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Brown Bear Herbs' Blog

De-Stress and Engage

De-Stress and Engage

From the newsletter, 

I am hearing and feeling a lot of grief and frustration related to the shooting in Uvalde, TX, and the threats to women's rights. I find that a combination of self-care, involving plant medicine and mindfulness, as well as taking action helps me feel less depressed and more hopeful.  


Some of my favorite herbs for frustrating times include: 

Guerrilla Puffs, a smoking blend to help you stay politically engaged and fighting in the face of injustice, mass hysteria and fear campaigns.

Clear Mind, a smoking blend for centering. 

Mother's Little Helper, is an herbal tea for anyone suffering from prolonged stress. It helps maintain mental clarity while soothing your nervous system.

Color Wheel, a flower and gem essence for seeing the color and beauty and not just the madness or bleakness.

Both gun control and abortion rights are issues that the majority of the US is unhappy about how the government is handling matters. Even when I am not sure if my actions will cause any positive change, it feels better to take action rather than give up. 

Please take some time to contact your senator and ask for gun regulation, to protect abortion rights and to eliminate the filibuster.


I recommend developing a practice of yoga, breathwork and/or meditation. Here is a link to my youtube playlist with some meditation practices. These practices are invaluable to me. I feel they have contributed to a feeling of connection to the world around me, to the healing of my body from twenty-some chronic illnesses and most importantly they allow me to center as needed, even in very difficult times. When you have more inner peace, you have more ability to direct your life. 


Since it is Gemini season and it is hard to be too serious, here is my list of videos for dark times. Most are just stuff that makes me laugh :)

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Skullcap--Materia Medica

This video is about skullcap, or Skutellaria lateriflora. I find this herb to be wonderfully supportive for stress. It is a nervine that shines in cases of longterm stress of any kind. I will be discussing the following products I make that have skullcap in them to demonstrate how it can be used differently.

Skullcap tincture

Mother's Little Helper, organic herbal tea

Artist's Dream Tea

Take it Easy, organic herbal smoking blend

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