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Remedy plants

There are 37 plants (plus Rock Water) in total within the Bach system, which are available on the Healing Herbs website, and they are classified in three categories

The Twelve Healers

Twelve plants that Dr Bach associated with particular personality types, the essences from which can be used to help with particular failings of the personality type and promote beneficial changes.

Method Personality Virtue Failing
Agrimony Agrimonia eupatoria Sun Torment Stillness Torture
Centaury Centaurium umbellatum Sun Servant Strength Weak
Cerato Ceratostigma willmottianum Sun Foolish Wisdom Self- distrusting
Chicory Chicorium intybus Sun Demanding Love Self- pitying
Clematis Clematis vitalba Sun Dreamer Gentleness Indiffer- ent
Gentian Gentiana amarella Sun Depressed Understanding Discon- tented
Impatiens Impatiens glandulifera Sun Irritable Forgiveness Impatient
Mimulus Mimulus guttatus Sun Nervous fear Sympathy Fearful
Rock Rose Helianthemum nummularium Sun Terrified Courage Terrified
Scleranthus Scleranthus annuus Sun Indecision Steadfastness Full of indecision
Vervain Verbena officinalis Sun Fervent Tolerance Intense
Water Violet Hottonia palustris Sun Isolated Joy Aloof
         

The Seven Helpers

For certain of his patients, whose conditions had become habituated, Bach found that their true nature was obscured and did not fit into the categories of the twelve healers. For these, essences made from the seven helper group may be considered.

Method Chronic condition
Gorse Ulex europaeus Sun Hopelessness
Heather Calluna vulgaris Sun Talkative
Oak Quercus robur Sun Persevering
Olive Olea europaea Sun Exhaustion
Vine Vitis vinifera Sun Domineering
Wild Oat Bromus ramosus Sun Lack of direction
Rock Water Aqua Sun Strict idealist
       

The Second Nineteen

For treating the emotional response to traumatic events. Dr Bach described them as ‘acting on a different plane . . . they are more spiritualised 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.’ (Collected Writings, p23)

Method Emotional state
Aspen Populus tremula Boiling Unreasoning fears
Beech Fagus sylvatica Boiling Critical
Cherry Plum Prunus cerasifera Boiling Loss of control
Chestnut Bud Aesculus hippocastanum Boiling Unable to learn from mistakes
Crab Apple Malus sylvestris Boiling Feeling unclean
Elm Ulmus procera Boiling Overwhelmed
Holly Ilex aquifolium Boiling Hatred and anger
Honeysuckle Lonicera caprifolium Boiling Living in the past
Hornbeam Carpinus betulus Boiling Mental or physical tiredness
Larch Larix decidua Boiling Loss of confidence
Mustard Sinapis arvensis Boiling Depression
Pine Pinus sylvestris Boiling Self-blame
Red Chestnut Aesculus carnea Boiling Imagining the worst
Star of Bethlehem Ornitholagum umbellatum Boiling Needing comfort from shock
Sweet Chestnut Castanea sativa Boiling Utter desolation
Walnut Juglans regia Boiling Unsettled during life change
White Chestnut Aesculus hippocastanum Sun Mental congestion
Wild Rose Rosa canina Boiling Apathy
Willow Salix vitellina Boiling Resentment and self-pity
         

All the twelve healers and seven helpers are prepared by the sun method. All but one of the second 19 are prepared by the boiling method.