Everything you need to know on how to use comfrey safely

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Everything you need to know on how to use comfrey safely

Comfrey is a very controversial herb.  It is extremely effective at what it does, and thus has been used traditionally for hundreds of years.  However, recent deaths have been documented from certain constituents in comfrey that cause liver damage.  This doesn’t mean that comfrey can’t be used safely, though.  It does mean that you need all the details before you decide how you use this powerful herb.

Click here to read my guest post on Mommypotamus on everything you need to know on how to use comfrey safely!

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For related posts on using herbs for natural health remedies, check out my posts on how to use dandelion, catnip, arnica, yellow dock, yarrow, rose, and chicory, this post on herbs to avoid in pregnancy and nursing, this post on how to make herbal dream dust tea, all-natural allergy remedies, or my podcast interviews of amazing herbalists Sam Coffman, Rosalee de la Foret, and Kami McBride.

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Lori Valentine Rose, PhD, CNP, BCHN, FDN-P, RH (AHG), NBC-HWC, is a college biology, nutrition, herbal, and wellness instructor, national board certified nutrition professional and holistic nutrition consultant, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner, board registered herbalist, national board certified health and wellness coach, wife, mother, organic vegetable, fruit, and medicinal herb gardener, school garden planter, city class teacher, and passionate Zumba dancer!  She created, developed, and instructs the Hill College Holistic Wellness Pathway, the most thorough, affordable, degreed wellness program in the country.  She also has a video podcast here where she interviews people that have helped her truly embrace real mind-body-spirit holistic wellness.  She loves spreading love and light, and helping others feel awesome on the inside and out so they can live their dreams and make this world more awesome!  Lori Rose Holistic does not replace medical advice or working with your doctor, and she does not diagnose, treat, or cure disease.  Her goal is to educate, and any actions you take are voluntary and of your own free will.

If you are tired of doctors that only spend 5 minutes with you only to give you medications that are band-aids and don’t address the root cause of your issues,

If you are tired of counting calories and failed diets,

If you are tired of feeling overwhelmed, helpless, and hopeless with exhaustion, pain, and illness,

If you are looking for a practitioner to finally take the time to listen, empathize, encourage, and empower you with the tools to take control of your life again,

If you are ready to start feeling awesome so you can start doing awesome,

Then you have come to the right place!  I am a passionate, educated, skilled practitioner that promises to work on an individualized plan designed just for you so you can start feeling like yourself again!

If you are ready to learn the tools and skills needed to get the vitality back into to your life then email me at loriroseholistic@gmail.com to set up your free 15 minute introductory consult!

Read reviews from my clients here!

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The best-kept secret tool to easily learn to use herbs that no one knows but everyone has

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The best way to learn about herbs

I feel so fortunate that when I first started learning to use herbs from my garden, I found my teacher and mentor Rosalee.  She taught me the best-kept secret about an easy way to learn how to use herbs with something we all have: taste.

After watching the Grow Network’s Home Grown Food Summit for years, I was honored to be re-invited as a speaker in the 2018 Home Medicine summit to teach you everything I could about this secret in one hour!

Listen to my free talk to learn

  • The 7 taste profiles of herbs
  • How to match a person to the perfect herb for them
  • How to know your constitution hot, cold, dry or damp?
  • Using Ancient Greek medicine in modern herbal healing
  • How the taste of an herb can tell you its healing action
  • 9 constituents of herbal biochemistry
  • How to know if your herb is water, alcohol, water, or oil soluble
  • Why and oat straw or nettles tincture won’t get you much medical value
  • And so much more!

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Click here to watch my 2017 Grow Network talk on how to create successful school garden programs that last!

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Lori Valentine Rose, PhD, CNP, BCHN, FDN-P, RH (AHG), NBC-HWC, is a college biology, nutrition, herbal, and wellness instructor, national board certified nutrition professional and holistic nutrition consultant, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner, board registered herbalist, national board certified health and wellness coach, wife, mother, organic vegetable, fruit, and medicinal herb gardener, school garden planter, city class teacher, and passionate Zumba dancer!  She created, developed, and instructs the Hill College Holistic Wellness Pathway, the most thorough, affordable, degreed wellness program in the country.  She also has a video podcast here where she interviews people that have helped her truly embrace real mind-body-spirit holistic wellness.  She loves spreading love and light, and helping others feel awesome on the inside and out so they can live their dreams and make this world more awesome!  Lori Rose Holistic does not replace medical advice or working with your doctor, and she does not diagnose, treat, or cure disease.  Her goal is to educate, and any actions you take are voluntary and of your own free will.

If you are tired of doctors that only spend 5 minutes with you only to give you medications that are band-aids and don’t address the root cause of your issues,

If you are tired of counting calories and failed diets,

If you are tired of feeling overwhelmed, helpless, and hopeless with exhaustion, pain, and illness,

If you are looking for a practitioner to finally take the time to listen, empathize, encourage, and empower you with the tools to take control of your life again,

If you are ready to start feeling awesome so you can start doing awesome,

Then you have come to the right place!  I am a passionate, educated, skilled practitioner that promises to work on an individualized plan designed just for you so you can start feeling like yourself again!

If you are ready to learn the tools and skills needed to get the vitality back into to your life then email me at loriroseholistic@gmail.com to set up your free 15 minute introductory consult!

