Star of Bethlehem for shock and traumas

Star of Bethlehem for shock and traumas

The Star of Bethlehem remedy is beneficial for people, animals and plants during times of crisis.

The Star of Bethlehem remedy is beneficial for people, animals and plants during times of crisis.

by Linda M. Crider — 

The cheerful and encouraging Star of Bethlehem flowers open in late morning when the sun is close to being at its strongest. Dr. Bach included this plant in his 38 flower remedy healing system for its ability to ease the shock of serious news, the loss of someone dear, the fright following an accident and other such traumas.

It is no surprise, then, that this remedy is one of the five included in his famous stress-relief formula. It also can be used on its own for any kind of emotional trauma, in both acute situations and long-term therapy.

We often associate shock with an unexpected and unwelcomed event that may result in emotional paralysis. This would be the case after some kind of physically traumatic event, such as a vehicle accident or a fall down the stairs.

Shock is also likely to follow after receiving word of a sudden, out-of-the-blue loss of income or employment. Such physical and emotional traumas can leave us in a dazed state that serves to form a temporary protective barrier.

This cushions the blow but also prevents us from processing the issue and moving forward to handle the situation. In such cases, the Star of Bethlehem remedy literally comes to the rescue as it subtly jostles us from paralysis to action.

If left untreated, the effects of shock can be internalized as a coping mechanism for dealing with the cause. Examples of this may be found in cases of child abuse where the victims have denied and buried the emotional pain connected with such an experience. It has even been given to newborns to assist them in recovering from the birthing process.

Inner numbness can block the energy flow to allow for emotional survival. Left unchecked, it can dwell in the body for years or even decades and quite possibly surface as some kind of physical health issue.

Such potentially toxic emotions have been referred to as psychotoxins. These can be every bit as damaging to the individual as any other more material form of toxin that affects the physical body and comes from external sources, such as contaminated food or air pollution.

The Star of Bethlehem remedy is beneficial for people, animals and plants during times of crisis. It can be especially useful for therapists and serves as a helpful tool for grief counselors. Allowing bereaved individuals to grieve is important, and it is necessary to emphasize that this remedy does not eliminate or dull the emotions connected to the loss of a loved one.

Instead, it serves as a catalyst to process the emotions so we do not become stuck for an unhealthy amount of time in a devastated state of shock. For this reason, Bach also referred to this remedy as “the comforter and soother of pains and sorrows.”


Linda M. Crider, BFRP, has been a promoter and educator of botanical healing practices for 15 years. She specializes in flower essence therapy and is a Bach Foundation registered practitioner and founder of Blooming Vibrations, LLC. or 602-774-2382.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 34, Number 6, December 2015/January 2016.

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