“For those who blame themselves. Even when successful they think they could have done better, and are never satisfied with the decisions they make. Would this remedy help me to stop blaming myself for everything?” – Dr. Edward Bach
Self-criticism, feelings of guilt and a bad conscience are constant companions of this character type.
The personality concerned constantly reproaches himself for something. Accompanied by the feeling of having done wrong, he feels the urge to explain himself constantly.
Even though others think everything is fine, this character type finds misconduct in their actions.
If something has indeed gone wrong, they blame themselves out of reflex and accepts all responsibility.
Sustaining their position is difficult for this personality. They always feel like being in the way, being wrong or to be affronting their fellow men.
Empowering Phrase: I breathe deeply, stand up straight and feel strong.
Affirmation: Leave the burn-out and lack of energy behind and find new strength for body, mind and soul.
Guilt, self-reproach, humble, apologetic, shame, unworthy, undeserving
Human indication: When you feel guilt and self-reproach, not necessarily based on any actual wrong-doing but destroys the possibility of joy in living.
Animal/pet indication: If an animal feel shame or guilt for which something it cannot control
The original Bach Flower Remedies is a safe and natural method of healing discovered by Dr. Bach from 1920 – 1930’s in England. They gently restore the balance between mind and body by casting out negative emotions such as fear, worry, hatred and indecision which interfere with the equilibrium of the being as a whole. The Bach Flower Remedies allow peace and happiness to return to the sufferer so that the body is free to heal itself.
The Bach Flower Remedies are made from wild flowers and are safe for the whole family including pets.
The remedies are preserved in grape based brandy and are gluten free.
The 7 Bach Flower Groups
Dr. Bach separated the 38 Bach Flower Remedies into 7 emotional groups.
The 7 Bach Flower groups makes it easier for us to separate the Bach Flower Remedies into feelings, such as fear, despair, loneliness, uncertainty etc.
When we ask ourselves, how do I feel? Do I feel fear, what kind of fear? Do I feel despair, what kind of despair? Then the groups can aid us and determine which of the Bach Flower Remedies will help us get our emotional balance restored.
The Bach Flower Remedies are so simple to use that no science, no knowledge is necessary apart from the simple method described above.
Pine falls into the following group:
Find Joy and Hope - Despondency and Despair
The sixth group comprises feelings of despondency and despair.
Despondency and pain of various types can plague the personality. Bach does not only consider the forms in which pain and despondency can affect the character. He also describes possible causes for the misery and the despair.
Crab Apple: Helps when you feel that there is something not quite clean about yourself. You may need to wash hands often, find things dirty without any reason, you may find yourself ugly although others find you very attractive. This is the cleansing Essence.
Elm: Helps when your responsibilities overwhelm you. You feel depressed and exhausted and may lose self-esteem.
Larch: Helps you to regain self-esteem and confidence in yourself.
Oak: Helps when your inner strength wanes, usually because you are an over-achiever and will overwork and ignore your tiredness.
Pine: Helps 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.
Star of Bethlehem: Helps when you experience trauma, serious news, loss of someone dear, the fright following an accident etc. The distress and unhappiness feels unbearable.
Sweet Chestnut: Helps you at moments when the anguish is too great and seem to be unbearable. Your mind or body feels as if it has tolerated the uttermost limit of its endurance. It feels as there is nothing but destruction and annihilation left to face.
Willow: Helps when you have suffered adversity or misfortune and find it difficult to accept. You feel sorry for yourself and are grumble and sulky.
More information on the other groups can be found here.
How to take the Remedies
You make a Bach Flower treatment bottle by adding 2 drops of each of the selected Bach Flower Remedies to a 30 ml dropper bottle. You can combine up to 6 or 7 Remedies in a treatment bottle.
As preservative (optional) you can add 1-2 teaspoons of brandy, apple cider vinegar or vegetable glycerin. You then fill the bottle to the top with water. From this mixture you take 4 drops (or 2 sprays), 4 times a day until you feel better.
If you wake up one day feeling a bit out of sort, you can add 1-2 drops of a remedy or more, to a drink and take small sips throughout the day until you feel better.
Rescue Remedy can be taken as often as needed, either by adding 4 drops directly in your mouth or adding 2-4 drops in a glass of water and drink it slowly over a period of time.
And may we ever have joy and gratitude in our hearts that the Great Creator of all things, in His Love for us, has placed the herbs in the fields for His healing.
“Heal Thyself" by Dr. Bach