The Twelve Healers and Other Remedies

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The Twelve Healers

Bach Remedies are sometimes classified into three groups- 'The Twelve Healers', 'The Seven Helpers' and 'The Second 19'. The Twelve Healers hold a special place among the 38 remedies as each of the 12 remedies correspond to a particular personality type.

Fears for which the sufferer is aware of the cause - such as Fear of darkness, misfortune, illness, and other fears of everyday life. In the negative state mimulus types are often timid or shy.
Cerato's lack of trust in himself makes him constantly seek advice and thus are very easily influenced by the circumstances around him - by the notions of people around him, by media etc. Lack of wisdom - wanting to do foolish things. "People who are too easily influenced.. Their lack of self-esteem makes them admire and trust too much any who hold strong views; they can easily be led into difficulties on this account.. They will do almost anything good or bad if the argument is strong enough." Cerato strengthens wisdom and helps us listen to our own heart.

Scleranthus types, in the negative state have constant inner vacillation. First one thing seems right, then another. This inner vacillation cause them to progress slowly in their work. The negative Scleranthus state may also manifest as frequent fluctuations in the patient's mood.

Gentian types are easily discouraged by difficulties. The slightest setback causes them to feel dejected or depressed. Also helpful in mild depression.

Weakness. Lack of inner strength. Weak willpower. Inability to say 'no'. Usually Centaury people are kind, quiet and gentle people, sometimes over anxious to serve others.  In the negative state, their good nature is often taken advantage of and they tend to become "more servants than willing helpers."

Lack of inner peace. Restlessness. Inner torture. Agrimony types tend to suffer from lack of inner calmness."Those who can find no peace of mind, no rest...  the cheeriest of people and are often humorists." They tend to hide their suffering behind humor and a cheerful face. Agrimony types are more likely than others to resort to drugs or to alcohol to help them face their trails. Helpful when the patient is going through torments - emotional or physical.

Dreaminess, lack of interest in life. Those who have high ideals but tend to make dreams their master. They make little effort to improve themselves or their circumstances. Living in hopes of a better future while doing little on the practical side. Clematis types often have that far-away 'dreamy' look and seem 'not fully awake'.

Impatiens types are often irritable, cross and impatient. Hurriedness. Wants quick results when doing anything. Their impatient nature may cause them to be cruel or harsh to others at times.  In the negative state they develop an inability to forgive and are easily angered.

Over enthusiasm. Zealotry. Inability to 'let-go' or relax. They wish to have all things done in a moment, but this over-zealous state of mind makes it difficult for them to patiently work towards their goal. They often have a keen sense of justice and fixed principles and attempt to convert others to their own views. Vervain types are usually strong willed people who go their own way.

Rock Rose
Absolute Despair. Panic. The patient may be terribly frightened. A feeling as if he has reached the very limit and can take nothing more. In extreme cases, the despair maybe so bad the patient fears going insane. Rock Rose is of great use in all cases of emergencies.

In the negative state, chicory types develop strong attachments to their friends, family or to material things. They are easily hurt when they feel their love is not returned. In some cases, the person tends to worry too much over people whom he or she is close to - like an over protective parent would - and this state makes them unable to give freedom to the ones they love. The negative state may also manifest as selfishness, childishness, constant wanting of attention, collecting things, inability to care for others, self-pity, and,  in some extreme cases, as possessiveness, manipulativeness in relationships etc.

Water Violet
Water Violet types are quiet, gentle and very refined people. They are aloof, independent, capable, self-reliant and free of the opinions of others. In adversities they fight alone and try not to be of any anxiety or trouble to those around. In the negative state, water violet types develop aloofness and pride.