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Natural Poison Ivy Remedies

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Natural Poison Ivy Remedies

I am horribly allergic to poison ivy.  When I was a child, I spent one entire summer covered in pink lotion and getting steroid shots thanks to a systemic outbreak of poison ivy.  I slept in socks to avoid exacerbating the rash in every. nook. and. cranny.  I didn’t learn how to ID poison ivy until I was an adult, so I was frequently suffering from the painful, oozing, itchy rash.  I even got poison ivy from a dog!   Multiple times!  I take poison ivy very seriously….this is my husband and me getting ready to clear some poison ivy on our new property.  I don’t play around with this stuff.

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So I was delighted to guest write this article with Mommypotamus on natural remedies you can use if you or your littles ever suffer a similar fate.  Luckily, since learning to ID poison ivy, I haven’t had a single outbreak!  While that is a great topic idea for a future post,

click here to read my guest post on Mommypotamus with natural remedies for poison ivy!

 

For related posts on using herbs for natural health remedies, check out my posts on how to use dandelion, catnip, arnica, yellow dock, yarrow, rose, and chicory, this post on herbs to avoid in pregnancy and nursing, this post on how to make herbal dream dust tea, all-natural allergy remedies, or my podcast interviews of amazing herbalists Sam Coffman, Rosalee de la Foret, and Kami McBride.

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Lori Valentine Rose, PhD, CNP, BCHN, FDN-P, RH (AHG), NBC-HWC, is a college biology, nutrition, herbal, and wellness instructor, national board certified nutrition professional and holistic nutrition consultant, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner, board registered herbalist, national board certified health and wellness coach, wife, mother, organic vegetable, fruit, and medicinal herb gardener, school garden planter, city class teacher, and passionate Zumba dancer!  She created, developed, and instructs the Hill College Holistic Wellness Pathway, the most thorough, affordable, degreed wellness program in the country.  She also has a video podcast here where she interviews people that have helped her truly embrace real mind-body-spirit holistic wellness.  She loves spreading love and light, and helping others feel awesome on the inside and out so they can live their dreams and make this world more awesome!  Lori Rose Holistic does not replace medical advice or working with your doctor, and she does not diagnose, treat, or cure disease.  Her goal is to educate, and any actions you take are voluntary and of your own free will.

If you are tired of doctors that only spend 5 minutes with you only to give you medications that are band-aids and don’t address the root cause of your issues,

If you are tired of counting calories and failed diets,

If you are tired of feeling overwhelmed, helpless, and hopeless with exhaustion, pain, and illness,

If you are looking for a practitioner to finally take the time to listen, empathize, encourage, and empower you with the tools to take control of your life again,

If you are ready to start feeling awesome so you can start doing awesome,

Then you have come to the right place!  I am a passionate, educated, skilled practitioner that promises to work on an individualized plan designed just for you so you can start feeling like yourself again!

If you are ready to learn the tools and skills needed to get the vitality back into to your life then email me at loriroseholistic@gmail.com to set up your free 15 minute introductory consult!

Read reviews from my clients here!

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Easy checklist to match your food choices to your hormone cycle

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Easy checklist to match your food choices to your hormone cycle

In case you missed it, I did a 6-week long guest series for KitchenStewardship on how to balance your hormones.  It’s like 6 posts of gold, jam-packed with pretty much the exact 6-month protocol I would do with any client with a hormone issue, from PMS to PCOS to endometriosis to infertility.  By the end of the series, you learn that once your hormones are balanced, each week of your cycle has its unique magic hormone-based powers, and that different lifestyle, activity, herbal, and food strategies can be used to maximize your potential each week.

Well, KitchenStewardship has found a way to make applying these strategies easy for the busy mommas out there with “week of the cycle” food lists that you can tape up around your pantry!  She takes all the decision-making stress out of each week, allowing you to feed fast and get back to doing all your awesomeness in the world.  These lists are incredible.  You don’t want to miss them!

Click here to get your hormone-matched food checklist from KitchenStewardship!

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For other health-related posts, check out this series on holistic ways to address depression(don’t miss the free webinar in the last post of the series), and this post on ways to naturally address seasonal allergies for good!

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Lori Valentine Rose, PhD, CNP, BCHN, FDN-P, RH (AHG), NBC-HWC, is a college biology, nutrition, herbal, and wellness instructor, national board certified nutrition professional and holistic nutrition consultant, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner, board registered herbalist, national board certified health and wellness coach, wife, mother, organic vegetable, fruit, and medicinal herb gardener, school garden planter, city class teacher, and passionate Zumba dancer!  She created, developed, and instructs the Hill College Holistic Wellness Pathway, the most thorough, affordable, degreed wellness program in the country.  She also has a video podcast here where she interviews people that have helped her truly embrace real mind-body-spirit holistic wellness.  She loves spreading love and light, and helping others feel awesome on the inside and out so they can live their dreams and make this world more awesome!  Lori Rose Holistic does not replace medical advice or working with your doctor, and she does not diagnose, treat, or cure disease.  Her goal is to educate, and any actions you take are voluntary and of your own free will.

