Herbs to Release Pent-up Rage

Anger that isn’t released becomes Rage. There are so very many physical conditions that are the result of anger bottled up that I cannot list them here.

There’s a simple rule of thumb. If you’re attracted to this topic, you most probably have pent up rage or someone you care about deeply, who influences you deeply has it.

These herbs have been my friends through the worst times of my life and I present them to you as I got to know them.

This is not a comprehensive list of all they are and do, just what I have been privileged to come to know of. They are living spirits and have different relationships with each person.

Datura Stramonium – Rage connected to Guilt

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My article called – Deep Space Datura – is one of the most popular pages on this website. Datura is my favorite painkiller oil and I have a bottle always at hand for every physical pain and ache and soreness. It’s also a wonderful sleep inducer.

But one of its long term effects, ie., when you use it say twice or thrice over a few weeks, is the way it exhumes rage.

The rage exhumed by Datura is most often rage associated with guilt.

There’s a rage that’s the result of deep remorse we feel inside, remorse for something we felt pushed into doing, against our spirit, against our instinct.

There are small things that matter deeply to us. Calling someone to tell them something, a little habit we loved that meant a lot to us.

Our spirit can go into rage if for some reason, maybe something so small that we decided it wasn’t a priority but in fact it was.

Remorse at betrayal of oneself, is a rage extremely difficult to face because nine times out of ten, we built a personality, a life, a way of being, on that betrayal and exhuming it means demolishing this whole life we built and then rebuilding it all over again.

Sometimes we just don’t have the strength to even face such a project.

We’re so tired and spent from years of struggling to hold up this huge mountain of heaviness that we can’t face the prospect of all it would take to tear it up and start from zero.

Datura breaks the falsity down so we can come back to zero.

Through my life, I’ve learned from depending on Datura over the years, to live at zero.

To be happy, a human does not need a complicated “established” mountain of baggage. All it takes to have a happy life, is to be able to feel the breeze on your face, taste what you’re eating and drinking, and stretch out when the day is done and surrender your body and soul to the keeping of God.

Over and over, Datura brings us back to that simple state of being.

Half a tspoon of dried datura plant or a pinch of any fresh part of the plant to three cups of hot water, let sit for five minutes is as much dose as you need for a tea.

It will heat up your body, relieve joint pain triggered by cold or wet weather, and get blood moving all over. It will also put you to sleep.

Warning – NEVER take datura tea if you have to do a test the next day, or anything you can’t put off if you’re not feeling up to it.

Because its effects can run for 3 days and even up to a week. You never know when its effect will show.

Datura oil applied topically over a place that hurts, or your feet and hands before bed-time is a gentle way to have Datura in your life.

The dream space is Datura’s own home town because there we can face things that we cannot face in our waking time because our brain blocks things out of insecurity or programing.

I’ve found that our cells in certain parts of our body hold memory – not just the brain and Datura oil applied where we’re hurting or tense, brings out the repressed rage there, from those places.

Very often I’ve found the pain in those places never returns, and in the days, weeks and months following there is a change of consciousness that results in a life change – a sure sign of true healing.

There are diluted versions of Datura Stramonium available in homeopathic stores. I am not a homeopath, however I have knowledge of how various dilution levels of herbs work as my Granddad made and used them as part of our traditional medicine that predates classical homeopathy by thousands of years.

I refer to the homeopathic names because these are the dilution levels available easily and inexpensively nearly all over the world.

Datura Stramonium Q – Mother Tincture
One drop to a cup of water (NOT MORE) in times of extreme distress caused by self hatred and rage with revulsion of oneself and one’s life

Datura Stramonium 30
Knotted nerves all over the body because of immense feeling of being too tied up and knotted to function. All nervous ‘knotted up’ ness.

Datura Stramonium 200
Hot white rage just beneath the calm exterior. Often this shows in sudden outbursts of rage that seem an overreaction to the situation.
Being turned on but losing libido just before an orgasm. Suicidal instincts after an orgasm.
Turning on those we love and trying to push them away, finding reasons to disconnect from people and things we love.
In children, refusal to look at something they were all crazy about the previous day. Mood disorders where they destroy something they built up or made, with obvious anger. Urination over something they like.
Brittle nails and hair that breaks too easily.

Datura Stramonium 1 M
The feeling of consummate helplessness at getting a life together. Life defeat. Loss of life while still technically alive.
Unable to receive love and care.
Hyper sensitivity to vibration – whether sound or color or sensation.
999 times out of a 1000, the start of this was in early childhood.

