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Healing Herbs

Did you know Natural Herbs have been known to help alleviate the symptoms of grief? Here are some natural herbs and their Healing properties 😊


Lavender



Lavender is very calming. It can be used as a tea, though not everyone likes the flavor. Mix a few drops with a carrier oil like grapeseed or sweet almond and apply it to the back of your neck. Make a Homemade Nasal Inhaler with lavender that fits easily in a pocket, purse, or backpack so you have it with you while on the go.



Skullcap

Skullcap is great for relieving anxiety and helping smooth out the edges. It is a calming herb that can promote relaxation. It is best used as a tincture, but can be taken as a tea.




Valerian


Valerian can help you relax and get a good night’s sleep. It can be taken as a tincture, although I can’t get past the strong odor. I prefer taking capsules with the ground root powder.






Elderberry


Feeling run down while grieving is very common because appetite and sleep may be affected. Elderberries are full of antioxidants – they can boost your immune system and help combat illness during this time when diet and sleep may be suffering.








Passion Flower

Passion flower is another good herb for easing anxiety. Use a tea or capsule for the best benefits.



Kava Kava

Kava Kava is great for calming the system. A tincture is best in this case.

Ginseng

Ginseng is an adaptogen, helping your body adapt to whatever life throws your way. Capsules are usually best to take.


Chamomile

Chamomile is also a calming herb. There’s nothing more soothing than a cup of chamomile tea before bed.


How to Take Each Herb

As a Tea

When you are taking an herb as a tea, place a teaspoon of the dried or fresh herb in a tea strainer and immerse in hot, but not boiling, water. Allow to steep for about 5 minutes. Take the strainer out and add a natural sweetener if you like. Drink the tea while hot or cool, or pour over ice. Drink a few cups daily to get the soothing effect from the herb. Find most of the above-mentioned herbs here.


Capsules

If you are taking the herb as a capsule, follow the directions on the container. Each company is different in their dosages, so it’s important that you take the dosage required for that herb. If you make your own capsules use the dried herb, and check with an herbalist to be sure you are using the right amount. Find most of the above-mentioned herbs in capsule form here.


Tinctures

If you are using a tincture, most herbs can be taken at a rate of 5 drops per day. Depending on the herb, it may be more or less. Again, consult the bottle or an herbalist to see what will work best for you. Find most of the above-mentioned herbs as tinctures here.


Essential Oils

If you are using an essential oil, always dilute the oil in a carrier oil such as grapeseed or sweet almond oil. Dilute about 5-10 drops essential oil in 1 oz. of carrier oil. You can rub this on the back of your neck or on pulse points to get it into your system. Never take essential oils internally unless directed to do so by a certified herbalist. Find most of the above-mentioned essential oils here.


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