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Bach Flower Remedies for PTSD

Updated: Mar 20

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been known by or associated with many names over the years: melancholy, the vapors, nostalgia, soldier’s heart, shell shock, railway spine, battle fatigue, and combat stress reaction, among others. Although there is more awareness of PTSD, it is still poorly understood. Current treatments are far from effective. People with PTSD are often medicated, usually with limited success and numerous side effects.

The beauty of the Bach Flower Remedies is that they are totally natural and have no side effects. Bach Flower Remedies can be very helpful in balancing PTSD sufferers’ emotions so they are less reactive. Several Bach flower remedies may be helpful.

  • Star of Bethlehem is an obvious and necessary choice, since it processes shock and trauma.

  • Cherry Plum is another important remedy, since it helps people maintain composure when they are on the edge of losing control .

  • Honeysuckle helps people who are haunted by memories of the past. It brings them into the present so they can live in the moment.

  • Clematis helps people who are in a fog or easily slip into a dream world.

  • Aspen helps people who are on edge with generalized anxiety, expecting something bad to happen.

  • Holly helps people overcome paranoia, suspicion, hatred, and jealousy.

  • Rock Rose helps balance terror, restoring a sense of calm.

  • White Chestnut quiets the mind, stopping mental chatter and racing or repetitive thoughts.

  • Impatiens helps people who are keyed up and impatient, feeling a sense of urgency.

  • Sweet Chestnut helps process grief and mental anguish.

There are 39 Bach Flower Remedies, in all. They can work on every emotion imaginable, from depression to apathy. It is best to seek out a Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner (BFRP), a professional who is trained to ask the right questions to formulate the ideal blend for your specific needs.

I am available for phone consultations nationwide at 415-420-7800, by email at, or via my website at If you prefer to work with a BFRP in your local area, you can consult the international registry at the following link:

Alternatively, you can purchase individual remedies and Rescue Remedy through my website Rescue Remedy is also readily available in most health food stores, food cooperatives, and anyplace where homeopathy is sold. It is a blend of Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum, Clematis, Rock Rose, and Impatiens.

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