Larkspur or Staphsagriya – Rage connected to Humiliation

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I first came across the power of Larkspur as a child. I used to enjoy the Nancy Drew mystery books and I was captivated by the cover of “The Password to Larkspur Lane.”

The book cover shows a woman in a wheelchair divulging a secret across a fence, while a man stares angrily from behind, with larkspur growing nearby.

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The scene lingered in my sub-consciousness.

A few days after I read that book there was very heavy rainfall and I was walking on the road, facing down, because the rain was so heavy, if I lifted my head up, I’d be blinded by the water. I was also looking down because the stones which formed the bridge from the street itself to our gate, had spaces between them and you had to be careful not to put your feet over those places.

I was just about going to put my foot on one of the stones when I had this sudden flash of the cover of the book “Password to Larkspur Lane” flash in front of me with the vivid Larkspur flowers”.

I remembered the woman in the wheelchair telling Nancy the secret. She was the insider, revealing what would solve the mystery and end the evil. And suddenly I had an instinct that it’s the imprisoned, the helpless, the otherwise hidden away, those society considers worthless that are the agents of change like nothing I could have imagined before.

The very fact that they’re still alive despite being supposedly invalid – what does that mean? They are actually of such high value that not just God but man too insists on keeping them alive.

They’re not hidden because they’re ugly or weak. They’re hidden because someone fears them. Because they are the enemy of the evil. And yet the evil cannot do without them. Their own enemy keeps them alive.

They are power.

I was ten years old then, and the way I looked at the world changed forever. I began to look for the deep, for what slipped through the cracks, for what crossed the fences.

I began to hear in my own subconscious, the voice of the woman in the wheelchair whispering across the fence. The voice of the one who knew things, us “out in the sun” could not know.

Ladies and Gentlemen, there are secrets inside us, like rocks. With our conscious mind it’s hard to understand them. It’s like they’re in a different language.

Have you ever felt that you cannot understand or express something about yourself because it’s in a different language? A frequency you don’t get anymore? But some part of you obviously clings to?

Larkspur is the unlocker of those secrets of our subconscious.

As an adult I have used Larkspur – highly highly diluted tincture – in moments of complete helplessness and frustration, when I was clogged up and just couldn’t get a grip on things.

Think woman in a wheelchair imprisoned for life. That sort of helplessness and frustration minus the visible wheelchair.

Every time I had Larkspur, my soul release came, sometimes in hours, sometimes it took a few days. Somehow the rage found a way from some language only my soul knew to some form of expression that I could understand.

I find it beyond amazing how a FLOWER could have such powers. There aren’t shrinks or psychics or pastors or whatever – who could do that. And this flower does that. It translates your howling in gibberish pent up soul rage into some form of perceivable something that you can actually use as a stepping stone to move on.

This is something you’ll never believe until you’ve tried it.

This is the medicine for all those who feel like their voice is choked.

Sometimes terror is rage, and terror at the extent of your own anger.

One drop of any form dilution of Larkspur will do once every few days.

It’s the sort of flower that will guide your instinct.

For example, those with severe pent up rage due to humiliation – the sort which makes a person’s face flushed with rage they don’t know how to express, a drop of larkspur in their eye tonic, or face splash helps.

Like I said, you’ll never believe it until you try it. And if you really need it, you will try it, now or whenever the memory of reading this comes back to you.

Henbane – Hyoscamus Niger – Pyramid of Rage – Hidden Abuse

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I read on the internet about how this was a favorite of evil witches and the stuff of nightmares and murders.

My Granddad never gave me any of that sort of drama. All plants are our family members and Granddad treated them all just so.

Granddad had a cane of henbane wood. I never saw it, he just told me he had it somewhere. Why it came up was because Granddad had these marks on his right palm, caused by putting pressure on something for a long time. I asked him what had made those marks and he told me it was his henbane walking stick.

I was surprised. Granddad didn’t need a walking stick, I’d never seen him with one.

“It’s for when I climb,” he said to me. “She helps me climb up. With hind’s feet in high places.”

“Hind’s feet in high places,” is taken out of the Bible, the very last bit of the book written by the prophet Habakkuk, that phrase always fascinated me.

“Why hind’s feet?” I asked.

“Because hind’s (the female deer) feet are so sensitive, they can find places on the high rocks safe to put one’s feet and body weight on while climbing. Do you know what gives the hind that gift, Cara?”

