The Story of Desperation - Told by the Willows

Willow – Salix vitellina
This is one of the Bach flower range that may die out, in some parts of the world it is endangered. In this case it is not we humans who are causing it, however we are currently facing a natural occurring cross-breeding with the White Willow – Salix alba. Perhaps one day we will no longer be able to make use of an essence made from the original Willow tree, but tests have shown that Salix alba may be able to replace the „old“ Willow essence. Anyway as long as we have got it we shall use the Willow Edward Bach once chose for people suffering from bitterness and grief.


Bach‘s category is „despair and despondency“. There are a couple of remedies in this group. The special thing about a Willow state is, that it needs some time to develop. You will hardly see any children suffering from a Willow related emotional state (although it is not impossible). When something really bad happens, the loss of a beloved person, a terrible accident, a life threatening diagnosis – this indicates any emergency combination and/or Sweet Chestnut. The kind of despair that indicates Willow however comes slowly and needs repetition of the bad luck, the disease or whatever. The first failure usually does not mean too much, everybody fails every now and then, after the second one we decide to put more effort in whatever we want to achieve – but what are we going to do after the 20th failure? And after we applied for a new job a hundred times without any success, will we really prepare ourselves as carefully when we apply for the 101st?


Step by step a self-image of being a total loser is built up. Repeated failures support emotions like hopelessness, faint-heartedness, self-doubt and so on and they end in bitterness. At last we see people who are disappointed and angry at the same time, they feel powerless, at a bad fate‘s mercy and become more and more cynical. They reduced their spectrum of emotional response to just annoyance and anger.

This however is not the kind of anger that indicates Holly. The Holly anger is loud and aggressive, Holly shouts and slams doors and when the inner pressure has been released he calms down and everything is fine again. Willow is angry about his fate, the others, himself and he cannot find relief. He cannot shout and free himself like a boiling pressure cooker. His anger is constant and creates smaller attacks, cynical remarks and aggression against himself. That is what makes Willow the remedy for all who suffer from autoimmune diseases.


Willow is never content, never feels comfortable. A Willow type is constantly complaining about everything, he finds no inner peace at all. His complaining pushes other people away and makes the whole situation even worse. In the end he is not only suffering, he is also lonely. Willow follows a constantly descending spiral.

This kind of emotional and mental suffering finds its parallel on the physical level. People working in hospitals, nurses and doctors know this type of patient very well. Or should I say type of „im-patient“? Patients suffering from constant pain experience no more joy in their lives, chronic pain poisons their lives. Nobody really likes them, these all time complaining people who never smile...

Let us close the circle and return to good intentions. They really do feed Willow states. They increase hopelessness and anger.

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