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Better Than Zoloft – 9 Herbal Remedies

Better Than Zoloft – 9 Herbal Remedies

Are you considering Zoloft for anxiety after childbirth?

In this post, you’ll discover 9 herbal alternatives to Zoloft, to ease your stress AND some are safe to take while breastfeeding.

Here’s how I overcame anxiety without medication.

Keep in mind… In order for botanicals to be successful if you have postpartum anxiety or depression, you’ll want to take into account your full health.

Along with botanicals, consider addressing these five factors.

  • #1 Herbs for Adrenal health
  • #2 Are your vitamin levels low?
  • #3 How is your gut health?
  • #4 Are you sleep-deprived?
  • #5 Are you Stressed??
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9 Herbs for anxiety/stress while Breastfeeding

#1 Passionflower

  • Use as a tincture or a tea for difficulty with sleep
  • Matthew Wood states that it actually increases concentration during wakefulness by “cutting out internal chatter”

  • Making it an excellent herb to use when you need quality sleep, but you need to get things done!

#2 Skullcap

  • Use as a tincture or a tea for insomnia, irritability and to soothe the nerves without slowing you down; like Chamomile tea may

#3 Stinging Nettles

  • Use as a nourishing daily tea
  • or add a tincture to your tea or water if you have irritability and weepiness

#4 Chamomile

  • take at night for sleep difficulty as it can be slightly sedating

#5 Lavender

  • Take for sleep difficulty especially if you’ve had too much coffee!

#6 St. Johns Wort

  • Considered an L2/L3 safety botanical while nursing
  • Take for depression, anxiety, and estrogen clearance
  • Talk to an herbalist if you are taking SSRIs. St. John’s Wort & alcohol have the greatest interference with your medicine.

#7 Motherwort

  • My favorite!
  • Great for heart palpitations, anxiety, irritability and overwhelm.
  • And, it’s safe while breastfeeding.
  • Use as a tincture because it is very bitter as a tea or supplement.

#8 Blue vervain

  • Use if you are irritable, weepy, and depressed
  • As a tincture or tea
  • Mathew Wood states: Blue vervains” have very talkative minds, and may even talk out loud to themselves (best combine with agrimony); they are control-freaks, extremely self-critical, responsible, reliable, and loyal.

#9 Milky Oat Tops

  • Take daily as a nourishing tea to soothe anxiety

Keep in mind, there are side effects to ALL medications. Here are some that women mention they experience when taking Zoloft.

Zoloft Side Effects

  • insomnia
  • unable to have an orgasm!!
  • head feels heavy, jittery in their skin
  • Moms complain it works well for a while then out of nowhere symptoms return
  • And, it may take years to taper off

I understand, it’s stressful to be raising children especially now during Covid-19, but I want you to know there are alternatives to medications you can take whether you are breastfeeding or not.

Also, consider checking these four things as well:

#1 Your Adrenal health

  • The adrenals are two small glands that sit on top of the kidneys and produce several hormones, among them, cortisol.
  • When under stress, we produce and release short bursts of cortisol into the bloodstream.
  • The adrenal fatigue theory suggests that prolonged exposure to stress could drain the adrenals leading to a low cortisol state.
  • The adrenal depletion would cause brain fog, low energy, depressive mood, salt, and sweet cravings, lightheadedness, and other vague symptoms.

Take action>>One thing you can do is integrate an adaptogen into your diet to soothe your adrenal health

#2 Check your Vitamin Levels

  • Women struggling with anxiety and depression are often low in Vitamin d., Magnesium, and B vitamins; especially after childbirth or long periods of stress!

#3 Check your Gut health

  • There is a connection between your gut health & anxiety
  • Consider healing your gut if you’re struggling with “digestive issues”

#4 Are you Sleep deprived?

Sleep is the #1 thing to restore to improve your health.

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References:

  • https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/the-brain-gut-connection

 

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7 life-changing meditations for postpartum anxiety

7 life-changing meditations for postpartum anxiety

Be honest.

Meditations don’t really work for you.

But… what if you could be more mindful more often? What if you felt like you had more time on your hands? Would you try it?

The truth?

Once I carved out time for daily meditation – my anxiety finally shifted. It’s a non-negotiable. I practice it every day.

But don’t forget… your body loves repetition.

👉Action Step: Try to find 10-minutes a day to practice one of these meditations for at least 30 days.

Then reach out. I’d love to know if you have success!

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#1 Gabrielle Bernstein- Cord-cutting meditation

This was the first shift I ever experienced. This meditation is included in her online membership or you can pay $4 for this transformation. Practice it daily when you want to complete a ‘necessary ending’, something that is not serving you.


#2 Manifesting Meditation

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#3 Mary Kate is my go-to girl for removing any money blocks! We all have them. Clear your thoughts about money and step into the Present Momma you crave to be.

#4 Morning Meditation: Practice this daily for miracles


#5 Have you tried hypnosis? The Mindful movement meditations are amazing. These are my favorites.

#6 If you’re sleep-deprived and feeling tired and wired.. .try yoga Nidra before bed or if you get woken up and cannot fall asleep.

#7 Trauma from childbirth, from your childhood, from a relationship, can be causing your anxiety. Try this meditation daily.

Give yourself 30-days to try these meditations. Then take time to journal afterward.

Could this work for you? Let me know below. 👇

Warmly~

Tara

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The secret remedies to overcome Postpartum Anxiety naturally

The secret remedies to overcome Postpartum Anxiety naturally

Admit it.

You’re frustrated and distracted by your anxiety attacks.

Wouldn’t it be great..

  • If you didn’t have to worry your anxiety would get worse?
  • If you didn’t have to worry, that your children would get this?
  • if you didn’t have anxiety before your period, each and every month?

Picture this.

Knowing exactly how to soothe your anxiety and so you can manage it every day. So you can sleep better and not worry so much.

Let me show you how I’ve overcome anxiety with natural remedies.

But hang on… don’t forget to always check with your doctor before adding any new supplements to your diet. And if you’re taking medications, book a health consultation to double-check there are no herb-drug interactions.

Approximately 6% of pregnant women and 10% of postpartum women develop anxiety. Sometimes they experience anxiety alone, and sometimes they experience it in addition to depression.

Want to get started?

In this post, I’ll share how you can overcome postpartum anxiety with natural remedies.


What does postpartum anxiety feel like

Postpartum anxiety feels like a cloud hanging over your head. There are waves of irritation and you may have a panic attack once in a while, due to this anxiety.

More commonly, moms may say they have …

  • constant worry about their children or others
  • they need to move or work and keep busy
  • they may get sick more often
  • they also have PMS and #pmsrage
  • they’re not mentally there and crave to be more present with their family

Why does postpartum anxiety happen

There could be many reasons postpartum anxiety happens. As a women’s herbal educator, I help moms identify why this is happening and how to fix it.

Here are some of the reasons postpartum anxiety happens:
  • Low vitamins; particularly Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Iron, Vitamin B12 & DHA
  • Lack of sleep
  • Inflammation in your gut; specifically gut dysbiosis ² Gut-brain axis
  • Your hormones. Are you in peri-menopause or have too much estrogen in your diet?
  • Your thyroid is off – hypo or hyperthyroid
  • Your nervous system is overreacting due to stress
  • Your body is not healed postpartum
  • Post-traumatic stress; unresolved anger from past events

 

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5 Steps to reduce postpartum anxiety

#1 Identify your triggers

Often alcohol, caffeine, and sometimes foods {gluten & dairy} can trigger a panic attack. We all know you don’t sleep well even with just one glass of wine! Write down when you get anxiety and what happen the night before.

👉Action step: Take the Gut Health questionnaire to see if you have gut dysbiosis. Then reach out for a health consultation to help you heal your gut.

#2 Get outside!

Connect with nature again. Raising little people often gets us stuck inside for long periods of time. Raising twins, I rarely left the house for the first two years. I was too busy cooking, cleaning, working and caring for them. Commit to taking a walk or asking someone to watch your little one so you can get outside – even if it’s winter.

#3 Have your vitamin levels checked

Women are often very depleted during the postpartum time period. Birth is one of the biggest events of your life, yet there is so little attention paid to mom after childbirth. It’s insane!

Have your doctor check:

  • your thyroid
  • Vitamins D, B12, iron & DHA
  • consider testing for food sensitivities

#4 Integrate botanicals

Adaptogens and nervines can help soothe your anxiety.

Consider integrating:

  • Ashwagandha tincture for a daily
  • Motherwort tincture for acute panic attacks
  • Chamomile tea to ease evening anxiety
  • Lemon Balm tea, combined with Chamomile & Milky oat tops for a yummy evening tea
  • Milky oat tops tea
  • Stinging nettles tea
  • Passionflower tincture
  • Kava Kave tincture for acute panic attacks
  • St. Johns Wort tincture for depression & anxiety {caution use with SSRI’s}

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#5 Tap into your creative side

What are you going to do with this one life?

Have you ever wondered if you have anxiety because you are suppressing something? That you want to say something or do something, you’re not doing?

👉Action step: Write it down. Write down your hopes, your dreams, your anger and then let it go.

Conclusion

You can overcome postpartum anxiety when you tap into the root cause. Vitamin levels, stress, gut health, and meditation can have a profound effect on your health.

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References

  • ¹ https://www.postpartum.net/learn-more/anxiety-during-pregnancy-postpartum/
  • ² https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5641835/

 

How To Use Ayurveda To Reduce Anxiety

How To Use Ayurveda To Reduce Anxiety

Be honest.. you wish you could feel more rested and less agitated?

What if you could feel calm and carefree on most days?

Think about this for a moment, if you had a soothing daily routine to follow when you were stressed would you practice it?

The truth is your body craves routine. It craves soothing practices and wants to be nourished.

Let’s dive in.

What is Dinacharya?

The Ayurvedic daily routine or Dinacharya is the most satisfying routine you can add to your life to minimize these unwanted symptoms. Soothing and nourishing, oiling your body can provide great comfort to you and soothe your nervous system in times of stress.

But hang on….

Although this routine may seem overwhelming at first, it should take just about 20 minutes every morning (not including the exercise portion) to master.

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What’s an ideal morning routine to stop anxiety?

Step #1

Wake up at the same time every day

Step #2

Scrape your tongue 10-12x to remove bacteria

  • You can buy a fancy tongue scraper or use a spoon. I often glance at my tongue to determine my health, your tongue is a reflection of your digestion. If it has a thick coating, it may be time to cleanse your diet and add more greens.

Step #3

Brush your teeth with an Ayurvedic toothpaste with neem and licorice.

  • These herbs are bitter, astringent, antibacterial and aid digestion. Look for toothpaste without harsh chemicals like Triclosan and DSL.

Step #4

Drink warm water with lemon.

  • Squeeze half a fresh lemon into the water; you can add 1 tsp. of fresh ground ginger to aid digestion. Warm water cleanses and awakens the digestive tract, encouraging a healthy bowel movement daily.

Step #5

Nature calls

  • Going to the bathroom upon waking will help clear your digestive system. A healthy “motion” will have a soft brown log quality, little odor, and will be well-formed (like a banana).
  • Undigested food, foul smell, mucus, blood, excessive dryness or “pellet-like” quality, as well as “sinkage”, indicates a digestive imbalance. Altering diet, lifestyle, and using herbs will help better this.

Step #6

Wash your eyes with rose water

  • Rosewater helps soothe red eyes from too much computer work or too little sleep.

Step #7

Self-Massage (or Abhyanga) is one of our best practices for feeling ageless.

  • To soothe your nervous system, massaging your skin daily using a high-quality organic oil such as sesame, sunflower, or coconut.
  • Warm the oil in your hands, then rub down, making sure not to skip any parts. Let the oil soak in for at least 20 minutes and then shower.
  • My favorite Ayurvedic oil can be found here: https://kit.co/tarajgregorio/ayurveda

Step #8

Nasya

  • Nasya, nasal lubrication can help soothe the nasal passages, particularly in dry months. Take 1 tsp. of nasal oil on your finger, insert it into your nostril, and massage.
  • Bathe or shower to remove the excess oil. Look for non-toxic, all-natural soaps without chemicals; I’m loving rose soap at the moment.
  • Use this oil>https://kit.co/tarajgregorio/ayurveda

Step #9

Self-practice of meditation or yoga.

  • Begin your day with something you love! Choose an exercise routine you enjoy and stick with it daily.

Diet

Eat warm, cooked foods during the day to improve digestive fire. Eat your most substantial meal at lunch; eating without distractions.

What is the best evening routine?

  • Go to bed at the same time every night.
  • Take a warm bath or enjoy a warm cup of milk with nutmeg, cardamom, and a little honey.
  • Take Triphala with warm water, 1 hour before sleep. Triphala, an Ayurvedic herb can help reduce constipation and enhance your sleep.
  • Feeling constipated? Take Triphala before bed. This is the one I love. https://kit.co/tarajgregorio/ayurveda
  • Get to bed before 10:00 pm, as your body, renews itself between 10-2:00 am.

 

Warmly~ Tara

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5 Natural Remedies To Reduce Panic Attacks

5 Natural Remedies To Reduce Panic Attacks

Admit it.

You’ve felt your heart rate increase.

You’ve felt the heat rise up your neck.

Maybe you’ve even gone to the ER because you were so scared.

Have you had these symptoms…

Panic Attack Symptoms

  • sweating
  • shaking
  • shortness of breath
  • feelings of choking
  • chest pain
  • and a fear of dying

are common symptoms when you feel an attack come on.

What if Panic attacks could be prevented?

Think about this for a moment. If you’ve had a panic attack, you’re probably noticing you’re a little stressed, right?

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you take time for yourself each day to breathe?
  • Do you exercise?
  • Do you drink too much coffee?
  • Do you have wine at night?
  • Are you sleeping well?
  • Do you have other symptoms?
  • Does heart disease run in your family?

But hang on.. I know you are busy. But what is more important than your health?

The truth is when you take just a moment for yourself each day to just breathe. You can calm your nervous system down for hours after. It doesn’t cost any money to do.

Then, when you add in botanicals to help you reduce your stress – boom! Life changes.

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In this post, I’m going to share my favorite herbal remedies to reduce panic attacks. The first two botanicals are also safe for breastfeeding mommas.

Natural Treatment for Panic Attacks

Adaptogens for Stress

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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.

If breastfeeding, use just the single Ashwagandha tincture, not the blend.

2. Motherwort (leonurus cardiaca)

From motherhood to menopause, Motherwort is a true gift for women. It shouldn’t be used during pregnancy but should be your first go-to herb after birth. Motherwort’s calming qualities can help with everything from heart palpitations to extreme anxiety.

Taking motherwort throughout the day can release tension and reduce panic attacks, and it’s a great solution for falling back to sleep if you wake up frequently during the night. This is my go-to remedy for heart palpitations.

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

3. Passionflower (pasque flower)

Calm a restless mind, reduce tension headaches, painful periods and insomnia with Passionflower. Cooling to the body and tasty enough to add it to your nightly tea or take in a tincture dropper for ease and efficiency.

Herb Pharm Anxiety Soother : combines Kava, Passionflower, and other botanicals to boost your mood and reduce anxiety. Not to be taken while breastfeeding.

4. Skullcap (Scutelleria laterifolia)

Use Skullcap in cases of stress, anxiety or tension to promote well-being and induce relaxation. You can use the loose leaf and add it to your Chamomile tea at night or combine this tincture with a Valerian tincture and take nightly to reduce panic attacks and induce sleep.

Dosing: Take 2-4 ml of the tincture 3x day for severe anxiety.

Adaptogen Combinations for Stress

Herb Pharms Good Mood tincture combines Ashwagandha and Skullcap and would be appropriate to take during the day to soothe your stress.

5. Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

Known as nature’s natural sedative, Valerian calms the nervous system and reduces stress throughout the body. Take it at night around 7-8 pm to help induce sleep. Valerian can also reduce cramps and pains associated with your period. This is a bitter herb so it’s best to take as a tincture.

  • Keep in mind, work with a herbalist if you are breastfeeding.
  • Dosing: Take 2-4 ml of the tincture at night or 2-3x day for serious panic attacks. I like this one.

Can you afford not to try these remedies?

Have questions? Comment below.

Warmly~

Tara

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Certified women’s herbal educator, Tara Gregorio is helping moms around the world reduce medications with herbs & homeopathy. Learn more about Tara here: https://taragregorio.com/
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