STAR OF BETHLEHEM: Ornithogalum umbellatum
The Comfort Flower – From Shock to Reorientation

For those in great distress under conditions which for a time produce great unhappiness. The shock of serious news, the loss of someone dear, the fright following an accident etc. For those who for a time cannot be consoled, this remedy brings comfort………… Dr Edward Bach.

In the negative:…….
Star of Bethlehem relates to the Soul’s potential for resurrection. Those in the negative Star of Bethlehem state have been shocked and remain in a kind of inner numbness. Star of Bethlehem is indicated for all the consequences of physical, mental and spiritual traumatic experiences, whether or not they have occurred at birth or only yesterday. It is one of the most important ingredients in Rescue Remedy- it rapidly transforms any form of trauma and restores the self-healing mechanisms of the the body.

The word “shock” here includes any impact of energy on our bodies or minds that is too strong for our energetic system to handle and therefore distorts the result.

The echos of these experiences are embodied. In some instances it is as if the shock of the incident fractures or dislocates you from yourself and you need to be brought back together again. You hope that time will heal it, meanwhile the trauma remains  with you. It may be close to the surface appearing as nightmares  or as flashbacks or just lie hidden within your negative emotions. It may be suppressed and re-appear during a stressful period later in life.

In The Positive………

Star of Bethlehem rouses the personality from mental numbness, reconnecting it with the Higher Self. The personality reintegrates on all levels, becomes livelier, regains the ability to to cope with normal energies, has greater vitality, mental clarity and inner strength. It has a relaxing effect on the throat or any nervous problems related to swallowing, “stuck in the throat”.

Star of Bethlehem can be useful for new borns to counteract the trauma of cutting the umbilical cord. With Walnut it can ease the change to a new form of existence. Some Practitioners suggest adding this mixture to the infants bath water.

Key Symptoms: ………
These can be the after effects of any physical, mental or psychic shocks that occurred long ago or recently.

Behavioural Patterns in the Negative State:…..
1.   Unpleasant emotional experiences reverberate inside you for a long time.
2.   There’s an old wound in your life that you don’t want to remember.
3.   You let things get too close for comfort, then are unable to cope with them.

Positive Potential:…….
1.   You are able to relate to all shades of other people’s feelings.
2.   You’ve learnt to deal appropriately with your emotional experiences, using them for personal development.
3.   You give comfort to others.

Positive Statements: …..
1.   I feel!
2.   I breathe !
3.   I am alive !


As taken from The Encyclopaedia of Bach Flower Therapy by Mechthild Scheffer


Margie Jones

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