It's the last week we'll be talking about herbs for stress and the perfect day as today is the New Moon in Pisces. A wonderful day to pay attention to the God/Goddess inside of you, relax and enjoy your life!
Chamomile- Matricaria recutita
(Fresh or dried flowers)
Helps to decrease inflammatory or irritating states of the nervous system. Especially good in use for nervous conditions involving a nervous stomach. This plant ally helps to relieve tension in the digestive system . Can be used internally and externally, externally it soothes tissues. (In ancient Egypt it's depicted in hieroglyphics that Chamomile was a popular skin care ingredient.) Matricaria
is often used with small children, and can be helpful for restless sleepers and colicky babies.
Drinking a cup of this before bed can help to relax the body and prepare it for sleep.
We love chamomile tea and in glycerite tincture form is a great option for children or when you can't drink tea.
Passion flower- Passiflora incarnata
(Fresh extract, using entire vine, leaf and flower)
This herb has been helpful for slowing down excessive mental activity, and employed in instances where the mind is constantly running, stress and anxiety are present. Passiflora acts as a nervous system depressant and aids with deepening and lengthening sleep. Can be useful for anxiety, insomnia, epilepsy, shingles, and hypertension.
Contraindicated for use with young children
We love wisewomanherbals passion flower in solid extract form. You can also usually find a solid extract at your local health food store.
Tips to reduce stress...
Go enjoy the...
Whatever helps you reconnect yourself and your life force.
It's the simple things and the small decisions we make, that make the biggest impact in our lives in the long run. Like taking a moment to sit on the bench and appreciate the big oak or dropping your work for a moment to laugh and play with our kids.
The little things we overlook are often the most important.
Stress can cause a multitude of problems if not taken care of, one of those being degrading your mental state. If you are struggling, you are valid. Please don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help. There are people that care and YOU matter.
National Mental Health Hotline: 866-903-3787
24/7 Crisis Mental Health hotline: Text “GO” to 741741
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
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Growth and Evolution, JoAnn Castigliego Sanchez. 2013
The Way of Herbs, Michael Tierra. 1998
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Folk Magic and Healing, An Unusual History of Everyday Plants, Fez Inkwight. 2019