Back To School is a transitional time that can be stressful for kids and parents. Changes can include new situations, such a new school, teacher or class as well as a significant change in routine from summer. Finding natural support to ease the stress that can be caused by transition can help to make school a more positive experience. I am excited to share with you some ways that the Bach Flower Remedies can be a resources for kids during Back To School time and beyond. The remedies can actually offer a wonderful support for the ups and downs of childhood and adolescence.
The Bach Flower Repertoire is composed of 38 different flower essences, which offer a holistic resource that can help to strengthen our ability move more easily in the world, to have healthier relationships, and to experience greater joy and ease of well-being. They are a gentle, safe and natural method of healing. The remedies work to restore balance between mind and body by transmitting negative emotions, such as fear, sadness and overwhelm into positive ones, such as calm, joy and ease. These negative emotions can interfere with our sense of balance, health and overall ease of well-being. The remedies can also assist in resolving trauma and stress from life experiences as well as aiding us as we move through change and transitions.
Childhood is a time of continual growth and development. Along with the joy that childhood can bring, it can also be a time of awkwardness, discomfort and insecurity. The Bach Flower Remedies can help children to feel more balanced emotionally and can assist in relieving some of the growing pains of childhood. They offer a completely natural way to create greater ease during this transitional time in life. And, Back To School is a time of year that transitions are heightened. There is a busyness that occurs for kids and parents, too!
Bach Flowers have been used to assist with childhood issues such as fear, nightmares, shyness, neediness, temper tantrums, growing pains and situational changes. They can also help with issues such as ADD or ADHD, anxiety, over sensitivity and relieving traumatic experiences. Often, issues and conditions that develop in childhood progress if left unresolved. By addressing the needs of a child early on, the Bach Flower Remedies can help to support a happier, more balanced childhood as well as foster lifelong health and well-being.
By studying vibrational medicine and native British flowers, Dr. Edward Bach, creator of the remedies, discovered that certain plant essences have a profound healing effect on the mind. He observed that the remedies affected a deep personal transformation in his patients’ character and behavior patterns, which not only prevented disease but also left the patient happier and more integrated. According to Dr. Bach, certain flowers are of a higher order. He believed that these healing plants addressed disharmony within the mental and spiritual aspects of our being by flooding our energy field with higher frequencies and thereby aligning our whole being. They actually transmute negative energies into positive ones. They do not mask the effects of the emotions, but provide a catalyst for change to occur from within.
Below I share some remedies that can be particularly helpful for children, but it is good to remember that each child is different. Some of the remedies really help to ease change and transition, which is at the heart of Back To School time. The remedies are natural and safe for all ages, even babies, so if transitional stress seems like a factor for your child or for you, I encourage you to give the remedies a try.
Here are some specific remedies that can be particularly helpful for children:
Rescue Remedy™ is the most well-known Bach Flower Remedy and is a great tool to have on hand for children. It is a combination of five remedies that can be used for stressful situations such as acute stress, hearing bad news, having an accident, test anxiety, or nightmares. It is designed for any emergency situation or acute stress. It can help sooth a child who is crying, afraid or unable to calm down. It is great after a sudden shock or a fall. Just put 4 drops of Rescue in a cup of water and let your child sip on it. Rescue Remedy is also available as a spray, pastilles or gum including an alcohol free child formula, which has a glycerin base. This is a must have remedy for holistic medicine cabinets and a great tool for children. Many mothers keep this remedy on hand in their purse in case of emergency. Rescue Remedy can be a first course of action for Back To School transition stress.
Walnut is a remedy that supports change and transition in many ways. This may help when a child goes to school for the first time or goes to a new school or program. It can also help in adjusting to any changes in the home or family. It is beneficial for teething, the arrival of a new sibling, puberty, or any situation when a child is being affected by or reacting to change. Walnut helps to move through transitions more smoothly. It is also helpful for children who are very sensitive emotionally or energetically. Read more about Walnut…
Mimulus can help children who are fearful and shy. It can help those who may be afraid to sleep in the dark or alone. It helps with fear of outside things such as dogs, spiders or going to the doctor. It can also be helpful for separation anxiety. A good indicator is when a child is shy, quiet or timid as well as dealing with fear about specific things as mentioned above. Mimulus can help a child to have more confidence and courage.
Aspen can help children with nightmares or who are anxious without knowing why. They are afraid but for no known reason. This relates more to an uncertain fear or a sense of apprehension whereas Mimulus relates to more specific or identifiable fears. Sometimes a child has a general sense of apprehension or a “spooky” kind of fear. It can be particularly helpful after waking from a bad dream. Aspen can help to ease this sense of uncertainty bringing a sense of inner peace and calm.
Impatiens can help children who get easily frustrated with themselves or others. This can come from things not moving fast enough or things not happening as fast as they would like them to. For children or babies who are restless, irritable and may toss and turn at night, Impatiens can help to bring calm and relaxation.
Vervain can help with tension, eagerness and over-excitement. It can help hyperactive children to be calmer. For an overly enthusiastic child, it can help bring balance. It is considered a drive remedy. It is good to be driven but sometimes we can tend to be over-driven or overly energetic. For children, who have this excessive energy or excitement, Vervain can help to bring calm and balance.
Larch is a remedy that promotes self-confidence. This remedy helps your child when feeling a lack of self-confidence or self-esteem. If a child seems to doubt their abilities and feel not good enough to succeed or maybe doesn’t even try because they expect failure, Larch can help. It soothes any doubt your child many have and helps develop a strong sense of self-esteem and confidence. This can be an ongoing pattern to address or helpful at a time when a child is facing a specific challenge such as a test or tournament.
Crab Apple is considered the “cleansing” remedy. This refers to mind and body. Crab apple can be helpful for children and particularly adolescents with body issues; they may have a poor self-image, a sense of discomfort or feeling that something is wrong with them physically. Although we don’t specifically treat for physical conditions with the Bach Flowers, Crab Apple can also be helpful when a child is having skin related issues such as eczema, psoriasis or other skin irritations. Crab apple can help to ease the sense of body discomfort that accompanies these issues. It can also be helpful for children who tend to be obsessive about cleanliness or neatness.
And, there are over 30 other remedies that might be indicated for an individual based on what they are feeling and experiencing at any point in a time. Working with a practitioner can offer support in choosing beneficial remedies and learning how to work with them for your self or your family. Dr. Bach believed that the remedies are meant as a self-healing tool and so are simple to use. The Bach Flower Remedies are all natural; they can do no harm. If the wrong remedy is chosen, it has no ill effect.
The remedies are administered orally. Two drops of each essence can be put in a 1 oz. dropper bottle with spring water for ongoing treatment, taken directly or put in a cup of water and sipped. For Rescue Remedy, 4 drops are used. For children, a short course of treatment, even a single dose can be beneficial. It is often beneficial for other members of the family to be treated as in many cases the child is reflecting or reacting to family challenges or dynamics.
Dr. Bach designed the Bach Flower Remedies to be accessible to everyone. One of his core concepts was “Heal Thyself”, as he believed that we all have the ability to heal ourselves. The remedies are intended to be a natural support to our own innate healing process. Children can truly benefit from this wonderful system of healing as they are able to respond quickly to the effects of the remedies. They are then able to experience greater happiness and overall ease of well-being as they move through the ups and downs of childhood that occur at Back To School time and beyond!
I have been a Bach Flower Practitioner for over 15 years and am a Bach Flower Registered Practitioner with The Bach Centre in the UK. To learn more about my work with the Bach Flower Remedies, visit www.bethterrence.com.
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