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5 Homeopathic remedies for postpartum insomnia

5 Homeopathic remedies for postpartum insomnia

What if there was a magic pill to help you get to sleep faster? And all-natural?

In this post, I’ll share the life-changing homeopathic remedies to help you get to sleep faster – without medications.

And the benefit?

Homeopathy is safe if you’re pregnant, and breastfeeding and it’s really safe for kids of all ages. So if your children happen to get into your homeopathic medicine, it’s ok. There’s no harm done.

But, wait. We also want to get to the root cause of why you’re not sleeping, because when you don’t sleep anxiety and depression set it.

And..the challenging part of homeopathy is it’s hard to choose the right remedy. So, it takes patience and time to learn which remedy is the right one for your body.

One more thing… the body needs deep nourishment after birth. So you may need more than homeopathy to help cure your anxiety, but this is a great first step.

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First, here are some homeopathic principles to consider:

  • the homeopathic remedy is based on YOUR unique symptoms
  • these symptoms can change and WILL when you find the right remedy
  • sometimes your symptoms get worse before they get better
  • BUT, the symptoms should always move outward {i.e. vomiting, diarrhea, fever etc. }
  • stop dosing the remedy when your symptoms change
  • if you don’t see a shift or a change, like going to sleep, it could be the wrong remedy
  • always watch and wait
  • note the time that you wake up at night, to find the correct remedy
  • always purchase 6 or 30c if you’re not working with a trained homeopath

To learn more about homeopathy, watch this free training: https://youtu.be/NRB-t2rqB8g

Let’s get started.

So, what is postpartum Insomnia?

Postpartum insomnia can occur after any pregnancy. I say pregnancy because if you’ve had a miscarriage, you could still struggle with insomnia due to the hormone shifts you’re experiencing.

Insomnia can occur anytime after your pregnancy, but often women notice when they stop breastfeeding or when their child is 3+ months.

Because hormones are involved, occasionally homeopathy does not work. See my youtube channel for more remedies to heal postpartum adrenal fatigue.

So, what are the secret remedies? Here are five of my favorite remedies for insomnia. Write down your unique symptom first, then look for a remedy below.

5 Homeopathic medicine for insomnia

#1 Coffea cruda 30c

  • When you’re sleepless from excitement and joy, Coffea will help.
  • You may have difficulty going to sleep, your body is “tired and wired”.
  • You may have had too much coffee or caffeine during the day.
  • Your heart has a violent irregular palpitation.
  • You may have worries, overactive thoughts, and are sensitive to pain.
  • You might sleep until 3:00 am, and you wake up with a start.
  • You’re full of ideas, quick to act and toss about in anguish.

#2 Nux vomica 30c

  • Known as the “student’s remedy” it’s helpful when you can’t turn your mind off. ¹
  • Best remedy if you have digestive troubles from overindulging with food, tobacco, or alcohol {I’ve used this with a friend who drank too much! They vomited and then felt better}
  • You may have constipation, feeling as if a part remains unexpelled. Itching, blinding hemorrhoids.
  • Backache in your lumbar spine, burning in the spine; worse from 3-4 am.
  • You cannot sleep after 3:00 am, towards the morning. You wake up feeling wretched.
  • You’re better from a nap.
  • This is best given in the evening.

#3 Pulsatilla 30c

  • This person is like a broken record, you can’t stop the recurring thoughts
  • You may be sensitive, weepy, crave open air, and are sensitive to heat
  • Also, it can dry up your milk when you no longer need it – so be careful on dosing if you’re breastfeeding
  • You’re worse at night, after eating, and in a warm room, lying on your left or painful side
  • Your better from moving, open-air, and you crave cold food and drink even though your not thirsty

#4 Arsenicum 30c

  • This is best if you’re sleepless with worry
  • You’re anxious, restless, fearful, and irritable
  • You’re weak and exhausted
  • You desire open air, but you’re sensitive to cold
  • You fear suffocation when you are laying down
  • You are sleepy but unable to sleep
  • Thirsty for small drinks
  • Worse from right side, after midnight, sight or smell of food, cold drinks
  • Better from warmth, head elevated and hot drinks

#5 Cocculus Indicus 30c

  • Known as the “nurse’s remedy”
  • It’s the best remedy if you get up to feed your baby and can’t go back to sleep
  • You may notice time passes quickly
  • Aversion to food, drink, or tobacco and you may have a metallic taste in your mouth
  • You’re worse: after eating, after the loss of sleep, and open-air

Best homeopathic remedy for insomnia

I do love the homeopathic blend Sleep Calm FOUND HERE. It’s a nice blend that includes a passionflower to help calm the “monkey mind” or to shut your brain off so the thoughts quiet down. Let me know if you try it!

Conclusion

Homeopathy is a safe, effective way to get to sleep fast. But, keep in mind, that it’s hard to choose the right remedy and the remedies are based on your unique symptoms. There are many more to choose from if these do not work and it’s best to take a homeopathic course to learn the unique strategies of dosing. The best thing to do is to write down your symptoms every night and then highlight the unique symptom that is strange, rare, and unusual for you. Then, search for the one remedy that matches this unique symptom.

Could this work for you? Let me know in the comment area below if you love homeopathic remedies, so I know to create more information like this.

If you’re a mom struggling with insomnia and hate using conventional medication herbs and homeopathic medicine can help you. Joining the 10-sleep restore BootCamp for just $27 to feel like yourself again; even if you’re breastfeeding. JOIN HERE.

xo

Tara

References:

References

Boericke, William; Boericke’s New manual of homeopathic materia medica with repertory

Panos, Maesimund B. and Heimlich, Jane; Homeopathic medicine at home

Ashwagandha vs St. John’s Wort

Ashwagandha vs St. John’s Wort

Wondering if you should be taking Ashwagandha or St. John’s Wort for postpartum depression {PPD} and anxiety?

