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by Candy Hillenbrand

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.



Agrimony Aspen Beech Centaury Cerato


Mental torment and worry hidden Emotional honesty and behind a cheerful appearance. Avoiding inner peace emotional pain. Vague fears and apprehension of Fearlessness and trust unknown origin. Unconscious anxieties. Intolerance, criticism, passing judgements. Perfectionism. Weak-willed, easily influenced, selfneglect. "Doormats". Sympathy and tolerance. Acceptance of others. Self-determination and selfrecognition. Inner strength.

Inner knowing (intuition) Self-distrust, self-doubt and uncertainty. and self-trust. SelfSeeking advice from others. confidence. Spiritual surrender and composure. Trust in God or the Divine.

Fear of mental/emotional breakdown Cherry Plum and loss of control. Desperation and destructive impulses.

Breaking old patterns. Repeating mistakes and failure to learn Chestnut Bud Understanding life's from experience. Habitual behaviour. lessons. Wisdom.


Self-centredness and self-pity. Possessive and demanding. Emotional neediness. Idealistic dreams, indifference, escapism and pre-occupation. Self-dislike and self-disgust. Obsessed with impurity and imperfection. Overwhelmed by responsibility. Temporary inadequacy and despondency Discouragement after a setback. Reactive depression and doubt. Overwhelming despair, hopelessness and resignation. Chronic illness. Self-centredness, self-concern, incessant talkers. "The Needy Child".

Selfless love given freely. Respecting the freedom of others. Expressing inspiration in practical life. Creative idealism. The Cleansing Remedy. Self-acceptance and perspective. Self-assurance and confidence to complete one's tasks. Faith and perseverance despite difficulties. New hope, faith and optimism. Recovery. Emotional self-sufficiency and compassion for others.


Crab Apple

Elm Gentian Gorse Heather Holly Honeysuckle Hornbeam Impatiens Larch Mimulus Mustard

Love, the greatest healing Hatred, jealousy, envy, suspicion, anger elixir. Compassion and an and separativeness. open heart. Living in the past, regrets from the past, Letting go and moving on. nostalgia and homesickness. Emotional freedom. Mental and physical exhaustion. Revitalization, enthusiasm Tiredness. Boredom with daily routine. and energy. Impatience, irritability, frustration and extreme mental tension. Lack of confidence. Anticipation of failure. Feelings of inferiority. Fear and anxiety of known origin. Shyness and timidity. Introversion. Sudden and inexplicable black depression. Intense gloom and despair. Patience, acceptance and gentleness. Self-confidence, spontaneity and creative expression. Courage and confidence. Joy and inner serenity. Peace and equanimity.


Renewed strength and Depression due to overwork. Inflexible stability. Accepting limits. struggle against mental/physical odds. Knowing when to surrender. Complete exhaustion after long struggle. Unremittent stress. Convalescence. Guilt, self-blame and self-criticism. Regret and remorse. Excessive fear, worry and anxiety for others, especially loved ones. Rejuvenation and regeneration. Energy and nourishment. Self-forgiveness and selfacceptance. Objective caring and concern. Inner peace. trust in the unfolding of life.

Olive Pine Red Chestnut

Rock Rose

Self-forgetting, selfShock, terror, panic and extreme fright. transcendence and courage. Nightmares. Acute crisis. Steadfastness in the face of challenge. Self-martyrdom, self-repression and self-denial. Rigidity. Flexibility and inner freedom. Opening to feelings.

Rock Water


Balance and poise. Uncertainty, indecision and vacillation. Decisiveness and inner Lack of balance. resolve. Mental/physical shock. Recent or past trauma. Extreme mental anguish and despair. "Dark Night of the Soul". Soothing and calming. Comforting and healing. Awakening and reorientation. Courage and strength. Faith in self.

Star of Bethlehem Sweet Chestnut Vervain

Moderation and tolerance. Strain, stress, tension, over-enthusiasm. Self-discipline and Extremism and fanaticism. restraint. Dominating, ruthless and inflexible. Ambitious and tyrannical. Aggressiveness. Life changes. Over-sensitivity to ideas and influences. "The Link-Breaker". Positive leadership qualities. Tolerance and selfless service. Humility. Protection. Freedom and courage to follow own path. Letting go of the past. Ability to share one's gifts with others. Gentleness and sympathy.



Proud, disdainful, aloof and tense. Water Violet Physical stiffness. White Chestnut

Mental tranquillity and Worry and mental arguments. Persistent calmness. Clarity and inner unwanted thoughts. Mind stuck in a rut. peace. Uncertainty about life direction. Dissatisfied and unfulfilled. Apathy and resignation. Negative conditions. Giving up on life. Resentment and bitterness. Blaming others. Negative and destructive thoughts. Sense of vocation and purposefulness. Selfactualization. Work as expression of inner calling. Vitality, interest and joy in life. Inner motivation. Forgiveness. Acceptance of personal responsibility. Positive thoughts, optimism and faith.

Wild Oat

Wild Rose


Rescue Remedy

Combination remedy for emergencies, accidents, shock, trauma (short term or Calm and stability in any deep seated), panic and emergency or time of high unconsciousness. All conditions of stress. extreme 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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