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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 family’s 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.

Always consult your physician before adding any new supplements or botanicals into your diet.

I hope this post serves you.

Stay safe~

Tara

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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/
8 Must-have adaptogens for moms; even if you’re breastfeeding

8 Must-have adaptogens for moms; even if you’re breastfeeding

Are you curious about adaptogens, but worried to take them while breastfeeding?

Taking botanicals while nursing can be scary, but I’m here to put your anxiety to ease.

Don’t wait to start taking these, try one at a time and see how your body feels after each botanical.

Ready to dive in?

But first, What are adaptogens?

Adaptogens are a category of herbs that help us “adapt” to stress and help us reach homeostasis. When taken regularly, you could feel like you’ve slept all through the night, your heat is regulated {not too hot, not too cold}, you get sick less, and you notice those little things your family members do – don’t bother you so much.

They basically take us out of the “fight and flight” rhythm and put us in the “rest and digest” phase to help restore our nervous system and ease anxiety. Which makes them perfect for this day and age!

How do you know they’re safe?

Breastfeeding Herbal Safety

I look to two references. The American Academy of Pediatrics and Dr. Aviva Romm’s references from the German Commission E Monographs.

#1 The American Academy of Pediatrics published guidelines for drugs used in lactating women:

  • ND: No data available
  • C: Compatible with breastfeeding
  • CC: Compatible with breastfeeding but use caution
  • SD: Strongly discouraged
  • X: Contraindicated

#2 Data from German Commission E Monographs & Dr. Aviva Romm’s Studies:

  • L1-Safest- no adverse effect observed in infants of lactating mothers
  • L2- Safer – Limited studies demonstrate no increased risk
  • L3- Moderately safe- no controlled studies in breastfeeding women or controlled studies demonstrate minimal adverse effects
  • L4- Possible risk- Positive evidence of risk but benefits may make the risk acceptable
  • L5- Contraindicated- Significant documented risk.

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The reality is, in this non-stop lifestyle we are living; adaptogens are necessary for women to consume daily.

Want to get started, in this post, I’m going to share 8 adaptogens all moms can explore to feel calm during all of the chaos.

8 Adaptogens For Breastfeeding Moms

#1 Rhodiola – Rhodiola rosea

Rhodiola is an adaptogen that helps decrease anxiety, improves mood, reduces stress, and supports sleep. Tibetan medicine uses this herb to nourish the lung and treat lung problems like coughing blood and pneumonia.

Also known to help reduce chronic pelvic pain, endometriosis, PCOS, PMS, fibroids, hysteria, headaches or struggle with ADHD. But, keep in mind it’s not used for anyone with bipolar disorder!

  • Qualities: Sweet, slightly bitter, spicy, cool, and dry. Because it’s cooling if you tend to be cold; choose a warming adaptogen.
  • Tincture Dose: 20-60 drops; 2-3x day
  • Breastfeeding? LS/LD likely safe with limited data ¹ there are no expected contraindications with lactation.

>>Pro tip: Not for pregnancy and avoid if you have bipolar disorder. Also, it can cause insomnia in sensitive people.

#2 Shatavari – Asparagus racemosus

Translated as “she who has hundreds of husbands”, Shatavari can be used to enhance your libido and enhance fertility. It’s also great for minor hormonal imbalances, reduces vaginal dryness and dry skin, and improves libido. A diuretic and soothing demulcent; it relieves urinary, repatriation, and gastric irritation.

Qualities; sweet, bitter, warm, moist

For moms; if you’re feeling dry and inflamed especially in the urethra, cystitis {inflammation in the bladder}, and experience a dry cough this herb may be for you!

Traditional recipe: Boil Shatavari root, sugar, honey, pippali long pepper, and milk. Follow this recipe

  • Dose: Tincture; 20-30 drops; 2-3x day
  • Pro tip: If you’re experiencing diarrhea or abdominal bloating; mix with ginger or skip altogether. Not to be used with fat malabsorption, GI irritation, reflux, and during pregnancy.
  • Breastfeeding? Shatavari is considered Category C; compatible with breastfeeding. ¹
  • Bonus: Shatavari may increase milk product and milk flow in lactating women!

#3 Schisandra – Schisandra chinensis

The Chinese name for Schisandra is wu wei zi, which means “five flavors fruit”.

Schisandra is an immune tonic; used for a cough, weakness, excess phlegm, and “hood vertigo” a feeling of congestion in the head. As an astringent, it’s used to control diarrhea, frequent urination and excessive night sweats, and vaginal discharge. It can be drying

It also calms the shen, and is effective if you have stress-induced heart palpitations, feel like you can’t take a deep breath, insomnia, anxiety, and bad dreams.

