Sacred Stress Relieving Herbs
Sure, it's only the beginning of September, but the Halloween decorations are already in a bund which means Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner.
Now, fall is my favorite time of year, don't get me wrong. But holidays are stressful!
And while the holidays are often a time of joy and cheer, many of us "find ourselves facing some amount of stress during this time, trying to keep up with busy work schedules, social obligations, and family dynamics. We may be under financial constraint, trying to keep addictive or unhealthy tendencies at bay, or struggling with feelings of isolation and loneliness. Pretending all is well while fulfilling responsibilities is a challenge in itself," say the lovely plant peeps at Anima Mundi.
Scullcap for Sleep Support
Another friendly herb with nervine properties, Scullcap is wonderful for easing muscle tension associated with stress and anxiety. It works to relieve muscle spasms and can also be useful in cases of sudden onset anxiety and panic attacks. Scullcap is also helpful in cases of insomnia, when sleeplessness is due to an overactive mind. It is a soothing ally to those who are going through periods of prolonged stress and feel their nerves have frayed. Skullcap makes a great nourishing tincture and can be used as a tea as well.
CBD Oil for Stress and Sleep Support
According to Project CBD:
Imagine waking up in the morning feeling rested and awake – no more residual grogginess or impairment. In order to understand how CBD helps modulate sleep, we turn to a series of medical studies that have been conducted over the past ten years. These studies evaluated CBD’s medical efficacy in treating those who suffer from various types of sleep disorders. We will address the results below.
The interesting thing about CBD and sleep is that in small to medium doses, CBD is mildly alerting – stimulating the same receptors as caffeine. However, several patients with insomnia report that consuming CBD oil a few hours before bed leads to a great night’s sleep. So why do the anecdotal results contradict the reported medical studies?
For starters, research on cannabis and sleep is in its infancy and has yielded mixed results. But there is more to it than that. The root cause of many sleep disorders is actual another disease like anxiety, stress, PTSD, or chronic pain – and CBD helps manage all of these conditions. So, while CBD may not be inherently sedative, it combats the underlying condition that is the root cause of many sleep disorders.
A 2016 study evaluated the effects of CBD on a 10 year old girl with pediatric anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder. “Pharmaceutical medications provided partial relief, but results were not long-lasting, and there were major side effects. A trial of CBD oil resulted in a maintained decrease in anxiety and a steady improvement in the quality and quantity of the patient's sleep. CBD oil, an increasingly popular treatment of anxiety and sleep issues, has been documented as being an effective alternative to pharmaceutical medications. This case study provides clinical data that support the use of CBD oil as a safe treatment for reducing anxiety and improving sleep in a young girl with post traumatic stress disorder.”
Learn more: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27768570
A 2017 peer review of the existing studies relating to cannabinoids and sleep concluded that, “CBD may hold promise for REM sleep behavior disorder and [combating] excessive daytime sleepiness…”
Recommended CBD Regimen for Sleep Disorders
When formulating a CBD regimen for a specific disease or illness (like sleep disorders), it’s important to understand that CBD should be used regularly for maximum relief. It’s also helpful to understand whether another condition like anxiety, PTSD or pain is actually the root cause of your sleep disorder. The recommended regimen will also vary slightly based on the type of sleeping disorder you have – i.e. those suffering from insomnia will need to consume their CBD at a different time of day than those suffering from excessive daytime fatigue.