Bach Flower Essences
Dr. Bach, in the later years of his life, lived and worked in Mount Vernon, England, where he continued to develop and discover his vibrational healing flowers in the fields surrounding the area. The very same wild flower locations are used to this day in the preparation of the Bach Flower Remedies by the present custodians, who are dedicated by legacy to maintaining the simple method and use of the Remedies as intended by Dr. Bach.
The name ‘Bach’ is as generic to flower and tree essences as ‘Kleenex’ is to tissues. Since Bach’s time, the methods by which he produced vibrational flower remedies have been used as a “matrix” for many essences, which have now been developed and produced in countries around the world. Each system of essences has its own qualities and these are dependent on the people who produce the essences, which also have qualities related to the country and region where they are made.
The following list of Bach Flower Remedies is intended as an abbreviated reference. For complete descriptions, see the list presented of available books on the subject. Please pay special attention to “Heal Thyself” (which is one of the most accurate theses on healing) or “The Twelve Healers” (with a more expanded description of the remedies in Dr. Bach’s original descriptions.)
For private Essence Consultations (by appointment only), contact Tamara Penn.
Upcoming seminars to learn more about essences and vibrational healing are listed in our Events Section.
Once a year, in the warmer weather, Tamara takes essences students into the country for a 3 – 4 day retreat for practical hands on experience and an opportunity to play, learn relax and access a deeper part of yourself.
(The flower remedies listed below are the Bach Flower Remedies only. However, the same flowers used in the Bach Flower Remedies are also produced by several other companies. )
- Agrimony – Internal torture (mental or physical) hidden behind a “brave face”.
- Aspen – Apprehension or vague unknown fears.
- Beech – Intolerant of others – critical.
- Centuary – Easily exploited or imposed upon, weak willed/subservient.
- Cerato – Doubts own judgement, seeks advice and confirmation from others.
- Cherry Plum – Fear of mind giving way – uncontrolled, irrational thoughts, suicidal thoughts.
- Chestnut Bud – Repeats same mistakes – Failure to learn from past mistakes.
- Chicory – Possessive, self-absorbed, clinging and overly-protective, particularly of loved ones.
- Clematis – Inattentive, dreamer, absent-minded and lack of interest in present.
- Crab Apple – Cleanser, self disgust, self hatred and shame.
- Elm – Overwhelmed by responsibility and feelings of inadequacy.
- Gentain – Disappointment, discouragement and despondency.
- Gorse – Hopelessness, despair, pessimism and defeatism.
- Heather – Self-concern, self-centered, talkative about own troubles and experiences.
- Holly – Hatred, suspicion, envy, jealousy and feelings of vexation.
- Honeysuckle – Nostalgic and living in the past, home-sickness.
- Hornbeam – Procrastination, “Monday morning” feeling and mental fatigue.
- Impatiens – Impatience, irritability.
- Larch – Lack of self-confidence, feels inferior, feels like a failure.
- Mimulus – Fear of known things, timidity and shyness.
- Mustard – Black depression of unknown reason, a “dark cloud” that descends, deep gloom.
- Oak – Strongly courageous, despondent but struggles on bravely in spite of adversity.
- Olive – Complete exhaustion and fatigue – drained of energy.
- Pine – Always apologizing, self-reproach, feels guilty.
- Red Chestnut – Anxiety and fearing the worst for others.
- Rock Rose – Terror, panic, suddenly alarmed, extreme fear.
- Rock Water – Self denying martyrdom, self-repression, rigid minded.
- Scleranthus – Uncertainty, indecision, vacillates between two things. Fluctuating moods.
- Star of Bethlehem – Shock (physical & mental) from serious news, an accident, etc.
- Sweet Chestnut – “Dark night of the soul”, absolute dejection, extreme anguish.
- Vervain – Over-enthusiasm, fanatical beliefs, tenseness, perfectionist, incensed by injustice.
- Vine – Dominating, inflexible, tyrannical, autocratic, aggressive. (Usually good leaders.)
- Walnut – All change and transition, e.g., puberty, menopause, divorce, new surroundings.
- Water Violet – Proud, reserved, enjoys being alone, aloof.
- White Chestnut – Persistent unwanted thoughts, mental arguments.
- Wild Oat – Helps determine one’s intended path in life.
- Wild Rose – Resignation, apathy, drifter.
- Willow – Resentment and bitterness, blames everyone but themselves.
- Rescue Remedy – This is a composite of five flower remedies – Rock Rose, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum, Clematis and Impatiens. If you have received a shock of any kind, or some sudden bad news, just heard of a family upset (e.g., funeral), if you are fearful or confused or even in terror or in panic, the Rescue Remedy will support you to handle these stressful situations. This all-purpose emergency composite is extremely effective for situations of anguish (e.g. going to the dentist, before examinations, etc.). The results are reassuring to those in emergency situations and it brings comfort and calm.