THE FLOWERS OF BACH
IDENTIFICATION OF THE PLANT
Remedy name Bach flower: Sweet Chestnut
Common name in Italian: chestnut
Scientific name: Castanea sativa(Family Fagaceae)
WHO IS THIS REMEDY FOR
The Bach flower Sweet Chestnut is indicated in flower therapy for those who no longer see any light for their future; for those who, having tried every way to solve their problems, feel they are in a dead end. Unlike the Gorse state where the person enters a state of momentary despair, a Sweet Chestnut person is in a state of despair beyond which it is not possible to go and tries to hide it from others.
The Sweet Chestnute person is the one who fought long, and hard, with courage, hope and tenacity but in the end had to give up as everything became beyond their abilities and it seems that even God has abandoned them. Hence the anguish and despair.
Edward Bach gives the following description of a Sweet Chestnut person «For those moments when the anguish is so great as to seem unbearable. For when the mind or body feels that they have reached the limit of endurance and are about to give in. When it seems that there is nothing left to face but destruction and annihilation ». (1)
WHAT HELPS SOLVE THE SWEET CHESTNUT REMEDY
The remedy of Bach flowers Sweet Chestnut in flower therapy is used to give people who are ill a more peaceful state of mind and to restore confidence in life by finding the hope and strength to go on.
TYPE OF PREPARATION
If you want to prepare the Tincture Sweet Chestnut of Bach Flowers, picking the flowers directly in the field, it must be borne in mind that this Bach Flower must be prepared with the boiling method.
FLOWERING PERIOD AND BOTANICAL CHARACTERISTICSIt is possible to find the plant in bloom in spring, in the month of May.
The Castanea sativa plant is typical of hilly and mountainous areas up to 1300 m above sea level. It is a slow-growing tree that grows up to 35 m in height and reaches its peak in terms of majesty around 50 years of age (they can even live over 1000 years). It has a smooth, grayish bark that becomes wrinkled with maturity.
The leaves are petiolate, up to 25 cm long, shiny, furrowed by evident parallel veins with serrated edges.
The male flowers and the female flowers are distinct on the same plant (they are monoecious plants) in fact while the male flowers are grouped in 10-20 cm long spikes at the axil of the leaves, the female flowers are made up of single flowers or gathered in groups of 2 -3, collected in a single envelope placed at the base of the male inflorescences. Once fertilization has taken place these transform into the classic thorny hedgehog that we know which, once it reaches maturity, opens into 4 valves that each contain from 1 to 3 achenes (fruits), which are none other than the "chestnuts" that all we appreciate.
First name: Sweet Chestnut
Italian name: Common chestnut, Chestnut
Botanical name: Castanea Sativa
Keyword: Extreme anguish, the limit of endurance, despair, desolation mixed with restlessness, despondency, existential anguish.
Characteristics of the Flower: assistant / last 19
Method of preparation: Boiling
Flowering Period: May
Transpersonal principle: Regeneration
Sweet Chestnut is useful in times of strong change (which often manifest themselves in anguish). The intimate meaning of this Bach flower is to allow us to change. Often, however, we do not want (or are unable) to let go of the mental structures we are used to and this causes pain that manifests itself in deep anguish and panic attacks.
In urgency, add Rescue Remedy, Walnut, Elm (Tetraremei). Take several times a day, as needed (up to 10-12 times).
For a basic treatment, consider at least a medium period (4-6 months) and add the other Bach flowers chosen.
Sweet Chestnut psychological and emotional characteristics:
affliction, alienation, depression, desolation, despair, pain of strong emotional intensity lived in silence, helplessness, restlessness, isolation, mourning, total lack of reference points, inner death, loss of faith, feeling of having touched the bottom and of total of abandonment, loneliness in the face of one's inner bewilderment, tension beyond the limit of endurance, persistent emptiness.
Anguish, existential crisis, oppression, despair.
Relationship with the Self: lack of acceptance of pain, of the suffering component, or of the need to change. Strong attachment to the ego that brings pain.
