Quick and Easy Natural Remedies for Depression

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Essential Oils, Information About Herbs, Natural Health, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 20-11-2015

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When you are feeling down, it might be because something awful has happened in your life, or it might just be that you are bored. So, how about getting out there and taking up a hobby? Think of all the things you love to do and choose one or two of them to do on a regular basis. If you can’t think of anything, then why not try something completely new and different? You’d be surprised at what you might end up liking! Don’t limit yourself to certain things though, keep your mind open and go for something unusual or something that you would never have thought of yourself as doing. Whatever it is might just be the answer you’ve been looking for, and you’ll never know till you try it. You might even make some new friends while doing your new hobby!

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Doctors are quick to give medication for depression and other problems, when medication is not necessarily the answer, and it definitely isn’t the first line of action in any case. Why take medication when you can get similar results from fairly simple changes in your life, along with some simple dietary rules that aren’t THAT difficult to follow. If you go to the doctor for something like depression or any other kind of anxiety disorder, don’t be quick to jump on the chemical medication bandwagon. Wait for a while and take your cash in hand. There is almost no time when this ordeal happens that medication is a good answer. So, leave that market to the hucksters and others, but in order to keep your good health at a maximum, pay attention to your own body, make sure that you take as few medications as possible, and stay as natural as you can.

 lemon balm herb  linden flowers herb  st johns wort

There are some natural alternatives to the chemical medications that conventional medicine prescribes for depression and other similar ailments. They act to relax, reduce the stress reaction, and calm the nerves, as well as to balance glands. These are herbs such as lemon balm, lemon verbena, linden flowers, chamomile, lavender, Siberian ginseng, valerian, fennel seed, mint, rose petals, licorice root, basil, gingko, rosemary, marjoram, and Saint John’s wort. These can be infused as a tea, with only a teaspoon of the dried herb for a half or whole liter of water in a thermos. You do not boil the herbs, but only the water, and then put the herbs in the hot water and cover it for 15 minutes or so, until a light colored tea has been gotten. Then you can drink that throughout the day. You can choose any one or more of these herbs, but whichever you choose, make sure that you still only use one teaspoon total of the herbs for your tea. It shouldn’t be too strong. Remember, as always, less is more.

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Essential oils can also be used for the same purpose and they are basically the same as the herbs. Lavender is good, as is marjoram, basil, rose, lemon balm (Melissa), chamomile, neroli, patchouli, lemongrass, sandalwood, frankincense, myrrh, ylang ylang, rosemary, jasmine, clary sage, bergamot, geranium, orange, and grapefruit essential oils are all good for depression, so choose oils that you like the aroma of, and use them in oils (with just a few drops), inhale them, burn them (in oil burners to diffuse the aroma in your home), in the bath (a few drops in the very warm bath water), and some people even put a drop or two in their tea (although I don’t recommend this unless you are under the care of an aromatherapy professional).

It is important to remember though, that if you decide to try herbal teas or essential oils you can’t take chemical drugs along with them. While herbs and oils are generally extremely safe to use, you must still consider the fact that they are natural medications nonetheless, and will react in your body, so you mustn’t use the two together. Also, if you are under the care of a medical, psychiatric, and/or psychological professional, please make sure that you inform them of your desire to try going natural for your problems, and if you find that they are not very receptive to your wishes, then perhaps you would be better off finding another professional who is more receptive and willing to help you and work with you in your quest to become a healthier, happier person.

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When you are depressed it is important to make sure that you are getting the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that your body needs, so make sure that you are taking a good multivitamin (preferably without iron). A good one on the market here is Stresstabs. They are very inexpensive and loaded with high levels of important vitamins and minerals. You might also want to take evening primrose oil or borage oil as well. I personally don’t like fish oil capsules, just because when they melt in my stomach they make me feel ill and I feel like I’m breathing fish (which isn’t pleasant), but if you don’t suffer from those problems then by all means, fish oil is another great supplement. And, if you have been tested and you know that you need a certain supplement, then you really need to make sure that you are getting it. If your iron is low, then take iron, or preferably get natural iron from eating good, wholesome foods with iron, such as liver, dark green leafy vegetables and the like. We mentioned food last week, but again, please remember that there is no replacement for a good diet. Keep away from the dairy products if you suffer from depression. Also, too many carbohydrates, particularly refined ones will keep you feeling lethargic and miserable, which will make you feel worse than before. Additionally, some research is pointing to the idea that for some people the diet they are eating is what is actually causing the depression in the first place, and that has been my own hypothesis all along. So, if you are suffering from depression, check your diet and lifestyle, make necessary changes, take supplements if you need them, change your attitude, drink herbal teas, use essential oils, and get happy!

(To be continued)

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Too Much Sun! (Sunstroke and Sunburn)

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Essential Oils, Natural Health, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 23-04-2015

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Here in Kuwait where the sun is so bright and hot, we must always be very careful about how much of it we get. Don’t think that just because you see people walking around and even working in the middle of the day that you can do the same thing. Particularly if you are new in Kuwait and are from a normally more temperate climate, don’t try to fight with nature. Don’t think that you can just push yourself a little more. Even when the weather is beautiful, the sand is great, and the water is calm and perfect for skiing, boarding, sailing, or jetskiiing, don’t be tempted. You might end up sautéed or worse. This goes the same for golfers, volleyball players, basketball players, and anyone else who thinks that they can stand the sun. When the temperature is more than 45 degrees (or even when it’s more or less) you just don’t want to take chances with your health.

