As the world seems to spend faster and faster with each passing day, there’s no denying that everyday life can take its toll. As a result it’s not surprising that most of us, at one time or another, have felt depressed. There are many factors which contribute to depression, stress certainly and low self esteem, but so can genetic and hormonal influences.
St. Johns Wart for Depression
Scientific American published recently a special issue where they looked at issues like happiness, depression and looked at the interaction between the body and the key finding was that the both the body and the mind could significantly impact depression. In alternative medicine, we tend to look at the mind, body and spirit. One natural antidepressant that’s getting a lot of press lately is an herbal remedy called st John’s wart, although no one is truly entirely sure how it works. Clinical studies have shown that it’s effective in treating mild to moderate cases of depression with none of the side effects. It’s actually been used since the Middle Ages to improve mood. Studies have shown that if we use the st John’s wart in certain dosages, it tends to have benefits for mild to moderate depressions on the same scale as many antidepressants. Note, St John’s wart needs to be taken continuously for several weeks in order to work. Just be sure to follow directions and stick with the correct dosage. This herb should not be used by pregnant or lactating women for children under five and it can make you more prone to sunburn, especially if you are fair skinned.
Using Nature to Combat Depression
Another natural remedy for Depression is Nature itself! You can’t help but feel a change in mood when you’re surrounded by all natural beauty, but there’s something more to it than just a delight to the eyes. It comes in the form of a treatment called “Batches Flower remedies”. Dr Edward Batch was a British physician and homeopath who believed that disease was simply a manifestation of negative thoughts. Through careful experimentation and testing, he developed 38 different essences extracted from the buds, cones and pedals of various flowers. Each one designed to compliment our individual moods and personalities.
Flower Essence Therapy & Essential Oils For Depression
Flower essence therapy can work with a physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual imbalances. So one of the underlying causes of disease is stress. And one of the ways in which essences really help people is by bringing them back into harmony and balance. Scents are a powerful way to influence your mind and body which is why essential oils have become such a popular natural healing alternative.
The ancient Egyptians knew this more than 4,000 years ago. They understood the power of certain fragrances to heal the body and mind. It’s where aroma therapy was born. The use of essential oils to invigorate the body, calm the mind and lift the spirit can help not just the individual but also the physical and the psychological problems of society.
You can treat headaches, psychological stresses, and depression just by using certain blends of essential oils or fragrances to rebalance the central nervous system. It takes only eight aromatic molecules to activate the sense of smell, sending a message to the limbic portion of the brain, responsible for our emotions, memories, intuition, and sexual response. A wide selection of essential oils are available in most health food stores, so don’t feel the need to take drugs to deal with depression. There are natural alternatives. Even a little regular exercise can make you feel better about yourself and the world around you. In today’s world, depression is a sad fact of life. It makes a biological, social and psychological forces. It can be a serious illness and one that should be taken care of by a healthcare professional.
Using Food to Beat Depression
Organic farming is a way of producing food that recognizes
and puts into practice the essential connections between soil plants, animals
and people. Nothing beats fresh produce, especially fresh
organic produce. What makes a product organic? By definition, I think the most
important definition is that it’s grown without chemical fertilizers or
pesticides. Is there a way for us to be certain that the product we’re buying
is organic? Yeah, there’s several different certification boards and if it has
that certified organic sticker on it, you can be sure that it’s organic. Okay.
When I think of purchasing organic through my store, I think of a, well it is a
little more expensive than the regular stuff. What do you say to that? Grow
your own, grow your own. You can grow a lot of your own food, especially in
Canada, right through the summer. What if I live in a little apartment
somewhere in the middle of a big city?
What could I do? Well, there’s still a lot of things you can grow in your apartment balcony. Uh, especially perennial. Herb’s do really well. Some of those specialty lettuces, beans, tomatoes. Okay. And if I did want to start an outdoor plot, an outdoor garden, how big a space would I need? Could I do it on my little 20 foot by 20 foot lawn? Well, actually it’s interesting because the whole concept of lawns came hundreds of years ago from Europe where the aristocracy planted lawns to prove they were so wealthy, they didn’t need to grow their own food. So we should probably go back where we came from. Right.
Are some things easier to grow than others? Absolutely, yep. As I said, the perennial Herb’s, uh, beans, the specialty lettuces, which are really pricey. Uh, cucumbers are easy. Beets, Swiss chard. Great. Okay. Where should we begin first and foremost? Well, you can start at your local library by taking out some books on organic gardening or start by going to your nursery and tell them that you’re interested in growing food organically and um, and then when you harvest it, save your own seeds for the next year. Organic produce. When you buy organic, you’re making an investment nutritionally, environmentally.
Every year, sales increase from between 15 to 25% more and more consumers are looking for better ways to protect the soil, avoid chemicals in the environment, and overall a better way to tickle their taste buds.
naturally grown food along with methods of healing and wellbeing, work best when they’re part of a holistic approach to every aspect of your life and lifestyle. As always, don’t attempt any self-diagnosis or try any treatment program without seeking the advice of a qualified healthcare provider, especially if you have a chronic health condition. Join us again next time as we take our journey together. One that takes us beyond medicine.