Managing anxiety

We all have anxious moments.

But what if these began to take over and control our lives?

There are many natural remedies that can help manage anxiety and ease the tension in our days.

Homeopathy for anxiety

A combination of all 5 phosphate tissue salts is a wonderful blend that may help calm your body and mind.

Nat phos – is a remedy for fidgety people who frighten easily and are easily startled. It may also help reduce your tendency to grind your teeth, which will help you sleep more peacefully and wake more refreshed.

Calc phos – is a remedy that may help boost energy levels, especially if you have lost motivation due to feeling tired all the time.

Kali phos – is a nerve nutrient and tonic. It is very soothing, especially after times of intense events, mental overwork and business related stress.

Mag phos – may help tight muscles relax.

Ferr phos – may help boost your immune system, strengthening your overall level of wellbeing.

Together these five remedies may help relax tension and boost your energy levels.

Bach Flower Essences for anxiety

Anxiety can have many triggers. When your practitioner is choosing flower essences for you, they will base it on what is alive in you today.

If your anxiety has no trigger, and appears almost randomly in your life, the remedy Aspen may assist you.

If your anxiety is a result of having too much on your plate and feeling overwhelmed with the number of things you have to get done each day, the remedy Elm may assist you.

If your anxiety stems from needing to control your environment, and you feel stressed when all your ducks aren’t in a row, the remedy Rock Water may assist you.

If your anxiety is due to concern about your loved ones, the remedy Red Chestnut may assist you.

If you suffer from panic attacks, where your anxiety is so overwhelming that you feel paralyzed with fear, the remedy Rock Rose may assist you.

If your anxiety is triggered by a particular fear, the remedy Mimulus may assist you.

Reiki for anxiety

Reiki soothes the body, mind and spirit, and fills your being with positive energy. It is a wonderful support during times of heightened anxiety. I highly recommend you see an experienced practitioner, and also learn Reiki yourself so you can share Reiki with yourself at home everyday between appointments with your practitioner.


With the combination of Homeopathy, Bach Flower Remedies, and Reiki, you may be able to better manage your anxiety, and you may begin to see a light at the end of a very dark tunnel.

You are welcome to contact me, to talk about your anxiety and how you are currently managing it, and whether natural remedies may assist you in your journey. It would be an honour and a pleasure to share Reiki with you and to blend together some homeopathy and Bach Flower Remedies to support you on your healing journey.

managing anxiety

Emotions to cultivate

I fell in love with the gentle emotional healing offered by Bach Flower Remedies many years ago. And as time has passed, I find new ways to describe their effects almost every time I use them. I also love connecting with other practitioners, and hearing their perceptions of the effects of these gentle healing remedies.

I also love to read about them. I have recently been reading a book called Bach Flowers for Mind-Body Healing by Jennifer Barraclough. Jennifer is a Bach Foundation Registered Practitionerm and medical doctor in New Zealand.

In one of the appendices of her book she briefly summarises each of the Bach Flower Remedies. I was particularly enamoured with the positive quality she associates with each flower.

Here they are, to inspire you to find the flower remedy that is perfect for you today:

Agrimony – emotional honesty
Aspen – psychic sensitivity
Beech – tolerance
Centaury – service
Cerato – intuition
Cherry Plum – composure
Chestnut bud – learning from experience
Chicory – motherliness
Clematis – reality focus
Crab apple – cleansing
Elm – responsibility
Gentian – trust
Gorse – hope
Heather – self sufficiency
Holly – love
Honeysuckle – releasing the past
Hornbeam – vitality
Impatiens – patience
Larch – self confidence
Mimulus – bravery
Mustard – joy
Oak – relaxation
Olive – regeneration
Pine – self forgiveness
Red chestnut – compassionate detachment
Rock rose – courage
Rock water – flexibility
Scleranthus – balance
Star of Bethlehem – comfort
Sweet chestnut – deliverance
Vervain – enthusiasm
Vine – authority
Walnut – constancy
Water violet – communication
White chestnut – peace of mind
Wild oat – life purpose
Wild rose – zest for life
Willow – self responsibility

Do you need a little more of one or more of these qualities in your life? Maybe some Bach Flower Remedies will help you release what no longer serves you and connect with qualities that have been missing.