One of the biggest mistakes I made when I had PPD was just taking one herbal tincture at a time.

You need a COMBINATION of botanicals when you’re struggling with depression and/or anxiety.

But, wait. Don’t overdo it.

Finding a supplement that combines BOTH herbs would be best, rather than taking the full dosing of each herb alone; especially if you’re breastfeeding.

So, let’s dive in.

What are the benefits of Ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha Benefits

Known to give you the strength of stallions, It’s an adaptogen, mild sedative, pain reliever, and anti-inflammatory.

  • It’s considered safe for breastfeeding. Lactation Category C or compatible with breastfeeding by Mills & Bones ³
  • It can re-regulate the thyroid & adrenal glands {a common concern postpartum}
  • It’s effective in helping if you have anxiety, fatigue, cloudy thinking, and insomnia
  • It’s rich in iron and can be used to treat iron deficiency when taken as a powder * see below
  • It can relieve muscle pain and cloudy thinking
  • Dosing
    • Take 4-10 ml a day for acute pain, anxiety, depression, fatigue, tired and wired, hypothyroidism, PMS, postpartum depression & stress
  • Keep in mind, it’s not to be used during pregnancy, and caution if you’re taking medications
  • Watch this video as I discuss the difference between Ashwagandha and St. John’s Wort

Wondering how to overcome postpartum depression naturally? Start this free 5-day email challenge today👇

Is Ashwagandha safe while Breastfeeding?

  • It’s considered a Level1 botanical if you’re breastfeeding. Yes, it’s safe!
  • Read this post to learn more

Ashwagandha while breastfeeding

St. John’s Wort for PPD

  • Known as the #1 natural antidepressant
  • It’s also antiviral {herpes}, nervines, can be used topically as well as a vulnerably

Use St. John’s Wort for:

  • chronic pelvic pain
  • endometriosis
  • insomnia
  • PMS
  • perimenopause
  • vulvovaginitis
  • topically cracked nipples and perineum – Just make sure you wipe it off before breastfeeding!
  • But, if you’re taking SSRIs or other medications it is the #1 herb/drug interaction so please consult your doctor before taking

Is St. John’s Wort safe while Breastfeeding?

  • The German Commission E Considers it an L2/3 while breastfeeding, but there are no known contraindication
  • >>In one Study; Hyperforin was detected in low concentrations in the breast milk of moms who took 300mg of SJW 3xday starting 5 months Postpartum for Postpartum Depression and no adverse effects were found
  • Watch this video as I explain more..

What is St. John’s Wort good for?

  • good for mild/moderate depression
  • Keep in mind, it’s not to be used during pregnancy

In Summary

Ashwagandha is more of an adaptogen and considered safer to take while breastfeeding, take it daily to prevent postpartum depression & anxiety.

St. John’s Wort {SJW} is more for depression, baby blues, and even monthly depression.

One additional benefit is SJW, which may increase the breakdown of estrogen and therefore may boost progesterone levels – which may be affecting your sleep and postpartum recovery.

How do you know your progesterone levels are low?

  • you may experience irritability, anxiety, insomnia, and depression

P.S. Want to learn how to overcome postpartum depression naturally? Start your free challenge today!

 

8 Tips to make homeopathic medicine work for you

8 Tips to make homeopathic medicine work for you

Did you know, that the majority of parents are using homeopathic medicine incorrectly?

There are 8 simple steps to make it work for you.

If you’ve tried using those little sugar tablets with no results, keep reading.

But, first…

What is homeopathy and how does it work?

  • “Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine created in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann, based on his doctrine of like cures like (similia similibus curentur), a claim that a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people would cure similar symptoms in sick people.”
  • The remedies are so diluted that, based on chemistry, it is difficult to find any molecules of the original substance in the remedy YET, they are very mighty!
  • They are safe enough for children and the elderly, yet potent enough that you could create adverse effects if you do not know the principles.

Want to learn how to use natural remedies safely? Swipe my favorite remedies here:

Discover how to use homeopathic medicine with babies, toddlers & big kids.

How is homeopathy made?

  • Homeopathic medicine is made from minerals, plants, animals, poisons of animals, and bees and then diluted or successed {or shaken.}
  • The first stage in preparing a homeopathic remedy is to create a tincture or “mother tincture” by diluting the material in vegetable alcohol.
  • Then, the triturated mixture is repeatedly diluted and shaken or succussed for hours or days, depending on the potency or strength.
  • This process of diluting and succussing is called potentization. The potentized homeopathic medicine is then added to lactose tablets or pills.

How does homeopathy work?

  • One theory is that succession creates an electrochemical pattern that is stored in the dilutant and spreads like a liquid crystal through the body’s own water.
  • A second thought is the dilution process triggers electromagnetic imprinting which directly affects the electromagnetic field of the body.
  • It seems all sort of “woo woo” until you see the results.
What dosing should you purchase?
  • Ideally, you would need 1 dose, 1 time.
  • But often, we purchase blends of homeopathic medicine and it doesn’t “hit the spot” as it should
What is the Infinitesimal Dose?
  • The more a remedy is diluted and succussed (vigorously shaken), the stronger it becomes a cure. For example, 1M is stronger than 6c.
  • Always begin with 6 or 30c, unless working with a professional homeopath.
  • You can purchase homeopathic tablets as 6, 9, 12, 24, or 30 c or x.
  • >>>>I feel comfortable with purchasing 6c or 30c tablets for acute remedies.

How do you take homeopathy?

  • Tip a tablet into the lid of the bottle and tip it into your mouth without touching it.
  • Nothing will happen if you touch it, but you MAY absorb some of the “medicine”
    • Or tip in on the palm of the person taking the remedy; try not to touch the remedy if you are giving it to someone.
    • For babies? Add it to their bottle or toddlers to their sippy cup. Then wash the bottle or sippy cup with hot water.
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    • Never put back any tablets that have fallen out
    • Try not to eat, drink or brush your teeth for 10-20 minutes before or after taking a remedy
    • You should feel a shift occur if it is negative in any way STOP and wait.
    • You may have an increase in symptoms and then it will resolve. If you are not seeing results don’t repeat. There should be a beginning, middle, and end to your symptoms.

Homeopathy medicine acts as a catalyst, the remedy stimulating the body’s own vital force to heal itself.

Homeopathy for babies & toddlers

  • For Babies; Crush the tablet between two spoons and tipped dry onto the tongue.
  • Or alternatively, dilute the small sugar pill in water and/or bottle. {clean any item with hot water so the next person doesn’t get the remedy}
    • Dilute in water and use a syringe to insert into their mouth
    • Dilute in milk, water or juice in a sippy cup
    • Place on a spoon to eat
    • Toddlers can put in their mouth with a spoon

7 Things that Interfere with homeopathy

  • #1 Camphor (used as an ingredient in many cosmetics and salves, such as Tiger Balm, Blistex, Vick’s Vapor rub, Noxzema, Chapstick, Carmex, Sea Breeze, some shaving creams, liniments, and many other products which have a similar odor is a universal antidote and should be avoided.
  • #2 Electric Blankets.
  • #3 Certain Holistic therapies, such as acupuncture, craniosacral manipulation, polarity therapy, e.t.c. should not be used simultaneously with homeopathy.
  • #4 Strong odors in the mouth or the environment at the time of taking the remedy can inactivate the homeopathic medicine. That’s why we recommend taking the remedy at least 30 minutes before or 1 hour after eating, drinking (water is allowed), chewing gum, brushing your teeth, and smoking.
  • #5 Major dental work
  • #6 Excessive, and in some cases even moderate consumption of coffee and stimulants
  • #7 Street drugs, including marijuana

8 Tips to Make Homeopathic Medicine work for you

  1. Prescribe according to the urgency and unique symptoms
  2. Use one remedy at a time
  3. Avoid combined remedies
  4. Stop if you see an improvement
  5. Start again if the same symptom returns; repeat as needed
  6. If you have given 3-6 doses and have had no response, stop and reassess
  7. Change the remedy if the symptoms change and/or get worse
  8. Always seek professional help if your symptoms recur or do not improve
Use the Homeopathic Principles to guide you to ensure great results
      • Law Of Similars-
          • “Let like be cured with like”
          • Any substance that makes you ill can also cure you.
          • By symptoms, homeopathy means those changes that are felt by the patient or observer which may be associated with the disease.
      • The Single Remedy
          • Classical homeopathy gives one remedy at a time to gauge its effect more precisely than would be possible if two or more remedies were given together.
      • The Law of Cure
        • As someone becomes well, symptoms move from the innermost organs of the body to the outer organs
        • Cure moves from within to without
        • Cure takes place from above to below
      • Minimal Dose
        • Less is more, wait and see.
        • How little can I use and still produce a result?

A few questions I’ve been asked….

My favorite homeopathic kit

  • I love the Homeopathyworks.com : 50 remedy kit 30c
  • I found this one on amazon that is similar. You want one with 6 or 30c dosing.

My favorite Homeopathic Books

{click the links below to view them}

 

Conclusion

Homeopathic medicine works when you use it correctly. The symptoms may get worse at first AND then they should resolve. For example, your fever may spike— and then it should drop. This would be a good thing.

If the symptoms continue to get worse, stop the dosing.

It takes time and patience to learn how to use homeopathy and when you do learn the remedies, they will last you a lifetime.

Warmly~ Tara

P.S. Are you ready to learn more? Swipe my favorite remedies for kids here 👇

 

 

8 Ways to calm anxiety while pregnant

8 Ways to calm anxiety while pregnant

Are you wondering which herbs are safe during your pregnancy for stress and anxiety?

In this post, I’ll cover the top eight botanicals to ease your sleep and anxiety now. Plus, you’ll be able to use most of these during the postpartum period as well.

>>>>But, first, please note that the stronger herbs {Valerian, Skullcap, Passion Flower, and California poppy} may be considered; but due to lack of studies and their safety, they should be limited to:

  • short term use
  • and avoid in the first trimester

Keep in mind, teas are very nutritious and typically the chosen method during pregnancy, but when you need a quick method to get to sleep faster; you’ll want to choose a tincture or extract.

  • Consider drinking the teas 2 hours before bed to prevent nighttime waking.
  • And, you always want to check with your doctor before adding in any new herbal remedies; especially for first-time pregnancies.

See your doctor right away with any of the following signs:

  • vaginal bleeding
  • herpes breakout
  • severe pelvic or abdominal pain
  • severe mid-back pain
  • edema or hands and face
  • severe headaches, blurry vision
  • rupture of membranes prior to 37 weeks
  • regular uterine contractions
  • no fetal movement

So what are some common symptoms of prenatal anxiety?

10 Pregnancy Anxiety Symptoms

Here are the ten most common symptoms moms say they have when they experience anxiety.

