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WHAT ARE BACH FLOWER REMEDIES?

All 38 Bach Flower Remedies

THERE ARE 7 BACH FLOWER EMOTIONAL GROUPS

1) Fear
2) Uncertainty
3) Insufficient interest in present circumstances
4) Loneliness
5) Over-sensitivity to influences and ideas
6) Despondency or Despair
7) Over-care for welfare of others

BACH FLOWER REMEDIES ARE . . . dilutions of flower material that was researched and created by Dr. Edward Bach, who was an English homeopath and physician in the 1930's. Bach Flower Remedies are used for behaviorial, emotional and spiritual conditions that replace negative emotions with positive emotions.

Bach Flower Remedies contain a very small amount of flower material in a 50:50 solution of water and brandy. Interestingly enough, since the remedies are extremely diluted they do not have the scent or taste of the plant. Bach Flower Remedies are said to have the energetic nature of a specific flower, which in turn is transferred to the person who is taking the remedy. There are 38 Bach Flower Remedies (below) that are separated into the 7 emotional groups (above).

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THE 38 BACH FLOWER REMEDIES

Agrimony
Aspen
Beech
Centaury
Cerato
Cherry Plum
Chestnut Bud
Chicory
Clematis
Crab Apple
Elm
Gentian
Gorse
Heather
Holly
Honeysuckle
Hornbeam
Impatiens
Larch
Mimulus
Mustard
Oak
Olive
Pine
Red Chestnut
Rock Rose
Rock Water
Scleranthus
Star of Bethlehem
Sweet Chestnut
Vervain
Vine
Walnut
Water Violet
White Chestnut
Wild Oat
Wild Rose
Willow

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AGRIMONY [Agrimonia euphatoria]

Pattern of Imbalance - For those who wear a mask of cheerfulness to hide the emotional pain.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "The jovial, cheerful, humorous people who love peace and are distressed by argument or quarrel, to avoid which they will agree to give up much. Though generally they have troubles and are tormented and restless and worried in mind or in body, they hide their cares behind their humor and jesting and are considered very good friends to know. They often take alcohol or drugs in excess, to stimulate them and help themselves bear their trials with cheerfulness."

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ASPEN [Populus tremula]

Pattern of Imbalance - For those who have unknown, irrational or unreasonable fear that can paralyze the individual.

Aspen works great for animals that are timid or easily spooked.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "Vague unknown fears, for which there can be given no explanation, no reason. It is a terror that something awful is going to happen even though it is unclear what exactly. These vague inexplicable fears may haunt by night or day. Sufferers may often be afraid to tell their trouble to others."

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BEECH [Fagus sylvatica]

Pattern of Imbalance - For those who are judgmental and have a desire to change others. The individual is critical, perfectionistic and intolerant.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "For those who feel the need to see more good and beauty in all that surrounds them. And, although much appears to be wrong, to have the ability to see the good growing within. So as to be able to be more tolerant, lenient and understanding of the different way each individual and all things are working to their own perfection."

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CENTAURY [Centaurium umbellatum]

Pattern of Imbalance - This is a classic case of turning oneself into a 'doormat'. May become a slave in their own servitude and desire to please others that they put themselves on the back burner.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "Kind, quiet, gentle people who are over-anxious to serve others. They overtax their strength in their endeavors. Their wish so grows upon them that they become more servants than willing helpers. Their good nature leads them to do more than their own share of work, and in so doing they may neglect their own particular mission in life."

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CERATO [Ceratostigma willmottiana]

Pattern of Imbalance - Lack of trust in oneself so much that the individual seeks the wrong advice from others. This is self-doubt with a need to get validation from others than from oneself.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "Those who have not sufficient confidence in themselves to make their own decisions. They constantly seek advice from others, and are often misguided."

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CHERRY PLUM [Prunus cerasifera]

Pattern of Imbalance - This is for the person who fears losing control of oneself that could lead to destructive behavior including suicide.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "Fear of mind being over-strained, of reason giving away, of doing fearful and dreaded things, not wished and known wrong, yet there comes the thought and impulse to do them."

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CHESTNUT BUD [Aesculus hippocastanum]

Pattern of Imbalance - This is for the person who does not learn from their mistakes and continues to repeat the same life experience over and over again.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "For those who do not take full advantage of observation and experience, and who take a longer time than others to learn the lessons of daily life. Whereas one experience would be enough for some, such people find it necessary to have more, sometimes several, before the lesson is learnt. Therefore, to their regret, they find themselves having to make the same error on different occasions when once would have been enough, or observation of others could have spared them even that one fault."

