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ADHD Natural Remedies: Bach Flower

Those who have spent their lives believing that conventional medicine can cure every illness known to man will probably scoff at the idea of using flowers to treat a disorder as complex as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  However, many families have been using Bach Flower Therapy to alleviate some of the symptoms associated with ADHD with good results. 

Bach Flower Therapy was developed at the turn of the 20th century by Dr. Edward Bach, a British physician who had a unique view on disease.  Instead of seeing them as caused by genetics or pathogens, he believed that diseases were physical manifestations of negative emotions like fear, sadness, or anger.  This is not to say that chronic disorders are purely caused by our feelings; in the context of psychological conditions, however, emotions do play a huge part in their persistence. Instead of formulating medicine that can heal the body, Dr. Bach traveled a different road and sought medicines that would sooth the soul.  His search led him to nature, where he discovered plants and flowers that had an ability to influence our moods. 

Dr. Bach spent his entire lifetime experimenting with different flowers and plants, until he eventually discovered 38 flowers that can balance negative emotional and mental states in order to restore balance in a person’s mood.  Bach Flower essences are created by immersing five to six flowers in spring water and placing them under the sun to create a solution filled with sun energy and the essence of flower.  Small amounts of ethyl alcohol are added to preserve the essence, though there are Bach Flower essences treated with vinegar for those who are intolerant to even the smallest amount of alcohol.  The liquid is placed in a small bottle with a dropper to facilitate use.

The standard dosage for Bach Flower essences is 4-6 drops placed under the tongue, or in a glass of water or tea.  There is no specific time when Bach Flower essences can be taken, but they need to be spread all over the day – for instance, during breakfast, once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once after dinner. 

The combination of the different flowers depends on the child’s symptoms and emotional conditions, but the following include some of the Bach Flower essences that can help treat particular symptoms of ADHD:

  • Aspen – nervousness, anxiety, fears coming from an unknown origin
  • Cherry Plum – irrational thoughts and impulses combined with the fear of losing control 
  • Chestnut bud – failure to learn from past mistakes and experiences
  • Chicory – self-absorbtion and argumentativeness
  • Clematis – dreaminess, a feeling of not being grounded in physical reality, lack of interest in the present day
  • Heather – excessive talkativeness, fear of being alone
  • Impatiens – irritability, impatience
  • Mimulus – shyness, self-consciousness, fear of familiar things
  • Mustard – mood swings
  • Scleranthus – indecisiveness
  • Vervain – stubbornness and determination to do things one’s own way
  • White chestnut – persistent worries and unwanted thoughts

Obviously, no one would pretend that Bach Flower essences alone can cure ADHD. But they can be a tremendously useful adjunct to a holistic management plan for children with ADHD.