The Seven Helpers

"Resignation to faults in our character, or resignation to faults in our bodily health may be overcome if the wish is there to do so, and the (seven) helpers get us over this stage and bring us into the range of the Twelve Healers. Of course, in all healing there must be a desire in the patient to get well. There are (seven) types of people who have lost hope, although they are not all conscious that they have done so; not conscious because, as has just been said, the abnormal state of mind or body is regarded both by themselves and by others as part of their character.".... "If the patient does not improve when what seems the right one of the Healers has been given, there are seven more remedies to prepare the way; because, when an illness has become old, it has become more established and may require help before it responds easily, so that the seven remedies for such cases are called the seven helpers"

Tiredness and exhaustion, both physical and mental. They feel like they do not have the energy to carry on. This state may occur after much worry, illness, grief or long struggle.
The negative gorse state is one in which the person has given up hope of improvement - he does not believe that he can get well. In some cases it is a feeling that there is no meaning in striving for improvement.

For those who struggle on during illness and keep fighting to get well. They are cross with themselves for being ill because this keeps them from doing their work.

Bossy, short-tempered people who always want things done their way and are difficult to please. They like to get things done through giving orders.

'Buttonholers.' People who detain you with their conversation. Heather types enjoy talking at length about any topic. They seem to worry very much about the little problems of others and and often enjoy advising people on what they think are the other person's shortcomings. They seem to have a 'need to talk' - it could be about their own problems, could be advice on every little thing or could be any topic.

Rock Water
Austere and strong willed people, often with high ideals.  Very strict with himself and will give up anything, however much he likes it, if he thinks its bad for him. They have much courage and are hard masters to themselves and so, sometimes, lose much of the joy in life. Their lives are largely ruled by their ideals and they sometimes develop a disapproval of all that does not conform to their ideals.

The Wild Oat
This remedy maybe needed by anyone. Wild Oat provides guidance, could be in finding out what one is meant to do in life or could be in finding one's interests. Useful when the person wants to do something of importance in life or wants to improve himself but doesn't know the path to take. For example, when a person is dissatisfied with his current job but doesn't know where his true interest lies, wild oat can provide guidance that will help him find his field of interest. Use Wild Oat whenever there is a feeling that one's potential is not being used to the fullest.

The Second Nineteen

"There is no doubt these new remedies act in a different plane to the old. They are more spiritualized and help us to develop that inner great self in all of us which has the power to overcome all fears, all difficulties, all worries, all diseases." - Edward Bach, 1935

Vague fears for which the sufferer is not aware of the cause. The patient is clearly afraid of something but he himself cannot communicate what it is. Sufferers often do not share their trouble with others.

Highly critical people. A state when the patient develops a complete lack of tolerance to what he deems are mistakes with others. They seem to always focus on others' faults, the system's shortcomings etc and continually complain about these things. Beech helps one to be more tolerant, lenient and understanding and thus be of greater service to others and oneself.
Cherry Plum
Lack of control over oneself. Lack of control on his own thoughts and actions. A state when the mind is so strained that it does not seem to be under the patient's own control.  Real bad thoughts or the impulse to do things that are known wrong often pop up in the patient's mind - and against his own will. In some cases there is a fear - of losing control or of doing dreaded things. Helps clear up this state and strengthens the patient's mind.

Chestnut Bud
This remedy helps one gain wisdom from one's experience and also helps gain awareness of one's own shortcomings and mistakes. Helpful when the person seems to repeat the same mistake over and over again. Heals the inability the learn from experience.

Crab Apple
This is the remedy to be used when the patient feels there is something 'unclean' about himself. Self-disgust. Helpful in all cases when the patient feels his body or mind needs to be cleansed or purified. Also helpful when the person seems very much bothered and conscious about some minor thing which they deem to be a 'flaw' with themselves - could even be some little thing about their appearance.

A state when one feels overwhelmed by one's responsibilities. When the goal seems too difficult to humanly accomplish. Very capable people doing good work and often something of importance. At times, the magnitude of the task at hand seems overwhelming to them, leading then them to momentarily doubt their ability to accomplish their goals. Also helpful when one feels over-whelmed by the responsibilities of everyday life.

Helps develop compassionate love. Frees the mind from all thoughts of hatred, jealousy, envy, revenge etc.  A very powerful remedy since a lot of our vexations and troubles are rooted in selfishness and lack of compassion. Give Holly whenever there is conflict with others, greed for material gain etc. Holly, in the words of Edward Bach, "Removes the desire for everything that is not the Love of God."

