Often what we need can be found in our own backyard!
I had the pleasure of learning about the use of bush flower essences in pregnancy and birth from a Bush Flower essences practitioner, Karin Gisler, recently. These are some of the main remedies that we talked about, a broad overview of their use in pregnancy and birthing.
Bottlebrush is the main bonding remedy. If bonding between mother and baby is interrupted for any reason Bottlebrush can be used. This can be as simple as separation between mother and babe at birth; or may be due to interventions that interrupt the bonding hormone oxytocin – drugs in labour, caesarean, induction or augmentation of labour using synthetic oxytocin (synthetic oxytocin doesn’t cross the blood brain barrier, so while it acts similarly physically, it inhibits the emotional bonding response). To balance the hormones you could add Sheoak to Bottlebrush.
It is useful for anyone that doesn’t have a natural birth, to heal any bonding that wasn’t fully activated. Can also be used for postnatal depression - another symptom of interrupted bonding hormones.
Sit under a bottlebrush tree with your baby to improve bonding. If you don’t have the essence, you can sit with the tree. Don’t limit yourself to the essences! In a city, the essences may be your only option, but out here you can get what you need by going for a wander and tuning in, seeing where you’re drawn, what you need.
Bottlebrush can also be used to break habits, to help with weaning and help babe transition. You can put a few drops on your nipples before the end of a feed to help with weaning.
For freeing babe from ancestral patterns, inherited fears or issues. Boab helps free the patterns so can start the life afresh. In Aboriginal culture, a bed of Boab flowers was prepared for the babe to birth onto. Its first touch was by the Boab spirit, thus releasing all the negative karma and old family stories so the newborn could start its life fresh and free of ancestral baggage. You can put a drop or two of Boab on top of baby’s head after birth to do this.
This is the main flower for all things woman. It balances hormones so can be used for issues at menarche, menopause, and for infertility issues – may help with conception. Interrupted hormones from birth interventions is another valuable use of Sheoak, to rebalance the hormones again.
Bush Flowers in Pregnancy
For those that are oversensitive, those easily affected by others, for the frayed edges of the aura. Great for protecting self from the horror stories of birth or from other peoples fears and negativity around birth.
Gets us in touch with our intuition again, so can hear what’s best for baby and for mother.
Connects you with the heavens and the earth. For those that have stressful disconnected lives, helps to really connect in and enjoy the downloads that are stronger in pregnancy, opening the heart for this to happen. Helps you embrace pregnancy and this time of heightened intuition, while still grounding it.
Black eyed Susan
For those who have difficulty relaxing, difficulty sinking into the oxytocin state of pregnancy. They are always on the go, rushing, impatient and non stop and struggle to relax. Helps embrace the inward nature of pregnancy, the slowing down that is required.
Also for those who are so impatient they want to induce labour early, have the baby before it is ready.
You could also add Crowea to help with relaxing and calming down.
Dog Rose of the Wild Forces
If feeling totally swept away and overwhelmed, no grounding anymore. May be due to an unexpected pregnancy.
When pregnancy takes people into a really dark space of total overwhelm and cant cope. Very powerful remedy.
Peach flowered Tea tree
Sugar cravings and mood swings in pregnancy.
Wild Potato Bush
When feel trapped in own body, can’t break out. Can often feel like this at end of pregnancy – no longer feels like your body.
For grounding. For anyone that had drugs, brings you back to earth.
Wild Potato Bush
Cleaning out heavy toxins, also useful if had drugs in labour or birth.
There are so many beautiful gifts that nature can help us with.
Spending undirected time in nature, allowing ourselves to wander and rest where we feel to, can lead us to the medicine that we need for ourselves.
To delve more into the bush flower essences you can check them out here
or for a private session you can contact Karin via email : firstname.lastname@example.org