Healing Allies: Oats

Healing Allies: Oats

It is not the horse that draws the cart, but the oats.   – ProverbAvena Sativa or Oats is a nootropic herb. Nootropics are brain-specific verses a nervine that address the entire nervous system. The straw, seed, or milky stage are medicinally...
Healing Allies: Lemon Balm

Healing Allies: Lemon Balm

“Lemon balm causes the heart and mind to become merry”  ~Seraphio, 12th century herbalistAnother member of the mint family, Melissa Officinalis or Lemon balm, is uplifting and soothing to the nervous system. The plant has an affinity for the nervous system,...
ADHD: an unrecognized consequence of trauma

ADHD: an unrecognized consequence of trauma

It is ADHD awareness month! So, in honor of that I am going to take a moment to discuss the connection between trauma and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). I’m familiar with the fidgeting during a long lecture unable to fully pay attention though I do...
Is it Hot in Here?  Hot Flashes and You.

Is it Hot in Here? Hot Flashes and You.

I had my first hot flash just after my daughter was born. Actually, it wasn’t so much a “flash,” as a saga—long, drawn out, miserable. Seriously. There should have been morose violin music playing. That flash went on forever. I woke up completely drenched in...
Nervous System Overload

Nervous System Overload

Stressed? Of course you are. We all are. Our nervous systems are still living in the stone age, when stress was a very different animal. Back in the days before cell phones, mechanized transit, and artificial light at night, our nervous systems evolved to keep us...