Cherry Plum Bach Flower Remedy
Key Word - Rationality & calmness | Bach Group - Fear
What Does Cherry Plum Help With...
Cherry Plum restores the qualities of balance, calmness and positive control of the mind. The negative Cherry Plum state can be a very extreme and uncomfortable one in which the personality experiences powerful and irrational fears. Those in need of this remedy often feel that they are loosing control of their mind, going insane, or perhaps having a breakdown. They can be snappy, on edge, want to scream or fear that they could be uncharacteristically violent, either to themselves or others. In a very extreme state they may have wide staring eyes and be unable to stop themselves from saying or doing things that are completely out of their normal character. Many women experience variations of these irrational feelings related to their monthly cycle. In all these situations Cherry Plum brings calmness, rationality and peace.
- Latin Name - Prunus cerasifera
- Cherry Plum is prepared by the boiling method of potentisation
- Dr Bach placed Cherry Plum in the Fear Group
- Cherry Plum is part of the Revival Remedy combination
Dr Bach’s Description of Cherry Plum
"Fear of the mind being over-strained, of reason giving way, of doing fearful and dreaded things, not wished and known wrong, yet there comes the thought and impulse to do them."
From the Twelve Healers & Other Remedies - By Dr Edward Bach ( 1936 edition )
More Insights Into Cherry Plum
"Cherry Plum is the Bach Flower Remedy for intense, hysterical, out of control feelings of fear"
“Cherry Plum is the Bach Flower Remedy for intense, hysterical, out of control feelings of fear. You might feel like a pot that’s about to boil over or a pressure cooker about to blow its lid. I experience it quite viscerally as pressure in my upper chest which feels like a silent scream. You’re on the edge and don’t know what you could be capable of if you lose control altogether. Cherry Plum quickly calms the intensity, helping to dissipate desperate, hysterical, violent or extreme feelings so that you feel more calm, collected, and centred.“ Jackie Stewart - Crystal Herbs
"When you're feeling the intense Cherry Plum state it's easy to recognise, but Cherry Plum can be experienced in more subtle and less obvious ways too. You might feel a subtle underlying fear of snapping, losing control or doing something irrational that is more of a passing thought than a conscious intention. A mild hysteria, an urge to break something or to scream might be internalised and barely registered, but there none the less. These underlying feelings can be a background way of being, a barely noticed part of your everyday experience of life. Cherry Plum helps to alleviate both the obvious and more subtle ways of experiencing these uncomfortable states." Sam Cremnitz - Crystal Herbs
"Cherry Plum relates to the Soul's potential for composure. In the negative Cherry Plum state you go to extremes to repress your emotional impressions because you're afraid of them. As a child you may have experienced that the emotions you expressed were unwanted or unacceptable, so you trained yourself to suppress them. Subsequently you barely allow yourself to feel your own emotions. The negative Cherry Plum state is not easily recognized. People in this behavior pattern often appear congested, with a runny nose; or they complain of constipation. More intense states manifest in a kind of forced calmness - the eyes are wide open and staring, and blinking is infrequent." The Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy by Mechthild Scheffer
"What 'dreaded thing' was he referring to? What might he have felt driven towards, knowing it to be wrong? Whence came the impulse and the thought to behave in this way? Elsewhere he spoke of impulses that come upon us', impulses to do things we should not in the ordinary way think about or for one moment consider. Perhaps for each of us the dreaded action is different: suicide, murder, cruelty, perversion, whatever dark shadow fills the mind when the light of conscience is obscured. We each know where the threshold lies which we should not and would not normally cross. This is not a great madness but a small personal battle for sanity and control. Cherry Plum, said Bach, 'drives away all the wrong ideas and gives the sufferer mental strength and confidence'." Bach Flower Remedies Form & Function by Julian Barnard
"This Remedy is for the desperation and deep depression of those on the verge of a nervous breakdown.... The distress becomes so great, that they fear the mind will give way under the strain. They fear that they will lose control of their thoughts or actions, and be impelled to do something dreadful or to commit an act which in happier times they would not consider for a moment." Illustrated Handbook of the Bach Flower Remedies by Philip Chancellor
See Also: "Cherry Plum - One of My Go To Remedies: Sharing My Personal Experience of the Cherry Plum Bach Remedy" Catherine Keattch - Crystal Herbs
The Fear Group
Dr Bach placed his 38 Bach Flower Remedies in seven main groups. Cherry Plum is in the Fear Group which contains the following remedies: Aspen - apprehension, unknown fears, Cherry Plum - fear of losing control, suicidal, Mimulus - known fears, nervousness, Red Chestnut - fear for others and Rock Rose - extreme fear, nightmares.