Something I flirt with regularly as my cycle ebbs and flows and I remain constantly pushing.
Yes, I have herbs to support nervous exhaustion. I also have the knowledge around my cycle to recognize when my body will be craving the quiet and slow over the push. And yet...
Action in this regard can feel challenging, at least it does for me. I often catch myself measuring my worth on my productivity... but what if I measured my worth on something else? Or what if I actually viewed deep rest as productive in itself? What if I prioritized that part of self care? I do the daily body oiling, I take my herbs, I drink water and eat quality food. I spend a ton of time in the garden, weeding and tending to the herbs and veggies. And yet... I don't know when I last laid in the shade of the maple and read a book in the middle of the day. I don't when I last went for a walk in the woods without my basket and clippers, without a podcast playing in my ears.
Numb myself with Netflix for an afternoon? Sure, I just did that the other day. But quality rest, quality time for myself is another matter.
Burn out.. I see you lingering in the shadows of the summer push. I see you in the corners of the garden and tangled in the mess of the house. I feel you creep closer in the evenings when the sink is full of dishes and kids need tucking in.
But in the early mornings when I wake while the house is still asleep, when I walk through the dewy grass and run my hands through the garden, when I watch the sun rise through the mist over the hills, you are far away. When I let that stillness fill me up you are nothing but an empty shadow.
Herbs I use for exhaustion and overwhelm.
Lemon Balm, Catnip, Chamomile, St. John's Wort, Tulsi/Holy Basil, Motherwort.
I use these in the form of tea, tinctures (extracts in alcohol, apple cider vinegar or glycerine) or in the form of a body oil. All of these are wonderful and equally powerful. I am especially fond of the body oiling though as it also engages loving touch and can be so powerful beyond the use of the herbs.
Flower Essences are also a wonderful way to support the emotional body. These are highly diluted, energetic remedies and that I've found to be incredibly helpful. If you're open and willing, I'd give these a try!
Elm: feeling “overwhelmed by responsibility & loss of confidence” but you’d like to feel more “ self assured & efficient”
Hornbeam: feeling “mental weariness” but you’d like to feel more “restored strength & ready for the day ahead”
Mustard: feeling “deep gloom for no apparent reason” but you’d like to feel more “at peace with inner stability”
Scleranthus: feeling “uncertain, indecisive & a seesaw mood” but you’d like to feel more “ability to make quick decisions”
Oak: feeling “exhausted but still struggling on” but want to feel more “energy restored but also aware of the need to relax”
Olive: feeling “exhausted in body & mind but with all reserves gone” but want to feel more “restored strength, vitality & interest in life”