Dr. Edward Bach was a surgeon, bacteriologist and a pathologist in the early 1900’s. After a life changing tumor he started studying homeopathic medicine. He was interested in treating a person as a whole so he changed his life’s work to study plants as healers. He took many years and created the First 38 Bach Flower Remedies.
Flower remedies or essences are an energetic plant based medicine. Each flower aides a different emotional and psychological state or issue. It is a gentle medicine that is charged positively unlike pharmaceuticals that are charged negatively. It’s believed to be beneficial because the energy is pure, raw and filled with life.
You can take flower essences straight under the tongue or add a couple drops to your water. Remember they are homeopathic remedies, so less really can be more. Find out more about Dr.Bach’s work and the remedies here.
Here is a little 101 on the First 38 Flower Remedies to get you started:
Agrimony– Anxiety hidden by mask of cheerfulness, avoidance, denial.
Aspen– Fear of the unknown, hidden fear, nightmares.
Beech– Judgmental, intolerant, perfectionist, hyper-sensitive.
Centaury– Weak-willed, acting to please, self-neglect.
Cerato– Doubt inner wisdom, over dependent on advice.
Cherry Plum– Fear of losing control, breakdown, tension, rigidity.
Chestnut Bud– Failure to learn life lessons, repeats mistakes.
Chicory– Possessive, manipulative disguised by love, emotionally needy, self-centered.
Clematis– Daydreamer, impractical other worldly ideas, avoids the present.
Crab Apple– Feeling unclean and impure, needs to release toxicity, obsessed with cleaning.
Elm– Overwhelmed, feeling unequal to task, dysfunctional to responsibilities.
Gentian– Discouraged after setback, doubt depressed due to sense of failure.
Gorse– Pessimistic attitude, unable to trust positive future.
Heather– Talkative, self-absorbed, concerned with only themselves.
Holly– Social isolation, jealousy, anger, suspicion, envy.
HEART OPENING FLOWER.
Honeysuckle– Nostalgia, attachment to past, longing to go back.
Hornbeam– Unexplained fatigue, not in gaged in life’s tasks.
Impatiens– Impatient, hypertension, intolerance, pain due to resistance in body.
Larch– Lack of confidence, self-censorship, unable to find one voice.
Mimulus– Worried about daily life and new experiences.
Mustard– Overly susceptible to depression due to life events, mania.
Oak– Iron willed, inflexible, over striving, take on more than can be inwardly sustained.
Olive– Complete exhaustion due to extreme physical demands, resisting deep rest.
Pine– Melancholy about past, guilt, self-blame, paralysis due to self-criticism.
SELF ACCEPTANCE FLOWER.
Red Chestnut– Obsessive fear, worrying about others, anticipating problems.
CUTTING FREE FLOWER.
Rock Rose– Gripping terror, panic, fear of death, lack of embodiment in present situation.
Rock Water– Rigid standards for one’s self and others, self-denial, bound by rules.
Scleranthus– Hesitant, indecisive, confusion, wavering between choices.
Star of Bethlehem– Shock or trauma, recent or past, need healing from spirits.
Sweet Chestnut– Despair, agony, aloneness, abandoned, dark night of the soul.
Vervain– Overbearing about ones beliefs, nervous exhaustion from over striving.
Vine– Domineering, forcing ones will on others, ego.
Walnut– Overly influenced by social and family, past experiences inhibit soul’s evolution.
Water Violet– Withdrawn, disdainful of lower relationships, labeling people, false pride.
White Chestnut– Repetitive worrying, restless and agitated mind, insomnia.
Wild Oat– Confusion, indecision of life, trying things still dissatisfied, lacks commitment.
VOCATION PURPOSE FLOWER.
Wild Rose– Inability to embrace life, pain, suffering paralyzes soul, lingering illness.
ZEST FOR LIFE FLOWER.
Willow– Feeling inflexible, resentful, rigid emotions, bitterness, blames others, victim.