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Boost Your Sanity With These Essential Oils For Depression

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Humanity has used essential oils for centuries for an array of purposes. Their most popular use has always been a medicine capable of treating a wide array of diseases. Their popularity once frayed, but it recently picked up following science’s declaration that essential oils indeed have vast medicinal properties.

Different types of essential oils have different medicinal effects. Some are capable of treating a wide range of mental conditions, including depression. In this article, I will share important information about essential oils for depression. I will also let you in on how we use the oils for treatment in Ayurvedic aromatherapy. It will help you to live a positive life.

The Origin of Essential Oils

It is important to understand how they make essential oils to appreciate how they work so well with our body. Essential oils are extracted from a wide variety of plants and flowers. They are extracted from different parts of the plants depending on the oils. We extract Basil oil, for instance, from the roots while we extract cinnamon oil from the bark.

The exact extraction methods vary, but they have been improving over the centuries. Essential oils are highly refined today thanks to years of research as well as the utilization of technology. Consequently, they have become more effective, and their uses have diversified.

Top Four Best Essential Oils for Depression

There are several types of essential oils proven effective by science against depression. However, some work faster than others do.

Jatamansi

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Jatamansi is revered as the most powerful essential oil against depression in ancient Indian medicine. Modern science supports this too as it has discovered that Jatamansi increases levels of GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid), which has healing effects of depression, anxiety, and a variety of other mental conditions.

The oil also increases the production of monoamines in the body, and these too reduce the effects of depression and anxiety. We use Jatamansi to treat depression by inhalation or ingesting it orally. It is a heavy sedative, and I recommend using it in a relaxed and settled setting.

Holy Basil

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We categorize Holy Basil among adaptogens, a class of drugs that bring balance to the body and mind. It has numerous medicinal properties and it one of the best essential oils for depression.

Holy Basil cures stress, depression, and anxiety by decreasing the production of a hormone known as corticosterone. Science links this hormone with feelings of stress and depression. This essential oil also reduces the production of other hormones associated with stress and promotes the production of relaxing hormones.

Holy basil is safe to ingest orally, inhale, apply around the body, and bath with, hence making it convenient for everyone.

Lavender

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Lavender is one of the most widely used essential oils for depression, and its benefits include overcoming physical fatigue. Researchers especially credit it with potent anti-depression and anti-anxiety properties. In fact, it is so effective against anxiety that government has approved it as an anxiolytic in Germany.

Research conducted on lavender oil has revealed that it contains high levels of linalyl acetate and linalool. These hormones have a potent relaxing and calming effect on the mind as well as the body. This is what makes lavender particularly effective when it comes to curing stress and anxiety. It also works well for the body for those who always feel fatigued.

Lavender is very convenient, and you can apply it in two ways: by ingesting it as capsule drops and through inhalation. I suggest that you complement both applications for quick results.

German Chamomile

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Chamomile is popular as a sleep-inducing essential oil. Its sleep-inducing properties treat depression and anxiety. One of the ways it beats depression is by stimulating the brain to secrete relaxation hormones. The other way it does this is by working through the stomach.

Sandwiched among other organs in the stomach is the Enteric Nervous System, popularly referred to as the body’s “second brain”. This organ contributes to bad moods, stress, and depression when exposed to inflammation. German Chamomile is effective in curing inflammation in the stomach, hence reducing the chances of suffering from stress and depression.

We ingest German chamomile to get the most out of its anti-depressant and anti-anxiety benefits. You can also inhale it just like many other essential oils for depression.

How to Use Essential Oils for Depression

There are several ways to use essential oils to cure depression. The applications depend on the type of essential oil as well as the patient’s preferences. They include:

Inhalation

Inhalation is the best way of using essential oil to cure depression. The nose connects to an important sensory organ known as the olfactory nerve. All scents that pass through this nerve directly transmit to the brain for purposes of smell. This, consequently, hastens the effect of essential oils when it comes to depression (a condition affecting your brain).

