A Herbal Perspective on The New Year
Posted on 31 December 2015 by Leonie Satori
Herbs have a long history of use helping us to gain a better perspective on our past and encouraging clarity and focus for a healthy future. As one chapter ends and a new one begins, it is only natural that we ponder the year past, look at our achievements and perceived failures and work on beginning the new year with a clear view and fresh ideas. Here we look at some natural ways to better view the achievements of the past and look towards a healthy, happy and prosperous future using Western Herbs, Ayurvedic Medicine and Flower Essences.“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards” - Søren Kierkegaard
Sandalwood, Meditation and Reflection
Quiet times often follow the increased activity that comes with the festive season and new year and making use of this space can help us to find time to reflect and calm the mind.
Sandalwood has a long history of use in Australia, in Ayurvedic medicine and throughout other parts of the world for meditation and quiet contemplation. Called Chandana in Ayurvedic medicine, sandalwood powder can be mixed into a paste and applied to the forehead to enhance relaxation and meditation. Cooling and calming in nature, sandalwood is beneficial for those with a 'hot head', making it ideal for busy, analytic minds. The fragrant volatile oils in sandalwood make a highly valuable and therapeutic essential oil which is suitable for use in massage oils or as a personal fragrance while meditating.
Pink Flannel Flower and Gratitude
A journey towards a balanced and healthy life not only requires reflection, but also hope for the future. Reflection on our past achievements and experiences can bring about negative feelings from some tough times or some poor decisions, and it is often only on reflection that we can see that those negative experiences have in fact shaped our character and prepared us for a brighter future.
An Australian Bush Flower Essence, pink flannel flower helps to bring about appreciation of and gratitude for the little things in life. An excellent remedy to use when considering the achievements of the past year, this flower essence helps us to truly see our life in perspective and appreciate the details and beauty in life.
Brahmi, Clarity and Focus
In an increasingly cluttered and confusing world, the new year is an excellent time to simplify and develop healthier lifestyle habits. Often a good time to clear out the kitchen cupboards and make new habits with clean foods and exercise routines, the new year can help to encourage clarity and focus on our life goals.
One the most popular Ayurvedic herbs and increasingly popular in Western Herbal Medicine, Brahmi (Bacopa monniera) is an excellent herb for finding clarity and focus, especially when embarking on a new adventure. An easy herb to grow in the Northern Rivers NSW, Brahmi is an excellent nervine herb that is is known for it's medhya effect, or ability to enhance mind power. Traditionally used in a powdered herb format, Brahmi is said to improve all aspects of mental functioning, making it an excellent herb for starting the new year, clarifying goals and de-cluttering life in general.
As this years comes to a close and the door of a new year opens, herbs and natural remedies encourage us to achieve our best – valuing experience, learning from our mistakes, appreciating and showing gratitude for abundance in life.
Thank you to all of you who have shared your life, your experiences and joy with us at Sundala Health this year – we truly are grateful for your support and friendship.
About the Author
Leonie is a Naturopath & Medical Herbalist with a passion for good food, healthy living and of course, herbal medicine. When she is not consulting in her wellness clinic in Lismore or blogging about nutrition, Ayurvedic Medicine or natural health, she is studying yoga, growing her own herbs and vegetables or quietly walking in the natural bush land in Northern Rivers NSW.
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