What are Bach Flowers? Individual Qualities and Usage

The 38 Bach Flowers

This floral therapy was discovered by a physician, researcher, and homoeopath Dr Edward Bach between the years of 1926 and 1934. It is a system that consists of 38 floral essences made from flowers of trees, shrubs and wild plants, which can be classified into 7 groups, refer to each group below, that encompass the different emotional states such as fear, uncertainty, selflessness, loneliness, the ease to be influenced by others, despair and overconcern by others. The Bach flowers are used to treat emotional states based on the idea of treating the individual instead of the disease, a way of treating the emotional problem that correlates to its a physical illness.

Dr Bach's system consists of 38 remedies that can be grouped into 7 groups as follows:

For Fear

Aspen: fear of the unknown
Cherry Plum: fear of losing control
Mimulus: fear of known origin
Red Chestnut: excess worry for others

Rock Rose: facing panic and terror in the face of an adverse situation

For uncertainty

Cerato: constant doubts about oneself
Gentian: discouragement, doubts everything, pessimism and mild depression

Gorse:  despair
Hornbeam: mental tiredness
Scleranthus: indecision between two things

Wild Oat: for constant discouragement of oneself and others

For selflessness

Clematis Drowsiness: lack of attention and of interest in the present

Chestnut Bud:  difficulty to learn from one's own mistakes

Honeysuckle: insists on living from memories of the past
Mustard: strong and deep sadness, suffering from intense depression

Olive: extreme physical and mental exhaustion
White Chestnut: constant and accelerated repetition of thoughts and images
Wild Rose: Apathy and indifference

For loneliness

Heather: for self-centred people

Impatience: impatience for things, stiffness, and rushing towards things and people

Water violet: for self-isolated people, loneliness

 For influenceable people

Agrimony: masked concerns for excess joy, anxiety

Century Subjugation: unwillingness to oneself

 Holly: for rage, hate, envy, suspicion, and jealousy

Walnut: for protection of people’s influences

 Despair and desolation

Crab Apple: an obsession with cleanliness, feeling of clutteredness both physical and mentally

Elm: depression due to being overworked

Larch: the anticipation of failure, lack of self-confidence and ambition

Oak: a sense of duty, constant effort

Pine: the feeling of guilt and lack of self-worth

Start of Bethlehem: for preexistent and current traumas, conscious or unconscious

Sweet Chestnut: extreme anguish and despair

Willow: for resentment and bitterness

Suffering for others

Beech: a constant critique of others, irritation and possessiveness

Chicory: intolerance, self-pity and self-centred

Rock Water: self-repression, desire to be taken as an example, a martyr

Vervain: intolerance, over-enthusiasm, excessive fanaticism and tension

Vine:  for an authoritarian figure

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