Crab Apple


Crab Apple details

Latin Name: Malus sylvestris

Group: Second Nineteen

Emotional Group: Despondency or despair

Emotional response: Feeling unclean

Method: Boiling


This is the remedy of cleansing. For those who feel as if they had something not quite clean about themselves. Often it is something of apparently little importance: in others there may be more serious disease which is almost disregarded compared to the one thing on which they concentrate. In both types they are anxious to be free from the one particular thing which is greatest in their minds and which seems so essential to them that it should be cured. They become despondent if treatment fails. Being a cleanser, this remedy purifies wounds if the patient has reason to believe that some poison has entered which must be drawn out. [Bach: Twelve Healers and Other Remedies 1936]


Never for one moment should we become engrossed or over-anxious about them [our bodies], but learn to be as little conscious of their existence as possible, using them as a vehicle of our Soul and mind and as servants to do our will. [Bach: Collected Writings]

Emotional State

The remedy for cleansing. For those who feel in some way unclean, contaminated, often minor ailment which assumes great importance in the mind of sufferer causing despondency and self-disgust. Applicable to physical or psychological condition, wherever there is something repellant to the self, the remedy restores a sense of proportion. Symptoms may include skin ailments, poison in the body or a wound, unwholesome habits. [Barnard: Guide to the Bach Flower Remedies]



Crab Apple is in Five Flower Natural Cream combination.


Crab Apple grows in woods, hedgerows and scrub, on all except acid soils.

Crab Apples are regarded as native to Britain since they probably recolonised the land at the end of the ice age. They are found throughout the country but are scarce in Scotland.

Crab Apple - Form and Function

Following closely upon Beech comes Crab Apple. Here the finger pointing and judgemental attitude is turned back upon us, not in order to question something fundamental but as we worry about seemingly superficial aspects of our health. In the Crab Apple state ‘often it is something of apparently little importance’, said Bach, people have a feeling ‘as if they had something not quite clean about themselves’. There is a sense that something is wrong and searching for an explanation we fix upon a trivial concern, like the small skin blemish that is most easily seen. Now we know that the condition of the skin is an expression of our overall health – skin disease is regarded as analogous with the disease of other organs and bodily functions – so it stands to reason that the small spot on your nose is a token of a wider internal disorder. But it can be difficult to know what signals what problem. So we can lose a sense of proportion here. At least, that is the one aspect of Crab Apple.