Trauma | Recovering from Past Physical and Emotional Trauma

Most people have faced some form of significant trauma. Trauma comes in many forms and can be physical or emotional trauma. Accidents, surgery, sexual assault, physical abuse, wartime, and all forms of violence are examples of traumatic events. However, abandonment, neglect, ridicule, and persecution can also be major traumatic experiences.

People who have strong support of family or friends will usually recover from the emotional shock such events cause, but often people don’t have the support needed to fully heal from these experiences. This is especially a problem when the trauma occurs within the family.

Unresolved trauma manifests initially in mental and emotional symptoms like obsession, excessive worry, a high level of anxiety, easily becoming irritated or frequent loss of temper an/or bouts of depression. As we’ll cover in this issue, unresolved mental and emotional symptoms will eventually become underlying causses of physical health problems. So, whenever a person has chronic mental, emotional, or physical illness, it’s always important to look for unresolved trauma.

trauma - woman gasping and covering her mouthUnderstanding Trauma

Trauma is anything that trigger’s the body’s fight-flight-or-freeze response. When frightened by something, the part of the brain known as the amygdala temporarily hijacks our mental functions. The amygdala energizes the body to deal with the situation by trying to fight the danger, flee from the danger, or freeze in hopes the danger will just go away. These responses are immediate and involuntary. They are based on instinct, rather than reasoning. In this month’s Sunshine Sharing we will look more at understanding trauma, unresolved trauma and emotional wounds, and the process of healing from trauma.

Trauma Healing Remedies and Tips

  • Flower Essences are plant remedies designed to help individuals heal from trauma. Flower Essences were originally developed by Dr. Bach and they are liquid extracts that are used to address issues of emotional well-being. You can view Nature’s Sunshine Flower Essences. My favorite for any type of Trauma is Distress Remedy.
  • Essential oils of Frankincense, Myrrh, and Amber are also beneficial. Diffuse them, make a roll on and apply to back of neck or pulse points.
  • Trauma can also affect digestion. Peppermint and Chamomile Tea can help. Peppermint works great for bloating and gas and sluggish digestion. Chamomile also eases bloating and gas but helps calm the nerves as well.
  • Trauma can also effect your immunity. Herbs like Echinacea and Yarrow (fever) may be helpful to support a healthy immune system.
  • Also following healthy habits making sure you are eating whole foods and grains. As well as greens, fruits, healthy fats, lean protein. Avoid simple carbohydrates like candy, cookie, cakes, pies and alcohol.

Emotional health and trauma is nothing to be overlooked. There are many natural options you can try as well as seeking professional help to talk it out. Better Help offers professional online therapy. You can also try the Emotion Code from Dr. Bradley. Nelson. He offers a FREE Starter Kit which is well worth your time. The Chi Machine may also be something to take a look at. Its focus is on balancing the energy pathways of the body and promoting relaxation to the body as well as the mind. Some practitioners feel its rocking motion and figure 8 movement help to relax and release emotions in the body.