You’re in for a treat! We’ve got Dr. Courtney a Naturopathic Doctor, Speaker, Entrepreneur and wanna-be Yogi as a guest, here to share some of her favourite herbs to help manage some of your common health concerns.

Lavender Flowers

Recent research shows lavender oil to be an effective treatment for anxiety and depression, relieving restlessness, agitation, insomnia, low mood and anxious states. In fact, the results were shown to be as effective as Prozac, a common SSRI prescribed for these concerns.

Lavender oil has been commonly used for centuries as a medicinal plant for its calming and relaxing properties. You’re probably familiar with its use as a fragrance in skin products, and in oil diffusers.

Now, taking it internally gets tricky, and not just any old oil will do. Be sure to speak to your health care provider which forms are safe to take internally, as essential oils can be toxic on the liver. An additional benefit – it has next to no medication interactions.

Ginger Root

Ginger is one of my favourite herbs due to its diversity. It acts as a carminative, working to calm the stomach and making it a great option for nausea and vomiting (especially in pregnancy), alleviation of heart burn, and mal-digestion issues like gas and bloating.

It also targets the neuroreceptors in the gut, working to activate our colon and move our bowels (goodbye constipation). It’s also an expectorant & immunostimulant, helping relieve bronchitis, colds, and wet coughs.

Slice it up fresh, steep it til it’s spicy, and consume. Or, for a more therapeutic effect, you can take it capsulated in extracts.

Ashwaghanda Root

Also know as Withania, I’ll have to confess, I have a romanic with this herb. It works wonders for stress reduction and support of our adrenal glands. It’s also shown to support the conversion of thyroid hormones into its active form, making it a great adjunctive therapy for low thyroid function.

It also has great calming effects due to is cortisol lowering properties. I usually recommend dosing it in the evening.

While herbs are amazing additives to anyone’s wellness routine, we always have to remember that they’re medicine, meaning they have potential for side effects and interactions if not used appropriately. Never self-prescribe things, and always consult your Naturopath on what products and dosages are right for you.

Connect with Courtney

Dr. Courtney Holmberg is practicing in downtown Toronto, ON. She is a passionate health advocate, incorporating natural therapies into individualized treatment plans that connect both the physical and mental aspects of all health concerns, with a main focus on identifying their root cause.

Through further training and personal interest, Dr. Holmberg has taken a clinical interest in hormones, digestion, and autoimmunity. Find out more about her and her practice at courtneyholmbergnd.ca

Get in touch: (647) 351-7282/ info@courtneyholmbergnd.ca / @holmsonhealth.

Have a wonderful Wednesday! xo

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