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Mental Hygiene

It is well known that our mental attitudes greatly influence our physical body as these two aspects are inextricably linked. Numerous studies confirming the health benefits of cultivating and maintaining a positive mental attitude and a calm, balanced mind are gaining attention in mainstream medicine with practitioners recognising the benefits of mind- body medicine techniques as an essential part of their patient’s healing process.

Good mental hygiene practices are as important as physical hygiene practices such as washing our hands and cleaning our teeth. When the mind becomes cluttered with thoughts we can lose our ability to think clearly or become confused, uncertain, apathetic and tired. Physical symptoms such as muscle tension, headaches, digestive disturbances, fatigue and low mood can all manifest from mental strain and overthinking. Meditation and mindfulness techniques, when practiced regularly, can help ‘clean up’ our mental realm, enabling us to gain a more objective perspective on our thoughts, reducing mental hyperactivity, and improving our capacity to focus and retain information.


Feeding our brains and nervous systems the right nutrients to function well is essential to the maintenance of our mental power and focus throughout the day. Starting the day with a balanced breakfast is important to set our mind and body in good stead. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains provide complex carbohydrates to fuel the brain whose primary fuel source is glucose. Quality fats and proteins from nuts and seeds such as walnuts and flaxseeds, fresh cold water fish, organic meats and eggs nourish and support the nervous system and provide building blocks required for production of brain chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine.

The Flowers of Transformation essences corresponding to the zodiacal sign of Gemini work like ‘mental floss’ to clear mental clutter from the nooks and crannies of our minds, helping to transform mental patterns and programmes that no longer serve us. This enables us to focus and maintain sharper, more aligned thought processes and mental faculties.

No 7 Mountain Parahebe supports communication of thoughts and information with balanced mental activity and focus. It enhances our capacity to take in and assimilate information, particularly in relation to study, exams and in similar situations where intense mental focus is required. Use No 7 Mountain Parahebe when mental distress, tension and despair are cluttering the mind and clouding a situation.

No 8 Matata is the essence of adaptability, supporting flexibility and versatility of mind. No 8 Matata is there for us when we’re stuck in our heads with thoughts cycling around and around making it difficult to relax or find a useful solution to a problem. No 8 Matata helps to centre the mind allowing calm and ease while discerning the right course to take. Use Matata to enhance openness to new ideas and information. It also helps quiet mental chatter that prevents sleep.


No 9 Koru is the understanding essence. Use for focused concentration and discipline of mind to achieve an objective. No 9 Koru supports the retention and communication of information and enhances our ability to find solutions to everyday problems by keeping our mind clear and sharp. Use No 9 Koru for times of mental tiredness and apathy and when wanting to change past behaviours to move forward.

Add 3 drops of each essence from the stock bottle to a glass of water and sip throughout the day. Alternatively, add 3 drops of each essence to a 25ml treatment bottle and take as a part of an ongoing maintenance programme. Essences can also be added to a mister filled with pure water and spritzed through the aura and around the home or office to enhance the energy of the space.

— Lana Raill
Lana holds diplomas in Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine and New Zealand Native Flower Essence Therapy, and is a First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® Registered Practitioner. Lana specialises in working with vibrational plant medicine in the form of First Light® flower essences and is available for consultations in Grey Lynn and Avondale on 021 02468952 or by email: