Oak Bach Flower Remedy
Key Word - Strength & Endurance | Bach Group - Despondency & Despair
What Does Oak Help With...
Oak helps those who need help to restore the qualities of strength and endurance. Those in need of Oak tend to struggle on enduring all things long after others would have given up. They possess great strength and courage and like the mighty Oak tree itself often provide shelter and nourishment for others. However this is often done at great cost to themselves and can lead to the despairing feeling of being suddenly and completely lacking in the strength to carry on. Often a great weariness comes over them. Taken short term Oak will help to restore strength and fortitude so that they can carry on. Taken more long term it will help the Oak personality to find new balance so that they learn to conserve some energy and reserves for themselves.
- Latin Name - Quercus robur
- Oak is prepared by the sun method of potentisation
- Dr Bach placed Oak in the Despondency or Despair Group
Dr Bach’s Description of Oak
"For those who are struggling and fighting strongly to get well, or in connection with the affairs of their daily life. They will go on trying one thing after another, though their case may seem hopeless. They will fight on. They are discontented with themselves if illness interferes with their duties or helping others. They are brave people, fighting against great difficulties, without loss of hope or effort."
From the Twelve Healers & Other Remedies - By Dr Edward Bach ( 1936 edition )
More Insights Into Oak
"Oak is a wonderful remedy for anyone who has a deeply ingrained hard work ethic"
“Oak is a wonderful remedy for anyone who has a deeply ingrained hard work ethic – working hard, being there for others, and feeling so responsible for everyone and everything that they frequently push themselves beyond their limits without even noticing. Habitually and unconsciously choosing duty over joy, not listening to your body’s needs for rest, priding yourself on being reliable, and finding it difficult to receive support are all signs that Oak could be a good choice for you.” Jackie Stewart - Crystal Herbs
"Oak, the holy tree of the Druids, relates to the Soul's potential for strength and endurance. In the negative Oak state these potentials are used in too rigid a manner. Instead of allowing itself to be guided by the Higher Self through both difficult and enjoyable periods in life, the personality becomes stuck in self-imposed high-performance stress, Life is then a constant struggle. An Oak person has all the attributes of a winner: inborn rugged strength and resistance, almost superhuman endurance, tremendous will-power, courage, devotion to duty, unbending resolve, and high ideals." The Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy by Mechthild Scheffer
"The Oak people appear to be positive, making an attempt to keep on keeping on. "They hate not being able to play their part in the game of life" wrote Bach. Yet this condition is damaging because Oak people ignore the warning signs of a breakdown in their health and need to limit their activity. This is an acquired behaviour, not the true type remedy or soul lesson. Indeed, appearing to struggle against the odds is a way to disguise the true problem; it is a kind of suppression, an unwillingness to face reality. As such, people in the Oak state are going nowhere even if they seem to be brave and purposeful. Theirs is a donkey determination and they need help to reappraise, reassess and reposition the life." Bach Flower Remedies Form & Function by Julian Barnard
"The Oak people struggle on in the face of every difficulty. They never give up hope. They are ceaseless in their efforts to find a cure when they are sick; they are untiring in their efforts to improve their condition. They are the exact opposite of the Gorse type who are ready to give up trying when things look hopeless. Though the Oak type may feel despondent, and though they may often suffer from despair due to the conditions imposed upon them, they will continue to fight. If their poor health interferes with their work, they become disappointed and discontented with themselves. They are reliable, dependable people, so much so that others tend to lay their burdens on their shoulders, and to pass their responsibilities to them." 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, Oak 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.