Flower Essences for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Posted on 26 February 2019 by Leonie Satori
Flower essences are one of my go-to adjunctive therapies to help support individuals dealing with all sorts of stress-related emotional imbalances. In this article I introduce a selection of flower essence remedies specific for the most common symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Sometimes described as the 'aftermath of shock', PTSD is said to include a cluster of symptoms that persist after a person has survived a traumatic event. For many, they find that their symptoms return is cycles with triggers causing a rapid relapse. For others, memories of the trauma are more difficult to work through, and particularly where the trauma was experienced over an extended period of time, overwhelm and anxiety may present as the first hints of PTSD.
Most documentation on PTSD speaks of 'battle trauma' and life threatening events that can trigger recurrent anxiety and overwhelm. However, it should not be overlooked, that everyday trauma occurs in the average person's home and dealing with traumatic family or home life, especially for extended periods of time, can also trigger PTSD symptoms.
The far-reaching effects of PTSD can influence day-to-day living: with exhaustion, difficulty concentrating or difficulty with decision-making potentially making everyday tasks much more challenging. For some, emotions may become volatile, over-reacting to simple situations or panic attacks may lead to feelings of overwhelm or loss of control. These acute emotional hair-trigger responses can, for some set off physical stress reactions including nausea, sweating or racing heart.
In clinic I like to use a combination of Bach Flowers, Australian Bush Flower Essences and Living Essences from Western Australia. Yes, it is true that I use flower essences with all of my clients (and for myself) and am always amazed to see the progress and transformations that follow with the prescriptions of flower essences.
Flower essences are gentle vibrational remedies that can significantly influence the energetic imbalances associated with the recurrent symptoms of PTSD. The following flower essence remedies are Australian Bush Flower Essences, selected for their ability to help with some of the most common symptoms associated with PTSD.
Dog Rose of The Wild Forces is the first port of call, flower essence-wise, for intense feelings of distress that come with PTSD. This flower essence helps to encourage feeling calm and centred during times of turmoil, and can help with the fear of losing control.
Grey Spider Flower helps to release deep fears and terror and is particularly beneficial for easing trauma of nightmares associated with PTSD. This flower essence helps to bring about faith, calmness and courage.
Isopogon, when used as a flower essence remedy can help to retrieve old, forgotten knowledge. Often with PTSD, the individual can have some difficulty remembering important aspects of the traumatic event. Isopogon can help to learn what is needed, so that the person can move forward in life.
Sturt Desert Pea may be one of the key flower essences for PTSD symptoms, it allows to diffuse sad memories and deep hurt. It encourages expression of feelings and is beneficial for those stuck with communicating how or what they are feeling. Sturt Desert Pea, on a deeper level, can help the person to 'let it go' and move forward in their life.
Invasive, cyclic, obsessive thoughts of the trauma are commonplace with PTSD. The flower essence Boronia can help to calm the nervous system and clear the mind of these invasive, repetitive thoughts.
Those with PTSD symptoms may feel emotionally numb and detached from other people, the Australian Bush Flower Essence Sydney Rose is helpful for encouraging a deeper sense of connection.
Bush Gardenia can help to renew interest, communication and passion and is particularly suited for those who begin avoiding certain activities, feelings, thoughts or places that remind them of the trauma, which is common for some with PTSD.
Mongo Waratah helps to strengthens one's will and helps to reclaim the spirit. It is particularly helpful where loss of interest in life and daily activities presents as part of the symptoms associated with PTSD.
Lastly, Sunshine Wattle, used as a flower essence, helps to restore optimism and is particularly useful where a person has a sense of no longer leading a normal life or is not able to see a positive future for themselves.
The above flower essence remedies are included in this article for education purposes only. As a practitioner I will use these kinds of flower essence remedies (based on the individuals specific requirements) in combination with dietary and lifestyle guidelines, herbal medicine, nutritional supplements and would recommend professional counselling or psychotherapy. This information is not intended as a replacement for professional advice.
About the Author
Leonie is a Naturopath & Medical Herbalist with a passion for good food, healthy living and of course, herbal medicine. When she is not consulting in her Naturopathic clinic in Lismore or blogging about nutrition, Ayurvedic Medicine or natural health, she is studying yoga, growing her own herbs and vegetables or quietly walking in the natural bush land in Northern Rivers NSW.
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