INTO THE FEMININE
Using Flower Essences
to Heal our Cycles.
BY JOANNE AMEYA COHEN
Pain can happen in an instant. We tend to think of physical, emotional, or energetic scarring as a result of significant trauma, but
sometimes the wounding is much more subtle. In the more than
a decade I have spent supporting women in my practice, I have
witnessed, over and over, the effects of past energetic wounds
on our feminine health. I am not speaking only of blatant sexual
or physical abuse; I am speaking of moments when boundaries
were crossed, betrayals occurred, times when self-worth was questioned, or when perfection was made to be proof of strength. Take
a moment and consider: Have you felt any of these before? It is
my belief that every woman has been impacted by these moments
along the way, in some form.
Most of the time, when these injuries take place, we don’t have
the proper tools to process, release, and move on. Often, it is too
painful in the moment to confront and feel, and so we push these
experiences way down – into the dark and deep crevices of our
More than 40 million women are suffering from symptoms includ-
ing menstrual cramps, irritability, chronic yeast infections, painful
sex, mood swings, low libido, fertility challenges, fibroids, weight
gain, heavy bleeding, or endometriosis. More and more women are
“dealing with” their cycles rather than tuning into what their bod-
ies are trying to tell them. The truth is that our menstrual health
challenges provide messages and insight from our bodies. In fact, I
believe that the work of healing our menstrual cycles is a deep in-
quiry into whom we are as women. Coming into partnership with
our inner rhythm is a powerful part of the reclamation process on
the path to healing our emotional, spiritual, and physical health.
The trauma doesn’t necessarily cause the physical problems. The
trauma imprints into our tissues and psyche, creating limiting beliefs and a filter through which we live life. Because these traumas
most often impact our self-worth, sexuality, and boundaries, they
lodge in our second chakra. Left untreated and unprocessed, they
can eventually manifest as feminine health issues.
Our menstrual cycle and hormonal health is our body’s expression of the Feminine. For women, this storehouse of our guidance
also lives in our second chakra, which houses our reproductive
organs. It is the home of our desires, self-worth, sexuality, creativity, passions, and pleasure. When out of balance, we can feel
anxiety, shame, guilt, abandonment, indecision, or being stuck,
taken advantage of, or invisible.
If we persist in thinking that disease and symptoms such as PMS,
fibroids, or endometriosis are simply medical issues and not related to the rest of our lives, we are perpetuating the notion that
our bodies are void of wisdom.
In my practice, I use flower and gem essences to facilitate the ability of the body to deeply release. When we clear out the energetic
cobwebs of our past, our reproductive and hormonal issues can
come into balance. Once the trauma has left the tissues and cellular memory, I use customized herbal formulations to heal and
rebalance, which can then work more effectively.