Living in memories of the past. Helps break all bonds to the past - could be regrets over one's past failings, nostalgia over times of happiness, unpleasant memories from the past etc. Sometimes the attachment to past is so strong that the patient does not expect further happiness as he has had.

A feeling of tiredness or that one is physically or mentally not strong enough to accomplish the task at hand. Procrastination and laziness. The feeling that one does not have the energy or the strength to carry out one's work. Often they feel their body or mind needs to be strengthened - perhaps through rest, tonics or supplements - before they can do their work.  These people find that they generally succeed in doing their tasks one they start doing it.

Lack of confidence. They consider themselves less able than others or that they are not good enough to accomplish things. This lack of confidence and doubt in one's abilities keep them from making any bold venture or a strong attempt to succeed. The larch state, sometimes, show up as timidity in one's personality.

Gloominess. As if there is no sunshine in one's life. They are often unable to give any specific reason for their 'gloominess.' The feeling, often, is as if there is a dark cloud overshadowing them - cutting off all brightness and joy of life.

Excessive guilt and self-blame. People to who tend to blame themselves too much - sometimes even for mistakes which is clearly due to another person. Even when successful they feel like they have not achieved enough - that they have not put in enough effort. Pine can be used to treat any emotional state where there is a lot of guilt and self-blame. 

Red Chestnut
They suffer from excessive worry and fear for others - often over some imagined misfortune. They find it hard to calm themselves down in such a state. 

Star of Bethlehem
Any trauma, shock or negative emotional state that needs comforting. Any state that needs comfort and consolation - perhaps the shock of some bad news, the fright and trauma after an accident, etc.

Sweet Chestnut
For moments of anguish so great that it seems beyond all endurance. Suffering and anguish so great that one feels one has reached the limit of endurance and must give up. In some cases the anguish is so bad that the person feels that nothing,  not even death,  will free him from his suffering.
Provides protection from outside influences and negativity. Protects one from the negative ideas, convictions and opinions of others - thus providing constancy and the ability to follow one's own path in life - uninfluenced by the strong opinions, notions or negativity of others. Also of great use when we are trying to break away from established patterns in our own thought or behavior - for this walnut is often referred to as the 'link-breaker'. Walnut is also useful during all major changes in life - teething, puberty, moving to a new job, shifting to a new place, etc. - walnut provides us with constancy and protection from external negative energies.
White Chestnut
Constant thoughts. Thoughts which when thrown out again return after a while - seeming to go in circles. Repetitive thoughts that take us nowhere but keep us from focusing on our work or just serve to bring unnecessary worry into our daily lives.
Wild Rose
Apathy. Lack of interest in life. Lack of vitality. Resignation to everything that happens in life. Wild Rose helps us find an active interest in life and provides us with increased enthusiasm and energy.
Resentment. Bitterness. The "Why me? " feeling. Bitterness arising from the feeling that adverse circumstances of life are 'undeserved.' Often they tend to hold others, society or circumstances responsible for their failings.

The Rescue Remedy
A mix of five remedies - Clematis, Rock Rose, Star of Bethlehem, Impatiens and Cherry Plum. Of great use during all emergencies - from a simple wound or burn to any major emergency. Take a few drops internally and apply locally on the spot of injury. In emergencies, keep repeating every few minutes till the patient gets better.  
Water Violet  Scientific Name: Hottonia Palustris 

Failing: Grief            Virtue:Joy

"Are you one of those great souls who bravely and without complaint, still endeavouring to serve your brother-men, bear suffering calmly and with resignation, not allowing your grief to interfere with your daily work? Have you had real losses, sad times, and yet go quietly on?
If so, the beautiful Water Violet, which floats so freely on the surface of our clearest streams, will help you to understand that you are being purified through your grief, uplifted to a great ideal, so that you may learn to serve your fellow-men even in the hour of your affliction: that you are learning to stand absolutely alone in the world, gaining the intense joy of complete freedom, and therefore of perfect service to mankind. And when this is realised it is no longer sacrifice but the exquisite joy of helpfulness even under all conditions. Moreover that little plant will help you to the understanding that so much you think of in life as being cruel and sad, is truly for the good of those you pity."  - Free Thyself, 1932

