Benefits of Passionflower for Anxiety

Benefits of Passionflower: How to Calm Anxiety

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Adrenal, Anxiety, Depression, Mood, Balancing Your Hormones, Brain Health, Wellbeing Leave a Comment

Passionflower is an herb that has been used for centuries to support a calm state in the nervous system. It is well tolerated by most and has a low side effect profile, making it an ideal gentle herb to create a sense of peace in the body.    Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is an herbal medicine used to support a healthy emotional …

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What is Vaginal Steaming? Steaming Benefits Vs. Safety

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones, Cycle Self Care™, Endometriosis, Mind-Body, Wellbeing Leave a Comment

Are you curious about vaginal steaming? With deep cultural roots, vaginal steaming is an ancient practice that has recently become popular. Proponents of vaginal steaming claim it’s a “cure” for PMS, infertility, hormone imbalances, and more, but are these claims valid? And is it safe?  We all know the importance of self-care. This article will dive into vaginal steaming as …

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10 Best Sleep Supplements Besides Melatonin

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Herbs & Supplements, Sleep, Wellbeing Leave a Comment

Poor sleep affects all aspects of life and health. You’ve likely noticed how even one night of poor sleep affects your mood, energy, and hunger the following day. When poor sleep becomes chronic, the days can feel impossible to get through.  Sleep is critical for learning, memory, metabolic health, healthy aging, hormone balance, and overall health. When you’re snoozing, it …

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The 13 Best Natural Remedies for a UTI

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Herbs & Supplements, Wellbeing Leave a Comment

If you’ve ever experienced a urinary tract infection the first thing you want to know is what gets rid of a UTI fast. That’s because symptoms of UTIs are not just uncomfortable, but can be painful. There are natural remedies for UTIs that include cranberry juice, D-mannose, probiotics, and others. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are incredibly common. If you’re currently …

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Spironolactone For Acne

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Are you considering Spironolactone for Acne? Spironolactone (Aldactone) is one of the most common treatments for hormonal acne, as well as alopecia (hair loss), oily skin, and hirsutism (hair growth on face, chest, or back in women). It effectively lowers testosterone levels by inhibiting the synthesis of this hormone, increasing sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), and blocking androgen receptors. It may …

The Benefits of Vitamin D

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It’s been estimated that 41% of U.S. residents have a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D benefits are huge in women’s health, which is why this article is going to get you in the know on how to improve your levels. We’re often told to soak up some sun to get vitamin D—but what does vitamin D actually do? And what …

What is Mastalgia + What to Do About It

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Mastalgia is the medical term for breast pain or breast tenderness. This is a common symptom that as many as 70% of women experience. It is most common to experience mastalgia the week before your period as part of PMS symptoms. Ever feel you can’t walk down the stairs, exercise or even roll over in bed because your breasts are so …

Sore Breasts: What Causes Breast Tenderness?

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Do you often suffer from breast tenderness when it’s that time of the month? Do you experience soreness or pain in a specific area of your breasts that keep you from enjoying going out or being active?  You’re not alone. 50% of all women will experience breast pain at some point in their lives, according to the Breast Health Centre. …

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Functional Medicine – An Interview with Chris Kresser

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I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with Chris Kresser on more than one occasion about the serious state our health care is in and the role of Functional Medicine. Chris and I share similar views about the need for allied providers, like nutrition consultants and health coaches, in supporting those with chronic disease and the necessity of returning to a …