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MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information
POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION
(Postpartum Blues; "Baby Blues")


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  • Postpartum Depression Description
  • Frequent Signs & Symptoms
  • Postpartum Depression Causes
  • Postpartum Risk Factors
  • Preventive Measures
  • Expected Outcome
  • Potential Complications
  • Conventional Medical Management
  • Medication
  • Activity Recommendations & Restrictions
  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Herbal & Holistic Recommendations
  • Recommended Supplements
  • Notify Your Midwife or Health Care Provider
  • Herbs & Supplement Products




  • POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION DESCRIPTION

    Postpartum depression is related to the rapid readjustment of hormones in a woman's body following the birth of a baby. Emotional changes affect almost half of all new mothers. Baby blues are most common 3 to 10 days following delivery (but can occur anytime in the first year) and usually last anywhere from 48 hours to 2 weeks. In some women, the depression is more pronounced, and, rarely, there is extreme depression.




    FREQUENT SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

    The symptoms vary in intensity, but can include:
    • Feelings of sadness, hopelessness or gloom.
    • Appetite and weight loss (sometimes a weight gain).
    • Sleep disturbances or frightening dreams.
    • Irritability; anxiety.
    • Loss of energy, fatigue.
    • Slow speech and thought.
    • Frequent headaches and other physical discomfort.
    • Confusion about one's ability to improve life.
    • Fears about personal health and infant's health.





    POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION CAUSES

  • It is common for mothers to experience some degree of mild depression during the first weeks after birth. Pregnancy and birth are accompanied by sudden hormonal changes that can affect emotions.

  • Additionally, the 24-hour responsibility for a newborn infant represents a major psychological and lifestyle adjustment for most mothers, even if it is not the first child.

  • These physical and emotional stresses are usually accomplished by inadequate rest until the baby's routine stabilizes, so fatigue and depression are not unusual.





  • POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION RISK FACTORS

  • Stress and lack of sleep.
  • Poor nutrition.
  • Postpartum blues following a previous pregnancy.
  • Lack of support from one's partner, family or friends.
  • Pre-existing mental health problems.
  • Feeling overwhelmed with responsibility of caring for a newborn (and other siblings).
  • Feelings of loss, disappointment or failure.


  • Unplanned, non-prepared and intensely unpleasant birthing experiences and outcomes can have a large influence on how a woman feels after giving birth. For example, a planned homebirth or birthing center birth that develops risk problems that may result in an unwanted cesarean delivery or high-tech interventive delivery in a hospital may leave a feeling of disappointment, loss and failure in having a perfect birth experience, even though there was a positive outcome (birth of the infant). The mother may have feelings of resentment and anger, that may be directed toward herself and her newborn. Combined with other risk factors, such as stress and lack of sleep and lack of support from partner and family, depression may intensify.





    PREVENTIVE MEASURES

  • Cannot be prevented, but can be minimized with rest, an adequate diet and a strong emotional support system.
  • See Baby Blues by Elizabeth Pantley for some suggestions.





  • EXPECTED OUTCOME

  • This depression is usually very short-lived. With support from family and friends, mild postpartum depression disappears quickly.





  • POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS

  • Lack of bonding between mother and infant, which is harmful to both.

  • If depression becomes more severe, a mother may not be able to care for herself and the baby, and hospitalization may be necessary (rare). Medication, counseling, support, nutritious diet, adequate restful sleep usually will cure even severe depression in 3 to 6 months.

  • Serious depression that may be accompanied by aggressive feelings toward the baby, a loss of pride in appearance and home, loss of appetite or compulsive eating, withdrawal from others or suicidal tendencies.





  • CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL MANAGEMENT

  • Diagnosis is usually based on a history of symptoms. There are no specific diagnostic tests.

  • Do not feel guilty if you have mixed feelings about motherhood. Adjustment and bonding take time.

  • Do not feel guilty about negative birthing experiences. Sometimes things happen and adjustments are made accordingly. Experience is knowledge. Learn from the experience and leave the emotional residue behind. If you are planning on subsequent children, make plans to have the birth take place in a setting with a birth attendant that corresponds with your particular desires for a positive birth experience. Healing can take place with time, counseling and emotional work.

  • Schedule frequent outings, such as walks and short visits with friends or family. These help prevent feelings of isolation.

  • Some professionals suggest that you have your baby sleep in a separate room so that you may sleep more restfully. However, others suggest that the baby be allowed to sleep with you in the family bed to build strong bonding ties and prevent the constant waking and getting up required for nighttime feedings (it is easy to breast-feed your baby while sleeping together and the baby usually can find the nipple without problems). Either way, try and use what works for you.

  • If you feel depressed, share your feelings with your partner or a friend who is a good listener. Talking with other mothers can help you keep problems in perspective.

  • Severe postpartum depression requires professional help and the mom should be given a referral to a qualified therapist by either the midwife or by a health care provider.





  • MEDICATION

  • A mild sedative may be prescribed temporarily.
  • Antidepressant drugs may be recommended for more severe symptoms. These are effective when used for 3 to 4 weeks. Do not stop taking them too early.
  • Any medication use must be carefully considered if you are breast-feeding.





  • ACTIVITY RECOMMENDATIONS & RESTRICTIONS

  • No activity restrictions. Resume your normal activities as soon as possible. Avoid getting too fatigued.
  • Rest whenever possible.
  • Do not worry too much about keeping up with the household chores. Enlist help if needed.
  • Eat a well balanced diet.
  • Try to take a few minutes every day for yourself.
  • Exercise regularly (as your recovery from childbirth permits). A casual walk in the fresh air can help bring spirits up.





  • DIET & NUTRITION

  • Eat a normal, well-balanced diet even if you have no appetite. Vitamin and mineral supplements may be necessary. Make sure you are getting enough B-Vitamins in your diet to help you with stress. You may want to continue taking your Prenatal Supplements for the next three to six months or longer if you are breastfeeding your baby. Taking an Acidophilus supplement will help keep your digestive system working well.

  • Eat a diet that includes plenty of raw fruits and vegetables, with soybeans and soy products, whole grains, seeds, nuts, brown rice, millet, and legumes. A diet too low in complex carbohydrates can cause serotonin depletion and depression.

  • If you are nervous and wish to become more relaxed, consume more complex carbohydrates. For increased alertness, eat protein meals containing essential fatty acids. The Omega-3 Fatty Acids in particular are very necessary for healthy bodies and healthy minds. Salmon and white fish are good choices. If you need your spirits lifted, you will benefit from eating foods like turkey and salmon, which are high in Tryptophan and Protein.

  • The Omega-3 Fat DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which is found in many cold water fish such as Salmon, tuna, and mackerel, is known to have cardioprotective effects. Researchers at the University of California - Los Angeles School of Medicine found that genetically engineered mice fed a diet rich in DHA also were found to have less brain cell damage than those fed a diet which substituted safflower oil, which is low in omega-3 fatty acids. It is recommended that at least two meals a week of fish (not fried) rich in omega-3 fatty acids. While this is for good for cardiovascular health, it is possible that this diet can also favorably affect people with Alzheimer's disease or depression. Low levels of DHA have also been associated with postpartum depression.

  • Omit wheat products from the diet. Wheat gluten has been linked to depressive disorders.

  • Limit your intake of supplements that contain the amino acid phenylalanine. It contains the chemical phenol, which is highly allergenic. Most depressed people are allergic to certain substances. If you take a combination free-form amino acid supplement, look for a product that does not contain phenylalanine, such as that made by Ecological Formulas. Phenylalanine is one of the major components of aspartame.