Let me know if you need a hand choosing which remedy is best suited for you. I am happy to offer you a consultation, and journey awhile with you on your path back to emotional and mental happiness and wellbeing.

Natural remedies that may help ease grief

Today, I’m grieving. Deeply.

Last night I experienced a great sadness. I found out that a family friend, a man who was like an uncle to me, has passed away. My heart is heavy, knowing that I will never again have a chance in this lifetime to spend time and space with this beautiful soul.

Tears have flowed. I have spent time journalling my thoughts and feelings. Remembering all the joy. Focusing as best I could on the love and the blessings.

Even so, I find my mind wandering to sadness each time I have nothing else to occupy my thoughts.

Reiki for Grief

I turn to Reiki, and allow myself to soak in soothing energy, to help ease my aching heart.

Bach Flower Remedies for Grief

I have Rescue Remedy by my side, and I take a dose whenever I feel tears welling.
Sweet Chestnut, for deep despair, is also helping me through my day.

Homeopathic Remedies for Grief

I also turn to homeopathy for relief. There are many different homeopathic remedies to help ease grief. The potency you need will depend on the severity of your symptoms, how long you have been grieving, and on your level of sensitivity – please consult your homeopath for expert advice on which remedy is best indicated for you, as well as which potency and dosage.

Some homeopathic remedies to consider include:

  • Phos acid ~ may help relieve grief that makes you feel depressed and apathetic.
  • Pulsatilla ~ may help grief where you are weeping helplessly and can’t sleep.
  • Nux vom ~ may help ease grief that presents as anger and criticisim.
  • Natrum mur ~ may help ease grief that is hidden, and can only be expressed when you are alone.
  • Ignatia ~ may help ease grief that expresses itself in many emotions, including inappropriate laughter, crying and sighing.

As I couldn’t sleep last night, and can’t stop crying, Pulsatilla is the best remedy for me today.

Are you suffering from grief?

There are many natural remedies that may help you move through the different stages of grief. You are welcome to contact me to book in for a consultation. Consultations may include a combination of Reiki, and a blend of homeopathic remedies and/or Bach Flowers Remedies tailored specifically for you.



“The practice of forgiveness is our most
important contribution to the healing of the world.”
~ Marianne Williamson

I have noticed that when people forgive, powerful healing occurs.

Who might you need to forgive today?
Perhaps someone who has wronged you?
Or someone who has betrayed you?
Maybe someone who has been rude to you?
Or situations that have not been in your favour?
Or even events that have been out of our control?

Sometimes, the most powerful healing occurs when we forgive ourselves.

I invite to think about who you might need to forgive.
And when you are ready, forgive and be released from the heaviness of the burden you have been carrying for so long.

Are you having trouble forgiving yourself or others?
Flower essences are a wonderful support and may offer you immense assistance.

Click here to contact Andrea to find out more about flower essences and how they may help you release any and all burdens you may be carrying from your past.


Freedom from perfectionism

Have you ever had a headache that just won’t go away? Day after day you wake up with your head throbbing, and you can barely lift your head from the pillow? I have…

For the last few days, I have had one of these types of headaches. It was a headache that was not responding to homeopathy, or Reiki, or rest, or (dare I say) pharmaceuticals. Very frustrating! Especially for a natural health practitioner!!!

Yesterday, I took the day off work. For me, this is extreme. I hardly ever have a sick day. I am one of these people who smile and soldier on, until my health deteriorates to the point that I cannot put one foot in front of the other.

As I was lying in bed, wondering what to do about this headache, I decided to be become very mindful of this pain. I did a body scan, and noticed the tension in my jaw, my neck, my shoulders, down the whole left side of my skull and face. I breathed into this pain, and noticed it lessen somewhat.

I began thinking about which flower essences I might need. I thought about the tension in my jaw, and how rigid my muscles felt. I thought about remedies for rigidity and tension. I thought about remedies for inflexibility, and my mind settled on Rock Water.

Those who are very strict in their way of living; they deny themselves many of the joys and pleasures of life because they consider it might interfere with their work.

They are hard masters to themselves. They wish to be well and strong and active, and will do anything which they believe will keep them so. 

Dr Edward Bach

Hmmm… This sounded very familiar. I realised I was definitely in a Rock Water state, and probably had been for a very long time.

As I continued to mindfully observe my emotions, I also noticed a huge sense of guilt. I felt incredibly guilty that I wasn’t at work. Feeling guilty is a Pine state.

