Did you know that up to 95% of Imams in America said they spend significant time each week providing informal mental health counselling to their congregation? In a Yale University study by Dr. Mona Amer noted that 50 percent of all Arab-Americans surveyed had clinical signs of depression. In another study, it was found that Muslim youth aged 18 to 28 are the least happy and the most angry compared to the youth of other faith groups in America.
Healing with flowers is not a new idea as the ancient Egyptians and Romans used flowering plants for medicinal purposes. But, the modern tradition of healing with flowers began in the early 1930’s with Dr Edward Bach. He was a medical doctor and one of the earliest homeopaths at the beginning of the twentieth century. Disillusioned by modern medicine, he believed that every physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual symptom offered clues as to what we need to restore balance. Over time, he discovered flower remedies.
Dr Edward Bach believed (and physicians now agree) that a person’s mental state plays a vital role in physical well-being and the ability to recover from illness and injury. In order to improve his patients’ mental health, Dr. Bach utilized various dilutions of flower essences as natural remedies for depression and anxiety.
One of the characteristics of a depressed mood is self-blame and self-scorn. Since every depressive mood is destructive (from the perspective of a day to day existence), so too are these two behaviours, meaning that they serve no purpose other than to drag us deeper into depression rather than provide relief from it. This is why it makes sense to work on this type of self-concept and eliminate it so that our mood can become better, healthier. Real relief from this is a flower remedy made from a Pine flower.
Sweet Chestnut helps in situations when we are overwhelmed with despair after a loss, when previously we did everything in our power to avoid this loss. This overwhelming despair, accompanied by a lot of crying and feelings of despondency, as if we have reached the end of the road and there is no way out, will be overcome and eliminated using this remedy.
Star of Bethlehem, a grassy plant with stunning star-shaped flowers, helps in all situations of shock and trauma — when we cannot believe what has happened, happened to us, when we refuse to accept loss (of a loved one, dignity or status) and our feelings become paralyzed, frozen, our faces freeze and we cannot even shed a tear.
Mustard is an excellent remedy for sudden episodes of depression that seem to come out of nowhere and when they strike there is nothing we are able to pinpoint as a cause or a trigger. Unpredictable episodes of sudden, dark moods (which are characteristic of teenagers or the morning blues that keep us gloomy-minded until we are fully awake) are quickly eliminated by this remedy.
Olive is good at tackling our physical and mental exhaustion head on. An exhausted person becomes absent and numb, they are aware of their gloom and a total lack of motivation which easily leads to a depressive mood. ”I’m tired of life” is their usual comment. Olive revitalizes our energy, makes us aware that we are tired and aware of our vital need for sleep and rest. It is excellent at eliminating insomnia, which is a consequence of our exhaustion.
The Sakinah flower essence is a combination of 7 flower essences designed to combat depression and anxiety. To take them, just put 4-5 drops of the flower essence into a cup of water and drink. You can also put the drops under your tongue. Take them once in the morning and once in the evening. Unlike essential oils, the flower essence do not have a smell to them.
For more information or to schedule an HijamaHerbs appointment for healing physical, emotional or sihr/jinn ailments, contact Amin Shah at 617-787-5151 or email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
HijamaHerbs sessions are also available for ladies. It is performed by Nusrat Shah. For children, we normally do not perform hijama, however herbs, homeopathic remedies and emotional healing is performed.