I am always on the lookout for friendly, accessible, Vata-pacifying herbs, especially during the Fall season. For times when I’m feeling exhausted, run-down, or a little blue, fresh Milky Oat Seed is a true comfort and helps me feel warm, grounded and well again.
The oat plant, Avena sativa, gives us oatmeal, rolled oats, and oatstraw, all of which are excellent restoratives for the nerves, digestion, and cardiovascular system. But it’s the fresh milky seed that stands out above the rest of Avena’s offerings. Read more…
Most people in our society are. We work too much, eat on the run, don’t know how to relax, have too much going on, and are constantly at the beck and call of electronic devices that deliver worse and worse news each day.
You’ve probably tried plenty of things that are supposed to help:
More trips to the gym?
Giving up wheat?
Being more “balanced” (whatever that means)?
Time management systems?
Spa or meditation or spiritual/religious retreats?
These are all good things.
Has it helped? Do you feel better?
If so, awesome!
If not, are you worrying now about your lack of success? About the time and money you’ve spent on something that didn’t work, or only worked for a little while?
I understand. I really do.
I’m on a bit of a kick these days about strengthening tonic herbs, particularly those that support the digestion, immune system, and the lungs. Autumn is a great time of change, and the Vata organs—the lungs and large intestine—need special attention during this season.
Astragalus root, an immune tonic and adaptogen, is a perfect choice for anyone feeling slightly depleted, especially if you have a tendency to allergies, asthma, or respiratory infections. It is considered safe for children and adults, and even pets!
Medicinal mushrooms are miraculous in their ability to “reset’ the immune system. Mushrooms like Reishi are known as immune amphoterics, which means they have a normalizing effect on the immune system; they stimulate an under-performing immune system, or they rein in an overactive one. School environments are particularly challenging for the immune system, so a regular dose of mushrooms can really help decrease your chances of getting sick. Read more…
It’s good to know a few herbal allies for creating calm, especially for children, and especially these days. We all do our best to manage the stress and over-stimulation of our modern times, but young people can use a little extra help. Anxiety can manifest itself in a variety of ways, and hyperactivity is one of them.
Thankfully, we can turn to age-old botanicals for safe and effective healing. The herbs in this formula nourish the nervous system rather than heavily sedating it, creating a grounded sense of calm and an increased ability to respond to stress in a healthy way. They are safe and, perhaps most importantly, they taste good!
Let’s take a look at the ingredients: