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Plants have the powerful ability to help people heal emotionally. They support the body through the healing process; but, as entities themselves, they have their own “personality” or emotional energy. When using herbs for emotional healing use very small doses, just one capsule a day. Flower essences don’t work on healing diseases, but they work on emotional issues that may be contributing to illness or interfering with healing.
Each of the new NSP flower remedy combinations is made to be used for a specific emotion. For each emotion, there are three ways it may be expressed. One way is to suppress the feeling, meaning we numb ourselves to it and deny we feel it. The second dysfunctional way we handle emotions is to vent them, dump our emotions onto the world trying to change the world in order to change our feelings. Here, we try to make someone else responsible for our feelings. The third, the most constructive option, is to allow the emotion to be, without seeking to suppress or vent it. In this choice, we see how our choices are not leading to happiness and we become responsible for our own feelings. This is a very powerful way to deal with emotions.
The choices we make on how to express an emotion affect our emotional health and poor choices may cause physical symptoms. Thanks to NSP National Manager, Kay Lubecke, for the list of common physical symptoms we might look for when a particular flower essence combination is indicated. I have had a request to add complementary herbal remedies and the ones shown below are those that Steven Horne has recommended to assist in healing symptoms resulting from our mishandling of specific emotions.
Physical Symptoms for “Distress Remedy” (General Stress Remedy)
Nervous exhaustion obsessive/compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, seizures, bulimia, failure to thrive, anxiety and panic attacks, tight muscles and inflammation. This is the remedy for shock.
Herbal remedies recommended to enhance the activity of Distress Remedy will vary with the situation. Distress Remedy is used for centering and balancing. It is indicated in personal and family crisis situations like hearing bad news, accidents, death of close family, friends and pets. Use topically with any minor injury to speed healing and reduce swelling and take internally when feeling stressed or overwhelmed. It is used when a person has multiple emotional issues because it contains essences that deal with anger, sadness and fear.
Physical Symptoms for “Keep Cool” for those controlling of others but lacking self-control (Vented Anger)
People who vent their anger on others are more prone to liver disease and heart problems. We also find “angry,” irritated tissues that are red and inflamed, fever and inflammation all signs the body is “fighting” something. People needing Keep Cool may display liver issues such as hepatitis or cirrhosis of the liver and gall bladder problems such as gall stones.
Herbal Remedies for Vented Anger
Bupleurum is a Chinese herb that “dredges” feelings of sadness and anger from the liver. Chamomile is a calming nervine for people who are grumpy, discontented and difficult to satisfy. Hops have a calming effect on people who tend to “blow up.” It is a sedative that reduces testosterone levels. Milk Thistle has liver-protecting effects which help reduce feelings of irritability. Oregon Grape is recommended for people who assume hostile intentions where none were intended.
Physical Symptoms for “Find Strength” for the depressed, withdrawn and discouraged (Suppressed Anger)
A lack of immune “shielding” which can result in frequent infections, parasitic invasions, autoimmune disorders and cancer; compromised detoxification which manifests as toxicity, constipation, irritable bladder and other bladder problems, liver and gall bladder diseases and environmental illness; shallow breathing and hiatal hernia issues; and tension in the neck and shoulders which can result in frequent headaches and ultimately a “hunched over” defeated posture.
Herbal Remedies for Suppressed Anger
Black Cohosh is for those who feel “trapped” and unable to free themselves from abusive situations. It can help in overcoming feelings of depression. Bupleurum helps “dredge” feelings of sadness and anger from the liver. Damiana is a mood elevator that enhances feelings of passion and lifts depression. Lemon Balm is energizing and mood-elevating. St. John’s Wort helps depression associated with anxiety, especially where a person feels a lack of “light.” It helps a person connect with their “guts” and gut instincts. Willow Bark helps one overcome repressed anger that has turned into deep-seated resentment and bitterness. Willow helps release stiffness in the body and to put you more in the flow of life.
Physical Symptoms for “Release It” for depression associated with grief (Vented Grief)
Feeling sluggish, swollen, toxic, swampy and bloated; experiencing respiratory problems like coughing and post nasal drip and pneumonia; excess weight may be an issue as body fat forms “insulation” that protects us from being “hurt” and represents things we need to “let go” or release. In addition to the lungs and respiratory system problems, there may also be heart symptoms as a result of losses of any kind in their lives.
Herbal Remedies for Vented Grief
Black Walnut, an anti-parasitic remedy, helps combat parasitic energy. Cordyceps, an adaptogen that reduces stress and strengthens the lungs, improves stamina and balances the system. Thyme is an immune-enhancing herb that helps strengthen the thymus and promote stronger self- esteem. Wormwood is a bitter anti-parasitic remedy, used in the Bible as a symbol for bitter experiences, as in “drinking a bitter cup”; bitters like wormwood help a person learn to take the “bitter with the sweet” so they can deal with life’s bitter experiences. Yerba Santa helps ease feelings of constriction in the chest due to grief and is a remedy for people who feel “smothered”.
Physical Symptoms for “Open Heart” for hardness of heart (Suppressed Grief)
Heart problems such as hardening of the arteries, heart fibrillation or palpitations, high blood pressure and heart attacks; stiffness, rigidity and stiffening of the body that make a person unable to move freely; lung congestion, pneumonia and other chronic lung problems such as adult asthma, COPD and emphysema; post-nasal drip; diabetes and blood sugar problems that can be signs of the loss of ability to experience pleasure and “sweetness” in one’s life. Hepatitis and cirrhosis of the liver are also seen in people needing this remedy.
Herbal Remedies for Suppressed Grief
Cordyceps, an adaptogen that reduces stress and balances the system, is helpful for chronic lung conditions which are often associated with deep-seated grief. Hawthorn, a primary remedy for the heart, is also helpful for protecting against heart disease caused by unresolved grief. Lobelia relaxes tension in the body, opens up the system, can ease chronic lung problems like asthma and COPD and lower high blood pressure. Mullein soothes and moistens the lungs. Rose Hips promotes health of the cardiovascular system and helps reopen the heart to the experience of love and joy. Yerba Santa is helpful for people who feel smothered, easing feelings of constriction in the chest due to grief.
Physical Symptoms for “Be Courageous” for acute fear or panic (Vented fear)
Fear is strongly connected to the kidneys and adrenals. Those needing Be Courageous may display a lack of backbone. That can result in problems with hip and spinal alignment and lack of structural tone, resulting in “leaky” and “flabby” tissues such as leaky gut, hemorrhoids, urinary incontinence, and varicose veins. People needing this remedy may also have nervous system issues.
Herbal Remedies for Vented Fear
Eleuthero Root is an adaptogen, which means it helps the body adapt to stressful situations and helps a person stay calm and focused during difficult times. Ginseng, another adaptogen, helps the body cope better with stress, energizes the system and balances hormones. Kava Kava relaxes muscles and promotes a sense of well-being while allowing the mind to stay alert and focused. Licorice improves endurance and stamina and enhances the ability to cope with stress. St. John’s Wort is helpful for relieving feelings of anxiety and helping one get in touch with his gut instincts; other adaptogens may be added to help one think more clearly under stress and calm stress hormones.
Physical Symptoms “Be Response-Able” for anxiety disorders (Suppressed Fear)
Alcoholism, drug addiction and compulsive eating; obsessive/compulsive disorder; post-traumatic stress disorder; chronic anxiety, insomnia and reduced sex drive; trembling, chronic stress. The nervous system is also affected in those needing this remedy.
Herbal Remedies for Suppressed Fear
Chamomile helps calm the nervous system and produce centered emotions. Eleuthero Root, an adaptogen, helps the body adapt to stressful situations and helps a person stay more calm and focused during difficult times. Ginseng is an adaptogen that helps the body cope better with stress. It also energizes the system and balances hormones. Hops is a sedative and relaxing herb, indicated for people addicted to drinking beer. Kava Kava relaxes muscles and promotes a sense of well-being while allowing the mind to stay alert and focused. Kudzu has been used to reduce cravings for alcohol. Licorice, improves endurance and stamina and the ability to cope with stress. Lobelia relaxes the muscles and calms the nerves and it has been used to reduce cravings for tobacco. St. John’s Wort is helpful for relieving feelings of anxiety and helping one get in touch with his gut instincts. It also can be helpful in overcoming addictions.
NEW TOOLS FOR EMOTIONAL HEALING FROM STEVEN HORNE (www.treelite.com)
Flower Essence Quiz: This questionnaire helps you determine which flower essence(s) a person needs. The questionnaires are sold in tablets of 100 for just $12. You can also take this quiz online for instant analysis at www.treelite.com/quizzes.
Flower Essence Brochures: Full-color, three-fold brochure that explains what flower essences are, how to use them and provides a description of each of the blends and their ingredients. 25 brochures $17.95.
Healing with Flowers: A 56-page book called Healing with Flowers. This book explains the basic concepts of emotional healing, what flower essences are and how to use them. It also provides detailed descriptions of each flower essence, including a description of each ingredient, sample affirmations to use with each blend and a list of suggested uses for each formula. $7.95 each.
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