1. Fill glass bowl with water to about 1 inch from top
8. Pour water from the blossom bowl into small bottles half full of the alcohol, using muslin to strain.
Sometimes a medication might be prescribed but I feel a good discussion with the patient is the first place to start. Possibly there has been the loss of a loved one, a spouse or even a child. In Senior centers in New York City, Tai Chi is offered to help with depression. Studies have shown a weekly class and discussion of depression can improve the overall picture of depression in the elderly. Those who engage in outdoor activities reduce feelings of stress, confusion, anger and depression. I encourage elderly individuals to join the local garden club, or planting club. There is also Horticulture Therapy. In most cases, anyone participating in an outdoor activity or a real connection will nature will improve their overall general health. For me the connection with nature is plants and bees.
Then there is something which I had never even heard of - Bright Light Therapy. Recently a study with 89 patients concluded that bright light therapy improved mood, enhanced sleep and even increased melatonin levels in elderly patients with major depressive disorders. This was published in January 2011 in Archives of General Psychiatry. Life for me is a continuation of the learning process.
A simple remedy is the intake of omega 3 fatty acids. Multiple studies have shown the efficacy of oils for a multitude of diseases including depression, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease. The dose studied was only 1.67 grams of EPA and 0.8 grams of DHA. This is small dose compared to the dosages I utilize. I use at a minimum 3 grams and as high as 6-8 grams.
The herbs/plants used are Passion Flower, St. John's Wart, California Poppy, Valerian and Chamomile . Oh yes and Kava kava. I would suggest the involvement of a health care practitioner as some of these herbs can interact with conventional drug therapy.
"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. " Winston Churchill
For the last seventeen years I have lived by the motto, Gratitude not Attitude. Maybe Mr. Churchill meant to say Gratitude . My quote has saved me in many situations. Life is about gratitude. You just have to realize it. If you think about it, it will make sense. What are you grateful for? I never liked rain and wearing a yellow slicker raincoat as a child. Today I love the rain. It feeds the plants. Today I love to wear chic raincoats (never the color yellow). I am grateful for life in general. I never used to see the beauty in a day.
Why do you have an attitude? Perhaps it goes deeper than your present attitude. Think about it!
I went to the herbal dental hygienist yesterday. Yes I said the herbal/integrative dental hygienist. Prior to this weekend I was having upper right quadrant teeth pain. I do not floss, I only waterpik. I believe this teeth pain, inflammation and gingivitis is being caused by a piece of food underneath a laminated back tooth.
I waterpike and brush daily. Prior to the toothbrush, herbs like licorice, marshmallow and alfalfa were used to brush the teeth. I use an herbal toothpaste that contains Myrrh and Echinacea. I also put MSM solution in my waterpik to decrease the inflammation. I love Myrrh for infection.
This use of Myrrh made me think... what herbs should I have in my herbal closet? I say closet because the 20 or so herbs I do have DO NOT fit in the medicine chest, but instead a closet. Rick calls it our 'herbal witch closet'. I would recommend keeping the following herbs on hand. This is not the same herbs found in the Herbal First Aid Kit. I am waiting for my professor/mentor, 7 song to finish the book on that!
Our herbal closet has (either in dried or tincture form) the following:
4. Celery Seed
7. Echinacea8. Elder
11. Nettles12. Peppermint