What are some of the lead essences used for conception and pregnancy?


Flower essences are an especially good choice during pregnancy because they are gentle and safe in their action. The specific healing of the flower essences is directed toward the interface of body and soul.

Following are what we've found to be the most beneficial lead essences for the conception-pregnancy-birthing cycle:

Alpine Lily Lilium parvum
Integrates female bodily identity with feminine spiritual ideals, helps reproductive organs experience conception and pregnancy as positive states, especially beneficial for women who are challenged by the physical experience of pregnancy, and weight gain.

Angelica Angelica archangelica
Generally beneficial remedy in early stages of pregnancy if prone to miscarriage, creates spiritual link with incoming child, and provides protection and spiritual centering.

Benediction Herbal Flower Oil
Use anytime throughout pregnancy in full body massage or bath to create a feeling of sacredness and centeredness in the pregnancy, especially indicated to open the heart, and to send love to the incoming child. Use in full body massage in the weeks prior to pregnancy to prepare for the spiritual event of birth.

Bleeding Heart Dicentra formosa
For women who have suffered prior miscarriages or abortions, clears the reproductive organs of grief or related emotions from the past which may prevent conception or carrying child to term. Also helpful for post-partum depression, combined with Gentian.

Borage Borago officinalis
To uplift spirits during pregnancy, especially if prone to depression, or if surrounding circumstances of the pregnancy are challenging; for grief after a miscarriage or abortion to soothe heart pain.

Calendula Caress Herbal Flower Oil
Apply to abdomen during pregnancy to prevent stretch marks, and to breasts to make them soft and supple. Put several tablespoons in warm water bath at night to feel calm, serene and harmonious throughout the pregnancy. Additional drops of Mariposa Lily, Star Tulip and Cerato can be added to the bath water.

California Wild Rose Rosa californica
Ability to anchor a new life on Earth; for difficult pregnancies or births, to help the incarnating soul feel the call of love and human warmth on earth. Apply topically to the heart during pregnancy and to the heart and fontanel of newborn child. Topical applications of California Wild Rose and Shooting Star to the fontanel are especially important for children who are delivered via Cesarean method.

Calla Lily Zantedeschia aethiopica
For mixed messages about sexual identity: a strong personal preference for either a male or female child due to cultural bias or prejudice, causing confusion or anxiety for the incarnating soul while in utero.

Centaury Centaurium erythraea
Overwork and exhaustion during pregnancy, due to inability to say "no," meeting others' demands and expectations rather than attending to the true needs of the pregnancy.

Cerato Ceratostigma willmottiana
Developing trust in one's inner knowing; relying on the strength of one's inner guidance when choosing pre-natal and natal care, learning to make the right health-care and personal care choices by trusting one's innate wisdom.

Chamomile Matricaria recutita
When easily prone to crying or other emotional upset during pregnancy, to center and balance the emotions. Also for nausea, or leg cramps—apply topically in Self-Heal Cream and take internally.

Chocolate Lily Fritillaria biflora (research)
Can be a very beneficial remedy for cleansing reproductive organs, and lower metabolism—particularly congestive conditions such as endometriosis, cysts or intestinal adhesions. This essence is especially related to first and second chakra blockage that may prevent conception or otherwise undermine reproductive health.

Cherry Plum Prunus cerasifera
For extremely stressful pregnancy or labor when one feels "I can't take any more", when irrational states of consciousness erode inner ability to stay with the process of labor.

Corn Zea mays
For developing the archetype of the "Earth Mother". For women who lack strength and grounding during pregnancy. For feet which are tired and sore during later stages of pregnancy, or when feeling too "heavy." Apply topically to the feet.

Easter Lily Lilium longiflorum
For cleansing of sexual organs especially when conception is blocked due to prior sexual trauma or behavior. To help build a healthy bridge from sexuality to conception.

Elm Ulmus procera
When over-anxious or over-striving for perfection in parenthood, feeling motherhood as a burden or duty rather than joy.

