“Throughout the history of medicine, including the shamanic healing traditions, the Greek tradition of Asclepius, Aristotle and Hippocrates, and the folk and religious healers, the imagination has been used to diagnose disease.”_Jeanne Achterberg
You know when you wake up in the morning and you have some sort of epiphany? Like this idea that lands in your head from nowhere. It’s almost like a whisper, and you have no clue of how it was there in the first place.
So listen to this; it’s just a thought. It’s unquestionable how the effects of hallucinogens have been used to treat mental illness, addictions, anxiety, and to cure physical illness. There are numerous cases of people who launched into the forest looking for the wisdom of the shaman to treat their evil. It is also common knowledge the powerful ayahuasca is being used in prisons in Brazil to give inmates perspective and healing on what has brought them to that place. At the same time, even children have been given the medicine in Brazil, the Santo Daime doctrine is completely legal in the country and is part of their culture, part of their religion – (or should I have said our culture, and our religion? I’m Brazilian after all).
So, the thought that came first thing in the morning was this… Has anyone ever used ayahuasca to treat patients who are considered brain dead? Or how about patients with Alzheimer’s, or any other brain degenerative disease?
I have no idea; that’s why I’m writing this. Maybe I felt very guided to do it because my very own sister is a neuroscientist and is now in Australia developing a work around neuroscientist treatment and cure.
But also it really got me thinking, what happens when you are brain dead? Can someone use or choose to be given hallucinogens in that condition to try and reverse it?
Let’s look at some facts and drop some research, starting with the simple use of meditation.
It’s very well accepted by the scientific community that meditation has numerous benefits to the brain and it can be used for an overall health practice. However, when you bring in medicinal plants which alter states of consciousness and put you in a deep state of meditation, the whole taboo starts.
Furthermore, the limitations faced by the current scientific community, particularly neuroscientists, whom have been denied freedom to explore research on hallucinogens as an effective way of treating mental illness and other physical disorders, are a big stone block in exploring the use of medicinal plants (with thousands of years of wisdom) for the benefit of health treatment.
I can only begin to imagine such limitations being lifted. The scientific community could do intense research and use such tools for the treatment of all illnesses.
What would happen if a person considered brain dead was given such devices? Would they come back into consciousness? What would happen if someone with mental illness was treated with the plant medicines?
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Today I would like to talk about the “big black dog” also known as depression and how to treat it naturally, using Bach Flower Remedies and Aromatherapy in general. The most common, simple form of it. Yes it’s a paradox, because there are so many forms and types depending on gender, seasons, hormones and so on that would make it impossible to sum it up in a short article.
I came to London on the 10th of December of 2013 and I have been depressed 3 times already. Quite tiring I must say, but I managed to rise above it. This journey I am currently undertaking, leaving a whole lifetime behind, back in Greece, is a big learning experience of re-discovering and re-inventing my self, of accepting me for who I am, transcending the pain and trauma of the past, in this life and all the previous ones. Sometimes I needed help so I began exploring the magical world of nature and flowers in particular. But enough about me… for now.
What is Depression?
The normal ups and downs of life mean that everyone feels sad or has “the blues” from time to time. But if you feel empty and desperate on a regular basis and it doesn’t go away, you might be suffering from depression. Depression makes it tough to function and enjoy life like you once did. Just getting through the day can be overwhelming. Sometimes you might want to crawl into a safe place somewhere and hide from the world. Yet, no matter how hopeless you feel, you can get better.This is a fact! Understanding the signs, symptoms, causes, and treatment of depression is the first step to overcoming the problem. Sadness or downswings in mood are normal reactions to life’s struggles, setbacks, and disappointments. Many people use the word “depression” to explain these kinds of feelings,but this is a misconception since depression is much more than just sadness. Some people describe depression as “living in a black hole” or having a feeling of impending doom. However, some depressed people don’t feel sad at all—they may feel lifeless, empty, and apathetic, but not sad. Whatever the symptoms, depression is different from normal sadness in that it engulfs your day-to-day life, interfering with your ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and have fun. The feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and worthlessness are intense and unrelenting, with little, if any, relief.
Who gets depression?
About 5 in 100 adults have depression every year. Sometimes it is mild or lasts just a few weeks. However, an episode of depression serious enough to require treatment occurs in about 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men at some point in their lives. Some people have two or more episodes of depression at various times in their life. The symptoms can vary and I don’t want to lower the vibration here, my goal is simply to propose a natural way of treating it without medication, at home.
