The end of summer can unceremoniously pour a wash of emotions over the entire family. From nervous kids going back to school to parents who absorb their stress (often when their cups are already full!), we could all use help diluting some of that nervous energy.
It’s times like this that make us all wish for a literal chill pill, just to take the edge off.
While there is currently a ton of buzz around adaptogens, we think it can be a good idea to turn to nervines in times like these. We're not anti-adaptogen by any stretch (in fact, we may or may not be considering adding a high-quality adaptogenic supplement to our ranks in the future), but as an herbalist, FullWell Founder Ayla Barmmer, MS, RD, LDN simply feels that nervines are massively underappreciated.
Wait, what is a nervine?
Nervines are a grouping of herbs used to nourish and support the central nervous system, restoring balance and quelling anxieties that physically manifest within the body. Similar to adaptogens, nervines can help build your resiliency to stress over time, but can just as easily come to the rescue when dealing with acute stress in the moment.
Some adaptogens can be stimulating, but nervines are always relaxing and soothing. That’s why we selected specific herbs and nervines to formulate our Nourished Nerves tincture. Not only do they fortify the foundation of the central nervous system for long-term benefit, but they are unique in that they are safe to utilize throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding when stress tends to run high.
Another testament to their safety: Nervines are very common in products you already use. Take a look inside your kitchen and bathroom cabinets. You might have been relying on help from nervines all along!
For those of us dealing with new school year, extra stress comes whether we're juggling your own studies, working, or managing our family’s education. And yes, stress-by-proxy is a thing: sending a little one to daycare or preschool for the first time or throwing a teenager into the ruthless jungle of middle school is terrifying for you, too!
As autumn sets in, it can bring about massive change. Moving into more rigid schedules after a less-structured summer is a shock to the system and overall mindset.
Every fall, we tend to start wrapping our minds around:
That said, gentle nervines are a safe way to bring calm to your days and relaxation to your nights, especially when you or your family is working through significant transitions. Incorporate them when you need them most in a way that is manageable for your current lifestyle.
We've broken our suggestions down into three easy options.
Option 1: Weave nervines throughout your entire day
The stark contrast against the relaxing days of summer can feel jarring and cause us all to take extra time shaking out our nerves before bed. It may sound counter-intuitive, but trying to relax and prepare for sleep throughout the entire day can help. Sip lemon balm tea in the morning, or keep some natural lavender in your workspace to freshen up the air. Our Nourished Nerves tincture can also be a fantastic asset in a water bottle to help keep you feeling balanced and ready to face the day until pick-up time.
And if you’re worried about nervines making you drowsy at inopportune moments, don’t.
"[Nourished Nerves] Has helped me sleep even through the stress of going back to work. Recommend!" - Amanda P.
Nourished Nerves promotes restful sleep. It is not a sleep aid and does not behave as such. While sleep aids tend to help you fall into deep sleep rapidly, nervine solutions like Nourished Nerves work to help improve the quality of sleep. Consistently utilizing Nourished Nerves may allow you to unwind more quickly once you are consciously in that wind-down phase at night, and may support sleeping more soundly, waking less often, and feeling fully rested come morning.
But a mid-day crash? Not going to happen.
Option 2: Reserve nervines for “me time”
We know putting the rest of your family first is easy, but nothing runs without you. Your stress and sleep support affect not just you but your entire household and everyone with whom they interact.
If you’re not someone who carries around a water bottle or thermos all day, consider incorporating Nourished Nerves into your pre-bedtime routine. Don’t be afraid to make it a treat! The best part about our herbal Nourished Nerves tincture is that it is incredibly safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding, which makes it ideal for mocktails. Our team loves this Tart Cherry Mocktail recipe packed not only with big-nervine-energy but vital nutrients and delicious flavor.
"[Nourished Nerves] has helped myself and my clients get a more restful sleep even when waking with kids and a baby. I was able to fall back asleep easier than before. As a registered dietitian, I appreciate the quality and thought that went into this product. There are not many pregnancy and breastfeeding-safe options out there for calming a mama's nervous system, and to have one now is a game changer for myself and my clients. This is essential for every mama during higher stress times, in my opinion!" - Christina Paxton, MS, RDN
Option 3: Take them like a liquid vitamin
If you don’t have the foresight to include nervines into your day and lack time to shake them into a mocktail in the evening, you can - for lack of a better term - “shoot it straight” at a moment’s notice.
"I've been taking Nourished Nerves after I wake up in the middle of the night to feed my baby, and it helps me get back to sleep much faster. Very grateful for this product!" - Jackie T.
Our advice? Keep it simple and trust us to provide you with a high-quality nervine tincture. You won't regret adding these herbs into your routine, and you can even save 10% when you subscribe.
If you're looking to dive deeper into the benefits of herbs, stay with us to keep learning! Ayla's expertise in herbal medicine is vast and genuinely fascinating for those not dialed into natural herbal remedies.
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