“Something about pressure sensors underfoot?”

“No.”

“Just instinct?”

“No.”

“What then!”

“The desire to reach the top caused by the vision of how it must feel, how it must be to reach there. The VISION Cara, the VISION, the VISION.”

“Oh my God, alright! I got it. The VISION!”

“Not just the vision of the eyes, but the vision of the spirit. Do you know what that is, Cara?”

“Yes I do!”

“Give me an example.”

“Oh alright. Let me think.”

<Long time passes.>

It’s like when I was traveling to this ancient temple town, maybe two thousand years old, and about twenty minutes before I reached there, I could see these temples that I had not even seen pictures of before. And they weren’t like other ancient temples either. They were very different. But I could see them, and smell them too. I could feel them. AND they weren’t painted white in ancient times but they had only recently been painted white before I went there. And I saw them white.”

“What you’re describing is premonition vision. A sort of prophetic vision. That’s rare. Now give me an example of vision from daily life, something that’s a vision of the moment, not the past or the future.”

“Alright. Let me think.”

<Long time passes.>

“Ok, it’s like when I go vegetable shopping, and I’m looking at the vegetables and I get flashes of instinct of how they’ll look when they’re done cooking and in a serving bowl.”

“Cara, that’s the future again!”

“Oh ok… Let me think.”

<Long time passes.>

Alright, how about when I’m thinking of someone, and suddenly I can see what’s in their heart? It’s so clear sometimes. I just know.

That’s better. Vision in the moment is a inner clarity about a situation or a person.

What’s this got to do with hind’s feet and henbane?

The hind’s got to be in that inner clarity zone, right there thousands of feet above the chasm where one slip could end her life, where there are no other hinds up above her telling her, “You can do it baby!” No books, no phones, no help.

And Henbane’s that frequency.

Yes.

That’s why you have a cane of Henbane for when you climb. I see. Nice, Granddad. How do I get one?

You’ll never get one.

Why not!

You’re the henbane yourself.

Well why do you have one then? You’re not Henbane?

Someone gifted it to me. It looks good on the climb. Makes me seem mysterious. The younger uns get downright terrified of its knarls and knots. I get first rights over food and water.

Granddad!

Now Cara, remember, climbing is ninety percent vision and?

And?

The remaining one percent is?

I don’t know. What is it?

Letting go of that which weighs you down.

Hmm. Henbane helps with that?

Yes. It’s so light itself, it makes everything else feel so heavy so quickly, you start throwing off the unimportant things.

Granddad this is a lot for me to deal with right now. Yeah I know what you’ll say – that I’ll remember it later when I need it.

Yes.

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I remembered what Granddad said when I needed to.

Henbane’s the angel you need to keep your inner vision clear in tricky high places. If you’re there, you’ll know already what I mean.

Why I included it in this article is because there’s a sort of rage that I call a rage pyramid.

It’s because it’s rage at what was once an everyday abuse in your life, but gradually the abuse began to reduce and perhaps at the time of reading this, you don’t have the abuse anymore in your life. But the tip of the pyramid is still in your life and through it comes the entire built up pressure of the entire body of the rage of all those times.

The visible abuse is almost gone, except for this tiny tiny little manifestation. A chronic health problem, a repeating scenario of failure that comes up every now and then and bursts your bubble of happiness, a memory that comes up at the wrong times and makes you feel hopeless all over again.

If it weren’t important, it wouldn’t.

Henbane’s that frequency of sensitivity that can find and pull that out.

My Dad who was the neighborhood help-of-all in disaster, once had to dive into a well that had a sandy bottom to rescue a little child who had fallen in. The sand at the bottom of the well had shifted and covered the unconscious child. My Dad holding his breath for as long as he could began to search for clues. He then thought he saw a hair and very gently without breaking it followed it under the sand,  found it was attached to the child’s head. Dad rescued the child by that hair.

I think of henbane as something that gives us that sensitivity – to be able to pull a whole unconscious child out by one hair that’s still sticking out above the surface.

Henbane or Hyoscamus Niger is also to be taken only highly diluted and works best when you take a little of it every day over a long period.

At the time you start, you write down somewhere, exactly why you’re taking it. And then you take it till you feel you’ve reached a point where you can say you’ve reached where you wanted to be.

