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"Natural medicine is really all about common sense."

Diana Mossop

Do You Believe in Flower Power?

Published: 09/03/2012 09:38:07
Source: The Times - Creme de la Creme


You may not have thought of using flower remedies at work, but Diana Mossop and Lynne McWhinnie claim that little bottles containing floral or herbal infusions should be a recognised health alternative in all offices.

The stresses and strains of secretarial work can be eased by using combinations of herbal remedies, according to Ms Mossop, a medical professor and specialist in alternative medicine who lives in Jersey and who invented a range of flower remedies – Phyto-biophysics Flower Formulas - in the early Nineties.

The idea is that remedies can be tailored by using a colour-coded chart showing the human body to treat particular problems. For example, if you have a headache, look at the chart, which shows that the head is blue, then take the blue formula.

Celebrities, including the model Jodie Kidd, are convinced of the health benefits of flower remedies, which Ms Mossop says can help to create........office environment in which staff find themselves able to communicate better.

Lynne McWhinnie is a registered Bach Flower Remedies practitioner who says that the Bach solutions, first created in the Thirties, should be in every office medicine cabinet. "They can help with the emotional side of things, such as feelings of being overwhelmed, fear, anxiety or envy," she says.

Ms Mossop suggests taking Camellia Spiritual Ease for stress, trauma or feelings of panic and pressure. Rosemary Uplift is useful in combating overemotional feelings or the sensation of powerlessness. Evening Primrose Relaxation helps the adrenal glands and Spirulina, a freshwater algae full of vitamins, can also help with stress, she says.

To counteract the groggy, dehydrated feeling caused by pollutants such as smoke or the dry air from air condtioning systems, you could try taking Nicotiana Breath of Life.

When you have drunk too much coffee or alcohol, eaten too quickly or missed meals. Ms Mossop suggests taking Dandelion D.Tox. Phacelia Clear Senses is said to help nasal congestion.

Office jealousy and rivalry can apparently be counteracted with White Rose Recovery - for calming the emotions - or with Orchid Cool Calm, which eases frustration and that hot-and-bothered feeling. Working for too long on computers and other electrical equipment can cause problems such as headaches and even blurred vision. Bluebell Appetite may help to ease eyestrain.

The camellia and the orchid are said to case stress.

Feeling run-down is a common complaint among those working in busy, overheated or stuffy offices. Try taking Lotus Vitality to boost your energy, or Nightshade to shore up your body’s natural defences against bugs and bacteria.

Ms McWhinnie says that the benefits of flower and herbal remedies do not stop there. “Envy is common in the workplace, especially when colleagues get a rise or a promotion,” she says. "It is one of the most difficult emotions to control and I would suggest taking Bach's Holly Remedy, which helps to dissipate it.”

"Other people worry about losing their job titles when companies are restructured, or about working for a new boss - the best remedy for this sort of unease is Walnut, as it makes us less sensitive and better able to stay detached from change."

The prospect of redundancy is many people's greatest dread and if circumstances at work lead you to fear the worst, flower remedy enthusiasts should reach for the Mimulus remedy. It is claimed that this will calm feelings of fear and restore courage in difficult situations.

Try Rescue Remedy for panic - this is one of the most popular Bach remedies, vouched for by many actors and celebrities - and finally, at the end of the day, try White Chestnut. This is said to calm the mind, helping it to switch off when it is time to sleep.

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