Flower remedies are one of the easiest ways to deal with depression. They are also safe to use. Are flower remedies difficult to make? Not at all. They’re really easy. Here are seven flower remedies that deal with depression.
Seven Flower Remedies That Deal With Depression
1. Rose petals.
Rose refreshes the mind and vitalizes the body. Rose petals should be soaked in bath water for a bath. Rose water is made by placing water and rose petals inside a crystal bowl which is then put in sunlight. The bowl is left for a few days. The rose petals release their oils, which can be used as oil upon the body, in ritual cleansing, or drunk in pure form or added into recipes.
Lavender flowers contain a volatile oil which has a rejuvenating scent. Among the flower remedies for depression, lavender essence is the one most strongly recommended. Pour 2-3 drops of this essence into your bath water or simply add it to aroma lamps. The effects are instant. Your muscles may get so relaxed that you drift off to sleep. Make lavender tea, sleep pillows, sachet bags or potpourri. Lavender opens up your seventh chakra, the crown chakra that is responsible for connecting you to the Universe or Source Energy.
Borage flower is also known as star flower. Borage essence can be inhaled or put in bath water. Borage helps a person move towards positivity. It is an emotional cleanser and balancer, useful when a person feels like a victim. Borage works with the sinuses, throat and voice chakra area by unblocking them. Encourages vocal expression of ideas. During hot weather, borage flower aids depression treatment when served as a garnish to drinks. Borage makes the mind feel light and thought process clearer.
4. Gentian flower.
Gentian flower helps restore the soul’s trust and faith not only in God and the Higher Self, but faith in the meaning of life and faith in one’s own future. Gentian essence is used to strengthen will power. Two to three drops of this flower essence can be consumed with lukewarm water daily. It also stimulates appetite, improves digestion, and helps with some GI tract problems like heartburn, vomiting, and stomach ache.
Mustard essence works when you suddenly feel sad for no reason or are depressed. Mustard has a stimulating effect and can help promote a more open and optimistic world view. Mustard helps open the solar plexus, the central chakra, so you may discover the inner strength that lives deep within the core of your self. Mustard can be combined with other flower essences to optimize its effect on different levels of depression, or sadness that comes from grief or worry.
6. Peach flower.
Peach essence helps with extreme mood swings, hypochondria, and is good for people who lose interest in projects easily. It helps expand one’s sense of fulfillment and makes a person more sympathetic towards others. The essence of Peach flower can be added to drinking water or bath water. Its fragrance has deep-rooted effects that aid metabolism. Peach essence increases your energy levels and invigorates you, increasing feelings of happiness and joy in the person.
Sunflower is a flower which we associate directly with sunshine, hope and life. Sunflower essence balances the Third Chakra, the energy center of the body located between the navel and the heard. It helps you find a healthy way to express your sunlike radiance by purifying your heart chakra. Sunflower restores self esteem, balances ego, allows you to access your higher spiritual self, and opens up your compassion and wisdom.
Flower remedies are meant to help balance emotional states. But depression is a tough gig and flower remedies aren’t always enough. Make sure you are seeing a certified mental health practitioner who can help you deal with depression. While most flower remedies don’t interact harmfully with antidepressants, its always a good idea to check first.
It’s natural for new parents to experience mood swings. These feelings are sometimes known as the ‘baby blues’ and go away soon after birth. But some parents may experience a deep and ongoing depression that lasts much longer. That’s called postpartum depression.
What is postpartum depression?
Postpartum depression is depression that starts during pregnancy or at any time up to a year after the birth of a child. Postpartum depression can affect anyone. Although it’s more commonly reported by mothers, it can affect any new parent—both moms and dads—and it can affect parents who adopt.
A mother or father with postpartum depression may not enjoy the baby and have frequent thoughts that they’re a bad parent. They may also have thoughts about harming themselves or their baby. Although it’s rare for a parent to make plans to act on these thoughts, this situation is serious and requires urgent medical care.
Postpartum depression is likely caused by many different factors that work together, including family history, biology, personality, life experiences, and the environment (especially sleep deprivation).
Counselling and support
A type of counselling called cognitive-behavioural therapy (or ‘CBT’) is a common treatment for postpartum depression. It may be the first treatment to try for mild or moderate symptoms. CBT teaches you how your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours work together. It also teaches important skills like problem-solving, realistic thinking, stress management, and relaxation. Another type of counselling called interpersonal psychotherapy may also help. It focuses on relationships and can help people adjust to changing roles in their relationships.
Support groups are also very important. Postpartum depression and new parenthood can both isolate you from others, and isolation can add to feelings of depression. Support groups are a safe place to share your experiences, learn from others, and connect with other parents who have similar experiences and understand what you’re going through.
