfaction, and a lack of fulfilment from one's present working
situation. Wild Oat either may make one less restless and more content with
present circumstances or it may provide the courage to go out and discover one's
true calling and soul path. Wild Oat carries the vibration of purposefulness.
|Agrimony: For individuals who put on a cheerful face while repressing
or denying their feelings of pain and torment. Addictions to drugs, food, or
repressing feelings too difficult to face. Those requiring Agrimony tend to
avoid arguments and confrontations at all costs. As such, Agrimony may be quite
helpful in counselling if one is trying to get in contact with buried and
repressed feelings and painful memories. Agrimony is said to carry a vibration
Centaury: For people who are unable to stand up for themselves or to
refuse others' requests of them. For individuals who are always trying to please
others or to fulfil other people's needs at their own expense, often behaving
like human doormats. For those who are unable to tell others that they are
feeling resentful. For types who don't like to make waves, or to displease
others for fear of being disliked. Co-dependency issues are frequently present,
as in those who are always playing the victim. Centaury has the vibration of
Holly: Holly is indicated for people who experience hatred, envy,
jealousy, suspicion, or thoughts of cruelty or revenge toward others, for
instance in relationship break-ups and divorces (which often stir up feelings of
rage and negativity). Holly can assist in releasing these negative emotions. It
may also be of great help for people who experience feelings of paranoia. Holly
carries the vibration of divine love.
Walnut: Walnut is an important flower remedy for transitions in life.
These transitions include teething, puberty, marriage, divorce, empty-nest
syndrome, menopause (male and female), and any major kind of potentially
stressful life change. The main indication for Walnut essence is the need to
adapt to new situations. It can provide greater ease and confidence in moving
through these transitional periods. Walnut can help in breaking old ties to the
past that may be keeping people from moving on with their lives. It can also be
helpful in releasing addictive behaviours as well. It helps to provide the
strength for people to follow their own true path and not be swayed by the
opinions of others who might disagree with their course of action. In this
capacity, it offers protection from outside influences, even to the extent that
it is helpful for people with allergy symptoms (an immune reactivity to
"outside influence" such as potential allergens). I can be also
helpful for individuals who work in the healing professions, as it may protect
against the potentially draining subtle-energy effects of certain patients.
Walnut carries the vibration of unaffectedness.
Aspen: Useful for individuals who are experiencing fears of unknown
origin, such as free-floating anxiety, uneasiness, apprehension, a sense of
foreboding, as well as panic attacks. Aspen may help to transmit a vibration of
Cherry Plum: For those who fear losing control. Also for those who
take unnecessary risks or act rashly, without thought for possible harm they
might bring to themselves. For situations of extreme emotional crisis or
possibly even threat of suicide. Can also be helpful for those who lose control
of their tempers and become abusive or may be out of control in their addictions
to drugs, food, gambling, or even spending excessive amounts of money. It has
proved to be of great benefit in treating individuals with obsessive-compulsive
disorder. Cherry plum transmits the vibration of composure.
Mimulus: Mimulus essence is for fears of known things, such as fear of
illness, fear of death, fear of intimacy, fear of being financially insecure,
etc. It may be of great help in treating phobias such as fear of heights or of
specific animals such as dogs or snakes. It can also be of assistance to those
who are shy and timid (which can stem from a fear of rejection). Mimulus has the
vibration of courage.
Red Chestnut: This essence is indicated for those who worry
excessively about their loved ones, often with much anxiety and over concern in
a way that is usually out of proportion to reality. There may be a constant fear
for the welfare of others, that something bad will happen to them. It is
indicated for that sense of stress, anxiety, and fear that some mothers
experience in excessively worrying over a child's being run over by a car on the
way to school or a wife's concerns that her husband's thirty-minute delay in
getting home from work must be due to a catastrophic car accident. Red Chestnut
carries the vibration of solicitude.
Rock Rose: This essence is of assistance in emergency situations,
helping to release the fear, sheer terror, and panic that often accompanies such
crises. It can also be helpful in calming people after they have had nightmares.
The emotional state this essence treats is usually a temporary one, but Rock
Rose can be of great benefit in getting through the emergency with less stress.
Rock Rose is associated with the vibration of steadfastness.
Over care for others'
|Beech: May be helpful for people who are overly critical and
intolerant of others. For those who are constantly finding fault in things and
in others, or who tend to be overly judgmental, arrogant, or extremely
prejudiced. Beech carries the vibration of tolerance.
