An exploration of flower essences
to to calm anxiety or nervous excitement.


  1. a state of anxiety or nervous excitement
  2. feeling unnerved, as if you have been stirred up, perturbed

What causes you to feel agitated? Over-stimulation caused by an overwhelming amount of information or a specific subject matter can leave you feeling unnerved. Deep inner feelings of unworthiness or incapability can leave you in an unconscious state of agitation. When chaos and change visit your life, you may feel ruffled and disquieted. Sometimes the root of agitation lies in your mind’s insistence on planning for what might go wrong in the future.

Many of us live in a state of agitation that has become the norm. It is amazing to find how agitated we have been once we discover a level of peace and calmness that we haven’t previously experienced.

We can uncover and release many causations of agitation by using one or more of the flower essences below.

Being in the Present

There is one flower essence that always pops to mind when I think of overcoming agitation. It is Crisis – Desert Emergency Formula. Of course it soothes the agitation that naturally occurs when you are faced with a crisis. Yet its benefits go well beyond emergency situations. This composite formula supports you when you are focused on the past or the future, which is usually what creates agitation. It helps bring your awareness into the present, where you can simply be. It has a soothing and calming effect in myriad situations. You can use this flower essence on its own or in combination with any of the following essences for different causations of agitation.

Breath and the Mind


Which comes first, agitation that results in shallow breathing, or shallow breathing that exacerbates agitation? I don’t know, but Bougainvillea can help either way. When your breathing is shallow, your mind races. When your breath deepens and slows, your mind relaxes. Bougainvillea helps relax and slow down the breath, helping your mind and body relax and let go. No matter what the cause of your agitation, this flower essence can help in this simple way.


We can become agitated when we are overstimulated or overwhelmed by either too much information, or information that is difficult to take in. Have you ever seen a movie that disturbed you and you found it difficult to regain a peaceful state? Fairy Duster has a calming and soothing effect on the nervous system, which plays an important part in integrating information into your being.

Growth Process

Sometimes we become agitated with our growth process. We become judgmental of ourselves and where we think we are in our evolution. It’s as if we have an inner measuring stick of how far along we think we ought to be and we are just not measuring up.

Indian Tobacco helps you find inner peace with where you are right now. It brings you into the present moment, out of the ideal you created that has no basis in reality. Inner peace comes with self-acceptance and Indian Tobacco is excellent for this.

Deep Level Agitation

Candy Barrel Cactus is the essence to use for deep level agitation that is often accompanied by a rigid attitude and/or feeling that you are less than others. This cactus flower essence can bring us deep emotional and mental stillness and calmness.


We often have rigid ideas when we feel insecure about ourselves. We cling to them for definition of ourselves. As we quiet into our inner self, we discover a richness that allows more flexibility in our thinking.

Often when Candy Barrel Cactus is indicated, you feel as if you are worthless, or that you don’t have the capability that you need.

As we tap into our inner calm and peace, we discover long stored abilities that we never knew we had. We can find a well of information, capability, and wisdom right inside ourselves.

Candy Barrel Cactus is also excellent for long term, chronic agitation, as it helps you find deep inner stillness.

Planning for Future Problems

Many of us have a different type of agitation. It comes from taking ourselves and our lives too seriously, keeping us from having fun. Sonoran Rainbow Cactus is for this type.

When Sonoran Rainbow Cactus is indicated as a flower essence, there is usually an underlying belief that things are going to go wrong. These folks are usually very capable and responsible people who take themselves very seriously. They take life so seriously that they find themselves mentally preparing for what they will do if something goes wrong.

There is a tremendous amount of energy that goes into planning for things that might happen in the future so that we are prepared.

Sonoran Rainbow Cactus supports us in giving up these thoughts and emotions to our heart for transformation. When we allow our thoughts and feelings to move through our heart, a great change can happen. It is our heart that shows us that every moment is perfect as it is. When we live fully in each moment, everything we need to know or plan for is there.

When we live the quality of Sonoran Rainbow Cactus, we are freed up from anxiety and we have time to simply have fun, in the moment and in the future.

Change & Chaos

What about the agitation that results when change and chaos enter your life? Most of us find it difficult to switch gears and let go of our routines and known realities. Wind & Storm Formula helps us with exactly that. It is useful when we need support for allowing changes or chaos to flow through us without resisting or becoming rigid. This essence restores balance if we are frenetic or out of control so we can respond appropriately to life situations.

Selecting the Most Appropriate Flower Essences

Not every flower essence mentioned above will be appropriate for every person’s specific needs. Usually, careful self-examination can clearly show you which of the above flower essences are most appropriate for your particular needs.

Though you can use more than one flower essence together, you probably will not need to use all of the ones mentioned here. After contemplating your relationship to this issue, select the flower essences that apply for you, or use an intuitive method to select among them. (For more information on how to do this, see The Art & Technique of Using Flower Essences.) A general guideline is to use four drops at a time, four times a day, in water. However, it is fine to follow your intuition and use them as often as you like. Most people find that they tend to use them more often in the beginning and less often towards the end of the cycle. Unless otherwise indicated, a cycle is usually two to four weeks. [more]

For information on how to clearly evaluate the effects of the essences you have used, see The Art & Technique of Using Flower Essences.

List of the Flower Essences Mentioned in this Article

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