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Over-Sensitivity to Influences and Ideas


Dr Edward Bach’s description for CENTAURY


Kind, quiet, gentle people who are over-anxious to serve others. They overtax their strength in their endeavours. Their wish so grows upon them that they become more servants than willing helpers. Their good nature leads them to do more than their own share of work, and in so doing they may neglect their own particular mission in life.

– The Twelve Healers and Other Remedies

CENTAURY is grouped in "Over-sensitivity to Ideas and Influences"

The Centaury remedy, as per Dr. Edward Bach, is intended for individuals who struggle with asserting themselves and often find it challenging to say no.

People in need of Centaury may exhibit symptoms such as excessive compliance, subservience, and an inability to set personal boundaries. They tend to prioritize the needs of others over their own, leading to feelings of exhaustion and a loss of personal autonomy. Emotionally, those requiring Centaury may experience a sense of weakness and a lack of inner strength. The remedy is designed to empower individuals to express their needs, set boundaries, and regain a sense of personal agency.

Individuals who may benefit from the Centaury remedy often display traits such as excessive compliance, difficulty asserting themselves, and an inability to say no. They prioritize others' needs over their own, leading to feelings of exhaustion and a loss of personal autonomy. Emotionally, they may feel weak and lack the inner strength to assert themselves in various situations. Centaury aims to empower individuals to establish boundaries, express their needs, and regain a sense of personal agency.

Centaury is categorized under the group of remedies known as "Over-sensitive to Influences and Ideas." This group includes remedies such as Agrimony, Walnut, and Holly. The remedies in this group are specifically designed for emotional states characterized by heightened sensitivity to external influences, leading to various forms of emotional imbalance. Centaury addresses the specific aspect of oversensitivity related to an inability to assert oneself and establish personal boundaries.

Numerous case studies and success stories highlight the effectiveness of the Centaury remedy in helping individuals overcome excessive compliance and assert themselves more effectively. Patients who have incorporated Centaury into their holistic well-being routines report an increased ability to say no, set boundaries, and prioritize their own needs without feeling guilty. While individual experiences may vary, these success stories underscore the positive impact of addressing emotional states on overall mental and emotional well-being.

Centaury is derived from the flowers of the Centaurium erythraea plant, a member of the gentian family. This annual herb is native to Europe and is commonly found in meadows and grassy areas. The essence of the flowers is prepared using the Bach flower essence method, capturing the energetic imprint of the flowers to create the Centaury remedy.

Positive Potential:

The positive potential of the Centaury remedy lies in its ability to empower individuals to assert themselves, set healthy boundaries, and prioritize their own needs. By promoting a sense of inner strength and autonomy, Centaury helps individuals overcome excessive compliance and regain control over their lives. This remedy encourages a balanced approach to interpersonal relationships, where individuals can express their needs without compromising their well-being.

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