Larch Bach Flower Remedy
Key Word - Self Confidence | Bach Group - Despondency or Despair Group
What Does Larch Help With...
Larch helps to restore confidence in one’s own abilities. Those in need of Larch have such an in built unconscious certainty of failure that they never attempt new things in life and so never discover their true potential. They automatically feel inferior to others and will stand back, allowing those that they feel are better able than themselves to take up life’s opportunities. Larch helps to remind those with these traits that deep down they do have the ability and restores their confidence to live life to the full.
- Latin Name - Larix europea
- Larch is prepared by the boiling method of potentisation
- Dr Bach placed Larch in the Despondency or Despair Group
Dr Bach’s Description of Larch
"For those who do not consider themselves as good or capable as those around them, who expect failure, who feel that they will never be a success, and so do not venture or make a strong enough attempt to succeed."
From the Twelve Healers & Other Remedies - By Dr Edward Bach ( 1936 edition )
More Insights Into Larch
"Larch is the essence to take if lack of confidence in yourself holds you back. We all have a unique life to live and a unique light to shine but not everybody has the confidence to step into their space"
“Larch is a favourite essence of mine and has helped me to negotiate many situations in life where I have doubted my ability to achieve something that has been requested of me. I notice the need for this essence within myself in two ways. The most obvious is when I need a little boost to my self-confidence to help me to achieve something in the moment. Less obvious is the underlying tendency to feel that I do not have as much as others to offer and a consequent reluctance to step fully into my power so that I can contribute my unique gifts to the world.” Catherine Keattch - Crystal Herbs
“Larch is the essence to take if lack of confidence in yourself holds you back. We all have a unique life to live and a unique light to shine but not everybody has the confidence to step into their space. Larch can help you to find the confidence to step forward, claiming your space in the world so you can share your unique gifts. While Larch can be used very effectively short term to enhance confidence for exams, driving test, starting a new school or job, I find that it’s often a deep and subtle pattern that quietly holds people back from living the life that they’re here to live. If lack of confidence is holding you back in any way, try taking Larch over a period of months.” Jackie Stewart - Crystal Herbs
"Larch relates to the Soul quality of self-confidence. In the negative Larch state you feel inferior to others from the start: "It's a fact that I have no musical ear"; "When it comes to computers, I have absolutely no clue - it's all lost on me", "I just can't do maths." It's not merely a question of doubting your abilities; you feel absolute conviction that you are inferior. Because you are sure that you can't do certain things, you don't even attempt them. Through this attitude you take away from yourself the most beautiful thing life has to offer: the opportunity to learn, grow, and change through new experience, and to live life to the fullest. Rather than unfolding, the personality starves. All that remains is discouragement and a trace of melancholy beneath the surface." The Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy by Mechthild Scheffer
"The Larch condition is not inherent, not something we are born with, not integral to the soul. It grows up as a response to trauma, a response to a particular setback. After an accident there may be a loss of confidence. Larch is there for those who have engaged with life, taken a knock and subsequently feel defeated. Larch calls for the attempt to be made, even at the risk of failure. Bach described this situation by saying that these are people who 'do not venture or make a strong enough attempt to succeed' We all know this, surely." Bach Flower Remedies Form & Function by Julian Barnard
"Larch is the Remedy for those people who have no confidence in themselves or in their abilities. They seldom attempt to do anything because they are sure they will fail. The Larch type is not frightened as the Mimulus people are; it is just that they are convinced they cannot do as well as others. This is unfortunate, because the Larch type is as capable and as good as anyone else, and often superior." 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, Larch 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.