Flower Essences for People

The Bach Flower Remedies

Edward Bach was a British bacteriologist and homeopath who developed what is known as the Bach flower
remedies. Having observed sick animals licking the dew from flowers, he concluded that each flower could induce
a different emotional state if ingested. His 38 flower remedies are prescribed with the goal of re-establishing
equilibrium and harmony. The remedies are often prescribed in groups rather than individually, with an average
dose of four to six drops per cup of water. Please be reminded that these remedies are not meant to take the place
of conventional medical treatment. The following are some of Bach's recommendations:


Agrimony: Mental anguish behind a "brave face."

Aspen: Vague unknown fears. Anxiety & apprehension.

Beech: Critical & intolerant of others.

Centaury: Unable to say "no." Easily imposed on.

Cerato: Unable to make decisions without advice from others.

Chamomile: A soothing essence used anytime calming is needed. Used for nervous, agitated or impatient people.

Cherry Plum: Fear losing control of thoughts & actions.

Chestnut Bud: Needs to learn by experience; repeats same mistakes over & over.

Chicory: Always knows just what's "right" for others. Possessive.

Cosmos: Unfocused, disorganized communication; overexcited speech, overwhelmed by too many ideas

Clematis: Dreamy, absentminded, lack of attention & concentration.

Crab Apple: Poor physical self-image. Feelings of shame & uncleanliness.

Elm: Temporary feelings of inadequacy, overwhelmed by responsibilities.

Gentian: Easily discouraged, often with self-doubt. Pessimistic.

Goldlen Yarrow:  Over-sensitivity to one's social surroundings, resulting in social isolation, or a false social persona; dependence on drugs for protection or social masking

Gorse: Hopelessness & despair.

Heather: Obsessed with own troubles; overtalkative, unhappy when alone.

Holly: Suspicious, envious, vengeful; those who hate.

Honeysuckle: Dwells in the past, of what was, and could have been.

Hornbeam: Tiredness & fatigue; gets things done, but feels need to be strengthened.

Impatiens: Impatient, fast paced, irritable

Larch: Lack of self-confidence; anticipates failure.

Mimulus: Fear of known things; heights, the dark, being alone, etc.

Mustard: Deep gloom, which comes and goes. Melancholia.

Oak: Workaholic. Nose to grindstone syndrome, can neglect own, & needs of those close. 

Olive: Complete exhaustion; weariness.

Pine: Dissatisfied with own accomplishments; feelings of guilt. Perfectionist.

Red Chestnut: Over-concern & worry for others, fearing the worst may happen.

Rock Rose: Terror, extreme fright & panic. Nightmares.

Rock Water: Over-rigid, strict adherence to a particular belief or lifestyle.

Scleranthus: Indecisiveness, forever in between choices.

Star of Bethlehem: Past traumas not fully recovered from.

Sweet Chestnut: Extreme anguish; having reached the limits of one’s endurance.

Tiger Lily: Overly aggressive “yang” forces, excessive competition rather than cooperation

Vervain: “Must always be right.” High strung philosophizer easily incensed by injustices.

Vine: Natural leaders; in extreme can be dominating & tyrannical.

Yarrow: Extreme vulnerability to others and to the environment; easily depleted, overly absorbent of negative influences, psychic toxicity

Walnut: Stabilizes during periods of transition, eases process of letting go and beginning anew.

Water Violet: Loners, proud & aloof; result, difficulty developing close relationships.

Wild Oat: Dissatisfied with career but undecided what else to do; feeling that life is passing by.

Wild Rose: Resigned to circumstances; indifferent & apathetic.

Willow: Resentment & bitterness at having been treated unfairly.

Rescue Remedy: The most widely known of the Bach flower remedies, Rescue Remedy (or “emergency drops”) has saved countless lives in emergency situations while awaiting medical attention. It cannot replace medical treatment but it can help to overcome the energetic trauma (anything that depletes energy) that might contribute to further problems.

Rescue Remedy Cream: Relief of pain and swelling due to minor burns, cuts, bruises, skin irritations, insect
bites, acute muscle stiffness, and applied to temples for simple headache.