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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.

insomnia

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

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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

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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

 

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.
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