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Holly – Bach Flower Remedy

Holly Bach Flower
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Holly (Ilex aquifolium)

Holly is often thought of as the remedy for anger, but this isn’t necessarily the case. In the Bach system anger is a secondary emotion, and we need to look more closely at the cause. Anger based on impatience needs another remedy, for example, as do those angers based on feelings of personal unfairness or impersonal injustice, or where there is a simple loss of control.

Holly is actually the remedy for very negative, aggressive feelings directed at others – feelings such as hatred, suspicion, envy, and spite. The basic problem is an absence of love, and the remedy works to encourage our generosity of spirit and an openness towards others.

Dr Bach’s description (from The Twelve Healers and Other Remedies)

For those who sometimes are attacked by thoughts such as jealousy, envy, revenge, suspicion. For the different forms of vexation, within themselves they may suffer much, often when there is no real cause for their unhappiness.


Take 30 ml of cider vinegar and add 2 drops of Bach Flower Remedy to the vinegar and shake well. This solution is now the remedy you should use. To take the remedy do not place the drops onto the tongue as is the usual way of taking remedies, instead, add 4 drops to a glass of mineral water or fruit juice from the refrigerator and take the Remedy that way. If these instructions are followed the remedy will be 0.16%.

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