When I first began prescribing Bach Flower Remedies, I would give Larch to people who didn’t believe they could do something. It gave them courage to try what they thought was impossible for them to achieve, and generally they achieved it! As my knowledge of the remedies deepened, I began to use Larch for people who went blank in exams too. It worked beautifully for them, enabling them to remember what they knew and express their understanding clearly. I had thought that Larch was the only remedy for people who suffered from moments of low self esteem.
Recently, I have been reading about Elm. Elm is for the times of weak moments in the lives of those who are normally incredibly strong. It is for those who have extended the limits of their capacity for long periods of time. I was intruiged to read that Elm is not just for feeling overwhelmed. It can also be for feelings of inadequacy, that generally are temporary. This was quite an awakening for me. I saw that even strong people can have moments of self doubt, and that Elm may be more appropriate at those times than Larch.
Larch tend to see their limits as lower than what they truly are, preferring not to face challenges, preferring to stay well within their comfort zone.
Elm tends to forget that they have limits, until they reach a stage of being exhausted and overwhelmed.
This has helped me perceive deeper into the state of a lack of self confidence. I hope it will help you decide which remedy is most helpful for you when you have moments of self doubt.
For more information please see Mechthild Scheffer’s book Bach Flower Therapy (published in1988 by Healing Arts Press, Vermont)