I love herbs. I have always wanted to become a herbalist. I love using them as medicine and in cooking. Natures medicine!! I love how one herb can have many benefits to our health. When combining herbs you can get an amazing synergistic effect. Meaning it can benefit many ailments! Herbs have been around since the start of time. More and more studies are being done on herbs and of course coming up with fantastic results. I love how these studies are proving the effects they have and they have been used for centuries for these ailments.
As a naturopath and herbalist herbs are used in many forms. Some of these forms are:
- liquid formulas
- Infused oil
- Steam inhalation
- Essential oil
- Herbs n spices for cooking
- Flower essence
Some of my favourite herbs:
Rhodiola - rohodiola rosea
Actions - adaptogen, tonic, anti tumour, hepatoprotective
- fatigue, mental and/or physical exhaustion
- Improve memory performance
- Improve concentration, especially when under stress
- To enhance physical performance and endurance
- May assist sexual function in men
St. John's Wort - Hypericum perforatum
Actions - nervine, mild antidepressant, possible antiviral (against envelopes viruses), vulnerary
- mild to moderate depression
- Nervous tension
- Viral infections
I found this a great supplement after my second son was still born. Went through some dark times and this really helped me
Withania - with is somnifera
Actions - tonic, adaptogenic, immune modulating, mild sedative, anti-inflammatory, anti anaemic, anxiolytic
- Nervous exhaustion
- Poor immune function
- Reduced mental or physical performance
I love this herb. Have used it for myself in many formulas and for clients. Amazing female herb. Been great when looking at my poor over worked adrenals.
Licorice - Glycyrrhiza glabra
Actions - anti-inflammatory, adrenal tonic, mucoprotective, expectorant, demulcent, mild laxative
- adrenal depletion
- Physical stress
This herb is great and taste good, if you like licorice that is. Great in a liquid herb as gives a nice flavour.
Passionflower - Passiflora incarnata
Actions - anxiolytic, spasmolytic, mild sedative, Hypnotic
- Tension headache
Sleep and good sleep I'm talking about is so vital to our health. Sleep is where our body rests and rejuvenates. When sleep is inadequate it has a huge effect on all areas of our life and can have major effect on our health. One of my most favourite herb I've used many times for sleep is Kava
Kava - Piper methysticum
Actions - anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, mild sedative, skeletal muscle relaxant, spasmolytic, mild analgesic
- Panic attacks
- Emotional stress
- Tooth ache
- Leg cramps
- Muscular tension
I love many things about being a naturopath and herbalist. One big part l love is that prescriptions are made especially for the client and their needs. We are all unique and have different needs. No one walks the exact same path as another, therefore how can there be one prescription for all?
It is recommended seeing a practitioner before taking any herbs/supplements along with a medical practitioner. As they can interact with medications and each person is unique and some of herbs/supplements may not be suited for you.
Thanks for reading. Looking forward to sharing more exciting naturopathy and herbal information with you.
Blessings Belle xo
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Everything happens for a reason. At the time we may know the reason but generally when it's all happen it's like WTF. Why is this happening? Later on can look back and see why it happened. Because going through that lead you to another place in life. With out that experience you may never have got to that other place.
Then there are times you just don't know.
Lately have been challenged by a personal experience. I have asked my self a thousand times, WHY??? And I just can't think why it has happened. I have spoken the ears off my partner about it. Talking really helps however l feel like lm going around circles and I got pretty dizzy from it all and no closer to working it out.
My anxiety was rising, along with self doubt. Then to help smooth this l just kept telling myself, everything happens for a reason. I don't know this reason at the moment. I may down the track and then again l may never know. Have trust and faith in the universe that everything is as it should be and this situation is happening for my highest good. It will all work out. I have faith and trust in the universe and just let it go and go with it! This situation isn't fully resolved however l am more at peace with it all and know it's all going to work out and it's for the best!!
Maybe too this situation is about them and what they need to go through to get to the next part of their life. Maybe everything that is their inner turmoil is being reflected on the outside of their life. Self projection can easily be seen.
Step back and don't get caught up in their stuff. Step back, deep breaths and what is right for me and my family and have trust and faith in the universe that everything is as it should be and will work out for the hugest good.
When a door closes another door opens up. Closing doors can be so bloody hard and emotional. We seem to struggle with this. Death comes in different forms, not just physical. Grief comes in different forms. It can be the end of a job, end of a marriage or end of a friendship. Either way it's a loss and the roller coaster ride of grief begins. Being gentle and kind to self is what is needed. Work through the emotions. Stuffing them down will most definitely lead to an explosion at some point.
Blessings Belle xo
"I receive great inspiration and clearer guidance to what l should be doing and where l should be going with my life. I love the encouragement support and love" ~ Karen
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