As we have read earlier in Bach Flower Remedies – A Cure For All Ailments! Part 1, there are 38 Bach flower remedies with the 39th being a combination of five remedies.
Here are the 38 original remedies by Dr. Bach for a variety of problems:
Agrimony – Hiding Behind A Mask Of Happiness: People who love peace will hide their feelings behind their humor just to ensure things remain peaceful and they don’t hurt anyone. They may even take alcohol or drugs in excess, to help themselves bear their problems with cheerfulness. Agrimony assists these people in coming to terms with the negative side of life and helps them face problems without hiding behind a mask.
Aspen – Unknown Fears: Vague fears of no known origin, which have no explanation or reason. Such people may be terrified that something bad is going to happen, but cannot say what. These fears may haunt them day and night. This remedy helps them overcome their fears, either at night or during the day.
Beech – Intolerance And Lack Of Understanding: This is for people who feel the need for things to be exactly how they want them to be. They show intolerance to the way things are done around them and do not show understanding. This remedy helps build tolerance and understanding.
Centaury – Difficulty In Saying No: For kind and gentle people who are over anxious to serve others. They strive to please others, at the cost of neglecting their own goals, and this good nature takes them from being willing helpers to being servants. Centaury does not harden these people, but helps them be themselves – free of the desires of others.
Cerato – Lack Of Confidence: Those who do not have enough self-confidence to make their own decisions. They constantly look for support from others. This remedy helps people gain confidence and have more faith in their judgment.
Cherry Plum – Fear Of Losing Control: There are people who fear they are going to lose control of themselves and do something dreadful, such as commit suicide or injure others. They have the fear of going mad and resorting to irrational behavior. This remedy helps them alleviate such fears and think rationally.
Chestnut Bud – Failure To Learn From Mistakes: Experience should teach us valuable lessons and if you are someone who does not pay heed to experience, you will find yourself repeating your mistakes. Chestnut Bud helps you understand and begin learning from your observations and experiences.
Chicory – Selfish And Possessive In Love: Those who take care of others, be it friends, relatives or children become overly critical and feel the need to put everything right. They become possessive and expect reciprocation from others too. This remedy helps bring out the positive side of such people – to love unconditionally and give other freedom.
Clematis – Dreamers Who Do Not Take Action: Those who dream but show no interest in making their dreams come true. They live in the future more than in the present and have great hopes of a happier life, without putting in the required effort. Clematis helps brings them back to earth and start living a real life instead of dreaming.
Crab Apple – Self Hatred: People who feel they are not clean and wish to be rid of one particular thing about themselves. They feel the need to be cleansed of something. This at times also results in obsessive behavior, such as washing hands frequently and doing the same thing over and over again. This remedy helps bring about a positive change in such people.
Elm – Overwhelmed By Responsibility: For people who take on too much or burdened with a lot of things sometimes feel depressed when they are unable to complete the tasks or find that they are not within their power to fulfill them. These feelings are dispelled with the use of this remedy.
Gentian – Discouragement: Those who are easily discouraged. Even a small delay in something that is otherwise going perfectly, disheartens them. When things begin to go right again, this despondent feelings go away, but Gentian helps bring about a change even when things are not going right.
Gorse – Despair And Hopelessness: They have given up hope that anything good can happen to them. They dwell in their negativity and do not believe they will succeed. This remedy helps them see things in a different light so that they move on with life.
Heather – Self Centered and Self Concern: People who always need to be in others company and feel lonely when left alone. They need to talk about themselves in front of others all the time. This remedy helps them become good listeners and be supportive of others.
Holly – Jealousy And Hatred: People who cannot help being jealous of others and hate them for their success or happiness. They also suffer from other negative feelings of suspicion and revenge. This causes vexation and they suffer for no real reason. Since the main problem is the absence of love, this remedy encourages generosity and an open mind.
Honey- suckle – Living In The Past: Those that prefer not to face reality and live in the past, perhaps go back to times when they were happy. They may be running away from unfulfilled ambitions and goals and have given up hope. Honey-suckle helps them stop reliving the past and to learn from it and enjoy the present.
Hornbeam – Procrastination: This is the most dangerous disease – a disease of not taking action. These people feel they do not have the mental or physical strength to do their tasks. They feel it is difficult to accomplish the things they are supposed to. Since it is mental weariness and not physical, this remedy gives them the initiative to get started.
Impatiens – Impatience: People who find it difficult to exercise patience when things get delayed or not done as per the requirement. Even when they are sick, they are impatient for recovery. They have no patience for people who are slow and consider it a waste of their time. Impatiens is a remedy that can bring them out of this state and be more relaxed and patient with others.
Larch – No Confidence: They do not have confidence in themselves and they feel they are not as good as others. They could feel this way because of the way they look or in the way they perform their duties. This remedy changes their mindset, gives them the mental strength and confidence to go ahead, and not fear failure.
Mimulus – Fear Of Known Things: They have a fear of accidents, pain, illness, darkness, being alone and everything else. All sorts of phobias, such as fear of heights, fear or public speaking etc. are also part of Mimulus. They secretly fear a lot of common everyday things and do not share their fears with others. This is used as a remedy for people who are usually shy, nervous or timid. It helps them overcome their fears and face everyday challenges easily.
