Passionflower works

Passionflower has been used for centuries as a way to calm the mind without causing you to become tired. This was one of the last natural remedies I tried because for some reason I just kept overlooking it and going onto the next thing that sounded like a good method to miss. Needless to say- I wish I had tried this remedy much earlier because of all the natural anxiety remedies I have tried; this was by far one of the most effective.

Passionflower comes in the form of tea, capsule and tincture. While I’ve tried all three, the tincture proved to be the most effective and quick acting for me. The capsules to tell you the truth- did nothing at all. I’m not sure if it was just a crappy brand, or if passionflower tends to be ineffective in its capsule form.

The tincture I bought was from a company called ‘HarbPharm’ and came in a one once bottle. The directions tell you to mix it 30-40 drops with water and sip at intervals. Yuck, there was no way I was sipping that in an interval. The taste of passionflower is even worse than the herb kava. I absolutely hated it, but found if I put 30 drops within a tiny bit of water and take it like a shot, it is definitely bearable.

Passionflower was somewhat stimulating for me, yet left me relaxed and with peace of mind. The effects were subtle, but pleasant and as I’m writing this I feel I should take a few drops in a little while to chase away the anxiety I have from the horror movie I watched not too long ago. This seemed to be effective for me during times of high anxiety as well as times when I just wanted to relax. I highly suggest passionflower for anyone to take the edge off quickly and efficiently. 

Uses of Valerian root

Valerian root is one of the more common supplements found on the market. You can find supplements containing only valerian, or some mixed with other herbs such as; hops and passionflower. It is typically found in the sleep aid section of your local drug store, but is used for anxiety as well. This supplement is very distinctive, as it has a somewhat strong smell that some would consider to be unpleasant. If you are going to try valerian root for relaxation, you would benefit from getting it in capsule form to avoid the unpleasant taste and small.

Valerian root is one of the supplements I consider a must have in my medicine cabinet. While it is really good for sleep, I find it works well when I’m having a very stressful day and just can’t seem to let myself unwind and relax. I wouldn’t recommend taking valerian if you have a lot you need to do during the day, as it is somewhat sedating, but if you are able to sit home the supplement will help you relax without necessarily making you fall asleep.

The sedating factor of valerian is subtle compared to stronger pharmaceutical drugs, but it works well if you looking to relax you mind on a very stressful day. I tend to take this supplement less than the other natural supplements I own, not because it doesn’t work well, but because it does make my mind more relaxed and I can’t get the things done that I need to be alert for during the day. Would I suggest valerian root for anxiety? Absolutely! Everyone reacts differently, so if you want to try this herb, you should start at a low dose and work your way up until you find the dose that works right for you. 

Kava Kava for anxiety

Kava Kava is a plant that is commonly used in the South Pacific islands. This plant is known for its relaxing properties, muscle relaxation and bringing a sense of serenity to those who take it. While there was a ban on the product for some time because of the risk for liver problems, that was only the case for companies that were using other parts of the plant, not the roots. The root of the plant is healthy and actually contains all of the plants relaxing benefits.

Kava can be used in a few different ways. The tinctures contain the extract from the plant mixed with alcohol to preserve it. It can be made in its natural for by straining the kava multiple times until you meet your desired amount. However, the process of kneading the kava is extensive and requires a lot of time and money. The supplement can also be purchased in capsule form- which is my choice because both the extract and natural kava taste pretty gross in my option.

So does kava work? Absolutely. Kava is one of the natural ‘herbal’ extracts that definitely had an effect on my anxiety. While the makers claim that this supplement relaxes you without sedation, I beg to differ. It does make me tired so it’s best taken before bed or when you want to relax without much to do. You can tell it’s relaxing your muscles and does bring a sense of calm to your mind. The effects are subtle, but are definitely there. I’d recommend kava before many other supplements if you’re looking for something that really works. The only downfall is tolerance builds up quickly. So you want to take it on a week and off a week in order to avoid tolerance buildup.  

Lets talk about natural remedies that actually work!

There are unlimited amounts of ‘herbal remedies’ and ‘natural supplements’ available on the market. These remedies promise to naturally cure certain alignments occurring at any particular time. These alignments range from depression and anxiety, all the way to hair loss. Because of the vast amount of these supplements available, it’s hard to determine which ones actually work and which ones are a crock. You could always read user reviews- but so many of these reviews have been written by people who were paid to write a positive review about the product and are not real at all.

Luckily for those looking for some real information on these remedies and supplements, I’ve spent years trying almost each and every one that’s available. I can tell you that some of them I’ve tried really do honestly work and they work well. Others I have tried might as well have been water and are a total waste of money. I’ve studied these supplements prior to purchase and found which ones are supposed to help each alignment.

All of this research made me easer to share the results with those who don’t have the time or the money to waste. I want to provide readers will real results they can trust. From Bach’s Rescue Remedy to Picamelon, I’ve tried them all. I’ll also provide readers with the side-effects and things they should watch for- such as; mixing certain herbs with medication. If you are looking to boycott traditional medication and take the herbal path, I will tell you this- it can be done. It can definitely be done and leave you feeling better than you ever have.  

Nobody Says Enjoy it While it Lasts When You have Teenagers

Perhaps the feeling is mutual.

Have you ever noticed how people always tell you that you need to enjoy the time you have with your young children because it passes so quickly? It seems that the younger your children are—right down to infancy—the more often you are told this sentiment. And I get it, I really do; my daughter is six and it seems like I blinked and she went from a toothless little bald bundle of joy to a—well, a tooth-losing, short-haired bouncing ball of endless energy and joy. I do miss her baby days—so very much!—but I also enjoy who she is, as well as who she is becoming. I think we should appreciate our children at every age.

Yet you never hear someone telling you to appreciate your teenager because it won’t last. I wonder why that is? Is it because it’s difficult parenting a young adult, or that you’ll feel it will last forever? The same things could be said about any age. Is it because the cuteness is sometimes replaced with acne, and acting out shifts from crayons on the walls to “backtalk” (a term that I don’t like) and possibly even alcohol and sex? Does engaging in these activities make your child deserve your love—or your enjoyment—any less?

In fact, we are warned about these years. “Just wait until she’s fourteen!” I am warned by so many people—people who must have forgotten, by the way, that I took care of two teens growing up, that I’ve babysat and taught teens, managed teens at work and at school, tutored them, and otherwise purposely engaged with them because I happen to love this age. It’s looked at so negatively, yet it’s teens who are often changing our world when fully supported—whether via volunteer projects, entire organizations, or simply movements of thought, like embracing LGBT people.

You might say that if that were the case, why is there still teen bullying—and I would argue that it’s because of our political climate and the many parents who continue to be bigots and lead by example, not teens themselves. On the contrary, I have seen many teens start embracing people’s differences before their parents can—but, as they say, it only takes a few to ruin it for the rest.

Perhaps teenagers do not enjoy these years with you, the parent, either. Perhaps if you took the time to understand them, talk with them, LISTEN to them—or even read a book about adolescent development, lack of impulse control, need for more sleep, and the latest news about the pressures to be perfect and how much is demanded in the average high school, which far surpasses the demands from ten or twenty years ago—instead of, say, shooting their laptops and calling them lazy, they wouldn’t be so “difficult” to deal with—and they wouldn’t consider you as such, either.