“For those moments which happen to some people when the anguish is so great as to seem to be unbearable. When the mind or body feels as if it had borne to the uttermost limit of its endurance, and that now it must give way. When it seems there is nothing but destruction and annihilation left to face.” – Dr. Edward Bach
The blackest night has arrived. There is no silver lining to be seen.
They're in absolute despair. Everything is pain, suffering and grief. They have fallen into a deep black hole and has hit rock bottom. There seems to be no escaping this vale of tears.
There is no room for hope. They are convinced they have no strength left, that they cannot endure the torture anymore. They do not know how to go on and feel doomed.
The pain is creeping into every corner of their soul. Consoling thoughts cannot enter their consciousness.
Empowering Phrase: I see the way, I take the way and turn to the light.
Affirmation: Leave beginning hopelessness and despair behind and find an attempt at a solution and practical action.
Extreme mental anguish, hopeless despair, intense sorrow
Human indication: When you feel hopeless despair, and you feel an intense sorrow and feel destroyed by it.
The original Bach Flower Remedies is a safe and natural method of healing discovered by Dr. Bach from 1920 – 1930’s in England. They gently restore the balance between mind and body by casting out negative emotions such as fear, worry, hatred and indecision which interfere with the equilibrium of the being as a whole. The Bach Flower Remedies allow peace and happiness to return to the sufferer so that the body is free to heal itself.
The Bach Flower Remedies are made from wild flowers and are safe for the whole family including pets.
The remedies are preserved in grape based brandy and are gluten free.
The 7 Bach Flower Groups
Dr. Bach separated the 38 Bach Flower Remedies into 7 emotional groups.
The 7 Bach Flower groups makes it easier for us to separate the Bach Flower Remedies into feelings, such as fear, despair, loneliness, uncertainty etc.
When we ask ourselves, how do I feel? Do I feel fear, what kind of fear? Do I feel despair, what kind of despair? Then the groups can aid us and determine which of the Bach Flower Remedies will help us get our emotional balance restored.
The Bach Flower Remedies are so simple to use that no science, no knowledge is necessary apart from the simple method described above.
Sweet Chestnut falls into the following group:
Find Joy and Hope - Despondency and Despair
The sixth group comprises feelings of despondency and despair.
Despondency and pain of various types can plague the personality. Bach does not only consider the forms in which pain and despondency can affect the character. He also describes possible causes for the misery and the despair.
Crab Apple: Helps when you feel that there is something not quite clean about yourself. You may need to wash hands often, find things dirty without any reason, you may find yourself ugly although others find you very attractive. This is the cleansing Essence.
Elm: Helps when your responsibilities overwhelm you. You feel depressed and exhausted and may lose self-esteem.
Larch: Helps you to regain self-esteem and confidence in yourself.
Oak: Helps when your inner strength wanes, usually because you are an over-achiever and will overwork and ignore your tiredness.
Pine: Helps when you feel guilt and self-reproach, often for other people’s mistakes or just anything that goes wrong. You are never content with your effort and results.
Star of Bethlehem: Helps when you experience trauma, serious news, loss of someone dear, the fright following an accident etc. The distress and unhappiness feels unbearable.
Sweet Chestnut: Helps you at moments when the anguish is too great and seem to be unbearable. Your mind or body feels as if it has tolerated the uttermost limit of its endurance. It feels as there is nothing but destruction and annihilation left to face.
Willow: Helps when you have suffered adversity or misfortune and find it difficult to accept. You feel sorry for yourself and are grumble and sulky.
More information on the other groups can be found here.
How to take the Remedies
You make a Bach Flower treatment bottle by adding 2 drops of each of the selected Bach Flower Remedies to a 30 ml dropper bottle. You can combine up to 6 or 7 Remedies in a treatment bottle.
As preservative (optional) you can add 1-2 teaspoons of brandy, apple cider vinegar or vegetable glycerin. You then fill the bottle to the top with water. From this mixture you take 4 drops (or 2 sprays), 4 times a day until you feel better.
If you wake up one day feeling a bit out of sort, you can add 1-2 drops of a remedy or more, to a drink and take small sips throughout the day until you feel better.
Rescue Remedy can be taken as often as needed, either by adding 4 drops directly in your mouth or adding 2-4 drops in a glass of water and drink it slowly over a period of time.
And may we ever have joy and gratitude in our hearts that the Great Creator of all things, in His Love for us, has placed the herbs in the fields for His healing.
“Heal Thyself" by Dr. Bach