Use for stress-related illnesses, mild depression, PCOS, PMS, Insomnia, Fibroids and to improve memory and stamina.

  • Breastfeeding? Mills & Bones states N; No data available
  • Qualities; sour, sweet, salty, bitter and pungent, warm and dry

*Don’t take during acute illnesses

#4 Eleuthero – Eleutherococcus senticosus

Otherwise known as Siberian Ginseng this plant can be used for the treatment of people with wind or damp conditions.

As an adaptogen; it can help with depression, exhaustion, fatigue, stress, and improve physical stamina. It’s mild and unlikely to be overstimulating. If you struggle with insomnia, take Siberian Ginseng in the morning or skip altogether.

Take for mental stamina, physical or nervous stress, exhaustion, depression, fatigue, or illness exacerbated by stress.

  • Qualities; sweet, slightly bitter, slightly warm
  • Breastfeeding? KS known safe or likely safe with limited data ⁴

#5 Maca –Lepidium meyenii

Maca is loaded with important vitamins and minerals Vitamin C, as well as 20 amino acids — 8 of them essential. Great for low sex drive and reduces peri-menopause and menopausal activity like hot flashes and night sweats.

Maca can also reduce anxiety, and provide stress support; possibly due to flavonoids

Not for use pregnancy. Rich in essential amino acids, iodine, iron, and magnesium. The taste may turn you off, add to hot water, nut milk, or a smoothie

  • Breastfeeding? This source says it’s safe and will boost supply and kellymom.com suggests there is limited data.

30 Maca Recipes {so you can get your superfood on!}

#6 Ashwagandha – Withania somnifera

Ashwagandha is the Hindi name for this herb; which translates to “horse sweat-like odor” and is believed to give you the strength and stamina of a stallion.

In Ayurveda medicine, this herb is used to prolong life, stimulate the kind and enhance vigor and sexual prowess.

  • 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.

Qualities; bitter, warm, and dry

For moms; As a calming adaptogen, you can take it any time of day. Use it for acute and chronic pain, to decrease anxiety, depression, fatigue, insomnia, Hypothyroidism, and PMS. Also, if you habitually miscarry and have a lack of libido – try Ashwagandha.

  • Dose:Tincture: 30-40 drops; 3x day
  • Powder; 1/2 tsp. of dried root in 8 oz. of water, decoct for 10 minutes, steep for 1/2 hours. form with hot water, ghee, and honey
  • Avoid if you are sensitive to the nightshade family, do not use the powder internally if you have excess iron, and avoid if you have hyperthyroidism. Avoid during pregnancy.

#7 Holy Basil – Ocimum sanctum

Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi is a great botanical for new moms trying to reduce coffee and wanting to soothe anxiety.

Known to promote the flow of mother’s milk, it also can also reduce “mental fog”, improving memory {great for ADD and ADHA} and reduces stress.

David Winston says he uses Holy Basil with Damiana, Rosemary, and Lavender for stagnant depression; when one has some type of traumatic event and you’re unable to move on.

  • Qualities: pungent, sweet, warm
  • Dose:Tincture: 40-60 drops; 3x day
  • Tea: 1 tsp. to 8 oz of hot water, steep, covered 5-10 min.

Breastfeeding? This herb was first suggested in my Optimal Nutrition for Postnatal recovery by Burrel Education but not found in my other herbal books.

Mommypotmus states that it has the safest rating possible and The Botanical Safety Handbook considers it as having no concerns while breastfeeding.

**BUT!! Do avoid during pregnancy or if trying to get pregnant; it can have an anti-fertility effect in men and women! Caution with medications.

#8 Reishi – Ganoderma lucidum

Great for frequent colds, HSV1 and 2, Heart palpitations, and to reduce stress.

  • Breastfeeding? LS w/C likely safe with cautions. Look for rashes and avoid if you have an autoimmune disorder.
  • Qualities; bitter and warm
  • Dosing: 20-30 drops 2-3x day or try Reishi tea or coffee!

Stinging Nettles – Urtica dioica {leaf & root}

Although not a true adaptogen, Stinging Nettles is considered a nutritive, tonic, and diuretic. But, I had to put them in here as the nutritional value supersedes another other botanical when it comes to women’s health.

Filled with Vitamin C, K, A & B, as well as, Ca, Mg, Iron, Potassium, and essential amino acids; a cup of stinging nettle tea could be the perfect botanical to nourish your body, reduce body pain, cramps, spasms, improve sleep and reduce constipation.

It’s also one of the best natural remedies to reduce allergies; when you use the freeze-dried stinging nettle capsules.

