English – Healing Herbs



The following summaries are taken from the Flower Essence Repertory, by Patricia Kaminski and Richard Katz. Please consult the Repertory, The Healing Herbs of Edward Bach, and other flower essence literature for full descriptions.

 

 

Healing Herbs – English Flower Essences

Agrimony

(Agrimonia eupatoria (yellow))

Positive Qualities – Emotional honesty, acknowledging and working with emotional pain, obtaining true inner peace

Patterns of Imbalance – Anxiety hidden by a mask of cheerfulness; denial and avoidance of emotional pain, addictive behavior to anesthetize feelings

Aspen

(Populus tremula (green/gray))

Positive Qualities – Trust and confidence to meet the unknown, drawing inner strength from the spiritual world

Patterns of Imbalance – Fear of the unknown, vague anxiety and apprehension, hidden fear, nightmares

Beech

(Fagus sylvatica (red))

Positive Qualities – Tolerance, acceptance of others’ differences and imperfections, seeing the good within each persona and situation

Patterns of Imbalance – Criticalness, judgmental attitudes, intolerance; perfectionist expectations of others; over sensitivity to one’s social and physical environment

Centaury

(Centaurium erythreaea (pink), also known as Centaurium umbellatum)

Positive Qualities – Serving others from inner strength, with a healthy recognition of one’s own needs; acting from strength of inner purpose, saying “NO” when appropriate

Patterns of Imbalance – Weak-willed, dominated by others, servile, acting to please; difficulty saying “no” neglecting one’s own needs

       

Cerato

(Ceratostigma willmottiana (blue))

Positive Qualities – Trusting one’s inner knowing, intuition; self confidence, certainty

Patterns of Imbalance – Uncertainty or doubt of oneself; invalidating what one knows, over-dependent on advice from others

Cherry Plum

(Prunus cerasifera (white))

Positive Qualities – Spiritual surrender and trust, feeling guided and protected by a Higher Power, balance and equanimity despite extreme stress

Patterns of Imbalance – Fear of losing control, or of mental and emotional breakdown; desperate, destructive impulses

Chestnut Bud

(Aesculus hippocastanum (green buds))

Positive Qualities – Learning the lessons of life experience, understanding the laws of karma; wisdom

Patterns of Imbalance – Poor observation of life, failure to learn from experience; repeating mistakes

Chicory

(Cichorium intybus (blue))

Positive Qualities – Selfless love given freely, respecting the freedom and individuality of others

Patterns of Imbalance – Expressing love by being possessive, demanding and needy; getting attention thought negative behavior; self-centeredness

       

Clematis

(Clematis vitalba (white))

Positive Qualities – Awake focused presence; manifesting inspiration in practical life; embodiment

Patterns of Imbalance – Avoidance of the present by daydreaming; other worldly and impractical ideals

Crab Apple

(Malus sylvestris (white, tinged with pink))

Positive Qualities – Cleansing, bringing a sense of inner purity

Patterns of Imbalance – Feeling unclean and impure, obsessed with imperfection

Elm

(Ulmus procera (reddish brown))

Positive Qualities – Joyous service, faith and confidence to complete one’s task

Patterns of Imbalance – Overwhelmed by duties and responsibilities, feeling unequal to the task required

Gentian

(Gentiana amarelle (purple))

Positive Qualities – Perseverance, confidence; faith to continue despite apparent setbacks

Patterns of Imbalance – Discouragement after a setback; doubt

       

Gorse

(Ulex europaeus (golden yellow))

Positive Qualities – Deep and abiding faith and hope; equanimity and light-filled optimism

Patterns of Imbalance – Discouragement, darkness, hopelessness, resignation

Heather

(Calluna vulgaris (pink, purple))

Positive Qualities – Inner tranquility; emotional self- sufficient

Patterns of Imbalance – Over talkative, self absorbed; over-concerned with one’s own problems

Holly

(Ilex aquafolium (white, tinged with pink))

Positive Qualities – Feeling love and extending love to others; universal compassion, open heart

Patterns of Imbalance – Feeling cut off from love; jealousy, envy, suspicion, anger

Honeysuckle

(Lonicera caprifolium (red/white))

Positive Qualities – Being fully in the present; learning from the past while releasing it

Patterns of Imbalance – Nostalgia; emotional attachment to the past, longing for what was

       

Hornbeam

(Carpinus betulus (yellow/green))

Positive Qualities – Energy, enthusiasm, involvement in life’s tasks

Patterns of Imbalance – Fatigue, weariness, daily tasks seen as an over whelming burden

Impatiens

(Impatiens gladulifera (pink/mauve))

Positive Qualities – Patience, acceptance; flowing with the pace of life and others

Patterns of Imbalance – Impatience, irritation, tension, intolerance

Larch

(Larix decidua (red f./yellow m.))

