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A COURSE IN THE BACH FLOWER REMEDIES
 
by Candy Hillenbrand


 
LESSON 4

THE 38 BACH FLOWER REMEDIES

As I said in the previous lesson, it's important to become very familiar with the individual meanings of all the 38 Bach Flowers, as well as be aware of the individual categories that they are grouped under.

The following is a list of the 38 remedies, in summarised form, with the conditions each one treats, and the positive qualities which are fostered by taking the remedy. If you have a look at this list, you will see that they cover a wide range of emotional states, especially the intensely painful emotional states, like fear, trauma, depression, resentment, guilt, and so on. They also cover milder states, like homesickness, uncertainty, lack of purpose etc.


THE 38 BACH FLOWER REMEDIES

BACH FLOWER INDICATIONS POSITIVE QUALITIES
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.

This is a very simplified and concise version of the remedies and you will need to consult the many books available for more in-depth profiles. Please refer to the Reading List at the end of the course.


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