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CHICORY [Cichorium intybus)]

Pattern of Imbalance - This is for the self-absorbed individual who needs to feel needed, so much so that they over-protection, controlling and possessive.

Chicory works well in animals who need to be 'on stage' or the center of attention.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "Those who are very mindful of the needs of others they tend to be over-full of care for children, relatives, friends, always finding something that should be put right. They are continually correcting what they consider wrong, and enjoy doing so. They desire that those for whom they care should be near them."

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CLEMATIS [Clematis]

Pattern of Imbalance - This is for the daydreamer and over-imaginative individual who has a difficult time being fully present (today) and continually hoping for something better.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "Those who are dreamy, drowsy, not fully awake, no great interest in life. Quiet people, not really happy in their present circumstances, living more in the future than in the present; living in hopes of happier times when their ideals may come true. In illness some make little or no effort to get well, and in certain cases may even look forward to death, in the hope of better times; or maybe, meeting again some beloved one whom they have lost."

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CRAB APPLE [Malus]

Pattern of Imbalance - This is for the person who is obsessed with being clean and who believes there is something unclean about them.

Crab apple works well in animals that were abused or may believe there is something wrong with them through being scolded so much. It can also help animals prone to hairballs.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "This is the remedy of cleansing. For those who feel as if they have something not quite clean about themselves. Often it is something of apparently little importance: in others there may be more serious disease which is almost disregarded compared to the one thing on which they concentrate. In both types they are anxious to be free from the one particular thing which is greatest in their minds and which seems so essential to them that it should be cured. They become despondent if treatment fails. Being a cleanser, this remedy purifies wounds if the patient has reason to believe that some poison has entered which must be drawn out."

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ELM [Ulmus]

Pattern of Imbalance - This is for a person who feels overwhelmed by what they need or have to do. Responsibility may be so overwhelming that they fear letting others down.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "Those who are doing good work, are following the calling of their life and who hope to do something of importance, and this often for the benefit of humanity. At times there may be periods of depression when they feel that the task they have undertaken is too difficult, and not within the power of a human being."

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Pattern of Imbalance - This is for the pessimistic and easily discouraged individual. Any small setback can depress them, bring on doubt and take them off their path.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "Those who are easily discouraged. They may be progressing well in illness or in the affairs of their daily life, but any small delay or hindrance to progress causes doubt and soon disheartens them."

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GORSE [Ulex europoeus]

Pattern of Imbalance - Feelings of hopelessness, such that the person feels apathetic and wants to just give up.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "Very great hopelessness, they have given up belief that more can be done for them. Under persuasion or to please others they may try different treatments, at the same time assuring those around that there is so little hope of relief."

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HEATHER [Calluna vulgaris]

Pattern of Imbalance - This is for the incessant talker who cannot stop talking about themselves and their problems. This person seeks the company of others so they do not have to be alone with themselves.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "Those who are always seeking the companionship of anyone who may be available, as they find it necessary to discuss their own affairs with others, no matter who it may be. They are very unhappy if they have to be alone for any length of time."

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HOLLY [Ilex aquifolium]

Pattern of Imbalance - This remedy is for the suffering and vengeful person as a result of their own jealousy, envy and suspicious nature. This person is consumed by their emotions.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "For those who are sometimes attacked by thoughts of such kind as jealousy, envy, revenge, suspicion. For the different forms of vexation. Within themselves they may suffer much, often when there is no real cause for their unhappiness."

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HONEYSUCKLE [Lonicera caprifolium]

Pattern of Imbalance - This is for the individual who has emotional attachment to the past and lacking faith or belief that things can be as good as they were back then. Feelings of nostalgia but may also include homesickness.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "Those who live much in the past, perhaps a time of great happiness, or memories of a lost friend, or ambitions which have not come true. They do not expect further happiness such as they have had."

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HORNBEAM [Carpinus betulus]

Pattern of Imbalance - The simple things in life seem overwhelming, particularly daily tasks that should seem easy. The person is lethargic and unable to cope with daily tasks.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "For those who feel that they have not sufficient strength, mentally or physically, to carry the burden of life placed upon them; the affairs of every day seem too much for them to accomplish, though they generally succeed in fulfilling their task. For those who believe that some part, of mind or body, needs to be strengthened before they can easily fulfill their work."

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IMPATIENS [Impatiens glandulifera]

Pattern of Imbalance - This remedy is for the impatient, intolerant and tense individual that moves so quickly that they also feel the need to hurry others and find it difficult to cooperate with others.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "Those who are quick in thought and action and who wish all things to be done without hesitation or delay. When ill they are anxious for a hasty recovery. They find it very difficult to be patient with people who are slow as they consider it wrong and a waste of time, and they will endeavour to make such people quicker in all ways. They often prefer to work and think alone, so that they can do everything at their own speed."

