The 38 Bach Flower Essences are separated in to 7 emotional groups. The groups make it easier to identify the root of a problem by separating the Essences into feelings such as, fear, despair, loneliness, uncertainty, etc.
When diagnosing a problem, ask yourself, What am I feeling? Am I afraid? If so, what am I afraid of? Or you might ask, Am I lonely or sad? If so, what am I lonely for or what makes me sad? After answering your questions, go through the 7 groups below and select the essences that best address what you're feeling.
The Bach Flower Essences are simple to use. It requires no real science, just an honest, self diagnosis by you using the method described above.
The seven groups are:
Rock Rose: Helps you when you experience, such terror or fright that you feel frozen unable to move or think clearly.
Mimulus: Helps you when you feel fear, the type of fear that you can put a name on, such as, fear of dogs, spiders, being alone, loosing a job, illness etc. Also fear of speaking freely of it to others or shyness.
Cherry Plum: Helps you when you feel that your mind is being over-strained, you feel like you are going to explode or do irrational things.
Aspen: Helps you when you feel fearful without knowing why. The fear is vague and unexplainable and may hunt you day and night.
Red Chestnut: Helps you when you find it difficult not to be anxious for other people, you are afraid that some unfortunate things may happen to your loved ones.
Cerato: Helps you trust your own judgment in decision-making. Helps you trust your own judgment in decision-making.
Scleranthus: Helps you when you have a hard time choosing between two things, such as, Mexican or Chinese food, you simply can not decide which restaurant to go.
Gentian: Helps you when you get discouraged and depressed when things go wrong or when you are faced with even small delays or difficulty.
Gorse: Helps you when you feel hopeless, and have given up belief that more can be done.
Hornbeam: Helps you when you feel that you have not sufficient strength mentally or physically to carry the burden that life have placed on you.
Wild Oat: Helps you when you are at a crossroad in life and are uncertain as to which direction to choose.
Insufficient interest in present circumstances
Clematis: Helps you when you find yourself daydreaming and have a hard time concentrating in your daily life. Your thoughts are more in the future than in the present.
Honeysuckle: Helps you let go of past experiences or events. Your thoughts are in the past rather in the present.
Wild Rose: Helps you to take responsibility for your own life and take a lively interest in life, work and the world in general.
Olive: Helps you regain energy, vitality and interest in life.
White Chestnut: Helps you when your mind is cluttered with thoughts, usually arguments, ideas, thoughts which you do not wish to have in your mind.
Mustard: Helps you when you feel suddenly depressed with out any reason. It feels like a cold dark cloud that destroys normal happiness and cheerfulness.
Chestnut Bud: Helps you when you keep making the same mistake over and over again. You do not take full advantage of observation and experiences and therefore it takes longer for you to learn a lesson.
Water Violet: Helps you get a warmer relationship with other people. You love being alone, but often find yourself lonely.
Impatiens: Helps you when you get impatient and irritated. Other people who are slow often irritate and you prefer to work alone, so you can do everything at your own speed.
Heather: Helps you when you become unhappy being alone for any length of time, you are always seeking the companionship and find it necessary to discuss your affairs with others, no matter whom it may be.
Over-sensitivity to influences and ideas
Agrimony: Helps you to communicate your real feelings and worries. You are the cheerful, humorous type that gets distressed by argument or quarrel. You often hide your feelings behind humor and jesting and often you take alcohol or drugs in excess, to stimulate yourself.
Centaury: Helps you when you find it hard to say no, and therefore easily get imposed on. You often find yourself serving others, neglecting your own particulate mission in life.
Walnut: Helps you break free from old ties and at times of major life changes. It helps you move forward and make necessary changes in order to be happy. This Essences gives constancy and protection from outside influences.
Holly: Helps you when you suffer from thoughts such as jealousy, envy, revenge, suspicion.
Despondency or despair
Larch: Helps you to regain self-esteem and confidence in yourself.
Pine: Helps you when you feel guilt and self-reproach, often for other people's mistakes or just anything that goes wrong. You are never content with your effort and results.
Elm: Helps you when your responsibilities overwhelm you. You feel depressed and exhausted and may loose self-esteem.
Sweet Chestnut: Helps you at moments when the anguish is too great as to seem to be unbearable. Your mind or body feels as if it has been stretched to limit of its endurance. It feels as there is nothing but destruction and annihilation left to face.
Star of Bethlehem: Helps you when you experience serious news, loss of someone dear, the fright following an accident etc. The distress and unhappiness feels unbearable.
Willow: Helps you when you have suffered adversity or misfortune and find it difficult to accept. You feel sorry for yourself and are grumpy and sulky.
Oak: Helps you when your inner strength wanes. Usually because you are an over-achiever and will overwork and ignore your tiredness.
Crab Apple: Helps you when you feel that there is something not quiet clean about yourself. You may need to wash hands often, find things dirty with out any reason, and you may find yourself ugly although others find you very attractive. This is the Essence of cleansing.
Over-care for welfare of others
Chicory: Helps you to be less critical, opinionated and argumentative. You always find something about others that you believe should be put right.
Vervain: Helps you when you spend much of your energy trying to convert all around you to your own views of life.
Vine: Helps you respect other peoples views and ideas, you tend to try to persuade other people to do things your way.
Beech: Helps you be less critical toward other people and accept them as they are.
Rock Water: Helps you when you expect too much of yourself.