  • Avoid diet sodas and other products containing the artificial sweetener aspartame, such as found in Equal, NutraSweet and other products. This additive can possibly block the formation of serotonin and cause headaches, insomnia, and depression in individuals who are already serotonin deprived.

  • Avoid foods high in saturated fats; the consumption of meat or fried foods, such as hamburgers and French fries, leads to sluggishness, slow thinking, and fatigue. They interfere with blood flow by causing the arteries and small blood vessels to become blocked and the blood cells to become sticky and tend to clump together, resulting in poor circulation, especially to the brain.

  • Avoid all forms of sugar, including normally "good" sweeteners such as honey, molasses, and fruit juice. The body reacts more quickly to the presence of sugar than it does to the presence of complex carbohydrates. The increase in energy supplied by the simple carbohydrates (sugars) is quickly followed by fatigue and depression. Stevia, a concentrated natural sweetener derived from a South American shrub, does not have the same effect on the body as sugar, and does not have the side effects of artificial sugar substitutes.

  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and processed foods.

  • Tyrosine is needed for brain function. This amino acid is directly involved in the production or norepinephrine and dopamine, two vital neurotransmitters that are synthesized in the brain and the adrenal medulla. A lack of tyrosine can result in the deficiency of norepinephrine in certain sites in the brain, resulting in mood disorders such as depression. The effects of stress may be prevented or reversed if this essential amino acid is obtained in the diet or by means of supplements. Mustard greens, beans, and spinach are good sources of tyrosine. Caution: If you are taking an MAO inhibitor drug for depression, do not take tyrosine supplements, and avoid foods containing tyrosine, as drug and dietary interactions can cause a sudden, dangerous rise in blood pressure. Discuss food and medicine limitations thoroughly with your health care provider or a qualified dietitian.

  • Selenium has been shown to elevate mood, and also to decrease anxiety. These effects were more noticeable in people who had lower levels of selenium in their diets to begin with.

  • In one study, people suffering from depression were found to have lower than normal levels of folic acid in their blood than non-depressed individuals. Other studies have shown that Zinc levels tend to be significantly lower than normal when people suffer from depression.

  • Prozac and other "selective serotonin uptake inhibitors" work to increase the activity of serotonin, while 5-Hydroxy-L-Tryptophan (5-HTP) works to boost the body's production of serotonin.

  • Investigate the possibility that food allergies are causing or contributing to depression.


  • MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Allergies


    RECOMMENDED SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

  • Acidophilus Supplement Products
  • EFA - Essential Fatty Acid Supplement Products
  • 5-HTP Supplement Products
  • Olive Oil Herbal Products
  • Prenatal DHA-Omega-3 Supplement Products
  • Prenatal Nutritional Supplement Products
  • Protein Supplement Products
  • Salmon Fish Oil Supplement Products
  • Selenium Supplement Products
  • Stevia Herbal Products
  • Sweetener Products
  • Tyrosine Amino Acid Products
  • Tryptophan Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-Complex Supplement Products
  • Zinc Supplement Products





  • HERBAL & HOLISTIC RECOMMENDATIONS FOR POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

  • Breast-feeding is probably the best cure for postpartum depression. The process helps moderate hormonal swings by releasing lactation hormones, increases the endorphins level and allows your body to regain hormonal balance slowly and evenly. It also helps to enhance and strengthen the maternal-infant bonding.

  • Lemon Balm leaves, is also known as Melissa. Lemon Balm is considered a specific for helping new mothers to cope with changing life situations that are difficult to adapt to and accept, such as the many unexpected changes a new baby brings to its parents. Melissa is a favorite for depression, melancholy, and hysteria. One or two cups of the tasty infusion, mellowed with a touch of Milk and/or Honey, every day for a week or two will be sufficient to aid postpartum blues.

  • Increase intake of foods rich in the B Vitamins and Iron, such as Alfalfa, Blackstrap Molasses, brown rice, eggs, enriched whole-grain cereals, fish, green leafy vegetables, kidney beans, oats, poultry, soy products, and wheat germ. Inadequate iron intake causes anemia, which can make you feel tired, irritable, and unhappy.

  • Blessed Thistle leaves. Modern uses of Blessed Thistle (Cnicus benedictus) include increasing milk supply for nursing mothers, memory improvement, increasing appetite and generally preventing sickness. Helps nursing mothers by stimulating the mammary glands and helps to increase breast milk supply. Blessed Thistle has a wide reputation for alleviating many postpartum problems, including severe depression. Use a cup or two of the infusion daily, or up to 80 drops per day of the equally effective, but not so bitter, tincture.


  • MOONDRAGON'S PREGNANCY TEA RECIPE

    2 parts Red Raspberry Leaf
    1 part Nettle Leaf
    1 part Alfalfa Leaf
    1 part Peppermint Leaf

    Mix dried herbs thoroughly and use a portion to make up a half gallon to a gallon of tea. This blend makes a nice sun tea that can them be refrigerated for a refreshing iced tea to be consumed throughout the day. It provides red raspberry leaf for hormonal balance and uterine toning, Nettle and Alfalfa are high in blood building vitamins and minerals, and the peppermint leaf is good for soothing the digestive system and getting it back to normal as well as giving the tea a nice minty flavor. It tastes fine unsweetened, but if the mom would like a little sweetener, use honey. Honey is high in nutrients and digests easily. A great tea blend for not only pregnancy, but postpartum recovery. It makes a great tea blend for adding recovery tinctures to, if needed, since the flavor of the tea will help "hide" some of the flavors of the tinctures (not all of them taste good). Bulk herbs are available through Mountain Rose Herbs (see Product Links at the bottom of the page or click on the herb above. They have a nice selection of quality organic bulk herbs for a reasonable price).



    POSTPARTUM HERBAL BATH RECIPE

  • Postpartum Herbal Bath. Start up a big pot of hot water for steeping herbs for a postpartum bath soon after birth. Strain the tea before adding to bath water. Steeping in glass gallon jars is very effective, then strain directly into bath through cheesecloth placed in a plastic colander.


  • For the bath combine:
    Place a bath towel in the bottom of the tub for comfort and to prevent slipping. Let the mom enjoy the bath until she asks for baby, at which time the baby can be introduced to the bath slowly, feet and legs first, then bottom. The salty garlic is astringent and mildly antiseptic so immersing the baby's cord is okay.

    Since the bath is quite warm (102 to 104°F), have the mom drink three cups of a strong infusion of Shepherd's Purse at room temperature soon after birth and before entering the bath.

    The following are criteria for using the herbal bath soon after birth:
    • Mom's uterus has good tone.
    • Any source of significant bleeding has been identified and repaired.
    • The baby has been assessed and is fine.
    • Mom is able to walk to the tub with minimal assistance.
    • Mom and babe are not left alone in the bath.



    POSTPARTUM BLUES HERBAL COCKTAIL

  • Postpartum Blues Herbal Cocktail brew is delicious and effective for not only postpartum blues but for fortifying breastmilk.

  • The tea is made from:
  • Red Clover, great for purifying the blood and helping improve breastmilk.
  • Lemon Balm works wonderfully for lifting the spirits.
  • Red Raspberry Leaf helps the uterine walls contract so the uterus can shrink back down to size
  • Nettles contains vitamin K, important for clotting and a good source of iron, which is important for breastfeeding babies.

