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Herbs for Stress Symptoms
Learn How to Use Herbal Medicines Safely & Effectively
5 Contact Hour CE Course for Nurses
Western herbalism is not typically taught to nurses and yet it is widely used in the general public and has become a massive industry with little regulation.
This course prepares nurses to meet a growing demand from the public for information about the safe use of 13 herbs to support the management of chronic stress. Nurses can integrate this herbal information into their practice and recommend the safest and most effective herbal medications for their patients suffering from stress and its symptoms.
Nurses facing exhaustion and burnout can also use this information for their own self-care and share it with their colleagues.
Safety and evidence-based use are emphasized to help nurses become a trusted source of information in a field with many streams of misinformation. In this way, it will help prepare advanced practice nurses for the herbal portion of the AHNCC holistic nursing certification exam.
Passionflower, Lemon balm, Valerian root, Skullcap, Kava kava, Hops, Chamomile, Tulasi, Ashwagandha, Gotu kola, Rhodiola, St. John's wort and Panax ginseng.
Who Is this CE Course for?
This course is designed for nurses who want to build a toolkit of useful, easy-to-find herbs to offer patients who are suffering from symptoms of chronic stress. Many patients will be grateful they found a nurse who's well-informed and willing to talk to them about their options. Nurses facing exhaustion and burnout can also use this information for their own self-care or share it with their colleagues.
As Western medicine becomes more integrated with complementary and alternative modalities, it is the nurse's responsibility to offer holistic treatment plans.
Herbal medicine is an elegant modality that gives nurses and patients a safe, gentle alternative to using pharmaceuticals.
Nurses can integrate this herbal information into their practice and recommend the safest and most effective herbal medications for their patients suffering from stress and its symptoms.
Upon completion of this 5-hour CE course, nurses will be able to:
1. Identify 13 herbs that are effective in supporting people suffering from symptoms of chronic stress:
St. John's wort
2. Identify how to use each herb and several combinations of herbs
3. Describe safety considerations and contraindications (if any) for each herb
4. Describe where to find the safest supplies using established resources
Such a great course!
Before this course, I'd tried a few herbs for stress and insomnia but my results were hit or miss. Now I know why ~ and I feel much more confident and educated when patients ask me questions.
Sarah Moreno, RN
St. Louis, MO
Herbs for Your Nerves
Video 1: 8 minutes
Video 2: 10 minutes
Chronic Stress: Prevalence, Physiology, and Herbal Allies
Slideshow & handouts
Herbalism for Nurses
Slideshow & handouts
Overview, clinical evidence, and summaries of each of these herbs:
St. John's Wort
Test & Course Evaluation
Course Excerpt: Incorporating Chamomile into Your Nursing Practice
"One of the herbs featured in this course is chamomile. Contemporary scientific data supports what traditional herbalists have known about chamomile for centuries. In one systematic review published in 2016, the phytochemical constituents of chamomile were analyzed and affirmed to show antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antidepressive, angiogenic, anticarcinogenic, analgesic, hepatoprotective, antidiabetic, and antidiarrheal activities. There have been multiple small clinical trials published that support the use of chamomile in treating generalized anxiety disorder in healthy adults for up to 12 weeks. One such study reported improvement in symptoms of depression as secondary measures. No adverse events were reported.
Chamomile also makes a lovely tincture and can be combined with herbs such as fennel and catnip for GI distress. Another approach would be to combine chamomile in a tincture for stress headaches with skullcap. Chamomile would pair nicely with passionflower for a tincture to be taken for anxiety. There are a whole host of possibilities available to casual and professional herbalists alike. This humble plant with a proud history and impressive biology is a robust ally in treating many common and perturbing ailments for children and adults alike."
I was unaware of the value of herbs in nursing practice.
This was my first course on herbs. It was very interesting, useful, and well-organized! I'm motivated to learn more and possibly transition to naturopathic nursing now.
B Jackson, RN
BONUS: How to Incorporate Herbs into Your Self-care, too!