Always make sure that you have water with you, and are properly covered when going out in the sun. You are probably wondering what I’m talking about here, but, in fact, if you cover up you will feel cooler and more comfortable than if you go around with the sun beating on your bare skin. Those flowing desert clothes are not for nothing! At least wear a big floppy hat to keep the sun off of your head, or use an umbrella (like many people do). You don’t want to get sunstroke, which is very dangerous, particularly in the Kuwaiti heat. You also don’t want to get dehydrated. So, always take precautions, and make sure you are fully prepared for your outings, particularly if you are going to be any distance away from amenities. Remember, if you feel dizzy, are sweating too much, feel faint, or light headed, disoriented, nauseated, or feverish, these are danger signs. Heed them! Get out of the sun immediately, and get help.

Always wear sunscreen when you’re out in the sun, and if you are in the water, you must keep on applying more sunscreen every time you get in and out of the water. Also, you must make sure that you do not choose the hottest times of day for your outings. Between the hours of 10 AM and 3 PM you really do not want to be baking in the sun!
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Sunburn in Kuwait is not something that you ever want to experience. It is just about as miserable as anything you will ever have to endure. I know because I have had the most horrible sunburn, acquired in 55 degree weather, on a boat and beach trip, stuck on a deserted island for more than 6 hours, on a sea trip gone wrong, with sparkling water glistening on me, my friend, and our children, reflecting the beautiful (Ha) sun. Not!

Badger Organic Childrens Sunscreen

We were burned crispy. The excruciating pain was awful and almost more than I could bear. Also, because I hadn’t thought ahead, I didn’t have anything to treat myself or anyone else with, except for a small bottle of blended essential oil that I used to carry around everywhere that wasn’t even enough to cover a small area. We had to wait several hours later until after we got rescued by the coast guard (it’s a long story) so that we could put some lavender essential oil on! Needless to say, take a lesson from my horrible experience, and don’t do what we did! Remember, it doesn’t take that long for a burn to occur either. It can take as little as 15 minutes.

But, if for some reason, even after taking all the precautions in the world, you still do get sunburned do not fear, help is near. Right off, if you get any kind of burn at all, sunburn included, the first thing you should always tried to do is plunge it (yourself) into cold water, in order to stop the burn. If you don’t have any cold water, any water will do, or even ice cubes if they are available (although they aren’t ideal).

Lavender Essential Oil

The next step is to immediately apply lavender essential oil. Lavender oil is so effective against burns that it is absolutely amazing. Not only will it deal with the burning immediately, but it will also prevent other problems that occur with burns. You will not have problems with peeling skin, nor will you have to deal with the stinging pain of serious sunburn. It will also prevent infection and inflammation, which can sometimes be a problem with sunburn, particularly bad ones. (Another side benefit is that your tan won’t even be ruined, although, I am certainly NOT recommending tanning by any stretch of the imagination, unless you want to look like an old piece of leather by the time you are 35!) Not to mention the dangers of skin cancer!

One recommended home cure for sunburn is the tea cure. You just brew some tea (it’s easier to use tea bags so you don’t have such a mess) and use old towels to apply it lukewarm (not cold) directly onto the areas that are burned. This will help with the burn, and also help to prevent infections and help stop the pain.

Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera is a great healing plant. They are widely available in Kuwait and are very inexpensive. All you have to do is to break or cut off one of the leaves, and inside you will find a succulent, slimy, gel-like substance. You can apply that substance just the way it is, in order to relieve the burning and itch of sunburn. It also helps prevent against infection with its special constituents.

Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar

Some people swear by vinegar (specifically apple cider) to take away the stinging and burning, and help the burn to heal much faster than it normally would. One of the good things about using vinegar is that you will probably always have it around in your kitchen, but the smell might put you off, so you may want to stick with the lavender. Chamomile oil is another recommendation that some have mentioned. Mouthwash has also been used for applying to sunburn, and it is supposed to have been used in the military for burns when nothing else was available. Others claim the same from Preparation H (this is actually supposed to be a hemorrhoid treatment). Try them in a pinch. Vanilla is another option when it is available. Both real and artificial are supposed to be equally as good. It is supposed to stop the stinging and prevent peeling. Oatmeal is a good option as well, since it is so soothing. It is good for any kind of inflammation, and can easily be made into a bath additive by powdering the oatmeal and adding it to very warm (but not hot) water.

Calendula Oil

I have found that calendula (marigold) infused oil also works wonders to sooth the burn and heal it, and there are plenty of people who say that olive oil (either plain or mixed with a little vinegar) has a similar effect.

But, while lavender essential oil is probably your best choice in treating sunburn, the best treatment for sunburn is prevention. So, follow all precautions, don’t ignore the signs, and try to stay out of the sun as much as possible.