Ask an Herbalist: How do you keep calm during the holidays?

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We know we aren't the only ones already preparing for the holiday season so we asked our herbalists how they stay calm and avoid stress through the family get-togethers, the baking and cooking, and cold season. We wanted to know what herbs, essential oils, homeopathic remedies and flower essences they keep at the ready as they deck the halls.

I love Tulsi. It is both calming, energizing and great for digestion. -Kristen

Six drops of lavender essential oil in a warm bath does the trick for me. -Jahwei

Akalia and Reishi. -Alanna

Scullcap and Hawthorn tea. - MJ

I love roasted chicory, it's very grounding and yummy with desserts. Linden leaf and flower infusion is a great any-time calming tea. I would recommend checking out Marza's etheric light essences. Fried Helchysum essential oil is calming and centering for me when I feel overwhelmed by crowds. I would also recommend getting acupuncture and a massage often! Give your friends and family a gift certificate for treatments! -Catie

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Holiday season is good for St. John's Wort and passion flower to calm the nerves. -Benja

I love root vegetables in the fall months leading up to the holidays, it's simple but easy to implement. I also like roots such as dandelion and burdock which are conveniently ready for harvest this time of year! -Stephanie

Holy basil and lemon balm. -Karen

I use flower essences. I would use despair repair, the Rescue Tranquility. I also use a rose tincture. -Marza

Lavender, lemon balm and chamomile tea is such a delicious and effective blend. -Kay'a

Chamomile, shankhpushpi, lemon balm, and linden tea. Motherwort, passionflower and skullcap tinctures. Add ashwagandha and cinnamon powder to warm milk before bed. Bliss land! -Monica

Keep it greasy! I love to oil my body up before bed or when I wake up in the morning, making sure to massage the oil into my joints! "Medicate" or herbal oil is best, like gotu kola, St. John's wort, ashwagandha, etc. I also drink warm teas often, with root and adaptogens as well as soup broths. I could live on soup broths! Especially, broths with roots such as, burdock and ashwagandha, astragalus and mushrooms like reishi, shitake, and maitake. I definitely love deep nourishment to build my immune system(which protects from stress) as well as I continue weaving in berry focused teas and jellies to keep my blood clear and strong and my vitality steady for the season. -Brooke

 

 

 

 

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