Holly Bach Flower Remedy
Key Word - Unconditional Love | Bach Group - Oversensitivity
What Does Holly Help With...
Dr Bach says of Holly that it; ‘opens the heart and unites us with Divine Love’. Unconditional, Divine Love is the highest form of love and one that is present within the heart chakra of every human being. However when this love is not recognised and nurtured the heart chakra gradually closes down and defence patterns of the personality such as anger, revenge, jealousy & hatred take root. Those in this state can also appear to be suspicious, distrustful or supersensitive to real or imagined slights. The powerful energy of the Holly remedy floods the heart chakra with the vibrations of Divine, unconditional love helping to transmute and transform these negative states.
- Latin Name - Ilex aquifolium
- Holly is prepared by the boiling method of potentisation
- Dr Bach placed Holly in the Oversensitive to Influences and Ideas Group
Dr Bach’s Description of Holly
"For those who sometimes are attacked by thoughts of such kind as jealousy, envy, revenge, suspicion. For the different forms of vexation. Within themselves they may suffer much, often when there is no real cause for their unhappiness."
From the Twelve Healers & Other Remedies - By Dr Edward Bach ( 1936 edition )
More Insights Into Holly
"When you live in the stream of love, existing in a state of grace, the heart is open and all people are seen as brothers and sisters. Once you've dropped out of the stream of love, the heart hardens, and you find yourself painfully isolated, cut off from others, and hurt. Because the desire for this love is programmed into each cell, those in the negative Holly state seem to be fighting for their very emotional existence. When we come into the world, all of us want to give and receive love. If this exchange is denied, we experience unbelievable disappointment and hurt, which leads us to build barriers against the very love that we most want but now are certain that we can't have. Because love is such a tremendous power, its dark side also engenders enormously powerful feelings, among them anger, aggression, hatred, malice, resentment, jealousy, vengefulness, and envy. " The Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy by Mechthild Scheffer
"The Holly state is very serious, for it describes all kinds of strongly negative emotions which not only burn within a person but express themselves in destructive, even violent behaviour. It is for jealousy, envy, revenge, suspicion, the different forms of vexation'. Vexation is a nicely old-fashioned word, but here it does not mean a trifling ill humour but a kind of agitation, intensely malicious. More particularly, it means the experience of being shaken by violent feelings (Latin vexare, to shake). Everyone knows what it feels like to be shaken by our own anger or to be shaken by the anger of others. This might well be the most important of the Thirty-eight Bach remedies, since it is for hatred and rage. But Bach put it another way, saying it was a protection from everything that is not Universal Love." Bach Flower Remedies Form & Function by Julian Barnard
"Holly could well be the most important of all the Remedies, for it is the antidote for hatred! Hatred can be considered as the fundamental cause of every difficulty in life, because it is the antithesis of love, and love is the greatest force in the world, for God is love. Hatred lies behind all the negative aspects of the human character. It is impossible to be afraid, jealous, intolerant or depressed if one truly loves, and feels oneself loved, for "perfect love casts out all fear". Hatred is the absence of love, as darkness is the absence of light. It separates one from God and man." Illustrated Handbook of the Bach Flower Remedies by Philip Chancellor
The Oversensitive to Influences and Ideas Group
Dr Bach placed his 38 Bach Flower Remedies in seven main groups. As mentioned, Holly is in the Oversensitive to Influences and Ideas Group which contains the following remedies: Agrimony - smiles hide inner worry, Centaury - weak willed, subservient, Holly - anger, jealousy, suspicion and Walnut - change, need for adaptability, protection.