  • you can’t sleep and have insomnia
  • heart palpitations – a quickening of your heart
  • dizziness, light head
  • stomach issues
  • tight chest
  • shortness of breath
  • headache
  • sweating
  • can’t focus
  • crying spells

What can you do about it?

Gradually add in one botanical at a time and consider walking daily, along with making yoga and meditation a priority to soothe your stress now – naturally.

8 Natural Remedies for Anxiety During Pregnancy

  • #1 Lavender {Lavandula officinalis}

    • To promote sleep, relieve anxiety – generally considered safe during pregnancy
    • The essential oil has been shown to inhibit the stimulant effects of caffeine.
    • The herb should be taken as a tea or tincture and the essential oil should never be taken internally during pregnancy.
      • Keep in mind, that essential oils may have an estrogenic effect on us; especially when taken internally.
  • #2 Chamomile {Matricaria recutita}

    • To promote relaxation, treat insomnia and digestive pain, like gas. Drink tea nightly 1-2 hours before bed to prevent night waking due to urination.
    • Dosing:
      • 1-5g/day in tea
  • #3 Lemon Balm {Melissa officinalis}

    • To promote sleep, relieve anxiety – generally considered safe during pregnancy
      • Patients with thyroid disorders or taking thyroid medication should avoid using Lemon Balm during pregnancy due to the theoretical risk of reducing thyroid function from this herb. {but highly unlikely}
    • The yummy lemony flavor is known to lift your spirits, reduce stress headaches, ADHD, SAD, and enhance your sleep.
  • #4 California poppy {Eschscholzia californica}

    • It promotes sleep, relieves anxiety, and is considered a stronger nervine than Chamomile, Lemon Balm, and Lavender.
    • Consider the tincture for short-term use if you cannot sleep and only in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters.
  • #5 Passionflower {Passiflora incarnata}

    • Used to quiet the mind, promote sleep, and relieve anxiety, and is considered a stronger nervine than Chamomile, Lemon Balm, and Lavender.
    • This is for the mom who cannot “shut off” her mind at night.. you lay thinking about the day. It’s like a radio station is turned on, passionflower is the off button.
    • Consider for short-term use in the 2nd or 3rd trimester ONLY.
  • #6 Skullcap {Scutellaria lateriflora}

    • Used for headaches, insomnia, stress, tension promote sleep, relieve anxiety, and is considered a stronger nervine than Chamomile, Lemon Balm, and Lavender.
    • Consider using it if you’re nervous, agitated, and have muscle spasms. You may be grinding your teeth and have restless leg syndrome.
    • Consider for short-term use in the 2nd or 3rd trimester ONLY.
    • Dosing:
      • Take 30 drops of tincture in 1/4 cup of water; 1-2x before bed, for short-term use only, or drink a cup of tea with a dash of skullcap in the tea.
  • #7 Valerian {Valeriana officinalis}

    • It promotes sleep, relieves anxiety, and is considered a stronger nervine than Chamomile, Lemon Balm, and Lavender.
    • Consider for short-term use in the 2nd or 3rd trimester ONLY.
    • Dosing:
      • Take 30 drops of tincture in 1/4 cup of water; 1-2x before bed. For short-term use only.
  • #8 Cramb bark {Viburnum opulus} & Black haw {Viburnum prunifolium}

    • Not necessarily a nervine; Cramp bark and Black haw can ease cramping and pain in the pelvic region – reducing the anxiety that may occur with this cramping.
      • These two botanicals have a long history of the use of spasmodic muscle discomfort.
      • During pregnancy, they have traditionally been used to relieve restless leg symptoms; in the legs, back, and particularly the calf.
      • You may also want to ask your doctor about adding Mg to your diet as well.
      • Considered generally safe during pregnancy and works amazingly fast for postpartum cramps and PMS.
    • Dosing: no more than 5ml/day total
      • Watch this video to learn more:

Anxiety Attack During Pregnancy

If you’re experiencing anxiety attacks, it’s time to address them now.

  • Make exercise a priority for you
  • Write nightly about your worries
  • Practice breathing and meditation
  • Make sleep a priority as well
  • Make a tea of Chamomile, Lemon Balm with a dash of Lavender to sip on most days
  • Consider seeing a therapist as well to talk about your concerns and/or trauma

Pregnancy Anxiety At Night

To reduce anxiety at night, consider incorporating a nightly routine

  1. create a safe, comfortable sleep environment with blackout curtains and a sound a machine
  2. try yoga, more specifically yoga Nidra before bed
  3. take a warm both an hour before bed and add 5-7 drops of Lavender essential oil or rose oils
  4. get into bed for 30 min. before sleep and journal or read a book
  5. have your partner give you a massage before sleep
  6. eat a light snack before bed
  7. avoid caffeine, television, and spicey meals within 2 hours of sleep

And, I’d like to applaud you for reaching out and seeking natural remedies for anxiety.

xo

Tara

P.S. Have you tried one of these herbs before? Let us know in the comment area below. I’d love to hear from you. 💕

P.P.S. Watch this video to recap:)

References

  • Romm, Aviva Dr.: Botanical medicine for women’s health

 

Astragalus Apple Juice

Astragalus Apple Juice

Are you wondering how you can begin to add herbs into your child’s diet?

One simple way is to start shifting them away from juice and adding herbal teas to their diet.

Astragalus apple juice was one way I did this when my son was very sick.

Astragalus Membranaceus apple juice is super mild and sweet so they may love the taste.

But, wait Chinese medicine suggests you only use Astragalus when you feel well.

What is Astragalus Membranaceus good for?

For kids and adults…

  • lowered immunity (add reishi tincture for more boost!)
  • weak lungs
  • low energy

For women..

