This beautiful blend combines herbs that are well known for their ability to deeply nourish both the nervous and endocrine systems. Often referred to as one system (the Neuro-Endocrine System), they essentially regulate all the body’s functions, striving to maintain homeostasis and balance. Supporting and nourishing the neuro-endocrine system contributes to an overall sense of well-being, calm focus and energy. In our high-paced, stressful lives, it is highly beneficial (and often necessary) to engage in practices that support the neuro-endocrine system. Practices that include a healthful diet, exercise, meditation, and botanical medicine.
This formula is a tonic, which means it is suitable for daily use. 30-40 drops diluted in 1-2 ounces of water 2-3 times daily will foster calmness, relaxation and vitality.
Each herb contributes to the therapeutic efficacy of our Keep Calm Tincture. A few highlights of each plant:
Wild Oats (Avena sativa) – one of the premiere nerve tonics, it is a bridge between herb and food. It is highly nutritive, rich in a variety of minerals (calcium, iron, phosphorus), vitamins (B complex and E). Avena is also demulcent, soothing inflamed mucus membranes in the body. It improves functions of the cardiovascular and endocrine systems, is a gentle anti-spasmodic, and is cooling. It is a strength-promoting herb and a rejuvenator, a botanical that most everyone can benefit from.
American Ginseng (Panax quinquifolium) – this plant, native to North America is what is considered an “adaptogen”, a relatively new term in herbalism that was developed by scientists. An adaptogen is an herb that has a non-specific, normalizing effect on the body, and has a large variety of potential health benefits, including improving immune function and sleep, modulating the stress response, maximizing healing and recovery, and increasing stamina and endurance. American Ginseng is slightly different than the well-known Asian Ginseng, in that it is cooling in nature, whereas Asian is quite warming. Other properties include: cardioprotective, liver protective, nerve protectant, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, hormone normalizing (reproductive).
Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora): Skullcap is in the mint family, with gorgeous little light blue to purple flowers that resemble small skulls with hats. It is a wonderful relaxing nerve tonic, bitter tonic, anti-spasmodic, mild sedative, and hypotensive. It is very effective in cases of nervous exhaustion, mental overwork, depression, nervous agitation, anxiety, hysteria, rage/anger, insomnia, and withdrawal from addictive substances. It is often paired with wild oat seed for the aforementioned as well as supportive therapy for epilepsy.
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata): This perennial vine has stunning white and purple flowers and is native to the tropical rainforests of North and South America. It is a strong relaxing nervine, analgesic, anti-spasmodic, hypotensive, and hypnotic. It is a helpful ally for nervousness, restlessness, worry, disturbed sleep, nightmares, trouble falling asleep due to mind chatter, heart palpitations and tachycardia, nerve pain, nervous headache, painful menses, muscular twitching and spastic coughs, as well as withdrawal from addictive substances. Not recommended to be used in combination with anti-depressant, sedative and hypnotic drugs, but otherwise safe when used properly.
Linden (Tillia spp): This lovely tree, native to Europe, western Asia and North America, is beloved by bees and is one found often in cities, where it helps remove toxins from the air. It is a wonderful nerve tonic and has a specificity for the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. It is used in the treatment of anxiety, hypertension, insomnia, headache, bronchitis and stress. It can be useful in the bath to calm restless children, and used topically as a compress for rashes and burns.