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When you wake up in the morning do you wake with the joys of spring, with a eagerness to get on with the day and full of energy or are you like me get up wishing you hadnt and just feeling exhausted.
Having not been mentally very well for the last few years has taken its strain on me both emotionally and physically, one of the things i suffer realy badly with is lacking energy, i have the enthusiasm and want to get lots of things done during the day but used to feel constantly exhausted before i had even done anything, i just wanted to chill on the settee all day and do nothing but unfortunately my life is much too hectic for me to be able to do that so i was very relieved after speaking to a friend to find i wasnt the only one who felt like this and that there was something i could do about it.
hornbeam is a flower remedy used to eliminate these feelings of exhaustion all you need to do is put two drops of his from the dropper directly under your tongue or you can add two drops of it to a glass of water or squash like i do and sip it through the day.
The bottle cost me £9.98 from our local herb shop and lasts me around 3 months so is very good value for money, it doesnt have a child proof lid so i always keep mine up high out of the reach of the children just incase although with it being herbal i cant see it having any lasting effects.
The dropper on the top of the bottle makes it very easy to add just the right amount to your drink although i do think it may be a little more difficult to put under your tongue on your own.
i have no idea how this works or if it is just a mental thing that it does to you but it works for me and for that i am realy grateful, i can use it with my other medication safely and a small bottle of this lasts me a long time. I havent had any side effects from this that i have noticed and it gives me the energy i need to get on with the things i want to during the day.
Over 75 years ago, Dr Bach invented 38 homeopathic remedies made using the natural extracts of flowers. One of the 38 varieties, the Hornbeam flower remedy is designed to be taken by people who feel that life is getting on top of them, and for those who feel that they are overburdened and unable to cope with the stresses of life.
I have previously tried several different kinds of the Bach flower remedies and have had good results, so when I felt overstressed due to work and family issues, I though I would give this a try.
I bought a bottle of Hornbeam flower remedy at an online homeopathy shop for £4 for a 20ml bottle. I find that buying flower remedies online is easier as from my experience, it can be hard to find the full range of 38 varieties on the high street, although chemists like Boots do tend to stock a decent range of them.
The Hornbeam flower remedy comes in a small glass bottle with a pipette top, very much like an eye dropper, which makes dispensing drops very easy. The remedy itself is made from Hornbeam infused with natural spring water and a grape brandy alcohol preservative to keep the flower remedy fresh and potent.
The drops of flower remedy can either be taken directly onto the tongue, which although I find to be the easiest way I really don't like as I can't stand the taste. It's too alcoholic for me and reminds me of ethanol from school lab days! The other recommended method is to put drops (I use between 3 and 5 depending on how stressed I feel) into a glass of water and then sipping it. I really prefer using this method, as although it's not as instant, it tastes just like a normal glass of water instead of alcoholic.
Whilst homeopathic remedies like Dr Bach's Hornbeam flower remedy might not work for all people, I find that it had a positive effect for me. When I first used this, it only took about 30 minutes before I felt less stressed, and more able to deal with the problems I was facing. I felt much more capable of coping and acting decisively, and felt more positive in general. Some people think homeopathic remedies in general are a placebo but given it helped my mood improve, made me feel better and only cost £4, I think it's well worth trying even if you are initially cynical about the benefits.
More and more over recent years I have come to respect the uses that so called natural remedies can offer. The use of wonderful aromatic herbs, oils and ingredients can really be a benefit. There is more to many of these age old remedies than just the expense and hype that surrounds them, which you do find out once you have tried them.
Amongst some of the more respected brands are the Bachs Flower products.
One of these is the Hornbeam Flower remedy. The object of using the remedy is to create a more even balance for your body and mind, giving your body time to settle and heal itself naturally.
I do find that the Hornbeam remedy has a positive effect and can fight off feelings of exhaustion and tiredness. Hornbeam can leave you in a more relaxed state and if taken towards the start of your day rather than towards the end, it can stave off weariness.
You can buy this Bachs Flower remedy in many well known stores like Boots or Holland and Barrett. The later have these on offer at the moment, instead of £5.99 each they are now £8.99 for 2 x 20ml bottles.
The 20ml amount of the remedy will last ages as you use it very sparingly.
The best deal around right now is in Boots as all their natural remedies are on a 3 4 2 deal, so you get your third product free and can mix and match them.
The product comes in a small brown glass bottle, its looks medicinal rather than fancy. It tells you which remedy it is and has the Bachs name in italic style writing on a white label.
It has a useful squeezy tipped rubber and glass dropper as part of its screw top lid. You can use this to pick up a few drops of the remedy to use as needed.
To take the Hornbeam remedy you can either choose to drop 4 drops of the Hornbeam dilution directly on to the tongue or add a couple of drops to a small glass of water and drink it. The first method will suit those who don't mind the taste, but I prefer to take this in a glass of water.
