This time of year can be so stressful. The busy Christmas period and all its difficulties may be out of the way but the New Year often brings with it new challenges and anxieties, from small things like getting back into the routine of work or the school run, to larger ones like December’s credit card bill hitting the mat or how you are planning to keep all those New Year Resolutions.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, worried, fearful or dealing with any other negative emotion which is effecting your day to day life and relationships the Bach Original Flower Remedies* are a safe and natural method of bringing about calm and restoring balance. Discovered by Dr. Bach in the 1920’s the 38 different remedies gently restore the balance between mind and body by combating negative emotions such as fear, worry, hatred and indecision, allowing peace and happiness to return to the sufferer so that the body is free to heal itself.
I was sent two of the Flower Remedies to try out over the Festive period, and they proved to be a Godsend over what was a really hectic month, which saw me juggling my work, hobbies, voluntary roles, and family life with the added stress of Christmas and a family bereavement.
First up was Elm:
“Those who are doing good work, are following the calling of their life and who hope to do something of importance, and this often for the benefit of humanity. At times there may be periods of depression when they feel that the task they have undertaken is too difficult, and not within the power of a human being.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Elm is the perfect Flower Remedy if you have taken on too much and feel stretched to breaking point. When you are overwhelmed and depressed, and worried that there is too much to do and you don’t feel that you can do it all, Elm can restore faith in your abilities, helping you to ignore that nagging doubt.
I enjoy keeping busy and as well as my job, which in itself comes with a lot of stresses and responsibilities, I juggle a couple of voluntary roles and a number of hobbies. When it’s going well it’s great, but throw in an extra upheaval such as illness, or another task that needs attention, and I start to feel as if I’m drowning. December was definitely one of those months, but the Elm Flower Remedy helped keep my head above water.
Next we have Walnut:
“For those who have definite ideals and ambitions in life and are fulfilling them, but on rare occasions are tempted to be led away from their own ideas, aims and work by the enthusiasm convictions or strong opinions of others. The remedy gives constancy and protection from outside influences.” – Dr. Edward Bach
For those facing change, whether it is menopause, puberty, moving house, a relationship breakdown or bereavement Walnut offers protection from outside influences and helps you adjust to major changes, enabling you to accept what is to come and leave the past behind you. This Flower Remedy is like a loyal friend strengthening your resolve and keeping you on the path.
December always seems to bring changes – changes in the weather, of health, of priorities – but in my case it was a fanily bereavement. Hard as it was Walnut steadied my hand during this time, helping me find peace and to realise that this was just another part of the journey.
The Bach Flower Remedies come as a liquid, preserved in brandy. To take them, dilute two drops of your chosen remedy into a 30ml dropper bottle and top up with mineral water. From this bottle take four drops at a time, at least four times a day. Alternatively you can put the two drops into a glass of water, and sip from that at intervals. You can also simply pop a drop of your remedy onto your tongue, however this will have stronger flavour. Individual Bach Remedies may also be blended together to match your precise mix of emotions.
You can discover the full range of Bach Flowers Remedies at Holland & Barrett where they retail at £7.35 each.