Overwhelmed at Christmas: Which Bach Flower Remedies Can Help

Overwhelmed at Christmas: Which Bach Flower Remedies Can Help

Feeling the weight of the season but not quite embracing the joy? Perhaps guilt weighs heavy, or the family dynamics are causing a strain. This festive period might feel more overwhelming than uplifting. However, there's a way to ease these emotional knots: Bach flower remedies. Tailored to specific struggles like guilt, overwhelming feelings, or family tensions, these remedies offer a unique path to emotional balance. Keep reading to discover which remedy resonates with your current situation and for tips on how to choose the right remedies for you.

The Difficulties of Christmas

The Christmas season can be an incredibly stressful time for many people. The expectations to be happy and the hustle-and-bustle of the holiday festivities can bring out difficult emotions, many of which take a toll on one's mental health. Loneliness is a common issue among many during this time as family events and traditions may no longer be possible or it may be difficult to make new friends. Furthermore, mum guilt can often arise around this time with pressures limiting the amount of quality time spent between parents and their children. Stress of gift giving, finances or hosting duties may also contribute to feeling overwhelmed during the holidays. In addition, family dynamics often come into play where unresolved tensions may resurface creating uncomfortable atmosphere. 

It's important to remember that although there is pressure to have everything perfect at Christmas time, it doesn't need to consume anyone's soul and move away from trying to achieve an unrealistic fantasy. Valuing quality moments with those you care about are far more worthwhile and looking after your wellbeing during this festive period than attempting an ideal of jubilant perfection. With practical steps such as setting realistic expectations, maintaining routines, having honest conversations and cherishing simple moments being self-aware can help manage stress levels throughout the holiday season.

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What are Bach flower remedies and how can they help manage emotions at Christmas?

Bach flower remedies are a series of 38 different natural remedies, each of which can help ease a specific negative emotion and bring your body and mind back into balance. Developed by Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930s, these remedies are derived from flowers and plants. Each remedy targets specific emotional states, offering a gentle yet effective way to address various feelings and challenges we encounter in our lives.

The remedies are completely natural, safe and gentle. They’re safe for all ages and can be used alongside existing medication. 

Christmas can be a challenging time of year for many and we often need a little bit of extra support with our mental health around this time of year – or to be extra mindful of it. The remedies can help with many different emotional issues that may crop up more often around this time of year (such as overwhelm, guilt or perfectionism) and can also be helpful for existing mental health issues which don’t just go away around Christmas (such as anxiety or depression.)

Which Bach flower remedies can help around Christmas?

Read below the descriptions of some Bach flower remedies which may be particularly helpful around this time of year.

At Mindful Remedies we offer the ability to craft your own personalised remedy, choosing up to 7 remedies in a bottle. If any of the remedies below resonate with you, simply click on the buttons below each description to add them to your treatment bottle. 


Pine is for feelings of guilt, blaming yourself or punishing yourself. Mums are particularly bad at feeling guilty and this tends to be heightened at this time of year. This may be because you feel you should be spending more on presents, you forgot to order the school Christmas cards or you have complicated family arrangements which mean you feel guilty about not spending enough time with some people. 


Elm is for feelings of overwhelm, particularly if you feel overwhelmed by pressure or responsibility, like things are getting too much. There can be a lot to remember, a lot going on, a lot of pressure to have the "perfect" festive season... It's very easy for that to all become a bit too much and for you to feel like you can't keep up.

Rock Water:

Rock Water is for people who are perfectionists. They need everything to be a certain way and have quite rigid thinking about how things should be done. Sometimes these people want to be seen as a martyr or be shown as an example to others but it puts a lot of pressure on themselves and their family members to keep to such high standards.


Oak is for people who are overworked but struggle on regardless. They are stable, dependable and never complain or give up. They struggle on regardless of how exhausted they are until they reach exhaustion or burn out. This remedy can help you learn your limit and learn when to rest.

Chestnut Bud:

Chestnut Bud is for those who fail to learn from their mistakes. Think back to what happened last year... what worked and what didn't? Are you planning on doing the same thing again this year or have you learned from experience? Some examples may be trying to pack too many activities in with the kids and them having a meltdown, drinking too much at the Christmas party or overspending.


Beech is for those who need a little tolerance in their lives (perhaps having to deal with certain family members!) Beech people can be judgemental or critical and easily irritated. This may not be your normal state of emotion but spending time with certain people can bring this out in us. This remedy will help bring compassion and tolerance.


Centaury is for those who can be weak-willed and give up their life to serve others. These people can be easily taken advantage of or have trouble standing up for themselves or having strong enough boundaries. Again, this may be that certain people bring this out in us. This remedy will help you be more assertive.


Gentian is for feelings of disappointment or despondency after a negative event. If something hasn't quite gone to plan and you're feeling quite low, give Gentian a try to help lift your mood and move on.


Honeysuckle is for people who are stuck in the past, yearning for a different time. Christmas can be a very emotional time for many, particularly those who have lost loved ones and now Christmas looks a little different to how it once did. Honeysuckle will be useful if you're wishing things could return to the past or you're constantly thinking of how things were. Star of Bethlehem is another one to consider to provide comfort if you're suffering trauma, grief or sorrow.

Interested to try Bach flower remedies?

It’s easy to get carried away with the Christmas Spirit and forget that not everyone finds this time of year so jolly. For many people, stress, family dynamics, financial worries or loneliness can make Christmas a difficult time. If you find yourself struggling this holiday season, know that you are not alone.

If you’re interested in trying Bach flower remedies, you can work with up to seven remedies at any one time. Through Mindful Remedies you can create your own blend with the right Bach flower remedy combination personalised for your unique situation. Simply choose from any of the 38 original Bach flower remedies and we’ll handcraft your remedy just for you. What are you waiting for? 

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Choosing your personalised flower remedy is about tuning into your emotions, focusing on what truly matters. Here are three tips to guide your selection:

  1. Stay Present: Let your emotions of the day guide your choice. Select essences that resonate with your current feelings; it’s all about the now.

  2. Quality Over Quantity: You don't need to max out on essences. Pick the most pressing issues you want to address. It's about depth, not breadth.

  3. Be Selective: Every essence serves a purpose, but less can often be more. Choosing unnecessary essences won't harm, but it might dilute the impact of the ones you truly need.

Or you can choose to consult a qualified Bach flower practitioner who can help select the remedies for you and provide a supportive ear for any problems going on in your life.

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Finally, if you're looking for a unique wellness gift, we offer gift cards which can be purchased for either a personalised remedy or consultation.

about the author

Since 2021, Lucy Edwards, a qualified Bach Flower Practitioner and the driving force behind Mindful Remedies, has connected with clients across the world. Crafting thousands of personalised remedies, Lucy has supported individuals' emotional wellbeing, shipping remedies to far-flung places like the USA, Thailand, and Australia.

Lucy is readily available for conversations, offering personalised advice to guide you on the path to holistic wellness. It's important to note that she's not only qualified but also registered with the Bach Centre, ensuring that every consultation and remedy adheres to Dr Bach’s original guidelines for expert care and efficacy.