Sweet Chestnut is the remedy for people who have reached the limits of endurance. They have explored all avenues and see no way out of their difficulties. They feel there is nothing left for them but annihilation and emptiness. Whereas people in a Gorse state decide to give up when there are possible solutions untried, the person in a Sweet Chestnut state is genuinely at the end of the line: theirs is appalling, final despair.
In this extreme state, the remedy helps us remain masters of our lives, and renews our hope and strength. Sometimes a way ahead may open even when we expect it least.
This remedy is often used along with Star of Bethlehem for horses who have given up on life after the death of a beloved human or equine companion. It can also be used for very ill animals who appear to be in great anguish.
Things to look for:
- Genuine and deep suffering
- grave or terminal illness
- Inconsolable grief
- Horses who seem to have lost all hope, where you yourself can see no solution
“For those moments which happen to some people when the anguish is so great as to seem to be unbearable. When the mind or body feels as if it had borne to the uttermost limit of its endurance, and that now it must give way. When it seems there is nothing but destruction and annihilation left to face.” Dr. Edward Bach ~