  • Steep a teaspoon of each per cup of tea for about five minutes. It is best fresh! It is hard being a new parent, especially if you have never done it before. Be patient and make sure to get as much fresh air as you can.



    POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION BREW RECIPE

    Licorice favorably affects the hormonal balance and cheers the spirits. Red Raspberry leaf tones the uterus and ovaries and increases available calcium, making life seem easier. Rosemary increases the milk flow, adds calcium, tones the liver, and is a Wise Woman favorite for depression. Skullcap is also a source of calcium and is a superb nerve strengthener and soother; prolonged use establishes emotional calm.
    1/2 ounce dried, shredded Licorice Root
    1 ounce dried, crumbled Red Raspberry Leaf
    1 ounce dried, finely cut Rosemary Leaves
    1 ounce dried, cut Skullcap

    Mix the dried herbs thoroughly together. Use two teaspoons per cup of boiling water to prepare this strongly scented and interesting tasting tea. The usual dose is two or more cups daily for several weeks to two months.



    JASMINE ESSENTIAL OIL BATH RECIPE

    Run a relaxingly warm bath and add a few drops of Jasmine Essential Oil. It will begin to work almost as soon as you step into the bath and afterward use a drop of Jasmine Oilon the edge of your pillow. If Jasmine Essential Oil is not available, use Ylang Ylang or Clary Sage essential oil. These are almost as effective.

  • Jasmine Essential Oil
  • Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
  • Clary Sage Essential Oil


  • Herbal information and Postpartum Depression Brew has been obtained from Susan Weed's Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year. Aromatherapy information is obtained from Aromatherapy for Women by Maggie Tisserand.

    BOOSTING YOUR ENERGY

  • Use a Vitamin B Complex supplement to help you boost your energy. The stress-B vitamins are important during this time and a deficiency can cause a tired feeling. B vitamins relieve stress and depression.

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  • Royal Jelly and Bee Pollen increase energy. Royal Jelly is a natural source of many nutrients and is the only food for the Queen Bee. It enables her to outlive worker bees thirty-fold.

  • Siberian Ginseng, also known as Eleuthero helps bronchial disorders and boosts energy. Caution: Do not use this herb if you have hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, or a heart disorder. Siberian Ginseng strengthens the adrenal and reproductive glands. It enhances immune function, helps prevent infection, promotes lung functioning and stimulates the appetite. It useful for bronchitis, circulatory problems, diabetes, infertility, lack of energy, and stress. There is some evidence that it can help ease withdrawal from cocaine, and help improve drug or alcohol induced liver dysfunction in older adults. Siberian Ginseng protects the body against the effects of radiation exposure. It is used by athletes for overall body strengthening. Siberian Ginseng is most effective in the treatment of prolonged exhaustion and debility, resulting from overwork and long-term stress. As a decoction take 35 ml of Siberian Ginseng 2 times a day for use as a general tonic. To take in tincture form, use 1/2 teaspoon with water 3 times a day. For other forms, read follow product label directions.

  • Red Panax Ginseng is often used to increase energy. This extract is made from 6 year old Red Ginseng roots plants which are a precious natural product growing in the Mountains of Chang Pai in northern China. Considered by traditional herbals as the king of herbs, ginseng's adaptogenic properties (how it helps and balances and restores the body and mind when dealing with stress related conditions) are prized by many. If you are nursing or pregnant, consult with your midwife or health care provider before taking ginseng.

  • REBALANCE YOUR HORMONES

  • Ginseng, Hops, Sarsaparilla and Blessed Thistle, when consumed in tea form, help rebalance hormones. Hormones are often in flux after a birth of a baby and you may need a little help for them to return to a level you can manage.

  • Licorice root may help with postpartum depression and aids in hormone balance. Do not use licorice on a daily basis for more than seven days in a row. Avoid it completely if you have high blood pressure.

  • EXHAUSTION & TENSION

  • Research has shown that Motherwort is able to calm palpitations and irregular heartbeat. It is used as a specific remedy for tachycardia caused by anxiety, and for all heart conditions that produce anxiety and tension. The glycosides in this herb have the short-term ability to lower blood pressure. Motherwort seeds are effective in stimulating a suppressed or delayed menstruation, and can ease dysmenorrhea, especially when there is anxiety or tension involved. It has also been used to ease false labor pains, and when taken as an infusion after childbirth, helps restore the uterus and reduce the risk of postpartum bleeding. Suggested Dosage or Use: Take 6 to 12 drops in liquid or under tongue, 1 to 3 times a day. Clear-minded, non-drowsy relief from the tension and confusion of overwhelming emotions is the promise of Motherwort. Use 5 drops of Motherwort tincture in a glass of water, repeated as needed. CAUTION: Excessive use of Motherwort tincture (more than four doses a day for several weeks) may cause you to become dependent on it.

  • STRESS, ANXIETY, RESTLESSNESS, NERVOUSNESS & SLEEP DISTURBANCE RELIEF

  • Hops flowers. Humulus lupulus is a strong seducer of sleep. Insomniacs will slump on the kitchen table with half a cup of Hops infusion still sitting beside them. Hops is also an excellent herb for increasing and enriching breast milk. It is helpful in relieving afterbirth pains. Unfortunately, the taste of Hops is acrid and unpalatable to many and the tincture does not seem to be as effective.

  • The use of hops is recommended for discomfort due to restlessness or anxiety and sleep disturbances. Hops has been used to improve appetite and digestion and has a mild sedative effect. Hops are high in the bitter principles humulone and lupulone. These are thought to be responsible for the appetite-stimulating properties of hops. Hops also contain about 1 to 3-percent volatile oils. Hops have been shown to have mild sedative properties. Many herbal preparations for insomnia combine hops with other sedative herbs, such as Valerian, Passionflower and Skullcap. The official preparations are an infusion and a tincture. The infusion is employed as a vehicle, especially for bitters and tonics: the tincture is stomachic and is used to improve the appetite and digestion. Both preparations have been considered to be sedative, were formerly much given in nervousness and hysteria and at bedtime to induce sleep; in cases of nervousness, delirium and inflammation being considered to produce a most soothing effect, frequently procuring for the patient sleep after long periods of sleeplessness in overwrought conditions of the brain. The bitter principle in the Hop proves one of the most efficacious vegetable bitters obtainable. An infusion of 1/2 ounce Hops to 1 pint of water will be found the proper quantity for ordinary use. It has proved of great service also in heart disease, fits, neuralgia and nervous disorders, besides being a useful tonic in indigestion, jaundice, and stomach and liver affections generally. It gives prompt ease to an irritable bladder, and is said to be an excellent drink in cases of delirium tremens. Sherry in which some Hops have been steeped makes a capital stomachic cordial. A pillow of warm Hops will often relieve toothache and earache, allay nervous irritation and bring on delayed sleep.

  • Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is recommended for the relief of fever due to colds and the flu, to ease menstrual cramps, insomnia, headaches and nervousness. Lemon Balm helps fight depression.

  • Calcium and Magnesium supplements can help with the development of strong bones and teeth, also prevents muscle cramping, risk of colon cancer, maintain regular heart beat, protects against osteoporosis and helps relax the central nervous system. Calcium and Magnesium aids restful sleep and calms the body.

