Herbs to Support Your Mind + Body During COVID-19 and Beyond

🌿An offering from the plants for the times🌿

We’re experiencing a collective trauma & a grand shift in our daily routines, our internal worlds & our collective consciousness. More than ever, the plants can support us as we re-adjust to physical, mental, emotional, & spiritual shifts. While social distancing &rigorous hygiene remain at the top of the priority list for keeping the collective protected, the plants are here for us to cultivate an intentional & personal healing relationship with. So make your remedies. Video-chat your loved ones. Wash your hands. Stay safe. Be well. And breathe.
🌿Astragalus: a traditional “yang” root tonic that improves endurance, amplifies resilience, increases our energy & supports a healthy stress response. Astragalus stimulates immune cells, increases the activity of antioxidant enzymes, &improves heart function.
🌿Lemon Balm: a nervine tonic that alleviates an anxious or depressed mood, improves cognitive function & supports a restorative night’s sleep. Lemon balm relieves restlessness, allowing for a more grounded response to stress, sadness & shock. Lemon balm is also anti-viral!
🌿St.John’s Wort: Most known for relieving a depressed mood in folks with mild to moderate depression, St. John’s wort is also a rockstar nervine tonic & anti-viral all in one. Interestingly enough, St. John’s wort is a vulnerary, meaning that it is able to heal wounds. Definitely check for drug/herb interactions as St. John’s wort effects key enzymatic pathways.
🌿Ginger: Antimicrobial. Anti-inflammatory. Antimicrobial. Circulatory tonic. Digestive tonic. Immune booster. A master herb. Here’s a great ginger shot recipe to get familiar with: juiced ginger root, lemon juice, turmeric + an optional dollop of honey.
🌿Skullcap: the gentle, yet powerful nervine that relieves nervous tension, restores our sense of balance & revives our mental state. This herb helps with muscular tension, spasms & anxiety. Skullcap is your friend when you’ve just had enough & all systems are exhausted. This is the herb that promotes rest in the name of renewal.
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In health,
Dr. Naika

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Dr. Naika, the writer of this blog, has a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters of Science in Acupuncture as of June 2017. Please do not take the information presented on this blog, as medical advice, without consulting your certified health care practitioner. Knowledge is power and your health is your wealth!