If you are tired of doctors that only spend 5 minutes with you only to give you medications that are band-aids and don’t address the root cause of your issues,

If you are tired of counting calories and failed diets,

If you are tired of feeling overwhelmed, helpless, and hopeless with exhaustion, pain, and illness,

If you are looking for a practitioner to finally take the time to listen, empathize, encourage, and empower you with the tools to take control of your life again,

If you are ready to start feeling awesome so you can start doing awesome,

Then you have come to the right place!  I am a passionate, educated, skilled practitioner that promises to work on an individualized plan designed just for you so you can start feeling like yourself again!

If you are ready to learn the tools and skills needed to get the vitality back into to your life then email me at loriroseholistic@gmail.com to set up your free 15 minute introductory consult!

Read reviews from my clients here!

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A natural approach to Epstein-Barr Virus that no one knows about

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A natural approach to Epstein-Barr virus that no one knows about: using herbs for EBV

Epstein-Barr diagnoses are one of the most challenging verdicts as a patient, and one of the most challenging cases as a practitioner.  Conventionally, medicine tells EBV patients that there is no cure, and their debilitating fatigue can only be symptom-treated (and not very well).  However, I have had success with multiple clients using herbs for EBV.  But it’s not the “hit you in face, antivirals” that most herbalists and practitioners reach for. I take a completely different approach, using a much more holistic way of thinking about why clients are getting EBV in the first place.

Click here to listen to my Herb Rally podcast case study of a client who had success using herbs for EBV!

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Check out this Herb Rally podcast of a common mistake most herbalists make. 

Check out this Herb Rally podcast to learn more about what makes the Hill College Holistic Wellness Pathway so unique.

For related posts on using herbs for natural health remedies, check out my posts on how to use dandelioncatniparnicayellow dockyarrowrose, and chicory, this post on herbs for allergies, this post on herbs to avoid in pregnancy and nursing, this post on how to make herbal dream dust tea, or my podcast interviews of amazing herbalists Sam CoffmanRosalee de la Foret, and Kami McBride.

Make sure you don’t miss future posts from Lori Rose Holistic:

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Or check out my podcast with Weight Free Wellness here!

Learn about my e-books, Herbs for Energy, and All Natural Herbal Bug Repellents.new cover pageBug Repellent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lori Valentine Rose, PhD, CNP, BCHN, FDN-P, RH (AHG), NBC-HWC, is a college biology, nutrition, herbal, and wellness instructor, national board certified nutrition professional and holistic nutrition consultant, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner, board registered herbalist, national board certified health and wellness coach, wife, mother, organic vegetable, fruit, and medicinal herb gardener, school garden planter, city class teacher, and passionate Zumba dancer!  She created, developed, and instructs the Hill College Holistic Wellness Pathway, the most thorough, affordable, degreed wellness program in the country.  She also has a video podcast here where she interviews people that have helped her truly embrace real mind-body-spirit holistic wellness.  She loves spreading love and light, and helping others feel awesome on the inside and out so they can live their dreams and make this world more awesome!  Lori Rose Holistic does not replace medical advice or working with your doctor, and she does not diagnose, treat, or cure disease.  Her goal is to educate, and any actions you take are voluntary and of your own free will.

If you are tired of doctors that only spend 5 minutes with you only to give you medications that are band-aids and don’t address the root cause of your issues,

If you are tired of counting calories and failed diets,

If you are tired of feeling overwhelmed, helpless, and hopeless with exhaustion, pain, and illness,

If you are looking for a practitioner to finally take the time to listen, empathize, encourage, and empower you with the tools to take control of your life again,

If you are ready to start feeling awesome so you can start doing awesome,

Then you have come to the right place!  I am a passionate, educated, skilled practitioner that promises to work on an individualized plan designed just for you so you can start feeling like yourself again!

If you are ready to learn the tools and skills needed to get the vitality back into to your life then email me at loriroseholistic@gmail.com to set up your free 15 minute introductory consult!

Read reviews from my clients here!

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The top 5 natural remedies for seasonal allergies

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The top 5 natural remedies for acute and chronic seasonal allergies symptoms

No matter how full my natural-remedy took kit is, one of the most tempting moments to reach for over-the-counter relief is the attack of seasonal allergies on my oldest kiddo. I know all about yarrow tea for feversyellow dock for clogged, um, bowels, and other first aid and acute care herbs.

But when I see my little darling start scratching those dry eyes, swimming in rivers of a running nose, and being seized by the inability to pause the relentless whining from her discomfort, I want to race to the local pharmacy and stuff some immediate conventional-medicine relief down her precious little face.

While conventional medicine does have its place, there are dozens of natural allergy remedies available to holistic mommas.  My hope is to give you some convenient tools to reach for the next time you are swimming in the snotty seasonal sniffles. I also want to share some tools you can use in the long-term to hopefully reduce frequency and intensity of the allergy attacks.

Click here to read my full guest post on Mommypotamus about natural remedies for allergy relief!

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For related posts on using herbs for natural health remedies, check out my posts on how to use dandelion, catnip, arnica, yellow dock, yarrow, rose, and chicory, this post on herbs to avoid in pregnancy and nursing, this post on how to make herbal dream dust tea, or my podcast interviews of amazing herbalists Sam Coffman, Rosalee de la Foret, and Kami McBride.

Make sure you don’t miss future posts:

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I make your health my priority so you can make your dreams your priority!

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Or check out my podcast with Weight Free Wellness here!