  • Skullcap tincture provides deep, refreshing sleep. Skullcap calms the nerves. It has traditionally been used internally for nervousness and convulsions, irritability, insomnia, and neuralgia. Skullcap may act as a sedative, to relax spasms, lower fever and stimulate the kidneys, and has anti-toxic effects. Skullcap is an excellent tonic for the nervous system. It is good for treating anxiety, insomnia, and nervous headache. The tincture, not the infusion, is used to sedate and bring on sound sleep. Use three drops of homemade fresh-plant tincture in a glass of water should bring on immediate sleep. Five drops of tincture may bring on extended sleep. There are no side effects from overdoses of Skullcap, so start small but do not be afraid to repeat or increase the dose, especially when using commercial tinctures made from dried Skullcap. Skullcap is not habit forming. Take up to 30 drops of commercial tincture (from dried plants) or 5 to 15 drops of fresh plant tincture half an hour before going to bed. An infusion of the dried plant nourishes and strengthens the nerves. Drink two cups daily for several months if your nerves feel frayed and you are easily upset.

  • Chamomile Flowers. The popularity of German or Garden Chamomile testifies to its potency as a calming sleep inducer, pain-killer, and mental relaxer. Brew the flowers briefly, a teaspoon to a cup of water, and drink the pleasantly aromatic tea freely. Enjoy a cup of Chamomile herbal tea. Chamomile's soothing qualities make it a wonderful treatment for heartburn and stomach upset by relieving esophageal irritation. It is helpful as a comforting relief for stress and anxiety or before bedtime to help with insomnia difficulties. Caution: Do not use chamomile if you have an allergy to ragweed. Do not use chamomile on an ongoing basis, as ragweed allergy may result. Do not use chamomile oil during pregnancy since the oil is a very potent uterine stimulant. It can be used safely in dried or fresh herb form as a tea. Several cups of hot tea with milk and honey may be necessary to induce sleep.

  • A relaxing and soothing Chamomile herbal tea with a blend of Black Cumin Seed, Valerian, Passionflower and other herbs, will help you relax and put your worries to rest.


  • RELAXING TEA BLEND RECIPE

    Perfect for those lazy nights by the fireplace, alone with a favorite book or simply some quiet time for yourself, this tranquil blend of Passionflower, Chamomile and Valerian soothes and comforts the mind while preparing you for a night of peaceful dreams and optimistic awakenings. Caffeine free herbs are used in this tea blend of these herbs:

  • Catnip Leaf (Nepeta cataria)
  • Chamomile Flower (Matricaria chamomilla)
  • Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
  • Linden Leaf & Flower (Tila Europaea)
  • Passion Flower Herb (Passiflora incarnata)
  • Peppermint Leaf (Mentha piperita)
  • Skullcap (Scutellaria laterifolia)
  • Strawberry Leaf (Fragaria vesca)
  • Valerian Root (Valeriana officinalis)


  • PREGNANCY & POSTPARTUM MOOD SUPPLEMENTS

  • A Relaxing Massage Oil is useful as a massage oil for postpartum depression, pregnancy and is nursing safe. After the baby is born, a relaxing massage is an absolute must have for any new mother. The benefits of massage are numerous including relaxation, release of tension and the relief of discomfort during labor and delivery as it releases both oxytocin and endorphins and therefore can assist in relieving discomfort. Baby massage provides relief from teething, congestion, colic and emotional stress for both the baby and mom.

  • Kava Kava root is used as an effective natural herbal remedy that may help reduce anxiety, stress, and muscle tensions, promote friendliness and sociability, and produce relaxing physical as well as mental sensations. Kava kava helps to induce calm and relieve depression. Caution: This herb can cause drowsiness. If this occurs, discontinue use or reduce the dosage.

  • Dong Quai is an effective and organic way to lessen fatigue, restore your energy and balance a woman's hormones. This healing tonic is formulated to ease what traditional Chinese medicine practitioners refer to as "blood deficiency,quot; is effective in supporting the reproductive organs, addressing common female hormone imbalances, helping to regulate the menstrual cycle and building all-around health.

  • A tea blend made with Dong Quai and Black Cohosh root will be helpful when PMS, mild mood changes, cramps, and edema associated with the menstrual cycle arise. These herbs alleviate menstrual discomfort and regulate menstruation. Light, easily digestible foods are recommended when a woman feels out of her center. Long deep breathing and regular exercise can also provide additional support and comfort. Pour boiling water over tea and steep for 4 to 6 minutes. For stronger flavor, steep longer. For best results, drink tea daily.

  • Breastfeeding can create such a wonderful and essential connection with your baby. An organic blend of refreshing Fennel, Fenugreek and Anise. These three herbs that have a long history of use by herbalists to help promote lactation. Add fragrant and calming Lavender that aids relaxation, while Chamomile, with its sweet, apple-like fragrance, helps ease the minor stomach upset that sometimes accompanies nursing. Take care of yourself and your baby one delicious sip at a time.

  • St. Johns Wort is mainly used for the treatment of mild to moderate depression. It has been proven in many European clinical studies to be a natural antidepressant and is widely used for this reason. St. John's Wort is the most popular anti-depressant in Germany, where one brand alone outsells Prozac seven to one. In 1996, the British Medical Journal summarized the results of over 20 studies on the herb which compared it to placebos and anti-depressant drugs. St. Johns Wort not only outdid the placebos, it showed similar results to the drugs, but with fewer side effects. St. Johns Wort contains the compound Hypericin which has been used as an anti-depressant since 1942. The tranquilizing quality of this compound increases blood flow to stressed tissue. This sedative effect relieves pain, anxiety and nervous tension. Among the uses for St. Johns Wort are a variety of conditions such as chronic fatigue and mental burnout. Some research also suggests that St. John's Wort may reduce the growth of tumors. Consult with your health care provider if you are using anti-depressant medication before using this herb.

  • A Cinnamon tea blend with added astringent Lady's Mantle, balancing Lemon Balm, combined with mineral-rich Nettles and Alfalfa, and rejuvenating Ginger to help ease cramping. This blend is a natural for menstruation and perimenopause and perfect for recuperating postpartum mothers. Sip a cup within an hour after childbirth and then three to four times daily for a week. For monthly discomfort, sip as often as needed.

  • Lithium is the most common element used for stabilizing mood swings, mania and depression. Lithium orotate (the lithium salt of orotic acid) is 20 times more bio-active than other lithium salts, allowing a reduction in dosage greatly reducing the likelihood and severity of potential side effects. Each 120 mg capsule provides 4.8 elemental lithium. Lithium Orotate may be effective in treating manic-depressive and bi-polar illness but best avoided by those on a sodium free diet or who are diabetic.

  • Ephedra, also known as Ma Huang, may be helpful for lethargic depression. Caution: Do not use this herb if you suffer from anxiety disorder, glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, or insomnia, or if you are taking a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor drug.

  • Ginkgo Biloba supports circulation to the brain as well as the extremities. This is achieved by maintaining healthy blood vessel tone and reducing blood viscosity. Additionally, the active compounds in Ginkgo Biloba act as free radical scavenger and a proven antioxidant. An herbal supplement to support brain function. They support the utilization of oxygen and glucose, healthy circulation, activity, memory, and mood balance.


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  • Rosemary Herbal Products
  • Royal Jelly Bee Products
  • Dead Sea Salt Products
  • Sarsaparilla Herbal Products
  • Shepherd's Purse Herbal Products
  • Skullcap Herbal Products
  • St. Johns Wort Herbal Products
  • Strawberry Leaf Herbal Products
  • Uva Ursi Herbal Products
  • Valerian Herbal Products
  • Vitamin B Complex Supplement Products
  • Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Products





  • NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

    Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for adults over the age of 18. For a child between 12 and 17 years, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended dose.

