Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wednesdays in Lent: ~ Natural Cures for Mental and Physical Wellness (#Revisit RH)

Are you considering giving up caffeine for Lent? Or sugar? Or chocolate? When it comes to mental and physical wellness, particularly regarding staying calm, this post will give you plenty to consider!

Being crunchy and natural is very trendy, but what does it really mean to be crunchy and all naturale?  I have wondered myself how to cleanse myself from toxins, and I am on a hunt for clues! I want to rid myself of the things that are killing me softly, but also replace those things with natural home remedies.

I gave birth to my third child at home. During that time, and thanks to a knowledgable midwife in D.C., I became well-versed in our local natural grocery store. I also went through some very serious illnesses over the past year (including extreme upset stomach, mental illness, insomnia, and a vomiting illness that made my hands go completely frozen).

Here are a few things I learned about natural wellness from trying my hand at natural cures for postpartum distress and depression.

Caffeine, Within Reason

I have slowly given up on coffee in exchange for a “Natural Powerade” of sorts. I created a honey and ginger lemon echinacea drink, with tea purchased from a natural grocery store. It really helped with morning irritability, sad thoughts, and sadness. It is a general mood lifter for sure, but it has other health benefits such as staving off the common cold.

Honey and Lemon Echinacea Iced Tea

5 c. hot water
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
¼ c. honey, divided
4 tea bags (I used Celestial Seasoning Perfect Trio- green, black, and white tea)
12 drops Golden Echinacea (I used HerbPharm brand)

Put honey and water in stockpot. Bring to a rolling boil, then turn off heat. The minute the water stops boiling, add tea bags and stir. Let steep for 5-6 min.

Meanwhile, squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon (or about 1 tbsp) when cool. Or make a simple lemonade by stirring honey, ½ c. water, and lemon juice.

Combine tea and lemonade, and refrigerate.  When cold, pour over ice and serve.

I love a good cup of strong coffee with no milk. Recently my husband and I have also become smitten with this espresso maker.

Calming Tea

I mentioned I have had stomach problems. When going through a serious bout of stomach flu, I also experienced extreme numbness when I tried to use my arms in isolation. I also had a severe stomach condition in conjunction with giving up a medication that was helping with anxiety.  I have also been known to experience pain from headaches and extreme anxious thoughts. What is the natural cure for these things?

Peppermint tea, peppermint oil, and other calming herbs (lavender or chamomile) have been extremely beneficial. The Yogi brand has a Calming Tea incorporating chamomile, hibiscus, lemongrass, and lavender. Other calming teas include decaf and herbal teas such as lemon, and spearmint (found in Sleepytime tea). Add these to your evening ritual to enhance your other calming techniques.

One can create an herbal bath, made from various antibacterial and healing or soothing herbs. Lavender, hibiscus, and rose petals are commonly used in an herbal bath tea bag. Talk to an expert in natural health food store, or someone in Essential Oils business, to learn more. This particular practice helped me personally with several postpartum disorders, as well as postpartum recovery. I love to diffuse peppermint oil, using a diffuser, before bed to help calm my nerves.

Seek Professional Medical Help, Prayer, and Spiritual Wellness/Counseling

As always, do not replace what is medically prescribed for your particular condition. Talk to your doctor---always---if you are considering using natural cures. There is an intimate body-mind-spirit connection, and as always, we must not forget that these things are linked. Always proceed gradually and with caution, as something like this could also become a crutch. And hopefully you will cure your addled nerves eventually. ;)

Also continue practicing your faith, continuing prayers for direction, healing, and seek the advice of trusted counselors and trusted friends.

If you need more help with this topic, check out my E-book The Lost Sun: Looking for Light in the Midst of Depression. It is sure to help you, and it will shed some light on this very difficult subject.

Thanks! ;)

1 comment:

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Its like i am in a herbal world! All your concotions seem like a great alternate to all the things that are bad for our health! I am happy you have recovered from all your illnesses! Hope to see more natural things from you!