We inhale Essential oils for depression directly or burn them with incense. This, again, depends on the type of essential oil as well as the patient’s preferences. They have a calming and soothing effect that is often accompanied by the release of hormones capable of fighting depression.

Direct Application

Just as the olfactory nerve transmits all scents directly to the brain, other organs and nerves all over the body are also capable of transmitting signals and other elements to the brain. However, these take more time and effort. Therefore, applying essential oils to the body also helps to fight and cure depression.

We apply directly through massages to the whole body. The sensation felt during massage also helps to calm the mind and produce relaxation hormones that also contribute to the treatment. However, complement direct application with inhalation to ensure maximum effect, especially in severe depression cases.

Aromatic Baths

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Aromatic baths combine both inhalation and skin application when using essential oils for depression treatment. You simply add several drops of essential oils to warm bathing water and soak in it. The oil runs all over our body, as you inhale the steam generated from the warm water. This method, consequently, is the most effective.

Disclaimer

Please note that this article is purely based on the known effects of essential oils against depression. Do not confuse it with treatment advice. Depression is a serious mental condition, and I advise you to visit a physician for proper medical care.

 

Katya Ki is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of SOLANCHA Magazine, a Feng Shui Master, a Metaphysical Expert, a Reiki Master, and Human Rights Attorney. She has been studying Eastern metaphysics and esotericism for almost 20 years now. And she's still discovering new knowledge, which is hidden in ancient teachings. During her pilgrimage to the monastery of Saint Catherine in Egypt, she discovered the SOLANCHA System. This is how the SOLANCHA journey started!

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A Detailed Look at Yoni Crystals: Tips to Choose the Best for You

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Yoni crystals also referred to as the yoni egg, jade, or love egg, have been Asia’s best-kept secret in bringing out the feminine pleasure and the healing power of the yoni. This egg, together with other yoni crystals, has been in use for more than 5,000 years.

Today, this ancient Taoist secret is out and shared by many health-conscious women worldwide. Do you know this secret? Are you using it to get in touch with your femininity? I will explore different crystals and assist you to make the right choice depending on your current needs.

Why Do Women Use Yoni Crystals?

These stones are curved from the earth. They have various healing and restoration capabilities. They tap the healing power of the sacral chakra.

The sacral chakra is the center of energy that sets the woman’s emotional state and sexual gratification.

When going through physical or emotional trauma, a woman tends to retain negative residual energy around the womb or hips. This negative energy will manifest itself in many ways including a poor sex drive, urinary incontinence, menstrual cramps, hormonal imbalances, and infertility.

The woman puts these egg-shaped crystals in or around the vagina (also known as the yoni) during meditation to balance the energy in the sacral chakra. In turn, she accesses both spiritual and physical healing.

The Different Types of Yoni Crystals

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Commonly used yoni crystals are rose quartz, nephrite jade, black obsidian, and green aventurine. However, according to Taoist teachings, traditionally, women used only 3 crystals. They would start with Jade crystals. Jade has healing properties. You then introduce Black Obsidian. It integrates your ‘shadow.’ Finally, whenever you feel ready, move on to Rose Quartz. This gem opens the Heart. Let’s have a deeper look at each of them.

Nephrite Jade

This is the most popular especially for beginners. Compared to other crystals, the nephrite-jade stone is a dense and heavy gemstone. The weight makes it ideal for Kegel exercises. In addition, it doesn’t break easily, which is good because when starting, that gem will fall multiple times before you master the retention skill. This crystal also has high thermal conductivity. It feels warm immediately you put it inside and, therefore, your body uses lesser energy to warm it up.

The advantages of Nephrite Jade

It communicates with your Heart chakra. This egg will connect your heart with your yoni. It also balances your body’s water, which promotes your overall health, especially that of your kidneys. Finally, Jade promotes balance, well-being, and self-love.

Black Obsidian

This crystal is a hard, dense, strong volcanic stone. The grounding and salvaging properties of the Black Obsidian are excellent in removing negative deep unconscious thoughts. Such thoughts may manifest as hidden anger and fear from past traumatic experiences such as the loss of a child during childbirth. Ideally, this crystal resonates with your root chakra to relieve the pelvic negative energies.