    NUTRIENTS
    Supplement
    Suggested Dosage
    Comments

    Very Important
    Essential Fatty Acids
    As directed on label. Take with meals. Aid in the transmission of nerve impulses, needed for normal brain function.

  • EFA Supplement Products
  • DHA Supplement Products
  • Fish Salmon Oil Supplement Products
  • Evening Primrose Herbal Oil Products
  • Black Currant Herbal Oil Products
  • Flaxseed Herbal Oil Products
  • 5-Hydroxytrypgophan
    (5-HTP)
    As directed on label. Take on an empty stomach. Increases the body's production of serotonin. It should not be used with other antidepressants.

    5-HTP / 5-HydroxyTryptophan is an Amino Acid and precursor to serotonin, a brain chemical responsible for regulating mood, appetite, behavior, and sleep and may help elevating mood, encouraging relaxation, controlling appetite, promoting sleep and may prove beneficial in the treatment of depression, obesity, insomnia, and migraine headaches.

  • 5-HTP Supplement Products
  • L-Tyrosine
    Up to 50 mg per pound of body weight daily. Take on an empty stomach with 50 mg Vitamin B-6 and 100 to 500 mg Vitamin C for better absorption. Best taken at bedtime. Alleviates stress by boosting production of adrenaline. It also raises dopamine levels, which influence moods. Caution: Do not take Tyrosine if you are taking an MAO Inhibitor drug.

  • Tyrosine Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-6 Supplement Products
  • Vitamin C Supplements Products
  • S-Adenosylmethionine
    (SAM-e)
    As directed on label. Works as an antidepressant. Longevity, joint strength and liver detoxification. CAution: Do not use if you have manic depressive disorder or take prescription antidepressants..

  • SAN-e Supplement Products
  • Sub-Adrene
    Adrenal Support
    As directed on label. A dietart supplement for adrenal support.

  • Adrenal Support Supplement Products
  • Taurine Plus
    As directed on label. Taurine is an important antioxidant and immune regulator, necessary for white blood cell activation and neurological function. Use the sublingual form. As a potent antioxidant and antitoxin, it is particularly important to the liver and immune system.

  • Taurine Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-Complex
    100 mg or each major B vitamin 3 times daily (amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary) or as directed on label. Injections: 2 cc once weekly or as prescribed by health care provider. If injections are not available, a sublingual form of B-Complex is recommended. B Vitamins are necessary for the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system. If depression is severe. Injections (under a health care provider's supervision are recommended. All injectables can be combined in a single shot.

  • Vitamin B-Complex Supplement Products
  • Plus Extra
    Vitamin B-6
    (Pyridoxine)
    50 mg 3 times daily.
    Injections: 1/2 (0.5) cc once weekly or as prescribed by a health care provider.
    Needed for normal brain function and to correct deficiencies. May help lift depression and is essential for healthy nervous system. B Vitamins must be replenished daily. All injectables can be combined in a single injection.

  • Vitamin B-6 Supplement Products
  • And
    Vitamin B-12
    1,000 to 2,000 mcg daily on an empty stomach.
    Injections: 1 cc once weekly or as prescribed by a health care provider.
    Linked to the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Important in making myelin, the substance of which the sheaths covering the nerves are made. All injectables can be combined in a single injection. If injections are not available, use a lozenge, sublingual or spray form.

  • Vitamin B-12 Supplement Products
  • Plus
    Raw Liver Extract
    Liquid or Capsule: As directed on label.
    Injections: 2 cc once weekly or as prescribed by a health care provider.
    A good source of B-Vitamins, iron and other valuable nutrients.Helps to preven anemia and supplies necessary B vitamins in natural form.

  • Glandular Supplement Products
  • Plus Extra
    Vitamin B-5
    (Pantothenic Acid)
    500 mg daily. The most potent anti-stress vitamin.

  • Vitamin B-5 Supplement Products
  • And
    Vitamin B-3
    (Niacin & Niacin / Niacinamide)
    Niacin: 50 mg 3 times daily. Improves cerebral circulation. Caution: Do not take niacin if you have a liver disorder, gout, or high blood pressure.

    Niacin is also known as nicotinic acid. Niacin is an essential nutrient, positioned at the core of NAD/NADH and NADP/NADPH, which are major redox-active "electron storage" compounds. One or both of these "redox pairs" is involved in every major biochemical pathway. They participate in the trafficking of electrons as "reducing equivalents", the electron packets that facilitate metabolism. Niacin is involved in the production of energy, detoxification and the normal regulation of blood sugar and cholesterol. As a dietary supplement, 1 capsule two or three times daily with meals, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner. Niacin can cause skin flushing and tingling (the "niacin flush"). Do not take large amounts of niacin (greater than 1.5 grams [1500 mg] per day) without first consulting a healthcare practitioner. Niacinamine is a safer form of Vitamin B-3 that can be taken at higher doses for longer periods of time without the side effects of niacin.

  • Vitamin B-3 Supplement Products
  • And
    Folic Acid
    (Vitamin B-9)
    400 to 800 mcg daily. Found to be deficient in people with depression.

  • Folic Acid Supplement Products
  • Zinc
    50 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Found to be deficient in people with depression. Use Zinc Gluconate lozenges or OptiZinc for best absorption.

  • Vitamin B-5 Supplement Products

  • Important
    Choline
    Inositol
    Lecithin
    100 mg each twice daily
    Lecithin: As directed on label.
    Important in brain function and neurotransmission. Caution: Do not take these supplements if you suffer from manic depression.

  • Choline Supplement Products
  • Inositol Supplement Products
  • Lecithin Supplements Products
  • GH3 (Gero Vital)
    As directed on label for those 35 years or older. Aids in proper brain function, promotes alertness and increased energy. Caution: Do not use this product if you are allergic to sulfites.

  • gh3 Supplement Products

  • Helpful
    Calcium
    1,500 to 2,000 mg daily. Has a calming effect. Needed for the nervous system.

  • Calcium Supplement Products
  • Magnesium
    1,000 mg daily. Works with calcium. Use magnesium asporotate or magnesium chelate form.

  • Magnesium Supplement Products
  • Chromium Picolinate
    300 mcg daily. Aids in mobilizing fats for energy. Improves insulin's efficiency which lowers blood sugar ldeves. Caution: If you have diabetes, consult with your health care provider before taking any supplement containing chromium.

  • Chromium Supplement Products
  • Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid
    (GABA)
    750 mg daily. Take with 200 mg Niacinamide for best results. Has a traquilizing effect, much as diazepam (Valium) and other tranquilizers do. The soothing effects of GABA, a natural amino acid that calms the central nervous system, prevents anxiety and stress-related messages from reaching the motor centers of the brain. without the addictive side effects of synthetic tranquilizers.

    GABA is a non-essential amino acid found mainly in the human brain and eyes. It is considered an inhibitory neurotransmitter, which means it regulates brain and nerve cell activity by inhibiting the number of neurons firing in the brain. GABA is referred to as the brain's natural calming agent. Together with niacinamid and inositol, it prevents anxiety and stress related messages from reaching the motor centers of the brain by occupying the receptor sites.

