Elm is one of the 38 flower remedies in the Bach Flower Remedies system, which was developed by Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930s. These remedies are used to address various emotional and psychological imbalances. Elm is specifically associated with addressing issues related to feelings of overwhelm and inadequacy when faced with responsibilities or tasks.

The key emotional qualities that Elm is believed to help balance include:

  1. Overwhelm: Individuals in need of Elm may experience periods of intense overwhelm, especially when they have many responsibilities or tasks to complete. They may feel temporarily unable to cope with their workload.
  2. Inadequacy: They may doubt their own abilities and feel as though they are not up to the challenges or responsibilities they are facing.
  3. Temporary Loss of Confidence: People requiring Elm may have a temporary loss of confidence in their abilities, even if they are typically competent and capable.


Elm is intended to provide support during times of temporary crisis or self-doubt. By taking Elm as a Bach Flower Remedy, individuals are believed to regain their confidence and perspective, allowing them to approach their responsibilities with a greater sense of ease and competence.

Like other Bach Flower Remedies, Elm is typically taken orally in a diluted form, often a few drops under the tongue or mixed with water. It’s important to remember that Bach Flower Remedies are considered complementary and alternative medicine and are not a substitute for professional counseling or therapy, especially in cases where feelings of overwhelm and inadequacy are chronic or severe. If you or someone you know is struggling with these issues, seeking guidance from a qualified mental health professional may be beneficial.

ELM – OVERWHELMED BY RESPONSIBILITY. When people, even those with above average ability, take on too much work while neglecting themselves the results are often temporary depression, exhaustion and loss of self-esteem.

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