Bach Blog. Despair and Depression

Despair and Depression seem to have affected so many since Covid-19 and lock-down.  It seems, generally, to be prevalent in our society today.  Apparently 1 in 4 people suffer from these dreadful feelings.  That’s terrible.

MIND (a mental health charity) are very active with helping those who are facing burnout, collapse, despair and such debilitating illnesses like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and ME.

There’s a lot of simple help available these days including Bach Flower Remedies too.  But it can be a bit confusing to choose which remedies would  suit you best.

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Although I’ve written about despair and depression before, I thought this week I’d look at some of the remedies that could help with these deep, destructive emotions of despair and depression .

These feelings are too deep for you to deal with on your own.  You need help – either medical or with deep acting healing emotional remedies, like the Bach Flower Remedies.

Despair and Depression
Gorse.  Rock Rose.  Sweet Chestnut.


I’m going to start with Gorse.  Gorse is the remedy for hopelessness.
Just for a few seconds, can you imagine living without hope?  Hope is the energy of the future and pulls us forward. What must life be like without hope?   Empty with only loneliness as your constant companion.  How dreadful is that!

The hopelessness of Gorse develops over a long period of time.  Those needing Gorse used to have hope, but over time, after trying so many things to make life better that have failed,  they lost hope.  And now they’re unable to imagine life getting any better.

But strangely enough, although they belief that nothing can make things better for them, they can be persuaded to try something new.  And if they take Gorse, it will begin to change how they feel.

 Sweet Chestnut

The remedy Sweet Chestnut is needed when something unbearable happens. For example, perhaps a sudden bereavement: the death of your child.  Something so awful that you find yourself walking up and down, wringing your hands in anguish.

I’m speaking directly to you, because I’m not sure that you’ll see this in anyone.  Those in this severe state will keep it to themselves.  They may seem low and ‘depressed’ to you, but you’ll not recognise the depth of despair they’re living with, unless you notice them wringing their hands.

This is the “dark night of the soul”
where you’re in a situation you can’t bear any longer

When you’re in need of this remedy, you’ll be in extreme despair and cannot see a way out. However, you’ll not think of suicide, even though you you may not know how you’re going to cope with the next minute, let alone the next hour or day.

You’ve reached the end of your endurance. There’s no light at the end of the tunnel.

The only thing you do know, is that you can’t make it any further on your own.  You’re lost inside, living in mental anguish, total isolation and a helpless void.

I’m sure you can see how this remedy will be very useful if you’re suffering from loneliness.

(I wish I’d known about Bach Flower Remedies and Sweet Chestnut, when I went through my dark night of the soul)

Rock Rose

One of the remedies in Rescue Remedy)
This is the remedy for ‘urgent terror’ – what we’d call panic.  When you in despair and in a depressed state, your nerves are weak and over wrought and you panic easily, so you over react and often feel helpless.

You can feel the levels of anxiety shoot up quickly, rising from your belly and your chest tightens, making it difficult to breathe.  It seems as if you freeze, can’t think and can’t move.  You can feel the fear in your bones.

Angela’s story

I’d like to share a little of Angela’s story with you, as she worked her way back from despair, desperation and depression.
Angela recognised that she needed help.

“I have to share the story below to remind myself of how far I’ve come, and to share my journey with others.

“I was at the point of no return… until I found Rose and the Bach Flowers.
I was in crisis, unable to work, function or sleep.  Nothing I tried helped me feel better.

I attended a small Bach Flower workshop and was amazed by how many of the remedy states seemed to fit me exactly and I was eager to try them.

With Rose’s help and guidance, I choose some remedies, and that night, for the first time in months, I slept nearly half the night! 

Again with Rose’s guidance, I changed the remedies as my feelings and moods changed.  I continued to have some dark times, but they weren’t as bad, and didn’t last as long as before.

At the end of 3 months I was mostly sleeping normally and feeling so much better. And at the end of 6 months I went back to work part-time. 

What a journey! If I hadn’t been desperate to try anything, I wouldn’t have believed that two drops of the essence from those tiny bottles would have such an incredible, powerful effect!  I’m so grateful I decided to attend that mini workshop that day and discovered the Bach Flower Remedies”.   Angela B. UK

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Over to you

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  • CLAUDIA says:

    Thank you for this. I need this! Is it posible that the remedies could worsen your state? I read that sweet chestnut and agrimony can make you violent por make you fall into deep dispair.

    • Rose Todd says:

      Hello Claudia. It’s a pleaseure. I’m glad it helped.
      Homoeopathy can aggravate symptoms. Bach Flower Remedies don’t.
      However, if you takeremedies, and they make you feel ‘worse’, it means you’ve healed one layer and have now exposed another, Its a bit like peeling an onion!.
      I recommend you take the remedies for what you’re feeling NOW, in this moment, (you can only feel in this moment), because that’s what needs to be healed.
      (I’ve written 2 blogs about Sweet Chestnut. If you’d like them please email me, I can send you the links). [email protected]
      I’ve never known remedies make you feel worse.
      Sweet Chestnut is the deepest level of despair. So if you take it (andit is the right remedy) then you’ll begin to feel better. It might take time, but the remedies work.
      If you have any questions, please get back to me. Warm wkishes Rose.

      • CLAUDIA says:

        Thank you for such a quick response!

        • Rose Todd says:

          It’s a pleasure Claudia. I’m on the computer, and saw your comment come in.
          Thank you for taking the time to write a comment. I do appreciate it.
          I hope the remedies help. Take care.

  • Chava says:

    Thank you Rosé, Ive been using Bach Remedies since the 80’s. With this ongoing covid-19 crisis and ongoing lock- down – I live in Jerusalem – Ive become totally depleted. So I used olive, wild rose, rock rose and Aspen. Now I think iT isnt only a burn-out, but a deep depression. I have begin taking forse and sweet chestnut as well. Chava

    • Rose Todd says:

      Hello Chava. Thank you for leaving your comments. I’m like you – been using the Bach Flowers since the 1980s! They really are ‘my best friends’. I’m sorry to hear that you’ve become depleted and are suffering from burnout. I’m sure the remedies you’ve chosen are working their magic for you. I’ve found a new ‘respect’ for Wild Rose lately. I too was depleted and I found it world wonders. I hope you feel better soon. Take care and be safe. Rose

  • bottom_rung says:

    I know of a couple of people who are dealing with childhood trauma. They are both stuck in a child state. Is there a particular remedy for that kind of thing?

    • Rose Todd says:

      Hello. Thank you for your comment. Bach Remedies heal negative emotions, so there aren’t remedies for the traumas we’ve experienced. But we are remedies for the emotions and feelings we have about the traumas.
      And yes, there are definitely remedies to help with pasty traumas – even those as far back as childhood. I hope this is helpful. Rose

  • bottom_rung says:

    Thanks Rose – just need to work out which ones are best given that one of these people seems to want to stay in their situation.

    • Rose Todd says:

      Hello Joyce. You can usually work out how people are feeling from their behaviour.
      Are you going to give them the remedies without them knowing?
      However, if you ask the and they don’t want to take the remedies (as you say – they’ve happy being miserable’) then the story about leading horses to water springs to mind.
      However, you might sometime be able to sneak 2 drops Rescue Remedy into there tea? Shhh. Don;t tell any one about this!

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