I first learned about Bach Flower Remedies a few years ago and now use them daily. They are homeopathic, gentle and yet incredibly effective at helping to bring us back into harmony or balance.
Dr. Bach developed his remedies in the 1930s, believing that certain pure flower essences can clear the energy that holds us in a stagnant or hazy state. They are intended to help restore a lighthearted mindset, in which the body is free to heal itself.
One of the most well-known remedies is Rescue Remedy, which is actually a blend of five Bach Flower Remedies designed to help with immediate problems. This mix "was created by Dr. Bach to deal with emergencies and crises - the moments when there is no time to make a proper individual selection of remedies. It can be used to help us get through any stressful situation, from last-minute exam or interview nerves, to the aftermath of an accident or bad news. Rescue Remedy helps us relax, get focused and get the needed calmness."
Many people (myself included) keep Rescue Remedy in their purse, at the office, in the car or in the diaper bag for challenging days or situations you might encounter.
If you are working through an underlying problem – or if you need rescuing every day – you will find a longer-term solution by selecting a personal blend of remedies.
I also like to keep White Chestnut handy at home and take it before bed whenever I have too much going on and have trouble turning off my brain, making it tough to sleep. It clears my head immediately.
To learn more about how the remedies work, this is a great resource.
They are widely available at natural markets like PCC, here in Seattle, Whole Foods or Pharmaca.