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Lori Valentine Rose, PhD, CNP, BCHN, FDN-P, RH (AHG), NBC-HWC, is a college biology, nutrition, herbal, and wellness instructor, national board certified nutrition professional and holistic nutrition consultant, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner, board registered herbalist, national board certified health and wellness coach, wife, mother, organic vegetable, fruit, and medicinal herb gardener, school garden planter, city class teacher, and passionate Zumba dancer!  She created, developed, and instructs the Hill College Holistic Wellness Pathway, the most thorough, affordable, degreed wellness program in the country.  She also has a video podcast here where she interviews people that have helped her truly embrace real mind-body-spirit holistic wellness.  She loves spreading love and light, and helping others feel awesome on the inside and out so they can live their dreams and make this world more awesome!  Lori Rose Holistic does not replace medical advice or working with your doctor, and she does not diagnose, treat, or cure disease.  Her goal is to educate, and any actions you take are voluntary and of your own free will.

If you are tired of doctors that only spend 5 minutes with you only to give you medications that are band-aids and don’t address the root cause of your issues,

If you are tired of counting calories and failed diets,

If you are tired of feeling overwhelmed, helpless, and hopeless with exhaustion, pain, and illness,

If you are looking for a practitioner to finally take the time to listen, empathize, encourage, and empower you with the tools to take control of your life again,

If you are ready to start feeling awesome so you can start doing awesome,

Then you have come to the right place!  I am a passionate, educated, skilled practitioner that promises to work on an individualized plan designed just for you so you can start feeling like yourself again!

If you are ready to learn the tools and skills needed to get the vitality back into to your life then email me at loriroseholistic@gmail.com to set up your free 15 minute introductory consult!

Read reviews from my clients here!

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Three of the Top Research-Proven Strategies to Help Soothe Your Depression

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Three of the Top Research-Proven Strategies to Help Soothe Your Depression: The Happy Trifecta

(This is the fourth installment by my nutrition intern, Kyria Edwards. Enjoy!)

Welcome to our fourth and final blog in our depression series!

We started by discussing five of the root causes of depression that you can address today

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In our second blog we explored the symptoms of depression, holistic vs conventional treatments, and why functional blood chemistry analysis is one of the best tools to promoting your best health.

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Our third blog discussed all the details about how you can be a DIY depression detective. This blog is golden for anyone looking to be empowered with the detailed knowledge about the exact functional blood chemistry lab ranges to look for that might clue you in to your root causes of depression.

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For the rest of the series, don’t forget to check out:

Now it is time to dive into the trifecta of research-proven tools to help support your healing process out of depression. You can google “tools to be depression free” and find a plethora of ideas, and many are great! However, for the purposes of this blog we are going to explore three real-life strategies that you can start implementing today:

  • the best foods to eat,
  • the Wellness Wheel exercise, and
  • how to use herbs to promote your best mental health.

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FOOD

Make Every Bite Count

Every time you take a bite, you are casting a vote for health or disease. This is a bold statement, but it is true. You are either promoting vibrant energy and wellness, or causing sickness and inflammation. The key foods to avoid are gluten, conventional dairy, sugar, vegetable oils, and GMOs.  If you missed it, click here to read all about the top foods that lead to depression. On the other hand, the best foods to eat for supporting your healing path out of depression are high quality meats, healthy fats, fruits, vegetables, and fermented foods.

Eat Your Way to Wellness

High quality meats have higher levels of vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids than their factory farm counterparts which leads to a more nutrient dense meal. These nutrients are essential for optimum cognitive functioning.

Healthy fats are essential for a healthy gut microbiome which supports mood regulation and brain performance.

Lots of plants

A recent study shows that those who consume less that five fruits and vegetables each day were more likely to report severe-extreme and moderate depression as opposed to those who ate five servings of fruits and vegetables each day.

Fermented foods support a healthy gut microbiota, which supports mental health leading to a potential decline in depressive symptoms.

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WELLNESS WHEEL

Live Your Way to Wellness

You can support your  healing journey as you focus specifically on the areas of health that you personally need to improve in order to expedite your healing process. One of the best tools that has brought my clients success is a journaling practice with the Wellness Wheel. This was originally pioneered by Myers and Sweeney and has since been used worldwide. By promoting your own wellness, you will learn skills central to your healing process as well as knowledge to prevent further episodes of depressive symptoms.

Health is so much more than just exercise and kale; it is multidimensional.  The wellness wheel exercise can help you pinpoint non-food related issues that you can improve for optimal wellness.  

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Save this graphic and work through the following exercise:

  1. Rate your areas of wellness on a scale of 1-10: 10 = This area is perfect and very strong in my life!, 1 = This area is under developed and needs the most support.
  2. Then take two minutes to journal per area of wellness. Write whatever comes to mind: hopes, fears, resources, challenges, ideas, goals, etc.
  3. Then make an action plan to move forward on improving your wellness wheel. Pick one area this week to focus on. Make a specific goal that you want to do. For example, if I choose that I want to focus on my intellectual health- then I will make a goal to read my book of choice for five minutes each night before going to sleep. Start with small, specific, and realistic goals, and increase each week.
  4. Repeat this exercise at the start of each week and choose a new area to focus on. Keep journaling about your experiences, have a friend as an accountability buddy, or work with a health coach to guide you through.  Read this blog to learn the best way to stop old habits and keep new habits.  