Warning: I am not a doctor and I only speak from personal experience. If you think you have a depression of any kind, you should seek professional assistance. What worked for me might not work for you, different things work for different people, the beauty of complexity and uniqueness, right? The most simple ways of treating depression naturally are:
Contemplate why are you feeling like that. Sit down with yourself, let the judgement out of the room and talk and listen to you.
Move! Exercise releases happy-making endorphins, which act like natural anti-depressants.
Try to keep a normal eating pattern. Keeping your blood sugar stable reduces mood swings. Also eat serotonin-enhancing foods and try to balance your hormones. (Some forms of depression are just chemical imbalances in your body)
Expose yourself to sunlight, which can boost mood and increase Vitamin D levels. If you live somewhere that gets little sun, invest in a therapeutic light box or a Himalayan salt lamp. (My salt lamp helped me when I had S.A.D.-Seasonal Affective Disorder before last Christmas.)
Meditate or try guided imagery and visualizations. Meditation’s effects on mood are well documented. Settling your mind can lift your mood, in addition to a whole host of other health benefits.
Listen to nature sounds and soothing music. Calming your mind really helps!
And last but not least:
7. Essential oils, Bach flower remedies, aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the use of organic compounds called essential oils to improve a person’s mood, mental state, or health. The oils are extracted from various plant parts, such as roots, seeds, leaves, and blossoms, and can be blended together. Treatment involves diffusing oil into the air, dissolving it in a bath, or applying it during a massage, among other techniques.
How Aromatherapy Works
Researchers aren’t sure how aromatherapy works, but most believe that chemicals in essential oils trigger smell receptors in the nose that are connected to areas of the brain related to mood. For people with depression, certain oils are believed to bring about a sense of calm or to elevate mood. Methods of aromatherapy include:
Diffusion is the process of spreading a scent gently and continuously throughout an area. This is usually done by a machine called a diffuser, which will allow you to transform a room or your entire house into a therapy solution.
Sprays are good way to get scents into an area quickly and conveniently. You can buy them premixed, or add some of your favorite oils to water in a spray bottle to make your own.
Aromatherapy oils are a popular addition to a full-body massage. Combining aromatherapy with massage is a great way to relax and ease away both physical and mental stress.
Various oils and salts that contain oils are available to turn your bath or shower into a relaxing, therapeutic experience.
Skin and hair products
Scented beauty products are an easy way to keep a scent with you throughout the day.
The following essential oils are sometimes used to help ease the effects of depression:
or try these popular essential oils:
Personally I put a drop of essential oil on my index finger and apply it to my nostrils or a few drops in my palms, rub it together and then cover my nose with my hands and take 3 deep breaths from the nose. (A technique I learned in Aura Soma)
There is a wonderful Bach remedy called Mustard that works wonders on depression that is not clinical in nature. A few days of the Mustard remedy will lift you out of depression, so softly and naturally, that you will at first perhaps not realize that is is gone.
The most powerful essences for depression in aromatherapy are all the citrus remedies, orange, lemon, and although not many people use it I would suggest Rose. The Rose remedy is one of the most powerful remedies in the aromatherapeutic arsenal. Because it vibrates at the highest frequency and just very naturally lifts you up to where you should be.
The advantages of Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is an easy way to help beat stress with calming and relaxing scents. The oils are usually inexpensive, and usage is simple.
The disadvantages of Aromatherapy
Although aromatherapy is generally safe, the oils could cause an averse or allergic reaction in some people. People who are particularly sensitive to strong scents should consider other options.
Like most alternative therapies, aromatherapy should not be used as the only therapy for moderate to severe depression. There is little to no clinical research to support the efficacy of aromatherapy as a treatment for depression. However, people often use it as a complement to more traditional depression treatments.
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Raised on a wildlife reserve in Alaska, 15-year old Garrett was interested in the dietary habits of their animals. After the tragic death of his mother, Garrett s father decided to home-school his son and assigned a book written by Dr. Max Gerson that proposes a direct link between diet and a cure for cancer.
Fascinated, Garrett embarks on a cross-country road trip to investigate The Gerson Therapy. He meets with scientists, doctors and cancer survivors who reveal how it is in the best interest of the multi-billion dollar medical industry to dismiss the notion of alternative and natural cures.
It has been said that more people live off cancer than die from it. The Beautiful Truth is a movie that can put a stop to this travesty. Here is a very practical guide to the intensive nutritional treatment of cancer and other life-threatening diseases that many would consider to have been impossible to obtain. But thanks to the work of Max Gerson, M.D., and his daughter, Charlotte Gerson, this knowledge is readily available.
Max Gerson cured cancer. He did so with a strict fat-free, salt-free, low-protein, essentially vegetarian dietary regimen, based on great quantities of fresh vegetable juice, supplements, and systemic detoxification.