For those who blame themselves. Even when successful they think they could have done better, and are never content with their efforts or the results. They are hard-working and suffer much from the faults they attach to themselves.

Dr Edward Bach

I took some Rock Water and Pine, and went back to bed.

As I lay resting, I felt the remedies working. The tension in my head, neck and shoulders began melting away. I felt as though invisible hands were gently kneading my rigid muscles and reminding them how to be soft and supple.

When my headache had eased to the point where I could move again without feeling like my head was about to explode, I wandered to my bookcase, and picked up a book on Bach Flowers that I have never read. I read Rock Water first… Time stopped as I read these words:

Interestingly, a sensitive taking Rock Water felt ‘gently caressed all over his body’, experiencing a ‘rebirth into reality’ as he put it.

Mechthild Scheffer

This sense of being massaged was not my imagination. Others also experience this!

I then read Pine.

Guilt often tempers the Pine-type person’s whole feeling for life, with the result of physically he tends to be tired and worn out. The joy of living plays practically no role in the life of Pine people. They are the type of people who are never really satisfied with themselves, despite many positive experiences, and blame themselves for not having taken more trouble. A person in the negative Pine state asks more of himself than of others, and if the high standards applied to himself cannot be lived up to, he will desperately blame himself in his heart.

Mechthild Scheffer

I realised that this state of guilt (Pine) , that pushes me to work tirelessly in an attempt to achieve ‘perfection’ (Rock Water), has been with me for most of my life. I realised that this desire to reach ‘perfection’ has been driving me. Driving me to work beyond my limits, driving me to exhaustion…

This headache that did not respond to any remedies I normally prescribe for myself has given me the most precious gift. I have had the opportunity to observe a level of my emotional state that previously I was blind to. I have had insights into how to heal through this, and now that I am feeling so much better I can share this wisdom with you.

Are you a perfectionist?
Do you drive yourself to the point of exhaustion to achieve standards that you would never impose on others?
Do you feel guilty that you haven’t lived up to your impossibly high standards and achieved everything on your never-ending to-do list?

If you answered yes to these questions, Pine and Rock Water may help release you from these limiting beliefs, and free you to be yourself in all your beauty. Joy may return to your life, energy may replenish your being, and inner peace may reside contentedly in your heart.

If you would like to talk more about Bach Flower Remedies and how they may help you, please contact me and I would be honoured to assist you on your healing journey.

Rock Water _ perfect for perfectionists

Releasing the past…

My heart is aching. I’ve recently been through a relationship breakup, and I am still struggling…

I’ve been through denial, I’ve been through anger, I’m moving through sadness, but I seem to be really struggling with the bargaining stage of grieving. In my mind I keep remembering the wonderful times. I think back to what I have lost, and I wonder, what if everything had worked out differently. What could I have done differently? What could he have done differently? How could we have made it work?

Totally normal grieving…

I allowed myself some time to experience the depths of the sorrow… Day after day, these thoughts would rise to torment me…

This morning I decided it was time for a remedy.

I reached for  the Bach Flower Remedy ~ Honeysuckle. 

Continue reading “Releasing the past…”

Dr Bach’s vision for his remedies…

Do you ever read about Bach Flower Remedies and see your thoughts and emotions reflected in one or more of the remedy descriptions?

Do you wish you had the remedies at home, so that you could take whichever remedy you need whenever you need it?

Did you know that Dr Bach’s intention for his remedies was that every household around the world would someday have a set of Bach Flower Remedies?

His vision for the world was that every household would have a set of Bach Flower Remedies so that no one would ever have to suffer the pain of a sustained period of negative thoughts or emotions. The moment an awareness of a less-than-happy state arose, people could choose a remedy, take it, and return to a state of balance.

Continue reading “Dr Bach’s vision for his remedies…”

Have you tried Rescue Remedy?

When my youngest child was a toddler, he went through the terrible two’s. He was a champion tantrum thrower. He would yell and scream and cry… and bang his head on the floor!!!

I had tried everything the parenting books/experts suggested to help him through these tantrums, but nothing was working. I felt completely helpless, and so I confided in a friend who was a much more experienced mum than me.

She suggested we try Rescue Remedy.

Continue reading “Have you tried Rescue Remedy?”