Over the next few weeks we’ll be exploring Flower + Gem Essences that are particularly useful during pregnancy, labor and postpartum (to learn more about what Flower + Gem Essences are visit our previous blog post). The great thing about Flower + Gem Essences is that they are good remedies that, by their very nature, can do no harm which makes them wonderfully safe to take during pregnancy.
Now let’s look at the Second Trimester:
Woah, I am really, really pregnant.
You’ve made it through the First Trimester and you may just beginning to feel that you’re getting a hang of this whole pregnancy thing. Energy is up, a desire for intimacy may be returning, issues around body and size might be emerging, and nesting may have begun in earnest. The following essences lend support in balancing the busy-ness of being pregnant and preparing with the need for rest and stillness, all while helping to strengthen your sense of agency throughout your pregnancy.
LAVENDER “I am peaceful”
The Second Trimester can be a period of renewed energy after the First Trimester and suddenly the thought of preparing for baby feels less daunting. Take advantage of your heightened energy, but allow time for stillness, rest, and seek activities that help develop a sense of peace. Lavender is a wonderful essence for promoting a peaceful state of being. Lavender also helps to protect the spirit from unwanted psychic burdens of friends, family, and strangers noticing you’re pregnant and not always making the most sensitive of comments. If you suffer from stress-induced headaches or tend to be wound-up throughout the day, Lavender might be a good remedy for you. One of the other wonderful qualities of Lavender is its abilities to help us mellow enough so that we are able to dream better and envision the future with more clarity.
SCLERANTHUS “I choose confidently”
Scleranthus is a wonderful herb for transitory periods where you are between two points – the Second Trimester is in the middle of your pregnancy, no longer in the early stages of pregnancy, but not to the point of preparing for labor. Here is an essence that can help clarify the path ahead and the choices you are making which are defining your upcoming labor, the birth of your child, and the change in your life and family. Scleranthus strengthens your inner compass, which helps with becoming more decisive, but on a deeper level encourages fuller and more active participation in your unfolding life.
CITRINE “I am energized”
The bright yellow-gold stone of Citrine is your own source of all-natural celestial rocket-fuel! A radiant burst of energy, Citrine helps to infuse us with optimism not only because we feel energized but because are brightness is being recognized – we feel better understood. Citrine also helps us to store needed energy and maintain it throughout the day, in part because it encourages laughter which is one of the best ways to recharge tired minds, bodies, and spirits. Citrine helps you feel the pregnancy glow and polishes off lethargy with flourish!
We carry Lavender and Citrine in our Etsy Shop and Poppy Swap Shop. Essences such as Scleranthus can be found from a variety of resources such as the Flower Essence Society and Bach Flower as well as local health food and natural healing stores.
Next time we will look at Flower + Gem Essences for the Third Trimester.