February 17th, 2010
by Herb Lady · Filed Under: Flower Essences
There are so many things going on emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually during the teen years, and Australian Bush Flower Essences can be of great assistance on the journey from child to adult. Bush Essences are safe and natural – anyone can use them. They are pleasant tasting, easy to take and have no side effects.
The body is shifting from childhood to adulthood which, from a physical point of view, is huge. Hormones are extremely potent substances and during puberty they are circulating in large quantities. She Oak for girls, and Flannel Flower for boys can help enormously with this. Puberty is a natural process but hormones can take a while to settle into the new rhythm. These remedies really help ease the transition.
Anxiety benefits from Crowea, as do muscles which are sore from growing so fast or playing a lot of sport. Moods can swing all over the place, which is as confusing for the child as it is for everyone around them; and the Essence Peach Flowered Tea Tree can be helpful.
We all struggle with this one from time to time, but teenagers especially so. If self esteem or confidence are an issue, Five Corners is excellent. Low self esteem often manifests physically as acne – the face we are showing the world. Billy Goat Plum is also helpful for teens as they are ‘grossed out’ by any number of things, and this flower is good for feelings of repulsion or shame.
Teens can feel guilty over some of their activities, including sexual. Sturt Desert Rose is useful in these situations and is especially good for helping one to resist peer pressure and remain true to one’s own morals and values. Flannel Flower is very good for feeling comfortable with physical touch and for setting and maintaining appropriate boundaries within close personal relationships. This last is especially important for teens beginning to explore their sexuality. There are also Essences to help release any trauma from inappropriate sexual advances or incidents that may occur at this time (or have occurred in the past).
Until about the age of twelve parents are the major influence on their children. After that their peer group becomes much more influential. It is a natural psychological process for teenagers to begin to separate from their family as they begin to establish their own sense of separate identity. Bottlebrush is good to help parents let go. This means being comfortable with allowing them to begin to step out into the world. It can also help the child who is clinging too tightly to their mother and is appropriate at any age.
If the restrictions on them are too tight, teens will rebel. At the same time, they need firm guidelines of what is acceptable behaviour and what is not. Red Helmet Orchid is the remedy for knowing when to stop, and for whenever there is any issue with authority. It helps give a greater sense of responsibility and a sense of inner authority and respect. These qualities can be less strongly developed if the child has had a father who was absent either emotionally or physically.
Unfortunately some teens sink into depression. This may be partly hormonal or due to poor self esteem. Tall Yellow Top is very good for depression and also for feeling lonely, isolated and as if you don’t fit in. If the depression has reached black despair, Waratah is more appropriate and is very fast acting.
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