Bach Flower Remedies During Pregnancy

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The Bach flower remedies are 38 flower- and plant-based medicines. They are unusual medicines in that they do not treat physical symp­toms, but instead re-balance emotions and treat negative mental states—such as worry, anxiety, despondency and guilt.

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The remedies were discovered in the 1920s and 30s by a highly regarded pathologist and bacteriologist called Dr Edward Bach. They are still made today by his successors, who work out of his old home in Oxfordshire, but the remedies are much more than local products.

They are now exported to 66 different countries, and are used by millions and millions of people around the world, including many doctors—and midwives.

They are ideal medicines to use during pregnancy. This is because they are very gentle, very safe and very effective. They are made using the non-toxic flowers from different bushes, trees and plants. These are prepared in water, and brandy is added as a preservative.

Like homoeopathic medicines they are extremely dilute, so that there is no measurable amount of plant matter left in the bottle by the time you buy it—so you would be able to take a remedy even if you were allergic to the plant used to make it.

Each of the 38 remedies is directed at a specific cluster of negative emotions. The kinds of the remedies that are often used during pregnancy would include the following.

- Crab Apple: used to help you feel good about the way you look. Crab Apple is also useful to take during periods of morning sickness, especially if you have a particular dislike of nausea and sickness.

- Olive: used for mental and physical tiredness. A couple of drops of Olive can be taken in a glass of water whenever you feel that the effort of carrying around the baby is more than you can cope with.

- Walnut: used to help you adjust better to the changes you are going through.

- Mimulus: used for fears about giving birth or about the effect the pregnancy is having on you. Mimulus is the remedy for ‘known’ fears—in other words, fears that have a definite cause you can name.

- Red Chestnut: used to ease any exaggerated fears for the welfare of the baby. This is another fear remedy, like Mimulus, but is specifically for people who are anxious not about their own welfare but about the well-being of someone else. If you are anxious about your own and your baby’s health, then Red Chest­nut and Mimulus together might be the answer.

The remedies are available over the counter in most good chemists and health food shops. It might seem that the easiest way to take them is to put two drops from the ‘stock bottle’ (i.e. the bottle you buy in the shop) on to your tongue. But this does use a lot of remedy up, and is less convenient if you are taking more than one remedy at a time.

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It is usually better to take the remedies in water. To do this, put two drops of each selected remedy into a glass of water and sip from the glass until the feelings have passed. You can mix together up to seven remedies at a time.

 

You can also use this method if you want to take the same remedies over a longer period of time, such as a few days or weeks. However, most people in these circumstances find it more convenient to make up a ‘treatment bottle‘ To do this get an empty 30 ml dropper bottle from the place that you bought the remedies, and put into it two drops of each selected remedy.

Again, you can use up to seven different remedies. Top up the bottle with non-fizzy mineral water, and add a teaspoon of brandy if you want to help the water stay fresh. The dosage from a treatment bottle is to take the remedies four times a day, taking four drops each time. You can take more-frequent doses if you need to.

 

Probably the most famous of the Bach flower remedies is Rescue Remedy. This is a premixed combination of five remedies (Rock Rose, Impatiens, Clematis, Star of Bethlehem and Cherry Plum) and is used to help at times of crisis. Not surprisingly, it is a popular choice among pregnant women, especially when labor starts. It contains remedies to counteract faintness, shock and loss of self-control, and because it helps you stay on top of the experience you will be able to enjoy it more than you might have expected to.

 

The dosage for Rescue Remedy is the same as the treatment bottle dose: four drops at a time, or four drops in a glass of water and sip as needed. For convenience in the delivery room you might want to add the drops to small bottles of mineral water and sip from those. You can also add Rescue Remedy to cold compresses.

 

There is no danger of overdosing on the remedies, and they are not habit forming and will not harm your baby or you in any way. Neither do they react with or counteract the effects of other medi­cines. The only possible warning relates to the brandy that is used to preserve them, but even then the amount of alcohol taken once they have been diluted is extremely small. However, if you have any doubts at all about taking the remedies you should ask your doctor or midwife for advice.

 

Finally, the remedies can also be a great help after the baby is born. Unaccountable depression could be helped with Mustard, difficulties in adjusting eased with Walnut, and irritability washed away with Impatiens or Beech. Once you have made their acquaint­ance during your pregnancy you may well find that the remedies become an everyday friend and partner as you and your new baby continue to grow together.