GorseGorse (Ulex) is also known as the Hope Flower – from giving up to going forth.

“Very great hopelessness, they have given up belief that more can be done for them.  Under persuasion or to please others they may try different treatments, at the same time assuring those around that there is a little hope of relief.” Edward Bach

Gorse embodies the soul’s quality of hope.  If you’re in the negative Gorse state, you have sunk within yourself, have let go of your aspirations, have become resigned, and have given up hope.

Some of the characteristics to look for:

  • You’re able to imagine a change for the better
  • You don’t dare hope for a change in circumstances
  • You’re resigned and you’re tired inside
  • You no longer have the energy to give it another try
  • You don’t recognise any further possibilities and you’ve given up
  • You say you have come to terms with a prolonged chronic illness
  • You allow relatives to persuade you to try other treatments against your own inner conviction, and are again resigned with the least setback
  • You’ve given up fighting for you destiny, stagnation has taken hold deep inside
  • As a child you had to overcome an extended or chronic illness
  • You grew up with a chronically sick person, someone, for example, with heart problems, alcoholism or psychological problems

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

The positive potential of taking this remedy include a new found hope and are convinced that all will come out tight in the end. You know it’s never too late for a new start and you recognise positive opportunities in difficult situations. You’re able to inspire others with your own confidence and are the  bearer of hope.

Empowering statements

  • I stand tall
  • I am filled with hope
  • I see new opportunities


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