Natural organic remedies for anxiety and stress and much more

in Natural Medicine3 months ago (edited)

HI steemers!!!

I have NEVER been one to chose pharmaceuticals over organic plant medicine if the choice is available.
Why? Organic plant medicines have some MAJOR advantages. Although I will first say that it's essential to acknowledge that the effectiveness of any treatment can vary depending on individual circumstances and conditions.

Natural plant medicines often have fewer side effects compared to pharmaceutical drugs. This is because pharmaceuticals often contain synthetic compounds that may cause adverse reactions or interact with other medications.
Natural plant medicines, on the other hand, tend to contain compounds that are more easily recognised by our body, potentially resulting in way fewer side effects.
There is also the HOLISTIC APPROACH to consider. Many natural plant medicines work in harmony with the body's natural processes, addressing not just symptoms but also underlying imbalances. This holistic approach to health and healing can promote overall well-being rather than just treating isolated symptoms.
Plus a really important aspect is that there is a lower risk of DEPENDANCY!
Pharmaceutical drugs, particularly those with addictive properties, carry a risk of dependency or addiction with prolonged use. Natural plant medicines, when used appropriately and under the guidance of a qualified practitioner, typically have a much lower risk of dependency.

There is also the potential for personalised treatments. Meaning that natural plant medicines can often be tailored to an individual's specific needs and preferences. Herbalists and naturopathic doctors may customize herbal remedies based on factors such as age, gender, medical history, and current health status.
And if those are not enough good reasons to go natural then let's consider the sustainability and environmental considerations involved. Many pharmaceutical drugs require extensive processing and may have environmental impacts associated with their production and disposal. Natural plant medicines, when sourced sustainably, can be more environmentally friendly and have a lower carbon footprint.
And last but not least there is an important cultural and traditional significance - Natural plant medicines have been used for centuries in various cultures around the world. Choosing plant-based remedies can be a way to honor and preserve traditional healing practices while benefiting from accumulated wisdom and knowledge. I would rather support local economies and communities than Big Pharma and purchasing natural plant medicines often supports local farmers, herbalists, and communities involved in their production and distribution, contributing to sustainable economic development. It is a win win situation, wouldn't you agree?

So what am I growing right now in the way of home grown medicine? Well I am trying out some new additions to my medicine cabinet this year.

Two plants that are well known for their ability to relax and relieve anxiety. These are increasingly prevalent symptoms in society and although I myself do not suffer with anxiety or stress I have friends and acquaintances who certainly do. So these new additions in my garden are my medicines for gifting to others.

First is Valerian ( Valeriana officinalis )

I first tried this plant many years ago and was very impressed with its ability to calm anxiety and stress and aid sleep. It is so effective in fact that warnings of not operating machinery or driving accompany its usage info.

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As well as harvesting the roots for medicine, the plants are perennials, producing an abundance of vanilla scented flowers that attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators. The plants can grow up to five foot tall with a profusion of the white and pink flowers. The seeds can be collected by snipping off the flower heads as they fade and turn brown, simply pop them in paper bags and hang up to dry to release the seeds.

The next new addition this year is Catnip. Were you aware - It is NOT just for cats - although they of course love it and will happily share in my harvest.
Catnip contains compounds such as nepetalactone, which may have mild sedative properties. Drinking catnip tea or inhaling its aroma through aromatherapy can help promote relaxation and reduce anxiety and stress.

Some people use catnip as a natural mood enhancer due to its calming effects. It may help lift the mood and promote a sense of well-being.

Catnip has been traditionally used to aid digestion and relieve gastrointestinal discomfort such as bloating, gas, and indigestion. It may help soothe the stomach and relieve spasms in the digestive tract.

It has mild analgesic properties and may help alleviate menstrual cramps and discomfort. Drinking catnip tea during menstruation can help reduce pain and muscle tension.

Drinking catnip tea or applying catnip-infused compresses to the forehead may help relieve headaches and migraines.

It contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that may help reduce inflammation in the body. It may be beneficial for conditions such as arthritis, joint pain, and inflammation-related disorders.

Isn't this an impressive list of uses from something you may have just thought was used to relax cats? And there is more!!!!

Catnip contains compounds that have antibacterial and antifungal properties, which may help promote skin health and prevent infections. Applying catnip-infused ointments or creams to the skin can help soothe irritations, minor cuts, and insect bites.

It has expectorant properties, meaning it can help loosen mucus and phlegm in the respiratory tract. Drinking catnip tea or inhaling catnip steam may help relieve symptoms of colds, coughs, and respiratory congestion.

The one thing I must add is that while catnip is generally considered safe for most people when consumed in moderate amounts, it's essential to consult with a healthcare professional before using catnip for medicinal purposes, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or are pregnant or breastfeeding. Additionally, some individuals may experience allergic reactions to catnip, so it's advisable to perform a patch test before using it topically.

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In the below photo the catnip are in the lower cells next too the valerian cells mentioned previously.

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So how do we prepare our catnip herb? Will so many uses its no surprise there are various ways to administer this incredible plant!

Catnip Tea:
To make catnip tea, steep 1-2 teaspoons of dried catnip leaves or flowers in hot water for 5-10 minutes.
Strain the tea to remove the leaves, then sweeten with honey or another natural sweetener if desired.
Catnip tea can be consumed up to three times a day for its calming and digestive benefits.

Catnip Tincture:
To prepare a catnip tincture, fill a glass jar with dried catnip leaves or flowers, leaving some space at the top.
Pour enough alcohol (such as vodka or brandy) over the catnip to cover it completely.
Seal the jar tightly and store it in a cool, dark place for 4-6 weeks, shaking it occasionally.
After the maceration period, strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth into a clean glass bottle.
The resulting tincture can be taken orally by adding a few drops to water or juice, up to three times a day.

Catnip Infused Oil:
To make catnip-infused oil, fill a glass jar with dried catnip leaves or flowers.
Cover the catnip completely with a carrier oil such as olive oil or almond oil.
Seal the jar tightly and place it in a sunny windowsill or in a warm area for 2-4 weeks, shaking it gently every day.
After the infusion period, strain the oil through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth into a clean glass bottle.
Catnip-infused oil can be used topically to soothe skin irritations, insect bites, or minor cuts.

Catnip Poultice:
To prepare a catnip poultice, crush fresh catnip leaves or flowers into a paste using a mortar and pestle or a blender.
Apply the paste directly to the affected area of the skin, such as insect bites, bruises, or minor wounds.
Cover the poultice with a clean cloth or bandage and leave it on for 20-30 minutes.
Remove the poultice and rinse the area with warm water.

I hope my post is an inspiration to you to try out these herbs for yourself. Growing your own medicine has so many advantages, I have listed some of the most important here.... oh and did I mention.... think of the money you will save by growing your own medications.

Now how many more reasons do you need? 😂

You can grow these plants in pots if you have no garden. YOU can do this.
A few pots and some dirt. Sprinkle in some seeds and keep damp. It's NOT rocket science... you CAN do this as easily as anyone.

Try it out..... what have you got to lose?

Wishing and sending you all oodles of LOVE, LIGHT and HAPPINESS.

Dispel the darkness by shining your LIGHT

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