This is important because with Henbane’s sensitivity, you could find yourself distracted by things that aren’t so important. So write your aims down, that will sit in your subconscious and then whether it’s a year or two years or five years or twelve years, keep taking the highly diluted Henbane, just top off a finished bottle with more spring water, or distilled water or colloidal silver water, or water + 70% everclear and keep taking it, till you don’t need climbing support anymore.

Let me tell you, it isn’t a very pleasant thing having the sensitivity to find a needle in the haystack. But a time will come when you’ll realize that it was worth it.

henbane-hyoscamus-niger-nerve-painlevel, the dilution of Henbane relieves nerve pain in places other herbs find hard to reach. The inner ear, pain of the nerves because of hernia, certain types of sciatic pain, pain in the fine nerves of the throat and chronic nerve pain or neuropathy in the fingers and toes.

When the plant dries after the season the delicate fine flower pods remain – a message the spirit gets. A display of finesse in creation. Every cell of every nerve so carefully defined and true to nature.

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That’s how we become when we live with sensitivity to our spirit. We become in every way, and in every part, true to our nature.

Mandrake – Podophyllum – Rage connected to Sorrow

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Picture of Podophyllum in Brentsville, Virginia, USA

There are two kinds of Mandrake – the old world type of the Middle East and Europe- Mandragorum and the American Mandrake or Podophyllum or Mayapple.

As it’s the latter that’s most easily available these days I am focusing on it for this article. The other Mandrake works pretty much the same with a few differences that are not so important to mention as far as this topic goes.

The mandrake is legendary as an aphrodisiac. My Granddad staunchly was against the use of herbs as aphrodisiacs. “If a man or a woman is not drawn to another naturally, it is a crime to force attraction by any means.”

The mandrake however is so very much more than an aphrodisiac.

It’s an old treatment for ‘rage of sorrow‘.

When a person has lost all they loved, and the hole left is so big they feel it can never be filled or healed again; that sorrow.

In our times we see this most often in those people who have been displaced from their hometowns or countries to another place.

Our hearts have a life that’s made of everyday loving.

When that heart-life gets killed or stopped, and we are unable to express our sorrow -perhaps because we don’t even know how deeply we are affected – it becomes a rage inside with manifestations in the body like chronic inflammation, the need for constant comfort food and so on.

Often it blocks our natural desire to express our heart through sexuality, art, creative pursuits.

Every now and then, someone will tell me that they used to play a musical instrument but don’t anymore, or they used to sing or dance, or have some form of creative expression but they stopped.

And very often, if you look at it, the time you stopped enjoying what you enjoy, is most often the time your heart-life stopped. Suddenly you didn’t have the energy or will anymore to pursue what made you happy before.

Podophyllum is on that frequency we were in as a child, exploring the world without preconceived notions, where we could find pleasure in the simple things of life.

It helps us connect to the underground sea of sorrow that’s blocked out our childlike enjoyment of ourselves, and drain it out.

It’s not an immediate or even quick process. It’s a long process and sometimes you might feel like the mourning will never end. But it will.

Again, a diluted dose is more than enough, but this works best taken everyday at least.

It’s especially great for children who have faced a tragedy and are unable to terms with it.

Herbs to use with the Big 4

Those I use in combination with either one or two of the big 4 mentioned above are the following. You can use as many of them together as you please. Just keep the dose small but regular. If you don’t feel any of them are applicable to you, don’t use any of them. Never use a herb that doesn’t absolutely call to your heart.

I’m just listing the one main thing about each herb as is applicable to releasing pent up rage. They’re each a powerhouse in their own way.

Salix Nigra or Black Willow

For those who have pain in the nerves of their hands.

Viola Odorata

For those with a history of heart weakness.

Lily of the Valley

For those with a history of trauma as a child where they closed their ears to shut out the sounds.

Poison Ivy – Rhus Tox

For those who have a history of Irritable Bowel Syndrome – ie. they swing between diarhhea and constipation most of the time.

Sanguinaria – Bloodroot

For those with a history of cramping and restless legs syndrome.

Mountain Rhododendron or Azalea

For those who have had problems with speech and expressing themselves in writing.

Morning Glory

For those with the tendency to destroy things they love or like.

Chronic Nervous Inflammation – Reversing the Trend

Some years ago I was sitting in a bus-stop when I saw a woman shuffling along with a bag she was finding hard to carry even though it didn’t look very big or bulky. She should’ve been able to put it on her shoulder and keep walking. Instead she was lugging it with both her hands, in front of her, walking awkwardly.

