Introduction to the Bach Flowers Part IV: Aspen and Wild Oat

By Elizabeth Keller, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Psychotherapist,

Certified Hynotherapist

August, 2009

Greetings, once again, to all of you who have an interest in holistic healing and a commitment to making natural, inexpensive modalities accessible to all.

I am continuing this column to acquaint you with 38 of my dearest friends, the Bach Flower Essences. They were originally developed by Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930s as homeopathic derivatives of flowers from his native Wales. The essences address emotional pain and are completely safe and non-addictive. Up to 10 or even 12 essences may be combined in one dosing bottle. Dosing is usually 4 drops 4 times a day, under the tongue. The dose may be increased to every 5-15 minutes in times of great need. The drops may also be diluted with water, in which case they last longer. I choose not to dilute them, perhaps just preferring to think they are more effective if they are more concentrated.

Before we continue our series, I will review briefly. In the first article (May, 2009) we began with a summary of The Rescue Remedy and Holly. The June article focused on Walnut and Honeysuckle; in July we reviewed Agrimony and Mimulus. This month, I am introducing you to two more of the flowers: Aspen and Wild Oat.

Aspen: is the Bach Flower for the fear of the unknown. Fears or anxieties which have an unkown “spooky”, vague, or subconscious origin are relieved by Aspen. It is particularly helpful for nightmares, and for residuals from “bad trips” with recreational drug use (LSD, cocaine). Anxiety about death or disaster, frightening psychic experiences, supernatural (ghost) fears, fearful fantasies, or even psychotic experiences.

I call Aspen the “Twilight Zone Remedy.” People needing Aspen often feel seized by sudden fear for no tangible, specific reason. Potential Aspen users may be thin-skinned, overly sensitive, superstitious or victims of post-traumatic stress. Often they feel blocked from receiving help. They may talk or walk in their sleep. They may be afraid of the dark or of demons or evil spirits, or of being possessed or bewitched. Aspen works well on anxiety attacks and obviously, it works well when combined with Rescue Remedy.

The positive potential virtues that Aspen promotes are inner confidence, security and fearlessness. Aspen’s benefit leaves people with a desire for adventures and new experiences, regardless of difficulties. Aspen enables people to realize that everything is supported by love.

Wild Oat: helps people who can’t find their correct path or place in life. People who are indecisive, can’t choose, lack direction, or feel lost inside themselves can benefit from Wild Oat. It is indicated for those making important decisions, like choosing a career. Wild Oat can also help you clarify which of the Bach Flower Essences to take when you are uncertain. Simply take Wild Oat before making your selections.

Don’t forget that you can combine several essences at once into one dosing bottle. Wild Oat can be used if your have tried the flowers for awhile and have not seen a result; or when too many of the flowers seem to apply to you all at once.

Wild Oat is useful for those breakdown times when you are lost in complete indecision. People who need Wild Oat often are unconventional types who have ambition and potential, but cannot locate their niche. They may feel like they are wasting their gifts due to a lack of direction. They may also be easily bored or tend to be drifters, or may have trouble with commitment, tenacity or persistence. They may want to do things their way, but be unsure what that way is! They tend to fear that life is passing them by which leaves them frustrated and dissatisfied.

The positive potential and gift of Wild Oat relates to the soul qualities of vocation and purpose. Wild Oat provides a clear picture of what to do in life: clear ideas, clear actions to take. It also confers an ability to stick with a plan of action and a set path. With Wild Oat, talents are now used constructively, and the person no longer gives up when bored or distracted.

Well, that’s it for this installment. Once again, for your information, an off-brand is available at, for about half the price of the originals, which are imported from Wales. Also an extremely useful online class for the Bach Flower Essences is available through This is also economical: only $60 with a book included. Official certification is reserved for those taking a 40- hour class with the Bach Centre in the United Kingdom. It costs about $310 US dollars. The most economical and entertaining option of all is to join me for a short course on the Bach Flowers, which only costs $25. Call me for more information: 210 473-1619. I am also the only practitioner of the flowers (that I know of) who uses them to help people transition off psychotropic medications (i.e., antidepressants and mood stabilizers.)

Please stay tuned next month, for more information about Bach Flowers. If you have any particular questions, please feel free to contact me at [email protected]; 210 473-1619; or review my website at If you will send me a brief e-mail requesting it, I have a one page handout that summarizes all the flowers. It wasn’t easy getting them all on one page!!!

References for this article available for your further study are: Bach Flower Therapy by Mechthild Scheffer and Bach Flower Essences for the Family by Wigmore Publications, Ltd., London.


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