The Benefit of the Wellness Wheel

The wellness wheel supports you with your emotional and mental development because it is designed to be in alignment with your personal priorities and goals. The individualization of this researched tool will benefit you as you discover more resources to support your healing journey out of depression. As you start to implement your self-chosen and achieved activities, ideas, and habits while working through the wellness wheel, you will be empowered to make the decisions necessary to promote your well-being. As opposed to feeling like a victim of depression, you will be encouraged to lead your life as an active participant by using the many avenues of the wellness wheel to foster your best health.

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HERBS

The topic of herbs is a bit more tricky.  Many people want to know “what herb is good for X”?  But herbs don’t work that way.  Many herbs can offer extreme benefits for health and well-being. But there are many different causes and types of depression (Herbalist David Winston says there are 14 different types, each with different herbal remedies), many different types of herbs, and many different types of people.  It is important to work with a trained clinical herbalist that can match the appropriate herbs to the root cause of your depression.  

Depending on your unique mixture of all of the above, the following herbs might be useful in a depression protocol (based upon education from Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, David Winston, and the multiple herbal teachers of Lori Rose Holistic):

  • For nutrient-deficiency based depression: nourishing infusions of nutritive herbs like stinging nettles, oatstraw, alfalfa, viola, chickweed, burdock
  • For GI-based depression: St. John’s Wort (*this herb has multiple drug:herb interactions), evening primrose, saffron, plantain, marshmallow root, calendula
  • For liver-based depression: St. John’s Wort, rosemary, burdock, dandelion root
  • For hormonal depression: Black cohosh, mimosa, lemon balm
  • For thyroid-induced depression: ashwagandha, bacopa, bladderwrack, damiana
  • For depression with anxiety: mimosa, vervain, motherwort, milky oats, oatstraw, chamomile, linden, lemon balm, and adaptogens
  • For stagnant depression (meaning, you just can’t shake a hard event/loss in your life): lavender, rosemary, holy basil, lemon balm
  • For Seasonal Affective Disorder: lemon balm, St. John’s Wort
  • For depression from grief and loss: rose buds and flowers, hawthorne, lavender, mimosa, angelica root (A. archangelica)

There are many ways to improve depressive symptoms. By following these strategies with food, the wellness wheel, and herbs, you will have three research-proven tools to support your healing journey out of depression.

Want to learn more?

Click here to download the FREE: Depression Webinar Registration.

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Screen Shot 2018-01-19 at 8.30.02 AMKyria supports clients on their health journey through holistic nutrition, functional blood chemistry analysis, and health coaching to establish nourishing life-long habits. Through her Master’s program in Health Education and Holistic Nutrition from John F. Kennedy University, Kyria has gained the skills necessary to fulfill her life’s passion: to spread the love of health. She recognizes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to health and that each individual is unique. It is her great joy to help others accomplish their personal health goals while also honoring their body, heart, mind, and spirit. Download her free meal plan here: 30 Day Free Meal Plan.  Join her Facebook group here: Kickass Health Lovers. 

 

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Lori Valentine Rose, PhD, CNP, BCHN, FDN-P, RH (AHG), NBC-HWC, is a college biology, nutrition, herbal, and wellness instructor, national board certified nutrition professional and holistic nutrition consultant, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner, board registered herbalist, national board certified health and wellness coach, wife, mother, organic vegetable, fruit, and medicinal herb gardener, school garden planter, city class teacher, and passionate Zumba dancer!  She created, developed, and instructs the Hill College Holistic Wellness Pathway, the most thorough, affordable, degreed wellness program in the country.  She also has a video podcast here where she interviews people that have helped her truly embrace real mind-body-spirit holistic wellness.  She loves spreading love and light, and helping others feel awesome on the inside and out so they can live their dreams and make this world more awesome!  Lori Rose Holistic does not replace medical advice or working with your doctor, and she does not diagnose, treat, or cure disease.  Her goal is to educate, and any actions you take are voluntary and of your own free will.

If you are tired of doctors that only spend 5 minutes with you only to give you medications that are band-aids and don’t address the root cause of your issues,

If you are tired of counting calories and failed diets,

If you are tired of feeling overwhelmed, helpless, and hopeless with exhaustion, pain, and illness,

If you are looking for a practitioner to finally take the time to listen, empathize, encourage, and empower you with the tools to take control of your life again,

If you are ready to start feeling awesome so you can start doing awesome,

Then you have come to the right place!  I am a passionate, educated, skilled practitioner that promises to work on an individualized plan designed just for you so you can start feeling like yourself again!

If you are ready to learn the tools and skills needed to get the vitality back into to your life then email me at loriroseholistic@gmail.com to set up your free 15 minute introductory consult!

Read reviews from my clients here!

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5 ways to use rose that you probably don’t know about

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5 ways to use rose that you probably don’t know about

I always try to stop and smell the roses. Literally. Each afternoon, when I leave my classroom full of students, I am exhausted and craving some sort of sugary or crunchy stress reliever—even a caffeinated pick me up (even though I know these things are harmful in the long run).

But then I stop and smell the roses.

Despite knowing that observing college students will snicker and colleagues will think I am crazier than they already do, I stop and smell the pillowy, pink roses blooming between the instruction building and my office. More times than not, doing this helps my stress-filled cravings disappear.

Whether you were aware that the aroma of roses can provide stress support or not, today I’d like to share five interesting things you may not already know about rose petals as well as some herbal preparations you can make with them.