I finally decided that whatever was inside that little bag was something really heavy. Something like a big rock.

That’s how life is for people with chronic inflammation of the brain and nervous system.

What seems easy and normal for others, is so difficult for them. They often either put on a lot of weight or lose a lot because they simply can’t seem to function normally.

See, in the body, “inflammation” doesn’t mean something’s on fire. It means an area is dehydrated to the point where the cushioning between the cells is gone and there’s no buffer between them – so they’re all clumped up and rubbing each other up causing friction and making the nerves in the area scream for help.

A lot of sudden gain in ‘water weight’ is just the body trying to soothe the area. That’s the body’s first response to any tragedy – send water in there to cushion and deliver special requirements for healing.

When however, this becomes a regular affair, the area becomes a normalized water body – just as repeat rains will form a pond that if continually fed with water will become an established water body.

Sometimes this shows prominently as weight gain – around the stomach for example, as happens in the case of chronic inflammation caused by attacks in the digestive system.

Other times the swelling isn’t so obvious but the feeling of, ‘I’m not well’ is prominent enough.

Some people struggle on year after year feeling unwell.

Now the solution to chronic nervous inflammation is rather simple. The key to it actually working though, is discipline.

“Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” – Abraham Lincoln

You have to consciously stop whatever’s causing the inflammation. Why discipline is the key is because when you have chronic nervous inflammation it means that the cause is somewhere in your lifestyle – not just a one-time thing.

And changing lifestyle requires discipline every time. It’s not an overnight thing.

Like a seed planted in the ground has to be watered even though it can’t be seen and its progress can’t be seen yet, so you have to keep doing the right thing for you, even when you cannot see the benefits, trusting that it will have its effect soon.

So how do you stop chronic nervous inflammation?

1) Find the cause of it in your lifestyle.

There might be many causes. But there’s a way to know if something causes inflammation. If you feel drained after eating something, or doing something, that’s a dead giveaway. If you feel bloated or confused or tired or irritable or lose your excitement for something; all those are giveaways.

Remember that something like doing something you don’t want to do, can have as much effect on the body as eating something that actually inflames the gut lining.

If you’re already careful to eat what doesn’t inflame your stomach, then you ought to look at other causes than what you’re ingesting.

The rule of thumb is this – physically ingested inflammants have the least overall effect, while emotional and psychological causes have more, followed by pharmaceutical substances which by nature of directly attacking the nervous system and/or hormonal balance in the body, have the worst inflammatory effect.

Do take some time off for yourself – to list the things that drain you. To think of how to get rid of those, or change them so they don’t drain you.

You might not realize what a huge change for the better can happen in your life and in your body by doing that.

2) Get your fat.

In the early nineties, there was a lot coming out in the media about how the lesser oil you had the better it was for your body. Newspaper articles and experts all advised fruit and vegetables over meat and fat.

It took a decade and a half before people realized that the information wasn’t exactly right. And that the lack of B vitamins and fat had caused an epidemic of nervous vulnerability, as we need fat to cushion our nerve endings and make us able to take the passage of electricity through our nervous system.

An epidemic of obesity that was actually just water retention due to chronic nervous inflammation started off then and hasn’t abated yet.

My rule of thumb is this – eat what makes your gut feel satisfied. If you feel like your stomach is happy, then you’ve eaten right.

In the beginning, you’ll feel unable to trust yourself – all you’ll want to eat is things that simply cannot be good for your body. Focus on your gut – does it feel good in your stomach?

Does it satisfy your hunger? Do you feel you can stop thinking about food for a while after you eat?

All fats are not equal. Races which thrived on animal fat usually cannot feel satisfied with vegetable fat. Go with your genetics. If it was good for your grandparents, it’s most likely good for you.

3) Get your familiar food and herbs.

Some people think herbs and supplements for nervous support are things like sedatives or maybe things that excite the brain and cause the release of hormones.

What I’ve found is, the no. 1 support for the nervous system is good fat in the diet.

After that, foods and herbs that are FAMILIAR.

The first thing a person reaches for in times of stress is a food familiar to them. Dairy is so popular because our first food was our mother’s milk. Cereals our genes are familiar with, and herbs that have been life partners with our families are all our friends in this world.

Things you ate when you were little rank very high in your body’s esteem.

So make place for them, go looking for them, find them, make them part of your life.

Giving your body a sense of security is critical to stopping the nervous inflammation.

