Are you wondering why you’re experiencing panic attacks?
It’s common after childbirth due to hormones, insomnia, and vitamin levels.
But, have you ever wondered if you can “fix” it without medications? Let me show you how.
First, what are the most common symptoms of postpartum anxiety?
Panic Attack Symptoms
- shortness of breath
- “digestive issues”
- feelings of choking
- chest pain
- feel like your falling
- and a fear of dying
In this post, I’m going to share my favorite herbal remedies to reduce panic attacks; which include adaptogens and nervines combined, along with holistic practices that I teach in The Present Momma group coaching.
Here are the botanicals to help soothe your anxiety AND they are safe while breastfeeding.
Natural Treatment for Panic Attacks
Adaptogens for Stress
1. Ashwagandha (withania somnifera)
This is the first adaptogen I turned to when I was feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, and it’s still a personal favorite. Ashwagandha is “known to give you the strength and stamina of a stallion”, but is gentle enough for anyone coping with anxiety. When taken regularly, it can ease anxiety and improve sleep.
My favorite way to take Ashwagandha is with a tincture. Here is one I like> Ashwagandha tincture.
Some moms prefer supplements or powder. Try to find a high-quality supplement from a company you trust.
- Breastfeeding? Withania somnifera is considered Category C; compatible with breastfeeding ⁶ and has been used to promote lactation in Ayurvedic medicine. One teaspoon (.5g) of Withania powder may be given 2x day with milk for lactation.
Additionally, you’ll want to add herbal nervines to your diet.
Nervines for anxiety
2. Motherwort (leonurus cardiaca)
From motherhood to menopause, Motherwort is a true gift for women. It shouldn’t be used during pregnancy but should be your first go-to herb after birth. Motherwort’s calming qualities can help with everything from heart palpitations to extreme anxiety.
- Taking motherwort throughout the day can release tension and reduce panic attacks, and it’s a great solution for falling back to sleep if you wake up frequently during the night. This is my go-to remedy for heart palpitations.
- Motherwort has a bitter taste, so I find it’s best taken as a tincture. Follow the directions on the label for your dosing. I like this one.
- Breastfeeding safety: Motherwort is considered an L1/L2 by the German Commission E. Safe while breastfeeding.
3. Passionflower (pasque flower)
Calm a restless mind, and reduce tension headaches, painful periods, and insomnia with passionflower. Cooling to the body and tasty enough to add to your nightly tea or take in a tincture dropper for ease and efficiency.
- Breastfeeding: Passionflower is considered L1/L2 safe while breastfeeding by the German Commission E.
4. Skullcap (Scutelleria laterifolia)
Use Skullcap in cases of stress, anxiety, or tension to promote well-being and induce relaxation. You can use the loose leaf and add it to your Chamomile tea at night or combine this tincture with a Valerian tincture and take it nightly to reduce panic attacks and induce sleep.
- Breastfeeding safety: Skullcap is considered L1/L2 safe while breastfeeding by the German Commission E.
5. Milky oat tops
Milky oat tops are considered a mucilaginous botanical and known to boost milk supply but also when taken as a tea they soothe your nervous system.
See The ONE daily tea blend to help soothe your nerves every day.
Breastfeeding safety: Milky oats are considered L1/L2 safe while breastfeeding by the German Commission E.
Ready to learn more? Watch this video 👇
The postpartum time is a season of chaos. Herbal remedies can help soothe your nervous system and ease the longest days. Always consult your doctor before trying any of these and reach out if you have questions.
I’d love to know your thoughts. Do you think you could try some of these?