Latin Name: Prunus cerasifera
Group: Second Nineteen
Emotional Group: Fear
Emotional response: Loss of control
Fear of the mind being over-strained, of reason giving way, of doing fearful and dreaded things, not wished and known wrong, yet there comes the thought and impulse to do them. [Bach: Twelve Healers and Other Remedies 1936]
This drives away all wrong ideas and gives the sufferer mental strength and confidence. [Bach]
For desperation, fear of insanity, loss of control, an uncontrollable impulse, nervous breakdown, suicidal, obsessive fear, delusions. Symptoms usually build up over a period of time: pallor, staring eyes, agitation, sometimes nervous talk or obsessive questioning; imminent, mild insanity. [Bach]
Cherry Plum is in Five Flower and Five Flower Natural Cream and also in the Rest combination.
Cherry Plum originates from the Balkans. It is not widely naturalised and is noted as rare in some texts.
Cherry Plum was originally brought to Britain for its fruit and as a grafting stock for cultivating more engaging domestic plums. It is more common in the south of England and usually appears in old gardens rather than in scrub woodland (where sloe will be found). When seen in a garden or hedge it will obviously have been planted there. (It has been widely introduced into hedges and as an ornamental tree.)
This is very much a remedy of light and dark and if we look at the tree in flower in the early spring that is what we see: the intense white blossoms clustered on the black branches, with only the bright beginnings of green leaf buds. Cherry Plum, Prunus cerasifera, is the first white blossom of the year coming before pear, cherry or other fruits, earlier than the blackthorn sloe. It is a slender, small tree with slightly drooping branches, of no great physical strength, even weak in appearance. There are often several stems in the trunk as though several trees are growing together, like multiple ‘I’ forms. The single upright trunk of Oak or Elm betokens a clear and strong individuality, by contrast. It is expressly the problem of Cherry Plum that this individual integrity has been breached. The same thing is to be seen in the bark which is smooth and speckled without clear energetic structure lines. The strength of the gesture is to be found in the brilliant and exuberant flowering, not in the structure of the trunk and branches. The tree is alight with the blaze of the spirit. It shines into the darker recesses of our mind, clearing and ordering our mental confusion…. With the Cherry Plum state there is a pressure from the non-physical world that distorts our normal boundaries, breaking through the controls that would otherwise bring certainty in the process of life. We are right to be afraid.