38 Bach Flower Essences
Dr. Bach’s description from The Twelve Healers
Symptoms: indicating essence selection
Change: condition after treatment
Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria)
“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.”
Symptoms: Addictive behavior, facade of cheerfulness to hide inner turmoil, life of the party, constant distractions, peace at any cost.
Change: true inner peace and relaxation, acceptance of conflict, ability to sit in silence.
Aspen (Populus tremula)
“Vague unknown fears, for which there can be given no explanation, no reason.”
Symptoms: Unconscious anxieties, impending doom, anticipation.
Change: Faith in protection, calm, release of fear.
Beech (Fagus sylvatica)
“For those who feel the need to see more good and beauty in all that surrounds them…so as to be able to be more tolerant, lenient and understanding of the different way each individual and all things are working to their own final perfection.”
Symptoms: Critical and intolerant of other’s and own faults.
Change: Tolerance, understanding and respect for others and self.
Centaury (Centaurium erythraea)
“Kind, quiet, gentle people who are over-anxious to sere others. They overtax their strength in their endeavours…that they become more servants than willing helpers.”
Symptoms: Subservient to the weakness of others, weak will force, people pleaser, “codependent”, passive.
Change: Strong contact with the will and ability to use it.
Cerato (Ceratostigma willmottiana)
“Those who have not sufficient confidence in themselves to make their own decisions.”
Symptoms: Seeking confirmation for decisions from others.
Change: Ability to trust own intuitive powers.
Cherry Plum (Prunus cerasifera)
“Fear of the mind being over-strained, of reason giving way, of doing fearful and dreaded things, not wished and know wrong, yet there comes the thought and impulse to do them.”
Symptoms: Fear of losing control in thought, word or deed.
Change: Calm, controlled thoughts, actions and words.
Chestnut Bud (Aesculus hippocastanum)
“For those who do not take full advantage of observation and experience, who take a long time to learn the lessons of life.”
Symptoms: Addictive patterns, repeating mistakes.
Change: Recognition of life patterns, wisdom, insight.
Chicory (Chicorium intybus)
“Those who are very mindful of the needs of others they tend to be over-full of care for children, relatives, friends, always finding something that should be put right. They desire that those for whom they care should be near them.”
Symptoms: Over-protective, possessive, demanding, manipulative.
Change: Freedom from need to possess another.
Clematis (Clematis vitalba)
“Quiet people, 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.”
Symptoms: Lack of focus, day dreaming.
Change: Focus on and engagement in the present.
Crab Apple (Malus pumila or sylvestris)
“This is the remedy of cleansing. For those who feel as if they had something not quite clean about themselves.”
Symptoms: Obsessed with details, feel impure, self-critical.
Change: Overview, self-acceptance.
Elm (Ulmus procera)
“At times there may be periods…when they feel the task they have undertaken is too difficult, and not within the power of a human being.”
Symptoms: Overwhelmed with responsibility.
Change: Ability to cope, realization overwhelm is temporary.
Gentian (Gentianella amarella)
“Those who are easily discouraged.”
Symptoms: Set back, discouraged, hesitant, pessimistic.
Change: Positive outlook, encouraged.
Gorse (Ulex europaeus)
“Very great hopelessness. They have given up belief that more can be done for them.”
Symptoms: Hopelessness and despair.
Change: Faith, hope and lightheartedness.
Heather (Calluna vulgaris)
“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 whom it may be.”
Symptoms: Self-absorbed, dislike of being alone, talkative.
Change: Enhanced empathy, feeling nurtured from within.
Holly (Ilex aquifolium)
“For those who are sometimes attacked by thoughts of such kind as jealousy, envy, revenge, suspicion.”
Symptoms: Anger, rage jealousy, feeling betrayed.
Change: Trust, release of anger, inner harmony.
Honeysuckle (Lonicera caprifolium)
“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.”
Symptoms: Regrets, preoccupation with the past.
Change: Focus on the present, release of the past.
Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)
“For those who believe that some part of mind or body needs to be strengthened before they can easily fulfill their work.”
Symptoms: Procrastination, mental exhaustion.
Change: Active initiation of projects.
Impatiens (Impatiens glandulifera)
“Those who are quick in thought and action and who wish all things to be done without hesitation or delay. They find it very difficult to be patient with people who are slow.”
Symptoms: Frustration, impatience, tension.
Change: Relaxation, release of tension, patience.
Larch (Larix decidua)
“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.”
