Caution: Consult a medical professional if you have major depression, a potentially dangerous condition that requires correct diagnosis and treatment. Home remedies should only be used with medical approval. Also, check with your medical professional for prescription drug contraindications, and double check with your pharmacist to be extra sure.
From now until the new year I'm going to write about depression, focusing on a remedy per day. Today's post is about mustard flower essence for depression. And by depression, I do not mean major depression. I mean something more like the holiday blues.
If you're thinking vibrational medicine sounds kinda hokey, well okay, it kinda does, especially to someone who is not familiar with it. Perhaps you're familiar with quantum mechanics? Not so much? I assure you, the effects of flower essences and homeopathic remedies are real, however subtle the essence may be.
Think it's all in one's head? Explain this: a homeopathic remedy, Rescue Remedy, that works wonderfully on pets! I'm not just saying that because of the charming advertisement. When I worked in a local health food store a veterinary clinic a mile up the road used to send clients to get Rescue Remedy by Bach--the one for humans, the pet version wasn't available then--for their pets, especially dogs who got skittish in Florida's fierce electrical storms. And they came back for more.
'Nuff said. Now let's talk about mustard flower essence.
I have used mustard flower remedy personally, as I am given to periods of depression, and find it quite helpful. The one I use is made by Flower Essence Services (FES). I've used several of their remedies and find they all work well for me.
There's lots of anecdotal evidence about mustard flower essence in books and on websites, but scientific studies are scanty and difficult to access, so the best way to see if this remedy will help you is to try it. Your local health food store may carry it; if not they can probably order some for you. It's also available online through Bach's website, Amazon, FES, etc.
Caution: flower remedies generally contain alcohol, such as brandy, so if you avoid alcohol, perhaps you can find one that is alcohol-free. Whole Energy Essences makes such products, but does not have mustard in its product list. Findhorn, in Scotland, also makes alcohol-free essences, but not mustard essence. (If you find some, please let me know or comment the info below.) (Oh, and if you know where they've hidden spell check on the blogger updated interface, please let me know! I'm a creative speller, and need it
Flower Essence Remedy: Mustard - a brief explanation of its qualities at healing.about.com
Bach flower remedies - Wiki