In Chinese medicine, Stinging nettles are used to dispel wind and dampness.

  • Qualities: Bitter and pungent and aids the liver in processing hormones and balancing emotions.
  • Dosing: 1-2 cups of tea or 20-30 drops of tincture 2-3x day
  • Lactation Category C; compatible with breastfeeding for both leaf & root ⁷
  • One of my favorite recipes is stinging nettle soup every spring made with rice or potatoes

https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/nettle_soup/

What could be better than experiencing motherhood with grace and ease?

I’d love to know your thoughts. Have you tried adaptogens?

Let us know 👇

xo

Tara
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Resources:

  • Mills & Bones; The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety ¹ pg. 573 ⁶ pg.631 ⁷ pg.517
  • Winston & Maimes; Adaptogens for Strength, Stamina & Stress Relief
  • Dr. Romm, Aviva: Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health ¹ pg. 598 ⁴ pg. 570
  • Lactogogue in Lactational Inadequacy {Sharma et al. 1996}

 

As always, I want to mention that none of these statements have been evaluated by the FDA, this article is not medical advice, and it is not meant to diagnose or treat any condition. Please talk with your healthcare provider about any herbs or supplements you are considering.

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 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 Have

#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

8 Common Natural Remedy Mistakes – While Breastfeeding

8 Common Natural Remedy Mistakes – While Breastfeeding

Using essential oils in diffusers and just taking one herb; like Valerian for sleep, are just some of the mistakes I see new moms make when starting to use natural remedies.

Here’s the thing, herbal medicine is amazing for the nursing years; when used correctly.

But hang on, you want to know if you or your child is at risk before integrating herbal medicine. Read this post first to learn how to use herbs safely; https://taragregorio.com/how-to-use-herbs-while-breastfeeding-without-fear-4-simple-steps/

So, what goes wrong? Let’s dive in.

#1 Using essential oils in a diffuser

Essential oils are amazing, but when you use the wrong ones; like Tea Tree oil, in a diffuser, this can affect your breathing.

And, if you’re using it in a child’s room; you could be making a cough worse. Stick to safe breathing essential oils, like Lavender, if you like to use the diffuser. And, the humidifier is not the same:)

#2 Using essential oils neat – topically

Essential oils are very strong. When used topically on the skin, or in a bath, you could burn your child’s orifices.

  • For a bath? mix 1 drop of essential oil {just 1 drop!} with milk before adding this to the tub.
  • Topically on their skin? Dilute ALL essential oils with a carrier oil, like coconut oil, and always start with just one drop. It’s more effective than you think!

#3 Using just one herb for insomnia

Insomnia after kids is common. We’ll try anything to get back to sleep! Most often, insomnia runs deeper than just interrupted sleep.

Often, mom is lacking in valuable nutrients and her adrenals are on overload. I vlog about it here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLESYIq_dSgWBSJjc52He4ObvTgcFOBMAn

#4 Not doing anything at all

Many moms are so worried about using herbs, they wait. This is concerning when you struggle with depression and anxiety postpartum. Waiting and not doing anything at all is worse than reaching out to your doctor for medication.

If you’re struggling with anxiety, insomnia, or depression – ask for help! It could take years to overcome and you don’t want to wait.

 

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#5 Using homeopathy incorrectly

The safest medicine, during the nursing years, is homeopathy, but it’s hard to know how to use it correctly. In this video, I teach you how to use homeopathy for your children and the mistakes we typically make when we start using those little white tablets.

#6 Not taking enough botanicals

“What dose do I take?” is the #1 question I get all of the time. Specifically when it comes to tinctures.

  • Typically, you would take 20-60 drops, 2-3x day for one botanical.
  • When you combine herbs, it’s a TOTAL of 20-60 drops, 2-3x day.

Wondering what is a tincture? Read this post: https://taragregorio.com/what-is-a-tincture/

What about teas?

  • You could drink 1-2 cups of herbal tea a day to soothe anxiety and stress.

If herbs are not working for you, you’ll also want to check your thyroid and vitamin levels. Read this post, for my favorite supplements for new moms: https://taragregorio.com/11-postpartum-vitamin-supplements-every-new-mom-should-have/

#7 Drinking too much caffeine

Technically not an herbal remedy, but drinking too much coffee when nursing can create insomnia for years to come.

If you’re craving that second cup of coffee; especially at 3 pm – you may have adrenal exhaustion.

Skip the coffee, and grab an herbal tea. Better yet, take a nap if you can! I know, it’s not easy, but your sleep is so important right now. Begin self-soothing your body, so when the sleepless nights continue, you’re able to go back to sleep more easily.