Chicory: For the overly possessive and overly nurturing types, the
overly smothering mother or spouse, who tend to have a smothering kind of love
and attempt to gain absolute control over the lives of those they love. Love is
given, but conditionally, with strings attached. It can be helpful for those who
seem to act like martyrs but expect to be appreciated for all the sacrifices
they have made for others. Often these types can be extremely possessive, self-centred,
and manipulative, with a strong need for attention. They have to be told how
much they are appreciated. Chicory has the vibration of selfless love.
Rock Water: Although one of the Bach remedies, technically speaking,
Rock Water is not actually a flower essence, nor is it even made from a plant.
This essence is made from the healing waters where Dr Bach worked, and he found
it to have unique healing properties. Rock water is indicated for individuals
who are rigid and self-denying, sometimes to the point of martyrdom. They tend
to be too hard on themselves, living a life that sometimes seems without joy.
These individuals tend to adhere strictly to a specific lifestyle or personal or
religious discipline. They frequently have an overly rigid set of personal
ideals that they try to live up to. This essence is said to bring a sense of
balance, conferring a greater capacity for gentleness and acceptance. Rock water
is said to carry the vibration of adaptability.
This essence is helpful for strong-willed individuals who
feel the need always to be right, no matter what. They tend to argue fanatically
for their beliefs, as they try to convince others of the truths that to them
seem so self-evident. Because these types tend to be high-energy, with their
enthusiasm going toward the hyper side, they may become burned out over time.
Vervain types are frequently teachers, prophets, or proselytisers. Vervain
carries the vibration of restraint.
Vine: This flower remedy is indicated for those whose personalities
tend to be ruthless, domineering, controlling, and inflexible. They truly
believe "my way or the highway". Such types are often in a position of
authority or power and will frequently crave even more power. They also tend to
be quite rigid and dictatorial in their thinking. Many Vine types are actually
born leaders who, when balanced, can be organised, take charge, and get things
done. Vine essence helps them to recapture that inner balance and flexibility.
Vine carries the vibration of the right use of authority.
Impatiens: As it name implies, this essence is for those who are
impatient. They tend to be assertive, independent individuals who move much
faster than those around them and are intolerant of people who do not possess the
same motivation, drive, and speed in getting things done. These people may be
restless and are easily irritated. Impatiens essence carries the vibration of
Heather: This remedy is for people who are entirely preoccupied with
themselves. They seem caught up in their own problems and may frequently be
hypochondriacs over the slightest problem with their health. These people tend
to talk mostly about themselves, while listening very little to what others have
to say. There may be a sense of loneliness and a starving for attention. Being
around such people is often a draining experience because they can be so needy.
Heather carries the vibration of empathy.
Water Violet: This essence is useful for individuals who tend to be
proud and aloof doing their work quietly, yet expecting to be left alone.
Frequently these types of individuals are special teachers and leaders. Others
look to them for their calmness and apparent self-assuredness. Sometimes there
may be feelings of superiority, often deservedly so. They tend to be loners,
finding it uncomfortable relating to others, especially when stress pushes them
off balance. However, this isolation may actually prevent them from truly
knowing themselves, because we all need human contact in order to grow. Water
Violet carries the vibration of humility.
Insufficient interest in
Chestnut Bud: For those people who see unable to learn from their past
mistakes, habitually repeating the same patterns over and over again, unable to
see their lives in a truly objective light. Especially useful for those
individuals who are constantly involved in abusive relationships. May also be
very helpful in recovery from addiction disorders or releasing addictive behaviours. This essence carries the vibration of the capacity for learning.
Clematis: For those who are day-dreamy and lack the ability to
concentrate. For people who have lost interest in everyday life. For individuals
who seem to be preoccupied with their fantasy lives because they are usually
unhappy with their real lives. It may be of help to artists who lack the ability
to express their artistic gifts in practical ways due to lack of focus. This
essence can be extremely grounding, helping the individual to become more
focused and to take an active role in everyday life. As such, Clematis may be of
great benefit to children with learning disabilities. Clematis carries the
vibration of creative idealism.