The remedy provides: the ability to accept pain and the resulting transformation as an integral part of life itself.
Sweet Chestnut in typological characteristics (Type):
Typological Sweet Chestnut is rare, here is the same argument made for Star of Bethlehem. We usually run into a person strongly distressed, in tension, near or in panic. This is why we tend to think of this state as transitory and reached due to a progressive increase in tensions that find no resolution. There is no understanding on the part of the person of his own suffering, there is no internalization, so the Soul continues to suffer because the extremes of suffering itself persist.
The particular lesson of the present moment is the keynote of our type. The circumstances, the environment and the people among whom one is placed indicate which battle the person must face. Our faults and shortcomings are the opposite of the virtues we aspire to. Often, in reality, the negative qualities we have inherited are exactly the ones we came into the world to eliminate (Edward Bach).
We think of a strong discomfort like panic attacks which "apparently" have no known cause. There suffering is pushed to extreme levels and you can not help but succumb. What does this mean from the point of view of the disease? If we use the dualistic concept of good and evil, we are led to think that disease is a bad and bad thing to eradicate. If, on the other hand, we begin to think as Edward Bach reasoned, we can consider the disease as a counselor of the body which is pushing us, screaming loudly, to change our attitude. Specifically the Sweet Chestnut person is desperately trying to stop the pain, the suffering, probably though without wanting to abandon old thinking patterns which in reality are the real culprits for the discomfort itself.
Those who need this essence often fail to let go of the paradigms that grip them, the choices of the Ego, rather than those of the Soul. Can't hear either represses the inner voice of conscience which pushes her to change, to adopt evolutionary behaviors, rather than the static ones she uses. In fact, Sweet Chestnut is often found as a direct consequence of Agrimony which, in the floral system, is the flower of those who do not listen to their inner torment, preferring to be distracted by the exterior, the joke, the laughter. If you find yourself inside such overwhelming suffering, you probably "have" to face something you don't want to see is change the vibrational level to which you live. The purpose of this flower is precisely to favor the transition to a behavioral model more suited to the real needs of the Soul, of the causal body, which are the true conductors.
The deep intelligence of the English doctor is expressed here very well. The symptom is never suppressed, the real cause is sought and adapted to it. Sweet Chestnut does exactly that. If you are in pain and want to stop suffering, you need to raise your vibrational frequency.
Through these forms of intense suffering, the ego surrenders to a Higher Power and is able to be reborn. It is precisely in this way that transformative healing becomes possible, because when the soul has also been pushed to its limits it becomes transcendent. Sweet Chestnut helps the soul to surrender and open up to a new spiritual identity (Katz and Kaminski).
Sweet Chestnut as a transitory state of mind (Mood):
Anguish is one of the keywords for Sweet Chestnut. Anguish (Angst in German) is a conscious psychic state of an individual characterized by a intense feeling of anxiety and apprehension. Represents a fear without a name (Aspen) e whose causes and origins are apparent or not direct or immediately identifiable. For this reason this is not just threatening, but often also catastrophic for the individual who lives it (Rock Rose - Sweet Chestnut).
Unlike fear (Mimulus), in psychoanalysis it represents and is seen and perceived by the ego as a catastrophic situation, such as undermine the ego's ability to control and manage pressures of the Superego and the Ex. as you can see from this description taken from Wikipedia, different states coexist in anguish that can be traced back to different flowers. As regards Sweet Chestnut, we focus onextreme tension that pervades the subject, attributable to a "Fight or Flight" behavior, with all those physical connotations attributable to a strong anxiety that incapacitates. In the transitory state as for the typological one, the person is called to the responsibility of changing himself in favor of a greater dialogue with the higher intelligence that governs him and that triggers suffering.