Evening Primrose Oenothera hookeri
For extreme emotional toxicity during pregnancy, including unconscious or conscious destructive intent to fetus by mother or others. For mothers who may have been adopted or abused in early childhood, who unconsciously transfer emotional fear or rejection to incarnating child.

Fairy Lantern Calochortus albus
For young mothers who are challenged by the adult responsibilities of motherhood. To facilitate the flow of breast milk, especially in young mothers, take internally and apply topically.

Forget-Me-Not Myosotis sylvatica
To facilitate conscious conception, especially the awareness of one's karmic connections with the incarnating being.

Five Flower Formula (AKA Rescue Remedy)
General all-purpose formula for all states of emergency or stress during pregnancy. Extremely beneficial during labor for the mother and attendants to stay calm and centered. Helpful for challenging, stressful or atypical birth situations such as premature birth, or delivery via Cesarean section—to foster calm and reduce stress.

Gentian Gentiana amarella
For set-backs during pregnancy, or difficulty conceiving. For any state of despondency, including post-partum depression.

Indian Paintbrush Castilleja miniata
For low vitality during pregnancy, and for recouping after pregnancy. Especially indicated if anemic during pregnancy or if significant blood loss during labor.

Joshua Tree Yucca brevifolia (research)
To clear genetic and psychic material in the soul of the mother (and father) that arises from the family of origin, culture, religion or community that may challenge or trouble the incarnation of the child (i.e., alcoholism, a marriage of mixed race or religion, etc.)

Lady's Mantle Alchemia vulgaris
Has a generally beneficial role for all reproductive health issues in women. During pregnancy, it helps the larger mothering forces from Nature flow into the blood and nourish the heart and womb. Also facilitates a magnetic, receptive life force conducive to conception.

Lavender Lavandula officinalis
When too high strung or nervous during pregnancy. Combine with Chamomile. Also to calm and relax during labor, combined with Five-Flower Formula. Apply topically to the temples and forehead.

Manzanita Arctostaphylos viscida
Acceptance of physical body during pregnancy, or to offset feeling of ugliness or awkwardness in body, for aversion to food or other eating disorders during pregnancy.

Mariposa Lily Calochortus leichtlinii
The single-most important essence for all stages of pregnancy, including conception and delivery and motherhood. Helps build a strong positive sense of mothering identity and bonding with the incoming child. Imparts confidence about one's ability to be a mother and builds rapport between mother and child. Extremely beneficial and powerful essence combined with others or taken alone.

Mugwort Artemisia douglasiana and
Mugwort Moon Magic Herbal Flower Oil

Recommended only for final stage of pregnancy and during birth. Helps the child drop into position and prepare for birth. Use during labor to promote birthing and deliver afterbirth. Apply topically to breasts to promote healthy flow of milk. Take flower essence internally and use external applications of Mugwort Moon Magic Flower Oil.

Olive Olea europaea
For profound fatigue from missed sleep during pregnancy; or exhaustion from long labor.

Penstemon Penstemon davidsonii
Gives strength to persevere during challenging and difficult pregnancies especially when there is stress or challenge, or accompanying physical handicaps or hardships.

Pink Yarrow Achillea millefolium
For extreme over-sensitivity or absorption of others' emotions; emotional vulnerability to influences in the home or workplace when pregnant. Combine with Angelica and Yarrow Special Formula if work or other duties create excessive external demands.

Pomegranate Punica granatum
To help direct creative forces during conception and pregnancy, especially when conflicted between identity as a mother and career or other identities. Also a very important essence for women who need to make a conscious choice about life destiny issues and mothering.

Quince Chaenomeles speciosa
For women who must balance strength and nurturing during pregnancy, such as competence and strength in career duties, and receptivity and nurturing in personal life.

Red Chestnut Aesculus carnea
For over-worry and concern about pregnancy or for a new child; over-anxious states of mind not directed toward the self, but toward others.

Red Clover Trifolium pratense
For states of hysteria or panic during pregnancy, especially if these are connected to family emergencies or other "trauma-drama" in the family system or other "group soul" connection for the pregnant woman. Can be used alone or combined with Five-Flower Formula, or Pink Yarrow, depending on the circumstance.