The art of calming the nervous system and releasing tension has never been more relevant.
Holistic nurses have been promoting stress-reducing modalities for decades and are now being seen as experts in this area. The instructor of this course, Nicole Griffis, APRN-BC, HNP, is a holistic nurse practitioner, integrative health coach, and student of Western herbalism who would like to share her approach to self-care that brings in herbal allies that enrich our experience of well-being and reduce the effects of stress.
Nicole writes: "My experiences giving care, receiving care, and learning from my body and healers have helped me to focus on the many ways that healing is available to anyone who is ready to quiet their mind, listen to their body, and trust their spirit. After suffering from severe neck pain for many years, I feel so fortunate to be able to return to my career and use my experience to help others transform their suffering into clarity and peace. One way I do this is by educating others on how herbal medicine can help ease the symptoms of chronic stress, anxiety, tension, and insomnia. I do not suggest using herbs alone, but making them a part of a holistic plan that encompasses relaxation and stress reduction techniques, gentle movement, a healthy diet, and adequate rest. I was the toughest patient I have ever had, what I learned from my journey is invaluable to me.
One of my favorite ways is using strong herbal tea. I like to use dried herbs in a tea infuser, I pour the boiling water over and let it steep for about 15 minutes. This is part of my self-care ritual, so I don’t check my texts and multitask while the tea is steeping. I sit with my cup and use my senses, feeling the warmth in my hands, smelling the earthy aroma of the herb as it infuses its vibrancy into the water. I may use this time to do some reflective reading or writing or listen to meditative music. After the tea is cool enough to drink, I sip it slowly, with my eyes closed. I let the smell and taste flood my senses and feel the warmth flooding my belly. With every sip, I envision the calming, healing effects the tea is bringing to the areas of my body that need it most. I ready myself for sleep or meditation or a bath. This tea is meant to mark the beginning of my time to wind down and let go. By this time I can feel that my heart rate has slowed, my breathing is cleansing and even, and my mind, while always chattering, is not so quick to pull me into stressful stories."
There are so many ways herbs can enhance self-care rituals. Herbal baths are divine! Throw a handful of calming dried herbs into an old sock with some Epsom salts, tie it up, and put it in your bath. Set the stage to your liking: candles, lights out, music, or silence. Calming aromatic herbs can be sewn into an eye pillow to use during your restful meditations. Herbal salves can be mindfully rubbed into tired and stressed muscles. Herbal tea bags placed on areas of inflammation. Aromatics engage the senses and keep you in the present. Calming herbs release your ever-vigilant nervous system. Visualize the herbs growing in a dewy forest, soaking up the glowing sunlight and nourishment from the earth. Feel the wisdom of the earth perfusing your body physically and energetically. Herbs cannot get rid of your stress or solve your problems, no more than deep breathing or antidepressants can, but they can ease your load, help you take a break, and give you a way to keep going.
Nicole Griffis, RN, MS, APRN-BC, HNP
Nicole Griffis, APRN-BC, HNP owns a holistic health and integrative coaching private practice in Austin, TX. Nicole has been a nurse since 1999 and has experience in pediatric intensive care, women’s health, forensic nursing, and primary care. She received a masters’ degree in holistic nursing and adult health from New York University College of Nursing in 2007. She has expanded her education with studies at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, yoga teacher training, and MBSR training with Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Nicole is a member of the American Holistic Nurse Association and the American Herbalist Guild. She completed her nurse coach training with Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy and is currently in the clinical track at the Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine in Austin, Texas. Her practice goal is to empower clients to overcome obstacles to healing through the tools offered by holistic nursing, integrative health coaching, and Western herbalism.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days, tell us what was unsatisfactory, and we will give you a full refund.
Awakening to Grace, dba New Directions for Nurses, is a CE Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #17389.
All of our courses are accepted for nursing license renewal in all 50 states and all levels of AHNCC Holistic Nurse certification and re-certification.
If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, simply contact us in the first 30 days, tell us what did not meet your expectations, and we will give you a full refund.
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