Your familiar foods are your first medicine every time you feel threatened. It’s a good thing, a natural thing. Embrace it and keep your favorite things at hand always.

5) Herbs to stop chronic inflammation

You’ll find my my trusted anti-inflammatory herbs on this page. However those are more of first-aid.

To reverse the tendency to chronic inflammation of the brain and nervous system, I usually use a different set of herbs.

Rauvolfia Serpentina – or Snakeroot.


While supposed to be a sedative, in fact this highly specialized herb for the nervous system actually helps nerve endings recover electrical balance after shocks. Not everyone needs it, but if your chronic inflammation episodes coincide with severe mental stress, and you have experienced shock in your dreams or shock due to life circumstances, this herb can help.

Yellow Oleander or Thevetia Peruviana


Poisonous when had as a food, the highly diluted form of this beautiful tree, is powerful medicine for a depleted nervous system.
Very often inflammation is the result of the system just being too tired to deal with a problem any other way than sending out the alarm signal; too tired to learn a new way of dealing with pain.
This herb helps relieve that overwhelming feeling of having too much to deal with and restores perspective.

Tribulus Terrestris

This herb’s famous as a male libido enhancer. However that’s just one of it’s side-effects. It has this rather unique ability to heal those places where the nerves embed into the muscle and tendon tissue.
One of the triggers of chronic inflammation is improper or strained communication between the nerves and muscle tissue.
There’s a role water plays here, and Tribulus just happens to also help there by conditioning the kidneys to support stable functioning.
That tired, drained feeling in the muscles is greatly relieved by Tribulus. It lessens the chance of inflammation by lessening the stress in the nervous system.

Liquorice

Yes, good old liquorice works like a conditioner of the lungs, and the stomach lining – all places where nerve endings are just so ready to get hyper in.

Sweet to the taste, calming to the nerves and a rescuer from all the micro-dramas happening right under nose, liquorice has no side-effects and can only do good.

Slippery Elm Bark and Salix Nigra or Black Willow Bark, also have similar effects.

Centella Asiatica or Gotu Kola

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I don’t think enough has been written about this herb even though it’s all over the internet. I find what’s written about it, grossly misleading. It’s been portrayed as a miracle cure for problems with the liver and sometimes with the brain.

In fact its effect is such a holistic – full-body full-system one that to limit it to the liver or brain is misleading.

In one sentence – Centella Asiatica stabilizes the system. Like an earthing wire grounds an imbalanced electrical appliance, this ground hugging herb grounds immediately.

Raw cacao – real chocolate has a little bit of this effect – perhaps why chocolate is so popular and why people in stress reach for chocolate.

But as it’s not very easy to get cacao powder that hasn’t any additives or hasn’t been irradiated while processing and packing, I use Centella Asiatica for the beautiful ground effect.

The only thing to remember about Centella is, if you have it in the evenings, you could find yourself a little too clear headed around bed time and that could lead to you losing sleep while you engage something like reading or brain-storming.

Ginkgo Biloba

Famous for helping stupid people become intelligent, Ginkgo does something few other easily available botanicals do. It ‘holds’ you in, focuses you.

Not just mentally but physically as well.

No matter what you’ve gone through, you could use something holding your body focused in doing what has to be done to be healed.

This drastically lessens the chance of inflammation as very often inflammation is the result of energy going where it’s not needed.

 

White Willow Bark – Salix Alba

Famous for being the original source of aspirin, this tree’s a pain killer. I have used it for a long while now for all kinds of pain killer needs. But it also has the ability, when taken in a small dose over a period of time, to rehabilitate the body’s ability to deal with inflammation.

In the case of someone with chronic inflammation, the body is in the habit of dealing with any threat by getting inflamed, swollen and so on. White Willow helps change that habit, helps the body do things like retain and work with nutrition it needs desperately instead of spending all its energy dealing with one inflammation after another.

Herbs for Overworked Brains

There are some people who never have brain burnouts; calm people who fall in the categories of low intelligence and the very intelligent. If you’re one of the lucky ones this article is not for you.

This is for those who tend to use their brains in manic ways to the point where they feel burned out, their heads literally over heated.

Brain stress and burnout isn’t caused just by overthinking. The brain can get wound up and overworked hormonally, through the effect of drugs that stimulate the glands in the brain. The brain can get over-heated dealing with the sudden demands of the body in dealing with hormonal changes like puberty, pregnancy, even changes in the temperature around us.

