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Bach Flower Remedies – Form of Energy

Bach Flower Remedies – Form of Energy

Bach Flowers are known to gently restore the balance between mind and body by casting out negative emotions such as fear, worry, hatred, and indecision which interfere with the equilibrium of the being as a whole. The Bach Flower Remedies allow peace and happiness to return to the sufferer so that the body is free to heal itself.

The Bach Flower Remedies are made from wildflowers and are safe for the whole family including pets.

Agrimony

“The jovial, cheerful, humorous people who love peace and are distressed by argument or quarrel, to avoid which they will agree to give up much. Though generally they have troubles and are tormented and restless and worried in mind or in the body, they hide their cares behind their humor and are considered very good friends to know. They often take alcohol or drugs in excess, to stimulate them and help themselves bear their trials with cheerfulness.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Addiction, unhappy, anxiety, insomnia
Human Indication: Mental torment behind a brave face. Appear care-free and humorous in order to mask anxieties and unhappiness.

Aspen

“Vague unknown fears for which there can be given no explanation, no reason. It is a terror that something awful is going to happen even though it is unclear what exactly. These vague inexplicable fears may haunt by night or day. Sufferers may often be afraid to tell their trouble to others.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Fear, worries, unknown fears
Human Indication:  Fears and worries of unknown origin.
Pet Indication:  Vague or unaccountable fears.  Appearing agitated for no apparent reason

Beech

“For those who feel the need to see more good and beauty in all that surrounds them. And, although much appears to be wrong, to have the ability to see the good growing within. So as to be able to be more tolerant, lenient and understanding of the different way each individual and all things are working to their own perfection.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Intolerance, critical, lack of compassion
Human 
Indication:  When you need more tolerance toward other people.
Animal/Pet indication:  Intolerance toward animals, people, events, and situations

Centaury

“Kind, quiet, gentle people who are over-anxious to serve others. They overtax their strength in their endeavors. Their wish so grows upon them that they become more servants than willing helpers. Their good nature leads them to do more than their own share of work, and in so doing they may neglect their own particular mission in life” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Weak-willed,  bullied, unable to say no, imposed on, lack energy, tired, timid, passive, quiet
Human indication:  When you have a hard time saying NO and therefore easily get imposed on.

Cerato

“Those who have not sufficient confidence in themselves to make their own decisions. They constantly seek advice from others, and are often misguided” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Confirmation, seeking advice, do not trust own wisdom or judgment
Human indication:  When you do not trust your own judgment in decision-making.

Cherry Plum

“Fear of mind being over-strained, of reason giving away, of doing fearful and dreaded things, not wished and known wrong, yet there comes the thought and impulse to do them.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Fear of losing control, temper tantrum, breakdown, abusive, rage, explode
Human indication:  When you are in deep despair and feel like you are going to “lose it.”
Animal/Pet indication:  A loss of self-control, violent scratching

Chestnut Bud

“For those who do not take full advantage of observation and experience, and who take a longer time than others to learn the lessons of daily life. Whereas one experience would be enough for some, such people find it necessary to have more, sometimes several, before the lesson is learned. Therefore, to their regret, they find themselves having to make the same error on different occasions when once would have been enough, or observation of others could have spared them even that one fault.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Learning, repeating mistakes
Human indication:  Keeps repeating the same mistake, doesn’t learn from past mistakes
Animal/Pet indication:  Repeated unsuccessful behavior patterns, doesn’t learn from past mistakes

Chicory

“Those who are very mindful of the needs of others they tend to be over-full of care for children, relatives, friends, always finding something that should be put right. They are continually correcting what they consider wrong, and enjoy doing so. They desire that those for whom they care should be near them” – Dr. Edward Bach

Keywords: Possessive, over-protective, self-centered, critical, nagging, self-pity, easily offended, manipulating, demanding
Human indication:  When you find yourself manipulating and controlling your loved ones.
Animal/Pet indication:  Possessive in nature, very territorial, manipulating, loving to be in control.

Clematis

“Those who are dreamy, drowsy, not fully awake, no great interest in life. Quiet people, not really happy in their present circumstances, living more in the future than in the present; living in hopes of happier times when their ideas may come true. In illness, some make little or no effort to get well, and in certain cases may even look forward to death, in the hope of better times; or maybe, meeting again some beloved one whom they have lost.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Keywords: Daydreaming, dreaminess, withdrawing, lack of concentration
Human indication: When you have a tendency to live in your own dream world with little interest in the real world, accident-prone, daydreaming.
Animal/Pet indication: No apparent interest in the world around them; animals that sleep all the time, have trouble paying attention or seem to live more in a dream than in the present

Crab Apple

“This is the remedy of cleansing. For those who feel as if they have something not quite clean about themselves. Often it is something of apparently little importance, in others, there may be a more serious disease which is almost disregarded compared to the one thing on which they concentrate. In both types, they are anxious to be free from the one particular thing which is greatest in their minds and which seems so essential to them that it should be cured. They become despondent if treatment fails. Being a cleanser, this remedy purifies wounds if the patient has reason to believe that some poison has entered which must be drawn out.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Keywords: Cleansing, poor self-image, sense of not being clean, obsessive, poor self-image
Human indication:  When you feel unclean or have a hard time accepting your own self-image.
Cleansing: Use externally on ringworm, rashes, and warts.
Animal/Pet indication:  Obsessive cleanliness, fastidiousness; excessive grooming.  Pets with rashes

Elm

“Those who are doing good work, are following the calling of their life and who hope to do something of importance, and this often for the benefit of humanity. At times there may be periods of depression when they feel that the task they have undertaken is too difficult, and not within the power of a human being.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Keywords: Depression overwhelmed by responsibilities, despondent, exhausted
Human indication:  Feeling overwhelmed and depressed, there is too much to do and you don’t feel that you can do it all.
Animal/Pet indication:  Overwhelmed by a sense of responsibility from a temporary circumstance, abandoning their litter

Gentian

“Those who are easily discouraged. They may be progressing well in illness or in the affairs of their daily life, but any small delay or hindrance to progress causes doubt and soon disheartens them.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Keywords: Discouraged, depressed
Human indication:  When you easily get discouraged when faced with difficulties.
Animal/Pet indication:  Despondency due to a setback; e.g.; not going for a walk, as usual, creates lethargy and sadness

Gorse

“Very great hopelessness, they have given up the belief that more can be done for them. Under persuasion or to please others they may try different treatments, at the same time assuring those around that there is so little hope of relief.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Keywords: Hopelessness, despair, pessimism
Human indication:  When you have the feeling of extreme hopelessness and despair.
Animal/Pet indication: Feeling a hopeless despair

Heather
“Those who are always seeking the companionship of anyone who may be available, as they find it necessary to discuss their own affairs with others, no matter who it may be. They are very unhappy if they have to be alone for any length of time.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Keywords: Talkative, demand attention, dislike being alone, lonely
Human indication:  Helps when you are preoccupied with own ailments and problems.
Animal/pet indication:  Overly concerned with companionship, very demanding for attention, constant barking.

Holly

“For those who are sometimes attacked by thoughts of such kind as jealousy, envy, revenge, suspicion. For the different forms of vexation. Within themselves, they may suffer much, often when there is no real cause for their unhappiness.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keyword:
 Envy, jealousy, hate, insecurity, suspicious, aggressive, needs compassion
Human indication:  When you need to overcome the feeling of hate, envy, and jealousy.
Animal/pet indication:  Jealousy of other animals or a new baby in the home. Angry growling, hissing, barking, snapping or unprovoked attacks

Honeysuckle
“Those who live much in the past, perhaps a time of great happiness, or memories of a lost friend, or ambitions which have not come true. They do not expect further happiness such as they have had.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Keyword: Homesickness, nostalgia, bereavement
Human indication:  For over-attachment to past memories good or bad, can’t let go of the past, homesickness.
Animal/pet indication:  Homesickness or over-attachment to the past.  Loss of owner or home

Hornbeam
“For those who feel that they have not sufficient strength, mentally or physically, to carry the burden of life placed upon them; the affairs of every day seem too much for them to accomplish, though they generally succeed in fulfilling their task. For those who believe that some part, of mind or body, needs to be strengthened before they can easily fulfill their work.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Keyword: Weariness, bores, tired, needs strength, overworked, procrastination, doubting own abilities
Human indication: For weariness, mental rather than physical, the “Monday morning” feeling with a sense of staleness and lack of variety in life.
Animal/pet indication: Lethargy or lack of enthusiasm to go anywhere, but once engaged in an activity or game is fully involved

Impatiens
“Those who are quick in thought and action and who wish all things to be done without hesitation or delay. When ill they are anxious for a hasty recovery. They find it very difficult to be patient with people who are slow as they consider it wrong and a waste of time, and they will Endeavour to make such people quicker in all ways. They often prefer to work and think alone, so that they can do everything at their own speed.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keyword:
 Impatience, irritated, nervy, frustration, fidgety, accident-prone, hasty
Human indication: Suitable for people who are easily irritated and impatient. They speak and think quickly, and are energetic, but tense.
Animal/pet indication: Inpatient and seeming to have boundless energy, can’t wait to go for a walk or rushes ahead

Larch
“For those who do not consider themselves as good or capable as those around them, who expect failure, who feel that they will never be a success, an so do not venture or make a strong enough attempt to succeed.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keyword:
 Lack of confidence, depressed, discouraged, feeling of inferiority
Human indication:  When you need more self-confidence.
Animal/pet indication:  Lack of self-confidence or avoiding situations where they have to perform.

