Natural remedies to lift you up – whatever your mood
I really love natural remedies. Not only because I’m an environmentalist, but also and mostly because I believe that Nature is...
I really love natural remedies. Not only because I’m an environmentalist, but also and mostly because I believe that Nature is a cabinet of powerful medicine – something the modern Western world seems to have forgotten.
In The Boho Loft this month, we’re talking about our health and how to look at ourselves and our lives holistically. As part of the material for this month’s topic, together with my dear friend and colleague Veronica Pacella – Holistic nutritionist, and health and life coach – I’ve put together a list of natural remedies that will lift you up – whatever mood you’re in.
I invite you to keep this list at hand (you can download a printable version here), and to refer to it whenever you feel you need a boost.
For the BODY:
Upon waking up, drink a glass of water with the juice of half a fresh lemon. This will help you to make your body more alkaline and strengthen your digestion. Be aware, though, that lemon juice can make your teeth sensitive, so adjust the amount of lemon juice to what works best for you.
Massage your body regularly with flower essences and oils to nurture your feminine side and return to your body.
Stretch your body for a few minutes throughout the day. Get up from your desk, or stop what you’re doing and take a few deep breaths. This will oxygenate your body and muscles, and energize you instantly.
For the MIND:
Use positive affirmations to help strengthen your mindset. These affirmations can be anything you want, as long as they are optimistic in nature and offer a positive vision of you and your future. E.g: I am enough just as I am. I am powerful. I can do this.
Practice mindfulness or stillness. Being more aware of yourself and the ‘now’ allows your mind to quiet down. This results in less stress and anxiety, and more happiness and wellbeing.
For the SOUL:
Take short meditation breaks throughout the day. Just a few minutes of deep breathing and concentrating on your breath can be enough to lighten your mood, and your mind.
Use meditative prayer to allow your soul to speak to you. In meditative prayer, what I do is ask a question, and then focus on my breathing and allow the answer to come to me. The point is to create space, and to accept what unfolds without judging or forcing anything.
Have an attitude of gratitude. Count your blessings daily. Start with the smallest and most common things first, such as the roof over your head, the people in your life, and the food on your table. From there, develop a gratitude habit and take a few minutes out of your day to say “thank you” for what you have. Or simply to the people around you for what they mean to you.
For your EMOTIONS:
Explore the benefits of flower essences, and in this case, the Australian Bush Flowers:
Bottlebrush: with the characteristic shape of a brush, this helps to improve gut function and to “let go” emotionally of what will no longer serve us positively.
Boab: this helps us to be free from the influences of family and reliving or repeating negative thought patterns. It releases repressed emotions and allows us to go our own way without relying on the influence of family models acquired unconsciously.
Crowea: excellent for stomach issues, it helps to regulate stomach secretions and to drain the emotions that have manifested physically in this organ, such as anxiety and worries.
Dagger Hakea: a purifying essence for the liver, this helps a person to express his/her feelings and to drain the emotions associated with it, such as resentment and anger, encouraging forgiveness.
Five Corners: useful when you feel unsure and have low self-esteem, this promotes love and acceptance of yourself, and rediscovering and appreciating personal beauty and uniqueness.
Illawarra Flame Tree: a key essence for self-acceptance, self-confidence, and for rediscovering one’s inner strength.
Old Man Banksia: useful for those who often feel tired, don’t feel like being very active, or as if they must always be on and ready to support others, being available without ever being able to say no, this regulates the activity of the thyroid.
Sturt Desert Rose: this works on guilt and bitterness, allowing you to feel more freely, to follow your own motivations, and to go your own way, without being influenced by others, thus promoting greater integrity within yourself.
I hope this list of remedies will help you to reach for more natural ways to lift up your mood when you’re not feeling at your best. I’m a strong believer that Nature often knows best, and that we have a lot to learn from this natural approach to health.
So much so that I even got a bundle of Lotus Wei Flower Remedies put together especially for the multi-passionate and creative woman that you are, to help you to get into action and follow your passion.
Of course, as always, I would love to hear what you think about natural remedies, and the ones that lift you up. So be sure to comment below and let me know.