"For those who in health or illness like to be alone. Very quiet people, who move about without noise, speak little, and then gently. Very independent, capable and self-reliant. Almost free of the opinions of others. 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. " - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Rock Rose  Scientific Name: Helianthemum Vulgare 

Failing: Terror            Virtue: Courage

"Are you one of those in absolute despair, in terror: who feel that you can bear nothing more; terrified as to what will happen: of death; of suicide; of insanity; of some awful disease: or fearful of facing the hopelessness of material circumstances? If so, you are learning to be brave against great odds, and fighting for your freedom, and the beautiful little yellow Rock Rose, which grows so abundantly on our hilly pastures, will give you the courage to win through. " 
- Free Thyself, 1932

"The remedy of emergency for cases where there even appears no hope. In accident or sudden illness, or when the patient is very frightened or terrified, or if the condition is serious enough to cause great fear to those around. If the patient is not conscious the lips may be moistened with the remedy. Other remedies in addition may also be required, as, for example, if there is unconsciousness, which is a deep, sleepy state, Clematis; if there is torture, Agrimony, and so on. " - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Chicory  Scientific Name: Chichorium Intybus 

Failing: Restraint            Virtue: Love

"Are you one of those who long to serve the world: who long to open out both arms and bless all around you; who wish to help and comfort and sympathise, and yet for some reason circumstances or people stop you? Do you find that instead of serving many you are held in the grip of but a few, so that your opportunity of giving as fully as you wish is limited: are you getting to that stage when you wish to realise that it is, “when all men count with you, but none too much?” Then that beautiful blue Chicory of the cornfields will help you to your freedom, the freedom so necessary to us all before we can serve the world. "  - Free Thyself, 1932

"Those are who 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. " - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Mimulus  Scientific Name: Mimulus Luteus 

Failing: Fear            Virtue: Sympathy

" Are you one of those who are afraid; afraid of people or of circumstances: who go bravely on and yet your life is robbed of joy through fear; fear of those things that never happen; fear of people who really have no power over you; fear of tomorrow and what it may bring; fear of being ill or of losing friends; fear of convention; fear of a hundred things? Do you wish to make a stand for your freedom, and yet have not the courage to break away from your bonds; if so Mimulus, found growing on the sides of the crystal streams, will set you free to love your life, and teach you to have the tenderest sympathy for others. "  - Free Thyself, 1932

"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. . " - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Agrimony  Scientific Name: Agrimonia Eupatoria 

Failing: Restlessness            Virtue: Peace

" Are you one of those who suffer torments; who soul is restless: who can find no peace, and yet bravely face the world and hide your torture from your fellow-men: who laugh and smile and jest, and help those around you to keep a cheery heart whilst you are suffering. Do you seek to soothe your sorrows by taking wine and drugs to help you face your trials: do you feel that you must have some stimulant in life to keep you going? If so, that beautiful plant Agrimony, growing along the sides of our lanes and in our meadows, with its church-like spire, and its seeds like bells, will bring you peace, the peace that ‘passeth understanding.’ The lesson of this plant is to enable you to hold peace in the presence of all trials and difficulties until no one has the power to cause you irritation. "  - Free Thyself, 1932

"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 humour and jesting and are considered very good friends to know. They often take alcohol or drugs in excess, to stimulate themselves and help themselves bear their trials with cheerfulness. " - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Scleranthus  Scientific Name: Scleranthus Annuus 

Failing: Indecision            Virtue: Steadfastness

"Are you one of those who find it difficult to make decisions; to form opinions when conflicting thoughts enter your mind so that it is hard to decide on the right course: when indecision dogs your path and delays your progress: does first one thing seem right and then another? If so you are learning prompt action under trying circumstances; to form correct opinions and be steadfast in following them; and the little green Scleranthus of the cornfields will help you to this end. "  - Free Thyself, 1932

"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. " - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Clematis  Scientific Name: Clematis Vitalba 

