We welcome the longer days as do many of the Bach Flowers such as Red Chestnut; Mustard and Wild Rose, flowering at this time. If you are interested in making an essence or two you will need to follow Dr Bach’s method and you too can make your own!

People ask me from time to time if this is possible and, yes it is. I haven’t tried it but I know of a practitioner who has, for own use. You must use the wild variety of your chosen plant.  I am delighted that Nelson’s Pharmacy, Healing Herbs and Ainsworths all make the original Bach Remedies, and all I need to do is buy them!

Red ChestnutRed Chestnut

This essence is described in my Jan. 2016 blog about Carers. The beautiful red inflorescences at this time of year were collected and made into an essence by Dr Bach to aid those over-concerned about loved ones.




I mentioned it in my November blog about Transition  It is an annual, flowering into July.  50-70 cm high. Dr Bach used Sinapsis arvensis, a well known weed on arable land in Britain. It has four yellow petals and is similar to many members of the cabbage family, but this species has dark green, hairy leaves. Others have lighter green, hairless leaves.

A sudden “deep gloom” descends as though from nowhere, blocking the joy of life. It is difficult to shift and the essence may help the return of cheerfulness and joy.  Dr Bach wrote: “ In all things cheerfulness should be encouraged, and we should refuse to be oppressed by doubt and depression, but remember that such are not ourselves, for our Souls know only joy and happiness”


rosa-canina-855413_640Wild Rose

Rosa canina. A lively interest in life, is the positive aspect of Wild Rose.  It is also known as Dog Rose, due to its curved thorns on smooth stems, resembling the dog’s curved canine teeth.  The flowers have five heart shaped petals, large and flat and may be white or pink.

Apathy, dullness, effortless people who are unable to fulfil their potential; when infused with positivity, have a sense of purpose; use their initiative to make changes in their life.

Dr Bach wrote:

“Resignation, which makes one become merely an unobservant passenger on the journey of life, opens the door to untold adverse influences, which would never have an opportunity of gaining admittance as long as our daily existence brought with it the spirit and joy of adventure.”