Last month Kim and I spent a day in the lovely surroundings of Malahide Castle in Dublin learning more about the Australian Bush Flower essences from Ian White the Australian healer and naturopath who’s spent most of his life developing the range and training others in their use. It was inspirational to spend time in his company. The first thing I noticed about him was his slow, deliberate, way of speaking, frequently punctuated by pauses for reflection. His spirituality, sincerity and his deep love for the remedies and admiration for the plants that they’re made from were obvious from the start and he peppered the day with many stories of people who’d been helped spiritually, emotionally and physically by them. He showed many slides of himself gathering the plants to make the remedies (he does all of that himself!) in the outback and the majesty of the Australia’s nature seemed to validate the potency of the remedies (as well as making me want to be on an Australia bound aeroplane at the earliest possible opportunity!).
They’re probably best known for their ability to help people through turbulent emotions that might be holding them back from living a happy life and Ian spent quite some time going through the remedies that can be used for different aspects of depression. We don’t have a great record with depression in Ireland with many people resorting, with different levels of success, to anti depressive medication which can have serious side effects like leaving the user’s senses more dulled than healed. In worse cases untreated depression can lead to social isolation and, in extreme cases, contemplation of self harm and suicide. Here are some of Ian’s recommendations on the day.
- Waratah is the remedy for the ‘dark night of the soul’ for when one feels despair or suicidal, it gives inner strength when things are looking grim.
- Tall Yellow Top is for the most common depression symptoms of loneliness, isolation and alienation. It should be taken for at least a month.
- Pink flannel flower helps to reignite one’s sense of gratitude for the good in life, the ‘joie de vivre’. It helps to change the focus from the bad to the good and instils trust in there being a reason that things happen.
- Confid Essence can be used when lack of self esteem is a problem and Cognis Essence when you just can’t think straight.
- For deep sadness try Sturt Desert Pea and for old, deep grief there’s Water Essence.
- Isis Essence is for connection with the aspect of divinity who’s message is ‘Give me your pain, your suffering, I’ll give you love and courage’.
- For lack of interest try Pink Flannel Flower (see above) or Kapok Bush to dispel apathy.
- For feelings of guilt be it for our actions or failures to act the remedy is Sturt Desert Rose.
- For feelings of shame or self loathing try Billy Goat Plum.
- For lack of physical energy take Dynamis Essence (it contains essences
- to boost the endocrine glands!).
- For poor coordination and physical clumsiness take Bush Fuchsia.