10 Bach Flower Remedies for Anxiety: The Best Natural Remedies for Fear, Worry and Tension
Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, or tension that can be mild or severe. It can be caused by many things, including stress at work, school, or home. Sometimes anxiety can be so debilitating that it prevents people from living their lives normally. If you are struggling with anxiety, you may want to try Bach flower remedies. Bach flower remedies are a type of natural remedy that use flower essences to help support emotional wellbeing naturally. In this blog post, we will discuss 10 Bach flower remedies for anxiety and the symptoms they can help relieve!
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is an uncomfortable sense of worry or fear. Everyone feels anxious at some time in their life. Some people, on the other hand, find it difficult to manage these worries and emotions, they are more constant and may sometimes interfere with their daily routine.
Anxiety is a common problem, affecting millions of people around the world. It's also associated with panic disorder, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and social anxiety disorder (social phobia).
Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
GAD is an anxiety disorder that persists for months, if not years. It affects people's ability to control their thoughts and feelings about a variety of topics, rather than one specific event. People with GAD are anxious most of the time, and even remembering the last time they felt calm is difficult. GAD may produce both mental (psychological) and physical symptoms.
Symptoms of Anxiety
Symptoms of anxiety can range from person to person and can differ in severity and longevity.
Psychological symptoms of anxiety include:
- feeling constantly "on edge"
- difficulty concentrating
- a sense of dread
- lack of self esteem
- withdrawn form social situations
Physical symptoms of anxiety include:
- heart palpitations
- muscle tension
- trembling or shaking
- stomach ache
- feeling sick
- shortness of breath
- pins and needles
- sleeping difficulties such as insomnia
Sometimes anxiety may be causes by certain triggers e.g. a stressful situation or a specific phobia, or sometimes there may be no known reason or it may not be clear to you what your triggers are.
Bach flower remedies for anxiety
What are Bach flower remedies?
Bach flower remedies are a natural and gentle way to support your emotional wellbeing. They are made from the flowers of wild plants and trees and are safe for everyone to use, including children, pregnant women, and animals.
The Bach flower system was developed by Dr Edward Bach, a physician in the early 1900s who believed that our emotions play a big role in our physical health. He developed 38 remedies, each made from a different flower essence. Each flower essence relates to a different emotion which has fallen out of balance in a person.
At Mindful Remedies we offer the ability to create your own personalised flower remedy blend choosing up to seven flower remedies in a treatment bottle.
How do Bach flower remedies work?
Bach flower remedies work by supporting the emotional system. The flowers used in the remedies have a special quality that helps to restore balance and calmness to emotions. This can help to relieve anxiety and other emotional problems.
How should I take Bach flower remedies for anxiety?
You can take Bach flower remedies in a number of ways but most commonly:
- taking the drops directly from the bottle, placing them in your mouth either under or on top of your tongue
- adding them to water or juice and drinking them
- taking them as a cream or lotion that you massage
Which are the best Bach flower remedies for anxiety?
There are 38 Bach flower remedies, each one made from a different flower essence. In this blog post, we will focus on the top 10 Bach flower remedies for anxiety.
The best Bach flower remedies for anxiety are:
Aspen is the flower remedy for anxieties or fears with no known cause. These are vague, unknown fears with no reason or explanation. The person feels like something terrible is going to happen, but they just don't know what. These fears can take on quite an eerie feel, almost like a feeling of being bewitched. The person may feel physical sensations of anxiety like butterflies, trembling, sweating etc. Along with Rock Rose this may be useful for nightmares if the person wakes up fearful and afraid to go back to sleep.
Mimulus is for the fear of something specific e.g. anxieties around health, money, growing old, death, or specific phobias. This remedy is also indicated for social anxiety for those who are shy or dislike social situations. Maybe they fear saying the wrong thing or looking bad. These people may also want to consider Larch which is for a lack of confidence (see below.)
Red Chestnut is for people who excessively worry for their friends or family, always fearing the worst that something bad might happen to them. They may think a harmless symptom means that person has an incurable illness or worry if they're five minutes late home that they must have got in a car accident. They have a great attachment to their loved ones and are overprotective, in a kind and considerate way. However, sometimes these worries can become all consuming and escalate beyond what is rational.
Rock Rose is helpful for panic attacks and anxiety attacks. This is the flower remedy for fears that are extreme, like sheer terror. They can escalate suddenly out of nowhere and may or may not have a reason. Whether there's a reason or not, the fear is very real to that person at that time and can completely take over a person's body.
