Bach Flower Remedy Of The Month: Elm ~ The Remedy For Overwhelm

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Elm Flower

As we move deeper into Autumn, the days grow darker and the temperature colder.  There is a natural sense of moving inward that we can see by the changes in the natural world.  In Chinese Medicine this is understood as the shift from the most Yang/Outer state, which occurs in Summer to the most Yin/Inner time of year, which occurs in Winter.  This period of transformation can sometimes be felt as a feeling of compression or contraction of energy.

These particular seasonal changes are often accompanied by the what many folks experience as the most busy season of the year.  It starts with returning to school and work in September and escalates with the holiday season in November and December.  In my years as a holistic practitioner, I have noticed that it is very common for people to feel a strong sense of overwhelm this time of year.  This is not surprising given the busyness of the season combined with the natural inclination to begin to slow down and go within as we move toward Winter.

The Bach Flower Remedies can be a wonderful support for any type of transition including seasonal ones.  In addition to addressing specific emotions or personality traits, one of the benefits the remedies offer is the overall strengthening of our energy system; this stems from the vibrational nature of their effect.  That combined with a focus on our individual challenges, makes the Bach Flower Remedies a powerful tool for balance and well-being.  

Last Autumn I shared a post on Star of Bethlehem: The Remedy of Comfort and it’s benefits for the feelings of loss and grief that may arise as begin our seasonal descent.  Today, I’d like to highlight another remedy that can be beneficial this time of year and beyond ~ Elm, the remedy for overwhelm!

In his book, The Twelve Healers and Other Remedies, Dr. Bach describes Elm as follows:

“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.”

Here are some questions to explore to see if Elm may be beneficial for you at this time:

  • Are you feeling a sense of overwhelm?
  • Do you feel that all that is on your plate is just too much for one human being?
  • Is there a sense you are inadequate in the face of your responsibilities?
  • Do you become despondent when faced with the magnitude of your responsibilities?
  • Do you tend to experience temporary exhaustion from over striving toward perfection?
  • Do you tend to overextend or over-commitment and then feel incapable of completing the tasks?
  • Are you too altruistic for your own good, neglecting self-care to serve or help others?
  • Do you suddenly feel unable to cope?

Elm has many benefits that can help to ease our feelings of overwhelm and regain energy and focus.  These include:

  • A sense of being capable, efficient and intuitive
  • An ability to see problems in their perspective
  • Feeling an inner conviction that help will the there when needed
  • Developing positive awareness around responsibilities
  • Renewing leadership and decision-making abilities
  • strengthening self-assurance and confidence

It is important to recognize that the Elm type tends to be altruistic and their overwork may come from wanting to help or serve others.  One of the ways this can manifest during the holiday season is by feeling the need to show up for family and friends in a particular way or more than we can hold energetically.  Everyone is different and needs a rhythm that supports their own health and well-being.  It can be easy to get off course or to become overwhelmed when life and work demands so much of us.  Elm is a remedy that can help restore balance and strength.

As always, I’d love to hear your experiences with Elm or any thoughts, reflections or questions that may arise in response to the post.


If you are BFRPcolorinterested in an individual Bach Flower Remedy Consultation & Treatment, I offer sessions in Annapolis, MD, and by phone or by Skype.  I have found the Bach Flower Remedies to be one of the most beneficial transformational and healing tools that I utilize both personally and in my holistic healing practice.   I have worked with the Bach Flowers for over 15 years and I am a BFRP, Bach Flower Registered Practitioner through the Bach Centre, founded by Dr. Edward Bach.  

Please feel free to visit my website  for an index of additional Bach Flower Of The Month posts as well as to explore how the Bach Flower Remedies and an Integrative Transformational Approach may benefit your own process of transformation and healing.

Also, you may enjoy these posts:

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About Beth Terrence

Beth Terrence is a Shaman, Facilitator, Holistic Practitioner, Speaker and Writer. With over seventeen years of experience in field of transformation and holistic health, she is a leader in providing Integrative Transformational Healing Programs For Individuals, Groups & Organization. The focus of Beth's work is to facilitate deep transformational healing, assisting her clients in living a more heart-centered, balanced and joyful life through discovering the healer within. Beth offers online transformational resources through her blog, The Heart of Awakening: Searching for a New Paradigm. She is also an author and facilitator for Heal My Voice, an international organization that helps women to heal, grow and step into greater leadership through writing and sharing their stories. To learn more about sessions, programs, teleseminars and other news, visit http://www.bethterrence.com.

4 responses »

  1. Hello Beth,

    great post!

    In homeopathy the feeling of overwhelm is known especially in most trees (like Elm or Oak), and in elements on the same level of gold (aurum, plumbum, …).

    The typical dream symptoms of Ulmus (Elm) let me think about the radioactive elements, heavy and with imminent feeling of accident or an dramatic event. Heaviness is related to the overwhelming feeling of Elm, which seems to be more occurring in people with huge responsibility and or obligations.

    My experience is that this persons have most time the illusion of a huge responsibility. It’s not even real, but they overestimate their role in society. And here is Elm very helpful (“Developing positive awareness around responsibilities”).

  2. Hi! Thanks for your note and sharing on homeopathy around overwhelm. It is always neat to the similarities of homeopathy and flower essences. One thing about the Elm type is that they can tend to be folks in leadership positions or in roles with huge responsibilities but most of the times they can handle it well – Elm helps when they find themselves overwhelmed and drained perhaps from holding so much or taking on more than they can. It can also be beneficial as you mentioned when one feels the illusion of huge responsibility. Best Wishes, Beth!

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