Symptoms: Lack of self-confidence, feeling inferior.
Change: Self-confidence, belief in one’s ability to succeed.
Mimulus (Mimulus guttatus)
“Fear of worldly things, illness, pain, accidents, poverty, darkness, of being alone or misfortune.”
Symptoms: Fear of known things, quiet suffering, timid.
Change: Courage to face one’s fears.
Mustard (Sinapis arvensis)
“Those who are liable to times of gloom, or even despair, as though a cold dark cloud overshadowed them and hid the light and joy of life.”
Symptoms: Deep depression with no apparent cause.
Change: Brightness and uplifted spirits.
Oak (Quercus robur)
“For those who are struggling and fighting strongly in connection with the affairs of their daily life.”
Symptoms: Overly dutiful, ignores need for rest, overworked.
Change: Recognition of body’s need for rest, paces oneself.
Olive (Olea europoea)
“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.”
Symptoms: Complete burnout, overall exhaustion.
Change: Strength and vitality.
Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
“For those who blame themselves. Even when successful, they think they could have done better.”
Symptoms: Self-reproach, guilt, responsible for other’s mistakes.
Change: Self-forgiveness, does not take on other’s burdens.
Red Chestnut (Aesculus carnea)
“Often they have ceased to worry about themselves, but for those of whom they are fond they may suffer much, frequently anticipating that some unfortunate thing may happen to them.”
Symptoms: Persistent, selfless worry over others welfare.
Change: Positive thoughts, cessation of worry, capacity to cope.
Rock Rose (Helianthemum nummularium)
“The remedy for emergency for cases where ether even appears no hope…when the patient is very frightened or terrified.”
Symptoms: Terror, frozen state of fear, panic.
Change: Release from fear, determined relaxation.
“Those who are very strict in their way of living; they deny themselves many of the joys and pleasures of life because they consider it might interfere with their work.”
Symptoms: Perfectionism, excessively high standards, rigidity.
Change: Flexibility, expressed inner needs, open-mindedness.
Scleranthus (Scleranthus annuus )
“Those who suffer much from being unable to decide between tow things.”
Symptoms: Indecisive, unable to decide between two options.
Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum)
“The shock of serious news, the loss of someone dear, the fright following an accident…”
Symptoms: Trauma, loss, grief, shock.
Change: Comfort, release of the trauma.
Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa)
“For those moments…when the anguish is so great as to seem to be unbearable.”
Symptoms: Deep despair, at limit of endurance, uncontrolled crying.
Change: Composure, release of anguish.
Vervain (Verbena officinalis)
“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.”
Symptoms: Over-enthusiastic, argumentative, idealistic, imposing.
Change: Flexibility, cognizant of own limits.
Vine (Vitis vinifera)
“Very capable, certain of their own ability, confident of success…and think it would be for the benefit of others.”
Symptoms: Controlling, strong-willed, domineering, inflexible.
Change: Delegates, understanding of other’s needs.
Walnut (Juglans regia)
“For those who have definite ideals and ambitions in life and are fulfilling them, but on…occasions are tempted to be led away from their own ideas, aims and work by the enthusiasm, convictions or strong opinions of others.”
Symptoms: Subject to others thoughts, poor boundaries, difficulty with change, stuck in old patterns.
Change: Staying in one’s own truth in spite of others, insulation from negative influences, ease of letting go and embracing change.
Water Violet (Hottonia palustris)
“For those in health or in illness like to be alone.”
Symptoms: Withdrawn, aloof, no emotional involvement.
Change: Engaged in life with others, able to share wisdom.
White Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
“For those who cannot prevent thought, ideas, arguments which they do not desire from entering their minds.”
Symptoms: Persistent unwanted thoughts, worries, overly active mind.
Change: Focus on the present, clear mind.
Wild Oat (Bomus ramousus)
“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.”
Symptoms: Uncertainty about life mission. Dissatisfaction with present life path.
Change: Clarity of mission from spiritual perspective.
Wild Rose (Rosa canina)
“They have surrendered to the struggle of life without complaint.”
Symptoms: Apathy, lack of joy and motivation, no effort to improve.
Change: Renewed interest in life, vitality.
Willow (Salix vitellina)
“They feel that they have not deserved so great a trial, that it was unjust, and they become embittered.”
Symptoms: Buried resentment, self-pity, feelings/experience of victimization.
Change: Release of bitterness, resolve to follow inner light and claim one’s own fate.