Mother's Nature

Helping you reach a better state of body and mind

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Herbs For The Circulatory System

The circulatory system is the bodies transportation system. Carrying oxygen nutrients and blood through the body. A healthy circulatory system benefits the body in many ways.  Keeps the minds sharp, also benefits the heart, digestion, and joints and muscles. and riding the body of toxins.  A good tonic for the circulatory system is garlic for its purification and thinning of the blood benefits.  Also, horseradish for its strong effect on the digestion system. Horseradish also is an excellent at aiding the body to help  get rid of excess mucus. I would also add a pinch of cayenne pepper. The addition of the cayenne pepper would help the blood flow, also help with joint issues, and aids in the body getting rid of excess mucus. A little goes a long way. I would make a blend of these herbs and use them in many different ways. You can use them in you cooking as added flavor. Also a spicy tea can be consumed especially when it is cold out side or you are suffering  from a cold. Using this blend on vegetables and pasta would be delicious and very nutrition!


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Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is a condition that affects not just mothers but also the children and her family. Postpartum depression can be mild to very serious. A mild case of the baby blues is much different then severe PPD. If the feelings of sadness and depression last more than a few days of if you have feelings of harming yourself of your children get medical help immediately. For mild PPD some home remedies might help reduce the systems. Women these days have a lot on their plates, mother, wife, provider, and house hold duties. Some women have a hard time asking for help or taking time for themselves. There is no shame in asking for help or taking time for yourself. Some useful advice for dealing with PPD gets plenty of rest. Sleep when the baby sleeps. Make sure you take the help that friends and family offer. Meditation is also a great way to help relax and clear your mind. You can meditate for just a few minutes and it can help a lot. An aromatherapy infusion of 8 drops lavender essential oil and 5 drops lemon essential oil, can be added to a diffuser,  bath, or you can add carrier oil of coconut or olive oil and apply to pulse points as needed. Breastfeeding is also another way to help with PPD. Breastfeeding releases oxytocin which helps relax the mind. Also, red raspberry tea and nettle tea are great for the womens body and mind. Also getting out into nature or the sunshine also helps. St. Johns wort is used for mild depression and can be added if the mother is not breastfeeding. I have five children and I have suffered with PPD in the past. You will get through it just do not be afraid to ask for help when you need it. The most rewarding job is the world is being a mother so relax and enjoy.

Laina Poulakos, Certified Aromatherapist and Herbalist


Go Ginkgo

Ginkgo is one of the oldest living species if tree. The benefits of Ginkgo come from it leaves, when the leaves are dried an extract is prepared. Some of the many benefits of Ginkgo come from the high antioxidant, flavonoids and terpenoids qualities. Ginkgo is excellent at aiding in circulation particularly to the brain. It has been successful in treating symptoms such as memory loss, dizziness, headaches and ringing of the ears. Ginkgo might also be beneficial in the treatment of depression, as well as seasonal affective disorder (SAD),PMS and glaucoma. It is easy to add the supplement to your diet, as it can be found as an herb supplement in pill form and can be found as a tea as well..Those are just a few benefits of Ginkgo. Go Ginkgo!!