Healing Herbs Bach Flower Learning Programme

Red Chestnut

Red Chestnut


Remedy Group: Second Nineteen

Emotional Group: Fear

 

Overview

People in the Red Chestnut state do not fear for themselves but for others. If a loved one is late home, they will imagine something terrible has happened to them. These people experience an overwhelming compassion for others and the world. However, their anxiety causes them great distress. They feel that they cannot keep safe what they care for so much.

Getting to Know the Essence

Listen
Nickie Murray explains how Red Chestnut fear is a natural thing to feel, but unnecessary
Nickie Murray explains how Red Chestnut fear is a natural thing to feel, but unnecessary - http://tinyurl.com/z3mwm82
Read
Study Red Chestnut on the Healing Herbs website
Study Red Chestnut on the Healing Herbs website - http://tinyurl.com/yyg39hgr

Case Studies and Anecdotes

‘I watched my mother-in-law, arms outstretched, following my toddler around the drive, ready to catch him should he fall off his tricycle. I understood her concern, but also felt that this would just make him more nervous. I trusted him to know how to stay safe. Should he fall, I knew that it would be a good learning experience. On reflection, my mother in law is clearly a Red Chestnut type!’

‘My mother starts to worry the minute I say I'm travelling somewhere. She asks me to let her know when I arrive and also when I get back home. She believes she is helping by being concerned about me, which is a natural, loving thing to do. In her mind, to not worry would suggest that she did not care.’

Questions and Reflections

In so many ways the world is in crisis.

How does this make you feel?

Do you have fear and anxiety about the world and the many beings that live on it?

Are you able to find some inner trust that all is well?

How do your friends and family feel about this? If you don't know, ask them.

Plant Signature

Red Chestnut is a hybrid of the much-loved White Chestnut tree. Its bright red flowers, which spring up and outwards from the tree, are dazzling against the dark green of the leaves – they shout of an emergency.

Watch
Red Chestnut – make a note of anything that catches your attention
Red Chestnut – make a note of anything that catches your attention - http://tinyurl.com/zdxshlz
Read
Study Form and Function on the Healing Herbs website
Study Form and Function on the Healing Herbs website - http://tinyurl.com/h3bbn99

Botanical Information

Explore the botanical information for Red Chestnut by following the links below and reading suggested sections on the reading list:

Red Chestnut: Botanical Information

Read
The Essence Within, Julian Barnard, pp. 168–169
The Essence Within, Julian Barnard, pp. 168–169 - http://tinyurl.com/jve5hk9

Questions and Reflections

Look at the five essences in the Fear group and consider the different kinds of fear they cover.

Which ones form part of the Twelve Healers Group?

How are they different from those in the Second Nineteen?

Colour is an important aspect of this essence.

Comment on the colour red in the plant/person signature.

Are there any other Bach Flowers that are red?

Projecting fear towards those we are worried about only serves to send out a negative vibe rather than supportive, positive thoughts.

Do you agree or not agree with this statement? Explain why.

Listen
Julian Barnard’s personal impressions of Red Chestnut
Julian Barnard’s personal impressions of Red Chestnut - http://tinyurl.com/h7hwr43

Journal Work

  • Start building a repertory of key words and phrases.
  • Keep a record of completed exercises and observations.
  • What immediately comes to mind when you think of Red Chestnut?
  • Go out and find a Red Chestnut tree, spend time with it and observe it closely. Take photographs, draw or paint it.
  • If you have the essence, take two drops in water – take this opportunity to explore the effects of the flower within yourself.

Further Reading

Read
The Essence Within, Julian Barnard, pp. 166–167
The Essence Within, Julian Barnard, pp. 166–167 - http://tinyurl.com/jve5hk9
Read
Form and Function, Julian Barnard, pp. 254–257
Form and Function, Julian Barnard, pp. 254–257 - http://tinyurl.com/hkz2t4p
Read
Useful case studies – Bach Flower Remedies, pp. 157–161
Useful case studies – Bach Flower Remedies, pp. 157–161 - http://tinyurl.com/hd2r9mh