Mental Health and Herbalism

    I just finished a class in Mental Health and Herbalism and it gave me a lot of time to reflect on so many subtle and powerful forms of healing.   One definition of Mental Health: the psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment Many holistic forms […]

    I just finished a class in Mental Health and Herbalism and it gave me a lot of time to reflect on so many subtle and powerful forms of healing.  
    One definition of Mental Health: the psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment


    Many holistic forms of medicine consider mental health to be an essential part of healing and that many physical manifestations of illness are rooted in emotional holds. In Holistic Medicines, you may choose to use herbs to treat mental illness but do not forget the wide array of therapies to use with your teas and tinctures.


    Treatments to Consider Integrating into your Mental Health Protocols:
    Flower Essences
    Platicas/Story Medicine: learning to Listen or finding someone to listen with an open heart and open mind
    Aromatherapy for the spirit
    Cleansing with Smoke and water/Limpias(Barridas)/Sound: herbs, resins, smudging, tuning forks, bowls, bells, herbal baths
    Ritual and Ceremony, Chanting, Prayer and Song
    Bodywork/Massage-Touch
    Herbal Teas
    Family and Community Support
    Nature Therapy
    Magick and Divination
    Earth treatments
    Temazkals/Sweat Lodges
    Energy Work
    Divination


    Constitution and time of year play a big part.  The treatment must fit the client
    Always go back to the original insult or injury to the body.  Find the beginning of the story.  Start the treatment there
    The Elements of Ritual: Intention is key.  Create sacred space and teach your clients how to http://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/tib/ritual.htm
    1)Clearing space, this may be done with smoke or sound,  or something to clean the area(brooms)usually widdershiins
    2)Protecting the area you are working with a circle.  Drawing the area.  Sometimes these areas become permanent
    3) Asking for other energies to be present with you, lighting a candle to signal this(ancestors, spirit guides, earth energies)
    4)  Pray or perform ceremonies of healing in this space
    5) Seal the intent.  Sometimes this is done with something that can be carried around afterwards
    6) Release the energies
    7) Close the circle


    This sort of creation of sacred space is important for both you and your clients/loved ones.  What your put energy towards becomes your reality.  Words and intent are part of this


    Herbs for the Spirit: May be used in drop dosage
    any herb can be used to affect the spirit and mental health in drop dosage some common examples include:
    Mimosa Albizia : He Huan Ha Collective Happiness Flower, regulating to life force
    Pasque Flower  Anemone : Let things move thru you like the wind, and ground you from wind and make decisions
    Lemon Balm Melissa: Bee Happy and Alive, headaches, glandular support, elevate
    Vervain Verbena Bendability and shifting.  Movement from one place to another in the psyche.  You can do it, if you want to
    Chasteberry Vitex: Take away the haunting addiction,calm the frantic desire
    Wood Betony Stachys: Bring to center and clear the head for dreams
    Rose Rosa: Open and soften the heart


    Aromatherapy for the Spirit
    Vetivert-grounding and opening
    Lavender-panic attacks and anxiety
    Mint-Invigorating and clears the head
    Cedarwood-Grounds and centers and slows
    Orange-Lifts the spirit
    Rose-Again softens the heart


    Flower Essences for the Spirit


    Some ways of assessing the correct remedy for yourself or a client:
    Muscle Testing
    Pulse Reading
    Marma
    Hara
    Cranial Sacral


    Things to remember:
    • Spend time creating the proper Space for healing, especially when dealing with mental health issues
    • Protect yourself by be present and grounded. techniques include wearing a white or light colored head covering
    • Drugs: When to Say When. Sometimes Drugs can save people’s lives. Dont suggest or act in ways that could create a life threatening situation. I am very much a believer in natural therapies and seen them do amazing things. Some people have gotten off of meds and led much healthier lives BUT I lost one of my close friends many years agowhen she tried to stop taking her medication. She ended up taking her life while in a bad epsiode. For her I will always remember that there is a time and a place for medications. With all of that said Walk in Beauty and may you find peace