Stress can really do a number on your nerves and greatly impact the immune system. The body is fully connected. No matter how many systems we split our tissues and organs into they're still going to overlap and interweave. Basically when we're stressed out our immunity is effected negatively, and there is a lot to be stressed about right now.
Luckily there are herbs and simple things we can all do to better support our nervous little nerves. From getting out in nature & taking walks, drinking a soothing cup of tea, laughing hard, and feeling compassion & gratitude, we can positively support our Nervous Systems. A fair amount of stress is caused by being stuck in our heads and letting our minds get away from us. It's important to drop down into the heart. That sounds kind of simple but it is actually very profound. Dropping down into the heart reminds us of our connection to everything, allows us to feel pain and sadness in a way that allows those emotions to move and shift, and can snap you right out of anxious feelings or worried thoughts.
One of my favorite herbs for getting into that heart space is Rose. When I smell or taste Rose I immediately start to feel a melting and easing sensation in my body. My shoulders relax, my heart opens and my stomach unclenches. I'm in the present moment taking deep breaths and feeling the supportive strength that Rose carries. I also Love Nettle for the Nervous System in times of stress. Nettle is so nutrient rich, and it has so many vitamins and minerals that it's sometimes called the seaweed of plants. Which is great for the nervous system because the more stressed we are the more the nerves call for and need vitamins and minerals to keep functioning. It also supports the body on a very deep level and gives steady and sustained energy over time.
One cannot talk about the nervous system without talking about Oats. From oatmeal to Milky Oat Tops, all forms of Avena sativa are a balm to the nerves. This herb is for the overworked, overtired & overstimulated. Soothing, nourishing and supporting the nervous system on a deep level. Sleep is very important for so many things. When we're stressed, scared or anxious, sleep is one of our greatest allies, but sometimes with all that's going a goodnights sleep can be just out of reach. Chamomile, California Poppy, and Passionflower are great herbs for supporting this process of turning the nervous system down a few notches and getting you ready to sleep.
CHAMOMILE, MATRICARIA CHAMOMILLA
Chamomile is a solar herb, meaning that its energetic associations are with the sun. Chamomile has an antibacterial action and it was used for many years to cleanse traumas and promote healing of sore throats. Chamomile is a therapeutic herb. Drinking its tea will help your vital energy come into balance. Specifically as a tea, it is a calming, gentle herb that soothes and is known for aiding in sleep and dreams. Chamomiles mildly sedating and muscle-relaxing effects may help those who suffer from insomnia to fall asleep more easily.
Caution; Individuals with ragweed allergies may be sensitive to his herb.
For chamomile teas, use dried or fresh flower in its full form rather than store bought tea bags (as with all herbal tea.)
TIP: To make a tea infused with Chamomile never boil it. Boil the water separately, adding a spoon of the herb in the boiled water and covering it with a small dish or lid to imprison the benevolent gases. Leave it there “closed” for five minutes. Take a cup, strain the flowers and drink the infusion slowly. This state is of course preferable to someone who is going to sleep afterwards.
NETTLE,URTICA DIOICA, STINGING NETTLE
Stinging Nettle is a nutritional powerhouse, a potent medicine and endlessly useful. Its praises have been sung across the globe and nettle appears in many fables and myths, as well as European, Asian, and American history. It would be impossible to describe each use of this plant in detail, as well as go into the history of its use in indigenous North America. Nettle has been used as food, medicine, clothing, and in ceremonial practice. In addition to being a potent medicine, the Kawaiisu associated nettle with powerful dreams.
To brew a tea, pour one cup of boiling water over two tablespoons of dried nettle leaves allowing the brew to steep for twenty to thirty minutes before straining. Take Nettle as needed, recommended at up to two cups a day. I enjoy sealing a freshly brewed batch of Nettle in a mason jar and allowing it to sit overnight, reheating in the morning for a potent brew.
ROSE, ROSA DAMASCENA MILL, ROSACEAE
The rose has been valued for its beauty and its perfume for thousands of years. Because rose oil deteriorates rapidly with exposure to sun and wind, the content is highest on the first morning when the flower opens. Rose petals picked for distillation are picked manually, day by day, at or just before sunrise. Typical preparations include rose oil, rose water, ointments, and potpourri. Uses are very numerous and can be administered as a tea, poultice, bath herb, pillow mix, body spray, etc.
We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.