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Herbal Relief for OCD and Anxiety

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Herbal Relief for OCD and Anxiety.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a condition characterized by intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors (compulsions). These obsessions often lead to circular thinking patterns—repetitive, distressing thoughts that can feel impossible to escape. For instance, someone with OCD might fixate on fears of harm coming to themselves or loved ones, leading them to perform rituals like counting or checking to alleviate anxiety. This circular thinking can dominate daily life, affecting relationships and overall well-being.

I experienced obsessive-compulsive disorder during my youth, which persisted until my late teens. It significantly impacted my life and relationships. I struggled with compulsive behaviors like counting, flicking light switches, and maintaining specific routines around eating and cleaning. At the time, I didn’t fully grasp the extent of my obsession.

As I entered my twenties and thirties, my OCD evolved into intrusive thoughts, prompting me to embark on a journey of inner work and therapy. Understanding the root cause was crucial—it wasn’t just about managing anxiety symptoms but uncovering deeper truths.

Now as an herbalist, I approach mental health with the utmost seriousness, tailoring herbal remedies to each client’s unique needs based on their constitution, tissue state, and other diagnostic cues. Herbal support can complement deeper therapeutic work, fostering peace and aiding in the resolution of emotional and physical barriers.

One herb I often incorporate for those with OCD, insomnia, and anxiety symptoms is Passionflower. Passionflower symbolizes new beginnings, breaking free from negative cycles and embracing empowering ones. It soothes nerves, promotes restful sleep in harmony with lunar cycles, and supports the pineal gland—our connection to source beyond trauma and wounds.

When we engage in negative habits like OCD or substance abuse, we’re often seeking coping mechanisms rather than confronting our true selves. Passionflower helps us relax and gain clarity on these patterns.

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Foraging Passionflower in the Garden

Key Uses of Passionflower:

  • Attention deficit
  • Improved concentration
  • Circular thinking
  • Spirit calming
  • Nerve relaxation
  • Circadian rhythm restoration for deep sleep
  • Anxiety relief
  • Cough suppression
  • Headache relief
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) support
  • Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) relief
  • Alcohol withdrawal aid
  • Pain reliever
  • Setting empowering intentions

Passionflower is an absolutely stunning flower. If you are growing it in your garden it can also be used as a poultice to draw out inflammation of wounds. It is great to have on hand for coughs and headaches. Many herbalists currently utilize the flowers, stems and leaves. Making a tincture from it immediately or drying the flower fully before hand will yield the best results.

I hope this inspires you to explore herbal remedies like Passionflower. For a personalized herbal formula, proper dosing, and nutritional analysis with detox protocols, book an online consultation with me here.

Robyn

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