The first step in understanding which is the most suitable flower for your ailments is to ask yourself which are your own anxieties, their own inner turmoil and their own phobias (not least the pharmacophobia, identifiable as fear of taking drugs) that say a lot about your personality. Subsequently, once the arguments and critical points have been identified, we move towards the choice of flowers: an excessively frenetic and impatient person, for example, will have to find a remedy that modulates the speed of his thinking and that decreases the haste and anxiety that derive from it.
Approaching Bach flowers, subjects are usually led to think they need almost any species. Although it is possible to mix a good number of Bach flowers together, in order to enjoy a precise and targeted effect it is advisable to focus attention on major problems.
The numerous existing species were immediately divided into groups on the basis of the disorder for which they were indicated: for this reason it is possible to find Bach flowers that help to deal with situations of stress, shyness, panic, sense of guilt and much more. Below is the complete list of all species and their respective emotional states that they are able to rebalance.
|No.||Bach flowers||Symptoms of the emotional state|
Agrimony, Eupatoria Agrimony
|Mental torment ed restlessness hidden through cheerfulness and humor|
Poplar, Populus Tremula
|Fears is concerns of unknown origin|
Beech, Fagus Sylvatica
|Intolerance, irritability, excessive critical sense towards everything and everyone|
Centaurea or Cacciafebbre, Centaurium Umbellatum
Plummet, Ceratostigma Willmottianum.
|Little self-confidence to be able to make decisions on your own, seeking advice and confirmation in others|
|6||Cherry Plum |
Myrobalan or Plum, Prunus Cerasifera
|Fear of going crazy, losing control and doing irreparable acts|
|7||Chestnut Bud |
Chestnut bud, Aesculus Hippocastanum
|Inability to learn the lessons of life through the mistakes made, making the same mistakes on different occasions|
Wild chicory, Chicorium Intybus
|Selfishness, possession, take extreme care of loved ones, intrusiveness|
Clematis or Old Man's Beard, Clematis Vitalba
|Dreamer, he takes refuge in his own inner world|
|10||Crab Apple |
Wild apple tree, Malus Sylvestris
|Dirty feeling, shame is bad relationship with himself|
English elm, Ulmus Procera
|Overload of responsibility, fear of disappointing|
Autumn Gentianella, Gentiana Amarella
|Easy discouragement in front of the first obstacles|
Spiny Broom, Ulex Europaeus
|Resignation, lack of hope|
Brugo or Brentolo, Calluna Vulgaris
|Loquacity, needs of others|
Holly, Ilex Aquifolium
|Hate, envy, jealousy, thirst for revenge|
Honeysuckle, Lonicera Caprifolium
|He lives in the past, he thinks it was much better than the present|
Hornbeam, Carpinus Betulus
|Mental exhaustion, laziness, fatigue and refusal for work|
Balsamina, Impatiens Giandulifera
|Impatience ed irritability caused by the less frenetic pace of those around him subject always in action, he wants everything and immediately|
Larch, Larix Decidua
|Locked for lack of self-confidence, he self-evaluates himself thinking that others are better than him, lives with a constant premonition of failure|
Yellow Mimulus, Mimulus Guttatus
|Fear of reliving already known experiences|
Wild Mustard, Sinapis Arvensis
|Deep sadness, despair, depression is melancholy without knowing the reason, a condition of periodic hypersensitivity|
Common oak, Quercus Robur
|Workaholic, persevering, does not shirk anything, completes what he started, worker tireless who can sometimes run into exhaustion due to his sense of duty|
Olive tree, Olea Europaea
|Fatigue ed irritability, physical suffering e lack of energy|
Pino Silvestre, Pinus Sylvestris
|Sense of guilt, the person in question accuses himself and punishes himself, self destruction, masochism|
|25||Red Chestnut |
Red chestnut, Aesculus Carnea
|Fear for the safety of others, pessimism, anxiety, obsession, apprehension|
|26||Rock Rose |
Helianthem, Helianthemun Nummukarium
|Terror, panic attacks uncontrolled, tachycardia is paralysis momentary movements, inability to react|
