Anxiety is becoming more and more common as we find ourselves living in a high stress and under nourished world. There are many natural ways to support anxiety, each dependent on the situation. For most, changing food intake to real foods such as Full GAPS Foods removes anxious responses brought on by food additives, preservatives or an intolerance. Click here for more information on GAPS. For others they see relief by taking the homeopathic remedy Arsenicum Album (like this one) which is specific to situations with anxiety, chills, vomiting, travelers diarrhea or diarrhea. It can be a B3 deficiency, or an iodine deficiency, or other matter, including a change in the way the brain channels function – such as with Bach Flower Remedies. 

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Bach Flower Remedies (pronounced like the composer) come from Dr. Edwin Bach, (1886 – 1936) a surgeon, bacteriologist and homeopath who didn’t like way his colleagues focused on disease instead of the person. 

When considering the proper remedy for anxiety, Dr. Bach said in his book The Twelve Healers to, “Take no notice of the disease, think only of the outlook on life of the one in distress.”

The Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy lays out each remedy in full, including a remedy checklist and evaluation for self use as well as assisting in using the remedies in practice. 

As with homeopathic remedies, when analyzing Bach Flower Remedies it’s important to match up the most symptoms and signs before choosing a remedy. Some people choose the three remedies that are most fitting. The bottles are small, and classified as a stock bottle. Two drops of the remedy are taken from the stock bottle and added to a teaspoon of water or any other drink, then put in the mouth to be absorbed by the mucous membranes or consumed. It can be repeated every few minutes or every fifteen minutes or twice daily as needed. 

Agrimony is for those who are jovial, seek humor and peace. Arguments and quarreling cause them anxiety. They hide their concerns or fears behind humor, often while  under great hidden emotional distress. They hide their feelings behind a brave face giving the appearance of carefree and fun. They are often seen as good friends to all but seek alcohol or drugs to lift themselves through. Click here for Agrimony.

Aspen is used by those who have unfounded or unaware sources of vague and unknown fears. There is often no reason behind their fears but they suffer by day and night from fearful concerns. Unknown fears make them feel something bad will happen. They may suffer from night terrors. Their fears often keep them from telling others. Click here for Aspen.

Beech is for those who are often nitpick and don’t see good. Beech assists in better tolerance others, animals or situations. Click here for Beech.

Centaury is for those who are kind, gentle and peaceful who are anxious to serve other people. They are often weak willed, quiet, timid, passive and have a hard time saying no, bullied by those who are more pushy. Click here for Centaury.

Cerato is used by those who suffer anxiety of uncertainty associated with making their own decisions. Instead of making their own decisions, they seek advice from others. Click here for Cerato.

Cherry Plum is used for those who fear losing mental capacity. They often have thought and impulses to do fearful and dreadful things, but don’t generally do them. Click here for Cherry Plum.

Chestnut Bud is for those who do not lean from life experiences and take longer to learn the lessons therein. They don’t often learn from the mistakes of others but make the same mistake over and over and over themselves before they learn. Click here for Chestnut Bud.

Chicory is for those who are mindful of the care for others, such as children, friends or family. They are constantly finding something to set right in the situations of others and love doing it. They desire these people to be close to them. Click here for Chicory.

Clematis is for those who are not interested in their present situation, are dreamy, drowsy and not fully mentally awake in situations. They have no great interest in life. They are quiet and not really happy but hope for happier times. They have no desire to be proactive in their health but instead look towards death for happier times. Click here for Clematis.

Crab Apple is for those who feel there is something about themselves which is not clean such as an imagined poison exists inside them. They are anxious about their uncleanliness and desire cleaning of the imperfection. Click here for Crab Apple.

Elm is for those who do good works in life. Their important work often benefits humanity but they often see depression over the job seeing it as too much for any human. Click here for Elm.

Gentian is for those who suffer anxiety of uncertainty connected to being discouraged. If they are ill and on a healing journey, little setbacks cause doubts and are disheartening. Click here for Gentain.

Gorse is for those who experience uncertainty connected to strong and great hopelessness. They have given up hope. They will try different things to please others but see no hope in the process. Click here for Gorse.

Heather is for those who seek the companionship of others and are often looking for someone to talk to, no matter who it is. They are unhappy with being alone. Click here for Heather.

Holly is for those who experience anxiety related to envy, revenge, suspicion. They suffer internally from their unhappiness. Click here for Holly.

Hornbeam is for those who feel they are not strong enough, mentally or physically, to carry the burden of life. Even though they complete life tasks, they are uncertain and feel they can not accomplish daily affairs. They often feel they need to get mentally or physically stronger before they can complete tasks. Click here for Hornbeam.

