Mental illness is a serious issue that is too often pushed aside or stigmatized by society. Mental disorders are a brain illness that causes normal day to day activities to be more challenging than for the average person. Some can be caused by genetic factors, but others such as PTSD can be a result of a traumatic experience. Most however, are a result of several different factors put together. Sadly, many go undiagnosed and do not receive the treatment or aid they need to get by. Even the thought of needing medication or therapy can be considered a sign of weakness.
That aside, medication can sometimes have more side effects than actual benefits. That is why more natural forms of therapy and treatment have become increasingly popular throughout the years as a way to help with anxiety and depression.
So what plants and plant based substances can use to benefit your mental health and how can they be used?
In an article by Meredith Graves called “Plant Medicine: A Natural Pharmacology Primer For Anxiety And Depression”, she shares the ways you can help ease mental conditions with plant use. Graves shares multiple ways to use plant like substances to benefit your mental health whether you are suffering from a mental disorder or just need a little help to quit smoking. Not only does she go through several different types of plant based substances that improve the mind, but also explains how you can use them to enjoy their full mental benefits.
How does this effect your bath time experience?
A few of the plant based substances mentioned in Grave’s article are essential oils and bath salts. These are both natural substances that have been proven to benefit your mind, as well as your physical health. For example, she cites Lavender essential oil as a wonderful and all-purpose anxiety reducer to help you ease your mind. Though there are several ways to use your essential oils to benefit your mood, mixing them into your bath is a great way to combine the benefits of essential oils, bath salts, and of taking a bath in general.
It is important to note that essential oils, bath salts, and other plants should not be used to replace your own prescription medication unless recommended by your doctor or psychiatrist. Instead, these should be used as a commentary therapy or to just help improve your mood and mental ability through natural means.