Pam's tinctures, blog posts and Q&As have been such a Godsend as I've navigated the ups and downs of motherhood this year, and I am so deeply grateful for all that she does! I first discovered her products at Healthy Horizons in Burlingame when I was starting to get recurrent plugged ducts while trying to breastfeed my daughter, and my lactation consultant recommended Herb Lore's Poke Root tincture to me. It was hugely helpful in clearing up any plugs that I had going on, but unfortunately they started recurring more and more frequently and I eventually had to make the decision to wean my baby off and dry up the milk I was producing. I then switched to Herb Lore's Sage Tincture which helped me dry up safely, while continuing to nurse my baby as long as I could. After that I discovered her other non-alcohol based tinctures including Astragalus, Echinacea, Cold Comfort, Quiet Cough and also her Teething Tincture, and I love that I now have a natural, drug-free way to protect my family from all the germs and flu viruses around us especially during flu season. And of course with my baby's teething pains! Pam and her guidance, information and herbal tinctures have now become such a big part of my family's life and health that I don't know what I'd do without her. Thank you Pam! RJ
There has been much in the news lately about the risks of anti-depressant use during pregnancy, being linked to autism and birth defects. Researchers in JAMA Pediatrics reported that "children of women who took anti-depressants during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy were 87% more likely to develop autism than kids born to women who didn't take the drugs." (Sources: http://www.aol.com/article/2015/12/14/antidepressants-in-pregnancy-tied-...,
Really, any pharmaceutical medication comes with side effects and many are not safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding. But there are natural alternatives.
In response to several of our clients asking for something natural and safe for their depression, who were either pregnant or breastfeeding, we have created a new product called Happy Day Tincture. It has been in the works and in testing with test subjects for a year now, and we are thrilled to say that we are finally ready to launch this new product!
Happy Day Tincture contains organic Rose blossom herbal tincture, a proprietary blend of flower essences of Elm, Gentian, Gorse, Larch, Mustard, Sweet Chestnut, and Wild Rose, with Rose Quartz and Ocean Jasper gem/crystal essences. Each of these is noted in its ability to gently and effectively lift and alleviate feelings of depression. Herbs (such as the Rose tincture) work on the physical body, while flower essences and gem essences (which contain the vibration of the flower and gem or crystal used) work on the emotional and spiritual bodies, which in turn then affects the physical body. By working on all three levels - physical, emotional & spiritual - more thorough and long-lasting changes are seen. It brings Light into the Soul.
Although Happy Day Tincture can be used by anyone, this product was created with pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding moms in mind.
Rose is a Class 1 herb, meaning that its considered safe for use by anyone including pregnant or breastfeeding women (unless they have an individual allergy to it of course), and has no listed contraindications, side effects or drug interactions, even with SSRI's or anti-depressant medications (unlike St. John's Wort, which IS contraindicated for use by those on SSRI's). The other items in the product are all vibrational - meaning that they contain the vibration or essence of the flower or crystal only. This may seem "light-weight", but although they are subtle, they are extremely effective.
Here are a couple of testimonials from two of our test subjects:
I was struggling with depression after the birth of my sixth baby. While I had some "blues" after my other births, depression really took over this time. I was breastfeeding, so I did not want to take medications. I held out as long as possible, but the depression had grown to the point I knew I needed to get help. I was planning to call about getting a prescription when a sample bottle from Herb Lore arrived on my porch with the Happy Day Tincture to try as a test subject. I decided not to call for a prescription anti-depressant until I tried this first. Best decision I could have possibly made! It only took a few days before I started feeling like myself again. I started sleeping better, enjoying our new baby, and just generally feeling more relaxed and back to my normal self.
I have a relative (by marriage) who suffers with occasional severe depression (and was even hospitalized a few years ago). He's tried vitamins, supplements, nutritional changes and prescription anti-depressants in the past, none of which have helped manage his depression. After seeing the changes in me after the baby was born, he asked to try some of my leftover tincture. It's been nearly 9 months since then, and he has not had an episode of depression while using this tincture.
Everyone is different, and obviously what works for some people might not work for everyone, but in my experience, this is an absolute must-try product. JF
Hi Pam! The Happy Day Tincture arrived yesterday, and I took two droppers full immediately after opening it. I noticed that my racing thoughts seemed more focused, I felt more calm and balanced, and got a lot done! and... I have a cold right now so the fact that I was productive says a lot :) I'll report back again but so far I love it! HK
I have to say, that tincture feels like a balm to my insides. I don't know how it works, but I think we are all benefiting from it! My daughter has been struggling so much with adolescent angst and the last couple of days she seems happier! Me too! E.G.