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PTSD, Anxiety, Stress and Herbs

Updated: Jan 7

Hello there! Happy Wednesday! I'm thrilled to share that I've officially settled into my new home office, and the experience has been nothing short of amazing. The journey ahead is filled with excitement!

Now, let's delve into some important topics—PTSD, anxiety, stress, and more. We've all encountered or witnessed life-threatening events that leave us with intense fear, helplessness, and haunting memories. I've personally faced dark times and manage these emotions actively. So, I'd like to share some practices that have proven beneficial for me.

Firstly, magnesium remains a key player, and I emphasize the significance of magnesium-rich Epsom salt baths. I go all in—using a whole bag of Epsom salt and soaking for a minimum of 45 minutes. Fish oil, calcium, and vitamin D are also crucial components.

Now, let's explore herbs that offer support:

  • Ashwagandha: An Ayurvedic herb acting as a sedative and nerve tonic.

  • Bilberry: Prevents cell destruction and mutation.

  • Milk Thistle: Cleanses and protects the liver with antioxidant properties.

  • Chamomile: A gentle relaxant and sleep aid.

  • Dong quai: Supports organs susceptible to stress effects.

  • Holy basil: Lowers stress and cortisol levels.

  • Hops: Eases nervousness, restlessness, and stress.

  • Passion flower: Calming and potent in anti-stress formulas.

  • Siberian ginseng: Helps the body cope with stress.

  • Skullcap: Beneficial for nervous disorders and aids in sleep.

  • Valerian: Prevents the nervous system from being overwhelmed.

Moving on to diet, focus on consuming 50 to 75 percent raw foods, emphasizing fresh fruits and vegetables. Be mindful of chemical exposure by choosing organic options. Avoid processed foods, artificial sweeteners, refined sugar, and more. Limit caffeine intake, steer clear of alcohol, tobacco, and mood-altering drugs.

Exercise emerges as a potent yet underused anti-depressant and stress-reliever. Physical activity clears the mind and manages stress effectively.

For optimal sleep, create a sanctuary in your bedroom—remove TVs, reduce electronic devices, and incorporate plants and a salt lamp. Utilize chemical-free laundry detergents, invest in a diffuser, and practice mindful meditation before bedtime.

Additional practices such as dry brushing, massages (especially cranial sacral therapy), and consultation with a trauma-specialized therapist prove beneficial.

Consider investigating heavy metal intoxication, as it can mimic stress symptoms. A hair analysis can detect heavy metals, and if present, a detox is recommended.

Finally, quality essential oils can aid in trauma, PTSD, anxiety, and stress. Suggestions for diffusing include clove, helichrysum, jasmine, yarrow, frankincense, idaho blue spruce, sandalwood, rose, and cedarwood. Blend recommendations include peace and calming, trauma life, forgiveness, release, valor, joy, hope, and sacred mountain.

I hope these insights are helpful on your journey. Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday, or as Pooh says, Happy Windsday!

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