Discomfort that shows up in the head, neck, and shoulders can be disorientating, debilitating, and super annoying. To add insult to injury, it’s often hard to locate exactly when, where, or why you ended up feeling like your head was in a vice grip. This is not just hard for you, it’s also difficult for herbalists and even doctors. While we can’t always be certain why head tension shows up we are certain that this kind of discomfort is more than an inconvenience, it can really decrease quality of life.

Head Helper was formulated to target moments in your life when your body, specifically your shoulders, neck and head seize under the pressure. Most of us are already functioning on some baseline level of stress, for whatever reason our intelligence and our bodies have decided whatever “this” is, is a reasonable amount of stress. This baseline looks different for all of us. But too much or too little of something on top of our baseline stress, can push what we are usually able to handle over the edge. An extra project at work, sleepless nights with a child who doesn’t want to be alone, a little too much party, not enough water, food, exercise, or fresh air and sunshine, sometimes it’s a ride on a plane that tips the balance, even if it’s to see a loved one. In herb world, these instances refer to patterns of deficiency or excess: too much or too little of something that is likely a pretty ok to good thing! When the body decides it has had enough, it lets you know. When its signals manifest in tightness, constriction, and throbbing, chances are there’s some tension that needs some taming.

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Herbal Support in Head Helper

Head Helper shelfie featuring pottery, incense, and other home decor

This formula combines Skullcap, California Poppy, Feverfew, Heartsease, and Lavender to soothe and calm physical manifestations and emotional experiences of tension in your head, neck, and shoulders. Gentle nervines, stimulants, and a mild sedative unite to offer physical and mental release. The hero of this formula is Skullcap, a member of the mint family with delicate blue flowers that resemble a head-covering, like a bonnet, a helmet or cap for your skull. This imagery is helpful in remembering what it’s good at: protecting your nervous system by nourishing it. Skullcap gently quiets the nervous system, lulling it out of frenzy and encouraging it to release nervousness and stress. It is especially helpful when stress shows up in the muscles of the body. Skullcap works as a mild muscle relaxant, so that your body can let go of the physical grip of stress. The formula works best when it’s taken at the first signs of tension: when you feel your shoulders start creeping up toward your ears, your neck doesn’t feel as flexible as you’re used to, or your skull feels like it’s shrinking and tightening around your brain. If you can get ahead of the tension before it takes hold, chances are you’ll have an easier time of keeping it from making a home in your head.

Rally the resistance.

The added benefit of working with plants to help your head is it provides you time and space to investigate how the tension came to take such a strong hold. When you’re in the throes of physical discomfort, belaboring the circumstances and decisions that lead to this accumulation of stress can only make things worse. So if you’re experiencing tension, first give yourself a break and remind yourself that like everyone else you are just trying to keep up and enjoy yourself while you’re at it. But once you’ve got the tension under control, and you have access to your good thinking mind, unclouded by disorienting discomfort, take a few beats to reflect on the days and weeks leading up to the peak of the tension. If you discover you have to let go, where can you do that? And if you find there are things you need more of, how can you invite them in? Head Helper can help you discover that plants are here to lend a helping hand from head to toe.

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