Many people are exploring natural and holistic remedies for their health before turning to prescription and over the counter drugs and traditional medicine. Today’s life-style has created stress at an all time high. Here are three holistic approaches to stress and common conditions.
The healing art of Reiki is an energy-based, non-invasive treatment that restores and balances the human energy field. Reiki can reduce stress, decrease pain and promote healing. If you do an internet search of Reiki, you will find many anecdotal stories of healing, some of them miraculous sounding.
Yesterday I had my first Reiki treatment. My goal was stress-reduction. As my treatment began, I attempted to relax by saying a prayer and closing my eyes. I kind of lost my sense of time, and continued with my eyes closed, feeling calm, however after a bit I felt self-conscious as my stomach began making noises. I opened my eyes and kind of giggled nervously, but was re-assured that often happens as the body releases negative energy. My Reiki practitioner then went on to tell me the Blessed Virgin was present, which was unusual in her experience, as well as my father, who passed away over 4 years ago. I immediately felt extremely emotional, and explained I had said several Hail Marys as we began. It was not a sad emotion, but a surprisingly strong emotional reaction and my tears were flowing. The treatment continued, and my mind wandered a bit. I continued feeling quite emotional, and felt the presence of another loved one that had passed away nearly 40 years ago.
The treatment lasted about 30 minutes, leaving me feeling both lighter and a bit drained. Most often the outcome is a lighter feeling, or a balancing, but each person’s experience is unique. Learn more about Reiki in A Modern Reiki Method for Healing.
I saw a T-shirt with a bloody bullet hole picture and the phrase “Don’t worry, my wife has an oil for this.” Essential oils probably won’t work for bullet wounds, but they are definitely worth trying for other conditions. Essential oils can provide support for clearing nasal passages, relaxation, skin conditions, aches and pains. This summer I’ve been using a blend for allergy support, and so far haven’t felt the need for over the counter pills.
For stress reduction and relaxation both diffusing and massage are beneficial. 2-4 drops of NEROLI in a diffuser is a great essential oil to start with. Read more about neroli and some great relaxing blends you can make with essential oils in Neal’s Yard Remedies Essential Oils Book.
Essential oils are powerful, and even though they come from nature, they need to be used with caution, especially around children, pregnant women and pets. Consult with a certified aromatherapist for more information.
Tapping is relatively new, compared to some of the other remedies, but the concepts it’s based on are thousands of years old. The action calms the nervous system and restores the balance of energy in the body, and in turn rewires the brain to respond in a healthier manner. It can be beneficial for emotional trauma, chronic physical pain, compulsions and addictions. It lowers cortisol levels and changes beliefs, enabling our brain to change how it handles stress. Learn more about tapping in The Tapping Solution: A Revolutionary System for Stress-Free Living.
Finally, none of these holistic remedies is meant to be a substitute for health care from a licensed practitioner, however using natural methods to reduce stress can be of benefit to your overall health and wellbeing.
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