Click here to read my full guest post on Growing Up Herbal about the benefits of rose!

Benefits of rose petals

For related posts on herbs, check out my posts on how to use dandelion, catnip, arnica, yellow dock, yarrow, and chicory, this post on herbs to avoid in pregnancy and nursing, this post on how to make herbal dream dust tea, or my podcast interviews of amazing herbalists Sam Coffman, Rosalee de la Foret, and Kami McBride.

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Lori Valentine Rose, PhD, CNP, BCHN, FDN-P, RH (AHG), NBC-HWC, is a college biology, nutrition, herbal, and wellness instructor, national board certified nutrition professional and holistic nutrition consultant, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner, board registered herbalist, national board certified health and wellness coach, wife, mother, organic vegetable, fruit, and medicinal herb gardener, school garden planter, city class teacher, and passionate Zumba dancer!  She created, developed, and instructs the Hill College Holistic Wellness Pathway, the most thorough, affordable, degreed wellness program in the country.  She also has a video podcast here where she interviews people that have helped her truly embrace real mind-body-spirit holistic wellness.  She loves spreading love and light, and helping others feel awesome on the inside and out so they can live their dreams and make this world more awesome!  Lori Rose Holistic does not replace medical advice or working with your doctor, and she does not diagnose, treat, or cure disease.  Her goal is to educate, and any actions you take are voluntary and of your own free will.

If you are tired of doctors that only spend 5 minutes with you only to give you medications that are band-aids and don’t address the root cause of your issues,

If you are tired of counting calories and failed diets,

If you are tired of feeling overwhelmed, helpless, and hopeless with exhaustion, pain, and illness,

If you are looking for a practitioner to finally take the time to listen, empathize, encourage, and empower you with the tools to take control of your life again,

If you are ready to start feeling awesome so you can start doing awesome,

Then you have come to the right place!  I am a passionate, educated, skilled practitioner that promises to work on an individualized plan designed just for you so you can start feeling like yourself again!

If you are ready to learn the tools and skills needed to get the vitality back into to your life then email me at loriroseholistic@gmail.com to set up your free 15 minute introductory consult!

Read reviews from my clients here!

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How to make five-flavor dream dust tea

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How to make five-flavor dream-dust tea with evidenced-based herbs for sleep

Sleep and I are not best friends. Not only do I not sleep well, I resist any strategy that would help me sleep better. What can I say…I LIKE being high-energy, super-productive.  BUT, knowing how important sleep is for health (as in, you will go insane without it), I was super-excited to help Mommypotamus create an easy-to-use herbal dream dust formula that was not only scientifically-based for effectiveness, but also traditional in its creation.

Traditional Chinese Medicine considers herbal formulas to be incomplete until they are composed of all five flavor profiles: aromatic, sour, bitter, salty, and sweet. Five-flavor formulations ensure that all the diverse benefits the plant world has to offer are included in every remedy.  In our formula, we include the

  • aromatic flavor for relaxation, the
  • sour flavor for healthy digestion, the
  • bitter flavor for blood sugar regulation, the
  • salty flavor for nutritive neurotransmitter-making minerals, and the
  • sweet flavor for, well, you know, yumminess.

This dream dust not only contains herbs that modern research has found helpful in setting you adrift to dreamland, but also follows traditional TCM methods of creating a complete five-flavor formula. Here’s what we’ll be incorporating:

Click here to read my guest post on Mommypotamus for the full five-flavor dream dust recipe!

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For related posts on herbs, check out my posts on how to use yarrow, dandelion, catnip, arnica, yellow dock, and chicory, this post on herbs to avoid in pregnancy and nursing, or my podcast interviews of amazing herbalists Sam Coffman, Rosalee de la Foret, and Kami McBride.

Make sure you don’t miss future posts:

Click here to subscribe to my e-mail list!

I make your health my priority so you can make your dreams your priority!

Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook here!

Or check out my podcast with Weight Free Wellness here!

Learn about my e-books, Herbs for Energy, and All Natural Herbal Bug Repellents.new cover pageBug Repellent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lori Valentine Rose, PhD, CNP, BCHN, FDN-P, RH (AHG), NBC-HWC, is a college biology, nutrition, herbal, and wellness instructor, national board certified nutrition professional and holistic nutrition consultant, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner, board registered herbalist, national board certified health and wellness coach, wife, mother, organic vegetable, fruit, and medicinal herb gardener, school garden planter, city class teacher, and passionate Zumba dancer!  She created, developed, and instructs the Hill College Holistic Wellness Pathway, the most thorough, affordable, degreed wellness program in the country.  She also has a video podcast here where she interviews people that have helped her truly embrace real mind-body-spirit holistic wellness.  She loves spreading love and light, and helping others feel awesome on the inside and out so they can live their dreams and make this world more awesome!  Lori Rose Holistic does not replace medical advice or working with your doctor, and she does not diagnose, treat, or cure disease.  Her goal is to educate, and any actions you take are voluntary and of your own free will.

If you are tired of doctors that only spend 5 minutes with you only to give you medications that are band-aids and don’t address the root cause of your issues,

If you are tired of counting calories and failed diets,

If you are tired of feeling overwhelmed, helpless, and hopeless with exhaustion, pain, and illness,

If you are looking for a practitioner to finally take the time to listen, empathize, encourage, and empower you with the tools to take control of your life again,

If you are ready to start feeling awesome so you can start doing awesome,

Then you have come to the right place!  I am a passionate, educated, skilled practitioner that promises to work on an individualized plan designed just for you so you can start feeling like yourself again!