Failing: Indifference            Virtue: Gentleness

"Are you one of those who find that life has not much interest: who wake almost wishing there were not another day to face: that life is so difficult, so hard, and has so little joy: that nothing really seems worth while, and how good it would be just to go to sleep: that it is scarcely worth the effort to try and get well? Have your eyes that far-away look as though you live in dreams and find the dreams so much more beautiful than life itself: or are your thoughts, perhaps, more often with someone who has passed out of this life? If you feel this way you are learning “to hold on when there is nothing in you except the will which says to you - hold on!” and it is a very great victory to win through. That beautiful plant which adorns our hedges where there is chalk, the Clematis, better known as Traveller’s Joy, and whose feathery seeds are. always longing to be blown away and start again, will help you so much to come back and face life and find your work, and bring you joy. "  - Free Thyself, 1932

"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 may even look forward to death, in the hope of better times; or maybe, meeting again some beloved one whom they have lost. " - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Centaury  Scientific Name: Erythraea Centaurium  

Failing: Weakness            Virtue: Strength

"Are you one of those people whom everybody uses, because in the kindness of your heart you do not like to refuse them anything: do you just give in for the sake of peace rather than do what you know is right, because you do not wish to struggle: whose motive is good, but who are being passively used instead of actively choosing your own work. Those of you who are door-mats are a very long way along the road to being of great service once you can realise that you must be a little more positive in your life. Centaury, that grows in our pastures, will help you to find your real self, so that you may become an active, positive worker instead of a passive agent. "  - Free Thyself, 1932

"Kind, quiet, gentle people who are over-anxious to serve others. They overtax their strength in their endeavours. 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. " - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Gentian  Scientific Name: Gentiana Amarella  

Failing: Doubt            Virtue: Understanding

"Are you one of those with high ideals, with hopes of doing good; who find yourself discouraged when your ambitions are not quickly realised? When success is in your path are you elated, but when difficulties occur easily depressed? If so, the little Gentian of our hilly pastures will help you to keep your firmness of purpose, and a happier and more hopeful outlook even when the sky is over-cast. It will bring you encouragement at all times, and the understanding that there is no failure when you are doing your utmost, whatever the apparent result. "  - Free Thyself, 1932

"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." - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Vervain  Scientific Name: Verbena Officinalis  

Failing: Over-Enthusiasm            Virtue: Tolerance

"Are you one of those burning with enthusiasm: longing to do big things, and wishing all done in a moment of time? Do you find it difficult patiently to work out your scheme because you want the result as soon as you start? Do you find your very enthusiasm making you strict with others; wishing them to see things as you see them; trying to force them to your own opinions, and being impatient when they do not follow? If so, you have within you the power of being a leader and a teacher of men. Vervain, the little mauve flower of the hedge-banks, will help you to the qualities you need, kindness for your brothers, and tolerance for the opinions of others: it will help you to realise that the big things of life are done gently and quietly without strain or stress. "  - Free Thyself, 1932

"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. " - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Cerato  Scientific Name: Ceratostigma Willmottiana  

Failing: Ignorance            Virtue: Wisdom

"Are you one of those who feel that you have wisdom; that you could be a philosopher and a guide to your fellow-men? Do you feel the power within you to advise them in their difficulties, to soothe their sorrows, and at all times to be a help to them in their troubles; and yet, through lack of confidence in yourself, you are unable to accomplish this, possibly because you are listening too much to the voice of others and paying too great attention to the conventions of the world? ‘Do you realise that it is only this lack of confidence in yourself, this ignorance of your own wisdom and knowledge, that tempts you to listen too intently to the advice of others? Then Cerato will help you to find your individuality, your personality, and, freed from outside influences, enable you to use the great gift of wisdom that you possess for the good of mankind. "  - Free Thyself, 1932

" Those who have not sufficient confidence in themselves to make their own decisions. They constantly seek advice from others, and are often misguided. " - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Cerato  Scientific Name: Impatiens Royalei  

