Flower Essences for New Mothers

Last post I went over the basics of Flower Essence remedies and how easy they are to implement into your care routine! If you are someone who uses and appreciates essential oils and herbal remedies, you’ll see the beauty and value of flower remedies, too.

What are Flower Essences?

Flower Essences are not medications, they are catalysts that stimulate our inner abilities to respond.  Essences don’t make changes in us, they free us up to make the changes within ourselves.

Starting with Dr. Bach’s original 12 remedies is the simplest place to start, then working up to 38, then, if your interest deepens, expanding beyond to the myriad of North American, Australian, and other flowers available to us.

How to Use

Pick five that speak to you and combine them following the directions in the last post. If none of these remedies speak to you, download (for free) and read through Dr. Bach’s Twelve Healers and pick up to five of your own remedies.

But for now, here are some of my personal favorite original Bach remedies for new mothers with accompanying descriptions from The Bach Centre and from Dr. Bach’s Twelve Healers. 

1. Impatiens

The remedy for impatience and the frustration and irritability that go along with it. This remedy helps us be less hasty and more relaxed with others.

2. Elm

For women suffering from a temporary loss of confidence due to overwhelming responsibility. These women believe in their work wholeheartedly but feel that the task they have taken on is too difficult and not within the power of a human being.

3. Gentian

Addresses the downheartedness we can feel when things go wrong. Easily discouraged, but are prepared to try again. Gentian may help lift the feeling of disappointment sooner.

4. Willow

Helpful for recovering from a traumatic pregnancy or birth. This remedy encourages the rebirth of optimism and faith after an unjust experience which has embittered their heart. Women who will be helped by Willow also find less interest and activity in the things of life which they had previously enjoyed.

5. Red Chestnut

The women who will be helped by Red Chestnut find it difficult not to be anxious for other people and frequently anticipate that bad things will happen to those they love. Their fears are normal, everyday fears that are magnified.

6. Olive

Helpful remedy for right after and the days following childbirth. Olive assists to restore strength after a strenuous effort has been made, leaving the woman feeling so exhausted and weary that they feel they have no more strength make any effort.

7. Cerato

For those who experience self-doubt after a decision has been made. Useful for those who make decisions without trouble but then experience second-guessing and doubts afterwards. Cerato helps us to have more faith in our judgement so we can listen to our inner voice and intuition.

8. Walnut 

A useful remedy for big transitions, such as the transition of a new family member and all that comes with it. Walnut also provides protection against outside influences (such as unwanted advice or opinions) that might affect the person.

9. Hornbeam

For those who feel they lack the strength, whether mental or physical, to undertake any effort. Unlike Olive, this remedy is for those who feel insufficient to the task before any effort has been made. The affairs of everyday life seem too much for them to accomplish.

10. Mustard

Helpful for Postpartum depression. Mustard addresses the deep gloom and feelings of despair that come on for no reason, as though a dark cloud has descended onto the person. Everything looks hopeless, and it is impossible to appear happy or cheerful.

11.  Rescue Remedy or Five-Flower Formula

Bach’s original crisis remedy formula contains Rock Rose, Impatiens, Cherry Plum, Star of Bethlehem, and Clematis. This blend helps the person to deal with an immediate situation or emergency and get through stressful situations, as opposed to addressing underlying, ongoing problems.

Please Note: This is not medical advice and I am not a doctor. Individuals suffering from clinical depression or other mental health issues should contact a licensed mental health professional for treatment. While flower essences will not interfere with other health programs, they do not replace professional medical care, if that is appropriate.

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