  • GABA Supplement Products
  • Niacinamide Supplement Products
  • Inositol Supplement Products
  • Lithium
    As prescribed by a health care provider. A trace mineral used to treat bipolar (manic) depression. Available by prescription only. Llithiou orotate is an organic form of lithium that is sold in health food stores.

    Lithium Orotate: Lithium has long been used for manic-depression. High doses depress dopamine release, flattening elevated moods; lower doses stimulate serotonin synthesis, producing an antidepressant effect. Lithium reputedly is also neuroprotective, suggesting its use in Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. It is thought to lower blood glucose levels and to have immune-enhancing and antiviral effects (especially against herpes simplex). Nieper used lithium orotate to treat depression, headaches, migraine, epilepsy, and alcoholism.

  • Lithium Supplement Products
  • Multivitamins
    And
    Multimineral Complex
    As directed on label. To correct vitamin and mineral deficiencies, often associated with depression.

  • Multimineral Supplement Products
  • Multivitamin Supplement Products
  • Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide
    (NADH)
    As a dietary supplements, take 1 capsule or tablet daily on an empty stomach. Take with 8 ounces of water, 30 minutes before a meal. Enables production of dopamine and serotonin.

    NADH (Reduced Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide), is the metabolically active form of Vitamin B-3, also known as Niacin. NADH is essential for the production of cellular energy (ATP) from glucose and fat. Therefore, the more NADH a cell has available, the more energy it has available to operate with optimal efficiency. NADH is also directly involved in neurotransmitter production, the maintenance of genetic integrity, and the support of healthy immunity. Although NADH is normally unstable outside of the body, Panmol-NADH uses a patented process to naturally preserve its effectiveness, thereby delivering stable and bioavailable NADH to the body.

  • NADH Supplement Products
  • Vitamin C
    2,000 to 5,000 mg daily in divided doses. Needed for immune function. Aids in preventing depression.

  • Vitamin C Supplement Products
  • Rutin
    200 to 300 mg daily. Take with food. Rutin is a buckwheat-derived bioflavonoid antioxidant. Enhances vitamin C absorption.

    Rutin is a bioflavonoid, and it provides essential support molecules for vitamin C absorption (and should, in fact, be taken at the same time to gain maximum benefit). Rutin supplementation prevents the breakdown of vitamin C in the body before it is metabolized and intensifies its beneficial immune-enhancing effects in the body. With regard to eye health, the bioflavonoid, Rutin, is said to improve capillary integrity and believed to help lower ocular pressure when used in conjunction with conventional drugs. (Bilberry extract is particularly rich in Rutin and can be beneficial in cases of diabetic retinopathy.) Rutin may be very helpful in combating cataracts, macular degeneration (the most common cause of blindness) and free radical damage to the retina. The antioxidant activity that fights free radical damage appears to play a role in the prevention of cataracts and other forms of visual impairment. Because Rutin improves capillary integrity (it works synergistically with vitamin C in this regard) by protecting and preserving the structure (permeability) and strength of those capillaries, this action is said to be of great help for capillary fragility (easy bruising and bleeding) and venous insufficiency (varicose veins and spider veins). Because Rutin strengthens capillaries, it may be helpful in reducing the symptoms of hemophilia. The bioflavonoid, Rutin, is thought to lessen symptoms associated with prolonged bleeding and help in cases of bleeding gums and hemorrhage.

  • Rutin Supplement Products





  • NOTIFY YOUR MIDWIFE OR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER

  • If you or your family member has symptoms of postpartum depression
  • If you or your family member have additional life changes occur, such as divorce, career changes, or moving.
  • If postpartum depression does not improve after 2 weeks or the symptom level increases.
  • If you have suicidal urges or aggressive feelings towards the baby. Seek help immediately!


  • MoonDragon's Postpartum Holistic & Herbal Recommendations
    MoonDragon's Postpartum Care Index
    MoonDragon's Womens Health Disorders: Chronic Fatigue
    MoonDragon's Womens Health Disorders: Depression
    MoonDragon's Womens Health Disorders: Stress
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Hypothyroidism
    MoonDragon's Anemia Information Index


    POSTPARTUM CARE INFORMATION

  • Postpartum Care: Index
  • Postpartum Care: Weight
  • Postpartum Care: Diet
  • Postpartum Care: Bowel Movements & Urination
  • Postpartum Care: Bathing
  • Postpartum Care: Breasts & Breastfeeding
  • Postpartum Care: Perineal Care
  • Postpartum Care: Vaginal Bleeding (Lochia) & Menstruation
  • Postpartum Care: Exercise & Back Care
  • Postpartum Care: Sexual Intercourse
  • Postpartum Care: Contraception


  • PostPartum Visit: Day One
  • PostPartum Visit: Day Three
  • PostPartum Visit: Day Seven
  • PostPartum Visit: 4 to 6 Week Visit

  • Baby Care & Concerns
  • Fatigue & Exhaustion
  • Postpartum Depression (The "Baby Blues")


  • MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Pregnancy Information & Survival Tips
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Index
    MoonDragon's Womens Pregnancy Health Information Index
    MoonDragon's Pediatric Information Index
    MoonDragon's Parenting Information Index
    MoonDragon's Nutrition Information Index





    POSTPARTUM NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS & PRODUCTS

    Supplements and products for postpartum women (mothers of newborn babies) to help with depression, a mood disorder that is often triggered by a hormonal fluctuations, chemical imbalance or stressful situations. Supplement recommended are to help regain strength following childbirth and optimal health, assist in balancing hormones, and correct nutritional deficiencies. Consult with your midwife or health care provider if you are taking medications for depression. Some supplements are contraindicated with certain medications or health conditions.

    POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

  • Acidophilus Supplement Products
  • Alfalfa Herbal Products
  • Anise Herbal Products
  • Bee Pollen Supplement Products
  • Black Cohosh Herbal Products
  • Black Cumin Seed Herbal Products
  • Black Currant Herbal Oil Products
  • Blessed Thistle Herbal Products
  • Calcium Supplement Products
  • Catnip Herbal Products
  • Chamomile Herbal Products
  • Choline Supplement Products
  • Chrysin Supplement Products
  • Chromium Supplement Products
  • Cinnamon Herbal Products
  • Clary Sage Essential Oil Products
  • Color Therapy Products
  • Comfrey Herbal Products
  • Copper Supplement Products
  • Depression Supplement Products
  • DHEA Supplement Products
  • DMAE Supplement Products
  • Dong Quai Herbal Product
  • EFA Supplement Products
  • Eleuthero-Herbal Products
  • Elm Flower Essence Products
  • Emotional Balance Products
  • Ephedra Herbal Products
  • Evening Primrose Herbal Products
  • Fennel Herbal Products
  • Fenugreek Herbal Products
  • 5-HTP Supplement Products
  • Flaxseed Herbal Oil Products
  • Folic Acid Supplement Products
  • GABA Supplement Products
  • Garlic Herbal Products
  • GH3 Supplement Products
  • Ginger Herbal Products
  • Ginkgo Biloba Herbal Products
  • Ginseng Herbal Products
  • Grapeseed Herbal Products
  • Graviola Herbal Products
  • Holy Basil Herbal Products
  • Honey Products
  • Hops Herbal Products
  • Ignatia Amara Homeopathic Products
  • Inositol Supplement Products
  • Insomnia Formula Products
  • Iron Supplement Products
  • Jasmine Essential Oil Products
  • Kava Kava Herbal Products
  • Kyolic EPA Oil Products
  • Lady's Mantle Herbal Products
  • Lavender Essential Oil Products
  • Lavender Herbal Products
  • Lecithin Supplement Products
  • Lemon Balm Herbal Products
  • Licorice Herbal Products
  • Light Therapy Products
  • Linden Herbal Products
  • Lithium Supplement Products
  • Raw Liver Supplement Products
  • Liquid Liver Supplement Products
  • Magnesium Supplement Products

