Autism is a complex mental social and behavioral disorder. It's broad which is why the word spectrum is used, so when I'm asked about flower essences for autism, it's challenging for me who likes to give simple nutshell answers. Truth be told, I tend to ignore labels and focus on how whatever it is a person has is showing up for them. We are all different, even though the labels group us into similarities.
For that reason, I don't typically like to single out specific disorders although I do blog about them from time to time because it helps others to understand the likely emotional roots and see a few key essences. With that disclaimer out of the way, there are some essences that are helpful for the various manifestations of autism. This is by no means all of the essences that would be beneficial, just a few highlights.
Individual Flower Essences
- Potato - living in a dream world, or in one’s head, spacey, has trouble staying in the here and now.
- Cosmos - self-expression, translating abstract concepts into clear communication.
- Calendula - compassion in communication and helps with recognizing how your words will fall on someone else.
- Trumpet Vine - boldness in speaking out.
- Violet - introversion, shyness, social withdrawal.
- Solomon’s Seal - easily frustrated or angry when things don’t go as expected.
- White Chestnut - helps with redundant or obsessive thoughts, behaviors or speech, fixations, insomnia.
- Purple Archangel - helps those who have trouble with being organized and productive, or get stuck in chaos.
- Verbena - helps with dogmatic attitudes, stubbornness, rigidity, toe walking, having to have things done in a certain way.
- Chicory - clinginess, or negative behavior designed to get attention, needs to feel secure in other’s love.
- Horseradish - blames others, can’t see how own actions have created undesirable situation.
- Apricot - can’t adapt easily to change, fear or apprehension about new things.
- Goldenrod- easily influenced by others, tv, etc.
- Dill - sensory issues.
- Yarrow - sensitivity to environments.
Bull thistle - problems with authority, fear of being controlled.
- Skullcap - gets upset with self, can't extend kindness towards self and to others.
- Camas - helps with hemispheric brain balancing and good to use if you incorporate sound healing as well.
- Yellow Monkey Flower - specific fears or phobias.
- Cherry Plum - intense reactions, hysteria, tantrums, violence, losing control.'
- Shooting Star - feeling like they don't belong, fighting through fog to show up in the here and now.
Flower Essence Blends
To get started, my first suggestion would be to pick up a few samples of things like Anger Management, Focus, Confidence, Peaceful Sleep and try them out, one at a time. You'll need to be aware of healing crisis symptoms because autistic people tend to be very sensitive. It's possible that blended essences will be too much. If the samples put them into crisis no matter how small the dosage, then you can try single essences. If one goes well, you can generally add more.
If they handle blends well, you can keep an assortment to use as needed, or get a custom combo. You can also build your inventory of individual essences and mix your own. Individual essences offer you ultimate control, while blends are easy to work with and cost effective when first starting.
Flower essences can absolutely make a difference for those with autism as well as their families. Like anything else, it may take a bit of experimentation to get it dialed in right for your needs.