HoneysuckleHoneysuckle (Lonicera) is also known as the Past Flower – from then to now 

“Those who live much in the past, perhaps a time of great happiness, or memories of a lost friend, or ambitions which have not come true.  They do not expect further happiness such as they have had.” Edward Bach

Honeysuckle relates to the soul’s ability to adapt.  If you’re in the negative Honeysuckle state, you strive to hold on to things in the past and are out of touch with the flow of life.  I

The negative Honeysuckle state keeps a person “stuck” in the past – unable and unwilling to accept the changes of his or her present life, and expecting nothing good to come from the future.

Some of the characteristics to look for include:

  • A pleasant or unpleasant past situation is as clear in your mind as though it happened yesterday
  • You constantly refer to the past in your thoughts and in conversation with others
  • You glorify the past, wanting to have things as they were
  • You wistfully think back to the good old days
  • You can’t get over the loss of a loved one, a pet that died, or a lost item
  • There is something you don’t want to make peace with
  • You’re stuck in memories of beautiful moments – for example, the first ride on your own motorcycle
  • You’re homesick
  • You regret not having taken advantage of a unique opportunity in a personal or job related situation
  • You have little interest in current affairs because you’re mentally living in the past
  • You have no expectations for the future
  • You feel an unfulfillable longing to start all over again
  • You’re unable to give up old memorabilia – shoes or souvenirs, for instance – even after many years
  • You have a very poor memory of your early childhood
  • The picture of a past situation comes up again and again in your mind’s eye so clearly that you’re able to paint it
  • You constantly remember a particular person
  • Others become tired in your company

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

The positive potential of taking this remedy include an understanding that life is taking place in the here and now. You have a living relationship with the past and realise it’s bearing on the present. You take from the past what had true value and awaken it to new life.

Empowering statements

  • I live today
  • I look to the future
  • I take the next step


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