The older I get the more I love the adventure of traveling, and as opportunities continually come up, it gets harder and harder to stay put. So I find myself traveling more than ever now, and as much as I love the thrill and excitement of exploring and wandering and visiting and shuffling from one place to the next…traveling is also when I feel the most vulnerable and ill-prepared for the unexpected to strike. Often my body can be unpredictable when I subject it to the rigors of travel and uprooted from my stable, grounding routine of home. My sleep cycle is disrupted, my energy waxes and wanes, my digestion feels a little wonky and my immune system is in a constantly high level of alert.
Over the years I’ve found remedies and tricks to address some of my travel woes,
but none have worked so beautifully as Urban Moonshine’s traveling apothecary herbal remedies that are absolute staples in my travel bag! When I travel these days, I keep five products in my bag at all times: Immune Zoom, Hit the Hay, Calm Tummy Herbal Bitters, Energy Tonic & Simmer Down Tonic.
This collection of herbal rockstars hits every single part of my body that needs support at any given moment,
and I never feel desperately at the mercy of finding a decent remedy when my body struggles to find balance (which in remote locations can be questionable). Any herbalist or health-conscious traveler can attest to the power of their tried and true herbal allies, and without them we feel lost and desperate. Hence, my […]
We all know the feeling; we get a little queasy, or bloated, there’s a tight knot in the pit of our belly, or those nervous butterflies. Sometimes, our body is rejecting whatever we just ate, or the balance of our gut bacteria is off, or we just have a queasy stomach to begin with. Other times, nervousness and the body’s stress response can show up as symptoms in our gut.
When it comes down to it, everything in our body is interconnected, and research has shown that the brain and the gastrointestinal system are directly linked in more ways than one.
When you experience psychological responses, such as a stress response, it can influence the basic function of the digestive system and lead to abdominal discomfort. Our gut is like a second brain that produces its own set of chemical messengers in the digestive process, and when digestion is disrupted, it sets off alarms to the nervous system that exacerbate the symptoms of our stress or “fight or flight” response. If you are busy and run down, it is important to recognize this unique relationship between the gut and our brain as it can offer insight and guidance to your overall health and well-being.
Whether for a nervous butterfly stomach, an upset tummy or gas and bloating, the following herbs can be helpful for a number of reasons.
Many people know chamomile for its calmative power and the gentle support it offers the nervous system. What not everyone knows is that this familiar flower embodies very similar qualities when it comes to […]
German chamomile (Matricaria recutita, also known as Matricaria chamomilla or Chamomilla recutita) is one of the best-known medicinal herbs in the world. Ivan Salamon, from the University of Presov in Slovakia, also calls it “one of the most well-documented,” and points to its use in the official dispensaries of over 26 countries. Dr. Salamon has spent much of his research career on this beautiful and delicate plant, documenting changes in its volatile oil profile in different growing environments, analyzing chamomile crops grown in the open in Slovakia for contamination (and found them to contain very low levels of heavy metals, pesticide and radioactivity residue), even helping to develop a specialized industrial-scale harvester for the flowers. In his review of the medicinal properties of chamomile, he notes its consistent popularity and effectiveness.
We think of chamomile flowers (the most active medicinal part) as […]
Mindful mamas, we see you. You’re protecting and providing for your baby every minute of the day. You’re constantly researching the best for your family. You’re navigating an unsteady world while providing balance for those you care about most. You are a superwoman.
And if you’re feeling run-down, it’s no wonder! You do a lot.
Resilience is defined as the ability to adapt and cope with stressful situations. You can think of resilience like a big jug of water. We dip into this supply of water when any stressful situation arises. The greater the stress, the more “water” we use. So throughout the day, the level of water goes down. And most of the time that jug gets refilled naturally – when we rest, for example.
However, in times of prolonged stress, our level of resilience gets lower and lower. It becomes more difficult to replenish fully, especially when compounded with sleep deprivation. As a result, we feel run-down in addition to being tired.
This is totally normal and happens to almost everyone at one time or another. Even a superwoman. The good news is that you can support your resilience with self-care.
I think of self-care as a tool to strengthen resilience. Approaching it in this way allows for it to be a priority. For me, the biggest challenge is to shake off the notion that self-care is somehow frivolous; a waste of time that could be better spent knocking things off my to-do list.
But the reality is that you are the only one who can prioritize your self-care. And really, your to-do […]