Anxiety and sleep problems are amongst the most common issues folks are struggling with these days. It’s no wonder- with all the stress in the world, and at home, a lot of us are jacked up our cortisol, adrenaline, and we're feeling it. The conventional medical answer? Benzos and sleeping pills. ⠀
The problem is, that while in severe cases they may be necessary, the side-effects are potentially serious. Benzos are dangerously addictive, affect short-term memory and focus, long-term cognitive function even years after discontinuing their use, and overdose can lead to death. One popular sleep medication was responsible for over 600 car accidents, some of them serious, in women who had taken their medication as prescribed the night before. But because of women's slower metabolism than men, the dose was too high - women were essentially driving drunk. ⠀
As passion flower is in bloom now (this is a different species though, the one you want to use medicinally is called Passiflora incarnata) – I just took this photo recently in Santa Monica CA on a trip there – I thought I’d share a bit more about her with you. ⠀
Passion flower is a folk remedy still popular among herbalists for general sleep disturbances, perimenopausal sleep disturbances, depression, and anxiety. The name passion flower comes from the passion of Christ. I like to think of it as passion flower because who feels much passion for anything when you’re exhausted from no sleep, or anxious. ⠀
Historically it has also been used for chronic pain, hot flashes, and tension to name a few. I find it helpful with magnesium and B6 for PMS symptoms. ⠀
In Europe physicians prescribe it for tenseness, restlessness, irritability, and difficulty falling asleep. A small number of clinical studies also confirm its use for improving sleep quality and reducing anxiety.⠀
I recommend it nightly in my practice, either 2 dropperfuls in ¼ cup of water, to be repeated if you wake during the night due to sleep troubles, or if using capsules, follow the dose on the package.⠀
There are no known side effects or contraindications to use, though caution is advised with using herbs along with sedative pharmaceuticals.⠀
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Dr. Romm is a midwife, herbalist, and Yale-trained MD, Board Certified in Family Medicine with Obstetrics, who has been bridging the best of traditional medicine with good science for over three decades. She is considered one of the world’s leaders in botanical medicine and is the author of 7 book...
Fresh face selfie after an amazing facial last weekend. I’ve just had a few facials ever and it’s such a reminder to periodically do that extra something special for my body. Amazing experience with completely natural products @oseamalibu and an aesthetician who knows that glowing skin is an inside job and beauty is not about looking a certain way that can only be achieved with Botox and filler past a certain age which is just not my jam. So rocking almost 53 au naturale and sexy as ever! 😘 no touch up no filter. Then after the facial went to a spa for a salt scrub and deep tissue massage with two of my daughters..Self care however you can fit it in is not a luxury. It’s a mental health necessity. Xx #selfcare#naturalbeauty#cleanliving
Because food plays such a central role in how we feel, an elimination diet is a common first step in my practice, helping patients to find the foods that might be a trigger to them. It should never leave you feeling tired, weak, empty or deprived.
But our relationships with food are often complex, and there's a lot of mixed info on how to do an elimination diet, which can make it feel like you're giving everything up that you love! Read some of my tips for making the whole thing easier and more interesting, in this latest article on Well and Good.
Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Pinterest Email If you follow a gluten-free diet, whether it’s because of non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) or for other health reasons, a good slice of bread may be one of the main things you miss from your previous diet. But science shows that you may ...