What are Bach Flower Remedies

There are 38 remedies in the Bach remedy system. All of them were discovered in the 1920s and 1930s by Dr Edward Bach, a well-known bacteriologist, physician and pathologist.

Each remedy is associated with a basic human emotion. Mimulus,  for example, is the remedy for when we are anxious or afraid about  something specific. Taking the remedy helps us overcome our fear and  face it with courage.

Dr Bach designed his system to be simple. It may seem daunting at  first, but anybody can learn how to use it, and on this site you will  find all you need  to get you started. Most remedies are sold in liquid form, and the idea  is that you will mix together the remedies you need so that the mix of  remedies matches your current emotional situation. Like Dr Bach, we  believe that healing on an emotional level has knock-on effects on other  levels: a healthy emotional life and a balanced personality will allow  your body to find its own natural state of health.

Use the information here to look up every remedy and find out what it is for. We tell you how to select and take the remedies, and how they are made, and we have lots of recommendations for further reading if you want to know more. You can also learn a bit about the philosophy of simplicity that underpins the system and the work of the Bach Centre. 

The Remedies


Agrimony - mental torture behind a cheerful face
Aspen - fear of unknown things
Beech - intolerance
Centaury - the inability to say 'no'
Cerato - lack of trust in one's own decisions
Cherry Plum - fear of the mind giving way
Chestnut Bud - failure to learn from mistakes
Chicory - selfish, possessive love
Clematis - dreaming of the future without working in the present
Crab Apple - the cleansing remedy, also for self-hatred
Elm - overwhelmed by responsibility
Gentian - discouragement after a setback
Gorse - hopelessness and despair
Heather - self-centredness and self-concern
Holly - hatred, envy and jealousy
Honeysuckle - living in the past
Hornbeam - tiredness at the thought of doing something
Impatiens - impatience
Larch - lack of confidence
Mimulus - fear of known things
Mustard - deep gloom for no reason
Oak - the plodder who keeps going past the point of exhaustion
Olive - exhaustion following mental or physical effort
Pine - guilt
Red Chestnut - over-concern for the welfare of loved ones
Rock Rose - terror and fright
Rock Water - self-denial, rigidity and self-repression
Scleranthus - inability to choose between alternatives

Star of Bethlehem - shock
Sweet Chestnut - Extreme mental anguish, when everything has been tried and there is no light left
Vervain - over-enthusiasm
Vine - dominance and inflexibility
Walnut - protection from change and unwanted influences
Water Violet - quiet self-reliance leading to isolation
White Chestnut - unwanted thoughts and mental arguments
Wild Oat - uncertainty over one's direction in life
Wild Rose - drifting, resignation, apathy
Willow - self-pity and resentment

The original system also includes an emergency combination remedy called Rescue Remedy. Other pre-mixed combinations are offered by many remedy producers, but they tend to be ineffective because they are not chosen individually.

To get help selecting remedies contact Linda at or another Registered Bach Flower Practitioner in your area

How Remedies are Chosen

In a Bach Flower session, you the client talks about what they have come for.  They literally speak the words required for the remedy that the person needs.


Bach Flower Remedies are safe for adults, children, animals and plants.