Failing: Ignorance            Virtue: Wisdom

"Are you one of those who know that deep down in your nature there is still a trace of cruelty; when buffeted and harassed you find it difficult not to have a little malice? Have you still left within you the desire to use force to bring another to your way of thinking: are you impatient and does that impatience sometimes make you cruel: have you left in your nature any trace of the inquisitor? If so, you are striving for exquisite gentleness and forgiveness, and that beautiful mauve flower, Impatiens, which grows along the sides of some of the Welsh streams, will, with its blessing, help you along the road. "  - Free Thyself, 1932

" 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." - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Olive  Scientific Name: Olea Europaea  

"For those who are pale worn-out and exhausted, perhaps after much worry, illness, grief, or some long struggle. In every way they are very tired and feel as if they had no more strength to fight on, and at times hardly know how to keep going. They may depend very much on others for help. In some the skin is very dry and wrinkled. "  - Edward Bach, 1934

" 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." - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Gorse  Scientific Name: Ulex Europaeus 

" They say: "I have tried everything and it is no use going on; nothing can cure me."
They have ceased to try, they are resigned to their infirmity, they donot even complain.
They say they have been told nothing can be done, that they are past all medical help, and even if they do start treatment they say they have been ill for so many months or years as the case may be, that they will not expect improvement for a long time... Gorse is for those who have suffered much and whose courage, as it were, has failed; who have lost the heart to try anymore.
People who need gorse are generally sallow and rather darkish in complexion, often with dark lines beneath the eyes. They look as though they need more sunshine in their lives to drive away the clouds. "  - Edward Bach, 1933

" Very great hopelessness, they have given up belief that more can be one for them. Under persuasion or to please others they may try ifferent treatments, at the same time assuring those around that here is so little hope of relief." - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Oak  Scientific Name: Quercus Pedunculata  

" Oak is for those type of people who, although they feel hopeless of any cure, still struggle and are irritated that they are ill. These people have physical illness that tend to go on for years and, although they feel quite hopeless about themselves, they still go on trying and struggling. They are irritated that they cannot get well, and annoyed that they are ill because they are a trouble to others and are not able to do their chare in their daily duty. They hate not being able to play their part in the game of life, and they think of themselves as failures. These patients never blame others, they put all responsiblity upon themselves. "  - Edward Bach, 1933

"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 or effort." - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Vine  Scientific Name: Vitis Vinifera  

" Those who are very particular. They are so sure that they know right, both for themselves and for others, that it makes them critical and exacting. They wish for everything just in their own way, and give orders to those helping them. Even then they are difficult to satisfy"  - Edward Bach, 1934

"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." - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Heather  Scientific Name: Calluna Vulgaris 

" The characteristic of Heather people is that they worry over the troubles of others, not the big things of life, but the affairs of everyday. They like to take care of those in trouble and they are rather forcible in trying to do this. They become upset and excitable if they see others refusing their advice when they think it is for their good. They try all means in their power to persuade or even compel others to do what they think is right. They mean very well indeed and their judgement is usually sound, but they strain themselves in wishing to hurry those of whom they are fond. It is a state of over-anxiety for the welfare of friends and relations, and a forcible attempt to correct them. This state of mind is so much part of their character that it comes to be regarded as their character...They like people to dependent upon them, and they take please in feeling that they are being of use and help to any in difficulty. They are so self-confident and certainly very capable, that they never doubt their ability to advice and to render assistance. Heather people are often well-built and of high colour, full blooded, strong in body and full of energy and acitivty, and are unsparing of themselves in exertions of others. The remedy can improve their health, calm their fears and soothe their anxieties over the concern of those in whom they are interested."  - Edward Bach, 1934

"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 whom it may be. They are very unhappy if they have to be alone for any length of time." - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Rock Water  