Honeysuckle: This flower essence can help those who long for the past,
the so-called good old days. For people who dwell on past memories and
nostalgia, especially older individuals whose friends and loved ones may have
already passed on. It may also be applicable for individuals who have
undergone a divorce, yet cling to past memories of things, keeping them from
moving forward with their lives. It can help with separation anxiety and
homesickness, especially in children who find it difficult to go to school or to
summer camp. Honeysuckle carries the capacity for change.
Mustard: This essence is for treating a slightly different type of
depression from the ones mentioned previously. It is indicated for a sudden
onset of depression from no known cause, associated with an overwhelming sense
of doom and gloom. Such depression may descend suddenly and then dissipate just
as quickly. It may also be helpful in treating the postpartum depression that
sometimes affects new mothers. Mustard carries the vibration of cheerfulness.
Olive is for those who are exhausted in body and mind after a
long period of strain through personal difficulties, an intense period of
study or work, a long illness, or nursing someone else for a long time. It
is a good remedy for convalescence. Olive is characterised by exhaustion
to the point of tears, when all reserves of strength and energy have run
out. Everything is an effort; one tires easily, and life lacks zest.
Sufferers no longer enjoy their work or the leisure activities in which
they formerly took pleasure. Sufferers find they need a lot of sleep. As a
result of being over tired the body may be functioning below par. The
positive potential of Olive is restoration of strength, vitality and
interest in life. Positive Olive people no longer exhaust their own
reserves of strength but listen to their inner guidance and recognise the
needs of their body. They are able to maintain their peace of mind even
when forced to remain inactive.
This flower remedy is helpful for persistent,
unwanted, obsessive thoughts. It can be helpful for those times when the mind is
racing, replaying a sequence of thoughts over and over again. Such repetitive,
obsessive thoughts can keep people from falling asleep or may awaken them in the
middle of the night. Concentration is poor in this distracted state, and peace
of mind is nowhere to be found. White Chestnut aids in releasing unwanted,
obsessive thoughts and restoring calm and peace of mind. It is another of the
Bach remedies that may be useful for children with learning disabilities because
it can help improve concentration. White Chestnut carries the vibration of tranquillity.
Wild Rose: This flower essence can be of help to those people who feel
that their lot in life can never change. They have a sense of apathy and
resignation that nothing can be done to improve their situation. They seem to
have accepted their circumstances as fixed and irreversible and feel that there
is no hope of improvement in the foreseeable future. Individuals who may benefit
from Wild Rose include those with various handicaps or developmental
disabilities, individuals suffering from a potentially terminal illness, invalids
dependent upon others for their basic needs, as well as people who perceive
themselves as victims of abuse. The Wild Rose essence carries the vibration of
Despondency and despair
|Crab Apple: This essence is a great cleanser and may be of use in
treating those who are unhappy or disgusted with their body image Also useful
for those people who feel ashamed of their illness or infirmity. For people who
focus on their flaws, often blowing things out of proportion, overly concerned
with their flaws, overly concerned with
their appearance to the exclusion of everything else. It may be of great benefit
to those with anorexia and bulimia and for those who have obsessions about their
weight. Crab Apple is also helpful to victims of rape and incest who feel
"unclean", helping to release the emotions of guilt, shame, and
self-loathing. It may also be of use to people who are "germophobic",
afraid of any little bacterium or microbe that might contaminate them or make
them ill. Crab Apple carries the vibration of purity.
Elm: Elm flower essence can be of great help for people who experience
an overwhelming sense of responsibility, for those with too much to do and not
enough time or energy to do it, overcome with exhaustion. This is usually a
temporary state often experienced by people who are normally responsible
individuals but who now find themselves feeling overburdened. Elm carries the
vibration of right responsibility.
Larch: Larch is for people who lack self-confidence and have chronic
low self-esteem. Such people often feel inferior to those around them. They
frequently have a sense that success can never be theirs, so why bother making
the effort? Larch carries the vibration of self-confidence.
Oak: Just like the tree, people who benefit from Oak flower remedy are
usually strong, capable, and self-reliant individuals. However, they may be too
strong, finding it difficult to take a break and rest, to ask for assistance, or
to just let go of things. The classic workaholic type can benefit from Oak.
These types will keep their nose to the grindstone, persevering in spite of any
obstacles in their way. Whether they are suffering from coughs or colds, they
keep right on working., ultimately being much too hard on their minds and
bodies, sometimes to the detriment of their health. As with other flower
remedies, Oak flower remedy helps to bring balance to the negative emotional
state, but it does not change a person's basic personality type. Oak carries the
vibration of endurance.
