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The Bach Flower Remedies
by Candy  Hillenbrand

I am particularly drawn to healing with flower remedies. They are indeed the most gentle healing tool I have discovered. They  are a vibrational remedy containing no material substance. Through a quite simple, but alchemical process of preparation, flower remedies are imbued with the soul or spirit of the flower of a plant. They contain the aura of the plant soul. This may sound way-out to those amongst us who are very down-to-earth, but if you love flowers, and have immersed yourself in their beauty and perfection, and have prepared your own healing essences, then you will have experienced some of this 'magic'.

On our material earth plane, flowers have been given to us as a physical manifestation of beauty and perfection. They are nature's mandalas. Notice how many flowers are round and have a distinguishable 'centre'. Whatever their shape, flowers are undeniably beautiful. Their brilliancy and variety of colours, their rapturous fragrances, all serve to remind us of our own path to wholeness.

I first heard of the Bach Flower Remedies back in about 1977 and was immediately captivated. I have always been a flower lover and the idea of healing with the energy of flowers really appealed to me. I purchased some remedies from a Pharmacy in Sydney and treated myself. I also read Edward Bach's little book 'Heal Thyself' which I found very inspiring.

Then, fourteen years ago, in 1984, on a pilgrimage to England, my partner Imre and I visited the Dr Edward Bach Centre near Oxford and purchased a set of the Bach Flower Remedies, plus every book we could lay our hands on.

The Centre is actually just a  quaint  wee cottage and was the home where Dr Bach lived and worked during the last  years of his life. We were told that the room we sat in was Dr Bach's room and was much as he had left it. His books were on the shelf, some very old books on herbs and flowers, metaphysics and spiritual healing. There was a grandfather clock, some handmade wooden furniture, and a large photograph above the mantelpiece of a glass bowl of water with yellow flowers floating on top, sitting in the sun. Drawings of all the Bach Flowers were framed on another wall, and a prayer he had written was on the mantelpiece.

It is hard to adequately convey the feeling of this place. Even though we were there almost fifty years after his death, at the time I felt that being in that room had imparted something of the presence of Dr Bach to us that would always remain and influence our work. We certainly left there feeling inspired.

We have been using these remedies with much success ever since and have prepared hundreds of medicines for family, friends and clients. We have found them to be extremely helpful for treating emotional and mental problems.

