Bach Blog. Despair and Depression

Despair and Depression are prevalent in our society today.  Apparently 1 in 4 people suffer from these dreadful feelings.

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 which remedies would be best suited for you.    If you would like 2 Bach Flower Guides free , Click the image below.


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 .  They’re 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.

The hopelessness of Gorse develops over a long period of time.  Those needing Gorse used to have hope, but over time with failed endeavour, they lost it.  And now they’re unable to imagine life getting any better.

If you’re in need of Gorse, you’ll become resigned to your situation and dare not even consider life getting any better.  You know the saying, “Opportunity Knocks…. “.  Even if opportunity knocked at the door of someone in need of Gorse, they wouldn’t even recognise it, because they’ve given up inside.

They’ve come to terms with their long-term illness or situation and can’t see any point in trying to make life better.

They’ve given up.  They have no hope;

 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

Even though you cannot see a way out, you won’t have any suicidal thoughts, but you have no idea 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. You’d like to give up, but you can’t admit it to yourself.  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 wish I’s known about Bach Flower Remedies 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 with you, Angela’s story as she worked her way through despair and depression to health.
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!

 “Life’s full of ups and downs, stresses and strains that many of us face. However last year anxiety, sleeplessness, despair and depression sent me into a spiral of fear and a suffocating feeling of being trapped.  I was in despair, feeling like I had no control over my life.

“Then I met Rose and the Bach Flower Remedies.  Using the remedies, along with Rose’s constant support, I got through it.  It took months and sometime the days were awful, but slowly everything changed.

“I still have down periods, but there’s a big difference, with the help of the remedies, the episodes are only limited to a few days or even fleeting moments because Rose has armed me with a treasure trove of tools to fight back, live for the moment and not look back.

“Every day my confidence is growing. I am back at work, sleeping well and loving life. Rose, I will forever be grateful to your love and support”.   Angela H.  UK

You don’t have to do this alone.  There’s more help available than you realise.
Click here if you’d like to find out how I could help, just as I helped Angela.  Please get in touch.

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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.

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