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Crab Apple


Malus sylvestris


One of Bach's second 19 remedies.
Prepared by the boiling method.




This is the remedy of cleansing. For those who feel as if they had something not quite clean about themselves.

Often it is something of apparently little importance: in others there may be more serious disease which is almost disregarded compared to the one thing on which they concentrate. In both types they are anxious to be free from the one particular thing which is greatest in their minds and which seems so essential to them that it should be cured.

They become despondent if treatment fails. Being a cleanser, this remedy purifies wounds if the patient has reason to believe that some poison has entered which must be drawn out.


Twelve Healers 1936




Never for one moment should we become engrossed or over-anxious about them [our bodies], but learn to be as little conscious of their existence as possible, using them as a vehicle of our Soul and mind and as servants to do our will.


Collected Writings p151


Habitat notes




General: Crab Apple grows in woods, hedgerows and scrub, on all except acid soils.




Crab Apples are regarded as native to Britain since they probably recolonised the land at the end of the ice age. They are found throughout the country but are scarce in Scotland.


Emotional state


The remedy for cleansing. For those who feel in some way unclean, contaminated, often minor ailment which assumes great importance in the mind of sufferer causing despondency and self-disgust. Applicable to physical or psychological condition, wherever there is something repellant to the self, the remedy restores a sense of proportion. Symptoms may include skin ailments, poison in the body or a wound, unwholesome habits.


Barnard, Guide to Bach Flower Remedies