White Chestnut is for an overactive brain which can often accompany anxiety, or escalate feelings of anxiety. In the negative state, unwanted feelings keep repeating round the person's brain, unable to be blocked out. The person keeps ruminating on these thoughts perhaps replaying an event over in their mind or thinking about what they could have done differently. The brain experiences a constant mental chatter and this mental hyperactivity can lead to distraction during the day and insomnia at night.
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Crab Apple is for a self loathing or self disgust where the person doesn't like an aspect of themselves. The person has low self esteem or a negative self image. This internal feeling of disgust can manifest itself outwardly and they can become obsessive about small things or minor detail, needing to make sure every element is perfect or clean. People who need Crab Apple can often have compulsive thoughts, be obsessive cleaners or need the house kept in a certain way. It is called the cleansing remedy as it helps the person cleanse themselves of negative thoughts as well as helping the person learn to accept themselves and love themselves.
Agrimony is for those who hide their worries behind a cheerful smile. Keep smiling at all times is their motto. Outwardly the person appears carefree, happy and content but inwards they may be hiding mental torment. The person tries to be social all the times in order to keep their worries buried however in the evenings these feelings come to the surface and may cause the person distress. This can often lead to excessive drinking or eating in order to hide one's true feelings. They want to live in an ideal world where no problems exist and will do anything to stop any negative thoughts from entering their mind.
Cherry Plum is for those who feel like they might lose control or are on the verge of a breakdown. The person feels like there's a ticking time bomb inside just waiting to be set off. This can sometimes lead to thoughts of harming oneself or others - in which case please seek immediate help from a medical practitioner.
Larch is for a lack of confidence, specifically in a person's confidence in their ability to do something or to achieve, so much so that they often don't end up trying in the first place. They feel convinced that they will not succeed and therefore don't try. They constantly compare themselves to others, feel they don't match up and feel like second class citizens. This can coexist alongside anxiety depending on the reason why the person feels anxious, and may be helpful for social anxiety.
Elm is for feelings of overwhelm due to unrelenting pressure and responsibility. Normally a strong person, these people feel unable to keep up with the demands currently placed on them, whether that be a stressful job, juggling home life and work or stressful caring duties either for children or older relatives. This is a temporary crisis where they feel inadequate due to exhaustion and stress. They feel like they've completely reached the limits of what they can handle.
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Where can I buy flower remedies?
At Mindful Remedies we offer customers the chance to tailor make their own remedy specifically to their own needs, feelings or circumstances. We believe this is the best outcome for you and will always focus on you being able to personalise your own remedies. You can select up to seven flower remedies per bottle, with any combination across the full 38 flower remedy range. All the remedies described above can be found on our anxiety page or you can view all 38 on the personalised remedy page.
Are flower remedies safe?
Flower remedies are natural, safe and gentle. They are made from spring water, brandy and the flower essences of each individual flower whereby the energy of the flower is transferred via water. There are no side effects and they can be taken alongside existing medication. If in any doubt, content your medical practitioner or GP.
How do you take flower remedies?
Flower remedies are typically taken by mouth as drops under the tongue or into a drink. The minimum dose is four drops, four times per day though you can take more if you feel you need it. You cannot overdose on flower remedies.
What other emotional issues can flower remedies help with?
Flower remedies can help with all kinds of emotional issues as well as anxiety such as low mood, confidence, sleep disturbances, decision making, mood swings, anger, sensitivity.... They can also help during many stages of life right from the toddler tantrums, through the demands of parenthood, menopause and dealing with ageing or grief.
Looking for further support for anxiety?
Traditional treatment for anxiety can be sought through your GP who may suggest either talking therapy such as CBT or prescription medication such as SSRIs or Benzodiazepines. Or a combination of them both. There are possible side effects to most prescription medication, which your GP will discuss with you.
Many people are seeking more natural remedies for anxiety and medical practitioners are also more open to natural forms of treatment these days as well. As well as Bach flower remedies, some herbal remedies for anxiety include:
- Lemon Balm
In addition, you may want to consider lifestyle changes than can help support anxiety including:
- Exercise - which has been proven in many studies to be supportive in mental health for both depression and anxiety
- Reducing alcohol - studies have shown a link between heavy drinking and anxiety as this can interfere with the balance of neurotransmitters which are responsible for mental health
- Improving your sleep quality or length - lack of sleep can be detrimental to whole body health
- Limiting caffeine - caffeine can cause an increase in anxiety by making the person feel jittery or nervous and may even cause panic attacks. Similarly to alcohol, caffeine can alter the brain's chemical balance and impact on mood.
- Practice mindfulness, meditation ore deep breathing - many of us spend our days running around like mad, not stopping to take a minute to enjoy the present or look around at what's going on. By being mindful and present, this can help stop unwanted thoughts or an overactive mind.