Positive Qualities – Self confidence, creative expression, spontaneity

Patterns of Imbalance – Lack of confidence, expectation of failure, self-censorship

Mimulus

(Mimulus guttatus (yellow, red spots))

Positive Qualities – Courage and confidence to face life’s challenges

Patterns of Imbalance – Known fears of everyday life; shyness

       

Mustard

(Sinapis arvensis (yellow))

Positive Qualities – Emotional equanimity, finding joy in life

Patterns of Imbalance – Melancholy, gloom , despair; generalized depression without obvious cause

Oak

(Quercus robur (red))

Positive Qualities – Balanced strength, accepting limits, knowing when to surrender

Patterns of Imbalance – Iron willed, inflexible, over striving beyond one’s limits

Olive

(Olea europea (white))

Positive Qualities – Revitalization through connection with one’s inner source of energy

Patterns of Imbalance – Complete exhaustion after a long struggle

Pine

(Pinus sylvestris (red f./yellow m.))

Positive Qualities – Self-acceptance, self forgiveness; freedom from inappropriate guilt and blame

Patterns of Imbalance – Patterns of imbalance: guilt, self-blame, self criticism, inability to accept oneself

       

Red Chestnut

(Aesculus carnea (red))

Positive Qualities – Caring for others with calm, inner peace, trust in the unfolding of life events

Patterns of Imbalance – Obsessive fear and worry for well being of others, fearful anticipation of problems for others

Rock Rose

(Helianthemum nummularium (yellow))

Positive Qualities – Self-transcending courage, inner peace and tranquility when facing great challenges

Patterns of Imbalance – Deep fear, terror, panic; fear of death or annihilation

Rock Water

(solarized spring water)

Positive Qualities – Flexibility, spontaneity and flowing receptivity; following the spirit rather than the letter of the law

Patterns of Imbalance – Rigid standards for oneself, asceticism, self-denial

Scleranthus

(Scleranthus annuus (green))

Positive Qualities – Decisiveness, inner resolve, acting from the certainty of inner knowing

Patterns of Imbalance – Hesitation, indecision, confusion, wavering between two choices

       

Star of Bethlehem

(Ornithogalum umbellatum (white))

Positive Qualities – Bringing soothing, healing qualities, a sense of inner divinity

Patterns of Imbalance – Shock or trauma, either recent or from a past experience, need for comfort and reassurance from the spiritual world

Sweet Chestnut

(Castanea sativa (green f./yellow m.))

Positive Qualities – Deep courage and faith which comes from knowing and trusting the spiritual world

Patterns of Imbalance – Strong despair and anguish; experiencing the “dark night of the soul”

Vervain

(Verbena officinalis (pink/mauve))

Positive Qualities – Ability to practice moderation, tolerance and balance; “the middle way”; grounded idealism

Patterns of Imbalance – Overbearing or intolerant behavior; over enthusiasm or extreme fanaticism; nervous exhaustion from over striving

Vine

(Vitus vinifera (green))

Positive Qualities – Selfless service, tolerance for the individuality of others

Patterns of Imbalance – Domineering, tyrannical, forcing one’s will on others

       

Walnut

(Juglans regia (green))

Positive Qualities – Freedom from limiting influences, making healthy transitions in life, courage to follow one’s own path and destiny

Patterns of Imbalance – Overly influenced by the beliefs and values of family or community, or by past experiences

Water Violet

(Hottonia palustris (pale mauve, yellow center))

Positive Qualities – Sharing one’s gifts with others, appreciation of social relationships

Patterns of Imbalance – Aloof, withdrawn, disdainful of social relationships

White Chestnut

(Aesculus hippocastanum (white with pink, red and yellow centers), also known as Horse Chestnut)

Positive Qualities – Inner quiet; calm, clear mind

Patterns of Imbalance – Worrisome, repetitive thoughts, chattering mind

Wild Oat

(Bromus ramosus (green))

Positive Qualities – Work as an expression of inner calling; outward life which expresses one’s true goals and values; work experiences motivated by an inner sense of purpose

Patterns of Imbalance – Confusion and indecision about life direction; trying many activities but chronically dissatisfied, lack of commitment or focus

       
 

Wild Rose

(Rosa canina (pink or white), Also known as Dog Rose)

Positive Qualities – Will to live, joy in life

Patterns of Imbalance – Resignation, lack of hope, giving up on life; lingering illness

Willow

(Salix vitellina (green))

Positive Qualities – Acceptance, forgiveness, taking responsibility for one’s life situation, flowing with life

Patterns of Imbalance – Feeling resentful, inflexible or bitter; feeling that life is unfair or that one is a victim

The Five Flower Formula

(The famous emergency combination of Dr. Edward Bach.With Cherry Plum,, Clematis, Impatiens, Rock Rose and Star of Bethlehem.)

Positive Qualities – Calmness and stability in any emergency or time of stress

Patterns of Imbalance – Panic, disorientation, loss of consciousness