Spring fever, the onset of summer, the brain freeze of winter coming on quicker than usual – all these can over-work the brain.

Brain stress is also caused by compromised blood circulation such as caused a heavy meal or a sluggish liver.

Let’s get straight to it.

 

My Top 7 Herbs for Overworked Brains

 

White Willow Bark – Salix Alba

The original source of Aspirin, and a pain reliever, I have used it to relieve all kinds of pain. No matter what sort of brain burn-out you’re experiencing, White Willow Bark, through its gentle effect of calming erratic blood circulation, will help.

5 -10 drops in a cup of water is usually enough. Try to get some sleep or do things that don’t require brain work, and then take another dose when the pain starts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. John’s Wort – Hypericum

Also a pain reliever, St.John’s Wort is what I call a ‘cheerer’ of the system. There is this state of consciousness a body (and brain) fall into because of fatigue that never really goes away. A sort of listlessness that hangs on from day to day that shows up in a dull ache in the nervous system that can flare up every now and then.

The nerves have got their share of housekeeping and self repair to do, but in this state of affairs most of that gets put aside simply because of the general lack of hope.

St. John’s Wort acts like an old friend come around to cheer everyone up and take the mind off those same old depressing thoughts that lead nowhere in the end.

5-10 drops in a cup of water is enough. Or tea.

Borage – Borago Officinalis

They call it the ‘courage’ herb. It’s for when you feel overloaded and overwhelmed and the main cause of the stress is the stress itself.

Those for example who are stressed out because they’re too stressed out to find a solution to a problem. They know they have to stop being stressed out, but they’re too stressed out to find a solution to being stressed out so they can find a solution to the problem.

Short circuiting if you will – everything feels like it comes back to square one. The person goes around in thought loops, saying the same things every few hours, coming to the same conclusions, and then back on the merry-go-round in the same pattern over and over.

It takes a sort of spark or energy to get out of the loop, and that is a matter of the heart, rather than a matter of the head.

You see a thinking process that does not have the heart and feeling and passion involved, is bound to short circuit. We’re just not made to be robots. We cannot solve problems like robots do.

We need the spark of emotion or nothing will make sense eventually. Our thought processes need to be grounded and connected to our feelings, what we really care about.

This is where Borage can help. Borage is a smug little school boy that knows just who everyone is secretly in love with, but not even telling themselves. With a smug naughty little grin he’ll point out that secret person to you.

The blood will rush to your head at the thought of that person (or whatever it is that you feel strongly about – the real reason for this whole mental effort in the first place) and suddenly everything feels a whole lot better.

Don’t use Borage too often. Keep it for those moments when you really need it. Once or twice a day is as much as you could need it.

Plaintain – Plantago Officinalis

Sometimes Brain Stress is because of nerves wound up and taut in the digestive system. Plantain has this conditioning, smoothing effect all through.

If you find your flow of thought erratic, jumping about instead of moving from point A to point B and so on, Plantain will help smooth things out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foxglove or Digitalis

Usually taken to regularize heart beat rhythm, Digitalis also helps normalize nervous frequency and brain circulation.

Of special help for those with panic disorders, those with PTSD, those with severe anxiety, Digitalis can help get the person back to a point where those moments of severe stress, when it feels like the world is ending, and the hands are shaking and the perspiration flows, are greatly lessened.

When you feel your heart rate increasing wildly (and not because the one you love has entered the room – that’s good heart rate increase) – that’s Digitalis time.

 

Pennywort or Gotu Kola – Centella Asiatica

Gotu Kola
Gotu Kola

There are few herbs in the world that will give instant strength to a tired overheated brain. Strength to face the situation, strength to deal with the demand of brain hormones to manage a change in the body, strength.. basic strength.

Pennywort or Gotu Kola is this tender little plant that hugs the earth and covers the ground. This tenderness is reminiscent of our brains and nerves. For all the looks of it, our physically slender nerves and soft mushy brains do a huge amount of work and truly are strong to do all they do.

Pennywort is for that state of consciousness where we’ve gotten disconnected from ‘why are we doing this’. Much like Borage which connects us to our emotions, but perhaps on an even more primal level, Pennywort brings our energy reserves to focus on the most basic of our life tasks, instantly releasing energy the brain was holding on to for ‘the big problem’, keeping everything else stalled.

Pennywort’s like the Mom coming to the child’s house and saying, “Sure you have a problem, but you’ll feel better about it all once your trash has been taken out, and your carpet cleaned and your bed linen changed.” And in fact it’s true.

