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DON'T TELL ME TO CALM DOWN: HERBS FOR PANICKED TIMES

We are living in very stressful times. Our daily demands, real and perceived, are numerous, and many of us are living in a constant state of anxiety and self-doubt, amplified perhaps by our tech culture which expects constant responsiveness and the maintenance of multiple online personas – leaving us feeling at once more connected and more alienated in the process. 

 

This zine is a primer on commonly used herbs for nervous system support for symptoms of anxiety such as insomnia, indigestion, heart palpitations, and muscle tension. 

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HOW I SURVIVED WINTER IN THE WOODS: HERBAL SUPPORT FOR SEASONAL DEPRESSION

For my entire life I have lived in northern climates in which winter looks like months and months of little daylight, dreary skies, frigid whipping wind, and lots of snow. For the past two winters I’ve lived rurally, which added a component of desolation to an already challenging season. Activities that I rely on to stay sane in warmer months– hikes in the woods, dips in the river, gardening, long walks with friends, day-trips out of town – suddenly become stifled by snow and ice. Usually by mid-November, my inclination to eat nothing but toast and to go to bed at 7:30 pm has me wondering, “Am I depressed?”. 

This zine is a brief introduction to some herbal allies for the winter blues. It discusses commonly used nervines, flower essences, and supportive life strategies. 

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CONNECTION AND CATHARSIS: HERBS FOR GRIEVING

This zine was written as my grandmother died of heart failure, and was inspired by the incredible writing of Cindy Milstein and contributing authors in Rebellious Mourning. As in Rebellious Mourning, I start from the premise that our losses, from the end of a relationship or the death of a loved one to the harm done by systemic racism or environmental devastation, are not private matters to grieve in isolation. Rather, they provide a place from which we can gather, perform ritual, and take collective action. 

Plants can play a significant role in our personal and collective healing and transformation. This zine highlights a few superstar herbs for this purpose as well as highlights collective grief rituals such as the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. 

NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT FOR NERVOUS SYSTEM WELLNESS

The foods we eat can play a big role in nervous system function, and thus impact our mood and mental health. This zine discusses nutritional strategies for nervous system wellness from a harm-reduction standpoint that considers questions of accessibility and planetary sustainability. Rather than thinking of food as prescriptive, this guide approaches nutritional shifts as supportive. Topics covered include glycemic control, microbiome health, key vitamins and minerals, and food-combining for amino-acid support.Includes snack suggestions and plenty of resources.

ZINES

A selection zines, each a combination of personal narrative, herbal protocol, and love letters to my favorite plants.

Jay.L.Bartel@gmail.com

Instagram: @jay.bartel

(802) 552-0660

I am not a doctor and do not diagnose or treat diseases. I use herbs to educate and empower my clients. I recommend consulting a doctor before using any herbs or supplements, especially if pregnant, on medication, or lactating.

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