As I gear up for that new hormonal shift, I’ve become so aware of how much news and views 😉 have influenced my perception of what happens now. As girlfriends begin to hint at not feeling quite like themselves, I’ve been especially struck by, and concerned about, how inevitable misery is seen as an unavoidable guarantee.
This time I won’t discuss hormone replacement, or, more importantly, bioidentical hormone replacement, but I can’t not 😉 mention that hormones aren’t awful things in the least. What I want to share is how lavender is helping me soothe already frayed emotions that are seemingly jarred by the aforementioned changes.
Lavender is soothing for two reasons. First, it promotes GABA, which is incredibly relaxing without being sedating. I have used GABA and gaba-promoting supplements and herbs as needed for years, but after reading research about a lavender pill, I learned that lavender has a secret weapon, endorphins.
While GABA calms, endorphins comfort. Taking supplements that promote endorphins compensates for the fact that endorphin-release from exercise is so short lived.
I think of endorphin-boosting supplements or herbs as a warm blanket curled up on the couch. 🙂 They’re the fuzzy bunny slippers I imagine wearing all day when I just need to be soothed.
Of course lavender doesn’t need to be taken internally. GABA and endorphin augmenting benefits work even through inhaling the soothing herb, so whatever way works for you will work for your brain chemicals too.
If you’re fried and have that “I want my mommy” kind of feeling ;), give lavender a try and you may find you are easily able to comfort yourself. ✨✨
Now Foods Lavender Oil, 1-Ounce https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0009RSP38/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_HsneybVZJZCAN
Nature’s Way Calm Aid Nature’s Way 30 Softgels https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007TYY2JA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_Htneyb8GAX2MQ
Reminder: I’m far from a doctor. I’m just someone who has researched any tried herbal supplements and amino acids for self-care for more than a decade. Do research with reliable sources and feel free to share you experiences. 💕