As Valentine’s Day approaches, there are those who feel the pressure of buying expensive gifts to show their love, those who shy away from it altogether and those who dread it because they aren’t in a relationship. We are also at a pivotal time in our country where love is being questioned on all fronts, our hearts are heavy with the state of the world, and the idea of self-care and heart nourishment is of utmost importance. Rather than hate on the day, why not reclaim it to be something we want it to be?
There’s plenty of hate in the world so why not make Valentine’s Day an opportunity to spread love, whether with one Valentine or a whole community of people dear to your heart?
Whoever you choose to share this particular day with, let’s remember that strong, open hearts and the ability to be kind are the most important during these trying times.
One of our favorite ways to weave in the magic of plant medicine at this time of year is through the use of aphrodisiacs. Aphrodisiac plants, named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, beauty, and sensuality, are plants that are almost always in our medicine cabinets, as they are some of the most widely used.
Aphrodisiacs are herbs and foods that support calm in the body and awaken our senses. They quiet mind chatter, support the nerves and soothe tension in the body.
They nourish our nervous system and reproductive […]
January is one of the darkest times in Vermont. We are mid-winter, leaving the land gray, often icy and barren, reminding us that we are far from spring.
It’s the perfect time to focus on our dreams and rebuild our vital energy through sleep. Dreaming is often overlooked as a powerful way to answer questions, gain insight or process feelings.
Herbs can be an excellent ally to support dream potential as many of them allow us to get in touch with our imagination and intuition. Most of our favorite dream herbs soothe occasional anxiety and tension, allowing us to enter a deeply relaxed state.
One of the most compelling aspects of dreaming is that we can tap into our subconscious.
A few herbs to support dreaming potential:
Mugwort is a plant that herbalists have turned to for centuries as a tool for magic and dream work in many different countries. Known to support our ability to tap into the fantasy world, both in sleep and in shamanic trance work, mugwort was called upon in ancient times to help a person to visualize life dreams and desires. It is also a symbol of protection and is burned as an incense or smudge stick in ceremonies.
As an aromatic plant, it supports a healthy nervous system gently soothing tension and stress.
Passionflower supports the nervous system in unwinding when you are feeling wound up from occasional anxiety. Being in a state of relaxation, allows for the dream work […]
We live in a world where we are always connected and stimulated. Whether it’s the nature of our work, busy social lives, expectations or following our dreams, we are continually excited by the world around us. The average person spends 75% of their day on screens, and people today are more connected to one another than ever before. Social networking and the rise of technology give us the opportunity to stay fully engaged at all times. But people are also more lonely, distant and unhealthy every year. And unfortunately, it has become common to forgo our need for self-care and rest.
The body craves solitude and downtime. And sleep is essential. It is when we do our best work at keeping ourselves healthy. Sleep is often disregarded as a tool for well-being and its priority on our lists can get lower when something seemingly more important comes along. We know we need it, but are often not getting enough. Sleep allows us to be still and gives our body a chance to rebuild itself physically. It makes us more capable of being happy and healthy, and supports a better emotional connection to the world.
Now that fall is here and we are readying ourselves for winter and slowing down, it’s a good time to look at our sleep patterns and see how they can be improved.
Why Sleep Is So Important:
- Healthy Brain Function
Our brains needs a reset– the studies out there […]
Kava, Passionflower, California Poppy, Hops
Sleep latency: This term refers to the delay between getting into bed and actually falling asleep. The most common way to address this is with sedatives: from prescriptions such as valium or narcotics, to supplements like GABA that “turn off” brain function or address neurotransmitters like serotonin, even to classics like alcohol. The problem with relying only on sedatives is that they inevitably wear off (some sooner than others), and can often lead to dependence. And while they work on the mind, they often neglect relaxing the body. We use a little hops, but it has the smallest share of the formula, just to help support normal sleep latency without sedating or leaving you feeling groggy.
Sleep maintenance: Often, falling asleep isn’t the problem. Sleep can also be disrupted by waking up way too early – difficulty with sleep maintenance. We all can experience this occasionally: them mind goes around in circles, and restlessness follows – sometimes at 1am, 2am, 3am. Very few conventional sleep aids help with this; the strategy instead is just to use a long-acting sedative that knocks you out for eight hours. Other options, especially if the body’s sun-based sleep-wake rhythm is disturbed (like in jetlag, or for night-shift workers), include remedies like melatonin: this hormone can help reset our body clock and improve sleep maintenance if we’re out of sync with the sun. But there are also excellent herbs that help maintain normal, deep sleep throughout the night: California poppy is one of the best, which […]