  • Manganses Supplement Products
  • Melancholy Lift Products
  • Melatonin Supplement Products
  • Mental Clarity Supplement Products
  • Molasses Products
  • Mood Balance Supplement Products
  • Motherwort Herbal Products
  • Multimineral Supplement Products
  • Multivitamin Supplement Products
  • Mustard Flower Essence Products
  • NADH Supplement Products
  • Natural Calm Supplement Products
  • Nettles Herbal Products
  • Noni Herbal Products
  • Oatstraw Herbal Products
  • Olive Oil Herbal Products
  • Panax Ginseng Herbal Products
  • Passionflower Herbal Products
  • Patchouli Essential Oil Products
  • Pregnenolone Supplement Products
  • Peppermint Herbal Products
  • Prenatal DHA Supplement Products
  • Prenatal Supplement Products
  • Protein Supplement Products
  • Red Clover Herbal Products
  • Red Raspberry Herbal Products
  • Relaxing Massage Oil Products
  • Rooibos Herbal Products
  • Rose Essential Oil Products
  • Rosemary Herbal Products
  • Royal Jelly Bee Products
  • Rutin Supplement Products
  • Salmon Fish Oil Supplement Products
  • Dead Sea Salt Products
  • SAM-e Supplement Products
  • Sarsaparilla Herbal Products
  • Selenium Supplement Products
  • Shepherd's Purse Herbal Products
  • Skullcap Herbal Products
  • Soybean Herbal Products
  • Soy Protein Supplement Products
  • Stevia Herbal Products
  • St. Johns Wort Herbal Products
  • Strawberry Leaf Herbal Products
  • Sub-Adrene Adrenal Support Products
  • Sutherlandia Herbal Products
  • Sweetener (Non-Sugar) Products
  • Taurine Supplement Products
  • Tyrosine Supplement Products
  • Tryptophan Supplement Products
  • Uva Ursi Herbal Products
  • Valerian Herbal Products
  • Vitamin A Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-3 Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-5 Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-6 Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-12 Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-Complex Products
  • Vitamin C Supplement Products
  • Vitamin D Supplement Products
  • Wild Oat EssenceProducts
  • Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Products
  • Zinc Supplement Products



  • QUALITY SUPPLIES & PRODUCTS



    CHRYSIN BIOFLAVONOID SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

    Chrysin is chemically in the isoflavone family, usually extracted from passion flower plants.Chrysin happens to be a very good inhibitor of aromatase, the enzyme in the body that converts testosterone into estradiol, and androstenedione into estrone. When this enzyme is inhibited, testosterone (as well as androstenedione) will tend to accumulate to higher concentrations. Indeed, numerous studies have shown that levels of testosterone rise when the action of the aromatase enzyme is blocked. (For example, an average rise of 45% was recently reported in a study at Massachusetts General Hospital.) It therefore comes as no surprise that chrysin is popular among athletes and other people eager to increase their testosterone levels, often in conjunction with supplemental testosterone precursors.

    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Chrysin, Jarrow Formulas, 500 mg, 30 Caps (1212)


  • Nutrition Basics: Bioflavonoids Information



  • COLOR THERAPY PRODUCTS

    AMAZON PRODUCTS




    DEPRESSION SUPPLMENT PRODUCTS

    NATIVE REMEDIES PRODUCTS

    Native Remedies: Melancholy Lift, Homeopathic Formula For Depression, Grief & Sadness, 125 Tabs
    Melancholy Lift is a safe, non-addictive, FDA-registered natural remedy containing 100 percent homeopathic ingredients especially selected to relieve feelings of melancholy, sadness, grief, weepiness and depressed mood. Melancholy Lift should be taken at the first signs of melancholy such as sadness, weepiness and feelings of fragility to reduce feelings of grief. It can also be used to improve for somber moods or those with sensitive dispositions - all without side effects. Melancholy Lift is taken internally and works quickly to improve emotional balance and stable mood. Presented in small dissolvable tablets, Melancholy Lift is easy to ingest and hassle-free with no artificial colors or preservatives.

    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Depression Natural Treatments, 2nd Edition, Woodland Publishing, 36 Page Booklet (90249)


  • Nutrition Basics: Mood Supplement Products



  • EMOTIONAL BALANCE PRODUCTS

    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Emotional Eating Support Kit, Bach Flower Essences, 3 Bottles / 10 ml Each (76430)
    The three Bach Flower Remedies listed below may help you with your emotional eating habits. Cherry Plum for helping when you feel like you might lose control. Chestnut Bud will help you learn from the past so you can break the cycle and develop a new, positive behavior. Crab Apple is the cleansing remedy for body, mind, and spirit.
    HerbsPro: Emotional Balance St. Johns Wort, Planetary Herbals, 30 Tabs (7145)
    Planetary Formulas St. John's Wort Emotional Balance unites a standardized extract of Europe's legendary St. John's wort with jujube seed, a little known Chinese herb with remarkable calming properties. These two key botanicals are combined with the Chinese classic formula, Xiao Yao Wan. St. John's wort is the most widely researched botanical for supporting mental health. Xiao Yao Wan is the most widely used Chinese formula for supporting a positive and stable emotional state.
    HerbsPro: Emotional Balance St. Johns Wort, Planetary Herbals, 60 Tabs (7146)
    HerbsPro: Emotional Balance St. Johns Wort, Planetary Herbals, 120 Tabs (7144)
    HerbsPro: Emotional Factors L-Theanine, Natural Factors, 150 mg, 60 VCaps (84471)


  • Nutrition Basics: Mood Supplement Information



  • INSOMNIA RELIEF & SLEEP FORMULA SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

    MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS PRODUCTS

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Chamomile Herbal Tea, Certified Organic, Bulk & Loose Leaf Organic Herbal Teas
    An aromatic and flavorful tea made from whole Chamomile flowers. Great after dinner and especially useful just before bed. A traditional remedy for lulling children to sleep, and is beneficial for upset tummies. Contains: organic Chamomile flowers.
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Fidnemed Nighttime Tea, Certified Organic, Bulk & Loose Leaf Organic Herbal Teas
    Relax with some of this full flavored infusion blend at the end of a hectic day. We almost called this Sleep on Rocks because it works so well. Fidnemed means a sacred and quiet forest grove; imagine falling asleep surrounded by beautiful botanicals as you enjoy a cup of this tea. Contains: organic Lemon Balm, organic Hibiscus flowers, organic Skullcap, organic Passionflower, organic Hops flowers, organic Valerian root, and organic Lavender flowers.
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Honey ZZZ Herbal Honey Spread, Mockingbird Meadows, Herbal Bitters, Elixirs & Syrups, 6 oz. Jar
    Honey spreads are a great alcohol-free way to incorporate herbs into your daily routines. Sleeping problems are some of the most common issue today. Give this spread a try before bed if you are having trouble finding those ZZZs that we all need. If you are waking in the middle of the night, try a spoonful than as well. The taste of this spread touches on the bitter of the hops while bringing out its flora notes. Overall, delicious! Add it to your favorite nighttime tea, it also makes a tasty sweet treat on its own - the possibilities are endless. Raw honey should not be added to anything that is actively heating or boiling. Do not feed raw honey to infants less than 1 year of age. Contains: raw Honey, Hops, organic Skullcap, and organic Passionflower in a 6 ounce jar.
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Sleep Care Extract, Combination Herbal Extracts & Tinctures
    Contains organic and wildharvested Valerian, Wild Lettuce, Blue Vervain, Hops annd organic grain alcohol.
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Dream Balm, Herbal Balms & Salves
    A sweet smelling balm that can be applied to your temples and forehead before drifting off to sleep. Also popularly used during the day in moments of anxiety or tension. A great product for your evening ritual, which helps you to drift into peaceful slumber. Excellent for children! Contains: Organic Lavender flowers, Rose petals, organic Hops flowers, organic Mugwort, organic Borage, organic Rosemary, organic Chamomile flowers, and pure essential oils in a base of Sweet Almond oil, organic Olive oil and Beeswax. Choose from 2 sizes.
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Sound Sleep Capsules, Gaia Herbs, 60 Caps
    This formula offers ultimate support for refreshing and revitalizing sleep and promotes restfulness and support for the body during occasional times of stress. It also encourages Trophorestoration of the nervous system. Not for long-term use. Contains: Organic Valerian Root (Valeriana officinalis), GABA (Gamma amniobutyric acid), L-Glycine, Kava Kava Root (Piper methysticum), organic Passionflower Vine (Passiflora incarnata), organic California Poppy Herb (Eschscholzia californica), organic Hops Strobile (Humulus lupulus), organic Skullcap Herb (Scutellaria lateriflora), Vegetable Glycerin, Vegetable cellulose (capsule). Each capsule contains the equivalent of 900 mg. crude herb. 60 capsules per bottle.
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Sleep Ease Oil Blend, Combination Amber & Resin Oil Blends, 1/2 fl. oz.
    A wonderful solution to stress and tension! This soothing and very relaxing aromatherapy blend has a mellow, mildly warm, and slightly sweet fragrance with a pleasant bittersweet undertone. It is sure to lull you off to sleep. Try on your temple, put a few drops on a cloth inside your pillow or, enjoy just an aromatic "sniff" during the day for an instant calming stress-reliever! Contains: Organic Jojoba oil, Grapeseed oil, and a blend of pure essential oils including sweet Marjoram, Hops, Valerian, Moroccan Chamomile, organic Roman Chamomile, and organic Lavender. 1/2 oz. bottle.
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Making Herbal Dream Pillows, By Jim Long, Hardcover Book, 63 Pages, 1998
    A lavish book offering step-by-step instructions for creating herbal-scented pillows for blissful sleep and lucid dreaming. Summon long-hidden memories and inspire your dreams tucking a fragrant dream pillow into your pillowcase. Filled with potent recipes and written in a clear and concise manner.


    STARWEST BOTANICALS PRODUCTS

    Starwest Botanicals: Soothing Caramel Bedtime Herbal Tea, Yogi Teas, 16 Tea Bags


    NATIVE REMEDIES PRODUCTS

    Native Remedies: Triple Complex Sleep Tonic, Homeopathic Insomnia Remedy, 360 Tabs
    Triple Complex Sleep Tonic is a combination of three biochemic-cellular-supporting tissue salts to balance the hormones involved in sleep patterns for effective help. This remedy relaxes tension and increases drowsiness for better sleep. Due to its unique homeopathic formula, it is safe for all ages as well as during pregnancy and nursing.

    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Insomnia, Woodland Publishing, 31 Page Booklet, (90228)
    HerbsPro: Shut Eye Sleep Mask, Earth Therapeutics, 1 Each (61472)
    HerbsPro: Insomnia Relief Homeopathic Formula, NatraBio, 100 Tabs (69742)
    HerbsPro: Insomnia Homeopathic Formula, Hylands, 100 Tabs (15812)
    HerbsPro: Insomnia Homeopathic Formula, NuAge Labs Tissue A, 125 Tabs (38558)
    HerbsPro: Insomnia Homeopathic Formula, Liddell, 1 oz. (27059)
    HerbsPro: Lavender Sleep Relief Spray, Living Flower Essences, 1 oz. (105916)
    HerbsPro: Flora-Sleep Formula Spray, Flower Essence Services, 1 oz. (83687)
    HerbsPro: Relaxing Sleep Tonic, Herb Pharm, 1 fl. oz. (2395)
    HerbsPro: Sleep Aid, King Bio Natural Medicines, 2 oz. (49476)
    HerbsPro: Relaxing Sleep Tonic, Herb Pharm, 4 fl. oz. (32188)
    HerbsPro: Rescue Sleep, Bach Flower Essences, 7 ml (71277)
    HerbsPro: Rescue Sleep, Bach Flower Essences, 20 ml (71281)
    HerbsPro: Sleep Complete, Buried Treasure, 16 fl. oz. (71920)
    HerbsPro: Melatonin Sleep Science, Source Naturals, 8 Tabs (104715)
    HerbsPro: Nighttime Sleep-Aid, Maximum Strength, Sominex, 16 Caps (114271)
    HerbsPro: Nightime Sleep Aid, Unisom, 16 Tabs (96364)
    HerbsPro: Natural Nights Nighttime Sleep Strips Dietary Supplement, Unisom, 20 Each (114123)
    HerbsPro: Sleep N Restore, Natrol, 20 Tabs (34439)
    HerbsPro: Night Time Sleep Aid, Sunmark, 25 mg, 24 Tabs (101399)
    HerbsPro: Rescue Sleep Liquid Melts, Bach Flower Essences, 28 Caps (86145)
    HerbsPro: Alluna Sleep Tablets, Enzymatic Therapy, 28 Tabs (66534)
    HerbsPro: Sleep Solve 24/7, American Biosciences (Immpower), 30 Tabs (78341)
    HerbsPro: Sleep, Erba Vita, 30 Caps (113392)
    HerbsPro: Chamomile Sleep, Planetary Herbals, 30 Tabs (5553)
    HerbsPro: Enhanced Natural Sleep With Melatonin, Life Extension, 30 Caps (112693)
    HerbsPro: Internal Harmony Sleep Aid For Women, Dream Brands, 30 VCaps (113563)
    HerbsPro: Sleep Solution, Twinlab, 30 Caps (75607)
    HerbsPro: Night Time Sleep Aid, Unisom, 32 Tabs (97262)
    HerbsPro: Sleep Aid, Sunmark, 25 mg, 32 Tabs (103497)
    HerbsPro: Sleep Aid, Sunmark, 50 mg, 32 Caps (101403)
    HerbsPro: Stress-Relax Tranquil Sleep, Natural Factors, 45 Softgels (114816)
    HerbsPro: Calms Forte Sleep Aid, Hylands, 50 Tabs (15768)
    HerbsPro: Chamomile Sleep, Planetary Herbals, 60 Tabs (5554)
    HerbsPro: Tranquil Sleep, Natural Factors, 60 Chewable Tabs (84363)
    HerbsPro: Sleep Aid, Blue Sky Herbal Inc, 60 Caps (74992)
    HerbsPro: Quality Sleep, Balanceuticals, 60 Caps (111340)
    HerbsPro: Sleep Wellness, Bio Nutrition Inc, 60 VCaps (109281)
    HerbsPro: Sleep 1 The Ultimate Sleep Formula, Nutrition 53, 60 Caps (110291)
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