Dr Edward Bach and 38 Flower Remedies

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"I want to make it as simple as this: I am hungry, I will go and pull a lettuce from the garden for my tea; I am frightened and ill, I will take a dose of Mimulus."
Dr. Bach quote

The Bach Flower system uses 38 different flower essences, developed between 1928 and 1936, after a series of experiments carried out by Dr. Edward Bach, an English doctor and known bacteriologist, homeopath and researcher.

Dr. Bach believed that the attitude of an individual plays a vital role in maintaining the health and recovery from illness. He wanted to find the cause of illness and not just the symptom. After identifying 38 basic negative states of mind and spending several years exploring the English countryside, he managed to create a system based on flowers using their properties to restore the emotional balance of an individual.

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Agrimony Flower essence/remedy

Agrimony - mental torture behind a cheerful face


Aspen - fear of unknown things

beech flower essence remedy

Beech - intolerance

Cerato flower essence

Cerato - lack of trust in one's own decisions

Centaury - the inability to say 'no'

chestnut bud

Chestnut Bud - failure to learn from mistakes

cherry plum flower essence

Cherry Plum - fear of the mind giving way


Clematis - dreaming of the future without working in the present

chicory flower essence

Chicory - selfish, possessive love

Crab Apple - the cleansing remedy, also for self-hatred

Elm - overwhelmed by responsibility

Gentian - discouragement after a setback

gorse flower essence

Gorse - hopelessness and despair

heather flower essence

Heather - self-centredness and self-concern

Hornbeam - tiredness at the thought of doing something

holly flower essence

Holly - hatred, envy and jealousy

honeysuckle flower essence

Honeysuckle - living in the past

Impatiens - impatience

Larch - lack of confidence

Red Chestnut - over-concern for the welfare of loved ones

mustard flower essence

Mustard - deep gloom for no reasones

mimulus bach flower

Mimulus - fear of known things

oak flower essence

Oak - the plodder who keeps going past the point of exhaustion

olive flower essence

Olive - exhaustion following mental or physical effort

pine flower essence

Pine - guilt

Rock Water - self-denial, rigidity and self-repression

Rock Rose - terror and fright

rescue flower remedy

Rescue - Emergency situations regarding a trauma, shock or after accidents

Scleranthus - inability to choose between alternatives

sweet chestnut

Sweet Chestnut - Extreme mental anguish, when everything has been tried and there is no light left

star of bethlem flower essence

Star of Bethlehem - shock from past or present events

vervain flower essence

Vervain - over-enthusiasm

vine flower essence

Vine - dominance and inflexibility

Walnut - protection from change and unwanted influences

water violet

Water Violet - quiet self-reliance leading to isolation

White Chestnut - unwanted thoughts and mental arguments

wild oat

Wild Oat - uncertainty over one's direction in life

wild rose flower essence

Wild Rose - drifting, resignation, apathy

willow flower essence

Willow - self-pity and resentment