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Anxiety And Stress: Which Bach Flower Remedy Is Best?

aromatherapy (1)Inspired by homeopathic medicine, the Bach Flower Remedy System has been found to be very helpful for the relief of negative emotional states such as anxiety and stress. The beauty of the Bach flower remedies is that they can be used as a self-treatment, at any time at home or at work.  They are safe to use with any medication, homeopathic remedy or herbal supplements.

Serious anxiety can be treated with pharmaceuticals, and some types are best treated with a combination of pharmaceuticals and psychotherapy.  Other types respond well with only psychological treatment. Whether the condition is mild or severe, alternative and complementary treatments can be used concurrently to help relieve the symptoms of stress and anxiety.

Relaxation training, breathwork and meditation can be used with any treatment or used alone for self-treatment.  Complementary therapies that can help with stress and anxiety include acupuncture, homeopathy, herbal medicine and Bach Flower Therapy.

Dr. Edward Bach, an English physician, developed a series of 38 flower remedies by looking to nature for flowers and plants that would heal the whole person. He was a successful conventional physician for many years, but became disappointed in concentrating on the symptoms of disease while ignoring the whole of the person suffering the symptoms. He believed that illness is caused by disharmony of body and mind, and that the symptoms are a manifestation of a negative emotional state.

There is little in the way of large double-blind studies on complementary and alternative therapies due to the expense, the lack of financial incentive, and the fact that modern technology so far is unable to measure the effect of treatments on the subtle energy levels.

Although conventional medical practitioners are largely unconvinced of the benefit of alternative therapies such as energy work, herbal medicine, homeopathic medicine and its offspring, Bach flower remedies, there is research which strongly suggests that the flower remedies merit further consideration.

Each of the 38 flower remedies developed by Dr. Bach is suggested as a remedy for a particular emotion or issue.  Two good reference books on how to use the flower remedies are The Bach Remedies Workbook and Bach Flower Remedies Step by Step. There are a number of sources for flower remedies, or you can make your own flower remedies at home.

Flower remedies have been found to be helpful as a treatment for the relief of anxiety. One of my favorites for the relief of stress or anxiety is Rescue Remedy, which is a blend of five different flowers. Rescue Remedy is an important remedy in the first aid kit for several of my friends who have animal rescue organizations.

The animals that come to them have often been through pain, loss and hunger. Some of the animals are brought to them to be re-homed due to a move or perhaps the death of the owner.  Even though those more fortunate ones have not been neglected or abandoned, the animals are grieving for the loss of their family and home. Rescue remedy helps them to recover from the trauma.

A local natural veterinarian offers the flower remedies in her clinic and will suggest them for her patients when needed.  She is very familiar with the skepticism of conventional doctors and veterinarians when it comes to homeopathic and flower remedies.  However, as a raptor rehabilitator certified by Fish and Wildlife Service, she treated owls and hawks that had contracted West Nile.  The experts who had scoffed at her treatments were surprised to find that the recovery rate of her wild winged patients was over 90 percent, compared to the Fish and Wildlife veterinarians’ rate of under 50 percent survival of their birds.

One of my teachers has suggested that we can gather healing energy just by gazing at a flower or plant with an open heart.  He recommends paying attention when we are especially attracted to, or curious about a particular plant or flower, and to always follow up by researching its medicinal qualities.

The foundation of therapies such as homeopathic, herbal, essential oils and flower remedies are all based on the concept of a whole harmony of mind, body and spirit.  These help the body to heal by addressing both the physical and subtle body, and help to restore balance and health on a deep level.  The flower remedies in particular are very safe to use for self-treatment, as they do no harm.  Despite skepticism in the conventional medical field, there is increasing evidence that they may be helpful as a treatment for anxiety.

I would love to hear about your ideas about using flower essences as a wellness practice.  Did it help you deal with stress and anxiety? If Please share your experiences in the Comments section below.

 

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The Best Herbal Treatments for Relieving Stress and Anxiety

The Best Herbal Treatments for Stress and Anxiety ReliefFor millennia, humans have known the benefits of using certain herbs to treat various strains on one’s mental state. Those herbs, the same as they were a thousand years ago, are still quite useful in this day and age. Many people suffer from chronic stress and anxiety, often without finding relief from prescription medication. For moderate cases, here are a few herbal remedies that can be useful in relieving stress and anxiety:

 

Valerian

This herb is the basis for the drug Valium. A nervous system sedative, a cup of tea made from this herb will give a deep and refreshing sleep with none of the after effects that can be experienced after taking a sleeping pill. During World War II, British doctors used Valerian to calm the nerves of people traumatized by bombing raids. On the other hand, tinctures of Valerian are used to stimulate people who are tired all the time.

Slippery Elm

This is a tree that grows in the Northern and Midwestern United States. The pinkish inner bark is used to ease stress and anxiety. It’s such a gentle herb that it’s used for people recovering from diseases. One way to use it is to mix the bark powder with cold water to make a paste, then add boiling water to it till it’s smooth.

Ginseng

Ginseng also helps with stress and anxiety. Types of ginseng are native to both China and North America, though the North American ginseng is protected. The root of the plant is used and it’s a hard plant to grow. Even if it’s grown successfully, the root needs to be six or seven years old before it’s ready to be harvested.

Like Valerian, ginseng can also give energy to people who are fatigued. It also stimulates the body to produce more amino acids, which are depleted when a person is under stress. Some herbalists believe that the best way to take the ginseng root is to eat it raw shortly after it comes out of the ground. When it’s that fresh, the Ginsenosides are at their most potent. Ginsenosides are chemicals that have anti-stress properties.

Chamomile

This herb has long been known for relaxing a person who drinks it in a tea. The plant is easily grown in all types of soil and has a lovely, apple-like fragrance. Many naturopaths recommend using chamomile to ease indigestion, as it’s very effective at soothing the stomach and digestive tract. The blossoms can be added to a warm bath to calm down anxious children, and some herbalists claim that if a pregnant woman bathes in chamomile her baby will not be fussy.

These herbs are all widely available at herb and health food stores and can be used after consulting your doctor and making sure there aren’t any interactions between an herb and your medication. Stress and anxiety are difficult to deal with, especially on a regular basis, so finding the treatment which works for you is of the utmost importance.

Emma is a freelance writer living in Boston. When not writing, she enjoys reading, baking, and indoor rock climbing. Informational Credit to Physical Therapy West Bloomfield