Have you ever wondered if there is more to a flower than its appearance and fragrance? We do too! And so did Dr. Edward Bach, an English homeopath from the 1930s. He believed that illnesses were a result of disharmony between the body and mind, that they resulted from negative emotional states. He also believed that orthodox medicine was attentive to the body but negligent towards the mind. So he sought after alternative healing methods that could be developed naturally, using flowers. 

And so came up Bach Flower Remedies – a system of 38 remedies, based on the healing properties found in the dew on the petals of specific flowers. These remedies are basically solutions of brandy and water – the water consisting of extreme dilutions of flower material. When consumed, these gently restore the balance between mind and body by putting out the negative emotions and welcoming peace and happiness. 

To find these natural remedies, he followed his natural instinct as a healer. One by one, he found the remedies he wanted, each aimed at a particular mental state or emotion. His life followed a seasonal pattern just like the flowers on which the remedies were dependent – spring and summer was spent collecting the material required for treatment and winter was spent in treating people with these remedies. 

Here is a list of the 38 flower remedies, as found on www.bachcentre.com, along with details of the mental states that they are supposed to help with. 

Agrimony – mental torture behind a cheerful face

Aspen – fear of unknown things

Beech – intolerance

Centaury – the inability to say ‘no’

Cerato – lack of trust in one’s own decisions

Cherry Plum – fear of the mind giving way

Chestnut Bud – failure to learn from mistakes

Chicory – selfish, possessive love

Clematis – dreaming of the future without working in the present

Crab Apple – the cleansing remedy, also for self-hatred

Elm – overwhelmed by responsibility

Gentian – discouragement after a setback

Gorse – hopelessness and despair

Heather – self-centeredness and self-concern

Holly – hatred, envy and jealousy

Honeysuckle – living in the past

Hornbeam – tiredness at the thought of doing something

Impatiens – impatience

Larch – lack of confidence

Mimulus – fear of known things

Mustard – deep gloom for no reason

Oak – the plodder who keeps going past the point of exhaustion

Olive – exhaustion following mental or physical effort

Pine – guilt

Red Chestnut – over-concern for the welfare of loved ones

Rock Rose – terror and fright

Rock Water – self-denial, rigidity and self-repression

Scleranthus – inability to choose between alternatives

Star of Bethlehem – shock

Sweet Chestnut – extreme mental anguish, when everything has been tried and there is no light left

Vervain – over-enthusiasm

Vine – dominance and inflexibility

Walnut – protection from change and unwanted influences

Water Violet – quiet self-reliance leading to isolation

White Chestnut – unwanted thoughts and mental arguments

Wild Oat – uncertainty over one’s direction in life

Wild Rose – drifting, resignation, apathy

Willow – self-pity and resentment

These 38 flower remedies heal you gently and restore the balance in you. To find out which remedy works best for you, call us to book a session with our Master Healer at Happy Ho, Dr. Nonah Khanna!