Honeysuckle is used by those who are not comfortable in their present situation but instead live in their past accomplishments, past friends and remembrances of former dreams. They do not feel their future is filled with greatness as it has already passed. Click here for Honeysuckle.

Impatiens is for those who are quick thinkers and quick to take action to the point that they are not comfortable with those who take time to accomplish things. They are impatient with those who are slower as they do not like to waste time. Click here for Impatiens.

Larch is for those with performance anxiety, feel they are not as good as others or don’t see success in their near future. They do not make great strides of achievement in life due to this anxiety. Larch is often used prior to stepping on stage or before a big test. Click here for Larch.

Mimulus is for those who suffer from anxiety associated with fear of worldly things such as poverty, fear of the dark, fear of being alone, fears of life situations. Mimulus needing people don’t generally speak of their fears but instead hold them in to themselves. Click here for Mimulus.

Mustard is for those who are consumed with gloom, despair or feel they live under a dark shadow. There is often no reason for their grief. Click here for Mustard.

Oak is for those who struggle greatly to get well, trying one thing after another attempting to find success, even though their case may appear hopeless. Click here for Oak.

Olive is use by those who are exhausted by their present situation which has caused them to suffer greatly mentally and physically. They are often so depleted that they have no more strength to try in life. They see no pleasure in life as they are so exhausted and depleted. Click here for Olive.

Pine is for those who people who blame themselves. Even as they experience success, they feel they could do better in specific ways. They are hard working but tend to beat themselves up inside over their own inadequacies. Click here for Pine.

Red Chestnut is used by those who are fearful and anxious for other people. They fear their loved ones will encounter something dangerous, harmful or unfortunate to their well being. Click here for Red Chestnut.

Rock Rose is used in cases of anxiety associated with fear, specifically an emergency type situation that appears hopeless. There is usually great fright, fear and/or a terrified feeling. Click here for Rock Rose.

Rock Water is for those who are strict in their ways. They deny themselves joy as their is work to do. Click here for Rock Water.

Rescue Remedy is a combination remedy and is often used in a healing crisis, die off or herxheimer situation or if it is unknown which remedy to use. It is often calming. Click here for Rescue Remedy.

Scleranthus is for those who suffer anxiety of uncertainty associated with choosing between two things. First one choice feels right, then the other choice feels right. They usually have a quiet demeanor and don’t tell anyone of their anxiety. Click here for Scleranthus.

Star of Bethlehem is for those who have suffered a great event, PTSD, trauma event or loss. They have a difficult time breaking out of the event. Click here for Star of Bethlehem. 

Sweet Chestnut is for those who suffer anxiety over anguish which is unbearable. Their physical or mental status has reached farther than they could imagine and only destruction remains. Click here for Sweet Chestnut.

Vervain is for those who have fixed principles and ideas which they are confident are correct and desire others to think the same way. They are strong willed. Click here for Vervain.

Vine is for those who are capable and confident to the point where they think others should do things the way they would do them, even telling others how to care for them. In emergency situations, they are often of value. Click here for Vine.

Walnut is for those who have ideals and goals in life and strive towards them but are sometimes led away by the strong opinions of others. Walnut keeps them on their own focused path. Click here for Walnut.

Water Violet is for those who are loners, are very quiet and often move about without making a sound. They do not speak much and gentle when they do, but are very capable and self reliant, clever and talented. The opinions of others are no bother to them but instead go about their own work in a peaceful calm manner. Click here for Water Violet.

White Chestnut is for those who suffer from thoughts that continue to repeat in their mine. Previous ideas, thoughts or worries keep coming and swirling in their mind in an uncontrollable manner. Click here for White Chestnut.

Wild Oat is for those who grasp life to the fullest wanting to accomplish something great. They have uncertainty on which profession to choose, which may cause them to be dissatisfied. Click here for Wild Oat.

Wild Rose is used by those who are not seekers of life but just glide through life and take what happens. Click here for Wild Rose.

Willow is used by those who are having a difficult time accepting an adverse of difficult event. They feel their great unjust event wasn’t deserved, they become bitter. Click here for Willow.

*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, CGP, D.PSc. who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. She is a Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor through The American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board and works as a Certified GAPS Practitioner seeing clients in her office, via Skype and phone. She has been published in Wise Traditions, spoken at two Weston A. Price Conferences, Certified GAPS Practitioner Trainings, has been on many radio shows, television shows and writes for Nourishing Plot. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia, through food, she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. She is a Chapter Leader for The Weston A. Price Foundation. becky.nourishingplot@hotmail.com

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