Grief is most often associated with death of a loved one, even that of a beloved pet, but the emotion might arise from disappointments over health, relationships or career, as well. Separation from people who are close to you, or losses within your immediate circle, can trigger distress and sorrow. While there is not quick cure that mend a broken heart, herbs, aromatherapy, relaxation techniques and homeopathic remedies can help the grief stricken through the difficult bereavement process.
Use every opportunity to express your feelings of grief with friends or family and seek out an organized support group. Exercise to relieve stress and elevate your mood, and consider massages, meditation and music to help alleviate your emotional turmoil. If you have prolonged depression, weariness with life or suicidal thoughts, it is crucial to seek the help of an expert immediately.
Relaxation Restores Balance
Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or yoga, promote a sense of perspective and renewal, helping the grief-stricken to center themselves within their emotions.
Lemon Balm Lifts The Spirits
Take a bath with 2 to 3 drops of lemon balm essential oil to help lift your spirits, relieve anxiety and fight depression. Long recognized as a comforting herb, lemon balm has a calming effect. Add a few drops of oil to a diffuser for the same relaxing results.
Flower Remedies That Can Transform States Of Mind
Flower essences have been successfully used to transform negative states of mind into more positive outlooks. The star of Bethlehem essence is helpful for sorrow and shocks the psyche. Take 4 drops of the essence 4 times a day, holding the liquid in your mouth for a few seconds before swallowing.
Herbs For The Healing Process
When grief causes insomnia, agitation and muscle tension, kava kava, Valerian and passion flower may be useful. Other uplifting herbs include lemon balm and St. John’s Wort extracts. For grief related exhaustion or poor concentration, consider Chinese ginseng, licorice root or Siberian ginseng, all of which support adrenal and nervous system function. Chamomile will help relieve your stomach pain, while linden will help lower your blood pressure and calm a rapid heartbeat.
Crying Offers Relief
Don’t resist the urge to cry. Crying is a natural process that offers relief and on one needs to be ashamed of it. If you are able to express your pain through crying, you will feel relieved and better able to accept your grief and move on.