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Flower Essences: Gentian

That relationship did not turn out as I had hoped.

I did not get the job.

The loan did not go through for the home I dreamed of having.

The bank account does not support my hope to make that purchase.

The rain caused my grandson’s last game of the season to be canceled.

Disappointment.  To be human is to experience it.  The ones I listed can be small in comparison to others, but there is no denying that we feel the effects of disappointments.  In the case of the canceled game, I was able to spend time with my grandson going to a movie and thoroughly enjoyed it.  The purchase I was not able to make, turns out I found it later at a better price.  The home loan…well, that home would not have fit my needs in the long run.  You get the picture.  In every scenario I had the option to face disappointment with the trust and faith that it is for the best.  Or I could have been easily discouraged, skeptical, doubting or pessimistic.  This is when I could use Gentian.

Dr. Edward Bach says that Gentian is for “those who are easily discouraged.  They may be progressing well in illness or in the affairs of their daily life, but any small delay or hindrance to progress causes doubt and soon disheartens them”.

The negative Gentian state appears to be a kind of weakness of faith in which the mental process falls into negativity.  Healthy skepticism may turn into a need to question everything.  In this state:

  • Even small setbacks can feel devastating.
  • One can easily give up when discouraged.
  • Even minor disappointments can lead to a state of depression.

Dr. Gotz Blome states in his book Advanced Bach Flower Therapy that one that could benefit from Gentian “passes up many opportunities—often without justification—withdraws into himself and becomes despondent when his plans cannot be realized without resistance”.  In this state, Dr. Blome believes that one can bring about their own failure by not trying or by their own lack of confidence. 

Gentian helps us to move from doubt to trust. 

The essence of Gentian can help move us into a state of a strengthened faith and facing difficult, disappointing situations more positively.  We can have the understanding that conflicts have their purpose, and we can be strengthened by them even if we do not understand in the moment how that can be. 

James 1:2-4 tells us to consider it joy when we face trials.

Romans 8:28 tells us that God works things out for our good.

I need faith to trust these verses.  I do not understand how, but I can trust the one who does. 

In a positive state one can go from:

  • Small setbacks feeling devastating to understanding setbacks are learning steps.
  • Being easily discouraged and giving up to having unshakable faith despite difficult circumstances.
  • From minor setbacks leading to depression to knowing there are solutions to all problems.

Gentian can help us move into a positive state of understanding that resistance and disappointment are a natural order of life, and that we can meet these challenges with faith.

Depression

Last month our flower essence was Mustard and how it was helpful for situations when a depressive state could occur for not particular reason.  A mood could just change without cause.  Along with helping one to move to a state of trust, Gentian can be helpful in depressive states in which a cause is known.  In most cases a deep sadness is rooted in disappointments such as in the loss of a loved one, loss of a long-term job, or divorce.  These deep losses can cause us to question our faith; hence, Gentian can be extremely helpful in moving through these seasons.

If you feel you could benefit from a flower essence, we here at The Health Patch would be happy to help you find the right one for you.

Health and Blessings,

Kimberly Anderson, ND