Stress is the body’s response to unreleased emotional tension, along with the inability to create positive energy. Are you having enough fun? Are you laughing enough to know that most problems are short-term and most everything has a solution? Drama gathers stress and must be drained away with creative endeavors without perfectionism and competition. Aerobic exercise also releases stress, especially when done consistently.
Causes of Stress: logical thinking without another outlet - people that think too much. Medieval authors wrote that thinking too much caused melancholy (depression); Stress often comes from office jobs when a person does not have another creative outlet.
Results of Stress: Affects your self-esteem; takes the fun out of life, makes you too serious; and the following health problems may possibly emerge:
- Heart disease
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Chronic fatigue
Organs affected by stress:
- Endocrine – bodily and organ functions
- Central nervous system – stress reactions
- Hypothalamus – brain and body controller
- Limbic system – emotional center of the brain
- Pituitary – controls growth
- Adrenals – energy
- Pancreas – digestive and insulin
- Liver - detoxification
Becoming numb to problems can also make them worse as there is little incentive for counseling or other therapies. Modern medicine puts a band aid on symptoms so that a person can “get on with life.” Who needs to actually resolve their problems any way? Doctors prescribe benzodiazepines for anxiety or anti-depressants. The problem is that many people become numb emotionally, lose their sex drive, and some even become suicidal or homicidal. Then there are the issues of dependency, toxicity and other side effects of the medications.
One natural perspective for stress is replacing pent up emotions with loving, creative, non-competitive releases. Do the basics, like choosing a moderate lifestyle where work and play are in balance. It is also sleeping eight hours a night, and enjoying your work and family. It also includes a diet rich in vitamins, nutrients and anti-oxidants. Avoid tobacco, alcoholic, coffee, black tea, soda, and fast food.
Natural supplements for stress include a good B-Complex at 100-200 mg per day for nutritional support. Magnesium and calcium help calm nerves and muscles.
Herbs for Stress
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.
Dave’s Positive Mind Formula – helps calm the mind and heart and bring a sense of peace.
Dave’s Mood Formula – feeds the nerves and calms.
Reishi mushroom – for those that stay in their brains and have office jobs. It calms the left brain (logic) and promotes meditation supporting better sleep.
St. John’s wort (not to be taken with anti-depressants). Works for heart depression, respiratory problems, nervous conditions and helps on colds and flues.
Melissa (Lemon balm) calms the heart as well as supports the thyroid.
Cell Salts to Help with Stress
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.
#2 Calc phos 6X – overwhelmed sensations with irritability
#6 Kali phos 6X – general nerve support, depression
#9 Nat mur 6X– for overwhelming stress where a person wants to isolate (be by themselves)
Stress Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.
Arsenicum album – restlessness at night; perfectionism and ultra-organized, neat and tidy housekeepers; must overdo everything.
Aurum metallicum – stress combined with financial worries; overwhelmed, depressed and may become suicidal.
Gelsemium – dullness, drowsy, dopy, and apathy; fears getting up in front of groups, lots of fears; feels shaky inside.
Ignatia – stress from nervous exhaustion and SIGHING is the main outer sign; also from grief or loss.
Natrum mur – stress causes feeling of isolation, can’t stand consolation; dryness and salt cravings.
Phosphorus – social, wants to be around others; fears of the dark; may have nose bleeds.
Pulsatilla – cries easily, wants to be held, consoled; wants cool fresh air; has problems making decisions.
Sepia – exhausted, yells easily; avoids sex; caused by use of chemical birth control.
Source: Dave's Healing Notes