Helping Others with Dementia
Dementia seems to be spreading fast and is really difficult for those suffering cope with. But there is something that can help them – Bach Flower Remedies.
Whether you’ve just discovered the Bach Flower Remedies, or have been using them for years, you know their healing power and want to use it to help others in whatever way you can.
I like giving you different ways of learning about the remedies and this week I’m taking a question from my Bach Flower Facebook Group and a story of my own experience.
Living with, or watching our loved ones suffer when we know there’s something simple and natural that can help them, but not feeling confident enough to do so, is difficult.
These ‘symptoms’ are from a family member who says, “I can’t tell how he feels, but it seems ‘lost’ and I know that trying to remember things makes him fearful and very anxious. Also, he’s afraid of being left alone”. (For ease of writing I’m referring to ‘he’).
Remember to always seek medical attention when you’re ill. Note that Bach Remedies can be taken along with medical drugs, but do not replace them).
Helping with recommended remedies
With no other information than what I’ve been given above, the man’s mind is being to fade. So much so, that he now doesn’t have ‘he ‘point of reference’ that our memories gives us. He has no anchor and so he feels lost.
And because he has no memories, he gets anxious when he tries to remember things. And very naturally, he feels lost and is terrified of being left alone.
Although it might seem too simple, I would recommend that this man be given Rescue Remedy. Rescue Remedy does just that – it rescues. This person really does need ‘rescuing’ from their situation that’s had a major impact on his life.
Why Rescue Remedy?
Rescue Remedy is a combination of the 5 remedies and I’ve given below why I think they’ll help this man feel better.
Star of Bethlehem re-orientates our energy field after shock and trauma. It ‘sticks us back together’ as it were. This remedy also heals sadness and sorrow.
Rock Rose is the remedy for ‘urgent fear’ or panic. My writer describes ‘anxiety’ when he’s trying to remember something. I don’t think he is ‘anxious’ – I think he’s terrified because he can’t remember. Rock Rose will help with those feelings.
Clematis is the ‘grounding’ remedy. This will help him come out his ‘mind’ (which he’s having difficulty ‘finding’) and help ground him into today.
Cherry Plum is for compulsive, obsessive thoughts. When you’re trying to remember something that is just beyond your mind, as you try to reach it, your thoughts will become obsessive.
Impatiens will help if the man gets frustrated and has sudden outburst as he find its difficult to live with his situation.
Rescue Remedy is not a panacea for all ills. Click here to find out more about Rescue Remedy.
More in John’s story below.
True story of dementia
One evening, after I’d finished my Bach Flower talk, John approached me and asked if there was a way of helping his wife Mary. Mary was in her late 70s was suffering from dementia.
John told me that Mary wasn’t really ‘here’. She could remember things from the past, but not what happened today, hence she had little interest in anything going on around her and had little conversation. When Mary did talk, she said the same things over and over.
I made up a treatment bottle for Mary with …
Rescue Remedy to help pull her back together
Honeysuckle because she was living in the past. This remedy will bring you back into the present.
White Chestnut to stop the repeated thoughts running through her head
Larch to give Mary some confidence
Mimulus to help her deal with her anxieties about life.
Walnut to help her let go of one situation and move onto the next.
A treatment bottle should last about 3 and ½ to 4 weeks. Four weeks after giving John the bottle, I received a message asking for another bottle.
John was delighted with the result of the remedies. Mary was less stressed and anxious. She was able to remember some things and was able to have short conversations. And she seemed much happier in herself. I sent another bottle of the same combination.
About three weeks later, I received a message from John that Mary had passed on, peacefully in her sleep. He was very relieved that the last weeks of Mary’s life had seemed easier and that she’d gone peacefully.
I hope the blogs are helpful and encourage your enthusiasm for learning about the remedies. They’re not however, intended to replace the need for good course. Learning about the remedies and how to use them, gives you a life-long tool to help you and your loved ones navigate the trials of life.
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