|27||Rock Water |
|Mental rigidity, desire to be taken as an example, excessive self-control, perfectionism, repression, conception of life according to rigid and controlled dictates|
Scleranthus Centrigrani or Fiorsecco, Scleranthus Annuus
|Difficulty in choosing or deciding when faced with two alternatives, lack of balance and instability, insecurity|
|29||Star Of Bethlehem |
Star of Bethlehem or Hen's Milk, Ornithogalum Umbellatum
|Recent trauma or related to past events, psychophysical shock which causes unhappiness even after some time|
|30||Sweet Chestnut |
Sweet chestnut, Castanea Sativa
|Anguish extreme mental at the limit of endurance, despair deep, pessimism, feeling of having touched the bottom of the abyss|
Verbena, Verbena Officinalis
|Excess of enthusiasm, fanaticism, intolerance towards the opinions of others, constant pressure and attempts to impose one's idealism on others|
Red Vine, Vitis Vinifera
|Domination, thirst for power, boundless self-confidence, ambition and greed, arrogance, aggression and tyranny over others for personal feedback, sadism, omnipotence|
Walnut, Juglans Regia
|Instability and indecision when faced with situations of transition, change of opinion due to external influences|
|34||Water Violet |
Violet of Water, Hottonia Palustris
|Search for solitude, estrangement and difficulty in relating to others, attitude of superiority towards the things that surround him|
|35||White Chestnut |
White chestnut, Aesculsus Hippocastanum
|Fixed, circular thoughts that cannot be pushed away, obsession, concerns is Bad thoughts leading to confusion, loss of energy and sleep|
|36||Wild Oat |
Wild Oats, Bromus Ramosus
|Uncertainty, insecurity ed dissatisfaction, inability to make a decision about one's role in life|
|37||Wild Rose |
Wild Rose, Rosa Canina
|Resignation, apathy, disappointment towards life and the people around him, loss of interest, sadness is depression|
Weeping Willow, Salix Vitellina
|Grudge, bitterness, sense of bad luck, victimhood, weak and negative person, feeling of living in an unfair world, which does not belong to him|
|39||Rescue Remedy |
Universal remedy composed of 5 floral extracts: Rock Rose, Star Of Bethlehem, Impatiens, Cherry Plum and Clemantis
|Situation of emergency, great nervousness, fainting|
Second Kramer, the first Chakra is related to the tracks Mimulus is Gentian and with the outward flower Elm.
a) binary Mimulus: hypersensitivity to external influences and fears of various kinds, concretely definable (Mimulus) emotional attachment to others with an inability to be alone (Heather) and sadness without external cause (Mustard).
b) Binary Gentian: constant brooding and doubting accompanied by a pessimistic approach (Gentian), from bitterness (Willow) and resignation (Wild Rose).
c) Flower exterior Elm: feeling of no longer being able to grapple with external needs.
Second Chakra - Svadhistana
The psychic aspects of the second Chakra can be described through the characteristics of the tracks Rock Rose is Centaury, of the exterior flower Star of Bethlehem he was born in flower Basic Larch. Analyzed in detail, they are:
a) Binary Rock Rose: panic, horror, possibly even fatal fear caused by a terrible experience (Rock Rose), removal (Agrimony) and terror of what has been repressed which manifests itself in the form of losing self-control and going mad, as well as the inability to release tension (Cherry Plum).
b) Binary Centaury: strong need for recognition that causes extremely considerate and helpful behavior, accompanied by the inability to say no (Centaury) aggressive boundaries linked to strongly negative emotions such as anger, envy, jealousy (Holly) and agonizing feelings of guilt (Pine).
c) Basic flower Larch: lack of self-confidence, the effects of which can be manifested on both the second and fourth chakra. The flower Basic Larch has a particular correspondence with the fire element, because - which flower of the original trust - represents the innermost essential core of the psychic aspect of this element. Therefore it is also related to its main representatives, the meridians of the heart and the triple heater.
