Month: April 2017

Integrated Practice For Depression-Aromatherapy with Essential Oils

A Blog Post by Judy Thompson, Director Mind-Body Services (reprinted from our email newsletter):

Aromatherapy is the utilization of essential oils, which are highly concentrated distillations of all the components and properties present in the plant (carbon, hydrogen, amino acids) and the application of these as therapy for conditions, ailments and healing.
Using essential oils for depression is a way to incorporate an integrated alternative modality into your treatment plan.
Why do you want to? There have been several studies on the use of aromatherapy with the brain functions and neurotransmitters in relation to emotions and mood. A study in 1995 found that a slow diffusion of three essential oils over a period of two weeks allowed patients to reduce their dose of antidepressants.
This recipe incorporates bergamot, roman chamomile and lemon essential oils in an easy to use, safe application.
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Integrated Practice for Depression-Meditation with Citrine Crystal

A Blog Post by Judy Thompson, Director Mind-Body Services (reprinted from our email newsletter):

Citrine is part of the mineral family of quartz crystals that varies in color from light butter yellow to golden amber.  It is a gemstone that helps bring clarity and settling to the mind, as well as increase one’s sense of value and self-confidence. Citrine is most often used for manifestation, that is, the action of authenticating dreams into reality.

Natural citrine, as pictured above, highlights unique cuts and demarcations on each gemstone, and these are part of the magic and gifts found in each stone: sunny positivity and optimism, fresh beginnings, release of negativity.  It is an empowering crystal for depression because it brings polarity to the pain and negativity as felt and experienced in depression. In using citrine for depression, it is the crystals ability to appeal to the “higher-mind” or true self, that brings about the strength to recognize and remember joys outside of the everyday throbbing pain being experienced.
To invite in lightness, levity and love (all of which counteract oppositely to the feelings and pain of depression) choose a citrine crystal and try the following meditation.  If you don’t have citrine, you can find natural cuts of the gemstone in our boutique.

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