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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Mustard Flower Essence and The Holiday Blues

Caution: Consult a medical professional if you have major depression, a potentially dangerous condition that requires correct diagnosis and treatment. Home remedies should only be used with medical approval. Also, check with your medical professional for prescription drug contraindications, and double check with your pharmacist to be extra sure.

From now until the new year I'm going to write about depression, focusing on a remedy per day. Today's post is about mustard flower essence for depression. And by depression, I do not mean major depression. I mean something more like the holiday blues.

Bach flower remedy MustardOn day three of this holiday depression series, we turn to a vibrational remedy: the flower essence mustard. Don't worry if you don't like the condiment, it's nothing like that. Flower essences, much like homeopathic remedies, are the essence or vibration of the original item, in this case, mustard flowers. The condiment mustard is prepared with ground mustard seeds. Totally different, although if you're allergic, use with caution or avoid altogether.

If you're thinking vibrational medicine sounds kinda hokey, well okay, it kinda does, especially to someone who is not familiar with it. Perhaps you're familiar with quantum mechanics? Not so much? I assure you, the effects of flower essences and homeopathic remedies are real, however subtle the essence may be.

Think it's all in one's head? Explain this: a homeopathic remedy, Rescue Remedy, that works wonderfully on pets! I'm not just saying that because of the charming advertisement. When I worked in a local health food store a veterinary clinic a mile up the road used to send clients to get Rescue Remedy by Bach--the one for humans, the pet version wasn't available then--for their pets, especially dogs who got skittish in Florida's fierce electrical storms. And they came back for more.

'Nuff said. Now let's talk about mustard flower essence.
Dr. Edward Bach described his mustard flower essence thusly, "Those who are liable to times of gloom or even despair, as though a cold dark cloud overshadowed them and hid the light and the joy of life. It may not be possible to give any reason or explanation for such attacks. Under these conditions it is almost impossible to appear happy or cheerful." [source]

I have used mustard flower remedy personally, as I am given to periods of depression, and find it quite helpful. The one I use is made by Flower Essence Services (FES). I've used several of their remedies and find they all work well for me.

There's lots of anecdotal evidence about mustard flower essence in books and on websites, but scientific studies are scanty and difficult to access, so the best way to see if this remedy will help you is to try it. Your local health food store may carry it; if not they can probably order some for you. It's also available online through Bach's website, Amazon, FES, etc.

Caution: flower remedies generally contain alcohol, such as brandy, so if you avoid alcohol, perhaps you can find one that is alcohol-free. Whole Energy Essences makes such products, but does not have mustard in its product list. Findhorn, in Scotland, also makes alcohol-free essences, but not mustard essence. (If you find some, please let me know or comment the info below.) (Oh, and if you know where they've hidden spell check on the blogger updated interface, please let me know! I'm a creative speller, and need it badlee baadly very much!)

Further Reading:

Flower Essence Remedy: Mustard - a brief explanation of its qualities at

Bach flower remedies - Wiki


Anonymous said...

That helped me a lot.
Does mustard flower sting your eyes?

Randi said...

Anonymous, I don't know for sure since I have never tried it, but since it is usually extracted in alcohol such as brandy, I would think yes, it would sting, and probably not be good for one's eyes. I'll try to find a remedy for your eyes if you respond with a little more info about what you want to achieve.

Peter said...

"Think it's all in one's head?"
Yes! But the effect is real.
Phenomenons of quantum mechanics points to a new world view called "Biocentrism". In Biocentrism the cosmos is created by consciousness rather than the other way. This explains why our mind is able to alter random decay of radioactive materials or why it is able to change the spin of atoms only by observing them.

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