Herbal Support for Stress and Trauma: Part 2, Adaptogens

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Adaptogens are some of our best herbal allies to help ourselves cope with chronic stress.  Adaptogens are herbs that help increase the body’s ability to adapt to all kinds of stressors: physical, emotional, environmental, social, and biological.

Adaptogens help build the body’s resistance and reliance to stress by supporting the nervous, immune and endocrine systems. They help to increase the body’s strength, stamina, vitality and immunity.

Many adaptogens have been considered supreme herbal tonics in the cultural systems from which they come.  For example, reishi mushroom was considered in ancient China to be the “herb of immortality”and Holy Basil is considered a panacea in India and in Ayurvedic medicine.

Dosing for adaptogens:  The more we need the adaptogen, the more we need to increase the amount and frequency of dosage.  For lower stress levels, stick to the lower recommended doses.  For higher and acute stress, higher doses more frequently are…

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Herbal Support for Stress and Trauma, Part 1: Nervines

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Herbal nervines are herbs that support, strengthen and nourish the nervous system.  They can help with stress, shock, tension, pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia and other nervous systems disorders.  Nervines are great herbal allies to support our bodies during acute or chronic stress.  They also help the body, mind and heart to heal from stress and trauma.

Oatstaw (Avena sativa): Great for nervous exhaustion and burnout; helps with headaches from stress; good for skin rashes caused by stress; good tonic for adrenals, helps with insomnia, helps with detox from drugs and alcohol, high in minerals, very nutritious, works best long term.

  • Dosage: 1-4 cups herbal infusion per day; 10-30 drops of tincture 3 X/ day.

IMG_20150819_171138 Scullcap 

Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora): Excellent to calm stress, agitation, tics, tremors or road rage. Useful for insomnia, quiets mind chatter, revitalizing to nerves, helps with insomnia and nervous agitation from grief…

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Second Annual Holiday Herb Fair

Ancestral Apothecary

Saturday November 25th from 1 to 6 PM

Studio Grand Oakland, 3234 Grand Ave, Oakland

Join Ancestral Apothecary for our second annual Herbal Fair this holiday season! This a great opportunity to have fun doing holiday shopping and to support your local community of herbalists.  All the vendors are students or teachers from our Cecemmana Herbal Programs.

You’ll find unique, hand-crafted herbal gifts and products like herbal chocolate, tea, flower essences, tinctures, salves, body care, and much more.  We’ll also be offering limpias, Reiki and have a raffle with great gifts.

This event is also a fundraiser for our Herbalism Diversity Fund.  We are raising money for scholarship for our students of color.  If you can’t make this event but still want to donate to this fundraising campaign, check our our Generosity Fundraising Page.

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