Using the healing power of flowers in pregnancy, labour and birth.
Using the essence of flowers for healing can be traced back thousands of years. This vibrational therapy (which is described of in detail here) was used by the Egyptians, Malay, and African people, and is found written in to European folklore. One particular story tells that there was a great healer and mystic known as Paracelsus whom collected dew from flowers to treat his patients emotional imbalances during the medieval times. Closer to home, Australian Aboriginals have always known to sit on a clump of flowers to absorb their healing vibrations, and it has been told they gave birth on a bed of specific flowers to bring healing to the mother and baby. A lot of knowledge of flower essences was lost with the rise of civilisation as we know it today. Over the last few decade or so though, there is a resurgence happening- the desire, the need, to work with the flowers once again is coming through. Through this change, inspiration and a closer connection to Spirit (or universal consciousness) is manifesting, bringing about the inner knowing that the plants are here to work with us to help us move, with clarity, through these troubling times.
I believe one of the most under-utilised ways in which flower essences can help is in the labour and birthing process. As we begin to once again realise that we can take control of the way our baby is brought in to the world- that it is not always necessary for it to be a completely clinical experience- we begin to seek our helping tools, the readily available natural alternatives that can assist us.
Now it is commonplace as a woman goes into labour, that she brings with her a carefully edited peaceful music playlist, she may have practiced hypo-birthing techniques, learnt meditation practices to control breath, brought in to the birthing room a diffuser to burn oils… rarely though, do we hear of the flower essences that have accompanied her to help necessitate a calm and empowering birth.
Dr Edward Bach, the modern pioneer of flower essences (1886-1936), explained them perfectly when he said that they are here to-
“..raise our vibrations and open up our channels for the reception of our spiritual self, to flood our natures with particular virtues, and to wash out from us the faults which were causing them. They are able, like beautiful music or any gloriously uplifting thing which gives us inspiration, to raise our very natures and bring us nearer to ourselves; and by that very act to bring us peace and relieve suffering. They cure not by attacking dis-ease but by flooding our bodies with beautiful vibrations of our higher nature in the presence of which dis-ease melts as snow in the sunshine".
If you apply that description to using flower essences in the labour and birthing process- knowing that they do not attack the pain of labour, but that they flood our bodies with divine vibrations- well, its absolutely baffling to me why the praise of the flowers are not being sung from the rooftops!
I was lucky enough to put what I have been thinking about to practice just a couple of months ago, with the birth of my little nephew Clancy. The moment I found out Bonny was pregnant I started researching exactly what herbs and flowers could help her. I came up with a pretty extensive list, and by the time her labour rolled around, I'd made a beautiful big bundle of little bottles of flower magic to help her bring this new little soul into the world. Following, is what my sister had to say about it-
"When I was pregnant with Clancy, Hayley was so happy for me. Her happiness extended into wanting to help create a peaceful birthing environment for me, so she eagerly went about making a collection of remedies specific to my needs and wants. During my labour, I felt wholeheartedly supported, honoured, loved and safe. As I went through each phase, she was ready and waiting to help and support. She had thought of everything. I don't know the specifics of each tincture and why she used what she did, when she did, but I do know that when I was at the peak of a contraction and Hayley said she had something to help, I was relieved. I knew I was held, and that there was help here, just for me. Before Clancy was born, as Hayley prepared the remedies for our babies birth, she suggested a flower essence to aid in cutting karmic ties. She told me that it can help baby feel grounded and safe. I was keen as mustard for that, so moments after we welcomed him earth side, she was there anointing his fontanelle, whispering gentle words as she gave our baby the medicine of the flowers. I don't know many things, but I do know that from that moment, we have had a very happy baby. He is a relaxed, easy going little man and I believe her flowers played a big part in that".
I have put together a thorough collection of flower essences that I feel will help guide and support you- from pregnancy, through your labour, and the first few precious weeks after birth. This collection has been tried and loved already, and it is a part of my hope that the use of flowers to bring about a new beautiful soul in this world, will become commonplace, and recognised the world over.
The pregnancy and birthing plan consists of TEN different essences. Each bottle will most likely not be fully exhausted in your labour, and as such have included explanations on how each essence can continue to support you well after your baby is born.
Please continue through to here for the thorough flower essence schedule.