Herbal Support for the Nervous System
In today’s day and age, it is extra important to keep our nervous system in mind. I know a lot of folks talk about this, but what does that even mean?
Your nervous system controls your stress responses, your memory, your mental capacity– all the things that make us tick.
So how can we give ourselves a fighting chance against the stresses of day to day life, healing trauma, living during a pandemic etc etc.
We could talk about switching dietary things, meditating, moving your body (all of which are incredible modalities) but! If you’ve found yourself here. You’re looking for plant based healing. You’ve come to the right place.
Let’s talk about the 3 different categories of nervous system herbs and some specific helpers that would be a safe and incredible ally to implement into your every day life.
Now, though this seems pretty self explanatory, we should define what relaxants are.
This group of herbs is specific to helping your body calm down. Be it your nerves, your emotions, or your muscles– relaxants are your go to.
They’re the safest form of nervous system support that can be used in the moment– rather than long term.
My favourite example of this is passionflower or Passiflora incarnata. This incredible plant, that is included in our blend Night Cap, proves its incredible ability to calm the whole body by hitting multiple points. It works for sleep issues like insomnia, but is also helpful for spiked blood pressure, helps with nervous tension and muscle spasms that get ingrained in the body when under stress.
But! Let’s take it one step further.
This class of herbs is helpful because they go deep into the roots of your stress and teach your body how to cope. Not only does it strengthen the nervous system, but it heals the problems that currently exist.
An incredible example of a nervine tonic is Oats.
Yeah– easy peasy oats. Oatstraw, oatmeal, etc etc— this amazing plant has proven itself to be one of the most nourishing natural supplements in the entire world.
This plant ally is seen in our Women’s Libido blend, and for good reason!
Oats or Avena sativa has been used for millennia as an ally for those that work too hard. It aids in fatigue and loss of interest in the things you love– which is a symptom of depression.
All of these things seem to be relieving symptoms, but there is one more type of nervine herb that encapsulates the entire experience.
Adaptongentic herbs are plants that have an innate ability to bring balance to the stress response. Without getting to sciencey about it, specific hormones are fired off when we are met with different levels of stress.
And adaptogen herbs are incredibly able to bring our bodies back into balance.
Between the body, the brain, and breakfast– adaptogens are readily available.
One amazing example is ashwaganda, or Withania somnifera. It is featured in our Relax supplement because it digs deep into the root of the issue.
Come to terms with stress
All of these amazing herbs are here for us. If there is any reason you are holding back from committing to this change– feel free to message us.