Mustard Bach Flower Remedy
Key Word - Joy | Bach Group - Lack of Interest
What Does Mustard Help With...
Mustard helps those who from time to time experience a black cloud of gloom that comes and goes for no reason that is obvious. Those in this state feel despairing and unable to cover over how they feel. They withdraw into themselves, feeling separate and isolated from the rest of the world. Mustard helps to dispel the blackness, bringing back light and joy.
- Latin Name - Sinapsis arvensis
- Mustard is prepared by the boiling method of potentisation
- Dr Bach placed Mustard in the Insufficient Interest in Present Circumstances Group
Dr Bach’s Description of Mustard
"Those who are liable to times of gloom, or even despair, as though a cold dark cloud overshadowed them and hid the light and the joy of life. It may not be possible to give any reason or explanation for such attacks. Under these conditions it is almost impossible to appear happy or cheerful."
From the Twelve Healers & Other Remedies - By Dr Edward Bach ( 1936 edition )
More Insights Into Mustard
"Mustard relates to the Soul qualities of cheerfulness, serenity, and clarity. In the negative Mustard state you're surrounded by gloomy depression. Out of the clear blue sky, deep melancholy of an unknown origin can descend upon you. It's all around, isolating you from the rest of the world with a layer of deep sadness. You suddenly feel like a stranger in your own land - all thoughts remain held within you and all your energies are seemingly drained by an invisible channel. While this dark force lingers, you're completely at its mercy and there is no trick in the world, neither a diversion nor common sense, to help you escape from the nightmare." The Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy by Mechthild Scheffer
"As an emotional state, Mustard is a kind of depression which waits, unseen, for an opportunity to surface. Its origins will have been in the past, buried deeply, even beyond memory. By looking at the natural history of the plant, two things can be seen. One, the darkness which clouds the light and joy of life comes from within the earth; it is born of past experiences (karma if you will) which the individual carries as unresolved material, ungerminated seeds. To use another analogy, it is like the psychological baggage many carry, filled with who knows what. The second point: Mustard plants only develop when a field is left empty, the soil bare. The Mustard state follows disturbance of the settled pattern of life (ploughing) and only takes root in the mind because there is some inactivity in the will (an empty field). " Bach Flower Remedies Form & Function by Julian Barnard
"'This Remedy dispels gloom, and brings joy into life' wrote Dr. Bach. The Mustard state of mind is a black depression, almost a hopeless, despairing, melancholia which may suddenly close down upon an individual without any apparent reason. It may lift just as suddenly as it comes, but while it lasts, it envelops the person like a black cloud that shuts all the pleasure and joy of life. The depression is of such a severe nature that it takes away the interest in the daily routine of life. It becomes impossible for the sufferer to be happy, cheerful, or even normal in his thoughts, for they are all turned upon himself. It is all the more distressing because it is impossible to become free of it until it lifts of its own accord, and because there seems to be no explanation for its coming on, or its leaving." Illustrated Handbook of the Bach Flower Remedies by Philip Chancellor
The Insufficient Interest in Present Circumstances Group
Dr Bach placed his 38 Bach Flower Remedies in seven main groups. As mentioned, Mustard is in the Insufficient Interest in Present Circumstances Group which contains the following remedies: Chestnut Bud - inability to learn ones lessons, Clematis - dreamy, absent minded, Honeysuckle - living in the past, homesickness, Mustard - gloom, despair for no apparent reason, Olive - tiredness, exhaustion, White Chestnut - thoughts buzzing around in head and Wild Rose - apathy, lack of enthusiasm.