In the past month, shock, grief and sadness has gripped the nation as we come to terms with the devastation of the bushfires. My study has taught me that although one has emerged from a crisis in one piece physically, the emotional trauma can have a very real impact on health and wellbeing – mentally AND physically, in the months and years to come. I saw this after the Townsville floods last year, when colds, the flu, pneumonia, headaches and other illnesses presented at high levels over the weeks and months after the floods. Trauma such as the bushfires just can’t be buried within and remain silent. It must be healed and the body will start with a niggle, then a whinge and if you are still not listening, it will eventually scream at you.
Following is a list of remedies that can help you through a traumatic time – whether it is related to the bushfires or any other crisis. And these remedies are not just for those directly affected – they may be helpful for those of us who, like me, are so far away, but have been upset by what is being reported.