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Flower Essences to Help Change a Pattern of Fatigue and Exhaustion

Posted by admin on Jun 11, 2011

©by Donna Cunningham, MSW

Fatigue, chronic tension, and stress make it hard to enjoy life. The flower remedies, such as those by Bach or the The Flower Essence Society, can help release an emotional and physical backlog and learn new ways of coping with life’s demands.

34859048.thbNothing can rob people of the zest for life like unrelenting fatigue. It is important to note that exhaustion may have many medical causes. These include chronic infection or systemic viruses, cardiac or pulmonary insufficiency, or adrenal exhaustion, which can come from constant stress or caffeine abuse.

Deep fatigue can also be a symptom of either chronic or acute depression. It is important for the individual to have a checkup to ascertain if fatigue is due to a medical condition or clinical depression and to follow up on any required treatment.

Flower essences are not a substitute for necessary health care exercise, and proper diet, all of which have salutary effects on exhaustion.

Where health problems are not at fault, deep fatigue may be a consequence of unrelenting stress and overwork. The Bach kit contains several remedies for this pattern, which seem to me to make up a spectrum. Sometimes more than one of these remedies is required.

Hornbeam is for that draggy morning feeling, the kind that goes away after several cups of coffee. When people take Hornbeam for a while, they seem able to cut back on caffeine without conscious effort. This remedy is specifically for those who do too much mental work, living in their heads, and whose fatigue is mainly mental.

Next in degree is Olive (photo, top right), for people who are both mentally and physically exhausted and have been for a long time.

36600910.thbFinally, comes Oak (photo at right), for those who keep on striving despite long hardship. At some point, especially at midlife, this type of person may be overcome by fatigue, for which Oak is a great solace.

One badly exhausted woman who took a mixture for fatigue and had to go to bed for several days, in what is known as a healing crisis. This reaction was seen as a healthy one, because she had been pushing herself unwisely into a collapse.

The chronically-fatigued, overworked individual may take a mixture, rest and feel better, then go right back to the old pattern. Another crisis may come up, another mixture for fatigue, another crash. This may happen a few times, especially if the person does not continue taking the remedy after starting to feel better. Ultimately, the person gets smarter, changes the pattern of overwork, and perhaps makes corrections in diet and exercise as well.

Note: This is an excerpt from Donna Cunningham’s Flower Remedies Handbook: Emotional Growth and Healing with Bach and Other Flower Remedies, released in October, 1992, by Sterling Publishing, Inc.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Donna Cunningham, MSW is the coeditor of Vibration and a long-time educator and writer in the field of flower remedies. She is also an internationally-respected author of books, articles, and columns about astrology, flower essences and other metaphysical topics. Her insights reflect her dual background in astrology and psychotherapy. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University and over 40 years of experience in working with people. Her ebooks can be found at Moon Maven Publications (http://www.moonmavenpublications.com) Visit her blog at http://skywriter.wordpress.com.


I can’t believe you didn’t mention Fireweed essence. For me it is the number one essence for this job, it is absolutely remarkable how quickly the turnaround happens when taking this essence. It restores on many levels.

June 15th, 2011 | 11:58 am
Barbara Weaver:

Another great Bach essence that would have helped the woman quoted above not to repeat her exhausting work schedule is Walnut (the link breaker) to help her to not repeat the old pattern. Hooray for the wonders of these great essences !

June 16th, 2011 | 8:04 am

I would also add Chestnut Bud into a combination formula to promote awareness of the repeated pattern (for the AHA!), as well as Walnut to help change the pattern. This topic is particularly timely for many people.

June 19th, 2011 | 10:42 pm