Impatiens details

Latin Name: Impatiens glandulifera

Group: The first twelve essences

Emotional Group: Loneliness

Failing: Impatient

Personality: Irritable

Virtue: Forgiveness

Method: Sun


Those who are quick in thought and action and wish all things to be done without hesitation or delay. When ill they are anxious for a hasty recovery. [Bach: Twelve Healers and Other Remedies 1936]


You are striving for exquisite gentleness and forgiveness, and that beautiful mauve flower, Impatiens, which grows along the sides of some Welsh streams, will, with its blessing, help you along the road. [Bach]

State of Being

At all times when there is impatience. Impatient with themselves, wanting to hurry things, wanting to do things quickly, wanting to get well at once, to be out and about again. Impatient with others, irritable over little things, difficult to keep their temper. Cannot wait. This state is common and often a good sign during convalescence, and the restfulness this remedy brings hastens recovery. There is often impatience in severe pain and so Impatiens is of great value at those times to relieve the pain and calm the patient.



Impatiens is in Five Flower and Five Flower Natural Cream and also Rest combination.



Impatiens grows along the banks of streams and rivers, the seeds travelling in the water. It will grow in full light or shade and accepts varying soils, unless markedly acid. It prefers damp ground. Frost sensitivity may be a limiting factor in its distribution outside of its native land.

Impatiens is found throughout Britain.

Impatiens - Form and Function

Now, a strange thing happens with the Impatiens plant. When the pods are ripe the seeds are shot away from the plant with an explosive force, like bullets from a gun. You can experience this if you touch the pods or if any movement nearby triggers them. The sides of the pod break open, drawing back like a coiled spring, and all with such force (action and reaction being equal and opposite) that the seeds can be fired several yards. You hear them splattering like lead shot on to the leaves nearby.

This explosive tension is very illustrative of the Impatiens type. Remember Victor Bullen’s comment on Dr Bach - ‘quick to anger, but quickly over’? This is the sparky irritability of the Impatiens which shows itself in unexpected outbursts of energy. Clairvoyants who see auras, the colourful energy fields that surround the physical body, speak of the constant sparky explosions of irritation and tension that we see in such people: small bursts of fire which accompany the irritation of ‘…tschk! Oh for goodness sake! If you can’t do it properly give it to me.’