Elm Bach Flower Remedy
Key Word - Balanced Responsibility | Bach Group - Despair & Despondency
What Does Elm Help With...
Elm helps those normally very capable people, perhaps with responsible jobs, large families or dependants to care for who suddenly find themselves feeling overburdened, overwhelmed and uncharacteristically unable to cope with their responsibilities. ‘The last straw that broke the camels back’ sums up the negative state of this remedy very well. Taken short term Elm will very quickly help to restore the strength of mind and ability to cope. Taken more long term it will help the Elm personality to determine which responsibilities are truly their own and to balance these with the need for personal nurturing.
- Latin Name - Ulmus campestris
- Elm is prepared by the boiling method of potentisation
- Dr Bach placed Elm in the Despondency or Despair Group
Dr Bach’s Description of Elm
"Those who are doing good work, are following the calling of their life and who hope to do something of importance, and this often for the benefit of humanity. At times there may be periods of depression when they feel that the task they have undertaken is too difficult, and not within the power of a human being."
From the Twelve Healers & Other Remedies - By Dr Edward Bach ( 1936 edition )
More Insights Into Elm
"Elm relates to the Soul's potential for responsibility. Its negative form is revealed as weak moments in the lives of the strong, at times when people of above average ability and responsibility suddenly become so exhausted that they no longer feel up to their task........ People with negative Elm behavior fully identify with their task, to the great benefit of even one else. They do, however, sometimes forget that they too are only human with particular personal needs and physical limits. Sudden exhaustion and crises of the negative Elm state frequently occur when increasing professional pressure coincides with a normal, constitutionally determined passive physical phase for instance, the onset of menopause or a negative biorhythm phase." The Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy by Mechthild Scheffer
"So if the message came to him that a new sequence of nineteen remedies might be in the offing (as a message had come to him at least once before), his first thought may have been 'oh no! rather than what jolly fun! Another nineteen remedies, he may have wondered, wasn't that too much responsibility, too much for one man to bear? And then, of course, there he was, already in the second of the new mental states. At least that is how he described the remedy later on: 'At times there may be periods of depression when they feel that the task they have undertaken is too difficult, and not within the power of a human being.' At the time he probably looked at it all and felt overwhelmed. He was one of 'Those who are doing good work, are following the calling of their life and who hope to do something of importance, and this often for the benefit of humanity'. And yet, what he was set to do he clearly felt was beyond his strength and power. He may have decided to take a walk. Reaching for his hat and coat, and calling his dog, Lulu, he stepped out into the fresh March air. And as he went across the fields he looked up at the flowering Elm trees. These tall people, so strong and capable, were covered in a soft pink of flowers which answered the doubt and depression: all was well." Bach Flower Remedies Form & Function by Julian Barnard
"This Remedy, which is made from the flowers of the Elm tree, is for those who at times feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities and scope of their work. There are times when one feels that the results of his efforts are inadequate, and this brings about a state of despondency and exhaustion. The ELM type persons are very capable, efficient, and intuitive. They often hold positions of importance..... The ELM folk know that they have capability to do all that is required of them, and to do it well. They have chosen their work in life, and they are well aware that it is their mission. Yet there may be occasions when the very magnitude of the responsibility causes them to feel that it is humanly impossible for one person to assume it. At this crucial moment they could feel that they are not equal to the job. This is the moment when they might ." Illustrated Handbook of the Bach Flower Remedies by Philip Chancellor
The Despondency or Despair Group
Dr Bach placed his 38 Bach Flower Remedies in seven main groups. As mentioned, Elm is in the Despondency or Despair Group which contains the following remedies: Crab Apple - cleansing & purity, Elm - overwhelmed by responsibility, Larch - lack of confidence, Oak - the strengthener, Pine - feelings of guilt, unworthiness, Star of Bethlehem - shock, trauma, accidents, Sweet Chestnut - extreme anguish, despair and Willow - resentment, bitterness.