You can take the Hornbeam remedy up to 4 times daily, till you notice an improvement in how you are feeling. I wouldn't say this is something to take every day like you would a vitamin supplement, but it can boost morale when you need that and can give pleasing results.
To use the Bachs Hornbeam remedy you don't need to take it just because you are tired, you can take it even if you feel that a certain activity will make you tired.
Many of these flower remedies can offer you assistance that other prescribed drugs cannot. I can recommend that you look in to these more natural products as they can enhance your feelings of well being and are made of 100% natural plant properties. They don't work for everyone, but you may find they work for you.
Anyone who regularly reads my reviews will be now aware that I'm quite a fan of herbal remedies for things I feel I can help myself with. Don't get me wrong I'm not a complete puritan and if I'm ill I go to the Doctors and take medicines and tablets as prescribed but for day to day issues such as sleeping tablets and when I'm low in mood and stuff I like to dabble with natural remedies and I own loads of these types of things.
Before purchasing this, Hornbeam wasn't anything I was aware of. I was however aware of Bach because I do love the brand and I picked this up on a whim really and it cost me about £3.50 for a small bottle. When it comes to buying remedies such as these I do find it hard to pick stuff out though because there is so little information given on the bottles however I am someone that likes to blend concoctions up so I buy them and then go to the Bach website and check out their promises and go from there!
10ml dark brown bottle with a black screw on/off lid to the top of it that has a glass long tube attached to the inside of it and to get the liquid into that on the outside of the cap/lid there is a pink rubber thing you pinch. Around the bottle there is a light cream label and on that in dark green writing I'm told it is Bach 'Original Flower Recipes' Hornbeam (Carpinus Betulus). Other information given on the label tells me how to use it, the size is stated and contact details for Bach are given. It's a nice simple to use bottle and it's informative enough to the point your told how to use it however on Bach products they never give you a description of the product so that can be a pain, particularly if you don't go on the Bach website prior to check what would suit you best first.
Directions For Use:
Single Remedy Use: 2 drops in water and sip at intervals or add to 30ml mixing bottle containing still spring water.
Multiple Remedy Use: Add 2 drops of each remedy (max 7 remedies) to a mixing bottle and use as above.
Me Using It:
First off let me tell you about what this particular remedy is meant to help you with!
'For those who feel that they have not sufficient strength, mentally or physically, to carry the burden of life placed upon them; the affairs of every day seem too much for them to accomplish, though they generally succeeded in fulfilling their task. For those who believe that some part, of mind or body, needs to be strengthened before they can easily fulfil their work'.
Well that describes me to a tee at the moment and like I said already I buy remedies and blend them and the knack to that is to use remedies that compliment eachother of course and not one's that work against eachother.
Now I have used this alone of course and I have blended them though one bit of confusion has fogged my brain! On the bottle it says this can be blended with another 6 remedies but on the website I'm told to use no more than 5 remedies! Confusion again from Bach and this is a small issue I do have with this company.
Anyway I have used this as a single dose and just added a couple of drops of the transparent light gold coloured essence into a glass of water (no measurements are given so just use your common sense) and I have sipped it throughout the day and I have blended it and also with this particular remedy you can drop it neat onto the tongue, or rub it onto the lips, behind the ears, or on the temples and wrists if you want to and you can't overdose on this as it's only a flower remedy and not a drug one, so I have used it in all the above ways and rather often.
I really like this one! Dropped into water it doesn't discolour it and it doesn't really taste at all but of course that depends how much water you decide to use (I use a fair bit to avoid the taste). I have in a emergency dropped some onto my tongue and sure it don't taste wonderful but it isn't vile either and the taste soon leaves your tongue anyway. I have when traveling dabbed this on to my skin and it's none oily and none staining and above all doesn't smell or make me sticky!
As I have already said I really like this and it was one that when I bought it I didn't think it would be all that good...going on the name of it type of thing.
Whichever way I use it though appears to work for me and it lasts ages too! I find this really does help unfog and clarify my mind. I haven't been very well in general with a potassium deficiency, my eating disorder is kicking up a fuss again and I haven't been sleeping very good and top that with rushing about with a mate trying to sort her life out there are times when I have felt a little low in my mood and like someone has popped my bubble and I don't know if my body will continue working.
This however descends calm on me and I become more clear thinking and logical and able to make decisions better. If need be I mix it with Oak and Wild Oat (also from Bach) and I like the way I can blend my own remedies that won't hurt me in any way shape or form. I really do suggest anyone tries this with a busy life and plays about with it a bit too to see what ways work for you and gives you the strength to carry on as it does me!
Available in all good supermarkets and chemists etc and 10ml of this usually costs about £3.50 a bottle and the 30ml bottle costs about £6.75 a bottle (in Boots).
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