Gentian 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. Gentian is specifically associated with addressing issues related to discouragement, doubt, and despondency.

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

  1. Doubt and Discouragement: Individuals in need of Gentian may experience frequent doubt and discouragement, particularly in the face of setbacks or challenges. They may have a tendency to give up easily when faced with obstacles.
  2. Easily Disheartened: They may find it difficult to maintain a positive outlook when things don’t go as planned, and they may become despondent or gloomy.
  3. Lack of Resilience: People requiring Gentian may lack the resilience and determination to persevere through difficulties.


Gentian is intended to provide support for those who need to regain their sense of hope and confidence in the face of adversity. By taking Gentian as a Bach Flower Remedy, individuals are believed to become more optimistic, persistent, and better able to overcome obstacles.

Like other Bach Flower Remedies, Gentian 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 feelings of doubt and discouragement are persistent or significantly impacting one’s well-being. If you or someone you know is struggling with these issues, seeking guidance from a qualified mental health professional may be beneficial.

GENTIAN – DESPONDENCY. These people become easily depressed and discouraged when things go wrong or difficulties arise. Easily disheartened by small setbacks.

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