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Old 09-25-06, 08:14 PM   #1
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Plants are powerful teachers. Sometimes when I'm feeling really depressed, I go out into the garden and just sit with the plants. I always leave feeling rejuvenated and...alive.
Plants are aware. They can communicate with us, and they do...we don't always pay attention, but they're doing it all the time. A great many scientific studies have been done regarding this "phenomenon". The Secret Life of Plants is an excellent book which details some of these experiments.
Just now, I was feeling...not very good...and I happened to look in the direction of one of my beautiful house-plants. The plant was glowing; it caught my eye. I stared at it for several moments, and felt myself being filled with a very subtle, very gentle energy which I would characterize as Love. This transmission of love helped me to feel a little better.
Part of the magic of plant medicine is in the energy of the living plants...this is true for all plant medicine.
This is definitely true for St. John's Wort. St. John's Wort is an herb of the sun; it grows in sunny, warm areas and blooms around the summer solstice. It has a very special affinity for that warm, life-giving energy which characterizes the sun. As such, it is particularly effective for treating depression where there is a lack of "light" in the life: it is very helpful for people who need that warming, vital force of the sun.
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Old 09-25-06, 08:29 PM   #2
 
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hey dreamer, i totally agree with you. plants are definately the answer. and i'm a sun worshiper too. i get so depressed in the winter. unfortunately st johns wort has the opposite effect on me. plus it interferes with birth control, so it's one people have to be careful with. but if you can think of any others for people who spend too much time in the dark i'd love to hear your suggestions.
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What does St. John's do to you?
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makes me emotionally irrational, more up and down than usual
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St. John's is indicated for mild to moderate depression. I've heard people say that it's totally ineffective for severe depression, but I've successfully used it for this. It can work adversely, esp. on people with bipolar disorder, since it can initiate a manic phase. This is not always the case, however.
I'm sorry that it does weird things to you...have you ever tried any herbs which really worked to help you? If so, I would love to hear about your experiences...
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is a very potent antidepressant. It works instantly, unlike Hypericum, and I've never heard anything about any sort of mania-inducing properties or the like. You might give it a try. It's MUCH more effective fresh. I like to make a Lemon Balm glycerine tincture (50/50 vodka/glycerine) with fresh Lemon Balm. That stuff kicks me out of the shit hole FAST (great for immediate relief)...the problem for me is getting up the motivation to actually open the bottle and take it. That's depression for you!
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