Herbs to Ease Stress & Anxiety for Back to School (and ALL the Life Things)


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How is the whole “back to school” thing going for you? Stressful? Maybe? 2020 just doesn’t seem to let up. Are you a parent all of a sudden becoming a teacher, homeschooling your kids? Maybe while you’re still working a full-time job (or more)? Or are you a teacher trying to figure out how to do your job without being in a classroom? Or being in a classroom, trying to figure out how to keep you & your students healthy and COVID-free?

Our current time is so stressful and can bring on anxiety. And if you are on the West Coast of the US like we are, you’re probably engulfed in wildfire smoke and maybe you or friends & loved ones are worried about their homes and livelihood. WAY too much to worry about right now! So, in this episode, we’d like to share some plant friends with you that can help support your nerves, calming stress and tonifying your system, helping you learn to adapt to all the stressors that have been flung at us this year.

We’ll learn about adaptogenic herbs that help your body adapt to life’s various stressors whether they be emotional, physical, or spiritual. Ashwaganda is my favorite adaptogen; this herb is perfect for people who do too much. Holy Basil is another delicious adaptogen that is definitely a hug in a mug.

We’ll also discuss nervines which are a kind of herbs that acts on your nervous system. There are both stimulating and sedating nervines. We’ll be discussing sedating, soothing nervines like Milky Oats & Linden. Also Passion Flower (which is a powerful plant and a gorgeous one too!), Chamomile, and Lemon Balm. I’ll touch briefly on St. John’s Wort to dispel some myths and give you some info on ways that it might be useful to you.

Different bodies react to herbs in different ways, so find out what works for you maybe with the help of a certified herbalist or naturopathic practitioner. There’s a variety of ways to get this plant medicine in your body --tinctures, capsules, teas, etc. For some ready-made tea options, check out Mountain Mel’s Herbal Teas at mountainmels.com. Use code THP15 at checkout to receive 15% off just for listening.

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