Gorse 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. Gorse is specifically associated with addressing issues related to hopelessness and despair.

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

  1. Hopelessness: Individuals in need of Gorse may experience a profound and deep-seated sense of hopelessness. They may believe that their situation or their emotional state is beyond help or improvement.
  2. Despair: They may feel a sense of despair and have a pessimistic outlook on life, often characterized by a belief that nothing will ever get better.
  3. Lack of Faith: People requiring Gorse may lack faith in the possibility of healing or change, both in themselves and in their circumstances.


Gorse is intended to provide support for those who are experiencing a loss of hope and who need to regain a sense of optimism and faith. By taking Gorse as a Bach Flower Remedy, individuals are believed to become more open to the possibility of improvement and healing.

Like other Bach Flower Remedies, Gorse 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 hopelessness and despair are severe or persistent. If you or someone you know is struggling with these issues, seeking guidance from a qualified mental health professional is advisable.

GORSE – PESSIMISM, DEFEATISM, “OH WHAT’S THE USE!” Very often theses are people suffering from a chronic illness and have been told (or have come to believe) that nothing can be done for them. They have no faith the treatments they are undergoing will work.

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