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Herbal Approaches for Healthy Mood

Ever wondered what's happening in your body when your mood is high (or low)? Listen in to learn about the causes of mood imbalance and science-based herbal approaches. Dr. Keri Marshall, Medical Director for Gaia Herbs, is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor specializing in pediatrics, women's medicine and chronic disease management.

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Michelle says …

VERY informative!

Cindi says …

All three of the podcasts have very much been an inspiration to me! I do agree that depression can have many causes, like physiology, genetics, environmental and biochemical. The St.John's Wort sounds worth looking into along with matching the right botanical with the right mood. Thanks very much.....Cindi

Julie says …

I don't discount the benefits from natural supplements but I also think you should have a "buyer beware" type of attitude. There are many rogue companies that exist that will take your money. I love the home grown remedies, but I am not sold on many of the "natural pills" that exists. Eating healthy, getting enough sleep and exercise to allow the body heal itself is what I try to do do first for myself and my family.

Gloria says …

Great information. Just what I was looking for.

Mendy says …

Nice to hear more and more that herbal approaches remain viable and valuable for the treatment of many modern illnesses.

Angela N says …

I know for myself and my children, I've more and more come to seek out alternative medicine or practices rather than always what my doctor might recommend or perscribe. Personally, I have found great success for my son's excema with a red clover cream and chickweed drops, as well as borage and evening primrose oil. As someone who suffers from depression and anxiety, boosting up Omega 3,6,9 intake with supplements seems to have helped quite a bit.

Lizb says …

Thanks for another great podcast!

Michele says …

Great podcast! One I will definitely reference again. I had forgot about cava cava, but will be going back to rediscover it. Very informative!!

Chris says …

It's interesting to hear how there are traditional responses to depression and anxeity that seem to be ignored in our pharma happy society.

Colleen C says …

My grandmother was a firm believer in barley water with lemon. Once I was in my teens, she would regularly make it for me. To this day, I prefer traditional remedies, where they make sense. Thanks for an informative podcast.

Jill Dudley says …

I really enjoyed this podcast and plan on listening to it again so I can write down all the suggested herbs and their uses. I also hope to swing by my nearest Whole Foods (20 miles away) and stock up my natural medicine cabinet!

Diana says …

Since I had my baby, I became very interested in natural Herbal remedies, traditional medicine. Very interesting! Great ideas!

Lori says …

HErbs have some many medicinal benefits. Ginger and lemon are an obvious combination this time of year. As the fall season comes along I always crave more warm tinctures.

Kimberly says …

I found this very interesting. I have always been fascinated by herbal remedies compared to traditional medicines. I used to think that a lot of the things my mom did were just silly old "wives tales" until I realized that there was truly a basis for it. I'm inspired to learn more. Thank you for the podcast.

kudret mcphail says …

My mother use to boil water with fresh mint and lemon juice for stomach aches. Also boil water with linden flowers, cinnamon stick,clove,ginger for sore throat.It's always helped us.

Gail T. says …

Great info, we are all excited here about the Phillies, but many kids are already sick at home :( Ginger, lemon, and honey tinctures are on there way!

Lisa says …

Great ideas, thanks for sharing!

JO says …

I really like this podcast. Gaia herbs is a great company.

Doris says …

Informative podcast. always interested in herbs over pharm meds.

Jill says …

Wonderful and Very Informative!!! Garlic,Honey,Lemon juice--My mama was right,IT WORKS!

Patti says …

Thank you for an informative talk about Herbal Approaches for Healthy Mood. I look forward to checking out what is offered at Whole Foods.

Christie says …

Interesting, informative podcast, voices are pleasant and the enunciation was good. I can attest to the benefits of both St. John's Wort and Kava Kava myself.

Shannon says …

Important information. I appreciate that you identify specific herbs that have been researched so that it provides us with a starting place. This type of information is so important in light of all the traditional medical practitioners who so easily prescribe unnatural remedies.

Shannon says …

Important information. I appreciate that you identify specific herbs that have been researched so that it provides us with a starting place. This type of information is so important in light of all the traditional medical practitioners who so easily prescribe unnatural remedies.

Elisa Sullivan says …

Great information. I'll be sure to try some of your suggestions. Thank you!

Suzanne Austin says …

Health Approaches: More information could be given about the different herbs....felt that the "conversation" was too short and didn't offer enough details.

carrie says …

Very informative, thanks for the info:)

Joannie says …

This was an excellent discussion and helped me better understand depression. When in the South Pacific, I discovered Kava Kava, and know that this works. Also interesting to learn of other herbs that help lift depression, such as St. John's Wart, etc. Thanks for these great informative podcasts!!

Tricia Kingsbury says …

I know several kids that could benefit from getting more Omega 3's in their diet! I will be cooking a lot more Salmon for my son! It is so important to help boost his focus and behavior in school! Thank you for sharing this podcast! A special thanks to www.momsloveshopping.com for pointing me in the right direction in listening to this great podcast!

Jill says …

This morning I gave my daughter hot water with honey and ginger. With the shifting seasons she is already fighting a little cold. It is incredible how much her nose and spirits opened up after she finished the hot water she was ready for the day!

Kathleen says …

I wish my children's doctors knew more about the herbal remedies for mood balance. Listening to this podcast makes me want to seek out a practioner who could help me with correct dosages, etc. Thanks!

Candi says …

I heard about this podcast from Naturalmomstalkradio and I'm glad to hear about kava kava. I suffer from anxiety and have been experiencing strange mood shifts, I thought it was related to my age (35). Nonetheless, I am going to research this more and find out if it's going to be right for me. Thanks for the info!

Donna Holmberg says …

This podcast explains why I love certain scents at certain times. Iknow that I prefer certain smells when I'm stressed out, and certain ones help me relax, so this plays right into what I've already discovered.

Erica says …

i suffer from anxity and mood swing and its taking a toll on my relationship and my job. i was told about kava kava and i dont know where to find it, an suggestions??