Mimulus
“Fear of worldly things, illness, pain, accidents, poverty, of dark, of being alone, of misfortune. The fears of everyday life. These people quietly and secretly bear their dread; they do not freely speak of it to others.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keyword:
 Fear, blushing, stammering, shyness, timid, sensitive, lack of courage
Human indication:  Fear of known things such as fear of being alone, fear of spiders, fear of flying or fear of the dark.  Shyness is also a known fear.
Animal/pet indication:  For fears: afraid of lightening, visits to the vet. May shake or shiver when confronted. Shy and timid animals.

Mustard
“Those who are liable to times of gloom or even despair, as though a cold dark cloud overshadowed them and hid the light and the joy of life. It may not be possible to give any reason or explanation for such attacks. Under these conditions, it is almost impossible to appear happy or cheerful.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keyword:
 Depression, deep gloom for no reason
Human indication:  When you feel depressed for no reason. Like a dark cloud that destroys normal cheerfulness.
Animal/pet indication:  If your pet seems depressed for no reason

Oak
“For those who are struggling and fighting strongly to get well, or in connection with the affairs of their daily life. They will go on trying one thing after another, though their case may seem hopeless. They will fight on. They are discontented with themselves if illness interferes with their duties or helping others. They are brave people, fighting against great difficulties, without loss of hope of effort.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keyword:
 Exhaustion, overwork, workaholic, fatigued, over-achiever
Human Indication:  When you are exhausted, but keep struggling on.
Animal/Pet Indication:  If your pet keeps struggling although it is exhausted, never seem to quit.

Olive
“Those who have suffered much mentally or physically and are so exhausted and weary that they feel they have no more strength to make any effort. Daily life is hard work for them, without pleasure.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keyword:
 Lack of energy, fatigue, convalescence
Human indication:  When you are exhausted with no reserves of strength or energy.
Animal/pet indication:  Exhaustion, fatigue due to overwork: for working animals or those involved in racing, competitive events or shows.

Pine
“For those who blame themselves. Even when successful they think they could have done better, and are never satisfied with the decisions they make. Would this remedy help me to stop blaming myself for everything?” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Guilt, self-reproach, humble, apologetic, shame, unworthy, undeserving
Human indication:  When you feel guilt and self-reproach, not necessarily based on any actual wrong-doing but destroys the possibility of joy in living.
Animal/pet indication: If an animal feel shame or guilt for which something it cannot control

Red Chestnut
“For those who find it difficult not to be anxious for other people. Often they have ceased to worry about themselves, but for those of.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Worried, over-concern, fear
Human indication:  When you feel over-concerned and worried for others.

Rock Rose
“The remedy of emergency for cases where there even appears no hope. In accident serious or sudden illness, or when the patient is very frightened or terrified, or if the conditions is serious enough to cause great fear to those around. If the patient is not conscious the lips may be moistened with the remedy.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords: Frozen fear, terror
Human indication: When you feel terror, or after a nightmare. The feeling that you cannot react or move.
Animal/pet indication: Terror, panic-stricken: body trembling, cowers or runs away. Deer in the headlight.

Rock Water
“Those who are very strict in their way of living; they deny themselves many of the joys and pleasures of life because they consider it might interfere with their work. They are hard masters to themselves. They wish to be well and strong and active and will do anything which they believe will keep them so. They hope to be examples which will appeal to others who may then follow their ideas and be better as a result.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Self-repression, self-denial, self-perfection, overwork, self-sacrificing, opinionated
Human indication: Is indicated when you are too strict and set too-high standards for yourself, to the point of self-domination and self-martyrdom

Scleranthus
“Those who suffer much from being unable to decide between two things, the first one seeming right than the other. They are usually quiet people, and bear their difficulty alone, as they are not inclined to discuss it with others.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keyword:
 Indecision, imbalance, uncertainty, dizziness
Human indication:  When you suffer from indecision, particularly when faced with two choices.
Animal/pet indication: Animals who can’t make up their mind; any swinging behavior pattern (eats/doesn’t, sleeps a lot/no sleep).

Star of Bethlehem
“For those in great distress under conditions which for a time produce great unhappiness. The shock of serious news, the loss of someone dear, the fright following an accident, and such like. For those who for a time refuse to be consoled, this remedy brings comfort.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Trauma, after effecting of shock, post-traumatic stress
Human indication: For after effects of trauma or traumatic experience.
Animal/pet indication:  Abused, mistreated in the past. Trauma or shock.

Sweet Chestnut
“For those moments which happen to some people when the anguish is so great as to seem to be unbearable. When the mind or body feels as if it had borne to the uttermost limit of its endurance, and that now it must give way. When it seems there is nothing but destruction and annihilation left to face.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Extreme mental anguish, hopeless despair, intense sorrow
Human indication:  When you feel hopeless despair, and you feel a feeling of intense sorrow and feel destroyed by it.

Vervain
“Those with fixed principles and ideas, which they are confident are right, and which they very rarely change. They have a great wish to convert all around them to their own views of life. They are strong of will and have much courage when they are convinced of those things that they wish to teach. In illness, they struggle on long after many would have given up their duties.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Over-enthusiasm, hyperactive, fanatical, highly strung
Human indication:  For people who are strong-willed and highly strung with minds that race ahead of events.
Animal/pet indication:  Enthusiastic, always want to be involved, high strung.

Vine
“Very Capable people, certain of their own ability, confident of success. Being so assured, they think that it would be for the benefit of others if they could be persuaded to do things as they themselves do, or as they are certain is right. Even in illness, they will direct their attendants. They may be of great value in an emergency.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Domineering, inflexible, very capable, gifted, bullying, aggressive
Human indication:  For those who dominate others. They know better than everyone else and put others down.
Animal/pet indication:  Authoritative, dominant even over their owners.

Walnut
“For those who have definite ideas and ambitions in life and are fulfilling them, but on rare occasions are tempted to be led away from their own ideas, aims and work by the enthusiasm convictions or strong opinions of others. The remedy gives constancy and protection from outside influences.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Change, link breaker, menopause, puberty, moving, let go of the past, protection
Human indication:  Protection from outside influences and energies. Helps you adjust to major changes.
Animal/pet indication:  For any period of change.

Water Violet
“For those who in health or illness like to be alone. Very quiet people, who move about without noise, they are aloof, leave people alone and go their own way. Often clever and talented. Their peace and calmness is a blessing to those around them.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Proud, aloof, lonely, anti-social, disdainful, condescending, self-reliant, private
Human indication:  People who feel lonely because they have a tendency to appear proud and anti-social.
Animal/pet indication:  Unfriendly, stand-offish, they do not invite or welcome cuddles, petting or obvious affection.

White Chestnut
“For those who cannot prevent thoughts, ideas, arguments which they do not desire from entering their minds. Usually at such times when the interest of the moment is not strong enough to keep the mind full. Thoughts which worry and still remain, or if for a time thrown out, will return. They seem to circle round and round and cause mental torture. The presence of such unpleasant thoughts drives out peace and interferes with being able to think only of the work or pleasure of the day.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
  Repeated unwanted thoughts, mental arguments, concentration, sleeplessness, insomnia.
Human Indication:  When your mind is cluttered with thoughts or mental arguments. You may be unable to sleep because of the thoughts.