Rose Quartz

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Rose Quartz or the love stone is an intimacy gemstone. This love stone heals the body and spirit of emotional wounds through the heart chakra. It does this by sending positive vibrations to the yoni to replace negative feelings and hindrances. This energy release, in turn, facilitates the restoration of your self-worth and self-love. Use the Rose Quartz crystals for your yoni to bring back the romantic mood in your life.

Note

Most yoni crystals are available in three different sizes: Small, medium and large. If you are just beginning, start with the large size and work towards the small size. Find the type that is drilled or threaded for easy removal. However, remember that you don’t have to worry about the egg getting stuck in the yoni. This never happens because the woman’s womb is created to give birth, and, therefore, naturally pushes the egg down and out of the yoni.

A Guide to Buying the Right Yoni Crystals for You

How do you choose the right yoni crystal for maximum benefits? Here is my simple guide.

Your intuition

Yoni crystals possess energy that draws our inner energies. What does your intuition say? I may advise you to start with Jade but if your inner being has a stronger attraction to the love stone, by all means, go for the love stone. This is because unless you feel internally connected to the yoni crystal, you will never fully experience the benefits.

Mineral Composition

Choose yoni crystals that resonate with you. Minerals such as Jadeite and Nephrite can be very powerful in their pure form. You can also choose according to your Zodiac. Sometimes a crystal may be composed of more than one mineral (like the Lilac Jadeite). Understand the energies these minerals possess and chose a crystal based on that. Be careful, however, not to fall for cheap imitations. Genuine original yoni crystals are certified.

Shape and size

Choose a shape and size that is comfortable. Our yonis are different. If an oval crystal feels more comfortable than a circular one, use the oval gem.

Exercise Routine – How do you plan to use the crystals? When meditating, bathing or sleeping? A yoni crystal stays firm in a sitting position. If you try different positions, the heavy and biggest crystals work better.

Yoni Crystals FAQs

Will I feel cold when I insert these crystals in my yoni?

Initially, yes. But this will quickly shift to a warm and cuddly embrace as the crystal absorbs the warmth of your Yoni.

How do I clean my yoni crystal?

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Soak the crystal in warm soapy water for a few minutes before air-drying it. Add a few drops of natural plant extracts for a fresh scent as desired. To sanitize your drilled yoni egg, pour a few drops of coconut oil into the hole. Run a long string back and forth through the hole. Wash it off with a mild soap. Let it dry.

Are there any side effects for prolonged use of the yoni crystals?

There are no known side effects of using yoni crystals. However, it is important to mention that not all crystals are ideal for the yoni. Some are intended to be placed in a room and not come into physical contact. Since these are earth minerals, some may react with your skin or deposit some chemicals in your yoni. Make sure you understand the properties of the metal composition of the crystals before buying.

Conclusion

The yoni crystals are every woman’s secret weapon to unleashing her sexual strength. I hope this guide equips you to take full advantage of the benefits of yoni crystals. The power to heal yourself is now in your hands. Try them today.

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Medicine Buddha Mantra: The Healing Effect Of The Sacred Syllables

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Medicine Buddha mantra clears away negative karma that quickly eliminates suffering from diseases and pacifies harmful spirits. Its reading brings success and fulfillment of all desires. Also, this mantra is very effective for healing mental diseases. Besides that, the Medicine Buddha mantra can help you not only in healing physical ailments but also to overcome the underlying internal painful afflictions, hatred, jealousy, desire, greed, and ignorance.

If you want to protect yourself from diseases, visualize Medicine Buddha and read his mantra.

Medicine Buddha

Medicine Buddha is a special aspect of Buddha that helps in healing various diseases. He is also called Bhaiṣajyaguru which means “King of Medicine Master and Lapis Lazuli Light”. Everyone who sees Medicine Buddha for the very first time is mesmerized by the brilliance of the deep blue colors of his face and body.

