Colors and the Bach Flower Remedies

√ Updated: September 14, 2010

Color Energy HealingDr. Edward Bach, a London physician in the 19th century, believed that disease is a manifestation of negative mental states. He classifies all negative states into seven major groups. Each of these groups had certain homeopathic flower remedies that would help to dispel the negative state and thus bring about physical, emotional and mental healing. These states were related to a pair of complementary colors as shown below.

A few drops of the diluted remedies, similar to homeopathic remedies, are taken daily until the condition is alleviated. There are Bach flower remedy practitioners carrying his work forward all over the world today. The chart below indicates the thirty eight remedies that Bach developed, their colors and the states of mind they are intended to treat.

Bach Color Symbolism
Negative Mental State: UNCERTAINTY
Associated Color Symbolism: Red/Green
 
SPECIFIC FLOWER ESSENCE MEANINGS
Cerato
- lack of trust in one's own decisions
Scleranthus - inability to choose between alternatives

Gentian - discouragement after a setback
Gorse - hopelessness and despair
Hornbeam - procrastination, tiredness at the thought of doing something
Wild Oat - uncertainty over one's direction in life
 
Bach Color Symbolism
Negative Mental State: LONELINESS
Associated Color Symbolism:
Pink/Green
 
SPECIFIC FLOWER ESSENCE MEANINGS
Water Violet - pride and aloofness
Impatiens - impatience
Heather - self-centeredness and self-concern
 

Bach Color Symbolism

Negative Mental State: OVERSENSITIVITY TO OTHERS
Associated Color Symbolism:
Orange/Blue
 
SPECIFIC FLOWER ESSENCE MEANINGS
Centaury - the inability to say 'no'
Walnut - protection from change and unwanted influences
Star of Bethlehem - shock
 

 
Bach Color Symbolism
Negative Mental State: DESPONDENCY AND DESPAIR
Associated Color Symbolism:
Orange/Blue
 
SPECIFIC FLOWER ESSENCE MEANINGS
Agrimony - mental torture behind a cheerful face
Holly - hatred, envy and jealousy
Larch - lack of confidence
Pine - guilt
Elm - overwhelmed by responsibility
Sweet Chestnut - Extreme mental anguish
Willow - self-pity and resentment
Oak - the plodder who keeps going past the point of exhaustion
Crab Apple - the cleansing remedy, also for self-hatred
 
Bach Color Symbolism
Negative Mental State: LACK OF INTEREST IN CIRCUMSTANCES
Associated Color Symbolism:
Golden Yellow/Turquoise
 

SPECIFIC FLOWER ESSENCE MEANINGS
Clematis - dreaming of the future without working in the present
Honeysuckle - living in the past
Wild Rose - drifting, resignation, apathy
Olive - exhaustion following mental or physical effort
White Chestnut - unwanted thoughts and mental arguments
Mustard - deep gloom for no reason
Chestnut Bud - failure to learn from mistakes

 
Bach Color Symbolism
Negative Mental State: FEAR
Associated Color Symbolism:
Yellow/Violet
 
SPECIFIC FLOWER ESSENCE MEANINGS
Rock Rose - terror and fright
Mimulus - fear of known things
Cherry Plum - fear of the mind giving way
Aspen - fear of unknown things
Red Chestnut - over-concern for the welfare of loved ones
 
Bach Color Symbolism
Negative Mental State: OVERCARE FOR OTHERS
Associated Color Symbolism:
Magenta/Green

Chicory - selfish, possessive love
Vervain - over-enthusiasm
Vine - dominance and inflexibility
Beech - intolerance
Rock Water - self-denial, rigidity and self-repression

More About Bach Flower Remedies

For more information on Bach flower remedies, try these books on Amazon:
The Bach Flower Remedies
The Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy
Bach Flower Remedies for Animals
The Bach Remedies Workbook: A Study Course in the Bach Flower Remedies
The Essential Writings of Dr. Edward Bach: The Twelve Healers and Heal Thyself

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