If you are ready to learn the tools and skills needed to get the vitality back into to your life then email me at loriroseholistic@gmail.com to set up your free 15 minute introductory consult!

Read reviews from my clients here!

LET’S GET YOU FEELING AWESOME SO YOU CAN DO AWESOME!!!!

Be a DIY Depression Detective: How to Find the Root Cause of Depression

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How to Find the Root Cause of Depression

(This is part 3 of a guest blog series by my nutrition intern Kyria Edwards.  Enjoy!)

In case you missed it, in my last blog post I wrote how  a simple blood test can tell you A LOT about possible imbalances that may be the root cause of your depression.

But how EXACTLY can a blood test point out underlying reasons why you may be depressed?

In this blog you will learn the skills needed to be a Depression Detective and use your own blood test and compare it with the functional lab ranges. 

Below I will dissect each of the top causes of depression, why you should care, the exact blood markers you should get tested, AND the functional ranges to check.

BOOM! You’ve got the power in your own hands!

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Depression… a Goddess?

Depression has impacted individuals for as long as man has walked the Earth. One of the earliest writings on depression is by Hesiod in the 8th or 7th century B.C. in his poem Theogony. He writes about the goddess Oizys who is the personified spirit of grief, anxiety, misery, and depression. This greek mythology is still represented today in millions of individuals worldwide.

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So what is the solution?

Healthcare practitioners, doctors, psychiatrists, and many researchers have spent years exploring solutions to address the need for supporting those through their depression. Currently, the industry standard for addressing the healing process of depression is through medications. Antidepressants have both benefits and serious consequences. However, they can’t reach their maximum potential on their own.

This is why functional blood chemistry analysis is needed to enhance the benefits of the conventional approaches, while also offering complementary techniques to promote the greatest outcome for the individual. Through the use of functional blood chemistry analysis, anyone on their journey out of depression will be further supported by pinpointing root causes of depression that can be addressed at the same time.

Let’s explore each of the 5 main root causes of depression and how FBCA can help

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Birth control

Why you should care:

There have been many studies on the effect of hormonal birth control on depression, and many come to the same conclusion- that usage of hormonal birth control leads to an increased risk in developing depression. The estrogen in hormonal birth control can even lead to an increase in blood glucose levels, which can result in a host of blood sugar issues. Furthermore, it has been shown to decrease essential vitamins and minerals like B6 (essential for serotonin and GABA production), Coenzyme Q10, vitamin E, Total Antioxidant Activity, zinc, selenium, phosphorus, and magnesium. All medications have their benefits and consequences, including hormonal birth control.

What you should test:

Mineral markers, Cholesterol Screen, and Fasting Glucose.

Functional Lab Ranges to aim for:

  • Sodium 135-140 mmol/L
  • Potassium 4.0-4.5 mmol/L
  • Chloride 100-106 mmol/L
  • Calcium 9.2-10.1 mg/dL
  • Phosphorus 3.5-4.0 mg/dL
  • Magnesium 2.0-2.5 mg/dL
  • Cholesterol 150-220 mg/dL
  • Triglycerides 75-100 mg/dL
  • HDL 55-100 mg/dL
  • VLDL Above Lab Range
  • LDL <120 mg/dL
  • Cholesterol/HDL Ratio <3.1
  • Glucose 85-99 mg/dL

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Gut-Brain inflammation

Why you should care:

Studies show that depression is fueled by inflammation. For example, in one study published by The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, those who were depressed had inflammatory biomarker C-reactive protein at 46% higher levels. Your white blood cell (WBC) count is a key sign of internal inflammation because WBC count increases in acute phases of inflammation. In chronic cases of inflammation, WBC count can be increased or decreased depending on the individual’s history and physiological status. To learn more, it is essential to get a full Complete Blood Count (CBC) with differentials to see the larger picture.

What you should test:

Complete Blood Count with differentials

Functional Lab Ranges to aim for:

  • WBC 5-8
  • RBC (F) 3.9-4.5 (M) 4.4-4.9
  • HGB (F) 13.5-14.5 (M) 14-15 g/dL
  • HCT (F) 37%-44% (M) 39%-55%
  • MCV 85-92 fL
  • MCH 27.7-32 pg
  • MCHC 32-36 g/dL
  • RDW 11.7%-15%
  • Platelets 155K-379K

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Food

Why you should care:

There is a strong connection between the food you eat, blood sugar issues, and depression. For example, a meta-analysis studied the association of diabetes and depression, stating that there is a proven significant and consistent relationship between diabetes and depression. Thus, it is important to get your blood tested for any blood sugar imbalances, with symptoms that may range from minor-getting sad and “hangry” if meals are missed- to major -full blown diabetes and depression. There is a range of blood sugar issues that can be supported through the education and awareness that comes from a blood test, because once you know how your body is functioning on a cellular level, you can make daily decisions to support your best health and ease your depressive symptoms.

