Bereavement and Depression - Lift your spirits naturally,without drugs
How to cope with Berevement and Depression
BEREVEMENT AND DEPRESSION
This can strike any of us at any time following a loss of a loved one either human or animal. In addition depression can occur due to a traumatic event in our lives or even as a result of a contra-indication in a drug.
It is especially difficult to deal with if we live alone or a long way from our supporting friends or family. We all know how easily a sight or smell can trigger an emotional reaction and the use of certain essential oils can have this effect to lift our spirits and allow us to relax and enjoy life again.
Use 5 drops each of the following and blend in a small 30ml bottle with a dropper
Frankincense, Roman Camomile, Neroli
Bergamot, Juniper, Lavender
Lavandin, Niaouli, Basil
Marjoram, Geranium, Sweet Thyme
Thyme, Rose Otto, Rose Maroc
Ylang-Ylang, Melissa, Myrrh
The resulting blend is best used 5 drops on each sector of an essential oil fan cassette or can be used in an inexpensive essential oil evaporator. Take great care if used in an evaporator with a naked flame as the oils can be very flammable.
Conventional medicine is still based on Prozac for depression but increasingly St John's Wort is used and found to be just as effective but with less side effects. 900mg of Hypercin which is one of the active ingredients was found in trials to be as effective as the conventional drug Imipramine which is a tricyclic antidepressant and not well tolerated. In some countries you cannot buy St John's Wort but there is an alternative by the name of SAMe which mimics the same product naturally made in the body but lacking with age.
Low levels of vitamin B12 are known to trigger depression and as the body cannot store it we need to get vitamin B6 and B12 from either food or supplements.
Another remedy used to treat depression is Kava Kava which is a member of the pepper family and contains kavalactones which relax muscles and calm the whole body.
Finally there is a natural antidepressant an amino acid called phenylalanine which is found in chocolate and cheese. If you don't like either of these then you can take a supplement DL-phenylalanine or DLPA which will boost the level of endorphins. It can take a couple of weeks to work but after that then just one week in four.
It has been found to be extremely useful to take a few courses of Reiki which can help enormously in dealing with the problem without feeling that you are drugging yourself to forget.
If you suffer any adverse effects discontinue use immediately and seek medical aid or advice if you suffer from asthma.
Using natural remedies
Have you lost a much loved person or animal and used natural remedies to cope?
© 2012 Peter Geekie