  • blood loss
  • prolapsed organs
  • low back pain and incontinence

Astragalus Apple Juice Recipe
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Astragalus Apple Juice

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs. of cut and dried root or 2-3 slices of root
  • 4 cups of water
  • apple juice as needed

Instructions

  1. Take 2tbs. of cut root or 2-3 sliced root from @mountainroseherbs to 4 cups of boiling water.
  2. Cover and turn down the heat for 30min.
  3. .
  4. Strain and cool. Add juice or add this liquid to soups- the taste is very mild and sweet;)
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Where do I buy my herbs from?

I like Mountain rose herbs. Here is the root cut or sliced.

Is it safe to take every day?

This is a well-tolerated herb, I offer this to my son during the fall and winter season.

When should you avoid astragalus?

  • It’s considered likely safe but used with caution.- particularly if you have auto-immune disorders you may want to avoid astragalus
  • Caution if you have diabetes, or are on anticoagulant therapy due to the increased risk of bleeding
  • Traditionally it is NOT used during acute infections

Watch how I make the decoction on IG >>https://www.instagram.com/reel/CYofVXvpI_u/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

The best way to use astragalus is in your soup! But..because kids love juice, I started blending this in my son’s drink to boost his immunity.

I hope you like it!

xo

Tara

Covid-19: 4 Brilliant ways functional medicine doctors are boosting immunity

Covid-19: 4 Brilliant ways functional medicine doctors are boosting immunity

Are you wondering how you can prevent and overcome some of your Covid-19 symptoms naturally?

In this post, I’ll share how we’re integrating supplements and herbs into my families diet to prevent and reduce symptoms of coronavirus.

>>Please note, I’m not claiming these herbs/supplements will prevent you from getting Covid-19, but they may, in fact, shorten your symptoms and boost your immunity for years to come.

By the end of this post, you’ll have my 13+ years of herbal medicine experience intertwined with master herbalists and functional medicine doctors who are helping our community get through and overcome Covid-19 with botanicals, supplements & diet.

The 4 little known ways you can boost your immunity during Covid-19:

Plus!! Consider Reducing your Oxidative stress to prevent Covdi-19- Read about it here: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324863#summary

Let’s dive in.

But first, these remedies and supplements NEVER take the place of your doctor. Please always see your doctor for ANY emergency and always consult them if you are taking medications.

What is Covid-19?

Stephen Buhner, Master Herbalist explains..

SARS-CoV-2 is an acronym, it is also known as Covid-19 (and sometimes as just the coronavirus or even SARS-2) which does make things confusing.

Regrettably, Covid-19 is also an acronym. It stands for COronaVIrus Disease of 2019, usually written COVID-19 (but also Covid-19). (It doesn’t mean that there were 18 Covids before this one.)

What are Covid-19 Symptoms?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

-cdc.org

How is Covid-19 spread?

The virus is primarily spread through the air (inhalation) and transfers during touch between the infected and the non-infected areas.

What can you do to make yourself more resilient during Covid-19?

Consider these 4 simple steps to support your immune system.

#1 Reduce inflammation with diet

Diet is always first. Eating well, staying a healthy weight, and reducing medications will always be your best friend for fighting viruses.

Consider the following..

  • Focus on whole, unprocessed/unpackaged, organic foods as much as possible
  • Reduce sugar and starch as much as you can – to reduce inflammation
  • Stop drinking! Yes, I know this one is hard. But, alcohol suppresses the immune system and steals vital nutrients from your body. *
  • Drink herbal teas daily like fresh ginger, peppermint, and lemon balm to soothe your stress, improve digestion, and boost immunity.
  • Consider additional vitamins and supplements to reduce inflammation in your body. {See below}

*Many of us have turned to alcohol to soothe our stress. But, it is well-known alcohol is very inflammatory, depresses the immune system, and can disrupt your sleep – which is so important to your healing. Cut out the alcohol and replace it with a cup of herbal tea!

#2 Add in vitamins & supplements to boost your immune system.

Boosting Immunity with Vitamins during the Covid-19 pandemic can be beneficial to your health. Here are the vitamins functional medicine doctors are suggesting we integrate to reduce symptoms of Covid-19 and to boost immunity. Of course, always check with your doctor first!

Here are the vitamins and minerals that have proven to reduce cold and flu symptoms in years past.

a. Zinc Acetate {other forms are ok as well}

  • If you tend to get sick a lot or your children have signs of asthma, you’ll want to add zinc to your diet. (source)
  • One of the first indications of zinc deficiency may be the white spots on your nails. Do you have them?
    • Zinc food sources: oysters, pumpkins seeds – meat, shellfish, legumes
    • Supplement Dosing: 25-60mg/day
  • Pro Tip: give zinc with food to prevent nausea
  • My favorite: Pure Encapsulations is a great company

Zinc lozenges may help prevent viruses from replicating in the nasal passages, may help reduce inflammation in the respiratory tract, have been shown to shorten the length of a cold by 2 to 4 days, and some studies have found zinc to be specifically preventative against certain coronaviruses, reducing their virulence and preventing their entry into cells. – Dr. Aviva Romm {source}

b. Vitamin D₃

c. Quercitin

Quercetin has antioxidant properties, which have been shown to reduce inflammation, and helps prevent heart disease and even cancer. {source} It’s derived from turmeric and works best when combined with black pepper.

  • Food sources for Quercitine: dill, broccoli, onions, apples, onions, berries berries, capers, grapes, onions, shallots, tea, and tomatoes, as well as many seeds, nuts, flowers, barks, and leaves. Quercetin is also found in medicinal botanicals, including Ginkgo biloba, Hypericum perforatum, and Sambucus canadensis {elderberry}
    • Look for 8-12 servings every day
  • Supplemental Dosing: 500 mg 2x day
  • Children: Children over 5. Dosing: 150mg 1-2x day
  • Pro tip: Take Quercetin with zinc for full absorption, not to be taken during pregnancy.

