Saturday, January 24, 2009
Yarrow Flower Essence
Helps sensitive people reset their psychic filters.
OK, don't laugh because I said psychic filters. This is both real and serious.
I read about this remedy a few years ago in The Sensitive Person's Guide Survival Guide by Kyra Mesich, Psy.D. This was the third book I read in a short period on introversion/sensitivity, the first being The Introvert Advantage, and the second being The Highly Sensitive Person. Each of these books has a unique explanation of introversion/sensitivity. (In the context of this blog entry, sensitive means empathic.)
As I remember (yes, I have the book right in front of me; no, you can't borrow it) Dr. Mesich found yarrow essence to be an essential remedy for resetting her aura. (The aura is a subtle energy field that surrounds each one of us.)
Hers had become too permeable; she was sensing other people's emotions as if they were her own. She's a psychologist, and some of her clients were experiencing very strong negative emotions. Mistaking them for her own puzzling and unfounded feelings, she sought understanding and solutions. She found yarrow. In her book she told how it helped her and recommended specific types (pink, golden, white) for specific sets of problems, and also recommended particular brands. For me the choice was Yarrow (white yarrow, Achillea millefolium) by FES.
I tried it. I liked it! I felt a real difference!! I have recommended it (same type and brand) to friends and relatives, who have also tried it and found it helpful. None of them are as sensitive as me, and most of them are extroverts. Though sensitivity is found in introverts and extroverts, introverts have a double-whammy if they are also sensitive. Introverts have a relatively lower tolerance for stimulation than extroverts do. Also, introversion/extroversion runs along a spectrum. You aren't simply one or the other, you are introvert or extrovert to a greater or lesser degree, or perhaps fall somewhere near the middle.
And while I'm clarifying things, introversion is not the same as shyness. As Dr. Laney explains in The Introvert Advantage, shyness is a social disorder which can be worked on, introversion and extroversion are part of your temperament: built-in, unchangeable, but something you can learn to work with.
Now back to our subject: yarrow flower essence. This remedy has an interesting feature: once your aura is reset, you will probably only need it again occasionally. In the beginning I took it several times a day the first week, and two or three times a day for several weeks after. Now I only take it when I suspect I may be needing it.
Like when I feel kind of depressed, and I know someone who is depressed. If I'm empathically feeling their depression, yarrow will help. If taking yarrow doesn't help, I look at other possible causes: insufficient sleep (introverts must have their down time, including sleep), too much sugar, not enough exercise, didn't take my vitamins, financial worries, etc. (If you have major depression, or know someone who does, seek professional help! Do not rely on natural remedies, at least not without professional supervision.)
It's easy to take, too: just add 4 drops to a small amount of water, and take as often as needed. FES's Yarrow (white yarrow) is a 1:6000 infusion of Achillea millefolium in water and brandy, so it's a fairly safe remedy. (Of course, if for some reason you react badly to it, stop taking it.)
So, if you think your emotions could use a natural remedy, give this one a try! (Ordering info below.) And if you're an introvert, you might discover all kinds of things about yourself by reading one of the books I mentioned. They're available from Amazon (links below), local bookstores (order if you need to), and perhaps your local public library (get it on inter-library loan if necessary). If you're not an introvert, recommend them to introverts you know, or get them for yourself to better understand the introverts in your life.
I'm not trying to get you to buy them through my Amazon affiliate link. If you do, fine, thanks, I appreciate it; but even more, I appreciate you spreading the word about these books and this remedy. I lived 50 years before discovering what it meant to be an introvert, and these books have given me an understanding of myself I wish I'd had since childhood! It's important information for parents of introvert children, too.
White | Golden | Pink | Yarrow Environmental Solution - at FESflowers (official website; not affiliate links)
You can also purchase FES yarrow (the one that just says yarrow is white yarrow, but check the ingredients to be sure it is Achillea milleflorium if you want white yarrow) online from Amazon.com (affiliate links, I get small commission when you purchase, and it doesn't cost you any extra...thanks!):
Developing Positive Sensitivity - Article about yarrow types and Dr. Kyra Mesich
Order the Books I Recommended:
The Sensitive Person's Survival Guide: An Alternative Health Answer to Emotional Sensitivity & Depression
by Kyra Mesich, Psy.D.
The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World
by Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D.
The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You
by Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D.