Wild Oat
“Those who have ambitions to do something of prominence in life, who wish to have much experience, and to enjoy all that which is possible for them, to take life to the full. Their difficulty is to determine what occupation to follow; as although their ambitions are strong, they have no calling which appeals to them above all others. This may cause delay and dissatisfaction.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Cross-road in life, decision making, lack of clarity, drifting in life
Human indication:  When you are uncertain of the correct path in life.  Helpful when you need to make important decisions.
Animal/pet indication:   Loss of sense of direction or purpose; especially good for working or show animals who are being retired.

Wild Rose
“Those who without apparently sufficient reason become resigned to all that happens, and just glide through life, take it as it is, without any effort to improve things and find some joy. They have surrendered to the struggle of life without complaint.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Apathy, resignation, lost motivation, lack of ambition
Human indication:  For anyone who is resigned to an unpleasant situation whether illness, a monotonous life or uncongenial work.
Animal/pet indication:  Lack of energy, enthusiasm, submissive and disinterested.

Willow
“For those who have suffered adversity or misfortune and find these difficult to accept, without complaint or resentment, as they judge life much by the success which it brings. They feel that they have not deserved so great a trial that it was unjust, and they become embittered. They often take less interest and are less active in those things of life which they had previously enjoyed.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Self-pity, resentment, short-changed, poor me, sulky, irritable, grumbling, bitterness, blame, complain
Human indication:  When you feel resentment, self-pity, and bitterness.  You would like to regain a sense of humor and proportion.
Animal/pet indication: Sulky, self-pity

 

Website info from http://www.bachflower.com/original-bach-flower-remedies/

Creating a Simple Holistic Daily Routine In 6 Steps

Some of these daily wellness steps you may already do, some may be new to you. Either way, this is a really good jump start to live your life with more holistic intentions.

And all of the steps are low maintenance with a high holistic yield for your body!

  • Start your day with a glass of lemon water! Lemon is full of vitamin C & helps boost your immune system. Adding lemon to your water also helps balance your pH by alkalizing your body. Fresh lemon speeds up digestion and can help to relieve constipation.
  • Don’t ever skip breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it sets the stage for the rest of the day. If you skip out on breakfast your body goes into starvation mode and you will find yourself craving carbs and sweets the rest of the day. Start your day with a protein smoothie, greens or a bowl of oatmeal topped with fresh fruit and nuts.
  • Move your body every single day! Exercise staves off weight gain to increase energy and lower depression. It also helps to reduce anxiety. Exercising increases blood flow and provides the body and blood with more oxygen leaving you feeling happy and vibrant.  Walk, bike, run, dance, anything that gets your feet moving and your heart pumping is crucial to your well-being.
  •  Alkalize your body. Things like coffee, sugar, soda, and alcohol can be acidifying to the body. Drink a fresh green juice or green smoothie regularly to alkalize your system.  Leafy greens are highly alkaline and help bring the body back to a pH balanced state. This is extremely helpful when the body is overly acidic from too much sugar or partying a little too hard.  Matcha green tea is a fantastic alternative to coffee. It is high in antioxidants, contains cancer-fighting catechins, boosts energy levels and contains high amounts of l-theanine which enhances your mood by increasing serotonin levels.
  • Relax & unwind. Take a detoxifying Epsom salt bath with 10 drops of pure lavender essential oil to relax the body, relieve muscle tension and reduce stress. Lavender oil triggers brain reactions that promote relaxation.
  • Sleep! Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Try your best to get to bed before midnight. That way, your body will go through a full rem sleep cycle and you will wake to feel rested and renewed!

Blog article from https://healinglifestyles.com/6-steps-to-daily-wellness/

Creating a Simple Holistic Daily Routine In 6 Steps
Benefits of Herbal Medicine

Benefits of Herbal Medicine

1. More Affordable than Conventional Medicine

Modern medical science certainly comes with a high price tag, and pharmaceuticals are no exception. One reason why herbal medicine is becoming more popular recently is that people simply can’t afford to pay for their medication month after month.

A systematic review published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine evaluated whether or not natural health products provide a cost-effective choice in the treatment of disease. Researchers found that natural health products show evidence of cost-effectiveness in relation to postoperative surgery and complications. (4) More research is needed to determine the cost-effectiveness in other areas of modern medicine, but the preliminary data suggests that herbal products are more affordable than pharmaceuticals.

2. Easier to Obtain than Prescription Medications

Herbal products, such as herbal extracts, essential oils, and herbal teas, are available in most health food and even grocery stores, so you don’t have to see a doctor to get prescriptions before purchasing them. This certainly makes it easier to obtain herbal products and avoid additional health care costs.

Herbs are classified as dietary supplements, so they can be produced, sold and marketed without going through the FDA. Although this makes it easier to purchase and use these beneficial products, it’s our job as consumers to choose among the competitors. Make sure to read the ingredients and labels carefully before using any herbal supplement. Purchase from a reputable and trustworthy company that verifies the product is 100 percent pure-grade.

3. Hold Beneficial, Healing Properties

Herbs are used for the treatment of chronic and acute conditions and various ailments, including major health concerns like cardiovascular disease, prostate problems, depression, inflammation, and weakened immune system. Herbs are used around the world to treat conditions and diseases, and many studies prove their efficacy. In fact, of the 177 drugs approved worldwide for the treatment of cancer, more than 70 percent are based on natural products or chemical imitations of natural products.

Article from: https://draxe.com/herbal-medicine/

Here are seven ways that just a spoonful of turmeric a day can prove to be your secret miracle spice

1. Battling inflammation naturally: As you may know, chronic inflammation is believed to be at the root of many modern illnesses. Turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, has been found by researchers to be a very effective and potent anti-inflammatory, even exceeding the performance of drugs intended to fight inflammation.

2. Brain protection: Turmeric can protect against the development of cognitive disorders like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, two conditions often associated with Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, or BDNF, a type of growth hormone. Scientists have discovered that curcumin positively affects the BDNF levels in the brain, and may delay or even reverse a number of brain diseases or age-related degenerative conditions.

3. Risk reduced for several types of cancer:

In reality, turmeric could very well be one of the most potent natural anti-cancer agents there is. Not only can it prevent the growth of cancer cells, but it also blocks the development and spread of cancer and, some believe, may even hold the cure for several cancers.

4. Improve your digestion: Daily consumption of turmeric can reduce gas and bloating, stimulate the gallbladder and prevent inflammation of the digestive tract. That said, turmeric should not be taken on a daily basis by people suffering from gallbladder disease, as the over-stimulating properties of turmeric can worsen that condition.

5. Heart health: Curcumin can reduce LDL – or bad cholesterol – which will then prevent blood clotting while removing arterial plaque buildup.

6. Eases arthritis: Scientists admit that more research is needed in this particular use of turmeric, however, that said, many people have reported various levels of improvement in this condition when they consume a teaspoon of the queen of spices per day. The theory is that the curcumin in turmeric helps battle chronic inflammation and thereby reduces the pain associated therewith. Some even say that curcumin supplements work much better than over-the-counter or prescription medications aimed at reducing inflammation – and all without any side-effects.

7. Delays aging and increases longevity: Being able to live longer and stay healthier seems to be on everyone’s mind these days. One of the secrets to achieving this may lie in magical turmeric. Free radicals and inflammation are both believed to cause premature aging, and curcumin has proven in many cases to reverse those conditions.

Article from: https://www.resperate.com/blog/hypertension/diet/healthy-foods/heres-what-gets-activated-in-your-body-when-you-eat-just-one-teaspoon-of-turmeric-every-day

Original photo credit: https://www.swansonvitamins.com/blog/lindsey/what-is-turmeric

Here are seven ways that just a spoonful of turmeric a day can prove to be your secret miracle spice
5 All Natural Flu Remedies That Can Get You Well Fast

5 All Natural Flu Remedies That Can Get You Well Fast

When faced with potential exposure to the flu, it’s a good idea to begin strengthening your immune system so that it’s healthy and robust during the winter months. This will reduce the virus’s ability to take root in your body. Eating nutrient dense foods, getting meaningful rest, and keeping your hands clean this time of year will help immensely as well.

