Bach Flower Descriptions

1: FOR FEAR
  • Rock Rose – terror and fright, panic attacks
  • Mimulus – fear of something known eg: spiders, heights, crowds, darkness…basically anything, but you know what it is you fear
  • Aspen – vague fears of something unknown, can be quite anxious but don’t know what is the cause
  • Cherry Plum – fear that you will do something terrible, or you will lose your mind, obsessive tendencies
  • Red Chestnut – overly concerned and constant worrying and fear for the safety and well-being of those you love
2: FOR UNCERTAINTY
  • Cerato – always asking others for their opinions on what you should do, not trusting your inner guidance
  • Scleranthus – can’t decide between two courses of action, agonise over decision but generally don’t ask for others’ opinions
  • Gentian – easily discouraged, especially when small delays or hindrances occur
  • Gorse – despondent with a loss of conviction that things can improve, especially when a condition or situation has been longstanding, the person may make another effort to please another, but don’t have any faith in an improvement.
  • Hornbeam – weary, not wanting to get out of bed and face the day – but you do manage to get through the day,  procrastinating, favouring one side of the body after injury even when the injured part is healed.
  • Wild Oat – when you need help with your life’s direction and purpose, you may be good at everything you try, but nothing really satisfies.
3: FOR INSUFFICIENT INTEREST IN PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES
  • Clematis – dreamy, forgetful type, tends to escape into fantasy about the future
  • Honeysuckle – lives in the past and can’t accept that things are now changed
  • Wild Rose – can’t be bothered, not motivated to do anything, “what’s the point” kind of attitude
  • Olive – completely exhausted after physical or mental effort, drained with low energy
  • White Chestnut – incessant thoughts and mental arguments, often the cause of insomnia
  • Mustard – sudden gloom and depression of unknown origin
  • Chestnut Bud – repeating life patterns, not learning from past mistakes
4: FOR LONELINESS
  • Water Violet – self reliant person, who does not like interference or advice from others, prefers own company
  • Impatiens – Impatient with others’ shortcomings or their slow pace of learning
  • Heather – self-absorbed, will talk to anyone who will listen, prone to gossip, will do anything to keep the attention of others
5: FOR THOSE OVER-SENSITIVE TO INFLUENCES AND IDEAS
  • Agrimony – person who masks their suffering with humour and high spirits, whilst using some addictive behaviour to help them cope (tobacco, alcohol, exercise…)
  • Centaury – the doormat, always says yes to others, even at their own expense and health
  • Walnut – needing help to deal with any kind of change, needing protection from the negative influences of others (even if apparently well-intentioned)
  • Holly – any negative emotion especially anger, jealousy, hatred
6: FOR DESPONDENCY AND DESPAIR
  • Larch – lacking in confidence to start something, believing it will fail anyway
  • Pine – when guilt is your motivator rather than genuine desire
  • Elm – feeling overwhelmed by responsibilities
  • Sweet Chestnut – mental anguish and despair, the Dark night of the Soul
  • Star of Bethlehem – for any shock or trauma to help with recovery
  • Willow – for resentment and self-pity, blaming others for what happens in your life
  • Oak – for the steady persevering person who doesn’t know when to stop, even to the point of their own exhaustion
  • Crab Apple – for feeling dirty and unclean, for self-hatred
7: FOR OVER-CARE FOR WELFARE OF OTHERS
  • Chicory – possessive love, really want loved ones to be close by, at the extreme may manipulate others to keep them close – “after all that I’ve done for you! ”
  • Vervain – trying too hard to enthuse others, the list makers, telling others what they “should” be doing
  • Vine – domineering and harsh in one’s expectations of others, disciplinarian
  • Beech – fussy and petulant, picking on the small details, irritable, lacking in compassion and understanding of different ways of doing things
  • Rock Water – self-denial and repression in the search for personal perfection, rigidity and lack of flexibility, they pride themselves on their iron control

For a more detailed description of each of the remedies as written by Dr Edward Bach in 1936, “The Twelve Healers and other remedies” is available for free download as a PDF file: The Twelve Healers.