What you should test:

Cholesterol Screen and Fasting Glucose

Functional Lab Ranges to aim for:

  • Cholesterol 150-199 mg/dL
  • Triglycerides 75-100 mg/dL
  • HDL 55-100 mg/dL
  • VLDL Above Lab Range
  • LDL <120 mg/dL
  • Cholesterol/HDL Ratio <3.1
  • Glucose 85-99 mg/dL

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Environment

Why you should care:

Your environment could be a key factor contributing to your depression. Mold and toxins and parasites -oh my! There are also a number of bacterial and viral infections that could be promoting your depression. Research has shown a link between toxic exposure from something as common as pesticides and depression. Unless you are eating strictly organic, then you are probably eating pesticides three times a day, every day. There was also a research study that argued that  depression is intimately tied to infections. Fortunately, you can gain insight through your blood test by focusing on the following markers and what they are associated with that may be a contributing factor for depression:

  • Neutrophils: Bacterial Infections
  • Lymphocytes: Viral Infections
  • Monocytes: Inflammation and parasites
  • Eosinophils: Parasites and allergy sensitivities
  • Basophils: Inflammation with Parasites

What you should test:

Neutrophils, Lymphocytes, Monocytes, Eosinophils, & Basophils

Functional Lab Ranges to aim for:

  • Neutrophils 40%-60%
  • Lymphocytes 25%-40%
  • Monocytes 4%-7%
  • Eosinophils 0%-3%
  • Basophils 0%-3%

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Underlying diseases

Why you should care:

There are so many disorders and diseases that result in depressive symptoms. This is why a full complete and comprehensive functional blood chemistry analysis is recommended so that a professional can assess the health of your entire physiological well-being. One of the most common is subclinical hypothyroidism. An under-active thyroid leads to a wide variety of hormonal and metabolic issues that mirrors depressive symptoms and increases the risk for depression. These patients are often given antidepressants, while the real issue of their thyroid disorder goes unnoticed. A dysfunctioning thyroid can be explored through FBCA.

What you should test:

A full thyroid panel (not just the TSH)

Functional Lab Ranges to aim for:

  • TSH <2 μIU/mL
  • T4 6-12 μg/dL
  • T3 Uptake 28%-38%
  • FTI 1.2-4.9 mg/dL
  • T3 100-180 ng/dL
  • Free T3 3.0-4.0 pg/mL
  • Reverse T3 9.2-24.1 ng/dL
  • Free T4 1.1-1.5 ng/dL
  • Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO), Ab 0-3.9 IU/mL
  • Thyroglobulin, Ab 0-3.9 IU/mL

In Essence…

There is hope. Depression can be even more of a burden when you don’t know WHY it is happening to you. This is why a full comprehensive FBCA can help to solve the mystery. Trained functional blood chemistry analysis looks at all the markers to see patterns of dysfunction and what the relationship is between the markers.

See you next week!

Stay tuned for the fourth blog post in this 4-part series coming up next week! It will be all about lifestyle and nutritional strategies that you can start at home to support your healing process out of depression.

At the end of this series, we are going to have a FREE 60 minute webinar covering depression live on February 27th and 28th. Save the date!

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Screen Shot 2018-01-19 at 8.30.02 AMKyria supports her clients on their health journey through holistic nutrition, functional blood chemistry analysis, and health coaching to establish nourishing life-long habits. Through her Master’s program in Health Education and Holistic Nutrition from John F. Kennedy University, Kyria has gained the skills necessary to fulfill her life’s passion: to spread the love of health. She recognizes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to health and that each individual is unique. It is her great joy to help others accomplish their personal health goals while also honoring their body, heart, mind, and spirit. You are invited to join her informative facebook group and download her free 30 Day meal plan with delicious recipes that you can make in 30

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Lori Valentine Rose, PhD, CNP, BCHN, FDN-P, RH (AHG), NBC-HWC, is a college biology, nutrition, herbal, and wellness instructor, national board certified nutrition professional and holistic nutrition consultant, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner, board registered herbalist, national board certified health and wellness coach, wife, mother, organic vegetable, fruit, and medicinal herb gardener, school garden planter, city class teacher, and passionate Zumba dancer!  She created, developed, and instructs the Hill College Holistic Wellness Pathway, the most thorough, affordable, degreed wellness program in the country.  She also has a video podcast here where she interviews people that have helped her truly embrace real mind-body-spirit holistic wellness.  She loves spreading love and light, and helping others feel awesome on the inside and out so they can live their dreams and make this world more awesome!  Lori Rose Holistic does not replace medical advice or working with your doctor, and she does not diagnose, treat, or cure disease.  Her goal is to educate, and any actions you take are voluntary and of your own free will.

If you are tired of doctors that only spend 5 minutes with you only to give you medications that are band-aids and don’t address the root cause of your issues,

If you are tired of counting calories and failed diets,

If you are tired of feeling overwhelmed, helpless, and hopeless with exhaustion, pain, and illness,

If you are looking for a practitioner to finally take the time to listen, empathize, encourage, and empower you with the tools to take control of your life again,

If you are ready to start feeling awesome so you can start doing awesome,

Then you have come to the right place!  I am a passionate, educated, skilled practitioner that promises to work on an individualized plan designed just for you so you can start feeling like yourself again!

If you are ready to learn the tools and skills needed to get the vitality back into to your life then email me at loriroseholistic@gmail.com to set up your free 15 minute introductory consult!

Read reviews from my clients here!

LET’S GET YOU FEELING AWESOME SO YOU CAN DO AWESOME!!!!