Quick and Easy Natural Remedies for Depression


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.


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 Ylang Ylang Essential Oil


Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Information About Essential Oils | Posted on 08-02-2014

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Some of the natural essential oils that are available in the world are more exotic than others. Some of them are so exotic that they go a step above the others. There is a range of aromatic oils that fits into this category, and the following oil is one of them. These types of oils are considered absolutely sensuous, and are used in expensive perfume blends, as well as medicinal concoctions. The interesting thing about these oils is that, although most people would never even think of these being used for any medicinal purposes, they are actually some of our most important medicinal oils, and their healing value is vast.

The oil that we are going to talk about today is Ylang ylang essential oil. Ylang ylang, which is pronounced “ee lahng ee lahng”, is scientifically known as “Cananga odorata”. This incredibly sensuous essential oil grows in the Philippines and other Asian areas, like Commores, Reunion, Madagascar, and Indonesia. Ylang ylang essential oil is derived from the extremely sweet flowers of the ylang ylang tree. The ylang ylang tree is huge and grows to a height of up to 70 feet (or 30 meters) high, or more! It is produced by either steam distillation. Although it is mostly used in perfumery, to make the most exotic, sensuous, aphrodisiac scents, ylang ylang’s value as a medicinal oil is often misunderstood or understated. One of the good things about ylang ylang oil is that it is not very expensive as compared to its sister oil (similar aroma) jasmine, which is extremely expensive. Still ylang ylang oil is quite expensive, and is used in pricey perfumes word-wide. Its aroma is so heady that some people call it intoxicating.

Ylang ylang oil has been used for centuries, and the ancient Chinese used to claim that it was good for circulatory and heart problems. In Victorian times it was used for scalp stimulation, to promote hair growth. (If you are going bald, and going to be using herbs on your head, better ylang ylang with its amazing aroma, than garlic and onion like some people have tried!) At turn of the 19th century it was also discovered that ylang ylang was good for diseases like malaria and typhus. It was also found to be useful in fighting intestinal diseases. And, as the Chinese could have told them for ages, ylang ylang was discovered to be a heart calming agent. An interesting little tidbit is that in Indonesia, ylang ylang petals are used on the wedding beds of newlywed couples. (I can’t imagine that an aphrodisiac would be needed on the wedding night though!) As for its aphrodisiac properties, they are well known around the world. One of the powerful, helpful qualities that it has is that it is both relaxing and stimulating at the same time. Because of that duality, it is great for stress related problems, including high blood pressure and heart palpitations. It reduced nervous tension, and irritability. It is known to be helpful with premenstrual tension too. It is a great general hormone balancer.

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Ylang ylang oil is great for depression as well, as it lifts the spirit and soothes. For people who suffer from insomnia ylang ylang is a life saver. Recent research has also shown ylang ylang to have some benefit against epileptic fits, so if you suffer from epilepsy, watch the research and try it. You may be happily surprised.

It helps oily skins, and is useful against acne, as it not only checks oil production, but also is an antiseptic, and kills the bacteria that form with acne. In some countries in Asia, a salve is made of ylang ylang flowers, and rubbed all over the body to improve the skin and prevent diseases too. It also helps with muscle aches and pains.

Ylang ylang oil is great for helping with bug bites, and is even used for snake bites too!

The only thing to be careful about with this perfectly safe essential oil is that you do not use too much, because this oil is very strong, and might cause headaches or nausea if used in a concentrated manner. A note here also, that ylang ylang oil works even better if combined with other oils, but its aroma is incredibly beautiful all on its own. A few drops are more than enough!

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