Q: Hey guys, the holidays really can stress me out sometimes! Are there any safe natural remedies that can help me relax and enjoy the holidays more?
A: Well, you are not alone. It is well known that holiday time can be not only stressful, but a very depressing time for many people. It can be a time of great joy but can also be a time of great letdown and unrealized expectations for many. Even in the best of circumstances the pressures of creating the “perfect” Thanksgiving or Christmas can truly ruin what should simply be a season of celebration.
So, to answer you question! Yes, there are many remedies easily available in supplement shops around the country. Examples might be herbal tinctures, capsules or teas, homeopathic tablets or liquids, flower essences, aromatherapy, amino acid therapy (tryptophan, 5-HTP, tyrosine) and the latest to hit the market are the hemp products.
Many herbs are calming by nature. Examples are passionflower, california poppy, chamomile, lemon balm, lavender, kava kava, american skullcap, valerian, St. Johns wort, and others. They are available alone or in combination.
Homeopathics are very interesting in that the right remedy might depend on a person’s constitution. In other words, a certain one that works for me might not be right for you because we are different. A qualified homeopathic doctor can determine which one is right for you.
However, there are a host of combination products on the market that can cover many types. These products are typically designed to be taken sublingually (under the tongue).
Flower Essences are a type of medicine derived from flower petals and diluted down to an energetic level. A very popular one is Bach Rescue Remedy, which contains a variety of flowers designed to be used for relaxation, panic attacks, etc. It is to be used on the tongue or in warm water and swallowed. There are also single essences for a variety of situations or personalities.
Hemp extracts (as opposed to hemp oils used as a food) contain cannabadiol (CBD) plus many other cannabanoids that occur naturally in cannabis. These products were legalized in North Carolina in the summer of 2015. Among other uses, CBD has a pronounced calming affect on humans and animals so can be used for a variety of anxiety issues. These extracts are truly helping many people treat a variety of conditions of the nervous system including pain and inflammation, sleep, anxiety and depression, and many, many other issues.
So, in conclusion, holiday stress is common for most people. There are many non-pharmaceutical, safe and non-addictive remedies available that can help. Please call us with questions about what might work for you. Along with these remedies, remember to have realistic expectations, stick with your dietary routine, stay hydrated, exercise, breath deep, laugh a LOT more, and enjoy the season!
Be well, and Happy Holidays!
Bill and Mike