7 Flower Remedies for Depression

Everyone feels down sometimes. Perhaps  you’re overwhelmed, exhausted from chronic illness, or dealing with life circumstances that feel hopeless.  Of course, you should always consult a doctor if you experience depression, particularly if you have suicidal thoughts or tendencies, or can’t cope with life.  But, if you just need a little support from a natural remedy to help you through one of the inevitable rough patches in life, Bach flower remedies can help.

Edward Bach was a medical doctor and one of the earliest homeopaths at the beginning of the twentieth century.  Disillusioned by modern medicine, he believed that every physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual symptom offered clues as to what we need to restore balance.  Over time,  he discovered flower remedies.

Following are some of Bach’s flower remedies for depression.  Select the remedy or remedies that best match how you are feeling.  You can take one or more remedies.  Simply add four drops of the remedy to a glass of water and sip throughout the day.  Alternatively, take two drops under the tongue four times a day or as necessary.

When you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or depressed because you are overworked or have too many responsibilities, Elm is the remedy of choice.

When you feel pessimistic, discouraged, or have lost faith.  It is used for depression when a person knows the reason for his or her sadness.

When you feel hopeless, that there is nothing that can be done for you, or resigned to your less-than-ideal fate, gorse may be helpful.

Mustard is used for sadness or depression that has no apparent cause.  It feels like a dark cloud has blocked out happiness and joy.

Next: Learn the remedies for negativity, inner transformation.

Sweet Chestnut
Selected for feelings of hopelessness, Sweet Chestnut reflects a long, courageous battle that feels lost.  It is particularly suited when it feels like an inner transformation is occurring and a “dying off” of a person’s old self is taking place.

Willow is best suited for negativity and a tendency to blame others for the problems in life.  Alternatively, if your sadness is linked to a grudge that you’re holding onto but would like to let go of, Willow is a good choice.

Rescue Remedy
When you’re not sure which remedy to choose, Rescue remedy is a good choice.  It is a combination of five remedies and is used to help manage stress, trauma, and, of course, sadness.

Bach flower remedies should never replace qualified medical care.  The above information is provided for educational purposes and is not intended for diagnosis or treatment.

Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD.


Suzanne S
Suzanne L2 years ago

I'm only familiar with the Bach essences and mostly Rescue Remedy which our vet suggested for one of our cats who had anxiety problems.

DJ M3 years ago

Thanks for listing these remedies. I used to have a chart, which I misplaced. But we always have Rescue Remedy in the medicine cabinet.

Froodo F.
Past Member 4 years ago

Nice to read this article will be very helpful in the future, share more info with us. Good job! Alistair Bond

tanzy t.
tanzy t4 years ago

What? bet they taste gross.

Peggy D.
Peggy D4 years ago

Where do you buy them?

Julia R.
Julia R4 years ago

This is an interesting article but based on Dale doing some research on Wikipedia, and what it said there about his ideas and the way he derived these remedies, if these so called remedies could possibly be healing or if it is more created in the person's mind such as a placebo.

Jana DiCarlo
Jana DiCarlo4 years ago

interesting info

Justin M.
Justin M5 years ago


Mary B.
Mary B5 years ago

I don't know why most articles on flower essences always refer to the Bach essences,There are many many other essence sets available. I use the ones from Perelandra ltd.They not only have flower essences that deal with emotional health, they have a whole line of microbial ballancing solutions that address every body system. And they have essence products just for animals, plants, the soil,and human innitiated projects. The idea here is that humans are highly creative but they don't know beans about ballance. Nature knows how to keep things in ballance, so when people 'work' with Nature, the inherent intelligence in Nature will move the human project foreward in ballance. It is fascinating stuff to watch this unfold.