On the psychic level, the third Chakra is connected to the tracks Waxed is Scleranthus and from flower exterior Gorse. The negative moods represented by these flowers:
a) Binary Waxed: lack of confidence in one's own decision-making and judgment (Waxed). Thirst for power and the need to dominate (Vine), lack of ideals and goals (Wild Oat).
b) Binary Scleranthus: indecision accompanied by the inability to choose between two alternatives ( Scleranthus), attachment to strict principles and very strict rules to which life is subjected (Rock Water) Excessive cleaning principle both on the body and psycho-intellectual level (Crab Apple).
c) Flower exterior Gorse: lack of courage in situations that seem to have no way out.
Due to the skin areas around the chakra stem and its exit point, alterations in the energy center can also be caused by a lack of self-confidence (Larch) or from emotional wounds and psychic shocks (Star of Bethlehem).
From the psychic point of view, the fourth Chakra is related to the tracks Vervain and Centaury, from the flower exterior Star of Bethlehem and from flower Basic Larch.
a) Binary Vervain: Excessive enthusiasm and tendency to convince others of one's ideas and beliefs with fiery speech (Vervain), nervous exhaustion following excessive mental effort (Hornbeam) and obsessive thoughts that don't stop (White Chestnut).
b) Binary Centaury: strong need for recognition resulting in extremely considerate and helpful behavior, accompanied by the inability to say no (Centaury) aggressive boundaries linked to strongly negative emotions such as anger, envy and jealousy (Holly) and agonizing feelings of guilt (Pine).
c) Flower exterior Star of Bethlehem: emotional wounds and psychic shocks.
d) Flower Basic Larch: lack of self-confidence.
As already explained Star of Bethlehem is Larch they correspond to both the second and fourth chakras.
Because of the area Mimulus around its exit point, the imbalance of this chakra can also be caused by concrete fears or by hypersensitivity towards external influences.
The boundless enthusiasm combined with a great obstinacy and the fact of expecting too much from oneself (Vervain) often manifest physically through the bladder meridian in the form of bladder disorders or sinusitis. On the other hand, psychic difficulties whose theme is linked to the binary Centaury tend to show themselves through the heart meridian, in the Cycle of Changes located in front of the bladder meridian, in turn coupled to the track Centaury. Thus, for example, the loss of consideration by third parties and the fact of being no longer loved often causes heart problems.
From the psychic point of view, the fifth Chakra is related to the tracks Chicory is Water Violet and with the flower exterior Walnut. These flowers embody the following negative psychic states:
a) Binary Chicory: excessive thoughtfulness with a tendency to blackmail others on an emotional level (Chicory), fear of others (Red Chestnut) and nostalgia for the past (Honeysuckle).
b) Binary Water Violet: superiority (Water Violet), inability to learn from one's mistakes (Chestnut Bud) and intolerance, often accompanied by the mania to criticize (Beech).
c) Flower exterior Walnut: Insecurity and influence in new beginning phases tendency to absorb the negative vibrations and pathological symptoms of others.
Often psychic difficulties in relation to the track Chicory they physically manifest themselves on the lung meridian relative to this track in the form of breathlessness and even actual asthma attacks. Sometimes they appear on the sexual circle meridian located in the Cycle of Change, opposite the lung meridian. In this case, people suffer from severe heart ailments.
The intolerant behavior of the type Beechinstead, it frequently shows up on the lung meridian in the form of an allergy (for example, hay fever)
The psychic aspects of the sixth Chakra can be illustrated by the indications of the tracks Impatiens is Clematis, as well as those of flower exterior Aspen. In particular they are:
a) Binary Impatiens: impatience accompanied by great haste and restlessness (Impatiens), severe physical and mental exhaustion (Olives) and extreme physical and mental encampment (Oak).
b) Binary Clematis: daydreams and mental absence (Clematis) compensatory frenzy accompanied by impatience and strong restlessness and restlessness (Impatiens) melancholy and sadness without obvious external causes (Mustard).
c) Flower exterior Aspen: very strong sensitivity accompanied by vague and indefinable fears.
