Learn how to use the Bach flower remedies for pregnancy and beyond to safely and gently balance the emotions for deep healing, physically and mentally.
Anyone who’s been around a pregnant mama knows – the things that bother her aren’t just physical symptoms.
Emotional wellness is a huge component of a healthy pregnancy and birth – but there don’t seem to be a lot of tangible things we can do to heal our emotional ills.
That’s why the Bach flower remedies are nothing short of a game-changer.
I’ve worked with the Bach flower remedies for pregnancy and beyond, and they were the single most crucial component in healing my depression and anxiety.
The Bach Flower Essences (or Remedies, depending on which side of the pond you reside), are a collection of 38 tinctures that are useful in correcting emotional imbalances – and often, this can bring about physical healing as well.
They are similar to homeopathic medicine in that they are very safe and gentle, yet effective – but they’re also different, because they treat emotional symptoms as well as physical.
The Bach flower remedies have been made the same way since the 1930’s, according to the methodology of Dr. Edward Bach, who personally developed each of the remedies.
Through his work as a physician, Dr. Bach came to believe that illness is the end result of disharmony between body and mind. He sought to treat people holistically, by turning to nature to balance their emotions…
The Bach flower remedies are excellent for addressing emotionally-based problems and situations, and they can be particularly useful for the childbearing year.
Selecting the right remedies for you can seem overwhelming at first, but it’s really an easy process – and no harm is done if you choose the wrong remedy.
To use Bach flower remedies for pregnancy, you can typically have a treatment bottle made up for you, with two drops each of your selected remedies diluted with spring water and a natural preserving agent. For more acute situations, you can simply add two drops of the selected remedy(s) in a glass of water, and sip it at intervals.
Unlike homeopathic medicines, Bach flower remedies can even be taken with juice or tea, and do not interfere with other health treatments or medications.
If you select the wrong remedies, or if you take too much, nothing will happen–so there’s no harm in experimenting over time to find the correct ones. In addition to helping alleviate minor upsets and calm passing fears, the Bach remedies are a great tool for uncovering more deeply buried emotional issues and triggers we may have unconsciously buried long ago.
Certain remedies are excellent for acute situations like shock, fear, or unpleasant news, and can be taken immediately for relief. For more long-term situations, such as repeated patterns of thoughts or chronic conditions, Bach flower remedies can be taken over time to effect gradually improved, lasting results.
The remedies that work for you right now may end up uncovering deeper issues over the time you’re taking them…and so in a few weeks, you may find that a different selection of remedies will apply. This is normal, and an expected sign of healing! If you miss a dose, you may not notice the effects – but those around you probably will! They are subtle, but they really work!
I am currently working toward certification as a Bach Flower Registered Practitioner, because I have experienced so many massive shifts and healing in using these incredible remedies, both in my own life and in the lives of others. The training process is lengthy and stringently controlled by the Bach Centre in England, originally founded by Dr. Bach himself.
The following are particularly useful Bach flower remedies for pregnancy, labor, postpartum and beyond:
- Rescue Remedy: This is a prepared combination of five different remedies that is excellent for sudden stress, fear, shock, or worry. It comes in many forms, to include drops, melts, spray, and even gum. The tincture can be added to a water bottle without affecting the flavor in the slightest, and sipped continuously throughout labor.
- Rescue Cream: This gentle topical lotion can be used as a massage lotion on the feet or shoulders after a long day–or even applied to soothe the “ring of fire” during the second stage of labor, when baby is crowning. It’s also helpful as a belly balm for preventing stretch marks, and for healing stretched skin postpartum.
- Crab Apple: This soothes the feelings that may come up around body changes as pregnancy progresses, and can sometimes alleviate morning sickness.
- Impatiens: This is especially helpful for calming the nervousness and impatience of the overdue mother, in the last weeks of pregnancy.
- Elm: For feelings of overwhelm, when responsibilities seem too great, or when a situation is weighing heavily on the mother’s heart.
- Olive: For physical exhaustion during a long or difficult labor, during the last weeks of pregnancy, during early labor, or to cope with a challenging recovery postpartum.
- Star of Bethlehem: This remedy is for shock or extreme changes, and can be given to both mother and baby* directly after birth, especially in the event of trauma or a hard and fast labor. (*Babies usually receive any benefit from Bach essences through their mother via nursing; however, there are other non-invasive ways to treat babies)
- Walnut: This remedy is helpful in smoothing transitions, both in labor and even for older siblings adjusting to a new baby. It’s beneficial for the mother immediately postpartum, and usually for several weeks thereafter.
- For baby blues or PPD, remedies such as Cherry Plum, Mustard, and Sweet Chestnut may be helpful.
Of course, all pregnancies, labors, and childbirths are quite different, so this is just an overview of some commonly helpful essences.
Ideally, you’ll have an in-depth consultation done by someone trained in the use of the Bach flower remedies for pregnancy, to select the ideal blend of essences for you at this time.
I’ve been working with the Bach flower remedies with success since 2010. During my fifth pregnancy, I realized that the emotional struggles I had experienced with each of my pregnancies were not just your typical little hiccups – I was seriously depressed.
For me, taking the Bach flower remedies made the difference between having a day that was okay, maybe even pleasant – versus having a non-functional, stay-in-bed-and-cry kind of day. Even if I missed taking them one morning, I felt a profound difference by that afternoon!
The Bach flower remedies are just one tool out of many that will help you to have a more empowered, conscious childbirth experience – especially if you’re struggling emotionally!
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