If you’ve had a good look through the previous pages you have probably found some Bach flower remedies or other flower essences you would like to try, to help you cope with your anxiety state. So what next?
Bach Flower remedies and other flower essences are sold by most health food shops these days but you can of course also buy them on-line:
see http://www.martinandpleasance.com for Bach Flowers
and http://ausflowers.com.au for Australian Bush Flowers
Most naturopaths and herbalists will also be able to make up an essence mix for you.
If you are not getting a remedy or combination made up for you, then you will need to buy a ‘stock’ bottle of the remedies that you are interested in. You will take a few drops out of the stock bottle and add to a mix of brandy and water to make the remedy that you take (see below). It is definitely cheaper in the long run to buy the ‘stock’ bottles for yourself, as you will be able to make dozens of dosage bottles from these and also have the freedom to create your own combinations as you wish.
Once you have worked out the single essence or combination that you want to take, all you will need is a small dropper bottle (your health food shop, chemist or naturopath should be able to sell these to you), your still spring or mineral water and the brandy (this is to help preserve the mix, but you can make up remedies without it if you wish, they will just not stay fresh for as long).
For Bach Flower Remedies:
Add 2 drops of each essence to your dropper bottle (4 drops if using Rescue Remedy)
Fill two thirds with spring water and top up with brandy.
Put the dropper top on firmly and mix by tapping the base of the bottle firmly into your other hand a few times (more effective than just shaking the bottle).
Label and date (an important step – or you will probably eventually end up with a bunch of bottles and have forgotten what's inside!)
For Australian Bush Flower Essences
Follow the same procedure as for Bach Flowers but use 7 drops of flower essence instead of 2. (Though personally if I was mixing the Bachs with the Bush Flowers I would probably use at least 5 drops of Bachs).
Practically anything goes, it’s not exact science, and you can’t harm yourself taking Bach flower remedies or Australian bush flower essences, but some methods are more efficient than others. Generally speaking, it’s best to take 7 drops under your tongue 3 times a day, including first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
If you feel you need to, you can take the remedy more often but remember that paradoxically, drinking the whole bottle in one go will be much less effective than taking a few drops throughout the day (it’s a homoeopathic effect). If you feel that you’d like to take your remedy more often (in acute situations for example) it’s a good idea to put the 7 drops in a glass of water and just sip from the glass now and then.
It’s recommended you take your flower essence remedy everyday for 2 weeks and then reassess. You may feel you need to take it for longer (and that’s absolutely OK) or you may feel that some other issues are more pressing and instead choose some other essences for a new remedy. Or, perhaps there may be another essence that you could just add to the mix you’ve been taking.
Often you will just start to forget to take your remedy, which is a good indication that it’s done its work.
Australian Bush Flower Emergency Essence/Bach Flower Rescue Remedy
Both these essences are essential and interchangeable. For those moments of crisis when it is too much even to think about which remedy you may need, or when your symptoms have become acute or suddenly aggravated.
For dealing with general symptoms of anxiety and panic
Dog Rose of the Wild Forces (Australia Bush Flowers are in green)
Grey Spider Flower
Cherry Plum (Bach flower remedies are in blue)
For helping deal with stress
For dealing with sensations of ungroundedness/unreality (dissociation)
For those times when doubt and despair set in
Old Man Banksia
When feeling exhausted with your condition
Old Man Banksia
For dealing with unwanted, obsessive thoughts
Loss of faith that you will recover
To help take responsibility for your current state of health
Peach Flowered Tea-tree
Feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope
Fear of symptoms returning