Aromatherapy: What You Need To Know Before You Start Your Own Practice

Herbal Remedies

Those with addiction, alcoholism and mental health disorders are often come with lifelong struggles. Western medicine has had scientists researching the brain and which medications will help the most to alleviate symptoms of mental illness. Disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, and schizophrenia all have prescribed medications that intend to pinpoint certain areas of the brain to shift behaviors. This is greatly beneficial in many ways, but it is difficult for psychiatrist to determine off the bat which medication will work 100%. Without a brain scan, there is no way to know which, if any affects, on the brain the medication might have. Patients will have to take sometimes multiple medications until the right one or combination is found to work. Each patient is different, as each patient’s brain is different. Eastern medicine offers the more herbal remedies to promote mental health. Here are some of the herbs most commonly used:

Mulungu Bark: Calms nerves, improves mood and works as a sleep aid. This also helps lower anxiety and enhance brain function.

Bacopa: Helps improve brain memory, reduce stress, while supporting cognitive function. This particularly decreased the body’s stress hormone, cortisol.

Mucuna: Supports dopamine levels, memory, and improves brain function.

Rhodiola rosea: An antioxidant, promotes brain health, reduces inflammation of neural cells, and protects neurotoxicity. Reduces fatigue, improves the mood, and lowers stress.

Zizyphus jujuba: Supports mental health and sleep aid. Helps with relaxation.

Passionflower: Sleep aid and relieves the anxiety disrupting sleep patterns.

Scutellaria lateriflora (Skullcap): Calms nerves and stress. Enhances the mood and works as an antioxidant, protecting against damaging inflammation.

Kava: Reduces stress, and promotes relaxation. Also, works as a sleep aid.

Saffron: Balances the mood, relieves stress and calms anxiety.

These herbal remedies are available at natural food stores across the country. You can also order them online.

When combined, eastern and western medicine can help with mental illness at all different angles. After years of abuse and when first entering treatment, it is recommended to comply with doctor's orders. After a few years of sobriety, under the regulation of a doctor, someone in recovery from addiction may or may not begin to taper off medication and use herbal remedies. This is risky and it’s not for everyone. However, for those who used substances that may cause some of the symptoms and it no longer persists, it could be the next step down.

If you are struggling with addiction, alcoholism and/or mental health, there’s hope! Enlightened Solution’s clinical, holistic, and 12-step approach will help you gain back your freedom to live a happy, joyful life. For more information call today: 833-801-5483.

When You Start Meditating

Meditation is a helpful spiritual tool for recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. People associate all kinds of images and ideas with meditation without knowing just what will happen when they start meditating. Here are some of the things you might have to endure when you start meditating.

You Sleep Better

Meditation before bed is as good as medicine. Slowing down the nervous system and helping the brains settle down, meditation encourages the body to reset after all the chaotic happenings of the day. Focusing on the breath helps the body and brain get that extra bit of oxygen it needs before going to sleep. When oxygen reaches the muscles, it helps them relax. Some people find that their mind races before going to sleep. Meditation helps to quiet the mind. Practicing some mindfulness with meditation will train the brain to let go of the stress from the day and focus only on the present moment, which is thankfully bedtime.

You Notice Your Thoughts More

Mindful meditation asks you to pay attention to the thoughts that come up as you try to settle your mind into not thinking much. You acknowledge the thoughts which arise, notice them, actively try not to label or judge them, then practice just letting them go. In doing so, you start to recognize patterns of what you’re thinking and why you’re thinking it. When adverse situations arise which would usually call for a particular reaction, you find yourself stopping to think about that reaction before acting on it. Where you might have once reacted adversely, you find yourself able to pause, notice your thoughts, and take a moment to choose how you would rather react.

You Become More Compassionate

Learning to recognize patterns of your own suffering through noticing your thoughts and observing how they effect you helps you to be more compassionate toward yourself. Compassion is about recognizing that someone experiences suffering of their own, then developing a kind and loving sympathy for them. It is harder to be kind toward ourselves than it is to be kind toward others. When we meditate and foster that self-compassion, our kindness toward others changes. It deepens and widens in our hearts. We feel a whole-heartedness toward the world we never noticed before.

You Want To Meditate When You Can

Connecting to the breath is like connecting to the source of life. Even if you can’t engage in a full twenty minute or hour long meditation during the day, you find yourself searching for every opportunity you can to take a deep breath. Just taking one moment to mindfully take a deep breath in and let a deep breath out is a moment of meditation. Overtime, you’ll notice that when you are in need of receiving, your inhale will lengthen. Likewise, when you are in need of letting go, you will be able to exhale for longer without hardly taking a breath in.

Enlightened Solutions teaches our patients meditation as part of a spiritual skill set for overcoming the power of addiction to drugs and alcohol. We offer multiple levels of care to men and women seeking compassionate change in their lives regarding addiction and dual-diagnosis issues. For more information call 833-801-5483.