The flower remedy Walnut is, “the Remedy for those who have decided to take a great step forward in life, to break old conventions, to leave old limits and restrictions and start on a new way,” so said Dr. Bach.
In this sense, Walnut helps us cut the ‘ties that bind’, a phrase often quoted by the 1970’s motivational speaker, Dr. Leo Buscaglia. Thus, it’s the perfect remedy for navigating the change of seasons as we welcome the fall equinox that took place last Friday. I say this because there’s a lot happening astrologically around this year’s Equinox and the new moon that involves shedding old ways (which I plan to blog on next time). However, because Walnut is such a BIG remedy, I want to focus on it here…stay the course which is another specific effect of this remedy. It helps us to ‘stay the course’ and not become distracted by ‘the next shiny thing’ or others.
When I teach about the remedies, I remind people to think of them like the color spectrum; we have our 7 primary colors, but within each color are thousands of subtle vibrational hues connected to that color…and so it is with the remedies. When you read standard books about the Bach remedies in particular, there’s always some sort of ‘classical’ phrase or word to describe the action of each remedy. For example, you’re likely to read that Walnut is for ‘change and transition’…which it is. It helps us to navigate us through major changes in our lives…positive or negative. The circumstances could be marriage, divorce, new job, losing job, pregnancy, puberty, menopause…teething, surgery…the list is endless.
But Walnut is also helpful for several other states of mind and circumstances as well. Like the ‘Walnut’ with its hard outer shell protecting the nut meat, as a remedy it helps to ‘protect’ our solar plexus, the gravitational center of our body where we feel before we think. It protects that delicate energy center within us from unhealthy ‘mundane’ outside influences that may be attempting to distract us from our intended life path. On an energetic level, Walnut also helps to protect us from negative external energy that can be quite damaging particularly from those who do not have our best interests in their heart.
On a practical note, one question I’m often asked relates to ‘nut allergies’…or ‘tree allergies’. Not to worry…All of the Bach remedies (save Rock Water) are made from the ‘blossoms’ of the plant. Because of the methods(sun and boiling) proscribed by Dr. Bach to produce the remedies, there’s no molecular structure in them…remember: flower remedies are about energy and vibration…they’re about the plant’s healing life force, Prana, Qi, energy…whichever term you are comfortable with…so no worries regarding allergies. Although like many herbal tinctures, they’re preserved in alcohol(grape brandy), but there are ways you can still benefit if you are alcohol sensitive. For more information on this issue, check my website.