Introduction to the Bach Flowers Part V: Beech and Willow

By Elizabeth Keller, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Psychotherapist, Certified Hynotherapist

September, 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. In August we discussed Aspen and Wild Oat. All of these articles are on my blog for the Bach Flowers. Check it out at! Enough for the review . This month, I would like to introduce you to two more of the flowers: Beech and Willow.

Beech. I like to tell people: “If all you can do all day long is beech, beech, beech, then you need the Bach Flower Beech.” It is a fun way to remember that Beech works on irritability, intolerance, critical attitudes, and superior and judgmental dispositions. The Queen B—- needs Beech. Most of us have a Queen B hiding in our psyche somewhere. Don’t let her sting other people. Beech is for people who are constantly critical, intolerant of other’s shortcomings. They have a strong sense of their own superiority, correctness, etc.. They can be judgmental, arrogant, and so easily irritated you can’t look at them sideways. If you find yourself walking around on eggshells around someone, do yourself a favor and give them some Beech,,,um, maybe from a safe distance! If someone else gives you Beech, have the grace to take it, please. Beech people tend to suffer from arthritis due to rigid attitudes and tend to have few friends because of the damage they leave in their wake. The positive potential of Beech is the ability to hold strong convictions and high ideals: to be a stubborn and faithful stand for what you believe in. A positive Beech personality sees the good in others despite their imperfections.

Willow. Willow is for resentment and it is one of my favorite gifts to newly weds. I don’t think you can be married to anyone for very long before developing a few resentments. They tend to fester over the years, and then explode and damage the relationship…sometimes permanently. Be careful here…Cancer is a resentment disease. Did you know that?

Willow is indicated for self-pity, bitterness, blaming others or circumstances for one’s difficulties. If you feel short-changed by life itself…if your battle cry is “WHY ME?!” Willow is a good idea. Willow also helps people who begrudge other people of their success. Willow people can be grumbling, sulky, irritable and spread gloom wherever they go. The room brightens when they LEAVE it. Willow people are critical and take without giving. They are ungrateful and alienate people. They are difficult spouses, patients, students…etc.. They are never satisfied, they are reluctant to admit they need improvement, they see themselves as the victim. You may not have a full blow Willow personality, but you will find that Willow will save you from yourself from time to time whenever you find yourself in that hurtful place called resentment.

The positive potential of Willow is the virtues of optimism and faith. With Willow people recognize that their thoughts create the way they live their circumstances. They are able to forgive and forget. In fact, they can learn to not be offended in the first place!

Willow gives the gift of helping people control their own destiny instead of living in victimhood.

As I am sure you are beginning to see at this point, the flowers combine in harmony with each other very well. They create an inner symphony that is complementary in nature. Each flower contributes its own virtues to a healing song in your heart.

You could see how someone who struggles with resenting a spouse feeling irritable due to menopause would combine Willow and Beech! The possibilites are endless. When combining I ask my patients/clients to limit themselves to 10-12 essences in one separate dosing bottle. The real art of the Bach Flowers comes from constructing your own personal healing symphony. You will probably need help with this at first.

Well, that’s it for this installment. Once again, for your information, a wholesale price for the Bach Flowers is available at A very 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) that uses them to help people transition off of psychotropic medications (ie…antidepressants and mood stabilizers). I also combine the Bach Flowers with other healing modalities including the new microchip holograms from cieAura.

Please stay tuned next month, when I will go into detail about Wild Rose and Centaury. If you have any particular questions, please feel free to contact me at [email protected]; 210 473-1619; or review my website at Or the blog .


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