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17 Hornbeam



17 Hornbeam, Carpinus betulus

Guiding principle:
UNCERTAINTY - Weary 'Monday morning feeling'

About this herb:
Scientific name: Carpinus betulus
Description: Many botanists place the hornbeams in the birch family Betulaceae, though some group them with the hazels (Corylus) and hop-hornbeams (Ostrya) in a segregate family, Corylaceae. The tree can reach a height of 70 feet. The bark is silver-grey . The female and male blossoms have different shapes but are found on the same tree. The leaves are deciduous, alternate, and simple with a serrated margin, and typically vary from 1-3 inches in length. The flowers are wind-pollinated pendulous catkins, produced from April through May. The male and female flowers are on separate catkins, but on the same tree (monoecious).

The aims of this flower essence:
Monday morning feeling, one feels to be too weak to cope with the daily duties. Overtaxing in the daily routine.

Dr. Bach wrote:
For those who feel that they have not sufficient strength, mentally or physically, to carry the burden of life placed upon them; the affairs of every day seem too much for them to accomplish, though they generally succeeded in fulfilling their task. For those who believe that some part, of mind or body, needs to be strengthened before they can easily fulfil their work.   (The 12 Healers and other remedies, 1936)