Bach Flower Seven Emotional Categories

Bach Flower Seven Emotional Categories
Dr. Bach, split all 38 remedies into seven groups, each address seven types of emotional suffering which, according to Dr. Bach's theory, cause disease:

Seven Emotional Categories:



Insufficient Interest In Present Circumstances


Oversensitive To Influences And Ideas

Despondency Or Despair

Over care For The Welfare Of Others


* Terror and nightmares

* Known fears and shyness

* Uncontrollable rage and impulses

* Vague fears and apprehension

* Excessive fear on behalf of family and friends

Rock Rose - for extreme terror, panic, hysteria, fright, and nightmares.

Mimulus - for known fears, fear of heights, pain, darkness, poverty, death, being alone. Also for timidity and shyness.

Cherry Plum - for fear of losing mental and physical control, inclination to uncontrollable rages and impulses, with fear of causing harm to oneself or others, for example suicidal tendencies or losing one's temper.

Aspen - for vague fears and anxieties of unknown origin, a sense of foreboding, apprehension, or impending disaster.

Red Chestnut - excessive fear or over concern for others-especially loved ones, over concern during their illness, automobile trips, always anticipating that something unfortunate may happen to them.


* Lack of confidence in decision-making

* Indecision and mood swings

* Hesitation and past disappointments

* Despair and hopelessness

* Tiredness and procrastination

* Dissatisfaction and lack of motivation

Cerato - for those who doubt their own ability to judge and make decisions. They are constantly seeking others advice and are often misguided.

Scleranthus - for those who are indecisive, being unable to decide between two choices. They may also be subject to energy or mood swings.

Gentian - for those easily discouraged, in whom even small delays may cause hesitation, despondency and self-doubt.

Gorse - for feelings of despair, hopelessness, and futility.

Hornbeam - for that Monday-morning feeling of not being able to face the day, tiredness, has tendency to procrastination, they feel that some part of their bodies or minds need strengthening.

Wild Oat - for those dissatisfied in their current career or life style, their difficulty however, is in determining exactly what career to follow.


* Lack of concentration and escapism

* Nostalgia and homesickness

* Apathy and resignation

* Lack of vitality and exhaustion

* Worry

* Melancholy

* Failure to learn from mistakes

Clematis - for those who tend toward escapism living more in the future than in the present, lack of concentration, daydreaming, lack of interest in present circumstances, and spaciness.

Honeysuckle - for those dwelling too much in the past, reminiscing about the "good old days;" nostalgia, and homesickness.

Wild Rose - for those who are apathetic and have resigned themselves to their circumstances, making little effort to improve things or to find joy.

Olive - for total mental and physical exhaustion and weariness, for sapped vitality from a long illness or personal ordeal.

White Chestnut - for persistent unwanted thoughts, mental arguments, or preoccupation with some worry or episode.

Mustard - for deep gloom that comes on for no apparent reason, bringing sudden melancholy and heavy sadness.

Chestnut Bud - for those who fail to learn from experience, continually repeating the same patterns and mistakes.


* Aloofness and reserve

* Impatience

* Self-obsession, self-absorption and excessive desire for companionship

Water Violet - for those whose preference is to be alone, seemingly aloof, proud, reserved, self-reliant, sometimes 'superior' in attitude. Capable and reliable they will advise, but not get 'personally' involved in others affairs.

Impatiens - for those quick in thought and action but often impatient, especially with those who are slower than they, for those who show irritability through lack of patience.

Heather - for those talkative persons who constantly seek the companionship of anyone who will listen to their troubles. They are self-absorbed, generally poor listeners, and have difficulty being alone for any length of time.


* Concealed problems

* Anxiety to please

* Periods of transition

* Negative feelings such as hatred or envy

Agrimony - for those not wishing to burden others with their troubles, covering up their suffering with a cheerful facade, they often escape from pain and worry through the use of medications or alcohol.

Centaury - for those who have difficulty in saying no, often becoming subservient in their desire to serve others, anxious to please they can be easily exploited, neglecting their own interests.

Walnut - for stabilizing emotions during periods of transition, such as teething, puberty, adolescence, and menopause and adjusting to new beginnings, new jobs, new residence, cultures, or relationships.

Holly - for negative feelings such as envy, jealousy, suspicion, revenge, and hatred.


* Lack of self-confidence

* Guilt and self-reproach

* Sense of overwhelming responsibility

* Unbearable anguish

* Shock and grief

* Resentment and bitterness

* Losing the strength to fight

* Feeling ashamed or unclean

Larch - for those who, despite being capable, lack self-confidence. Anticipating failure, they often do not make a real effort to succeed.

Pine - for those not satisfied with their own efforts, who are self-reproachful and suffer much from guilt and the faults they attach to themselves, feeling they should or could have done better. They are often quick to blame themselves for the mistakes of others.

Elm - for those who over extend themselves and become overwhelmed and burdened by their responsibilities.

Sweet Chestnut - for those who feel they have reached the limits of their endurance; for dark despair, when the anguish seems to be unbearable.

Star of Bethlehem - for mental and emotional stress during and following such traumatic experiences as grief, loss and accidents.

Willow - for those who have suffered from some misfortune or circumstance they feel was unjust or unfair. As a result, they become resentful and bitter toward others.

Oak - for those who despite illness and adversity never give up. They are brave and determined to overcome all obstacles in order to reach their intended goal.

Crab Apple - For those who feel they need cleansing, and may concentrate on this aspect of themselves obsessively. Self-disgust, shame, and low self-esteem.


* Possessiveness, selfishness, self-pity, over-protectiveness towards others

* Argumentative and overbearing

* Ruthless and dictatorial

* Critical and intolerant

* Self-denial and narrow-mindedness

Chicory - for those who are overfull of care and possessive of those close to them; they can be demanding and self-pitying, with a need for others to conform to their ideals.

Vervain - for those who have strong opinions, always teaching and philosophizing. They are easily incensed by injustices, and when taken to the extreme can be overenthusiastic, argumentative, and overbearing.

Vine - for those who are strong-willed leaders in their own right. However, when carried to extremes, they can become dictatorial, ruthless, and dominating.

Beech- for those who, while desiring perfection, easily find fault with people and things. Critical and intolerant at times, they may fail to see the good within others, overreacting to small annoyances.

Rock Water- for those who are strict and rigid with themselves in their daily living. They are hard masters to themselves, struggling toward some ideal or to set an example for others. This would include strict adherence to a certain life style.

“Behind all disease lies our fear, our anxieties, our greed, our likes and dislikes” -Edward Bach

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