The 38 Remedies and their uses

Bach Flower Remedies are completely natural and safe to be used at any time and do not contraindicate with any other medicines you may be taking. Worldwide the most popular Bach Flower remedy is Rescue Remedy, a formula specifically intended for when we are under acute stress; this is made up of 5 of the 38 remedies. We can use individual remedies to support us at other times too.

Bach Foundation Registered Practitioners select up to six or seven remedies to create a bespoke bottle of remedies for their clients. Unbelievably this gives nearly 293 million possible combinations – according to Dr Bach, enough to treat every possible negative mental state.

Here is a complete list of the 38 remedies, together with their basic properties. The UK’s most popular ten individual remedies are asterisked:

Agrimony: mental torture behind a cheerful face, wearing a mask

Aspen: fear of unknown things, you’re anxious but can’t way why

Beech: you feel critical of or intolerant towards others

Centaury: the inability to say 'no', you can’t easily say no to others

Cerato: lack of trust in one's own decisions, you doubt your judgement

Cherry Plum: fear of the mind giving way or losing control

Chestnut Bud: failure to learn from mistakes

Chicory: selfish, possessive love of friends and family etc

Clematis: dreaming of the future without working in the present

* Crab Apple: the cleansing remedy, also for disliking something about yourself

Elm: overwhelmed by your many responsibilities

Gentian: discouragement after a setback, despondency

Gorse: hopelessness and despair, no light at the end of the tunnel

Heather: self-centredness, self-concern, wrapped up in self

* Holly: hatred, envy and jealousy, may be suffering from insecurity

Honeysuckle: your mind is in the past instead of the present

Hornbeam: procrastination, tiredness at the thought of doing something,

* Impatiens: impatience with people or things, want everything done instantly

* Larch: lack of confidence, expect to fail

* Mimulus: fearful or anxious of known things, also shyness and timidity

Mustard: deep gloom for no reason, like a big black cloud from nowhere

Oak: a strong person who keeps going to the point of exhaustion

* Olive: exhaustion in body and mind after making an effort

Pine: you feel guilty or blame yourself. Feel undeserving and unworthy

Red Chestnut: over-concern, fear, worry for the welfare/safety of others

* Rock Rose: terror and fright (accident, near escape, panic attacks)

Rock Water: inflexibility, self-denial, rigidity and self-repression

Scleranthus: inability to choose between alternatives, also changeable outlook

* Star of Bethlehem: after-effects of shock as a result of accidents, frights, bad news etc

Sweet Chestnut: extreme mental anguish, when everything has been tried and there is no light left, on the point of breakdown but not suicidal

Vervain: over-enthusiasm, your enthusiasm leads you to burn yourself out

Vine: dominance and inflexibility

* Walnut: protection from change and unwanted influences, helps during major life changes such as teething, puberty, pregnancy, divorce, menopause, moving job or home, giving up an addiction, breaking old ties

Water Violet: quiet self-reliance leading to isolation, can be proud and aloof

* White Chestnut: unwanted thoughts and mental arguments, brain chattering

Wild Oat: uncertainty over one's direction in life and undecided which way to go

Wild Rose: drifting, resignation, apathy, possibly resigned to an unpleasant situation

Willow: self-pity and resentment; it’s not fair, why me?

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