Why you should hire an herbalist for women’s health

Why you should hire an herbalist for women’s health

Are you wondering what an herbalist really does?

And, can they really help you?

In this post, I’ll share how I learned herbal medicine, who I studied with, and what I specialize in so you can decide where to go when you’re seeking an alternative treatment.

Let’s get started.

So, how do you find an herbalist?

Herbalist near me

  • Google would be the first place to search. But, many herbalists take sessions virtually or even offer online education.
  • I would write down your symptoms, and what type of teacher you’re seeking and ask for a referral from friends.
  • If you meet with an acupuncturist, they may also be able to guide you toward herbal remedies.

Herbalist certification

How to become a herbalist

What is a women’s herbal educator?

  • It’s a certification through Dr. Aviva Romm covering all herbal remedies from menarche to menopause.
  • I’ve completed this certification and offer online education and virtual sessions.

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Tara, “what do you specialize in”?

I love getting to the root cause of your symptoms. Here are some of my specialties.

Natural remedies for anxiety

    • We dive into your gut health, daily diet, and herbs to support heart palpitations and sleep. I also incorporate breathing and meditative exercises from my eighteen years of teaching Pilates, yoga, and movement.

New treatment for fibroids without surgery

    • From personal experience, I’ve learned how to stop the flooding that comes with fibroids and reduce the pain naturally with herbal medicine. My private health consultations would be great for you if you’re struggling with pain from fibroids.

Your body has a great capacity to heal

\Natural remedies for PMS mood swings

    • PMS and PMDD stem from poor liver health. In my private health consultations, we’ll discuss how to support your liver with diet, supplements, and herbs to reduce your monthly symptoms.

Natural remedies for perimenopause

    • Hot flashes, insomnia, short or long cycles. This season of change can be very challenging, but herbs can support you immensely. In a health consultation, we can focus on your current symptoms and the EXACT herbs to help you transition into menopause with grace.

Herbs for bladder irritation and UTIs

    • UTIs or urinary tract infections can be very painful. And they all stem from your gut health. By “healing your gut”, improving your digestion and elimination you can reduce and stop UTIs for years to come.

Herbal remedies for a yeast infection

Why do you use herbal medicine?

Your medications are affecting your gut health. When your gut health is affected, your whole immune system can change. Even though this post is for children’s health, it explains why I love herbal and homeopathic medicine.

Why natural remedies are perfect for kids

What happens in a health consultation with Tara?

  • We discuss your sleep, any changes in your cycle, your diet, supplements, and any new stressors at home.
  • I inquire about your #1 symptoms and each week we look at different suggestions to get to the root cause of this.
    • I ask you to write down a 3-day diet. And, send me pictures of the supplements you are currently taking.
    • You may also want to have blood work done and get tested for the MTHFR gene. Many of my clients have one or two of the SNPs affecting their ability to detoxify.
  • I offer a 30-day transformational package. This includes 3 private, virtual sessions and 30 days of unlimited support.
    • After each session, you’ll receive a detailed email with my suggestions.
  • You can choose what herbs to purchase based on my suggestions.

Natural remedies for a cold

  • If you hate using conventional medication and need more support when you’re sick; book a 30-min call with Tara to get the EXACT remedies you need to help you feel better faster.
  • Book a 30-minute quick session here: https://taragregorio.com/workwithtara/

Conclusion

Herbalists take a “full picture” approach with their sessions. The body always works together. From a women’s health perspective, I inquire about your diet, supplements, sleep, cycle of your period, and any additional stressors you are having at home.

From my 18+ years in fitness, I always make suggestions for breathing exercises and inquire about your pelvic floor health, and offer tips to help soothe your nervous system. This is usually the crux of all illnesses.

If you’re curious about my sessions, book a complimentary 15 min. session here: https://taragregorio.com/workwithtara/

xo

Tara

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Postpartum anxiety symptoms & treatment

Postpartum anxiety symptoms & treatment

It’s frustrating when your heart palpitations come to you out of the blue.

You’ve never struggled with this before.

There was a moment I was holding one of my twins, looking out the small apartment window on the second floor, and thinking; “I will never get to leave this house if I continue to breastfeed both of them.”

When I stopped breastfeeding, the insomnia set in.

Picture this.

You finally stop breastfeeding, then you can’t sleep, then you struggle with fatigue, overthinking, and panic attacks.

This is postpartum anxiety.

It took me a long time to know these words: “postpartum anxiety”, trauma, and triggered.

But, that’s what happens when you’re unable to regulate your nervous system.

Ask yourself, do you have any of these symptoms?

12 Signs of postpartum anxiety

  • insomnia – can’t sleep
  • heart palpitations
  • dizziness, light head
  • stomach issues
  • tight chest
  • shortness of breath
  • headache
  • sweating
  • can’t focus
  • crying spells
  • overthinking, circular thinking, or intrusive thoughts
  • exhaustion

So, what can you do about it?

First, why does postpartum anxiety happen? Here are 12 reasons..

    • insomnia
    • postpartum adrenal fatigue
    • depleted vitamins and minerals {B vitamins}
    • unresolved trauma; from birth or before and you’ve been triggered
    • unable to detoxify estrogen from your body
    • MTHFR gene
    • lack of help and/or support
    • your thyroid is off
    • your iron levels are low
    • you’re unable to regulate your nervous system
    • you live in a house with mold or did at one time

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How long does postpartum anxiety last?

It can last up to a year and then doctors tend to call it just “anxiety”, but it could be coming from an estrogen dominance that began after birth.

Postpartum Anxiety Treatment

What can you do about it?

  • get tested for the MTHFR gene and eat the foods that support your body
  • practice being present with breathing techniques and tapping
  • soothe your nervous system daily with herbs, homoeopathy and warm cooked diet
  • make sleep a priority
  • learn how to remove mold spores from your body and take steps to clear your home of mold
  • write about your trauma and noticed when you get triggered

I go over these steps in The Present Momma Group training.

Zoloft for postpartum anxiety

Considering Zoloft for your anxiety? Watch this video to see my alternatives to medications

Postpartum anxiety at night

We also tend to get

Postpartum health anxiety

This is just another way for your body to protect yourself. You worry about your health, your children’s health and then anxiety gets ramped up. At the heart of it, you want to learn how to soothe your nervous system.

Give yourself a chance to heal naturally

Conclusion

There are many reasons we struggle with postpartum anxiety. Know that your body can heal when you get to the root cause of this stress and overwhelm. Sometimes medication is needed for a short time until you uncover how to heal your body. If medications don’t work for you, there are many herbal remedies and holistic practices you can start doing; even if you’re breastfeeding.

xo Tara

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The secret holistic practices to overcome postpartum anxiety naturally

The secret holistic practices to overcome postpartum anxiety naturally

Admit it.

You’re frustrated and distracted by your stress and anxiety.

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?
  • If you could sleep?

Picture this.

Knowing exactly how to soothe your anxiety 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 holistic practices.

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.

And… after a certain time, we no longer call it postpartum. We just say ” you have anxiety”.

Want to get started?

In this post, I’ll share how you can overcome postpartum anxiety with holistic practices; including herbal medicine.


So, 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 to avoid the anxiety
  • they may get sick more often
  • they also have PMS and PMS rage
  • they’re not mentally there and crave to be more present with their family

Why does postpartum anxiety happen?

Postpartum anxiety attacks

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 ┬▓ 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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Postpartum anxiety treatment natural

5 holistic practices to reduce postpartum anxiety

#1 Identify your triggers

  • When you’re “triggered” you’ll feel an intense overwhelming sensation take over your body.
  • You may sweat, shake, go numb, cry, or feel like you can’t breathe.
  • Sometimes you smell, hear, think, or see something that reminds you of a traumatic event – even if you don’t remember that traumatic event!
  • For example; when I hear ambulance sirens it reminds me of my husband’s death.
  • Your goal when triggered is to calm your nervous system.

#2 Tapping for anxiety relief

#3 Get tested for the MTHFR gene

  • I’m noticing more and more of my clients have one or two of these SNAPs of the MTHFR gene.
  • When you have this, you want to avoid folic acid AND take methylated vitamins.
  • Plus, you’ll want to eat your greens every day.
  • Read the Dirty Genes book by Dr. Lynch for complete details on thriving with this gene.

Plus, have your doctor check:

  • your thyroid levels – it can go from hypo to hyperthyroid in three months!
  • Vitamins D, B6, B12, iron & DHA
  • consider healing your gut with the 4R approach

#4 Herbal remedies for anxiety relief

#5 Writing to release anxiety

What are you going to do with this one life?

  • Have you ever wondered if you have anxiety because you are suppressing something? Something that you want to say something or do?
  • Do you feel like you’re always worried about the future?
  • Writing can help you release anxiety and overcome what is bothering you.
  • ­čĹëAction step: Begin writing. Write 100 things that you want right now. Write down 3 places you want to go. Write down what you want to do for work. Then write your perfect day out in complete detail.
  • It may seem silly, but when these dreams come true… you feel amazed.

Conclusion

Holistic practices can help soothe your nervous system and stop panic attacks. When you begin soothing your nervous system daily, you’ll notice your panic attacks decrease.

What has worked for you? I’d love to know. Comment below.

xo

Tara


References

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

 

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 ┬╣

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. Ready to get started? Join this 5-day email challenge.

==Unsure if you have postpartum anxiety? Read this post to see the most common symptoms: https://taragregorio.com/postpartumanxietysymptomsandtreatment/

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Here are the 8 common mistakes we make

#1 Moms stop breastfeeding

  • Several studies have suggested that breastfeeding could help protect women against PPD ┬▓
  • 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.
  • Worried about herbs and breastfeeding? Read this post:https://taragregorio.com/how-to-use-herbs-while-breastfeeding-without-fear-4-simple-steps/

#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!

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

xo

Tara

References

┬╣ https://www.ppdil.org/symptoms-of-ppmds/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAkZKNBhDiARIsAPsk0Wi1MST1Z6A6Ex2WHZCOl-8Nf3M40Cu8mY4i64314qm40GKzdqEEmaEaAoUfEALw_wcB ┬▓https://www.seleni.org/advice-support/2018/3/13/breastfeeding-and-postpartum-depression (more…)

Postpartum insomnia remedies

Postpartum insomnia remedies

Why are you awake while everyone else is sleeping?

I spent twenty-four long months with insomnia before I discovered why this was happening to me.

In this post, we’ll discuss why postpartum insomnia happens and the natural remedies to help soothe you back to sleep.

What is postpartum insomnia?

It’s when you cannot sleep after childbirth. Usually, you’ll notice when everyone else is sleeping and you’re awake – that is a true sign.

9 Postpartum insomnia symptoms

  • anxiety when bedtime comes
  • unable to go back to sleep after a feeding
  • awake at night when everyone else is sleeping
  • OR anticipating a feeding, so you wake up to be prepared for when your child wakes
  • waking up @ 5:00 am with your heart beating out of your chest
  • anxiety during the day or excessive heart palpitations
  • tired @ 3:00pm
  • you may feel a bit depressed as well
  • if your cycle has returned you may feel this more the week before your period

Can postpartum hormones cause insomnia?

  • Yes! Your body is trying to flush out all of the hormones from your pregnancy AND if you’ve had twins, it’s been said you may struggle with postpartum insomnia more due to these excessive hormones.
  • Additionally, when your cycle returns – you may notice you get insomnia before your period due to excessive estrogen and the inability to clear it from your body.
  • So, detoxifying the postpartum hormones with sweating and a whole foods diet is very important to healing.
  • We’ll go over this in The Present Momma training.

How long can postpartum insomnia last?

  • It can last years. Typically, women stop calling themselves “postpartum” after they reach a certain date – 6 months or a year, but insomnia began after childbirth.

So, why does postpartum insomnia happen?

There are many reasons, but some of them include:

  • sleep deprivation – your sleep gets interrupted night after night and loses it’s rhythm
  • hormones – after birth, your body is trying to detox from all of the hormones you’ve had in your body for eight months. If you have poor detoxification pathways, you may struggle more.
  • anxiety – when you don’t sleep for weeks or months this turns into postpartum anxiety and then depression
  • environment – if you don’t feel comfortable in your home or bedroom you may experience insomnia
  • trauma – or unresolved trauma that comes out after pregnancy

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Treatment for postpartum insomnia

We want to get to the root cause of your insomnia. What I’m finding in most of my clients are two recurring themes

  • #1 The MTHFR SNPs and inability to detox excessive hormones
  • #2 Most of us struggling postpartum, tend to have excessive estrogen and cannot clear it naturally.
  • #3 Medications don’t work for us, possibly due to the MTHFR gene and we’re searching for natural remedies to support us.

Here are 5 ways to heal postpartum insomnia naturally

#1 Homeopathy for postpartum insomnia

As the alcohol in tinctures may bother you and make your insomnia worse, you may want to try homeopathy to support your insomnia. Here are my favorite remedies.

#2 Address postpartum adrenal fatigue

#3 Address your trauma

Seek a therapist to work through any unresolved trauma. Watch this video, as I talk with my therapist about how my postpartum thoughts came back when my husband passed away.

#4 Skip the coffee and integrate these drinks everyday

#5 Add in nervines’ to soothe your nervous system

  • Nervines are a category of herbs that help soothe our nervous system.
  • They can be gentle, like Chamomile or more intense as a sedative like California poppy.
  • By soothing your nervous system with herbal medicine and other holistic techniques – you’ll discover you can sleep more soundly
  • Here are my favorite botanicals to soothe insomnia

#6 Add in postpartum adaptogens

 

Conclusion

You can overcome postpartum insomnia when we get to the root cause of your anxiety; healing your nervous system. It takes time, but know it is possible to heal. Of course, when you don’t sleep this turns into more anxiety, anxiety about sleeping and then depression may set it.

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