As mentioned above, the main symptoms of the flu include:

• Aches and pains in the muscles and joints
• Dry throat and cough
• Fatigue and weakness
• Fever
• Insomnia
• Nausea and vomiting (in some cases)
• Sneezing and runny nose
• A sore throat
• Swollen glands in the neck and throat

The root causes of the flu include:

• Overwork
• Poor diet
• Run down immunity due to another illness
• Stress

If you experience any of the above, you are more susceptible to catching the flu so keep these in mind during the winter months and take care of yourself!

1. Eating Light

You will often a very low appetite for the first 2-4 days after catching the flu. During this time, your body is focusing on healing and not on digesting. Listen to your body and allow it to fast as feels comfortable. When you do feel like eating, keep it light and easy on your digestive system like chicken soup, veggie soup, congee, etc. with plenty of fresh ginger, onion, and garlic if you’re able.

Eating citrus is also a great way to get in some natural Vitamin C which will stimulate white blood cell production and offer good hydration.

Once the acute stage has passed, you may move onto adding steamed veggies and whole grains to your diet. These are still light enough for your body to focus on healing but will offer a bit more sustenance.

2. Drink Plenty of Fluids

Especially in the first few days, your body will need the extra fluids to help flush your body. I recommend drinking spring water, green tea, herbal teas, broth, and fresh juice (avoid buying sugar laden processed juices).

Staying hydrated will help keep your respiratory tract from drying out and will also assist your body in detoxing during healing.

3. Take Flu Fighting Herbs

  • Echinacea – Echinacea stimulates the body to produce and strengthen white blood cells to help fight off the flu. This is what makes it a potent antiviral, especially in combination with goldenseal when there is mucus present. If you don’t have mucus, just use Echinacea. For adults, take 2-4ml of Echinacea tincture a day.
  • Elderberry – One of the best herbs for flu is the noble elderberry. This tiny and unassuming berry is effective against 8 strains of the flu virus and has the ability to cut the duration of the flu by half. This is because elderberry prevents the flu virus from replicating allowing you to get well in as little as 2-3 days instead of six. If you currently have the flu, take 4TB of elderberry syrup daily for adults and 1TB daily for children (this is the children’s version). You can use elderberry as a tasty preventative as well by taking 1TB of elderberry syrup a day for adults and 1 tsp for children. Hands down, this is an excellent natural remedy for the flu virus and I use it as a flu preventative every year.
  • Fresh Ginger – Making a strong tea with fresh ginger is an excellent natural remedy for reducing chills, sore throat, and body aches. I have an amazing recipe that makes a really potent ginger tea that’s comforting and spicy. Whenever my husband is sick, he always asks for this tea. Ginger is warming in nature and has anti-inflammatory properties that will help ease aches and pains. If you have a fever, it will help you sweat it out. If you have nausea or other tummy troubles, ginger will soothe the stomach and intestinal tract. This is why drinking Ginger Ale is a well-known remedy for flu! Drink the fresh hot tea as often as you like during bouts of flu. If you don’t care for ginger, try chamomile tea instead!
  • Peppermint Tea – When you feel queasy or have general digestive upset during the flu, peppermint tea can help calm cramping and nausea. It’s also a comforting tea to drink when you have a fever or a sore throat. You can gargle peppermint tea the ease a sore throat and loosen germs!

4. Essential Oils – Using these powerful plant essences will help alleviate flu symptoms and encourage faster healing.

A few essential oils to use for flu include:

• Eucalyptus Radiata – opens the lungs and sinuses and cuts through mucus. Also helps with body aches.
• Lavender – instills relaxation and improves rest and sleep.
• Peppermint – soothes fever and stomach upset.
• Tea Tree – kills germs when diffused or used to in homemade cleansers to wipe surfaces.

5. Supplements

Taking a few supplements can be beneficial when supporting your body during the flu. Here are a few of my top picks!

  • Vitamin C – Vitamin C has the ability to stimulate the production of white blood cells which is always a good thing while you’re sick! I recommend taking 1,000-2,000mg of Vitamin C 3-4 times a day for adults. If diarrhea occurs, lower the dose.
  • Vitamin D – Research has confirmed that catching a cold or the flu is often a direct result of Vitamin D deficiency. Having good levels of Vitamin D significantly strengthens your immune system against colds, influenza, and other respiratory infections. It is also an excellent antimicrobial agent. Of course, the best source of Vitamin D is from the sun, but when that isn’t doable, I recommend taking 1,000-2,000 IU daily during flu season. You can up the amount to 5,000 IU during the flu to optimize immunity for adults.
  • Zinc – Having zinc lozenges while sick can help reduce the severity of symptoms and cut the duration of colds and flu.

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10 tips that simplify holistic living

Diet fads, new workout regimens, exotic health supplements — every day, people are inundated with headlines about health trends. Out of the clutter and confusion a new, arguably more sensible, health movement is gaining traction: holistic living.

Taking a holistic health approach means looking at your overall wellness from a big picture perspective. That means you take thoughtful steps to better your mental and physical health while doing things that bring you joy.

1. Savor each bite. 
 Take time to delight in the eating experience. Doing so helps you feel more satisfied with smaller portions of your favorite foods. Slow down to notice flavors, textures, and changes as you chew each morsel.

2. Embrace mindful snacking.
Focusing the mind is nearly impossible when hunger strikes. Almonds are the perfect portable snack to stave off hunger. Forget bland snacking by trying a new flavor of almonds to energize your taste buds.

3. Shift your intentions around food. 
 Instead of focusing on dieting and will power, focus your energy on creating a nourishing, nutrient-dense plate of whole foods, and find bliss in your intention to care for yourself.

4. Try new nutrient-dense ingredients. 
 From almond butter to almond milk, almond flour to whole almonds, there are many ways to incorporate almonds into your daily snacks and meals to ensure you’re consuming adequate amounts of key nutrients.

5. Snack for heart health.
 Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. One serving of almonds (28g) has 13g of unsaturated fat and only 1g of saturated fat.

6. Eat with gratitude. 
 Gratitude practices can bring happiness. The same can be said for creating joyful eating experiences. Shared meals with loved ones can be uplifting and provide a positive boost to any day.

7. Create convenience foods. 
Resist unhealthy vending machine temptations by preparing wholesome convenience foods. For example, just one serving of almonds contains 6 grams of protein. Keep servings in your car, gym bag, purse or office so you have a crave-worthy, crunchy snack on hand at all times.

8. Grow something.
Growing your own food is healthy and rewarding. Indoor container gardens are easy to maintain all year. Plus, the presence of plants in the home can improve air quality while reducing stress and anxiety.

9. Preplan breakfast. 
 Ensure you have time for this essential meal by preparing breakfast foods ahead of time. Make smoothie packets and store them in the freezer, or blend up a smoothie the night before. Add a scoop of almond butter to create a more satisfying meal.

10. Embrace Meatless Monday
Become part of the “Meatless Monday” movement and incorporate plant-based proteins, like almonds into your meals. Plant-based proteins often contain good, unsaturated fats that offer many health benefits.

Article from: https://www.wausaudailyherald.com/story/life/2016/03/03/10-tips-simplify-holistic-living/81154740/

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10 tips that simplify holistic living
7 Causes of Bloating

7 Causes of Bloating

Abdominal bloating is one of the most common complaints individuals who suffer from gastrointestinal issues. It can be due to a number of different reasons, and, by asking the right questions and doing advanced functional medicine testing, we can determine the cause and find the solution.

When air or gas fills your digestive tract to the point of feeling uncomfortably full, tight, or swollen, below are the seven most likely sources:

  1. LOW STOMACH ACID

    Hydrochloric acid is produced by the parietal cells in the stomach and is responsible for breaking down food, mainly protein. Symptoms of low stomach acidity can include belching, bloating, burning, and flatulence. Bloating that occurs due to low stomach acid usually occurs shortly after eating as well and can be accompanied by a sense of over-fullness.

  2. SIBO

    Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, or SIBO, is a condition where bacteria have inhabited and overgrown in the small intestine. Bloating and diarrhea are common symptoms that usually occur shortly after eating but can persist throughout the day. People with this condition often wake up in the morning bloated. Poor intestinal motility can predispose a person to SIBO, as well as recent diarrheal illnesses and low stomach acidity. People who take antacids like proton pump inhibitors (Protonix, Prilosec, Prevacid) and H2 blockers (Zantac, Pepcid, Tagamet) are more prone to SIBO due to low stomach acidity.

  3. FOOD INTOLERANCES

    Food intolerances occur when your body is lacking an enzyme that specifically breaks down certain foods. The undigested food then goes through the digestive tract where it gets fermented by bacteria, leading to gas and bloating. The most common food intolerance is to lactose, found in dairy products. Other common intolerances are to histamine and fructose.

