Sweet Chestnut Bach Flower Remedy
Key Word - The light at the end of the tunnel | Bach Group - Despair & Despondency
What Does Sweet Chestnut Help With...
Sweet Chestnut’s gift is its ability to restore our connection to our Soul’s light and love. In the acute state those in need of Sweet Chestnut feel that they have reached the limits of their endurance and are at the end of the road. In this extreme state they feel an absolute and utter despair or hopelessness – a state of desolation in which they feel isolated from the rest of mankind. Often described as ‘the dark night of the soul’ this state can be experienced when the personality is faced with the challenge of confronting itself. The ‘back to the wall’ feeling is the result of the personality’s resistance to make the inner change necessary to move to the next level of consciousness, so this uncomfortable state can sometimes precede a big movement forward. Sweet Chestnut brings back the light and joy to life, dissolving the darkness.
- Latin Name - Castanea sativa
- Sweet Chestnut is prepared by the boiling method of potentisation
- Dr Bach placed Sweet Chestnut in the Despondency or Despair Group
Dr Bach’s Description of Sweet Chestnut
"For those moments which happen to some people when the anguish is so great as to seem to be unbearable. When the mind or body feels as if it had borne to the uttermost limit of its endurance, and that now it must give way. When it seems there is nothing but destruction and annihilation left to face."
From the Twelve Healers & Other Remedies - By Dr Edward Bach ( 1936 edition )
More Insights Into Sweet Chestnut
"Sweet Chestnut is related to the principle of deliverance. People in the negative Sweet Chestnut state are convinced that there is no longer hope for help. Considering the intensity of the suffering it involves, Sweet Chestnut is probably one of the most intense negative Soul states. It represents the apex of a crisis, but doesn't always present itself dramatically. It occurs more frequently on the inner planes, often without the affected person's awareness." The Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy by Mechthild Scheffer
"Nora Weeks mentioned that Bach suffered from a virulent rash which burned and irritated incessantly throughout June and July but that was a small, outward, physical symptom of the mental and spiritual distress with which he was struggling. The Sweet Chestnut state, he wrote, is for 'when it seems there is nothing but destruction and annihilation left to face'. The very light of life has been extinguished: it has been called the dark night of the soul". Bach Flower Remedies Form & Function by Julian Barnard
"Dr Bach wrote thus about Sweet Chestnut: "It is the one (Remedy] for that terrible, that appalling mental despair when it seems the very soul itself is suffering destruction. [It is] the hopeless despair of those who feel they have reached the limit of their endurance." This is mental torture in the extreme. The mind has reached the point where it feels that it can bear no more. It has resisted the stress to the utmost; now all is a void, both in the past and in the future. For the mind and the body, exhaustion and loneliness is total." 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, Sweet Chestnut 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.