How To Use Flower Remedies To Heal Holiday Depression

The Bach remedies and energy medicine can affect your mental and emotional Qi.

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General, emotional stress, trauma, spiritual longing, and energetic imbalances alone or in combination are all major causes of depression. In the case of situational depression, the ability of a person to control responses to stress, rather than becoming a victim of unpleasant situations has a great impact on the healing process.

Homeopathy is one system for doing this. There are many different systems of energetically based flower remedies, however, by far the most commonly used and most easily available are those developed in the 1930s by the British pathologist, homeopath, and research scientist (in bacteriology, pathology, and immunology) Dr. Edward Bach. Dr. Bach took the vibrational principles so frequently associated with Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine today and applied them to balancing emotional states through homeopathically prepared flower remedies. Bach discovered that behind every patient’s situational depression and emotional and psychological disturbances is a vibrational link.

Today one would be hard-pressed to find a knowledgeable progressive thinking scientist or physician who does not at least look into the psychological and emotional variables affecting an individual when attempting to treat a physical illness.

Dr. Bach’s remedies were and still are prepared by placing the petals and blooms of the specific herb in spring water and allowing sunlight to activate their potential. This process is a homeopathic approach called ‘potentizing’ of the remedy. This sun “energized” liquid is then naturally preserved with a small amount of brandy. Those who wish to avoid all alcohol can place the liquid in very hot water to evaporate the brandy.

Because they are “energetically-based,” the Bach Flower remedies offer a spiritual dimension to the healing of depression. The remedies create a system for bolstering faith and hope. Dr. Bach’s system is based on the concept that everyone deserves love and that there is a power greater than ourselves that will help us to restore love and sanity in our lives. The flower remedies are not a crutch, they are a vehicle for clarity.

In fact, if you accidentally choose a remedy that is inappropriate for a specific emotional state the remedy has no effect at all, remaining neutral. The remedies do not work biochemically but rather by gently re-establishing emotional and psychological equilibrium through energetic, or vibrational shifts. While other drug-based approaches as well as many herbs, and nutrients address brain chemistry and depression, the flower remedies do not specifically influence brain chemistry nor do they target specific symptoms. Rather they address the state of mind of the depressed or emotionally stressed individual. They balance chi by going to the person’s energy source. These remedies are considered a transformation event in the treatment of emotional problems through natural healing and homeopathy.

These flower remedies have been used for over fifty years by medical doctors, and psychologists, as well as the general public. Many mental-health professionals integrate these gentle homeopathic remedies into an emotional healing program specifically for depression. They are available in most natural food stores and are easily prepared by adding a few drops into spring water.

All of the 38 remedies may affect depression in some indirect way and as such, I have listed them alphabetically below. I had the opportunity to study in 1976 at Mt. Vernon, Dr. Bach’s home in England, and later with Marjorie Spaulding a long-term master of the remedies who had herself studied with Nora Weeks Dr. Bach’s successor. I also developed a long and deep friendship with the late, Leslie Kasloff, who through his family's Elon distributing company had a major role in gaining recognition for the remedies in the American healing community. A master herbalist Leslie pointed out that the remedies that seemed to be most specific for depression were gorse, gentian, mustard, and sweet chestnut. Through my own experience, I have seen these three remedies, particularly Gorse, help depressed individuals who consistently experienced feelings of hopelessness and despair. Here are a few other combinations that I have seen work effectively in specific situations,

  • Situation depression — Walnut. Larch, Mimulus, Aspen. Scleranthus
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder — Crab Apple, Heather, and White Chestnut
  • Fatigue exhaustion — Olive and Hornbeam
  • Fear: Aspen, Cherry Plum, Mimulus, Red Chestnut, and Rock Rose
  • Insomnia — White chestnut, Olive Vervain
  • Emotional insecurity and lack of confidence — Larch, Centaury, Cerato
  • Loneliness — Water violet, Heather
  • Stress — Olive, Vervain, Elm, Oak
  • Suicidal thoughts — Cherry plum Agrimony

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