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.

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

Have you lost your joie-de-vivre?

Do you feel that today is just like yesterday all over again?
Do you feel like your life is beginning to resemble the movie ‘Groundhog Day’?
Has your life lost is zest?
Do you remember the last time you felt a sense of vibrant spiritual vitality?

The Bach Flower Remedy Hornbeam is often referred to as the remedy that helps remove procrastination.
Did you know it also works on a far deeper and more subtle level?

Hornbeam helps people who live too much in their heads find their balance in their physical being.

“The Hornbeam weariness is a state of exhaustion
arising from one-sided demands on the mental level
with no way to balance things physically…”
~ from Mechthild Scheffer’s
The Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy.

Examples of people who may need Hornbeam include:

  • students who have been studying hard for months, and haven’t had time to enjoy a little exercise;
  • office workers who work long hours at their computer all day, watch tv in the evenings, and don’t have time to enjoy the outdoors;
  • people who spend most of their time in thoughts, in mental activity, and in intellectual pursuits;
  • people who take in so much information they feel their head is heavy;
  • people whose lives have become automated as they follow the same routine day after day.

People who need Hornbeam feel that their life has lost all its juiciness – life has become a regimented list of duties that must be fulfilled, with no time left for fun. They feel tired at the mere thought of all they need to do each day.

Hornbeam helps you find the balance between tension and relaxation.

Hornbeam helps you hear the guidance of your Higher Self, and listen to its whispers. Your Higher Self will help you see spontaneous opportunities for fun, and help you allow relaxation and down time in to your world. In this way, when you return to your work it will be with a sense of renewal and refreshment, and your revitalised creativity will transform duties into joy.

Let Hornbeam help you create a life you love, and one that you feel is worth living.

For further information

Talk with your Flower Essence Practitioner about how you are feeling to receive professional advice and a blend of remedies that focus on supporting you.

If you would like more information on flower essences, click here.

If you would like to book a consultation and receive advice and remedies specific for your needs, click here.

If you have lost your joie-de-vivre and then found it again, how did you do it? Share your story with me! You are welcome to comment below!

May your life deeply fulfill you.
May you radiate joy in every moment.
May your unique sparkle be visible to everyone, including you.