Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can arise after seeing or living through a dangerous event. When in danger it's natural to feel afraid. This fear triggers the “fight-or-flight” response, a natural reaction to help protect us from harm. However, in PTSD, this reaction has become over-active, so that those of us who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when there is no longer any danger.
Anyone can get PTSD at any age. This includes war veterans and survivors of physical and sexual assault, abuse, accidents, disasters, and many other serious events.
Not everyone with PTSD has been through a dangerous event. Some people get PTSD after a friend or family member experiences danger or is harmed. The sudden, unexpected death of a loved one can also cause PTSD
Below is a list of flower remedies that align with the symptoms of this condition.
Cyclamen, Sweet Chestnut and Star of Bethlehem for flashbacks, re-living the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating.
Forget-me-Not for bad dreams.
White Chestnut and Cherry Plum for frightening and unwanted thoughts.
Agrimony for avoidance of the emotional pain.
Hyssop for feelings of guilt.
Oleander for depression or worry.
Wild Rose for the loss of interest in activities that were enjoyable in the past.
Mimulus for fear.
Hibiscus for being easily startled.
Hotentot Fig for feeling tense or “on edge”.
Beech or angry outbursts.
Crimson Pea to assits us in the personal transformation that occurs at a deep level when we experience trauma.
Of course it is natural to have some of these symptoms after a dangerous event. Sometimes people have very serious symptoms that go away after a few weeks: this is called acute stress disorder, ASD. It is when the symptoms last more than a month and become an ongoing problem, that they might be considered as PTSD. Some people with PTSD don't show any symptoms for weeks or months.
How to work with these flower remedies
For ease we have combined these 15 flower remedies into a single bottle, so that they can be taken regularly, 4 drops, 4 times daily. It is very important to have a fully thought out program to manage the symptoms of this condition and flower remedies can be used as part of such a management program. The regular taking of the remedies affirms the desire to improve, get better, take positive steps forward. Although some of the above mentioned symptoms with parallel flower remedies may not describe your condition, flower remedies can do no harm, so those remedies in the mix that are not appropriate to you will simply have no effect.