Pennywort or Gotu Kola is robust liver strength and support for all the clean-up processes of the body. You have to try it to understand how supporting the clean-up processes can result in a vibrant relaxed healthy brain.

Gotu Kola taken regularly is solid brain rehabilitation and you could benefit from it especially as the weather gets warmer.

 

Sarsaparilla

Sarsaparilla is part of the traditional arsenal against the heat of the summer. A tincture of the roots has such an array of benefits, it would be foolish for me to consider listing them here.

Sarsaparilla helps relaxes the lungs which results in such a decrease in the tension that blood stuck up in pockets here and there holding heat and getting warmer by the minute, finally move out and release the heat (and tension). The brain relaxes as well as the whole nervous system. This often has something of a pain killer effect for those with tension caused pain in the organs and deep muscle tissue.

Prepare to be surprised by Sarsaparilla. All kinds of good things can result from the body relaxing.

Intelligent Detox – Herbs that raise body intelligence

If your detoxification programs haven’t been working well enough, and if you have nutritional deficiencies even though you eat healthy enough, you need to remind your body to get back to sifting things properly.

The intelligence of herbs is amazing. They are living beings not dead chemicals. When we have whole herbs who have not been processed in a way that destroys their subtle energies, the herbs get into our bodies and teach the parts of us that are tired or have forgotten how to do things, how to do them efficiently again.

A very important aspect of detoxification and keeping clean on a regular basis, is for our bodies to know what to keep and what to throw out.

The usual herbs for detoxification, laxatives, and urinary stimulators, need the body to keep what’s needed instead of throwing the baby out with the bath water. To do so, would be to cause a whole new set of problems where the body is chronically energy deficient and lacking in important minerals.

Tumors, various skin problems, these are among so many others the result of the body not knowing what to keep and what to let go of.

Very often a person who needs help in this area is also feeling overwhelmed by life, and at a loss to sift through what is valuable and what to let go of or forget about. The same herbs work on all levels to help the body and soul together.

Here are some of my favorite herbs with the intelligence that they lend us to help sift efficiently:

Papaya – What belongs, What doesn’t

Carica Papaya is in Paw Paw Ointment used to carry herbal treatments.

 

Just a simple tasty fruit. The papaya has the intelligence to know which cells belong in the area and which don’t. When the papaya knows this, the cells of the body pick up on that and realize which cells should go and which should stay. Now that’s intelligent detoxification.

 

Geranium Robertiana and Ginkgo – Bullshit Detectors

Above, Herb Robert and beneath is Ginkgo Biloba

These two grow even in radiation destroyed zones because they’re like the wise man who built his house upon a rock. They are conscious of what’s really important and what’s happening in the neighborhood is not a priority. They are grounded in their own reality.

When the energy fields of living beings are broken down for any reason, natural cells fall back into the basic ability to re-generate their own energy field based on basic reality that radiation and the like cannot touch.

These two are my favorite herbs for basic connectedness to reality and their ability to know what’s really needed and what is fluff. Bullshit detectors is what they are.

 

Lycopodium or Club Moss and Violet – Crisis managers, Detanglers

Above, Lycopodium, Beneath, Violets

These two know just how to manage things when the toxins and what’s required and valuable are so entangled and mixed up, the body has been keeping them both not knowing how exactly to solve the problem.

Eventually, as the presence of toxins increase, they trigger off crises as the body tries to throw them out desperately.

In crises like autoimmune disorders and allergies, these can help the body make sense of the confusion and sift out what to keep and what to send packing.

Heather – Calluna Vulgaris – Foreseeing future needs through tapping into DNA memory

An important part of sifting is being able to foresee the need for something. To do this our cells need to be in touch with the memory in our dna that tells us based on the past what we can expect in the future. Heather has that intelligence to help us tap into our dna memory and make decisions about what to keep and what to send out.

Mimosa Pudica – Just say No

‘Touch me Not’ or ‘The Sensitive Plant’; This plant has been used to help sensitive nervous systems as it itself is so sensitive. Its intelligence however goes deeper. It is sensitive to the environment as well and senses changes in pressure all around it and adjusts its own internal pressure accordingly to open or close its leaves. It helps our body be sensitive to the situation we are in and reject that which pressures or pushes us beyond what we can deal with.

It helps us simply say No to toxins – anything which is causing more trouble than helping us.