#8 Taking the wrong botanicals internally

If you love natural remedies, you’ll want to learn how to use them safely. That means, avoiding the herbs that are not safe, and consuming the ones that are.

 

Give yourself a chance to learn how to use herbs during the nursing years, then your whole family will learn how to care for themselves for years to come.

AND, you’ll begin to reduce conventional medications which can affect your gut health and digestion for years to come.

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xo

Tara

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The 13 Benefits of Stinging Nettles During Pregnancy and Postpartum

The 13 Benefits of Stinging Nettles During Pregnancy and Postpartum

Are you wondering if stinging nettles are safe for you?

Imagine a daily tea that would nourish your body, soothe anxiety and stress, and help you sleep better.

It sounds so simple and it is!

Here’s a quick warning, always check with your doctor if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding or have any health concerns; especially taking diuretics.

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In this post, I’ll share how you can use stinging nettles during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and beyond.

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What are Stinging Nettles?

Stinging nettles or Urtica dioica is a common weed found in North America and is most commonly known for the sting you get when you walk by. It can be cooked and eaten in popular recipes like nettle soup or nettle cheese, but its sting disappears when you cook it.

If you happen to get the kiss of the nettles, you can always search for Plantago major nearby – chew it up and place it on the sting to soothe the burn.

Personally, I love the sting as it signifies the start of Spring and “wakes up” my immune system.

Stinging Nettle Treatment

If you’ve received the kiss from Stinging nettles, don’t worry.

  • Find Plantago major, otherwise known as plantain, chew in your mouth, and apply to the red, sting area
  • Within moments your sting will subside

13 Stinging Nettles Benefits

There are so many benefits of stinging nettles during pregnancy and postpartum.

Stinging nettles…

  1. are filled with vitamins A, C, K, and B
  2. has minerals of CA, Iron {helps fight fatigue}, and Mg {helps soothe the nervous system}
  3. may increase milk production
  4. decreases allergies when using the freeze-dried nettles
  5. decreases inflammation
  6. decreases blood pressure
  7. it controls blood sugar- have a cup with chocolate cake
  8. fights fatigue
  9. decreases the risk of iron-deficient anemia
  10. reduces pelvic congestion
  11. reduce caffeine and sugar cravings
  12. prevents osteoporosis
  13. prevents varicosities

So, Are nettles safe while nursing?

  • Stinging Nettles are considered a Level 1 herb by the German Commission E. and is safe while breastfeeding and during pregnancy

My favorite tea for breastfeeding moms is Earth Mama Milkmaid Tea which includes Stinging Nettles

Earth mama milkmaid tea ingredients:
Organic Fenugreek (Trigonella Foenum-graecum) Seed, Organic Fennel (Foeniculum Vulgare) Seed, Organic Red Raspberry (Rubus Idaeus) Leaf, Organic Stinging Nettle (Urtica Dioica) Leaf, Organic Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum) Seed, Organic Orange (Citrus Sinensis) Peel, Organic Anise (Pimpinella Anisum) Seed, Organic Caraway (Carum Carvi) Seed, Organic Alfalfa (Medicago Sativa) Leaf

3 Ways to use Stinging Nettles

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#1 Postpartum Stinging Nettle Tea

If you love making teas yourself, here is my favorite recipe for women of all ages.

Postpartum Tea Blend

Ingredients

  • 1 part Chamomile tea
  • 1 part Stinging Nettles
  • 1 part Milky Oat Tops
  • 1/4 part Lavender Buds

Instructions

  1. Place 1 tbs. of herbs in a cup.
  2. Cover with 1 cup of water.
  3. Steep for 5-10 minutes covered.
  4. Add in raw honey.
  5. Add a tincture if you need more
  6. Tincture for breastfeeding: Skullcap
  7. Not breastfeeding: Valerian {see links below}
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#2 Stinging Nettle Supplement for allergies

One of the benefits of Stinging Nettles is for seasonal allergies.

If you struggle with allergies, consider taking the Freeze-dried stinging nettles in a supplement form to reduce your allergies naturally.

#3 Stinging Nettle Tincture

I prefer to drink Stinging Nettles for all the vitamins & minerals, but you may want to use it as a tincture as well.

How to use stinging nettles for postpartum depression

Conclusion

Stinging nettles is one of the most beneficial botanicals to nourish our body with vitamins and minerals and ease the everyday stress of motherhood. Taken as a tea, you’ll notice the soothing effects immediately.

I hope you grow to love nettles as much as I do.

Have you tried Stinging Nettles? Let us know

xo

Tara

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