The Bach Remedies


Loey blends Bach, F.E.S., and Bush Australia remedies into personalized formulas for clients.
Below are brief descriptions of Dr. Bach's original 38 Remedies.

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Agrimony: useful for restlessness and agitation, internal Heat*, certain types of insomnia, thoracic pressure due to masked emotion.

Dr Bach's description

"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."

*Relationships between the Flowers and Chinese Medicine come thanks to the work of Pablo Noriega. See bibliography.

Aspen: useful for some types of hyper-sensitivity, especially in animals and children.


Dr Bach's description

"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."

Beech: useful for intolerance, reactivity, allergies, Liver issues, stiff neck, critical attitude, narcissism.

Dr Bach's description

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.

Centaury: useful in weakness, exhaustion and Kidney and Gallbladder deficiency. Strengthens will, internal authority and boundaries. For dependent personalities, some service providers.

Dr Bach's description

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.

Cerato: useful in Wind-related disorders, symptoms that come and go, Gallbladder insufficiency, flightiness, sometimes over-talkative, with many interests that come and go. Helps bring Energy into Center.

Dr Bach's description

Those who have not sufficient confidence in themselves to make their own decisions. They constantly seek advice from others, and are often misguided.

Cherry Plum: useful in treating internal pressure, explosiveness, fear of losing control or losing one's mind, loss of control both behavioral and cellular, some types of incontinence, internal Heat. Used in Rescue Remedy.

Dr Bach's description

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.

Chestnut Bud: useful for assimilation at any level--digestion, emotions, experiences. Spleen-related.

Dr Bach's description

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.

Chicory: useful in Liver stagnation and gynecological issues, Energy circulation, retention, internal Heat, PMS, skin issues.

Dr Bach's description

Those who are 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.

Clematis: useful to bring Energy to any part of the body, in manifesting. Liver Blood. To descend Energy out of the Mind, into the body. Used in Rescue Remedy.

Dr Bach's description

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 cases may even look forward to death, in the hope of better times; or maybe, meeting again some beloved one whom they have lost.

Crab Apple: useful for cuts and infections, body odor, obsessions, fear of contamination. Lung -related. Used in Rescue Remedy cream.

Dr Bach's description

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.

Elm: for overwhelm. feeling pushed beyond one's capacity. Over-striving and stress, can lead to colds and flu. Supports Lung and Spleen Energy. Useful to allow one to delegate and bring back a sense of proportion.

Dr Bach's description

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.

Gentian: useful for negative outlook, for the kind of intellectual who thinks pessimism is "reality". Foments confidence and trust outside of one's intellect. Gallbladder.

Dr Bach's description

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.

Gorse: useful in depression, low immunity, poor Blood circulation in some cases. Giving up. Restores life and light, provides Yang.

Dr Bach's description

Very great hopelessness, they have given up belief that more can be done for them. Under persuasion or to please others they may try different treatments, at the same time assuring those around that there is so little hope of relief.

Heather: useful for phlegm and damp Heat, to calm the Heart's Fire, for loquacity and over-consumption. Calms the needy inner child.

Dr Bach's description

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.

Holly: useful in eruptions and Heat, anger, explosiveness, some headaches and excess Yang.

Dr Bach's description

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.

Honeysuckle: useful for releasing excessive attachment to the past, such as in grief and trauma, epi-genetic healing. Brings presence. Supports the Spleen and Lung.

Dr Bach's description

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.

Hornbeam: useful in toning Energy and possibly tissues, for sluggishness; to Get up and Go. Spleen-related.

Dr Bach's description

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 succeed 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.

Impatiens: calms excessive impulse, acceleration and impatience. Dr. Bach's pain remedy, a balm. Useful in some types of insomnia. Balances Liver Qi. One of the five Flowers in Rescue Remedy.

Dr Bach's description

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.

Larch: for feelings of inferiority leading to impotency. Can help lift dead weight and put the body and plans in motion. Provides confidence.

Dr Bach's description

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.

Mimulus: useful for nervousness. Gall-bladder and Spleen related. Transpersonal pattern according to Dr. Orozco: retraction. The Avoidant-type personality.

Dr Bach's description

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.

Mustard: key word: sadness. Aids the Lung in lifting and circulating energy.

Dr Bach's description

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.

Oak: useful in general or localized debilitation, tension and exhaustion due to over-work. Obsessive-type personalities.

Dr Bach's description

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.

Olive: essential in restoring the Kidney Qi, post-partum, old age, over-work, and exhaustion in general.

Dr Bach's description

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.

Pine: for shame and guilt, sometimes inter-generational. There may be stagnant Qi, phlegm, auto-aggression such as auto-immune disorders, and internal Heat.

Dr Bach's description

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.

Red Chestnut: for projection, incessant worry over one's projects or loved ones. Insomnia and Qi stagnation. Provides presence and supports the Spleen.

Dr Bach's description

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.

Rock Rose: useful in mute fear, certain paralysis, fight-or-flight adrenaline response, extremely sensitive persons who are easily startled. May be useful in PTSD and sensory disorders. Ingredient in Rescue Remedy.

Dr Bach's description

The rescue remedy. 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.

Rock Water: useful in obsessive, strict behaviors such as anorexia, certain veganism, certain athletes, strict religious practices, etc. Softens rigidity, provides Yin, breaks down patterns.

Dr Bach's description

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.

Scleranthus: useful in Wind disorders, types of trembling and imbalance, possibly Schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder, headaches and insomnia, menstrual cycle balancing and other cyclical states.

Dr Bach's description

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.

Star of Bethlehem: useful in releasing trauma, opening pathways where Qi is blocked due to trauma. Softens rigidity and tension, allowing Qi to flow. Ingredient in Rescue Remedy.

Dr Bach's description

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.

Sweet Chestnut: for the anguish of deep transformation, of ego or other patterns, which can exhaust Qi. Restorative to the Kidney. Helps dissolve patterns, easing resistance to transformation.

Dr Bach's description

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.

Vervain: useful in localized inflammation and rigidity. Balances the over-bearing aspect of an impulsive, rebellious or revolutionary personality. Balances Liver Qi and foments Virtues of the Liver, like benevolence. 

Dr Bach's description

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.

Vine: useful in liquid tension, sexual tension, tight jaw, authoritarian, stiffness, obstinance, extreme strong will, headaches, internal pressure, tyranny. Balances internal/external authority. Kidney-related.

Dr Bach's description

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.

Walnut: provides protection to core identity during times of transition and in hostile environments both physical and emotional. Seems to protect Jing, also thwarting Blood loss.

Dr Bach's description

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.

Water Violet: useful in rigidity and reclusion, some colds and flu, related to the Lung, to foment inclusion and joy.

Dr Bach's description

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.

White Chestnut: for incessant repetition, useful in insomnia, mental broken record. Supports the Spleen.

Dr Bach's description

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.

Wild Oat: useful in Wind disorders, lack of direction, mental and vital confusion. Calls Energy to Center.

Dr Bach's description

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.

Wild Rose: useful for states of apathy, to bring back sentiments for life, sometimes to move blocked emotions like grief or when a treatment is not showing results.

Dr Bach's description

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.

Willow: useful in states of Dampness and Damp Heat, sticky digestion and fermentation.*

Dr Bach's description

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.
*Relationships between the Flowers and Chinese Medicine come thanks to the work of Pablo Noriega. See bibliography.