Mustard – Gloomy Without A Reason: They don’t know why but they feel gloomy, as though something negative is happening. They may not even have a reason for these feelings which overpower them from time to time. This makes them unhappy most of the time. The dark clouds are dispelled with this remedy.
Oak – The Hard worker Who Works Beyond The Point Of Exhaustion: Working hard, struggling and fighting to get things done in life. They continue to slog in spite of everything. They feel dissatisfied even if they fall ill, as they are unable to work. They don’t know the meaning to feelings like, hopelessness or difficulty. This remedy teaches such people when not to strive and to take it easy.
Olive – Exhaustion After Physical Or Mental Effort: These people are exhausted because they have gone through a lot mentally or physically. They feel weary and feel there is no strength left in them to do anything more. Olive returns the feelings of faith and strength to continue.
Pine – Feelings Of Guilt: They blame themselves for everything and are never satisfied with the results. They are hard-working but always feel they could have done better. They feel responsible for others mistakes too. This remedy helps such people learn from their mistakes and come out stronger, and to understand that blaming themselves for others mistakes is not going to help them in anyway.
Red chestnut – Excessive Concern Towards Loved Ones: They are anxious for the people they love. They usually don’t care about themselves, but they are always worried that something bad is going to happen to the people close to them. This remedy helps them stay calm and be a source of strength to their loved ones.
Rock Rose – Fright And Terror: Here we are not just talking of fear but panicky terror and fright that is so bad that it makes any rational thought impossible. This remedy helps people overcome this terror and be calm. They will feel the mental strength return within no time.
Rock Water – Self Denial And Self Repression: This set of people are completely wrapped up in themselves, forever trying to ensure they meet targets and being very critical about themselves when they are unable to meet their own targets. This remedy helps them get rid of this problem and go easy on themselves.
Scleranthus – Indecisiveness: Many people have difficulty making up their mind and take decisions. They are caught between two things, not knowing which way to turn and they usually do not discuss with others. Scleranthus helps them understand their own mind better.
Star of Bethlehem – Shock: This comforting remedy is to aid with the after effects of any shock, be it due to bad news, loss of someone close etc.
Sweet Chestnut – Unbearable Mental Anguish: Many of us go through moments when the anguish is so great that it seems almost unbearable. At such times, it feels like the mind or body has endured more than its due and can take no more. This remedy provides renewed hope, strength and interest in life.
Vervain – Perfectionists and Fanatics: Such people are perfectionists and sometimes cross their limits and turn into fanatics who cannot see anything other than their own point of view. This makes them want to turn everyone around them into following their views. This remedy helps them pull back and take a look at life in a relaxed manner.
Vine – Inflexibility And Dominance: Dominating people may be capable and confident about themselves, but the problem arises when they start thinking they know what is best for others and start ordering people around. Vine encourages them to bring out their positive nature, such as leadership qualities, while subduing their need to control.
Walnut – Protection From Unwanted Influences: This type of people have the tendency to get carried away by the opinions of others, in spite of having their own definite goals in life. Walnut gives them the protection they need to remain consistent without letting outside influences steer them in a different direction.
Water Violet – Aloof And Lonely: People who are quiet by nature and stick to themselves without bothering others. This may be a great quality but it may lead to distancing themselves from others and ending up lonely. This remedy helps them maintain a balance so that they remain in contact with other people.
White Chestnut – Negative Thoughts And Mental Arguments: This remedy is for people who cannot stop themselves from thinking negative thoughts that cause a conflict in their minds. Their mind is forever bringing up unwanted thoughts and they do not seem to have peace of mind. This remedy helps them control their thoughts and gives them the ability to deal with any issues that may be causing such thoughts.
Wild Oat – Uncertainty About The Course Of Life: Many people have a problem in deciding which profession to get into or which way their life should be going. Although, they may have high ambitions, they are stuck at the decision making stage, which causes dissatisfaction. Wild Oat helps people get back to the purpose of their life and their ambitions.
Wild Rose – Resigned To Their Fate: Some people, due to various reasons, are resigned to their fate and just cruise through life, without putting any sort of effort to change things for the better. They surrender to life without any questions. This remedy gives them renewed interest in their life. This person will always remain a happy-go-lucky type, but with a positive outlook.
Willow – Self Pity And Resentment: People who go through a bad period and suffer some sort of a misfortune, usually find it difficult to accept things without complaining. They wallow in self pity and feel that life has been unfair to them and they even begin to resent others who are happy. Willow encourages optimism and looking at others with a happy positivity.
A few drops of any remedy, taken in a little water or milk is all it takes. In emergencies, the doses are given every few minutes, until improvement is seen. Up to three or four remedies may be taken at any point of time. If your mood keeps changing often, take a few doses. But if you’re feeling fine and well-balanced for some time, you can stop or continue to take these remedies, as there is no specific period you need to use them. There is no scope of over-dosing in any way, even with long-term use of Bach remedies. There is a remedy for every negative aspect of our mind and thousands of people worldwide swear by them. For those of you that are interested, Edward Bach’s book, “The Twelve Healers and Other Remedies,” makes great reading.
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