For Fear & Terror:
“Extreme apprehension for new thresholds of experience.”
Is your stomach tying up in knots of fear or do you have an inability to shake the looming, heavy nature fear is bringing into your mind and heart? This one is a favorite of mine, having fittingly met it in ‘real life’ for the first time growing all along the edges of the American River’s “Tunnel Shoot,” a man made rapid (from explosives in the the 1800s Gold Mining times) that causes an upswing of fear due to the intense rapids, sharp edges of the river bed and the possibility you may fall in and get swept under the tunnel….the very essence of fear.
The plants always appear where they are needed most and this one is a great one to alleviate fears due to circumstances we can see or not foresee. The coolest thing is it is a yellow Monkeyflower, with sweet little red freckles. Cute & powerful! And I have to say here…you as an adult may or may not have processed yours (and others) fears, but don’t forget your children. Many of the children I know are in acute distress right now. Flower Essences work magic on helping our children process big emotions and Mimulus is a great ally for the kiddos. Remedies that support Mimulus are Chamomile Flower Essence (which has the profile of “stomach tense with emotion”) and one of my classical favorites, Walnut (which offers a loving “shell” or womb while dealing with any kind of physical or emotional transition.)
This is a remedy best for extreme situations that call for extreme measures. Many people I know already have PTSD and are receiving really upsetting news and stories post elections. Rock Rose, one of the key ingredients in the classic Rescue Remedy formula (of which would be handy for many folks to have now too) offers peace & resolution in the face of fear & terror….that kind that paralyzes someone when facing death or annihilation (or extreeeeeeeme loss). Typically this is used after an experience (such as a violent act, traumatic accident, rape or abuse) so horrible we have to “check out” as a survival mode, but if you have a past trauma in your tissues, the current events can trigger “episodes.” This remedy is for that kind of situation and is great for children of parents who have suffered trauma, as they often pick up the trauma like little sponges.
It may be a good thing to note that if you are experiencing any anxiety, insomnia, heart palpitations, nausea, depression etc..contemplate the possibility that you are holding fear and it has travelled into your nervous system and tissues. You may need assistance in releasing the emotional charge. Don’t underestimate the power of the flowers and the intelligence of the body. Your body will speak up. The flowers will support. I know personally that although I feel mentally I can take on a lot—such as really horrible news or stress–my body tells me differently and is a wonderful “talker” such as my heart begins to feel weak or do little flip flops (like when I found out the final news of the elections), I forget to fully exhale and my sleep becomes disturbed. This kind of somatic response is what shows up when trauma hasn’t left body memory. Most of our human race has experienced trauma. So, as one of the original Bach flower essences, this baby has had half a century of use and can continue to support us as it is not only powerful, but gentle. And like with all flower essences, great for all ages. Rock Rose goes great with Star of Bethlehem (for trauma…ever…in life), Dandelion (for tension built up in the musculature) and Elm (for dealing with overwhelming situations.