Helping Others with Dementia
There seems to have been a lot in the media about Dementia in the last couple of weeks. So I thought I would tell you how Bach Flower Remedies (sometimes called Essences) can help those with Dementia. No. Bach Flowers can’t cure this disease, but they can help with the confused feelings of the patient.
Dementia seems to be spreading fast. And its really difficult for the sufferer to cope with, but the Bach Flower Remedies can bring relief.
I met John at one of my talks on Bach Flowers. He approached me and asked if the remedies could help his wife Mary, who had Dementia. I told him they could.
The Remedies are natural and simple to use and can safely be used alongside medical drugs. You can’t over dose and there are no side effects from the remedies.
This is what John told me about his wife. He said “I can’t tell how she feels, but she seems ‘lost’ and I know that trying to remember things makes her fearful and extremely anxious. Also, she’s afraid of being left alone”. All dementia patients seem to be afraid of being alone. This is because they have no short term memory and so don’t know where they are – or sometimes even who they are. Bach Flower Remedies can help.
Remember to always seek medical attention when you’re ill.
Helping with recommended remedies
John said Mary’s mind was beginning to fade, so much so, that she had now lost her ‘point of reference’ that our memories give us. She had no anchor and always felt lost.
And because Mary has no present day memories, she gets terribly anxious when she tries to remember anything, and so very naturally, she feels lost and is terrified of being left alone as she doesn’t know or remember where she is.
Although it might seem too simple, I gave Mary Rescue Remedy. Rescue Remedy does just that – it rescues.
Why Rescue Remedy?
Rescue Remedy is a combination of the 5 remedies and I’ve mentioned below why these remedies helped Mary.
Star of Bethlehem is the remedy for shock, trauma and for sadness. And its the remedy that ‘sticks us back together’ as it were. This is the ‘grief’ remedy.
Rock Rose is the remedy for ‘urgent fear’ or panic. John said Mary was extremely fearful and anxious. Intense anxiety is a feeling of panic.
Clematis is the ‘grounding’ remedy. This helped Mary come out of her thoughts. It helped to ground her in the moment.
Cherry Plum is for 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. Cherry Plum is a very useful remedy.
Impatiens helped Mary when she had sudden outbusts of frustration and irritation. She would become very irriatble when she was trying to remember how to do something simple.
Although Rescue Remedy will do lots of good, it isn’t a panacea for all ills, and Mary needed a few more remedies to help her. Click here to find out more about Rescue Remedy.
Helping with recommended remedies
I made up a treatment bottle for Mary with …
Rescue Remedy to ‘Rescue’ her intense anxiety and sadness.
Honeysuckle because she was living in the past. This remedy will bring her more into the present day.
White Chestnut to stop the repeated thoughts running through her head.
Larch to give Mary some confidence.
Mimulus to help her deal with the general anxieties about life.
Walnut to help Mary move into the next stage of her life.
A treatment bottle should last about 3 to 4 weeks. Four weeks after giving John the bottle for Mary, I received a message asking for another bottle.
John was delighted with the result of the remedies. Mary was less stressed and the remedies had certainly reduced her anxiety. She was able to remember a few things and have short conversations. And she seemed much happier in herself. I sent another bottle of the same combination.
About four weeks later, I received a message from John letting me know 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. (John also mentioned that he was now taking Rescue Remedy to help with his grief.)
I hope the blog is helpful and encourages you to perhaps find out more about these wonderful remedies. The blog however, is not intended to replace learning about the remedies, and how to use them. They will will you a life-long tool to help you and your loved ones navigate the trials of life.
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