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.

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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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About Melissa (Lemon Balm) Essential Oil

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Information About Essential Oils | Posted on 10-02-2014

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One of the more unusual essential oils turns out to be one of the most well-known medicinal herbs. This herb is one of the most soothing herbs, and is well known by Western herbalists. It is so amazing and since it is good for practically everything its use is well sought after. It is definitely one of the earliest known medicinal herbs of all, in fact, it is suspected that the “balm” mentioned in the Book of Genesis in the Bible is none other than this herb. This herb is found all over the Americas and Europe, and is found in both cultured and wild states. Although it is used in food and as a flavoring, its most important use is as an herbal medicine.

This herb is commonly known as Lemon Balm, or Melissa. The reason it is called lemon balm is because of its lemony aroma upon crushing the fresh leaf, and its lemony flavor when made into tea. Also, it is so soothing that it was called a balm. The word Melissa came from the Greek, meaning honey bee, as it was often planted near bee hives in order to get delicious honey flavors. Ibn Sina (also known as Avicenna) even called Lemon Balm the elixir of life! Scientifically this herb is called “Melissa officinalis”. The essential oil is derived by steam distillation, and it is extremely expensive due to its low yielding plants. In fact, you need 3.5- 7.5 tons of the plant in order to make only 1 pound (less than half a kilo) of the essential oil! Native to the Mediterranean region, it is most commonly produced in Italy and France, although, in a recent investigation, the only oil found to be sold “pure” and authentic came from Ireland! Due to its very high cost, it is often blended with base oils and sold as pure, so you must be very careful when purchasing it, in order to make sure that you are not paying for the base oil. This is not a problem as long as you are aware of it. Often oils that are labeled Melissa are actually a blend of other essential oils, so be sure to read the label very carefully).

Melissa is well known for its amazing healing powers. It is considered good for practically everything, including all sorts of nervous disorders, including those considered emotional, or caused by anxiety. This herb is, in fact, so soothing that it is amazing, and because it works so subtly its benefits are more important than some of the other stronger herbs that are out there. (I personally prefer the “weaker” herbs over the stronger ones any day, because, although their action is subtler, they are usually better, without the risks that stronger herbs have). The great thing about this herb is that it is not only great for anxiety, and calming, but it is also uplifting at the same time. This makes Melissa important in fighting Attention Deficit Disorder, which seems to be so prevalent these days.

Although Melissa is soothing and calming for the hyperactive, it is also stimulating for those who suffer from mental under-activity, such as those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The Melissa can actually increase the mental activity, and help rejuvenate the cells. It will be interesting to see the outcomes of the studies that are underway in this field.

Melissa is extremely antibiotic and antiviral, and of late there is some really interesting research being done that will certainly bring some exciting results! According to one study the power of Lemon Balm is so strong that its single application to herpes lesions leads to completely combating it. The use of Melissa seems to be useful for AIDS, and there is research being done in this right now.

Melissa is also known for its great blood pressure reducing qualities. It lessens the effects of depression and shock, and even helps with panic or attacks of hysteria.

It is great for use with the flu, colds, fever, asthma, bronchitis, coughs and other respiratory problems, including sinus congestion, and other allergy induced complaints. Melissa is also great for headaches and migraines (which are usually brought on by allergic sinusitis anyway).

Melissa is great for stomach problems, and is extremely soothing to the digestion system. It is good for gassiness and colic. It is also good for nausea.

It is good for menstrual problems as well, and helps with irregularity. If you suffer from painful periods, then Melissa can help you. All you have to do is to rub some Melissa oil blended into a base oil onto your lower abdominal area, and you will get instant relief.

Melissa is a tonic for practically every organ in the body, including the liver, the gall bladder, the heart, and more. It is good for heart palpitations

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For skin problems, like acne, Melissa will work wonders. It is also great for fungal outbreaks, cold sores, and even more serious problems like shingles, mumps, and small pox!

If you suffer from muscles problems, or rheumatic pain, there is practically nothing better than Melissa essential oil.

There is also talk of Melissa being a solution to some of the problems involved with cancer. This is especially due to an action that has been found in anti-tumor activity. This full extent of this discovery remains to be seen, but certainly has significant ramifications.

So, although Melissa is expensive, it is worth its weight in gold, literally. Its amazing curative powers have been known for centuries, and now even more medicinal uses are coming to light with modern research. This is definitely one of the most important herbs known to man.

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