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LARCH [Larix decidua]

Pattern of Imbalance - This is for the individual who experiences such self-centered that results in an inability to even try. This person has a self-fulling prophecy expecting to fail, so they do.

Larch also works well for animals to build their confidence, especially those in competition or in training.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "For those who do not consider themselves as good or capable as those around them, who expect failure, who feel that they will never be a success, an so do not venture or make a strong enough attempt to succeed."

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MIMULUS [Mimulus guttatus]

Pattern of Imbalance - This remedy is for individuals who have unknown that they can also be phobias (irrational fears). They may be so fearful that they could experience extreme shyness.

Mimulus works well for fearful animals, especially those afraid of thunderstorms or other loud noises.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "Fear of worldly things, illness, pain, accidents, poverty, of dark, of being alone, of misfortune. The fears of everyday life. These people quietly and secretly bear their dread; they do not freely speak of it to others."

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MUSTARD [Sinapis arvensis]

Pattern of Imbalance - Feelings of 'general' depression, doom, gloom, melancholy and sadness that is not easily explained.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "Those who are liable to times of gloom or even despair, as though a cold dark cloud overshadowed them and hid the light and the joy of life. It may not be possible to give any reason or explanation for such attacks. Under these conditions it is almost impossible to appear happy or cheerful."

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OAK [Quercus robur]

Pattern of Imbalance - This remedy is for the person who 'never' gives up because they don't know how to give up. They have a pillar of strength and willpower where surrender is simply not part of their vocabulary.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "For those who are struggling and fighting strongly to get well, or in connection with the affairs of their daily life. They will go on trying one thing after another, though their case may seem hopeless. They will fight on. They are discontented with themselves if illness interferes with their duties or helping others. They are brave people, fighting against great difficulties, without loss of hope of effort."

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OLIVE [Olea europea]

Pattern of Imbalance - This individual is experiencing extreme exhaustion in all forms - emotionally, physically and spiritually.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "Those who have suffered much mentally or physically and are so exhausted and weary that they feel they have no more strength to make any effort. Daily life is hard work for them, without pleasure."

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PINE [Pinus sylvestris]

Pattern of Imbalance - This remedy is for the individual who beats his/herself up. They experience self-blame and self-criticism no matter what they do.

Pine also works great for animals who are either homesick or miss their owners and who pine away for them while they are at work.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "For those who blame themselves. Even when successful they think they could have done better, and are never satisfied with the decisions they make. Would this remedy help me to stop blaming myself for everything?"

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RED CHESTNUT [Aesculus carnea]

Pattern of Imbalance - This remedy is for those obsessed with worry for those they Love who often overwhelmed with the needs of others. These people anticipate the worst for those they Love.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "For those who find it difficult not to be anxious for other people. Often they have ceased to worry about themselves, but instead worry about others."

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ROCK ROSE [Helianthemum nummularium]

Pattern of Imbalance - This is for the individual who experiences panic, terror and paralyzing fear that comes on suddenly.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "The remedy of emergency for cases where there even appears no hope. In accident serious or sudden illness, or when the patient is very frightened or terrified, or if the conditions is serious enough to cause great fear to those around. If the patient is not conscious the lips may be moistened with the remedy."

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ROCK WATER

Pattern of Imbalance - This remedy is for the person who denies his/herself pleasure. The individual is rigid, inflexible and sets high standards for themselves. This person may live life as a martyr.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "Those who are very strict in their way of living; they deny themselves many of the joys and pleasures of life because they consider it might interfere with their work. They are hard masters to themselves. They wish to be well and strong and active, and will do anything which they believe will keep them so. They hope to be examples which will appeal to others who may then follow their ideas and be better as a result."

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SCLERANTHUS [Scleranthus annuus]

Pattern of Imbalance - This remedy is for the individual who is highly indecisive and flip-flops in their decision-making. This person sits on the fence unable to make up their mind.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "Those who suffer much from being unable to decide between two things, first one seeming right then the other. They are usually quiet people, and bear their difficulty alone, as they are not inclined to discuss it with others."

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STAR OF BETHLEHEM [Ornithogalum umbellatum]

Pattern of Imbalance - This is for the individual who has experienced a high level of trauma, fright or shock under extreme circumstances and finds it difficult to recover.

