Red Chestnut

Red ChestnutRed Chestnut (Aesculus × carnea) is also known as the Cutting–Free Flower – from symbiosis to autonomy

For those who find it difficult not to be anxious for other people.  Often they have ceased to worry about themselves, but for those of whom they are fond they may suffer much, frequently anticipating that some unfortunate thing may happen to them.” Edward Bach 

Red Chestnut relates to the soul’s potential for caring and having compassion for others.  The main characteristic of the Red Chestnut state is a powerful energy link between two individuals. People who frequently need Red Chestnut find it very easy to tune in to other people, to identify and empathise with them and imagine themselves in their place.

Red Chestnut people in the negative state are seemingly altruistic in their care for others, always watching out for them in case the worst happens.

Some of the characteristics to be aware of:

  • You experience excessive concern for the safety of others, such as children or a partner, with no fear for yourself
  • You worry too much about the problems of others, your feelings are drawn too strongly into another’s life
  • You feel the life of another as if it were your own
  • You know the feelings of another better than you own
  • You’re afraid something bad may have happened to another person who is late for an engagement
  • You immediately feel the symptoms of an illness another person’s talking about on the phone
  • You’re afraid that behind the harmless symptoms another person describes lurks a more serious disease
  • You’ve been unable to “cut the cord” with someone close to you
  • You constantly warn children or grandchildren be careful
  • You burden others with your worry over their well being

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

The positive potential for taking this remedy includes always knowing how to balance your concern with a respect for another’s autonomy. You’re able to put yourself into another person’s shoes. You can empathise with the sorrow of others without making them your own. You’re able to radiate to others positive thoughts of security, well-being and courage in difficult situations.

Empowering statements

  • I am myself
  • I stay with myself
  • I am me and you are you


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