  4. FOOD SENSITIVITIES

    Food sensitivities, like food intolerances, occur due to maldigestion that often results in excess gas and bloating. Bloating can present a few hours to a few days after eating the problematic food. In food sensitivities, there is also an immune response to the food that causes the villi in the intestine — the little finger-like projections that absorb food — to become blunted over time, which leads to poor absorption. The most common food sensitivities I see are to gluten, dairy, and soy.

  5. PANCREATIC INSUFFICIENCY

    Your pancreas is an important organ that produces digestive enzymes, including proteases, lipase, amylase, and elastase. When the pancreas stops functioning appropriately, these enzymes decrease, and food does not get digested appropriately. Food mixed with stomach acid (chime) exiting from the stomach triggers pancreatic enzyme release, so low stomach acidity can also affect the production of these enzymes.

    Severe pancreatic compromise occurs in conditions like diabetes mellitus and cystic fibrosis. Less severe imbalances can be due to small intestinal problems like SIBO, celiac sprue, and other food sensitivities. I’ve also seen this occur in cases of severe emotional stress. In my patients, I order a stool test that directly measures pancreatic elastase.

  6. CANDIDA OVERGROWTH

    Candida overgrowth in the intestines is a common problem I see and is often precipitated by a high sugar, simple carbohydrate diet and often follows one or more rounds of antibiotics. The yeast in the digestive tract ferment the sugars and cause excess gas and bloating. Most people with candida overgrowth feel gas frequently, a few hours after eating, but also feel it worsen when they eat simple carbohydrates like muffins, cookies, donuts, and pasta.

  7. FAST EATING OR EATING TOO FAST

    When we eat quickly, we can wreak major havoc on our digestive system. It’s not just the lack of chewing and “inhaling” of food and air that leads to the increased intestinal gas and bloating, but also that most people on the go are not just eating — they are driving, standing, emailing, or multitasking in numerous other ways. This perpetuates the sympathetic fight-or-flight state, instead of the parasympathetic rest-and-digest state. It’s in the parasympathetic state that digestive enzymes, including stomach acid and pancreatic elastase, are produced as they should be. In fact, your digestive enzymes start secreting when you see and smell your food. So, the best ways to address bloating are to enjoy preparing your food, sit down, and chew well.

Article from: https://www.sommerwhitemd.com/7-causes-bloating/

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9 Herbs to Fight Arthritis Pain

Arthritis symptoms can keep you from going about your everyday activities. The pain and inflammation may still persist despite medical intervention. To get relief, more and more people with arthritis are seeking a natural approach by using herbal remedies.

Certain herbs may have anti-inflammatory properties that can help with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) by reducing pain in all forms of the disease. Still, there is a lack of scientific evidence supporting such claims. Before you treat arthritis the “natural” way, make sure you talk to a doctor first to avoid life-threatening side effects.

1. Aloe vera

“aloe-vera”

Aloe vera is one of the most commonly used herbs in alternative medicine. Known for its healing properties, it’s popular for treating small skin abrasions. You may already have a bottle of aloe vera gel in the medicine cabinet from a past sunburn. This same type of product may be applied topically to soothe aching joints.

Aloe vera is also available in the whole form from the leaves of the plant. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) says that oral aloe vera can cause decreased blood sugar and gastrointestinal side effects, such as diarrhea. Topical aloe vera, on the other hand, does not cause any side effects and should be safe to try for arthritis.

2. Boswellia

“boswellia”

Boswellia, also called frankincense, is praised by alternative medicine practitioners for its anti-inflammatory capabilities. It’s derived from the gum of Boswellia trees indigenous to India.

This herb is thought to work by blocking substances (leukotrienes) that attack healthy joints in autoimmune diseases such as RA. The NCCIH acknowledges promising evidence of Boswellia in animal studies. But it notes a lack of human trials. Boswellia is available in tablet form and topical creams.

3. Cat’s claw

“Cats Claw”

Cat’s claw is another anti-inflammatory herb that may reduce swelling in arthritis. This herb is from a tropical vine, and its usage dates back to Incan civilizations. Traditionally, cat’s claw is used to boost the immune system.

In recent years, the immunity powers of the herb have been tried in arthritis. The downside is that cat’s claw may overstimulate the immune system and make arthritis pain worse.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, a study showed cat’s claw can help with RA swelling. But there’s no proof that this herb can prevent further joint damage.

4. Eucalyptus

“eucalyptus”

Like aloe vera, eucalyptus is widely available in Western markets. It’s used in oral medications, and topical oil extracts are used for a variety of conditions. Topical forms of eucalyptus leaves are used to treat arthritis pain.

The plant leaves contain tannins, which may be helpful in reducing swelling and the pain arthritis causes. Some users follow up with heat pads to maximize the effects of eucalyptus on swollen joints.

Be sure to test yourself for allergies before using topical eucalyptus. Put a small amount of the product on your forearm. If there is no reaction in 24 to 48 hours, it should be safe to use.

5. Ginger

“ginger”

You may have ginger in your spice cabinet for cooking, but this herb is also a staple in many alternative medicine cabinets. The same compounds that give ginger its strong flavor also have anti-inflammatory properties.

The NCCIH says that early studies in reducing joint swelling with ginger in RA are promising. But more human trials are needed to better understand its action. In folk medicine and Chinese medicine, ginger is used to increase blood circulation, which brings heat and healing properties to the affected area. Research shows promise for the use of ginger in all types of arthritis.

6. Green tea

“green-tea”

Green tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world, and has been used to reduce inflammation in the body. It’s possible that green tea can be used to treat arthritis inflammation in the form of beverages, tablets, or tinctures.

In a 2010 study, the NCCIH found that green tea might help people with osteoarthritis (OA) and RA. But many more studies are still needed to prove the potential benefits of green tea.

7. Thunder god vine

“thunder-god-vine”

Thunder god vine is one of the oldest herbs used in Chinese medicine. Extracts from skinned roots are known for suppressing an overactive immune system. This makes thunder god vine a possible alternative treatment for autoimmune diseases such as RA. It’s best to apply directly to the skin in a topical form. Thunder god vine may work best along with conventional RA medications.

Use extreme caution with this herb, as it can be poisonous if extracts are derived from other areas of the vine. Long-term use is not recommended.

8. Turmeric

“turmeric”

Turmeric is a yellow powder made from the related flowering plant. It’s used in cooking to make curry. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.

Lab studies on rats have also found this herb may slow the progression of RA. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has been used in folk medicine for years. Unlike other types of herbs, the NCCIH found turmeric may work best in fighting joint pain when taken orally.

There still needs to be more studies done on the safety of turmeric, but its use is promising.

9. Willow Bark

“willow-bark”

Using willow bark is one of the oldest treatments for inflammation. In fact, people during Hippocrates’ time (fifth century B.C.) chewed on willow bark to help treat inflammatory conditions.

One study reported that the herb shows promise in relieving OA-related joint pain, particularly in the knees, back, hips, and neck. This treatment is taken orally, either by tea or tablet.

Getting the right dose is crucial. An overdose can cause rashes and other forms of inflammation. Do not use willow bark if you take blood thinners or are allergic to aspirin.

Article from: https://www.healthline.com/health/osteoarthritis/herbs-arthritis-pain

9 Herbs to Fight Arthritis Pain
38 Bach Flower Remedies

38 Bach Flower Remedies

Bach Flowers are known to gently restore the balance between mind and body by casting out negative emotions such as fear, worry, hatred, and indecision which interfere with the equilibrium of the being as a whole. The Bach Flower Remedies allow peace and happiness to return to the sufferer so that the body is free to heal itself.

The Bach Flower Remedies are made from wildflowers and are safe for the whole family including pets.

Agrimony

“The jovial, cheerful, humorous people who love peace and are distressed by argument or quarrel, to avoid which they will agree to give up much. Though generally they have troubles and are tormented and restless and worried in mind or in body, they hide their cares behind their humor and are considered very good friends to know. They often take alcohol or drugs in excess, to stimulate them and help themselves bear their trials with cheerfulness.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Addiction, unhappy, anxiety, insomnia
Human Indication: Mental torment behind a brave face. Appear care-free and humorous in order to mask anxieties and unhappiness.