How can I help a person suffering postpartum depression?
It’s important to realize that postpartum depression is no one’s fault. Here are some tips on supporting a loved one who experiences postpartum depression:
- Make sure your own expectations of your loved one’s experiences and day-to-day abilities are realistic.
- Remember that every parent and child is unique and it’s not useful to compare two people or two families.
- Understand that people who experience postpartum depression may want to spend a lot of time alone.
- Offer to help with daily chores. It’s hard enough at the best of times to find time for daily chores when there’s a new baby. Offers of help from friends and neighbours are strong in the first month or two, but it may be needed just as much, or more, in later months.
- Help with child care (including overnight help for feedings), or help finding a childcare provider. A short break or a chance to get back into interests can make a big difference in anyone’s well-being. It can also create more opportunities for sleep.
- Managing postpartum depression can take a lot of hard work. Recognize a loved one’s efforts regardless of the outcome.
- Talk to your doctor or public health nurse, or accompany your loved one on appointments, if you’re concerned.
- Seek support for yourself, if needed. Support groups for loved ones can be a great resource and a great way to connect with others.
*Thanks to the Alberta Canadian Mental Health Association for information on postpartum depression.
In a psychiatric ward, a good therapeutic environment is vital to good mental health. Staff and the actual physical environment are vital to providing a positive space for recovery.
Many people feel positively about the staff on their ward. They believe that the care and attention they receive hugely aids in their recovery. However, a single negative encounter with a staff member can have a profound impact on a patient’s attitude.
Insufficient staffing levels, poor security, and safety concerns hamper a person’s recovery. The sense of trust placed in staff is broken when staff disrespect or ignore a patient’s concerns.
For many patients, the design and physical appearance of the ward is a statement of how much they are valued. A dirty, unkempt environment is demoralizing. It’s an affront to the dignity of a person. Fresh air, exercise and recreation is essential for the wellbeing of a person.
A number of patients emphasize concerns regarding the access to, and lack of choice and poor quality of, hospital food. There’s a substantial body of evidence that shows a positive relationship between physical activity and mental health. Research proves a negative impact of the intense boredom experienced by respondents. Enjoyable activities are a critical way to improve self-esteem and promote recovery. They are not a luxury.
In a research project by Ward Watch in the U.K., just one in five (20 per cent) patients felt they were treated with respect and dignity by hospital staff. Almost the same proportion (17 per cent) said they were never treated with respect and dignity by staff.
Measures need to be put in place to improve staff recruitment and retention. Where agency staff are used, it’s essential that they have the necessary skills to work in a mental health setting, are properly briefed on the patients they are caring for, and are effectively monitored by management.
What Patients Say
“The staff did not encourage patients to participate in the few therapeutic activities that were available. They often overreacted to situations, which made them worse. Making sure that patients were given access to fresh air and exercise was not considered to be a priority.”
“It is extraordinary just how bad it is. The nurses create an atmosphere of threat and fear. I have observed staff deliberately provoke people on the basis of sexuality, then threaten them with the secure ward because they are crying.”
“The staff were go, go, go all day. They were pushed by management to breaking point.”
“Staff are courteous and efficient, but there is a very evident lack of resources and staffing levels are inadequate. It was 11 days before I was given the information leaflet that explained my rights and what would happen to me in hospital. Staff do not have the time to sit and talk to the patients.”
“In one nurse’s own words, the staff were there to ‘control the environment’ rather than healing and recovery.”
“Staff are often locked in their office not talking to patients. It is the loneliest place in the world.”
What Can Be Done
For mental health patients, a safe and comfortable environment with access to fresh air, exercise and recreation is critical for recovery. Poor conditions show disregard on the part of hospital staff and management for mental wellbeing. After all, these are the people entrusted with ensuring that the hospital environment helps rather than hinders recovery.
Hospitals need to have proper security in place to prevent abuses by patients on patients like rape, unwanted sexual advances, physical injuries, or racism.
There need to be activities on the ward to fend off boredom. Gardens and windows provide green support to help emotional recovery. There should also be a patient council to which patients can complain or have advocates for grievances.
For further details of the Ward Watch campaign, contact: Mind
Stratford London E15 4BQ
T: 020 8519 2122
F: 020 8522 1725
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Your mental health is important. Here are some ideas and quotes to help.
No matter how recovery went today, tomorrow is another day.
Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.
You’re alive for a reason. Don’t forget it.
Speak up. Reach out. You’re not alone.
You ARE perfect.
The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us, but those who win battles we know nothing about.
The only person you are destined to be is the person you choose to be.