“Medicine Buddha is an enlightened being who has unbiased compassion for all living beings. He protects living beings from physical and mental sickness and other dangers and obstacles and helps them to eradicate the three poisons – attachment, hatred, and ignorance – which are the source of all sickness and danger. He is a Buddha Doctor.” – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Medicine Buddha helps samsaric patients to transcend pain. He also helps dying patients to accept death. He gives them the realization that though death may be near, there is nothing to fear. Medicine Buddha guides them through the intermediate stage prior to the next rebirth.

In China, people believe that it is very auspicious to have an altar where you make offerings to Medicine Buddha directly facing the main door of your house. In this case, Medicine Buddha brings happiness, joy, and health to your house. People who live in such house will always have protection from any kinds of diseases.

The Text And The Meaning Of Medicine Buddha Mantra

It is very important to use visualization when you’re reading this mantra. Pronounce the text of Medicine Buddha mantra loudly, clearly, paying attention to each letter and sound.

TAYATA OM BEKHANDZYE BEKHANDZYE

MAHA BEKHANDZYE

RADZA SAMUDGATE SVAHA

TAYATA means “Gone beyond” (meaning beyond Samsara and Nirvana).

OM is composed of the three pure sounds that signify the holy body, speech, and mind.

BEKHANDZYE means “eliminating pain”.

MAHA BEKHANDZYE means “great eliminating path”.

RADZA means “king”.

SAMUDGATE means “he who has come forth”.

SVAHA means establishing a foundation in the heart: the blessing, the devotion from which the realization comes.

Read this Matra 7, 21 or 108 times daily.

Medicine Buddha Visualization

While reading the mantra you need to practice the purification visualization described below.

Imagine how the purifying rays of light are streaming from the heart and the Holy body of Medicine Buddha, completely filling your body from head to toe. These rays of light are cleansing you from all diseases and pollution caused by spirits, negative karma and obscurations.

Visualize that your body is becoming light, purified, clean and transparent like crystal. The rays of light flow down to the body twice, each time filling it with blissful transparent light.

Now visualize the arising Lotus and the Moon in Medicine Buddha’s heart. In the center of the Moon, you can see the OM symbol surrounded by the mantra.

As you reading the mantra, you need to visualize the rays of light coming in all directions from the syllables in his heart. After that Medicine Buddha turns into light and dissolves into your heart.

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Do You Believe In Plant Spirit Medicine? This Is Flower Essence Therapy Explained

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Flowers are beautiful. And in their beauty lies immense healing and rejuvenation benefits. Flower essence therapy is an ancient technique used to harness these benefits. Did you know that this practice dates back to over 3000 years ago in Egypt? In this article, I will shed more light on flower essence therapy, the commonly used flowers, and their benefits.

What is Flower Essence Therapy?

Flower blossoms have subtle energy, which when harnessed (via their essences) resonates with your body to unblock patterns that hinder you from enjoying your daily life. Just like sound therapy, which uses tuning forks to resonate your chi energies, flower essence has unique alchemy and energy, which respond differently in every person.

Similarly, each flower contains different energy, and it is, therefore, important to understand which essence to use for different situations. You can extract the essence at home or buy some from a store. The store-bought essence is also derived from living flowers. However, they add Brandy to stabilize it.

Commonly Used Flowers

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  • Lemon flower, plucked from a lemon tree, helps with clarity. It will sharpen your focus by clearing any mental fog.
  • Passionflower, plucked from the passion fruit tree, connects us with a divine path by uniting our spiritual realm.
  • Grape hyacinth eases and relieves stress related to emotional and physical trauma.
  • Hibiscus, my favorite flower essence, arouses your passion by supporting sacral and root chakras. As a result, your sexual and reproductive energy is stimulated.
  • Nasturtium, the orange flower, works on your mental barriers and reconnects your body’s chakras.

This list is not even half of the options available to you. But I find my flower essence therapy complete with these five.

