Impatiens – courtesy of Healing Herbs and the Bach Centre

Those who are quick in thought and action and who wish all things to be done without hesitation or delay. When ill, they are anxious for a hasty recovery. They find it very difficult to be patient with people who are slow, as they consider it wrong and a waste of time, and they will endeavour to make such people quicker in all ways. They often prefer to work and think alone, so that they can do everything at their own speed.”


– Edward Bach, The Twelve Healers & Other Remedies, 1936



Dr. Bach has described this remedy so well, one hardly needs to add anything further!

All the remedies are for normal aspects of human nature, and most of us will have met an Impatiens type or, at least, someone in an Impatiens mood. It is a common emotion and something we all experience from time to time.

The true-born Impatiens, however, has these characteristics as an integral part of his disposition, which can be exhausting for those around him and make him difficult to live with. Other people may feel constantly on guard in case they get in the way or intrude on the Impatiens person’s time, and the knock-on effect may result in everyone feeling on edge.

On the plus side, Impatiens people tend to be intelligent and have an ability to think and act quickly – something that can be a great asset but can also account for some bad and hasty decision-making.