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Latin Name: Ornitholagum umbellatum
Group: Second Nineteen
Emotional Group: Despondency or despair
Emotional response: Needing comfort from shock
For those in great distress under conditions which for a time produce great unhappiness. The shock of serious news, the loss of someone dear, the fright following an accident, and such like. For those who for a time refuse to be consoled this remedy brings comfort. [Bach: Twelve Healers and Other Remedies 1936]
…to remain in such a state of peace that the trials and disturbances of the world leave us unruffled, is a great attainment indeed and brings to us that Peace which passeth understanding; and though at first it may seem to be beyond our dreams, it is in reality, with patience and perseverance, within the reach of us all. [Bach: Collected Writings]
For shock, grief, distress, for those who need consolation and comfort, for bad news, an accident, a fright, a narrow escape, for delayed shock, to neutralize effects of any shock past or present, even the shock of birth. [Barnard: Guide to the Bach Flower Remedies]
Star of Bethlehem is in Five Flower and Five Flower Natural Cream combination.
Star of Bethlehem grows in open grassland on drier soils.
Star of Bethlehem is not uncommon but is most likely to be found in the south and east of England. Old flower books speak of it as being an introduced species to be found in cottage gardens, though if it is not a native species it has generally naturalised.
It is not difficult to imagine that Bach would have occasion to need, or to see the need for, such a remedy, although there is no record of any particular event that prompted its discovery. Nor can we be sure that it came before or after Walnut and Holly in the sequence. It flowers from April through to June, reaching a peak in mid-May. Star of Bethlehem is one of the most significant remedies in the whole Bach system. It is a vital ingredient in Bach’s five flower rescue combination. The action of the remedy brings balance and calm when we are caught up in the swirling whirlpool of life trauma – just such a picture as Leonardo drew. It is the geometry of the flowers that helps us to reassemble the structure of our life when it has been tumbled and broken by shock.
The six-pointed star of this plant is unique among Bach’s flowers. The others are mostly five-petalled, like the rose family (Crab Apple and Wild Rose) or four-petalled (like Mustard and Holly). To see the significance of this, take a piece of paper and a pair of compasses; draw a circle. This circle is one. It is a perfect construction, a line without beginning or end, symbol of unity, complete in itself.
Place the point of the compasses upon the circumference of the circle, anywhere on the circumference and using exactly the same setting (radius) draw another circle. The second circle passes precisely through the centre of the first. One leads to both two and three since there are now two circles and the area between where they overlap – that which joins them. Where the second circle crosses the line of the first there are two more points on which a circle may be drawn. Continue in this way and you will find, if the setting of the compasses is maintained, that six circle fit precisely around the first.