Centaury is one of the 38 flower remedies in the Bach Flower Remedies system, developed by Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930s. These remedies are used to address various emotional and psychological imbalances. Centaury is specifically associated with addressing issues related to submissiveness, people-pleasing, and difficulty in asserting oneself.

The key emotional qualities that Centaury is believed to help balance include:

  1. Excessive Submissiveness: Individuals in need of Centaury may have a strong tendency to be overly submissive, often putting the needs and wishes of others before their own. They may find it difficult to say “no” even when it’s in their best interest to do so.
  2. Difficulty in Asserting Oneself: They may struggle to assert their own desires, opinions, and boundaries in social and interpersonal situations.
  3. Being a Doormat: People requiring Centaury may often feel like they are taken advantage of or feel like they are constantly doing things for others at the expense of their own well-being.


Centaury is intended to promote greater self-assertion, self-respect, and the ability to establish healthy boundaries. By taking Centaury as a Bach Flower Remedy, individuals are believed to become more assertive and better able to express their own needs and desires without feeling overwhelmed by the demands of others.

Like other Bach Flower Remedies, Centaury is typically taken orally in a diluted form, often a few drops under the tongue or mixed with water. It’s important to remember that Bach Flower Remedies are considered complementary and alternative medicine and are not a substitute for professional counseling or therapy, especially in cases where issues related to submissiveness and assertiveness are causing significant distress or impacting one’s life. If you or someone you know is struggling with assertiveness and boundary-setting, seeking guidance from a qualified mental health professional may be beneficial.

CENTAURY – WEAK WILLED; EXPLOITED OR IMPOSED UPON. Usually timid, quiet and passive, these people act out of subservience rather than a spirit of willing cooperation.

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