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The 7 Bach® Flower Groups
Flower essences were first prepared in their modern form in England in the 1930’s by Dr. Edward Bach. Bach was a visionary healer who recognized the soul-spiritual dimensions of health decades before this awareness gained public acceptance. Bach was trained in conventional medicine, but knew that the physical symptoms he treated were intimately related to the emotional and mental condition of his patients. He sought a natural, non-toxic method of addressing inner levels of human experience.
Although widely recognized as an outstanding homeopathic medical doctor, Bach left his practice to develop a new healing modality derived from the fresh blossoms of plants.
During the time the world was suffering from the Great Depression, Bach developed a set of 38 flower remedies which could help the human soul overcome fear, despair, and confusion. Flower essences are exquisitely refined herbal infusions, acting as Nature’s Liquid messengers of inner health and harmony. They are highly effective, non-toxic herbal preparations that address core issues of wellness; especially emotions, stress, mental attitudes, spiritual values, and life purpose. Bringing balance in these areas is a major factor in developing sound mind-body health.
This system of healing, which has been Divinely revealed unto us, shows that it is our fears, our cares, our anxieties and such like that open the path to the invasion of illness. Dr. Bach combined five specific Remedies from the 38 to formulate an emergency composite that he chose to call “Rescue Remedy”. Its purpose is to treat the pre or post emotional effect that a sufferer may experience through shock, great fear or terror, panic, severe mental stress and tension, a feeling of desperation or a numbed, bemused state of mind. Thus by treating our fears, our cares, our worries and so on, we not only free ourselves from our illness, but in addition take away our fear and worries and leave us happier and better in ourselves. Bach Flower Essences are also very effective for Animals.
The 7 Bach® Flower Groups
“The cause of all our troubles is self and separateness and this vanishes as soon as Love and the great knowledge of Unity become part of our natures.” -Dr Edward Bach
Dr. Bach separated the Bach Flower Remedies® into 7 emotional groups.
The groups makes it easier for us to separate the Bach Flower Remedies® into feelings, such as, fear, despair, loneliness, uncertainty etc. We can ask ourselves, how do I feel? Do I feel fear? What kind of fear? or I feel despair, what kind of despair?
The Bach Flower Remedies® are so simple to use that no science, no knowledge is necessary apart from the simple method described above.
3. Insufficient interest in present circumstances.
5. Over-sensitivity to influences and ideas.
6. Despondency or Despair.
7. Over-care for welfare of others.
Rock Rose: Helps when you experience fears, such as, terror or fright that makes you feel frozen and unable to move or think clear.
Mimulus: Helps when you feel fear, the type of fear that you can put a name on, such as, fear of dogs, spiders, being alone, losing a job, illness etc. Also fear of speaking freely of it to others or shyness.
Cherry Plum: For those who fear losing control of their thoughts and actions and doing things they know are bad for them or which they consider wrong. Teaches trust in one's spontaneous wisdom and the courage to follow one's path.
Aspen: Helps when you feel fearful without knowing why. The fear is vague and unexplainable and may hunt you day and night.
Red Chestnut: Helps when you find it difficult not to be anxious for other people, you are afraid that some unfortunate things may happen to your loved ones.
Cerato: Helps trust your own judgment in decision-making. It helps you trust your own judgment in decision-making.
Scleranthus: Helps when you have a hard time choosing between two things, such as, Mexican or Chinese food, you simply can not decide which restaurant to go.
Gentian: Helps when you get discouraged and depressed when things go wrong or when you are faced with even small delays or difficulty.
Gorse: Helps when you feel great hopelessness, and have given up belief that more can be done.
Hornbeam: Helps when you feel that you have not sufficient strength mentally or physically to carry the burden that life have placed on you.
Wild Oat: Helps when you are at a crossroad in life and are uncertain as to which direction to choose.
Insufficient interest in present circumstances.
Clematis: For those who find their lives unhappy and withdraw into fantasy worlds. They are ungrounded and indifferent to the details of everyday life. Teaches one to establish a bridge between the physical world and the world of ideas; may foster great creativity. Is also used to bring clarity and alertness to the present moment.
Honeysuckle: Helps you let go of past experiences or events. Your thoughts are in the past rather in the present.
Wild Rose: Helps you to take responsibility for your own life and take a lively interest in life, work and the world in general.
Olive: Helps you regain energy, vitality and interest in life.
White Chestnut: Helps when your mind is cluttered with thoughts, usually arguments, ideas, thoughts which you do not wish to have in your mind.
Mustard: Helps when you feel suddenly depressed with out any reason. It feels like a cold dark cloud that destroys normal happiness and cheerfulness.
Chestnut Bud: Helps when you keep doing the same mistake over and over again. You do not take full advantage of observation and experiences and therefore it takes longer for you to learn a lesson.
Water Violet: Helps you get a warmer relationship with other people. You love being alone, but often find yourself lonely.
Impatiens: For those who act and think quickly, and have no patience for what they see as the slowness of others. They often prefer to work alone. Teaches empathy and understanding of and patience with others. We've found it very fast-acting in alieviating an impatient attitude and lowering stress.
Heather: Helps when you are unhappy being alone for any length of time, you are always seeking the companionship and find it necessary to discuss your affairs with others, no matter who it may be.
Over-sensitivity to influences and ideas.
Agrimony: Helps you to communicate your real feelings and worries. You are the cheerful, humorous type that get distressed by argument or quarrel. You often hide your feelings behind humor and jesting and often you take alcohol or drugs in excess, to stimulate yourself.
Centaury: Helps when you find it hard to say no, and therefore easily get imposed on. You often find yourself serving others, neglecting your own particulate mission in life.
Walnut: Helps you break free from old ties and at times of major life changes. It helps you move forward and make necessary changes in order to be happy. Walnut gives consistency and protection from outside influences.
Holly: Helps when you suffer from angry thoughts such as jealousy, envy, revenge and/or suspicion.
Despondency or despair.
Larch: Helps you to regain self-esteem and confidence in yourself.
Pine: Helps when you feel guilt and self-reproach, often for other people's mistakes or just anything that goes wrong. You are never content with your effort and results.
Elm: Helps when your responsibilities overwhelm you. You feel depressed and exhausted and may lose self-esteem.
Sweet Chestnut: Helps you at moments when the anguish is too great and seem to be unbearable. Your mind or body feels as if it had bore to be the uttermost limit of its endurance. It feels as there is nothing but destruction and annihilation left to face.
Star of Bethlehem: Helps when you experience serious news, loss of someone dear, the fright following an accident etc. The distress and unhappiness feels unbearable.
Willow: Helps when you have suffered adversity or misfortune and find it difficult to accept. You feel sorry for yourself and are grumble and sulky.
Oak: Helps when your inner strength wanes; usually because you are an over-achiever and will overwork and ignore your tiredness.
Crab Apple: Helps when you feel that there is something not quite clean about yourself. You may need to wash hands often, find things dirty without any reason, you may find yourself ugly although others find you very attractive. This is the cleansing Essence.
Over-care for welfare of others.
Chicory: Helps you to be less critical, opinionated and argumentative. You always find something about others that you believe should be put right.
Vervain: For strong-willed people who hold strong views. They put unnecessary effort into everything they undertake, your mind race ahead of events, you may suffer from lack of sleep due to an overactive mind.
Vine: Helps you respect other people's views and ideas, you tend to try to persuade other people to do things your way.
Beech: Helps you be less critical toward other people and accept them as they are.
Rock Water: Helps when you expect too much of yourself.