Agrimony Mental torment and worry hidden behind a cheerful appearance. Avoiding emotional pain. Emotional honesty and inner peace
Aspen Vague fears and apprehension of unknown origin. Unconscious anxieties. Fearlessness and trust
Beech Intolerance, criticism, passing judgements. Perfectionism. Sympathy and tolerance. Acceptance of others.
Centaury Weak-willed, easily influenced, self-neglect. "Doormats". Self-determination and self-recognition. Inner strength.
Cerato Self-distrust, self-doubt and uncertainty. Seeking advice from others. Inner knowing (intuition) and self-trust. Self-confidence.
Cherry Plum Fear of mental/emotional breakdown and loss of control. Desperation and destructive impulses. Spiritual surrender and composure. Trust in God or the Divine.
Chestnut Bud Repeating mistakes and failure to learn from experience. Habitual behaviour. Breaking old patterns. Understanding life's lessons. Wisdom.
Chicory Self-centredness and self-pity. Possessive and demanding. Emotional neediness. Selfless love given freely. Respecting the freedom of others.
Clematis Idealistic dreams, indifference, escapism and pre-occupation. Expressing inspiration in practical life. Creative idealism.
Crab Apple Self-dislike and self-disgust. Obsessed with impurity and imperfection. The Cleansing Remedy. Self-acceptance and perspective.
Elm Overwhelmed by responsibility. Temporary inadequacy and despondency Self-assurance and confidence to complete one's tasks.
Gentian Discouragement after a setback. Reactive depression and doubt. Faith and perseverance despite difficulties.
Gorse Overwhelming despair, hopelessness and resignation. Chronic illness. New hope, faith and optimism. Recovery.
Heather Self-centredness, self-concern, incessant talkers. "The Needy Child". Emotional self-sufficiency and compassion for others.
Holly Hatred, jealousy, envy, suspicion, anger and separativeness. Love, the greatest healing elixir. Compassion and an open heart.
Honeysuckle Living in the past, regrets from the past, nostalgia and homesickness. Letting go and moving on. Emotional freedom.
Hornbeam Mental and physical exhaustion. Tiredness. Boredom with daily routine. Revitalization, enthusiasm and energy.
Impatiens Impatience, irritability, frustration and extreme mental tension. Patience, acceptance and gentleness.
Larch Lack of confidence. Anticipation of failure. Feelings of inferiority. Self-confidence, spontaneity and creative expression.
Mimulus Fear and anxiety of known origin. Shyness and timidity. Introversion. Courage and confidence.
Mustard Sudden and inexplicable black depression. Intense gloom and despair. Joy and inner serenity. Peace and equanimity.
Oak Depression due to overwork. Inflexible struggle against mental/physical odds. Renewed strength and stability. Accepting limits. Knowing when to surrender.
Olive Complete exhaustion after long struggle. Unremittent stress. Convalescence. Rejuvenation and regeneration. Energy and nourishment.
Pine Guilt, self-blame and self-criticism. Regret and remorse. Self-forgiveness and self-acceptance.
Red Chestnut Excessive fear, worry and anxiety for others, especially loved ones. Objective caring and concern. Inner peace. trust in the unfolding of life.
Rock Rose Shock, terror, panic and extreme fright. Nightmares. Acute crisis. Self-forgetting, self-transcendence and courage. Steadfastness in the face of challenge.
Rock Water Self-martyrdom, self-repression and self-denial. Rigidity. Flexibility and inner freedom. Opening to feelings.
Scleranthus Uncertainty, indecision and vacillation. Lack of balance. Balance and poise. Decisiveness and inner resolve.
Star of Bethlehem Mental/physical shock. Recent or past trauma. Soothing and calming. Comforting and healing. Awakening and re-orientation.
Sweet Chestnut Extreme mental anguish and despair. "Dark Night of the Soul". Courage and strength. Faith in self.
Vervain Strain, stress, tension, over-enthusiasm. Extremism and fanaticism. Moderation and tolerance. Self-discipline and restraint.
Vine Dominating, ruthless and inflexible. Ambitious and tyrannical. Aggressiveness. Positive leadership qualities. Tolerance and selfless service. Humility.
Walnut Life changes. Over-sensitivity to ideas and influences. "The Link-Breaker". Protection. Freedom and courage to follow own path. Letting go of the past.
Water Violet Proud, disdainful, aloof and tense. Physical stiffness. Ability to share one's gifts with others. Gentleness and sympathy.
White Chestnut Worry and mental arguments. Persistent unwanted thoughts. Mind stuck in a rut. Mental tranquillity and calmness. Clarity and inner peace.
Wild Oat Uncertainty about life direction. Dissatisfied and unfulfilled. Sense of vocation and purposefulness. Self-actualization. Work as expression of inner calling.
Wild Rose Apathy and resignation. Negative conditions. Giving up on life. Vitality, interest and joy in life. Inner motivation.
Willow Resentment and bitterness. Blaming others. Negative and destructive thoughts. Forgiveness. Acceptance of personal responsibility. Positive thoughts, optimism and faith.
Rescue Remedy Combination remedy for emergencies, accidents, shock, trauma (short term or deep seated), panic and unconsciousness. All conditions of extreme stress. Calm and stability in any emergency or time of high stress.

Copyright 1994 by Candy Hillenbrand
All Rights Reserved

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: CANDY HILLENBRAND is an Australian astrologer, flower essence practitioner and writer with a special interest in a growth-oriented and purpose-centred approach to astrology. She is a Social Sciences graduate and holds the Practitioners Qualification from the Federation of Australian Astrologers, co-winning the FAA's Allan Johnson Gold Medal in 1997. She is the editor and publisher of the quarterly international journal, The Wholistic Astrologer, and her articles appear regularly in a variety of print and online publications. Candy can be contacted at P.O. Box 1796, Macclesfield, S.A., 5153, Australia, or e-mail: candy@aplaceinspace.net. Visit her web sites: "A Place in Space" - http://www.aplaceinspace.net and http://www.wholisticastrologer.com 

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