have been very helpful for women in menopause, including the issue of changing
sexual response and desire levels.
However, from the point of view of flower essence therapy,
practitioners have found that each woman's resolution of this issue differs.
This resonates with Dr. Bach's central belief that flower essences work
best when chosen specifically for the individual, not the outer condition
or external disease.
Consequently, the question of libido cannot be measured
by a statistical norm, or one "right" answer, but rather helping
each woman to determine what is appropriate for her own soul expression
and evolution. Some woman have found that flower essence therapy has brought
an enhanced or renewed expression of sexual response, once a new level
of hormonal balance is achieved. Others have who felt guilty or inferior
that sexual desire has diminished, have realized that the same level of
sexual activity that took place in another life cycle is no longer what
the soul is seeking.
In general practitioners working with menopausal women
have found that the question of libido is resolved within the context
of the larger body-soul issues which menopause stirs. Following are some
of the main flower essences being used:
Alpine Lily Lilium parvum
- Helps women to integrate the bodily experience of menopause; to move
through physical sensations of pain or discomfort toward a deeper sense
of the feminine.
Angelica Angelica archangelica - The herbal
Angelica (called Dong Quai) is a classic women's remedy. However this
form of Angelica brings an even deeper sense of expansiveness and spiritual
relatedness. It helps to relieve the sense of compression or diminishment
many women experience during menopause. Instead, one can re-discover a
larger sense of self and soul purpose.
Black Cohosh Cimicifuga racemosa - This herb
is well know for its estrogen-balancing qualities, but when used as a
flower essence it works more energetically to open up blocked energy in
the entire pelvic region. It is especially important for women who feel
intense feelings of anger, rage or violence during the menopausal transition.
It is also helpful for painful and debilitating menstrual cycles.
California Wild Rose Rosa californica
- Helps women who feel drained or exhausted during menopause, or who tend
to look back to a past life phase rather than forward to their future.
Fairy Lantern Calochortus albus - For women who resist the developmental
phase of menopause, especially a psychological need to remain young in
an inappropriate way. For a deep fear of aging, or of being seen as "mature."
Hibiscus Hibiscus rosa-sinensis - For physical
or emotional "dryness," reduced sexual response or sensation.
For helping to re-define one's sense of sexuality and integrating soul
warmth with physical desire.
Mariposa Lily Calochortus leichtlinii - For
completing the mothering phase of life, or for the empty-nest syndrome.
Also for helping to transform deep-seated beliefs or superstitions about
menopause internalized from one's mother/grandmother.
Pomegranate Punica granatum - A major flower
essence for menopause, helping women re-direct the psychic and physical
forces of procreativity and reproduction to soul creativity. An important
essence for experiencing menopause as a positive and natural outcome of
the feminine identity.
Quince Chaenomeles speciosa - Helping women
to combine the softer, more feminine and yielding aspects of their identity
with emergent feelings of strength and power associated with the inner
masculine of each women's soul.
Sage Salvia officinalis - Helps to refine the
over-abundance of watery emotions into calmer, more objective feelings.
Instills the ability to reflect on life experience and see the movements
of one's life from a larger perspective. One of the flower essences which
can be very helpful for "water" problems during menopause: increased
sweating and frequent urination.
Sagebrush Artemisia tridentata - Addresses the
emptiness many women feel during menopause, as a positive experience.
Helps to bring a sense of inner stillness, or "pause." Also
a deeply cleansing remedy to release accumulated physical and psychic
toxins which must be cleared before a new life phase can begin.
Scarlet Monkeyflower Mimulus cardinalis - Very
helpful flower essence for helping to see hot flashes and other fire manifestations
during menopause at a deeper emotional level. This flower essence especially
addresses repressed emotional material, such as anger, which may be blocking
the vitality and physical energy.
Tiger Lily Lilium humboldtii - To help integrate
and balance many energetic fluctuations during menopause, especially helping
the masculine forces to remain integrated with the deep feminine.
Walnut Juglans regia - An excellent stabilizing
remedy during menopause, helping women to break old links or dysfunctional
identities and move forward with a renewed sense of soul purpose and identity.
Yarrow Achillea millefolium - For women who
become over-sensitive during menopause and too emotionally expanded. Also
for many physical symptoms such as prolonged menstrual bleeding or "flooding."
Lady's Mantle Alchemilla vulgaris - An excellent
all purpose flower essence during menopause, helping women to find a larger,
positive feminine identity, especially an ability to sense one's physical
body as being nurtured by the larger physical matrix of Nature, or "Mother