My Box of Bach

‘Health depends on being in harmony with our souls. – Dr Edward Bach

If you look at the image of me treating a client in my clinic below, you will see an open wooden box containing 38 tincture bottles near the bottom right hand corner of the photo. This box is open because I use the contents (of Bach flower remedies) so often.


For anyone who doesn’t know Bach (pronounced ‘batch’) flower remedies are solutions of brandy and water – the water contains extreme dilutions of flower/plant material that holds natural healing properties to balance our personalities. All but one of the remedies are based on single wild flowers and plants, the exception ‘Rock Water’ is made from the water of a natural spring.

The 38 remedies were developed in the 1930s by Dr Edward Bach, an English physician, homeopath and keen observer of human behaviour.  Dr Bach spent his life searching for the purest methods of healing, his simple and profound philosophy was that;

‘Disease is the direct result of a conflict between our spiritual and mortal selves. Health and happiness result from being in harmony with our own nature and in doing the work for which we are individually suited.’

There are lots of training courses available for people who want to find out more about using and choosing remedies, but in this blog I thought it would be helpful to introduce you to the key meanings behind each of the 38 essences. However please remember that these are not the full and complete descriptions and each bottle would be worthy of a lengthy blog entry in its own right.

It is also worth bearing in mind that we function from our subconscious 95-97% of the time,  so we aren’t always consciously aware of the flower remedy that we might benefit from taking at the time. As a result Kinesiology (muscle testing)  is a wonderful method for making a selection because it bypasses the reason and logic part of our minds and removes the guesswork.

I can honestly say that these 38 remedies never fail to surprise and astound me with the transformations that they enable. I love using them for myself and my family and with my clients too, and I guess that shows from the picture above of the ever-open box!


AgrimonySmiles hide inner worry
AspenApprehension and unknown fears
BeechOver critical and intolerant
CentauryWeak willed, subservient
Cerato Lack of faith in ones own judgment
Cherry PlumFear of losing control
Chestnut BudInability to learn ones lessons
ChicoryPossessive, controlling
ClematisDreamy, absent minded
Crab AppleThe Cleanser
ElmOverwhelmed by responsibility
GentianDespondency, disappointment
GorseHopelessness, despair
HeatherOver talkative, self-concern
HollyAnger, jealousy, suspicion
HoneysuckleLiving in the past
HornbeamMental tiredness
ImpatiensImpatience, irritability
LarchLack of confidence
MimulusKnown fears, nervousness
MustardGloom, despair for no apparent reason
OakThe strengthener
OliveTiredness, exhaustion
PineFeelings of guilt, unworthiness
Red ChestnutOver-concern for others
Rock Rose Extreme fear, terror
Rock Water Self punishment, rigidity
Star of BethlehemShock, trauma, accidents
Sweet ChestnutExtreme anguish, despair
VervainOver enthusiasm, perfectionism
VineDominating, need for control over others
Walnut Change
Water VioletProud with thoughts of superiority
White Chestnut –  Repetitive thoughts
Wild OatInability to see ones direction
Wild RoseApathy, lack of enthusiasm
WillowResentment, bitterness, anger

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