Pine: This essence is indicated for those who are perfectionists. They
are never entirely satisfied with their own performance, usually being highly
self-critical (although they are usually not critical of others; their
perfectionism applies mainly to themselves). Such individuals often berate
themselves with guilt for not having done better. They seem to maintain a
standard for themselves that they can never quite live up to. At times they will
even blame themselves for others' mistakes, often being quite apologetic. Pine
carries the vibration of forgiveness.
Star of Bethlehem: This particular essence is especially helpful in
dealing with situations that involve grief and the loss of a loved one, through
either separation or death. It is also useful in treating any type of physical
or emotional trauma, whether it is recent or years old, especially abuse of any
kind. Old, unresolved traumas often remain vibrationally stored within the body
for years and later resurface as physical symptoms or even emotional ones,
such as anxiety and depression. This lower essence seems to work even down to
the cellular level in releasing the vibration and cellular memory of any
traumatic experience that the body may be holding on to. (Such old traumas
encoded in cellular memory can frequently block the healing process.) Star of
Bethlehem may be especially helpful in individuals who have experienced rape,
incest, physical or sexual abuse of any kind, and even post-traumatic stress
disorder. Star of Bethlehem carries the vibration of restoration.
Sweet Chestnut: This is another of the Bach Flower Remedies useful in
treating depression. Sweet Chestnut is indicated for treating depression that is
usually much deeper and more severe than the indications for Gentian or Gorse
essence. Such severely depressed individuals appear to be stuck in a great black
hole, a void of darkness and despair that seems never-ending. They are so weak
and despondent they haven't even the energy to try to end it all. This flower
essence may be useful in dealing with the "long dark night of the
soul", a kind of spiritual depression and sense of isolation where even God
appears out of reach. Sweet Chestnut carries the vibration of release.
This flower remedy can be of great help for people who harbour
bitterness and resentment for past hurts and perceived wrongs that have been
perpetuated against them. They blame others for their current situation, seeing
themselves as victims, without taking any personal responsibility for where they
are in their life. They may blame their parents or others for events that may
have taken place decades ago, never forgiving or releasing the past and
accepting responsibility for moving on with life. Willow essence helps in
releasing bitterness and resentment and brings greater awareness of one's
personal responsibility and of the potentially valuable life lessons and growth
opportunities inherent in all life experiences, both negative and positive.
Willow carries the vibration of personal responsibility.
|This essence is the only combination flower remedy
created by Dr Bach. It is also one of the only Bach remedies to have immediately
perceivable effects, usually felt within 15-20 minutes or faster It is a blend
of Clematis, Cherry Plum, Impatiens, Rock Rose, and Star of Bethlehem. It is
used primarily in situations involving acute stress shock or trauma, but its
applications are actually much more widespread. Clematis is for dizziness or
loss of consciousness. Cherry Plum is for loss of mental or physical control.
Impatiens is to treat emotional tension and pain. Rock Rose helps to address
fear and panic. Star of Bethlehem is of benefit in emotional or physical trauma,
as well as grief or loss. Typical major and minor emergencies that may benefit
from Rescue Remedy include accidents (such as after a fall or a car accident),
any kind of shock and trauma to the body or mind, acute grief reactions, severe
nausea with dizziness, anxiety and panic attacks, hysteria, after arguments,
before a stressful interview or public-speaking engagement, and even before or
after visits to the doctor or dentist. Rescue Remedy is also available as a
cream, which contains Crab Apple added as a cleansing agent. The cream may be
helpful when used for insect bites and bee stings, bruises, burns, cuts and skin
irritations (including nipple soreness associated with breast-feeding) and may
be quite soothing when supplied to tired eyes. Rescue Remedy is perhaps one of
the best general-purpose flower essences available, and a bottle or two should
always be kept on hand for emergencies.
Bach Flower Essences-these are to help break up old emotional and attitudinal
problems that create imbalances in our system and lead to blocked energy flows
and disease. They are available at any good health food store. they work when
taken as a course, rather than sporadically, so it is the frequency with which
you take them rather then the amount. The two of them should be mixed together
and taken-a couple of drops under the tongue three times a day for 6-8 weeks
depending on how quickly you let go of stuff. While using them you need to
drink a lot of good water to keep the broken up emotional patterns and
attitudes flushing through your kidneys.
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