We all sometimes feel down as the weight of time, relationship and financial pressures along with a busy lifestyle take their toll.
This can result in feeling emotionally and physically exhausted, overwhelmed and even pessimistic. None of which is pleasant to live with!
As a naturopath l see many clients struggling with a range of emotions that take a toll not only on their happiness but also their physical health.
While at the foundation of any treatment plan is a combination of lifestyle and nutrition advice, there are a couple of other ways l support clients to help them find peace and contentment once more.
Herbal medicine can have a profoundly positive impact on both a person’s physical and mental health. Herbs are selected based on the person as a whole, taking into account all signs and symptoms.
For example Matricaria recutita commonly known as Chamomile, is a wonderful herb for those who experience stress that impacts their digestion resulting in symptoms like bloating or nervous dyspepsia. It is also excellent for when someone is feeling anxious or restless.
A personal favourite is the herb Withania somnifera, this herb is excellent for supporting someone going through a stressful time as it acts as an adaptogen, meaning it helps to improve the body’s stress response to physical, emotional or biological stressors and supports healthy physiological function.
This herb is particularly useful for when the stress results in fatigue, insomnia or lowers the body’s immune response.
Australian Bush Flower Essences
I also find that the bush essences are an excellent way to help a person move through the challenging emotions that arise when under stress.
The essences are said to improve a person’s health by bringing a person into emotional, spiritual and mental harmony.
Examples of some of the bush essences l find are clinically most relevant include:
Crowea: This is the essence for those who tend to worry and who feel ‘not quite right’. It brings about a sense of peace and calm and helps to bring clarity to one’s feelings.
Wild potato bush: This essence is for when someone feels weighed down, is feeling encumbered and brings about the ability to move on in life and renews enthusiasm.
Sunshine Wattle is for when life feels like a struggle and the future is seen as grim. It brings about a sense of optimism, the ability to be joyful in the present and open to a bright future.
Please know that when the stressors of everyday life become too much and they rob you of the physical and emotional health that you desire and deserve, that as a naturopath l have additional resources to help you find your sense of inner peace, energy, vitality and optimism once more.