GentianGentian (Gentianaceae) is also known as the Belief Flower – from doubt to trust.

“Those who are easily discouraged.  They may be progressing well in illness or in the affairs of their daily life, but any small delay or hindrance to progress causes doubt and soon disheartens them.” Edward Bach

Gentian is the Bach flower that is connected with the soul’s potential for trust and faith, though the term faith should not be interpreted only in the religious sense. Gentian is very helpful in cases of depressed feelings. If you’re in need of Gentian, you would very much believe in a positive outcome but you’re just not able to do so, you always see a glass that’s half empty not half full.

Some of the characteristics to look for are:

  • Even small setbacks have a devastating effect
  • You’re easily discouraged and simply give up when you meet unexpected difficulties
  • Disappointments cause feelings of dejection and depression
  • You react quickly with scepticism so you won’t be disappointed later
  • In every new situation you’re the member of the group who’ll doubt the positive outcome, who’ll play the Doubting Thomas
  • Sometimes you almost appear to enjoy your pessimism
  • Your lack of faith makes you insecure
  • You need plenty of positive feedback and encouragement, even during times of minor crises
  • Even in a situation where things turn out all right, you imagine what could have gone wrong
  • You don’t understand that the reason for some misfortunes may be your own lack of confidence

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

The positive potential of taking this remedy include an understanding that resistance and set backs are learning steps, and you make new attempts with confidence. You have unshakable faith and, despite difficult circumstances, you know that everything will happen as it’s meant to. You understand that there are solutions for all problems and you’re able to encourage and build confidence in other people.

Empowering statements

  • I am confident
  • I expect the positive
  • I know everything works out right


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