After the 2003 SARS-CoV-1 coronavirus outbreak, researchers in China found quercetin and other small molecules bound to the spike protein of the virus, interfering with its ability to infect host cells. (source)

d. Glutathione

Glutathione is known as an antioxidant, detoxifier, increases natural killer cells, and anti-inflammatory. It also is known to increase the function of the immune system. Glutathione levels in the body may be reduced by a number of factors, including poor nutrition, environmental toxins, and stress. Its levels also decline with age.

  • Food sources for Glutathione: cruciferous vegetables, green tea, garlic, onions, and shallots
  • Supplemental Dosing: 600mg 2x day
  • Pro tip: NAC boosts glutathione

e. Green Tea

If you change one thing, it would be to replace your cup of coffee with green tea! Green tea is known as an antioxidant and it produces Glutathione.

If you don’t like the taste of green tea, try a daily supplement.

  • Dosing: 4 cups a day or 225 mg/day through a supplement

f. Vitamin C

Vitamin C may shorten the duration of a cold and prevent pneumonia.

  • Food sources: Think bright orange fruits Cantaloupe, Citrus fruits and juices, such as orange and grapefruit, Kiwi fruit, Mango, Papaya, and Pineapple.
  • Adult Dosing: 500-1,000 mg/day up to 4,500 mg/day during infection
  • Kids Dosing:
    • Age 2-5: 200mg
    • Age 6-11: 250-500mg
    • Age 12+: 500-1000

g. Probiotics

Good bacteria line our nasal system and gut lining and contribute to our overall health. Consider adding in a probiotic if you’ve had many doses of antibiotics throughout your lifetime and after every round of antibiotics going forward.

  • Food sources: yogurt, kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, pickles, miso, tempeh, kimchi, sourdough bread, and some cheeses.
  • Dosing: follow the information on the package.

60% of our immune system is in our gut which is why it is critical to focus on gut health now. – Dr. Mark Hyman {source}

h. Melatonin

Melatonin has an antioxidant capacity and reduces oxidative stress. {source}

  • Dosing: 3-5 mg at night

3. Stress-Reducing herbs

Lowering your stress can be one of the best things you can do for your health today. When you have an increase in stress, you are more prone to illnesses.

Read this post, I wrote for ICON on how you can reduce your stress every day with herbal remedies.

7 Natural remedies for everyday stress & anxiety

#4 Incorporate herbs during an infection

87% of people have Post Covid Symptoms; including symptoms that are similar to Chronic Fatigue Symptoms- Dr. Mark Hyman

Read this post to see the herbs I would use during and after exposure to Covid-19. COMING SOON…

Conclusion

It’s well-known that many of us are lacking valuable nutrients causing us to be more susceptible to viruses of any kind; including Covid-19.

During the pandemic, is the most optimal time to take note of your health and begin taking steps to improve your health with diet and vitamins. These are the vitamins and supplements that have helped us reduce the flu most years and have helped my son overcome “asthma-like” breathing.

Let us know in the comment area below. Have you had Covid-19? What helped you? Thank you for sharing. 💕

xo, Tara

P.S. Are you experiencing post-Covid symptoms? Book a health consultation today!

References:

  • Stephen Buhner: https://www.stephenharrodbuhner.com/articles/
  • Dr. Mark Hyman: https://drhyman.com/blog/2020/04/01/a-functional-medicine-approach-to-covid-19/
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5178847/
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4463890/
  • https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/87373
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4808895/
7 Natural remedies for everyday stress & anxiety

7 Natural remedies for everyday stress & anxiety

Everyone experiences anxiety at different points in life—stress, and worry are natural parts of being human.

Even though it’s not unusual (anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S. today), anxiety can be isolating and hard to confront when it gets out of hand.

Most days we’re able to bounce back from stressful events, but for those who struggle with anxious feelings, daily life can feel like an uphill battle.

Raising twins and running a Pilates studio taught me the true meaning of anxiety and burnout a few years back. After months of sleep deprivation, I began studying to become a women’s herbal educator, hoping to get to the root of my struggle with anxiety, insomnia, and depression.

I quickly learned that nourishing my body with botanicals—specifically adaptogens and nervines— is key to keeping anxiety and burnout at bay.

Adaptogens are a category of herbs that help us “adapt around stress.” Their anti-fatigue effects make them particularly potent when you’re up against mental exhaustion, frequent illness, or chronic stress.

If you’re burning the candle at both ends, treating yourself with any of these seven herbs will help you feel relaxed, balanced, and healthy again:

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 still gentle enough for anyone coping with anxiety. When taken regularly, it can ease shot nerves and improve sleep.

My favorite Ashwagandha product is Adrena Soothe by Dr. Aviva Romm. Try 2 dropperfuls in¼ cup of water two times per day, to reduce your stress.

2. Reishi (ganoderma lucidum)

Do you find you get sick when you finally go on vacation? The relationship between stress and illness is complex.

One study shows that chronic stress can raise the risk of viral infections, eventually manifesting in full-blown illness. Try reishi if you’re under the weather frequently, or just feel stressed out and run down.

Taken regularly, reishi can reduce the likelihood that your stress will literally make you sick– so you can enjoy your vacations, rather than spending them out of commission.

Reishi has an earthy taste. I prefer Reishi Extract by Host Defense. Follow the directions on the label for dosing.