Due to the skin areas that are in the vicinity of the chakra stem and its exit point, emotional wounds and psychic shocks (Star of Bethlehem), as well as feelings of guilt and reproaches made to themselves (Pine) can lead to alterations of the sixth chakra.
In most cases, problems related to the track Impatiens they physically manifest through the large intestine meridian which, in the Cycle of Changes, occupies the position opposite the liver meridian, which corresponds to this track. The most frequent symptoms are states of tension in the intestinal area, constipation, diarrhea and acute infections of the nasal passages due to the weakness of the defense capacity.
The psychic difficulties related to the track Clematis, on the other hand, they mainly manifest themselves on the liver meridian in the form of states of weakness highlighted by the severe lack of strength and by a more or less marked relaxation of the muscles. Usually, the muscles of the legs and arms are the most affected.
On the psychic level, the seventh Chakra is related to the tracks Chicory is Agrimony and with the outward flower Walnut. These flowers represent the following negative psychic aspects:
a) Binary Chicory: exaggerated concern with a tendency to exert moral pressure on others (Chicory), fear of others (Red Chestnut) and nostalgia for the past (Honeysuckle).
Agrimony: superficiality with a tendency to remove all that is unpleasant (Agrimony), excessive enthusiasm and a tendency to convince others of one's own ideas and conceptions with fiery speech (Vervain) and deep despair (Sweet Chestnut).
c) Flower exterior Walnut: insecurities and influences in the new beginning phases. Adaptation problems in daily rhythm changes (for example, changing from day to night shift and vice versa) Difficulty adapting returning from other climatic zones or other time zones problems with climate change in general, such as weather changes or wind Fohn.
Italian name: AGRIMONIA - EUPATORIA
botanical name: AGRIMONIA EUPATORIA
Agrimony is for all those who are afraid to show their feelings, always smiling, often wearing the mask of happy people, even when they suffer. They use stimulants when they have problems that are bothering them.
In Agrimony the tension, internal anxiety is not manifested with others. What worries is kept hidden and masked with the desire to laugh at all costs.
They are the true expression of themselves and their emotions. You are sure of your feelings and their manifestation.
Moods and symptoms related to Agrimony in order of importance:
Famous person connected to Agrimony:
Benigni in Life is beautiful
One thing that has always struck me is how Benigni tries to alleviate his son's suffering by making him believe they were playing. This type of attitude is classic of Agrimony who tries to hide his sufferings from himself and from others with a smile.
"I can make others smile even when I have problems."
Positive statement from Agrimony: specific phrase that can be used as an aid in the change process
"Inside me is true joy, peace and calm"
E. Bach's definition of Agrimony remedy:
"People who are jovial, cheerful, full of good humor, who love tranquility and are disturbed by quarrels or quarrels, in order to avoid which they are willing to give up. Although generally tormented by problems, restless and worried in body or spirit, they hide these worries behind their good humor and their being a joker and are considered good friends to know. They often overuse alcohol or drugs, to stimulate and help themselves to carry their crosses lightly. "
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There flower therapy it's a holistic therapy which treats the body with a series of natural remedies based on flowers. THE flower remedies, also known as Bach flowers named after the doctor who studied the healing properties of 38 flowers in particular, they come in liquid form and are taken orally. ...
THE Bach flowers they intervene on the emotional aspects of the person that can cause disturbances to the organism: stress, depression, insomnia, psychosomatic disorders, panic attacks. Thirty-eight different types of flowers to treat thirty-eight different behavioral symptoms.
Today the Bach flower solutions on the market enjoy a certain widespread popularity. They are dilutions of floral material (mother tincture) in water and other liquids (in the past, mixtures of water and brandy were used).
There flower therapy it does not aim to intervene on the disease in progress, but on the sick person, helping him to overcome the current imbalance, the main cause of the pathology he suffers from.