Star of Bethelem brings comfort in animals by helping to heal the animal emotionally so that the animal does not manifest the emotions on the physical plane and become physically sick.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "For those in great distress under conditions which for a time produce great unhappiness. The shock of serious news, the loss of someone dear, the fright following an accident, and such like. For those who for a time refuse to be consoled, this remedy brings comfort."

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SWEET CHESTNUT [Castanea sativa]

Pattern of Imbalance - This remedy is for the individual experiencing deep despair (not suicidal) but is still experiencing something on the level of 'the dark night of the soul'. The person may feel as though it just doesn't get worse than this.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "For those moments which happen to some people when the anguish is so great as to seem to be unbearable. When the mind or body feels as if it had borne to the uttermost limit of its endurance, and that now it must give way. When it seems there is nothing but destruction and annihilation left to face."

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VERVAIN [Verbena officinalis]

Pattern of Imbalance - This remedy works very well on the nervous system, especially when there is exhaustion due to fanatical behavior or too much enthusiasm for a cause, ideal or situation.

Vervain works well in animals that are hyperactive. Tail chasers, car chasers, constant lickers, fanatical behavior and incessant barking.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "Those with fixed principles and ideas, which they are confident are right, and which they very rarely change. They have a great wish to convert all around them to their own views of life. They are strong of will and have much courage when they are convinced of those things that they wish to teach. In illness they struggle on long after many would have given up their duties."

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VINE [Vitis vinifera]

Pattern of Imbalance - This is for the individual who pushes or forces their beliefs or ideas on others. This remedy is for the domineering or bossy individual.

Vine also works well for animals who are domineering, bossy or pushy.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "Very capable people, certain of their own ability, confident of success. Being so assured, they think that it would be for the benefit of others if they could be persuaded to do things as they themselves do, or as they are certain is right. Even in illness they will direct their attendants. They may be of great value in emergency."

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WALNUT [Juglans regia]

Pattern of Imbalance - For the individual who is influenced or impressed by others to do something that does not in alignment with their wishes. There may be a fear of change.

Walnut also works great for animals who are afraid to try something new such as go down or up a flight of stairs for instance. Walnut can make the animal feel less vulnerable and more secure.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "For those who have definite ideals and ambitions in life and are fulfilling them, but on rare occasions are tempted to be led away from their own ideas, aims and work by the enthusiasm convictions or strong opinions of others. The remedy gives constancy and protection from outside influences."

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WATER VIOLET [Hottonia palustris]

Pattern of Imbalance - This remedy works well for the cold, distant and aloof individual who may not feel like they fit in or that they are understood.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "For those who in health or illness like to be alone. Very quiet people, who move about without noise, they are aloof, leave people alone and go their own way. Often clever and talented. Their peace and calmness is a blessing to those around them."

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WHITE CHESTNUT [Aesculus hippocastanum]

Pattern of Imbalance - The mind is chaotic and preoccupied with worry such that the individual may feel tortured by these repetitive thoughts. They cannot get that 'thing' out of their mind.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "For those who cannot prevent thoughts, ideas, arguments which they do not desire from entering their minds. Usually at such times when the interest of the moment is not strong enough to keep the mind full. Thoughts which worry and still remain, or if for a time thrown out, will return. They seem to circle round and round and cause mental torture. The presence of such unpleasant thoughts drives out peace and interferes with being able to think only of the work or pleasure of the day."

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WILD OAT [Bromus ramosus]

Pattern of Imbalance - This is for the individual who is unclear about their path in life and doesn't know which direction to turn. There is a lack of committment and the individual may try many things never really feeling passionate about anything they do.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "Those who have ambitions to do something of prominence in life, who wish to have much experience, and to enjoy all that which is possible for them, to take life to the full. Their difficulty is to determine what occupation to follow; as although their ambitions are strong, they have no calling which appeals to them above all others. This may cause delay and dissatisfaction."

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WILD ROSE [Rosa canina]

Pattern of Imbalance - This remedy is for the individual who just feels like resigning or giving up. This person is apathetic and lingers in life and illness.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "Those who without apparently sufficient reason become resigned to all that happens, and just glide through life, takes it as it is, without any effort to improve things and find some joy. They have surrendered to the struggle of life without complaint."

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WILLOW [Salix vitellina]

Pattern of Imbalance - This person blames everyone and anyone except themselves. It's always someone else's fault as they suffer from 'poor me syndrome'. They are inflexible, bitter and then slide into victim behavior.

In Dr. Edward Bach's words . . . "For those who have suffered adversity or misfortune and find these difficult to accept, without complaint or resentment, as they judge life much by the success which it brings. They feel that they have not deserved so great a trial that it was unjust, and they become embittered. They often take less interest and are less active in those things of life which they had previously enjoyed."

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