I received a sample of Calm-a-Mama blend for my post. All opinions are my own, and are not swayed by the sponsor.
Believe it or not, there’s lots of stress in the Martinka house. It’s like a plague you try to keep out of the home, but somewhere, there’s always a window open. And sometimes it’s a lot for this mama-to-be and her little one. Until recently, I’d tried meditation – unsuccessfully. To find the time to take a deep breath, or even the lung space at this point is difficult, not to mention getting to the point where I remember to stop and slow down is usually also the point where I have reached breaking. To prevent all of the little things bottled up inside me, to help me cope, if you will, I’ve turned to Calm-a-Mama flower remedies.
Flower Remedies (essences) are infused waters from the flowering parts of the plant (NOT perfumes). They’re used to restore wholeness via the balancing of mind, body and spirit, as a safe, natural healing remedy. These remedies target emotions and heal by encouraging peace and harmony, and are perfect for all stages of life from childhood through adulthood, and are even safe for pets! Calm-a-Mama blends are made in the USA and use authentic Bach Flower Remedies, formulated by British physician, Dr. Edward Bach, in the 1930′s.
In our current state, I’ve opted for the Mama-to-Be Pregnancy Blend and for Addie, the Midnight Mouse Blend. The Mama-to-Be Blend is a combination of 4 flower remedies that come together to help with smooth transitions, to take deep breaths and to move with grace. It also helps you accept your body as it is, changing, right now. Which, with baby 2, has been much different than baby 1! The blend is there for the sole purpose of supporting a harmonious transition to motherhood – for the first time or again! Using Crab Apple to help you accept your changing appearance, Olive to help rejuvenate you from exhaustion, Walnut to help you embrace transitions and Larch to increase confidence, this blend is perfect for all the things that have gathered in my system and that I’m having a hard time balancing.
Taking 4 drops in the morning and then repeating this a few times a day has truly lead to harmonious days, from the toddler race to work-balance and everything in between, no matter what that consists of. For the final edits that need to be made to dinner being on the table just as Dave gets home, and all of the diapers washed, dried and folded… the Mama-to-Be Blend is perfect for me. For post baby, I am stocking up on the Baby Blues Postpartum Blend (to pair with my encapsulation pills), as well as the original Calm-a-Mama Crisis Blend. There are still moments of course, but as a whole my days are calmer. I am at peace. And I’ve found a way to treat myself for just a few moments… those precious moments to calm this mama.
The Midnight Blend is for sleep, however it does not make a child sleepy, so I am using it for more than the nighttime hardships. For hard days, which are aplenty without AC, molars making their appearance, and limited binky time, we head to Addie’s 4 drops for some peace. It’s a combo of 5 flower essences for calm, peace of mind, quiet courage, opening up and unwinding. Often there are those moments of pure loss, where there is pain, a lack of communication and the need for some love. I ask her if some drops would help, and she often settles long enough to nod yes. As she walks to her room, we settle under the fan, her wrapped in my arms, enjoying a light breeze and I give her one “dose”. She usually smacks her lips and smiles, then rests her head back onto my chest. Before bed, she also gets her 4 drops, and I love that part of our routine- it’s the moment she knows that she needs to stay in bed and we are ready to shut the lights off.
For Millie’s arrival, I am definitely stocking up on The Bachs Five Flower Kids’ Crisis Blend, which includes Rock Rose for terror, Star of Bethlehem for shock, Cherry Plum for loss of control, Clematis is for detachment and Impatiens for irritability. It helps to take the edge off and restore balance- which I think is going to be important in the big changes that’s coming and for all the moments we simply cannot prepare for. And what about Miss Millie? There’s Soothe and Calm Baby Blend: Featuring 3 flower remedies, this blend can be used for infants, kids and adults alike, with Impatiens to replace irritability with good humor, Larch for confidence, and Rock Rose for courage in the face of terror. Ingredients also include chamomile, filtered water and vegetable glycerin as a preservative.
There’s even a blend that Dave will be using: Calm-a-Daddy Crisis Blend. They say going from 1 to 2 is the hardest transition… and I know that there will be moments for us all. Because of that, I think having a remedy for the Daddy is important, too.
The one thing I like to remind myself is that even when I have it all under control (because that happens?), flower remedies work best when used for an extended period of time and not necessarily when a large dose is consumed. I love this, to be honest, because (as mentioned) I give myself a routine. A few moments throughout the day to myself to find center, peace and… well… me. And I give that gift to everyone in my family, too.
For all the Calm-a-Mama blends and to order your own (always free shipping), check out their website and Facebook… and share all of your Calm Moments on Instagram. And all you locals to RI, check out Calm-a-Mama’s booth at Providence Flea on Sundays this summer!