In such times, herbs are your best allies to help you manage stress, anxiety, depression and other emotions. Nervine and adaptogen herbs are nutritive and directly benefit the nervous system. Moreover, herbal nervine therapy increases our ability to cope with the stress of daily life. You may take nervines and adaptogen herbs as you need them. However, if you are under chronic stress, you will benefit from taking nerve tonic herbs on a regular basis such as:
You can also manage stress and other negative emotions with Flower Essences (FE). FE are not to be confused with aromatherapy (essential oils) they are infusions made from the flowering part of a plant. Every flower has a different healing quality, and because each flower acts as an agent of change at a deep emotional level, they offer an excellent way to heal and grow. Some of the positive changes that FE can help you include feeling more positive, confident, and creative, experiencing more joy, love, and peace, being more forgiving and accepting, forming better relationships, and having more clarity, focus, and concentration, among many others.
There are literally hundreds of FE. You can start with experimenting with the Bach FE or the California FE. Both can be found online with a description of how each flower can assist you. If you need help choosing a FE You can call me, and I can help you design a FE just for your needs.
Essential oils are also an excellent option to manage negative emotions, such as stress, anxiety, sadness, and depression. Some of my favorite essential oils for promoting positive feelings are:
There are many ways to enjoy the benefits from essential oils, including but not limited to:
Add all essential oils to a glass bottle. One one-quarter ounce bottle will hold this blend perfectly. Screw cap on tightly and shake the bottle to blend the oils.
Another essential nutrient that has a positive effect on our mental health is omega-3 oil and other omega oils. Omega oil has an incredible impact on our brain, especially when it comes to mild memory loss and depression. Clinical studies concluded that taking omega oils such as the ones found in fish oil supplements improved depression symptoms, with effects comparable to those of antidepressant medications. There are vegan options for this supplement, one being UDOs oil.
As you can see, there are many options (methods) that can help you stay positive and focused as you go about your day. Use one or as many as you need throughout your day.
Stay tuned, next week I will be talking about how stress and anxiety affect your adrenal glands
Dr. Toni is a Best-selling author, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) & Registered Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology, and a Clinical Herbalist Certificate, an HHP certificate and is a Certified Trainer in the Success Principles. In private practice as a HHP she has been influenced by a variety of clinical modalities and orientations, and by the diverse life experiences of her clients. Toni’s approach to healing is holistic & transpersonal. In her work, she integrates the principles of Eastern and Western nutrition, herbololgy, energy medicine, Buddhist mindfulness and personal counseling to assist others in working through their physical or emotional blocks to attain optimal health.