Back in my early twenties, I had a bit of a health crisis. I contracted glandular fever and spent months feeling depleted, tired and really MEH. It felt like a huge effort to get out of bed, and I had the sensation that I was literally dragging my body around all day. For a few years after that, I still just didn't feel quite right. The fatigue/swollen glands/sore throat were always lurking, and would reappear after a late night/dynamic exercise/too much sugar. I'd book appointments with various GPs, explain my symptoms, and they would stare at their computers, look confused, and seven minutes later I'd walk out with no solution or direction, and feeling frustrated.
Looking for answers.
I'd heard about a former GP that was now practicing as a naturopath. I booked a session with her, chatted all things wellness over minty green tea, and left with some diet/life-style changes to make, a spring in my step, and a little amber bottle containing a natural homeopathic remedy called a nosode. I was instructed to take a few drops under the tongue a few times a day. The combination of the remedy, keeping to a sensible bedtime, cutting back on sugar, weekly yoga classes, and making time for relaxation helped me to get my health back on track.
My energy levels improved, no more swollen glands/sore throat, and I felt revitalised. That experience taught me a few things:
Trust your body, and listen to it's whispers, before it needs to shout at you!
Burnout can lead to illness.
Most doctors are not trained in holistic wellness, or rewarded for treating the root cause of the illness. They are trained to treat symptoms with pharmaceuticals.
Nature has healing properties that we still don't fully understand. Being open to receive that magic, can be the exact medicine you need.
Take an active role in your own healing and wellness. It's a journey of empowerment and self-discovery.
15 years on, and flower remedies came onto my radar again through this podcast episode with Homeopath and Flower Remedy Practitioner Alexis Smart. She speaks about the vibrational healing properties in plants, the effect emotions play on health and wellbeing, and using the gentle healing properties found in nature to support bringing the whole being back into balance. I was fascinated, and eager to discover more.
The Birth of Bach
Dr Edward Bach was an English doctor, well known bacteriologist and pathologist. In the 1920s and 1930s he left his respected Harley Street practice in London to devote the rest of his life to to developing the Bach Flower Remedies. There are 38 remedies in total, and each remedy is associated with a basic human emotion.
Over years of trial and error, which involved preparing and testing thousands of plants, he found one by one the remedies he wanted. Each was aimed at a particular mental state or emotion. He found that when he treated the personalities and feelings of his patients their unhappiness and physical distress would be alleviated naturally as the healing potential in their bodies was unblocked and allowed to work once more. - The Bach Centre
Flower Remedy to the rescue
For the last few years, I'd been stuck in a pattern of anger and impatience in one particular area of my life. I'd be triggered, and would habitually react in the same unhelpful way. I'd push what I wanted further away from me, feel deeper frustration and resentment, and the carousel would go round again. Gah!
I was actively doing my best with the tools and techniques I had to manage my temper and volatility, but felt that there was something on a deeper energetic level, that was trapped in my body, that needed releasing. After many cycles of explosive drama, I was ready to try something/anything else. After reading through the list of 38 remedies, I chose two, to specifically address the emotions that kept tripping me up. It's recommended when selecting remedies for a bespoke formula, you limit the number to a maximum of five.
Unblocking negative energy & finding balance
As I'm writing this blog, I've now been taking the remedy daily for 6 weeks. The daily dose is 4 drops under the tongue, 4 times a day. Things have really shifted. I feel lighter. Calmer. More patient. It's been a time of greater steadiness and serenity, in my mind, heart and home. Those closest to me are noticing the difference. My habitual reaction to turn to anger and impatience when triggered in certain situations is losing it's grip. I don't have a microscope to see what's going on at a cellular level inside of me, but I would love to know how it all works. At this point though, I'm content to keep rolling with the mystery.
A healthy emotional life and a balanced personality will allow your body to find its own natural state of health. - The Bach Centre
Down the flowery path
I'm excited to dive deeper into the Bach Flower Remedies, and see how they can further support and enhance my health and happiness. Whatever I find helpful, I want to share with you. If you'd like to know more about Dr Bach and the Remedies, click here.
If you're in Sydney, Newton's Compounding Pharmacy on York Street is an institution. Their lovely helpful staff are trained in the remedies, and can create a bespoke formula while you wait.
As always, take what resonates, and leave he rest.
If you do explore the remedies, I'd love to know how you go!
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