The main reason I decided to become an acupuncturist/herbalist was, at the time, those modalities were the most effective at helping the debilitating anxiety I suffered from. I had been plagued for years following a physically and emotionally traumatic event at age 20 (more on that in the next post). The relief I received inspired me to go back to school and learn these incredible healing techniques so that I might one day help others. At a time when people need acupuncture more than ever, it feels tragically ironic that we just can’t right now with the shelter in place mandate. Over the next several posts, I want to share with you other tips, practices, and products to help with anxiety that you can do at home to help with any stress you might be feeling.
First, products!! I am a total junkie when it comes to buying things from the health food store, and have tried probably hundreds of different things over the years to help with stress. Lately, my stash is scattered throughout the house: on counters, the coffee table, night stands, and in pockets. These are my personal favorites and brands that I trust: (From left to right)
Magnesium Glycinate Chelate: magnesium helps regulate heart rhythm and relax muscles. This is the type of Mg that I prefer (over citrate, chloride, etc). I take it in the evening before bed. There’s also the popular CALM powder, but that one is mg citrate and I find it a little harsh on the digestion (but some people like to take it for that reason, if you catch my drift). Bach Flower Essences: there are 38 original remedies to address different emotions specifically, like: apathy, martyrdom, or suspicion. I’ve been using White Chestnut for “persistent worrying thoughts”. Helps me stay present.
Xiao Yao San: also known as “Free and Easy Wanderer” formula, this is one of the most popular traditional Chinese herbal formulas. One of my teachers would call it her “happy pills”. I like to think of it as the IDGAF formula. This formula flies off my shelf at the clinic. I’m available for virtual herbal consults to discuss if this formula is right for you, or pinpoint another one that is more suited for your personal presentation of symptoms.
Vetiver Essential Oil: this has a very grounding energetic quality for when you feel scattered. I’ll put a couple drops on the insides of my wrists and on the soles of my feet.
St. John’s Wort: one of my absolute favorite herbs. Helps with anxiety, mild to moderate depression, anti-viral, and a powerful detoxifier. So powerful, that is should not be taken with most medications since it will just flush it out of your liver. Seriously, don’t take SJW unless you’ve checked with your prescribing physician first.
Ashwagandha: Ayurvedic herb for stress and to help boost energy. It builds up in your system, so you’ll notice effects in about 3 weeks. Good for Kapha and Vata doshas (your individual constitution). Tastes super bitter, thus this bag has lasted a loongg time. I recommend the Banyan Botanical tablets instead.
Hemp CBD: this one from Quicksilver Scientific is the Cadillac of hemp cbd products. It’s liposomal, which makes for rapid uptake and effective delivery into cells. I notice the calming affect pretty quickly. I’ve heard it also helps reduce pain.
Nerve Tonic: I have to buy this by the dozen for the office since it’s everyone’s favorite product once they’ve tried it. Homeopathic. I love it since it takes the edge off almost immediately. I keep a bottle in my desk drawer at work.
Sleep Maintenance: when I have a couple nights in a row where I’m restless and waking up often, I’ll take a couple of these and sleep sooo much better. It has passionflower as one of the main ingredients, which has such a calming and sedating affect.
If you are interested in any of these products, you can get them for 20% off by creating an account at wellevate.me/bianca-clayton and search at the top where it says “product search”. You can also purchase protein powders, skin and hair care products, toothpaste, tea, and other vitamin/supplements you might already be using.
Disclosure: If you are on prescription medications, please check with your healthcare provider for herb-drug interactions prior to ingesting any herbs.
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