Red Chestnut Bach Flower Remedy
Key Word - Optimism that all is well | Bach Group - Fear
What Does Red Chestnut Help With...
Red Chestnut helps those who are fearful for the safety of others. Those in need of Red Chestnut worry for the safety of others, particularly those close to them. When things do not happen as anticipated they will immediately fear the worst, imagining that some harm has befallen their loved ones; ‘they must have had an accident’. A mother who is afraid for her children when they are even a little late home is a good example of this kind of fear, a fear that will immediately vanish when the family members return unharmed. Red Chestnut helps to restore optimism and trust in the Divine Plan bringing the recognition that everyone has their own path and is divinely looked after no matter what happens to them.
- Latin Name - Aesculus carnea
- Red Chestnut is prepared by the boiling method of potentisation
- Dr Bach placed Red Chestnut in the Fear Group
Dr Bach’s Description of Red Chestnut
"For those who find it difficult not to be anxious for other people. Often they have ceased to worry about themselves, but for those of whom they are fond they may suffer much, frequently anticipating that some unfortunate thing may happen to them"
From the Twelve Healers & Other Remedies - By Dr Edward Bach ( 1936 edition )
More Insights Into Red Chestnut
"Red Chestnut people in the negative state are seemingly altruistic in their care for others, always watching out for them in case the worst happens. These are the fathers who can't go to sleep at night until their teenage daughters are home safe and sound after an evening at the movies. These are the mothers who can't be at peace - even late at night - until their grown children have called to report that they've safely reached their travel destinations." The Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy by Mechthild Scheffer
"Bach described the Red Chestnut state as for those who find it difficult not to be anxious for other people. The story goes that he was doing some work in the garden at Mount Vernon, when he cut himself. According to Nora Weeks' accounts he was chopping wood - though we might wonder what he was doing chopping wood at the end of May - when the axe slipped and he 'gashed his wrist'. He was in shock and given first aid but, although 'pale and shaky and almost fainting from loss of blood, it was the reaction of Nora and friends which claimed Bach's attention. He felt their fear and anxiety at his condition made matters worse. Nora noted that, at this time, so acute was his sensitivity that he experienced any worry, depression or fear in other people as an 'actual physical hurt'. Feeling the worry of his friends, he declared that he had just experienced the emotional state for his next remedy: Red Chestnut's fear for the safety of others. A day or two later he found the flowers and made a mother tincture by the boiling method." Bach Flower Remedies Form & Function by Julian Barnard
"Dr. Bach described the Remedy thus: "The Red Chestnut fear is for others, especially those dear to us. If they return home late, there is the thought that some accident may have happened; if they go for a holiday, there is the dread that some calamity will befall them. There is great anxiety for those who are not even dangerously ill, and a minor ailment becomes a major complaint in the imagination. It is always fearing the worst, and always anticipating misfortune for others." This is also the fear which causes a contraction of the breath when we see a child crossing the road in front of an oncoming automobile, or someone slipping from an unsteady ladder." Illustrated Handbook of the Bach Flower Remedies by Philip Chancellor
The Fear Group
Dr Bach placed his 38 Bach Flower Remedies in seven main groups. As mentioned, Red Chestnut is in the Fear Group which contains the following remedies: Aspen - apprehension, unknown fears, Cherry Plum - fear of losing control, suicidal, Mimulus - known fears, nervousness, Red Chestnut - fear for others and Rock Rose - extreme fear, nightmares.