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3. Milky Oat Tops (avena sativa)

Filled with vitamins and minerals, milky oat tops are a great herbal remedy that nourishes your nervous tissue and promotes relaxation.

Pairing milky oat tops with stinging nettles is a perfect combination to boost your daily energy without spiking stress or anxiety.

Due to cross-contamination, you may want to avoid milky oats if you have celiac disease.

👉My favorite way to enjoy milky oats is in a cup of blended tea. Combine equal parts of dried milky oat tops and stinging nettles.

Add 1 tablespoon of the blended herbs to 1 cup of boiling water. Cover and steep the herbs for 20 minutes for a medicinal infusion, then strain and add a little raw honey for flavor.

4. Chamomile (matricaria recutita)

Just one cup per day of this well-loved tea can reduce menstrual cramps, shift your mood, and ease digestion. Safe for children, our family enjoys a cup of chamomile tea most nights to reduce our collective stress.

My favorite recipe for the whole family: Blend dried chamomile, lemon balm and milky oat tops together.

Then add 1 tablespoon of the mixed dried herbs to 1 cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes. Add honey for flavor and double-check the tea has cooled before serving to children.

5. Lemon Balm (melissa officinalis)

If you’re prone to ragweed allergies, skip chamomile and enjoy a cup of lemon balm tea. This delightful citrus-flavored tea is known as the “gladdening herb”.

As a nervine and mild anti-depressant, lemon balm promotes relaxation and reduces nervous energy.

To enjoy: Add 1 tablespoon of the dried herb to 1 cup of boiling water and let steep for 10 minutes. Add milk and honey for flavor.

6. 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.

Motherwort has a bitter taste, so I find it’s best taken as a tincture. Follow the directions on the label for your dosing.

7. Lavender (lavandula officinalis)

My favorite way to use lavender is as an essential oil.

Tap diluted lavender essential oil on your wrists or spray it in the air to soothe stress immediately. Lavender is known to help induce sleep, which makes it a perfect remedy for unwinding before bed.

To enjoy: Dilute the lavender essential oil with water and add to your body products, spray on your pillow, or tap on your wrists as an organic, soothing perfume.

Have you used botanical remedies before? Which ones work for you? Share in the comments section!

Warmly~ Tara

 


This article was featured in the Icon in March 2019. women's health

Obsessed with natural remedies, Tara Gregorio is a Certified Women’s Herbal Educator located in Cold Spring, NY. She loves helping women reduce their medications with botanicals. Her favorite herbal recipes can be found on Pinterest and Instagram.
8 Common postpartum depression & anxiety mistakes

8 Common postpartum depression & anxiety mistakes

10-20% of moms experience postpartum depression lasting a few months and up to a year {or more} after birth ¹

And, up to 20% of women report feelings of anxiousness, sadness, depression, panic, frustration, and feeling hopeless.

What does this mean for you?

You need a postpartum plan.

In this post, I’ll walk you through the five most common mistakes I see moms making when they have postpartum depression and anxiety.

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Here are your 8 common mistakes

#1 Moms stop breastfeeding

  • Several studies have suggested that breastfeeding could help protect women against PPD ²
  • Yet, many women complain that their doctor has suggested they stop breastfeeding due to postpartum depression.
  • Breastfeeding could help reduce your postpartum depression. And although it’s time-consuming and exhausting, breastfeeding may help you sleep better due to your hormones and ease of feeding in the middle of the night.

#2 You don’t address your nutrient gaps

There is an enormous amount of depletion after childbirth. This, along with sleep deprivation can lead to insomnia, anxiety, and depression. Watch this video, to learn my favorite supplements to take after each and every birth.

11 Postpartum vitamin & supplements every new mom should take

#3 You take just one herb for insomnia

Insomnia, anxiety, and depression go hand in hand. Addressing your sleep deprivation should be your #1 goal when healing postpartum. Click To Tweet

If you’re struggling with insomnia, you need deep nourishment. You’ll want to stop drinking coffee and/or alcohol and address your nutrient gaps.

It may take time, but keep with it and soon you’ll be able to fall asleep every time you’re woken in the middle of the night. Watch this video to learn my favorite remedies for insomnia.

#4 You don’t take an adaptogen

What’s an adaptogen? They help us “adapt” to stress. And, if there was ever a stressful time, it’s when you have children! Here is one adaptogen you can take while breastfeeding, there are others I’ll be writing about real soon.

#5 You don’t address your mindset

Becoming a mother is life-changing. We crave our old selves. Those who struggle, are experiencing a shamanic death. The death of the old you, shedding into the new version of yourself.

By changing your thoughts, you can learn to fall in love with motherhood.

#6 You don’t take enough nervines

Nervines are a category of herbs that help soothe our anxiety. And, as I mentioned above anxiety & depression go hand-in-hand.

You want to soothe your anxiety and stress if you’re struggling with postpartum anxiety and/or depression. Watch this video to learn my favorite remedies.

#7 You only take medication

Anxiety medications can be so helpful when you’re struggling with anxiety and depression and raising a family. But, keep in mind you can also work on your nutrient gaps, insomnia, and anxiety WHILE taking medications.

It’s not the end. By making self-care a priority, your body can heal. It’s not selfish and anyone who tells you it is, is not worth your time.

#8 You don’t see a therapist

This is the biggest mistake I made when I had postpartum depression. I didn’t want the therapist to judge me! But, after my husband passed away, I knew I needed therapy for the trauma, and wow did it change my life!

Watch this video to see how EMDR can help you through PPA & PPD.

You don’t have to struggle with anxiety and depression for years. Ask for help!

Watch the recap video here.