Aspen

“Vague unknown fears  for which there can be given no explanation, no reason. It is a terror that something awful is going to happen even though it is unclear what exactly. These vague inexplicable fears may haunt by night or day. Sufferers may often be afraid to tell their trouble to others.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Fear, worries, unknown fears
Human Indication:  Fears and worries of unknown origin.
Pet Indication:  Vague or unaccountable fears.  Appearing agitated for no apparent reason

Beech

“For those who feel the need to see more good and beauty in all that surrounds them. And, although much appears to be wrong, to have the ability to see the good growing within. So as to be able to be more tolerant, lenient and understanding of the different way each individual and all things are working to their own perfection.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Intolerance, critical, lack of compassion
Human 
Indication:  When you need more tolerance toward other people.
Animal/Pet indication:  Intolerance toward animals, people, events and situations

Centaury

“Kind, quiet, gentle people who are over-anxious to serve others. They overtax their strength in their endeavors. Their wish so grows upon them that they become more servants than willing helpers. Their good nature leads them to do more than their own share of work, and in so doing they may neglect their own particular mission in life” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Weak-willed,  bullied, unable to say no, imposed on, lack energy, tired, timid, passive, quiet
Human indication:  When you have a hard time saying NO and therefore easily get imposed on.

Cerato

“Those who have not sufficient confidence in themselves to make their own decisions. They constantly seek advice from others, and are often misguided” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Confirmation, seeking advice, do not trust own wisdom or judgment
Human indication:  When you do not trust your own judgment in decision-making.

Cherry Plum

“Fear of mind being over-strained, of reason giving away, of doing fearful and dreaded things, not wished and known wrong, yet there comes the thought and impulse to do them.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Fear of losing control, temper tantrum, breakdown, abusive, rage, explode
Human indication:  When you are in deep despair and feel like you are going to “lose it.”
Animal/Pet indication:  A loss of self-control, violent scratching

Chestnut Bud

“For those who do not take full advantage of observation and experience, and who take a longer time than others to learn the lessons of daily life. Whereas one experience would be enough for some, such people find it necessary to have more, sometimes several, before the lesson is learned. Therefore, to their regret, they find themselves having to make the same error on different occasions when once would have been enough, or observation of others could have spared them even that one fault.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Learning, repeating mistakes
Human indication:  Keeps repeating the same mistake, doesn’t learn from past mistakes
Animal/Pet indication:  Repeated unsuccessful behavior patterns, doesn’t learn from past mistakes

Chicory

“Those who are very mindful of the needs of others they tend to be over-full of care for children, relatives, friends, always finding something that should be put right. They are continually correcting what they consider wrong, and enjoy doing so. They desire that those for whom they care should be near them” – Dr. Edward Bach

Keywords: Possessive, over-protective, self-centered, critical, nagging, self-pity, easily offended, manipulating, demanding
Human indication:  When you find yourself manipulating and controlling your loved ones.
Animal/Pet indication:  Possessive in nature, very territorial, manipulating, loving to be in control.

Clematis

“Those who are dreamy, drowsy, not fully awake, no great interest in life. Quiet people, not really happy in their present circumstances, living more in the future than in the present; living in hopes of happier times when their ideals may come true. In illness some make little or no effort to get well, and in certain cases may even look forward to death, in the hope of better times; or maybe, meeting again some beloved one whom they have lost.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Keywords: Daydreaming, dreaminess, withdrawing, lack of concentration
Human indication: When you have a tendency to live in your own dream world with little interest in the real world, accident prone, daydreaming.
Animal/Pet indication: No apparent interest in the world around them; animals that sleep all the time, have trouble paying attention, or seem to live more in a dream than in the present

Crab Apple

“This is the remedy of cleansing. For those who feel as if they have something not quite clean about themselves. Often it is something of apparently little importance, in others there may be more serious disease which is almost disregarded compared to the one thing on which they concentrate. In both types they are anxious to be free from the one particular thing which is greatest in their minds and which seems so essential to them that it should be cured. They become despondent if treatment fails. Being a cleanser, this remedy purifies wounds if the patient has reason to believe that some poison has entered which must be drawn out.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Keywords: Cleansing, poor self image, sense of not being clean, obsessive, poor self image
Human indication:  When you feel unclean or have a hard time accepting your own self image.
Cleansing: Use externally on ringworm, rashes and warts.
Animal/Pet indication:  Obsessive cleanliness, fastidiousness; excessive grooming.  Pets with rashes

Elm

“Those who are doing good work, are following the calling of their life and who hope to do something of importance, and this often for the benefit of humanity. At times there may be periods of depression when they feel that the task they have undertaken is too difficult, and not within the power of a human being.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Keywords: Depression overwhelmed by responsibilities, despondent, exhausted
Human indication:  Feeling overwhelmed and depressed, there is too much to do and you don’t feel that you can do it all.
Animal/Pet indication:  Overwhelmed by a sense of responsibility from a temporary circumstance, abandoning their litter

Gentian

“Those who are easily discouraged. They may be progressing well in illness or in the affairs of their daily life, but any small delay or hindrance to progress causes doubt and soon disheartens them.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Keywords: Discouraged, depressed
Human indication:  When you easily get discouraged when faced with difficulties.
Animal/Pet indication:  Despondency due to a setback; e.g.; not going for a walk as usual creates lethargy and sadness

Gorse

“Very great hopelessness, they have given up belief that more can be done for them. Under persuasion or to please others they may try different treatments, at the same time assuring those around that there is so little hope of relief.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Keywords: Hopelessness, despair, pessimism
Human indication:  When you have the feeling of extreme hopelessness and despair.
Animal/Pet indication: Feeling a hopeless despair

Heather
“Those who are always seeking the companionship of anyone who may be available, as they find it necessary to discuss their own affairs with others, no matter who it may be. They are very unhappy if they have to be alone for any length of time.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Keywords: Talkative, demand attention, dislike being alone, lonely
Human indication:  Helps when you are preoccupied with own ailments and problems.
Animal/pet indication:  Overly concerned with companionship, very demanding for attention, constant barking.

Holly

“For those who are sometimes attacked by thoughts of such kind as jealousy, envy, revenge, suspicion. For the different forms of vexation. Within themselves they may suffer much, often when there is no real cause for their unhappiness.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keyword:
 Envy, jealousy, hate, insecurity, suspicious, aggressive, needs compassion
Human indication:  When you need to overcome the feeling of hate, envy and jealousy.
Animal/pet indication:  Jealousy of other animals or a new baby in the home. Angry growling, hissing, barking, snapping or unprovoked attacks

Honeysuckle
“Those who live much in the past, perhaps a time of great happiness, or memories of a lost friend, or ambitions which have not come true. They do not expect further happiness such as they have had.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Keyword: Homesickness, nostalgia, bereavement
Human indication:  For over-attachment to past memories good or bad, can’t let go of the past, homesickness.
Animal/pet indication:  Homesickness or over-attachment to the past.  Loss of owner or home

Hornbeam
“For those who feel that they have not sufficient strength, mentally or physically, to carry the burden of life placed upon them; the affairs of every day seem too much for them to accomplish, though they generally succeed in fulfilling their task. For those who believe that some part, of mind or body, needs to be strengthened before they can easily fulfill their work.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Keyword: Weariness, bores, tired, needs strength, overworked, procrastination, doubting own abilities
Human indication: For weariness, mental rather that physical, the “Monday morning” feeling with a sense of staleness and lack of variety in life.
Animal/pet indication: Lethargy or lack of enthusiasm to go anywhere, but once engaged in an activity or game is fully involved

Impatiens
“Those who are quick in thought and action and who wish all things to be done without hesitation or delay. When ill they are anxious for a hasty recovery. They find it very difficult to be patient with people who are slow as they consider it wrong and a waste of time, and they will Endeavour to make such people quicker in all ways. They often prefer to work and think alone, so that they can do everything at their own speed.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keyword:
 Impatience, irritated, nervy, frustration, fidgety, accident-prone, hasty
Human indication: Suitable for people who are easily irritated and impatient. They speak and think quickly, and are energetic, but tense.
Animal/pet indication: Impatient and seeming to have boundless energy, can’t wait to go for a walk or rushes ahead

Larch
“For those who do not consider themselves as good or capable as those around them, who expect failure, who feel that they will never be a success, an so do not venture or make a strong enough attempt to succeed.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keyword:
 Lack of confidence, depressed, discouraged, feeling of inferiority
Human indication:  When you need more self-confidence.
Animal/pet indication:  Lack of self-confidence or avoiding situations where they have to perform.

