We’re skipping here Impatiens #18 because in my impatience, I published it a few months before! You can find the blog post on Impatiens Bach Flower on the AMCC blog already.
So we’ll skip directly to Larch, a flower that can give courage to those who lack the inner confidence to go forward. Here’s the latin word for Larch: larix decidua – which can help you remember what it’s for. Decidua has the idea of decided, someone who knows what he wants, has drive – which is not the case of Larch. In French Lâche means lack of courage, which again reminds us of the remedy.
People in Larch:
- Feel they’re not as competent as others.
- They lack confidence in their ability to do things well so they assume they will fail, and so they don’t even bother to try.
- Children who need this remedy lack confidence and don’t want to draw attention to themselves.
In Dr. Bach’s own words:
For those who do not consider themselves as good or capable as those around them, who expect failure, who feel that they will never be a success, and so do not venture or make a strong enough attempt to succeed.
Actually, he put this remedy – Larch – in the group Despondency and Despair, charming isn’t it?
According to Murphy’s Materia Medica, we have:
- Lack of energy
- Drooping sensation
- Weary limbs
- Reluctant posture
The mind symptoms can be summarized in this sentence “feels that one cannot quite measure up to the challenges of life.”That’s why the Larch person avoids new opportunities for growth and advancement “what’s the point anyway?” – Fear of failure. Some other descriptions include:
- focused within one self (like Mimulus), worries about oneself
- sadness, despondency, despair
- shy, lack of personal strenght
- lonely, alienation from others
- Lax and dampened, without energy or incentive.