Scarlet Fritillary Fritillaria recurva (research)
Helpful for integrating a positive "masculine" element in pregnancy, childbirth and lactation. Especially indicated if anemic, physically weak, exhausted, or poor lactation. Very helpful combined with Indian Paintbrush to help in recovery from painful or prolonged labor or Caesarian birth. Brings vital "red" forces to the mothering experience.

Self-Heal Prunella vulgaris and Self-Heal Cream
For any healing challenges or toxic states during pregnancy; to help the body cope with colds, flu or any other illnesses during pregnancy and to prevent the need for invasive drugs or other harsh medical treatments. Use Self-Heal Cream for any skin afflictions during pregnancy, or use the cream as a conduit for topical applications of the other flower essences.

Shooting Star Dodecatheon hendersonii
To prevent miscarriage at any stage of pregnancy, for trauma during labor or Cesarean birth. Especially indicated when the incarnating soul of the child appears conflicted about coming to earth, and about being in a physical body.

Star Tulip Calochortus tolmiei
Highly beneficial essence during all stages of pregnancy labor and new motherhood. Helps develop telepathic communication with child, and facilitates inner sense of timing and harmony for each stage of pregnancy and labor. This essence combines very effectively with Mariposa Lily.

Tiger Lily Lilium humboldtii
To assist in conception and successful pregnancy in older women. To build greater feminine forces in both the body and soul if there is a tendency toward an overly masculine identity.

Walnut Juglans regia
For all stages of pregnancy, to assist each trimester of development. Especially indicated during labor to help the child (and mother) "break links" as the child separates from its home in the womb and descends through the birth canal.

White Chestnut Aesculus hipppocastanum
For insomnia, or excessive worry, or other obsessive mental states during pregnancy, especially when these thoughts are directed toward the self, rather than others.

Yarrow Achillea millefolium
For psychic and physical vulnerability during pregnancy, especially a tendency to spot or bleed during pregnancy, premature labor, or heavy bleeding during labor. (Pink Yarrow may also be indicated in combination with White Yarrow.)

Yarrow Environmental Solution
When exposed to environmental stresses during pregnancy, including radiation or any form of toxicity. Use frequently when traveling, especially when flying. Take internally and apply topically to the abdomen.

Pregnancy Balm
The following is a general all purpose formula that can be used throughout all stages of pregnancy. The Pregnancy Balm provides positive support and nurturing, and helps the mother stay in touch with her child and her own wisdom throughout the pregnancy. Use when there are no specific indications, troubling emotions or other challenges:

Mariposa Lily, Star Tulip, Lady's Mantle and Cerato
The Pregnancy Balm can be formulated as a regular dosage bottle. Stock drops can also be added to a misting bottle and sprayed over the entire body.

Pregnancy Balm Cream
10 stock drops of each of the above flower essences can be added to Self-Heal Cream, along with two drops of Rose Attar pure essential oil and gently massaged on a daily basis over the womb area.

Reference Guide

Barnard, Julian and Martine,The Healing Herbs of Edward Bach, An Illustrated Guide to the Flower Remedies. Bath, England: Ashgrove Press, 1995.

Bach, Edward, M.D. Julian Barnard, ed. Collected Writings of Edward Bach. Bath, England: Ashgrove Press, 1995.

Kaminski, Patricia, Flowers that Heal. Dublin, Ireland: Gill & Macmillan, 1998.

Kaminski, Patricia, and Richard Katz, Flower Essence Repertory. Nevada City, CA: Flower Essence Society, 1994.

Kaminski, Patricia, Choosing Flower Essences: An Assessment Guide. Nevada City, CA: Flower Essence Society, 1994.

Scheffer, Mechthild, Bach Flower Therapy. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press, 1988.

Wildwood, Christine, Flower Remedies: Natural Healing with Flower Essences. Rockport, Massachusetts: Element Books,1992.

Wildwood, Christine, Flower Remedies for Women. Glasgow, Scotland: HarperCollins, 1994.

Patricia Kaminski

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