HornbeamHornbeam (Carpinus betulus) is also known as the Vitality Flower – from listlessness to mental freshness.

“For those who feel that they have not sufficient strength, mentally or physically, to carry the burden of life placed upon them. The affairs of every day seem too much for them to accomplish though they generally succeed in fulfilling their task. For those who believe that some part, of mind or body, needs to be strengthened before they can easily fulfil their work.” Edward Bach

Hornbeam embodies the soul’s potential for mental vitality.  In the negative Hornbeam state you feel tired and worn out, like an old rubber band gone limp.

Every office worker knows the feeling when the alarm clock rings on a Monday morning and your routine once gain beckons.  What lies ahead is a largely familiar, monotonous working week offering little variety or genuine responsibility but many tedious demands.  A thousand little things to keep track of, routines to be maintained, unfinished projects to the completed and guidelines to be followed.

Some of the characteristics to look for are:

  • You feel that you lack enough energy to master the demands of everyday life
  • You feel heavy-headed, tired and exhausted
  • You experience mental hangovers, that “Monday morning feeling”
  • Your head buzzes after watching too much television, reading too much, studying too much and the like
  • You expect the work you need to do to be very exhausting
  • You lack enthusiasm and feel mental inertia
  • Upon waking you doubt that you can deal with the days chores, but this feeling subsides after taking a shower or getting dressed
  • Merely the thought of a particular task provokes debilitating fatigue
  • You miss your former vitality and feel constantly overburdened with demands
  • You must push yourself to fulfil daily responsibilities
  • After a prolonged illness you doubt you’ll have enough strength to return to work, despite evidence to the contrary
  • You believe it’s impossible to start work without a stimulant such as coffee, tea or some form of tonic
  • You come to life when something interesting occurs unexpectedly
  • You feel exhaustion after years of performing the same disliked tasks
  • You wake up in the morning more tired than when you went to bed
  • You feel pressure or a burning sensation in or around your eyes
  • You experience connective tissue degeneration

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

The positive potential of taking this remedy include developing a lively mind and balancing variety and routine. You spontaneously leave routines behind to follow an unexpected impulse. You’re sure you can master the tasks ahead without fearing you’ll get exhausted. You know every day is different and can look forward to your regular work.

Empowering statements

  • I feel fresh
  • I have energy
  • I enjoy working


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