What to Expect During a Flower Essence Therapy Session

First, I need you to understand that flower essence therapy works by harnessing Plant Spirit Medicine and transforming your body through consciousness. The therapist will start by performing a cleansing ritual on herself. This removes any negative energy she might have from being passed on to you. You will then take a quick questionnaire for her to decide the essence you need for your situation.

During the question-answer session, the therapist will provoke your deepest emotions. This is how we apply conscious healing. After the emotional breakdown, you’ll focus on meditation with the help of a few drops of flower essence to help you calm down even further and release any remaining discomfort or negative signals.

When your session is over (it usually lasts an hour or so), you can go back home, but you need to follow up with routine therapy sessions at home for at least 3 months. These sessions involve deep meditation using a few drops of the flower essences. With time, you will notice a significant change in your emotional choices and behavioral adaptations.

The Benefits of Flower Essence Therapy

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Flower essence therapy can treat mild to moderate depression. There are different flowers used to address anxiety, the impact of stress reactions, depression, fear, worry, resentment, and similar emotional turmoil. All these situations result in depression. The treatment was introduced by Dr. Batch in his book Heal Thyself. And today, several therapists have reported success in their treatment.

The therapy can also treat chronic ailments such as chronic pain. Because of its holistic approach, flower essence therapy alleviates emotional, spiritual, and mental conditions directly.

The essence is an alternative distraction from drug addictions – both prescription drugs and illegal drug abuse.

This therapy makes you aware of your Chakra System. With time, you understand and appreciate how your energetic centers work.

You achieve self-love once you restore your connection to your higher self.

Your spirit connects deeper with your body. You become free, and your life becomes more enjoyable.

Despite all these proven benefits, you need to consult with a certified medical practitioner before embarking on flower essence therapy as an alternative treatment for serious medical conditions.

How is Flower Essence Prepared?

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Flower essences are a dilute infusion of the fresh flower blossoms. Please note that not all flowers can create the therapeutic essence. Very early in the morning, handpick the specific flowers once they attain full bloom. The reason we pick these flowers in the morning and not at any other time of the day is that in the morning the blossoms are full of dew.

After picking, place the flowers on a surface of a clear glass bowl filled with fresh, clean water. Then you can choose to either expose them to direct sunlight for 3 hours or boil them for 30 minutes. The idea is to infuse the water with flower juices.

Now collect this water and preserve it with brandy. For every pint of flower-infused water, you add one pint of brandy (one-to-one ratio). We call this the mother essence. Commercially, the mother essence is further diluted with alcohol using 0.2% ratio to now produce flower essence stock.

They further dilute the stock before packaging for sale. You might be thinking this is already too dilute. Well, it is. However, remember that flower essence therapy is about not only the essences but also more of holistic therapy. We are, therefore, not interested in the concentration of the flowers but rather tapping into the subtle energy they contain.

Commonly Asked Questions and Answers

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Is flower essence therapy similar to aromatherapy?

No. Aromatherapy uses scent while flower essences don’t carry any scent. In fact, you administer flower essence using a mist sprayer or eyedroppers. We simply Harness the energy they contain.

Who Discovered Flower Essence?

Dr. Bach is the father of flower essences because of his famous 38 flowers remedies.

Are Flower essences similar to essential oils?

No, they are not. Essential oils cure the physical body while flower essences treat the psychological (emotional) issues. However, it is advisable to use the two simultaneously. They complement each other well.

How many flowers do I need to extract enough essence?

You just need one flower. Unlike essential oils that require a lot of plant material, you need only one flower to make an essence.

In Conclusion

Flower essence therapy does not focus on specific medical symptoms like depression or a backache, for example. Instead, the therapists delve in your spiritual, mental, and emotional imbalance for holistic healing. The essences then restore any imbalance as you consciously change your emotional and mental patterns.

In a nutshell, flower essence therapy repairs trauma, balances energy at all levels and moods, connects you to the natural world energies (which gives you intuitive wisdom), and changes obsolete behavior.

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