Impatiens - The Flowers

The Magic of Flowers: A Guide to Their Metaphysical Uses & Properties - Tess Whitehurst 2013

The Flowers

One of Edward Bach’s famous original flower remedies and a component of the beloved Rescue Remedy, impatiens’s wisdom has been employed by flower essence and holistic health enthusiasts for the good portion of a century. Although she’s named for her seemingly impatient method of expelling her seeds from her pods quickly and at the slightest touch, she is actually an expert at slowing down, aligning with divine timing, and trusting the process of life. And when the moment warrants such behavior, she is also adept at helping us jump in and get things done. Considering both these aspects of her magic, she seems to be most concerned with helping us get into an ideal balance of enjoying the moment and getting things done. And this, of course, nourishes our happiness, reduces our stress, and supports our success in all life areas.

While only certain recognizable blossoms are usually found in gardens, impatiens’s hardy and fertile blooms appear in an unfathomable variety of incarnations in the wild.

Magical Uses

Aligning with Divine Timing

While impatiens is best known for her ability to help us slow down and enjoy the moment, she is also an expert at helping us act swiftly when the time is right. In other words, she is all about lifting us out of the illusion of human timing and aligning us with divine timing. “Divine timing” may be considered an oxymoron, as time is an illusion, and the Divine is eternal, timeless, birthless, and deathless. However, divine timing might be defined as dwelling in the illusion of time while residing as close as possible to the truth of eternity. This type of perspective not only engenders happiness and peace but also helps bring about the ideal solutions and conclusions to all seeming problems and any situation in which we seem to find ourselves.

Practically speaking, impatiens can help when we feel:

✵ impatient

✵ worried

✵ disempowered

✵ overly attached to the outcome of any given situation

✵ overly detail-oriented

✵ lazy

✵ distracted or seemingly unable to focus

✵ overwhelmed by life

✵ hesitant to begin any project

✵ like we don’t know where to start

✵ like we have to micromanage every little situation

✵ like we are not in the right place at the right time

✵ like time is not on our side

✵ like we are fighting against the tide rather than flowing with it

✵ like there is “not enough time in the day”

✵ rushed

For help with any of these conditions, bring impatiens into your yard, spend time in quiet contemplation with her, or take two to three drops impatiens essence two to three times per day under the tongue or in water. For general stress relief that includes any or all of the above challenges, you might try taking four drops Bach Rescue Remedy under the tongue first thing in the morning and as needed throughout the day.

Being Present

Like the title of Ram Dass’s famous book, spiritual practitioners of every era and persuasion have endeavored to simply be here now. After all, what else is there to do but enjoy this mysterious life experience while we are having it? And, as you might expect after reading the “aligning with divine timing” section, impatiens can help us to do just that. When we enter the moment and let the past be the past and the future be the future—both conditions that exist only in our minds and are never actually here—we are happier and more peaceful, and everything seems to flow smoothly and work out in the most ideal possible way.

Naturally, this aspect of impatiens can help us to:

✵ connect with our loved ones

✵ enjoy the moment

✵ be awake to opportunities and blessings

✵ establish a meditation or yoga practice

✵ concentrate deeply

✵ let go of stress and worry

✵ excel at activities that require focus and relaxed attentiveness, including taking tests, sports, and listening to our significant others


A positive side effect of aligning with divine timing and coming into the present moment is feeling grounded. This is because we are able to release everything that is extraneous and focus on what is here now: the present moment and the earth beneath our feet. For this purpose, try any of the recommendations above.

Magical Correspondences


Element: Water

Gender: Female

Planet: Mercury