- Depression results when important life-affirming impulses or needs that are crucial to our happiness are suppressed.
- When we know and understand the reasons for our depression, we call it reactive depression (meaning a reaction to unhappy circumstances). Reactive depression is often overcome by treating the condition or circumstances that created the depressed state.
- When the cause of our depression seems inexplicable, we call it endogenous depression (stemming from the mind or psyche). Endogenous depression is much more difficult to overcome and sometimes requires a complete rehabilitation of our world view and assumptions.
Bach Flower remedies can provide some relief for depression and can be a great natural remedy in times of need. Here are some of the basic essences to treat mild depression.
- Mustard: This remedy is a basic remedy for all types of depression.
- Aspen: Depression caused by fear
- Cerato: Depression caused by helplessness or perceived helplessness.
- Gentian: Depression caused by failure or humiliation. It can help restore optimism.
- Hornbeam: Depression due to a fear of failure or feeling that we are not up to the challenges of everyday life.
- Olive: Depression due to weakness or exhaustion.
- Pine: Depression due to guilt.
- Red Chestnut: Depression due to excessive worry.
- Star of Bethlehem: Depression due to an unresolved shock or unbearable problem.
- Wild Oat: Depression due to a lack of purpose in life.
Mustard is the basic essence for depression. Otherwise choose the essences that sound close to what you are experiencing and up to 6 of the remedies can be mixed together at a time for maximum effectiveness.
If you are currently being treated for depression, I do not recommend stopping treatment in lieu of these remedies. These can be added to any current therapy you are on or tried as a starting point. Never stop anti-depressants cold turkey. There can be severe side effects to the abrupt discontinuation of some anti-depressant medications.
For more information on Bach Flower Remedies, check out these posts
- Using Bach Flower Remedies to Treat Seasonal Allergies
- Bach Flower Remedies for the Stomach Flu
- Bach Flower Remedies for Headaches and Migraines
KarlaSource: Advanced Bach Flower Therapy: A Scientific Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment: Gotz Blome, M.D.