Mimulus
“Fear of worldly things, illness, pain, accidents, poverty, of dark, of being alone, of misfortune. The fears of everyday life. These people quietly and secretly bear their dread; they do not freely speak of it to others.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keyword:
 Fear, blushing, stammering, shyness, timid, sensitive, lack of courage
Human indication:  Fear of known things such as fear of being alone, fear of spiders, fear of flying or fear of the dark.  Shyness is also a known fear.
Animal/pet indication:  For fears: afraid of lightening, visits to the vet. May shake or shiver when confronted. Shy and timid animals.

Mustard
“Those who are liable to times of gloom or even despair, as though a cold dark cloud overshadowed them and hid the light and the joy of life. It may not be possible to give any reason or explanation for such attacks. Under these conditions it is almost impossible to appear happy or cheerful.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keyword:
 Depression, deep gloom for no reason
Human indication:  When you feel depressed for no reason. Like a dark cloud that destroys normal cheerfulness.
Animal/pet indication:  If your pet seems depressed for no reason

Oak
“For those who are struggling and fighting strongly to get well, or in connection with the affairs of their daily life. They will go on trying one thing after another, though their case may seem hopeless. They will fight on. They are discontented with themselves if illness interferes with their duties or helping others. They are brave people, fighting against great difficulties, without loss of hope of effort.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keyword:
 Exhaustion, overwork, workaholic, fatigued, over-achiever
Human Indication:  When you are exhausted, but keep struggling on.
Animal/Pet Indication:  If your pet keep struggling although it is exhausted, never seem to quit.

Olive
“Those who have suffered much mentally or physically and are so exhausted and weary that they feel they have no more strength to make any effort. Daily life is hard work for them, without pleasure.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keyword:
 Lack of energy, fatigue, convalescence
Human indication:  When you are exhausted with no reserves of strength or energy.
Animal/pet indication:  Exhaustion, fatigue due to overwork: for working animals or those involved in racing, competitive events or shows.

Pine
“For those who blame themselves. Even when successful they think they could have done better, and are never satisfied with the decisions they make. Would this remedy help me to stop blaming myself for everything?” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Guilt, self-reproach, humble, apologetic, shame, unworthy, undeserving
Human indication:  When you feel guilt and self-reproach, not necessarily based on any actual wrong-doing but destroys the possibility of joy in living.
Animal/pet indication: If an animal feel shame or guilt for which something it cannot control

Red Chestnut
“For those who find it difficult not to be anxious for other people. Often they have ceased to worry about themselves, but for those of.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Worried, over-concern, fear
Human indication:  When you feel over-concerned and worried for others.

Rock Rose
“The remedy of emergency for cases where there even appears no hope. In accident serious or sudden illness, or when the patient is very frightened or terrified, or if the conditions is serious enough to cause great fear to those around. If the patient is not conscious the lips may be moistened with the remedy.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords: Frozen fear, terror
Human indication: When you feel terror, or after a nightmare. The feeling that you cannot react or move.
Animal/pet indication: Terror, panic-stricken: body trembling, cowers or runs away. Deer in the head light.

Rock Water
“Those who are very strict in their way of living; they deny themselves many of the joys and pleasures of life because they consider it might interfere with their work. They are hard masters to themselves. They wish to be well and strong and active, and will do anything which they believe will keep them so. They hope to be examples which will appeal to others who may then follow their ideas and be better as a result.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Self repression, self denial, self perfection, overwork, self-sacrificing, opinionated
Human indication: Is indicated when you are too strict and set too-high standards for yourself, to the point of self-domination and self-martyrdom

Scleranthus
“Those who suffer much from being unable to decide between two things, first one seeming right then the other. They are usually quiet people, and bear their difficulty alone, as they are not inclined to discuss it with others.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keyword:
 Indecision, imbalance, uncertainty, dizziness
Human indication:  When you suffer from indecision, particularly when faced with two choices.
Animal/pet indication: Animals who can’t make up their mind; any swinging behavior pattern (eats/doesn’t, sleeps a lot/no sleep).

Star of Bethlehem
“For those in great distress under conditions which for a time produce great unhappiness. The shock of serious news, the loss of someone dear, the fright following an accident, and such like. For those who for a time refuse to be consoled, this remedy brings comfort.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Trauma, after effect of shock, post traumatic stress
Human indication: For after effects of trauma or traumatic experience.
Animal/pet indication:  Abused, mistreated in the past. Trauma or shock.

Sweet Chestnut
“For those moments which happen to some people when the anguish is so great as to seem to be unbearable. When the mind or body feels as if it had borne to the uttermost limit of its endurance, and that now it must give way. When it seems there is nothing but destruction and annihilation left to face.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Extreme mental anguish, hopeless despair, intense sorrow
Human indication:  When you feel hopeless despair, and you feel an intense sorrow and feel destroyed by it.

Vervain
“Those with fixed principles and ideas, which they are confident are right, and which they very rarely change. They have a great wish to convert all around them to their own views of life. They are strong of will and have much courage when they are convinced of those things that they wish to teach. In illness they struggle on long after many would have given up their duties.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Over-enthusiasm, hyper-active, fanatical, highly strung
Human indication:  For people who are strong-willed and highly strung with minds that race ahead of events.
Animal/pet indication:  Enthusiastic, always want to be involved, high strung.

Vine
“Very Capable people, certain of their own ability, confident of success. Being so assured, they think that it would be for the benefit of others if they could be persuaded to do things as they themselves do, or as they are certain is right. Even in illness they will direct their attendants. They may be of great value in emergency.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Domineering, inflexible, very capable, gifted, bullying, aggressive
Human indication:  For those who dominate others. They know better than everyone else and put others down.
Animal/pet indication:  Authoritative, dominant even over their owners.

Walnut
“For those who have definite ideals and ambitions in life and are fulfilling them, but on rare occasions are tempted to be led away from their own ideas, aims and work by the enthusiasm convictions or strong opinions of others. The remedy gives constancy and protection from outside influences.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Change, link breaker, menopause, puberty, moving, let go of the past, protection
Human indication:  Protection from outside influences and energies. Helps you adjust to major changes.
Animal/pet indication:  For any period of change.

Water Violet
“For those who in health or illness like to be alone. Very quiet people, who move about without noise, they are aloof, leave people alone and go their own way. Often clever and talented. Their peace and calmness is a blessing to those around them.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Proud, aloof, lonely, anti-social, disdainful, condescending, self-reliant, private
Human indication:  People who feel lonely because they have a tendency to appear proud and anti-social.
Animal/pet indication:  Unfriendly, stand-offish, they do not invite or welcome cuddles, petting or obvious affection.

White Chestnut
“For those who cannot prevent thoughts, ideas, arguments which they do not desire from entering their minds. Usually at such times when the interest of the moment is not strong enough to keep the mind full. Thoughts which worry and still remain, or if for a time thrown out, will return. They seem to circle round and round and cause mental torture. The presence of such unpleasant thoughts drives out peace and interferes with being able to think only of the work or pleasure of the day.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
  Repeated unwanted thoughts, mental arguments, concentration, sleeplessness, insomnia.
Human Indication:  When you mind is cluttered with thoughts or mental arguments. You may be unable to sleep because of the thoughts.

Wild Oat
“Those who have ambitions to do something of prominence in life, who wish to have much experience, and to enjoy all that which is possible for them, to take life to the full. Their difficulty is to determine what occupation to follow; as although their ambitions are strong, they have no calling which appeals to them above all others. This may cause delay and dissatisfaction.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Cross-road in life, decision making, lack of clarity, drifting in life
Human indication:  When you are uncertain of correct path in life.  Helpful when you need to make important decisions.
Animal/pet indication:   Loss of sense of direction or purpose; especially good for working or show animals who are being retired.

Wild Rose
“Those who without apparently sufficient reason become resigned to all that happens, and just glide through life, take its as it is, without any effort to improve things and find some joy. They have surrendered to the struggle of life without complaint.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Apathy, resignation, lost motivation, lack of ambition
Human indication:  For anyone who is resigned to an unpleasant situation whether illness, a monotonous life or uncongenial work.
Animal/pet indication:  Lack of energy, enthusiasm, submissive and disinterested.

