Chestnut Bud

Chestnut BudChestnut Bud (Aesculus hippocastanum) is also known as the Learning Flower – from superficiality to experience.

“For those who do not take full advantage of observation and experience, and who take a longer time than others to learn the lessons of daily life. Whereas one experience would be enough for some, such people find it necessary to have more, sometimes several, before the lesson is learnt. Therefore, to their regret, they find themselves having to make the same error on different occasions when once would have been enough, or observation of others could have spared them even that one fault.” Edward Bach

Chestnut Bud relates to the soul’s potential for learning.  If you’re in a negative Chestnut Bud state you have a problem finding the right means to coordinate your internal world of thought with the physical reality around you. You tend to repeat the same mistakes over and over and never seem to learn from experience.

Some of the characteristics to look for are:

  • You keep getting into the same problems, arguments with the same people, the same kind of accidents and so on
  • You’re always two steps ahead of yourself in your thoughts, you are inattentive or uninterested in the problems at hand
  • You prefer to start new activities rather than take some time to quietly digest past experiences
  • You seem to learn very slowly from life, whether from lack of interest, inner haste or lack of observation
  • You don’t draw enough from experience and you don’t evaluate events in sufficient depth
  • You never consider that you could learn from the experience of others
  • You don’t pay attention during conversation, instead planning your next question while your partner speaks
  • When you solve a problem in your imagination, you lose interest in implanting the solution, or may do it superficially
  • When a machine isn’t working (such as a computer or answerphone) you tend to simply push buttons instead of consulting the manual
  • You seem to be careless or naïve
  • You appear mentally clumsy and are slow to show any progress
  • You have learning disabilities, blocks, or delayed development
  • Chronic physical illness, perhaps migraine, acne, or some more acute problems, may also belong to this pattern

Even if only one of two of these patterns precisely match your present situation, you need Chestnut Bud.

The positive potential for taking this remedy include becoming more mentally dexterous and enjoy learning. You’re always interested in learning more and are able to make the time and peace you need to do so. You regularly observe your own behaviour patterns and reactions in daily life. You learn by observing the experiences of others. You’re able to comprehend complex situations more quickly and you foresee possible mistakes early on. You make the best use of your daily experiences for ongoing development.

Empowering statements

  • I am paying attention
  • I listen carefully
  • I am learning


Note: taken from the Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy by Mechthild Scheffer