Crab Apple Bach Flower Remedy
Key Word - Purity | Bach Group - Despair & Despondency
What Does Crab Apple Help With...
Crab Apple aids purification at all levels. Those in need of Crab Apple have temporarily lost sight of their own innate purity and carry underlying feelings of uncleanness, dirtiness or lack of purity, which in extreme states can manifest as obsessions related to housework or bodily cleanliness. They can be fussy, easily upset and have a tendency to make mountains out of molehills when in the negative state. Other indications for this remedy are skin eruptions or compulsive, obsessional behaviour of any sort. Crab Apple can usefully be applied to the skin as a lotion in a little water or added to a bath (10-12 drops), in addition to being ingested.
- Latin Name - Malus sylvestris
- Crab Apple is prepared by the boiling method of potentisation
- Dr Bach placed Crab Apple in the Despondency or Despair Group
Dr Bach’s Description of Crab Apple
"This is the remedy of cleansing. For those who feel as if they had something not quite clean about themselves. Often it is something of apparently little importance: in others there may be more serious disease which is almost disregarded compared to the one thing on which they concentrate. In both types they are anxious to be free from the one particular thing which is greatest in their minds and which seems so essential to them that it should be cured. They become despondent if treatment fails. Being a cleanser, this remedy purifies wounds if the patient has reason to believe that some poison has entered which must be drawn out."
From the Twelve Healers & Other Remedies - By Dr Edward Bach ( 1936 edition )
More Insights Into Crab Apple
"Crab Apple relates to the Soul's potential for order, purity, and perfection. People can get into a negative Crab Apple state when they have very definite ideas that the world around them, their bodies, and their inner lives need to be flawless. Anything that doesn't hold up to this ideal of personal purity will confuse and burden them. It can make them sad, sometimes desperate, and in the extreme case fill them with self-disgust. An uninvited negative thought, a sharp remark that slipped out against their real nature, or a single harmless blemish on their face may cause a great deal of upset. If the wallpaper in a newly decorated room is an inch too short in one corner, they may be able to think of nothing but rushing out to buy another roll of paper to finish the job perfectly. Whatever the flaw may be, it's usually relatively minor compared with the mental energy expended on it." The Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy by Mechthild Scheffer
"Following closely upon Beech comes Crab Apple. Here the finger-pointing and judgemental attitude of Beech is turned back upon us, not in order to question something fundamental but as we worry about seemingly superficial aspects of our health. In the Crab Apple state often it is something of apparently little importance, said Bach. People have a feeling 'as if they had something not quite clean about themselves'. There is a sense that something is wrong and, searching for an explanation, people fix upon a trivial concern, like the small skin blemish which is most easily seen. The condition of the skin is an expression of overall health - skin disease is regarded as analogous with disease of other organs and bodily functions - so it stands to reason that a small spot on the nose is a token of wider internal disorder. But it can be difficult to know what signals what problem. So a sense of proportion can be lost here. That is one aspect of Crab Apple." Bach Flower Remedies Form & Function by Julian Barnard
"Crab Apple is the Remedy which cleanses the mind or the body of that which it dislikes, and that which fills it with despair and disgust. It is the Remedy which restores to us our sense of proportion. There are times when some negative quality in our natures may give us a feeling of disgust or uncleanness. We may have said something that was unkind, or have done some cruel thing which was contrary to our true nature; some habit which we are unable to break may make us feel unclean mentally. Crab Apple helps us to see that when a difficulty has been recognized, it is already well on the way towards being totally eradicated. It might also be that some physical condition such as eczema, a rash, lemish, a wart, a spot, a growth or a mole might also make us feel unclean. These are the conditions for which Crab Apple should be prescribed." Illustrated Handbook of the Bach Flower Remedies by Philip Chancellor
The Despondency or Despair Group
Dr Bach placed his 38 Bach Flower Remedies in seven main groups. As mentioned, Crab Apple is in the Despondency or Despair Group which contains the following remedies: Crab Apple - cleansing & purity, Elm - overwhelmed by responsibility, Larch - lack of confidence, Oak - the strengthener, Pine - feelings of guilt, unworthiness, Star of Bethlehem - shock, trauma, accidents, Sweet Chestnut - extreme anguish, despair and Willow - resentment, bitterness.