" These are people of ideals. They have strong opinions about religion or politics, or reform. Well-meaning enough and wishing to see the world different and better, they tend to confine their efforts of help to criticism instead of example. They allow their minds and largely their lives to be ruled by their thories. Any failure to make others follow their ideas brings them much unhappiness. They want to plan the world according to their won outlook, instead of quitely and gentely doing a little in the Great Plan. This remedy brings great peace and understanding, broadens the outlook that all people must find perfection in theor own individual way, and brings the realization of 'being' and not 'doing'; of being in ourselves a reflection of Great Things and not attempting to put forward our own ideas. It teaches that it is by great example that people are helped and are brought to realize the truth, not by sever methods of the inquisitor. It helps to abolish disapproval and brings the understanding of allowing everyone to gain their own experiences and find their own salvation. "  - Edward Bach, 1933

"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." - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Wild Oat  Scientific Name: Bromus Asper 

" Is a remedy that may be needed by anyone, and in cases which do not respond to other herbs, or when it seems difficult to decide which to give, try this for at least a week. If the patient does well, continue with it so long as they improve before changing to another remedy. "  - Edward Bach, 1933

"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." - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Apsen  Scientific Name: Populus tremula 

"Vague unknown fears, for which there can be given no explanation, no reason. Yet the patient may be terrified of something terrible going to happen, he knows not what. These vague unexplainable fears may haunt by night or day. Sufferers often are afraid to tell their trouble to others. " - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Beech  Scientific Name: Fagus sylvatica 

"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 final perfection. " - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Beech  Scientific Name: Prunus cerasifera 

"Fear of the mind being over-strained, of reason giving way, of doing fearful and dreaded things, not wished and known wrong, yet there comes the thought and impulse to do them. " - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Cherry Plum  Scientific Name: Prunus cerasifera 

"Fear of the mind being over-strained, of reason giving way, of doing fearful and dreaded things, not wished and known wrong, yet there comes the thought and impulse to do them. " - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Chestnut Bud  Scientific Name: Aesculus hippocastanum 

"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. " - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Crab Apple  Scientific Name: Malus sylvestris 

"This is the remedy of cleansing. For those who feel as if they had 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." - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Elm  Scientific Name: Ulmus procera 

"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. " - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Holly  Scientific Name: Ilex aquifolium 

"For those who sometimes are 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. " - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Honeysuckle  Scientific Name: Lonicera caprifolium 

"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. " - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

"This is the Remedy to remove from the mind the regrets and sorrows of the past, to break all influence, all wishes, all desires of the past and bring us back into the present." - Edward Bach

Hornbeam  Scientific Name: Carpinus betulus 

"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 succeeded in fulfilling their task. For those who believe that some part, of mind or body, needs to be strengthened before they can easily fulfil their work. " - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Larch  Scientific Name: Larix decidua 

"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, and so do not venture or make a strong enough attempt to succeed. " - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Mustard  Scientific Name: Sinapis arvensis 

"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. " - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Pine  Scientific Name: Pinus sylvestris 

"For those who blame themselves. Even when successful they think that they could have done better, and are never content with their efforts or the results. They are hard-working and suffer much from the faults they attach to themselves. Sometimes if there is any mistake it is due to another, but they will claim responsibility even for that. " - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Red Chestnut  Scientific Name: Aesculus carnea 

"For those who find it difficult not to be anxious for other people. Often they have ceased to worry about themselves, but for those of whom they are fond they may suffer much, frequently anticipating that some unfortunate thing may happen to them. " - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Star of Bethlehem  Scientific Name: Ornitholagum umbellatum 

"For those in great distress under conditions which for a time produce great unhappiness. The shock of serious news, the loss of some one dear, the fright following an accident, and such like. For those who for a time refuse to be consoled this remedy brings comfort. " - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Sweet Chestnut  Scientific Name: Castanea sativa 

"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. " - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Walnut  Scientific Name: Juglans regia 

"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. " - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

White Chestnut  Scientific Name: Aesculus hippocastanum 

"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 will 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. " - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Wild Rose  Scientific Name: Aesculus hippocastanum 

"Those who without apparently sufficient reason become resigned to all that happens, and just glide through life, take it as it is, without any effort to improve things and find some joy. They have surrendered to the struggle of life without complaint. " - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936

Willow  Scientific Name: Aesculus hippocastanum 

"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 less activity in those things of life which they had previously enjoyed. " - The 12 Healers and Other Remedies, 1936


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