What’s stopping you? Let me know in the comments below.

xo

Tara

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References

REFERENCES

¹ https://www.ppdil.org/symptoms-of-ppmds/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAkZKNBhDiARIsAPsk0Wi1MST1Z6A6Ex2WHZCOl-8Nf3M40Cu8mY4i64314qm40GKzdqEEmaEaAoUfEALw_wcB ²https://www.seleni.org/advice-support/2018/3/13/breastfeeding-and-postpartum-depression

5 Home cough remedies for kids

5 Home cough remedies for kids

Finding an herbal remedy for my son’s cough has been one of the more challenging events we’ve endured.
Coughs can be dry, or wet. Coughs also can accommodate the flu, ear infections, or a sore throat.
And… coughs can be from poor gut health.
Yes, read that again. 👆

To address a cough, you’ll want to know why it is happening.
If it’s due to a cold, think of adding anti-viral botanicals plus, expectorants to support their immune system and release the mucus. ¹
So, what do we tackle first?
There are four ways I like to use natural remedies with children. I’ll give them teas, tinctures, decoctions, and homeopathy.
Plus, try your best to reduce their sugar intake and increase their fluids with chicken soups and pops, like our favorite herbal popsicle recipe here.

#1 Teas For Kids

  • Make a cup of tea with 1 tsp. of dried herbs to 1 cup of boiling water.
  • Cover and let steep for 5 minutes.
  • Strain and add honey for children over 1 year or you can add juice to their Sippy cup.
  • For babies, you can add cooled chamomile tea to their bottles, adding maple syrup to sweeten if needed.
  • Toddlers love Lemon Balm or Peppermint for kids 2+.

#2 Tinctures For Kids

Tinctures are an extract of a plant in alcohol. Because of the processing method, the amount of alcohol your child ingests is similar to a ripe banana.
If you’re concerned with the alcohol intake you can use a glycerine tincture. These tinctures are made with glycerine instead of alcohol and most moms feel more comfortable using them.
  • Studies show elderberry syrup can lower the duration of your flu and the need for medication.
Dose: When the adult dose is 2 dropperful (60 drops), the following is recommended for children:
Age — Dosage
  • Younger than 3 months — 2 drops
  • 3 to 6 months — 3 drops
  • 6 to 9 months — 4 drops
  • 9 to 12 months — 5 drops
  • 12 to 18 months — 7 drops
  • 18 to 24 months — 8 drops
  • 2 to 3 years — 10 drops
  • 3 to 4 years — 12 drops
  • 4 to 6 years — 15 drops
  • 6 to 9 years — 24 drops
  • 9 to 12 years — 30 drops
Other ways to determine dosage:
Young’s Rule – Add 12 to the child’s age. Divide the child’s age by this total.
Example: dosage for a 4-year-old: 4 divided by 16 (4+12) = .25, or 1/4 of the adult dosage.
Cowling’s Rule – Divide the number of the child’s next birthday by 24.
For example, the dosage for a child who is 3, turning 4 would be: 4 divided by 24 = .16, or 1/6 of the adult dosage.²
SWIPE my favorite herbal & homeopathic remedies for babies, toddlers & big kids here:

 

#4 Decoctions For Kids

A Decoction is a method of extraction by boiling herbal or plant material to dissolve the chemicals of the material, which may include stems, roots, bark, and rhizomes.³

  • This works best when the herb doesn’t taste well or you want to make a syrup, like an elderberry syrup.

#5 Homeopathy For Kids

Homeopathy is wonderful for kids. Please read my article:

  • Everything you need to know about homeopathy HERE.

Home remedies for a cough and throat pain

When a cough is dry with throat pain, you’ll want soothing herbs like licorice, slippery elm, and marshmallow root.
    • Your toddler can suck on slippery elm throat lozenges.
    • I’d also give an immune tincture like herb pharm to boost their immunity.
    • To learn my favorite herbal recipes for cough. See my Youtube videos.

Home remedies for cough and mucous

When it is mucous, you’ll want herbs that act as an expectorant, look for products with elecampane, hyssop, mullein, thyme, yerba santa, and ginger for warming.

Home remedies for infants

  • Using botanicals with infants requires more caution. The tincture doses are much less due to their body weight. Please see the dosing above.
  • To administer a tincture to an infant, you can add tinctures to a bottle or place them in 1/3 cup of water. Use a syringe or straw to make sure your child gets the full amount.
  • I wouldn’t use essential oils with children until they are 3 months of age. If you choose to, please use caution.
  • Make sure you only use 1 drop per 1 tbs. of oil. They should be very diluted and avoid the eyes, ears, and any openings in the body. Never ingest essential oils with infants. (Unless advised by a professional as they are very estrogenic.)

Home remedies for a cough with toddlers

Toddlers are a little easier, as they love anything new and fun. I would add tinctures to their Sippy cup, use a syringe, or sip out of a fun cup with a straw.

5 Home Cough Remedies

  1. Slippery elm lozenges – soothing and yummy to suck on
  2. Licorice & peppermint tea – so sweet you don’t need any honey
  3. Herb Pharm Lung expectorant – combine this tincture with a glycerine tincture for your medicine
  4. Andrographis- to prevent pneumonia
  5. Echinacea tincture
Conclusion
When using botanicals and homeopathy with children it is very important you’re choosing the right herb (or homeopathic treatment) and the correct dosing for their symptoms. With a combined effort of diet, teas, and rest your child will be able to become resilient through the years.

References

¹ https://chriskresser.com/rhr-treating-viral-pneumonia-and-other-infections/

²Reference used: “Herbal Remedies for Children’s Health” by Rosemary Gladstar

³ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decoction
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