Crab apple

Crab apple

Crab Apple 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. Crab Apple is specifically associated with addressing issues related to cleanliness, self-acceptance, and the desire for purity.

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

  1. Obsession with Cleanliness: Individuals in need of Crab Apple may have an excessive preoccupation with cleanliness and hygiene. They may feel disturbed by minor imperfections or impurities in their environment or themselves.
  2. Self-Criticism and Self-Image: They may struggle with feelings of self-disgust, shame, or negative self-image. This could be related to physical appearance or perceived flaws.
  3. Overwhelmed by Small Problems: People requiring Crab Apple may become overly distressed by small issues or imperfections in their life, causing them to lose perspective.
  4. Desire for Purity: They often have a strong desire for purity, both internally and externally.


Crab Apple is intended to promote a more balanced and accepting perspective on oneself and one’s environment. By taking Crab Apple as a Bach Flower Remedy, individuals are believed to become less critical, more self-accepting, and able to embrace imperfections as a natural part of life.

Like other Bach Flower Remedies, Crab Apple 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 self-acceptance and cleanliness are causing significant distress or impacting one’s quality of life. If you or someone you know is struggling with these issues, seeking guidance from a qualified mental health professional may be beneficial.

CRAB APPLE – THE “CLEANSER” SELF-DISGUST OR DETESTATION. Ashamed of ailments. Symptoms may include obsessive house cleaning frequent hand washing or obsession with trivialities.

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