Willow
“For those who have suffered adversity or misfortune and find these difficult to accept, without complaint or resentment, as they judge life much by the success which it brings. They feel that they have not deserved so great a trial that it was unjust, and they become embittered. They often take less interest and are less active in those things of life which they had previously enjoyed.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Self pity, resentment, short-changed, poor me, sulky, irritable, grumbling, bitterness, blame, complain
Human indication:  When you feel resentment, self-pity and bitterness.  You would like to regain a sense of humor and proportion.
Animal/pet indication: Sulky, self pity

 

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Natural Solutions for The Double Burden of Depression & Anxiety

As if depression or anxiety is not enough to deal with, many people have to deal with both. Alarmingly, about 85% of people with depression also experience some anxiety; about 90% of people with anxiety suffer some depression (Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci 2016;266(8):725–736). When people suffer from depression and anxiety simultaneously, the condition is more disabling and harder to treat

There is also a condition called Mixed Anxiety and Depressive Disorder (MADD), in which neither one predominates or is severe enough to warrant a psychiatric diagnosis separately, but, combined, do warrant a diagnosis.

Several natural supplements are effective for treating both depression and anxiety. Knowing about these treatments can be important from a perspective both of cost and of effectiveness.

Saffron

An important emerging herb for the treatment of depression is saffron. When people with depression were given 30mg of saffron extract or 100mg of the drug imipramine, the improvement was equal in the two groups, but the saffron was better because it was safer (BMC Complement Altern Med 2004;4:12). When 15mg of saffron petal extract or 10mg of Prozac are taken twice a day by people with depression, saffron brings about a significant effect that is equal to the effect of Prozac (JEthnopharmacol 2005;97:281-284; Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry 2007;31:439-442). Meta-analyses of saffron and depression have found the herb to be better than placebo and at least as good as drugs with the advantage of being safer (J Integr Med 2013;11:377-383; Hum Psychopharmacol 2014;29:517-527).

Excitingly, a recent study has shown for the first time that saffron is also an effective treatment for anxiety in people with depression and anxiety. This double-blind study gave 54 people with both mild to moderate depression and anxiety, according to the Beck Inventory, either a placebo or 100mg of saffron a day for twelve weeks. The saffron group had significantly greater improvement in depression than the placebo group with a 2 point greater improvement. The significant improvement in depression is consistent with the earlier saffron studies. What is new and exciting about this study is that the saffron group also had a significantly greater improvement in anxiety: the improvement was 3 points better than the placebo group (J Complement Integr Med 2016;13(2):195-199).

The evidence continues to mount for this impressive herb. When sixty people with mild to moderate depression and anxiety were given the SSRI citalopram or 30mg of saffron for six weeks, the response to both treatments for depression and anxiety was significant and equal, meaning that saffron was as good as the drug (Pharmacopsychiatry 2017;50(04):152-60).

And now, in a just-published study that seems to be the first study of kids with MADD, 68 kids between the ages of 12 and 16 were given either a placebo or 14mg of standardized saffron extract twice a day for eight weeks. All of the kids suffered from mild to moderate depression and anxiety. They were then evaluated for separation anxiety, social phobia, generalized anxiety, panic, obsessions/compulsions, and depression. The saffron produced significantly better improvements in overall symptoms and separately on separation anxiety, social phobia, and depression. Overall, the saffron group had a 33% reduction in their symptoms compared to a reduction of only 17% in the placebo group. Anyone who had a greater than 50% improvement in total score was considered to be a responder. While only 11% of the placebo group were responders, 37% of the saffron group were (J Affect Disord 2018;232:349-357).

Lavender

This gentle herb is as powerful as the not so gentle anti-anxiety drugs. Lavender oil capsules were compared to the benzodiazepine lorazepam in a six-week study of people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). The results were the same for both treatments: lavender produced a 45% improvement on the Hamilton Anxiety Scale (HAMA) and lorazepam produced a 46% improvement. Unlike benzodiazepines, though, the lavender oil was safe, non-sedating and non-addictive (Phytomed 2010;17(2):94-9).

Lavender can also compete with antidepressant drugs. People suffering from depression were given 60 drops of lavender tincture and placebo or 100mg of the antidepressant drug imipramine and placebo or 60 drops of lavender and 100mg of imipramine in a double-blind study. After 4 weeks, all 3 groups improved significantly. The group taking both imipramine and lavender experienced a significantly greater improvement than those taking either treatment alone (Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry 2003;27(1):123-7).

But what if you suffer from both anxiety and depression? When people with MADD were given 80mg of lavender oil or placebo for seventy days in a double-blind study, scores on the HAMA dropped significantly more in the lavender group: 10.8 points versus 8.4. Depression scores also dropped significantly more in the lavender group: 9.2 points versus 6.1. People on lavender had better clinical outcomes and better improvement in the quality of life (Eur Neuropsychopharmacol 2016;26:331–40).

Adding to the evidence is a study that compared 160mg of lavender oil a day to the SSRI paroxetine in people with GAD. After 10 weeks, HAMA scores decreased by 14.1 points on lavender but only by 11.3 points on paroxetine. 60.3% of people on lavender oil reduced their HAMA score by at least 50% compared to 43.2% on paroxetine. 46.3% of the lavender oil group now had scores below 10 versus only 34.1% of the paroxetine group. Interestingly for our topic, the lavender oil also showed “a pronounced antidepressant effect.” The researchers concluded that, for GAD, lavender oil is better and safer than paroxetine (Int J Neuropsychopharmacol 2014;17(6):859-869).

And one more intriguing thing about lavender, depression, and anxiety. Anxiety, stress, and depression during pregnancy can have a negative effect on the health of both the mother and child. So, in a double-blind study, researchers asked 141 healthy pregnant women to rub either a placebo cream or lavender cream onto their legs for ten to twenty minutes 1.5 hours before going to bed. The lavender cream contained 1.25% lavender essential oil. At the end of the eight-week study, there was a significant improvement in anxiety, stress, and depression in the lavender group compared to the placebo group. By the end of only the fourth week, there was already a significant improvement in stress and anxiety (J Caring Sci 2015;4:63-73).

St. John’s Wort

St. John’s wort is well known as a herb for depression. Less well known is that one double-blind study has also demonstrated that St. John’s wort reduces anxiety (Fortschr Med 1995;113:404-8).

5-HTP

In an impressive study, 43% of people who had not responded to any antidepressant drug responded to 5-HTP. An additional 8% improved significantly (Neuropsychobiol1980;6:230-40). A review of studies determined that 5-HTP is as effective as tricyclic antidepressant drugs (Biol Psychiatry 1981;16:291-310). 5-HTP beat an SSRI, the leading class of antidepressant drug: 60.7% responded to the 5-HTP versus 56.1% to the drug. 5-HTP brought about a greater response, and it did it faster and safer (Psychopathology 1991;24:53–81). And in a double-blind study, 5-HTP was the equal of Prozac (Asian J Psychiatr 2013;6:29-34).

But a placebo-controlled study has now also shown that 200mg of 5-HTP significantly reduces the reaction to a panic challenge in people with panic disorders. There was an improvement in anxiety, panic symptom score and the number of panic attacks (Psychiatry Res 2002;113:237-43).

Rhodiola

Rhodiola has the impressive ability to calm you down and energize you at the same time. Rhodiola calms stress, improves well-being and decreases mental and physical fatigue. When 80 people with mild anxiety were given either 200mg of Rhodiola Rosea or nothing twice a day for two weeks, compared to the control group, the Rhodiola group experienced significant reductions in anxiety, stress, anger, depression, and confusion. They also had significant improvement in overall mood (Phytother Res 2015; 29(12):1934-9). So, Rhodiola also helps both anxiety and depression.

Probiotics

A strange addition to the list is probiotics: not usually thought of as a psychological supplement. In the first-ever study of probiotics and psychological conditions, people with depression had significantly better improvement in mood on a probiotic than on a placebo (Eur J Clin Nutr 2007;61:355-61). That study introduced probiotics as a supplement for depression. A second study found that a month of probiotics significantly improved depression and anger (Gut Microbes 2011;2:256-61). But, the same study also found significant improvement in anxiety. An earlier study had already hinted at an antianxiety effect for probiotics: a placebo-controlled study of people with chronic fatigue syndrome found that probiotics significantly reduced their anxiety scores (Gut Pathology 2009;1:6-10). So, the research also points to probiotics as a supplement for people with both depression and anxiety.

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Natural Solutions for The Double Burden of Depression & Anxiety