Bach Flower Essences target specific emotional states

Patients mix and match to fit emotional issues

To take Bach Flower Essences, a person needs to think about the sort of person they are and the way they are feeling so they will select the correct essence or combination of essences to address their emotional state.

Bach Flower Essences are sold in the United States in health food stores and can be used safely for self-diagnosis and self-treatment, says Nancy Buono, BFRP, national manager of education for Nelson Bach USA Ltd. in Wilmington, MA. The essences are listed in the Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States and listed by the FDA as a homeopathic over-the-counter drug. The Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act regulate the manufacturing practices.

The essences address many emotional issues that create stress in people’s lives from childhood to adulthood, says Buono. Thus they can help prevent stress related illnesses. "The essences are wonderful for addressing all the different changes women go through from birthing to menopause," she says.

The following is a list of the 38 essences discovered by Bach and the emotions they address that would indicate the reason for selecting it for treatment purposes.

  • Agrimony: mental torture behind a cheerful face
  • Aspen: fear of unknown things
  • Beech: intolerance
  • Centaury: 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: procrastination, 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: overconcern 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: overenthusiasm
  • Vine: dominance and inflexibility
  • Walnut: protection from change and unwanted influences
  • Water Violet: pride and aloofness
  • White Chestnut: unwanted thoughts and mental arguments
  • Wild Oat: uncertainty over one’s direction in life
  • Wild Rose: drifting, resignation, and apathy
  • Willow: self-pity and resentment


For more information about Bach Flower Essences, contact:

• Nancy Buono, BFRP, National Manager of Education, Nelson Bach USA Ltd., 100 Research Dr., Wilmington, MA 01887. Telephone: (888) 373-2224. E-mail: Web site: