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Herbs and Supplements for Anxiety-More than Lavender and Weed


I don’t think it will come as a surprise to any of you that the world can be a stressful place. Between unhealed family dynamics, parenting stress (IYKYK), relationship complexities of all kinds, community stressors, and global stressors.


As a result, the modern day human often struggles to regulate their nervous system, may have endless mental chatter, and may have physiological sensations of anxiety and overwhelm.


I don’t point this out to cause more stress or anxiety, but to show how relatively normal having anxiety can be. This fact alone tends to minimize anxiety, as in, there’s nothing “wrong” with me. I’m having a normal human experience.


AND amazingly, as if by grand universal design, many of the plants that are on this planet at this time help calm stress, anxiety and nerves. And no, I’m not talking about marijuana (that could be a whole other email, I’ll just sum it up by saying that I prefer the other herbs I’m going to mention far better-and they’re legal in all 50 states!)



Some fancy names for herbs that help with stress and anxiety are: Adaptogens (these work as a slow process of helping our body build our resilience to stress…essentially making our capacity to hold stress larger before it overflows). Nervines is another commonly used word to reference herbs, and these tend to have a faster action for calming the nervous system. Learning about herbs for mental health fascinated me, as traditional doctors tend to not consider lifestyle or any natural interventions before recommending anxiety medication, even for children.


Use this link to find my favorite supplements to help with anxiety https://us.fullscript.com/plans/rrugh-webb-stress-anxiety-and-nervous-system-support


As for nervine herbs I frequently work with Blue Vervain, Skullcap (also an adaptogen) and Motherwort in a tincture called Relax that my original herbal teacher crafts. And in case tincture is a new term, this is when herbs are stepped in a strong alcohol and the plant constituents are extracted (can also be done with glycerine for many herbs which is alcohol free.) If you are interested in accessing this tincture, email me and I will get you set up in my practitioner account through my dispensary. This is a very high quality tincture, and although not individualized is my first go to when recommending a tincture for anxiety to the general public. It’s also very affordable!


Lemon balm, Chamomile, Wood Betony, and Milky Oats are frequently included in my custom tinctures and teas for clients.


Ashwagandha is an adaptogen that many people use for daily stress support, as it’s best to use this frequently to maintain that larger reserve. Best used in powder form, as pills and tinctures would include such a small dose per serving. And no one wants to take 20 pills a day to get the benefits of this herb.


Holy Basil also known as Tulsi is another great adaptogen and tastes great in a tea blend.


These are very general recommendations that you all can research more on to see what benefits you can receive. It’s important to do your own research AND also, working with an herbalist (such as myself who also has decades of mental health experience) allows for the herbs to be customized to your unique concerns.


I have access to an amazing dispensary with extremely high quality herbs where I can customize the formulas and herbs for tea. Thomas Easley, founder of The Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine (and my original herbal teacher and consultant for my holistic programs) has hand crafted all of the remedies. This is for clients that I work with 1:1 either in my holistic psychology packages or the Path to Transformation.


I hope this knowledge supports you through times of stress,

Rebecca



P.S. I also love essential oils for anxiety, if used with other techniques and in moderation :). I’ve used MLM oils in the past and have explored multiple other companies over the last decade to see quality. I’ve landed on Plant Therapy. Be on the lookout for handcrafted herbal remedies from me on my Etsy site. I’m going to start by rolling out a chakra line infused with gemstones (these will be in roller bottles…get the pun!!) Currently on the site are some gorgeous healing stones my oldest daughter and I hand-wrap for necklaces. https://www.etsy.com/shop/brighterdayswellness/



 


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