5 Bach Flower Remedies for Mood Swings During PMS and Menopause

5 Bach Flower Remedies for Mood Swings During PMS and Menopause

Mood swings are a common problem for women during different stages of their lives. For some women, these mood swings can be debilitating and interfere with their daily lives. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and menopause can both cause mood swings, as can other issues like stress or anxiety. If you're looking for a natural way to deal with your mood swings, Bach flower remedies might be the answer for you. In this blog post, we'll discuss five of the most common Bach flower remedies for mood swings and how they can help.

What are mood swings?

Mood swings are when you feel fluctuations in mood. One minute you're full of joy and happiness and the next you are angry or have dark clouds looming over you. These dramatic changes in mood can seem like they come from nowhere and cause you much discontent. They can make you feel out of control and unable to manage your emotions. You might feel like you can't think clearly as a result.

Often hormonal fluctuations are to blame, such as during PMS or menopause.

Mood swings & PMS

Premenstrual Syndrome, commonly known as PMS, is a group of symptoms that can occur in women one to two weeks before their period. Symptoms include mood swings, fatigue, bloating and cramps. While the exact cause of PMS is unknown, it's thought to be related to the changing hormones levels in the days before your period.

What about menopausal mood swings?

Menopausal mood swings are caused by the hormonal changes that occur during menopause. Oestrogen levels drop as ovaries stop producing eggs, triggering a variety of symptoms including hot flashes and night sweats, vaginal dryness, mood swings and anxiety. These symptoms can last for years, but usually improve over time.

Menopause mood swings

Natural remedies for mood swings

Treatment for mood swings has usually centred on either hormonal medication such as the contraceptive pill (combined or mini) or HRT. Some doctors also prescribe medication looking to treat specific symptoms such as antidepressants or anti-anxiety medication.

Some people would prefer to use natural remedies for mood swings or use these alongside any existing medication. Some natural solutions include food which can be high in oestrogen such as tofu or soybeans or vitamins / supplements such as magnesium, B vitamins, zinc and iron. For the purposes of this article we'll be looking at how Bach flower remedies can help support mood swings.

Please do your own research if you wish to include any of the above in your diet and discuss with a health professional.

How do Bach flower remedies help?

Bach flower remedies are a natural solution made from flowers and spring water. They work by balancing your emotions and helping you to deal with whatever emotional issues that might be causing your mood swings. There are 38 different flower remedies, each associated with a different emotion. They can help with a range of emotions such as anxiety, depression, confidence, sleep... to name a few. In this article we'll discuss the five most commonly used flower remedies for mood swings.

Dr Bach discovered the flower remedies in the 1930s and they're still used widely today, most commonly used as the combination blend Rescue Remedy. They are 100% natural remedies, have no side effects and can be used alongside existing medication. They do contain brandy so keep that in mind if you are allergic.

Remember, your emotions aren't bad or wrong – they are just a part of you and how you experience life. While we can't always control what happens to us in our lives, Bach flower remedies help you by supporting your emotional balance and help you address negative emotions that might knock you off your path.

5 most common Bach flower remedies for mood swings

There are many different Bach flower remedies that can help with mood swings. The following five remedies have all been used to support mood swings and other emotional symptoms associated with PMS and Menopause.

Scleranthus

Scleranthus is the flower remedy most commonly associated with mood swings. People who need this swing from one emotion to the next and have difficulty making decisions. Their moods fluctuate experiencing the extremes of all emotional spectrums - joy, sadness, energy, apathy, laughing, crying...

They have a restlessness about them and can quite often be impulsive jumping from one thing to the next. They may appear unreliable as they change their mind so much. They are unable to make decisions vacillating between two options. This flower remedy is for balance - it helps to address a lack of equilibrium within oneself which causes an instability.

Scleranthus mood swings

Mustard

Mustard is the flower remedy for depression with no known cause which descends upon the sufferer without reason. It is a dark, melancholy feeling which feels quite hopeless but can come and go at random. As quickly as it descends it can lift just as suddenly. This remedy will help provide inner serenity and joy that cannot be shaken, providing the sufferer with stability.

Walnut

Walnut is the flower remedy for those who are oversensitive to outside influences and change. They may be impacted by a dominant personality, an event or experience happening in their life or they can't escape a past family tie. This remedy is particularly helpful during times of change to help keep the person on track and provide constancy and protection from external influences, and as such it can be helpful during menopause particularly but also other biological milestones such a puberty and pregnancy. It can help if you need to make a big life decision but you're finding it hard to escape an influence from the past or you can't quite make that big leap.

Impatiens

Impatiens is the flower for if you're irritated by the slow pace of things. These people are impatient, frustrated and can experience mental tension due to frustration. They want everything done in a hurry and as such prefer to work alone so they can just get on with the job and do it as they like. It is said these people seem like they have an inbuilt motor - they want to do everything quicker than others and get driven crazy by people not doing the same. They find it hard to wait for things to take their natural course. Their impulsiveness means they can be accident prone and make rash decisions.

Holly

Holly is the flower remedy for anger at others. This may be in the form of spite, jealousy, rage, suspicion or aggressiveness. These people can get sudden outbursts of temper which can be quite explosive and can be quite discontent with the world, easily annoyed and aggressive. This remedy will help to open the heart and protect it from anything which is not love.

Mindful Remedies

Interested in trying Bach flowers?

So, these are five of the most common Bach flower remedies for mood swings. If you're experiencing emotional symptoms associated with PMS or Menopause, one or more of these remedies could help to support you. At Mindful Remedies you can create your own personalised flower remedies selecting up to seven flower remedies in a bottle. We've created specific pages for PMS and Menopause which includes all the remedies we might typically associate with these times of life. You can also have a look at all 38 flower remedies and select any from there - you can select across multiple pages.

Alternatively, you might like to consult with a trained Bach Flower Practitioner to find the remedy that is right for you as well as a supportive ear. We offer these consultations online over Zoom.

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