3 herbs to help with ADHD

Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak to a group of parents at an awesome activity facility here in Ottawa called NUTS about 3 herbs to help with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

The kids got to participate in the fun obstacle racing and trivia activities at NUTS while I sat down with the parents to discuss the topics of herbal medicine. This was my second talk on ADHD at NUTS. If you’d like more info on nutrition for ADHD see my blog post: Back to School with ADHD: Natural tips to help with the transition.

Here is a summary of the 3 herbs we discussed to help with ADHD:

  1. Chamomile: This herb is easily found as a tea and is very calming to the nervous system. The calming effects can help with anxiety and insomnia. Chamomile also supports digestion and calms a nervous stomach. The digestive tract is commonly known as the ‘Second Brain’ since it contains a large amount of nerves and is connected directly to the brain by the vagus nerve. This communication between the brain and the gut goes both ways. So the way you think can affect your digestion and what is going on in your digestive tract can influence your mood and mental state. Chamomile is also a great herb to brew and add to your child’s bathwater because it is anti-inflammatory and soothing for nervous skin irritations like eczema.
  2. Lavender: This herb is also calming for the nervous system and can help with anxiety and insomnia. The essential oil is often used to promote the relaxation response and shift the nervous system from a state of ‘fight or flight’ to a state of calmness. You can add the essential oil, lavender flowers or brewed lavender tea to your child’s bathwater for a calming effect. The essential oil can be added to a diffuser or humidifier in your child’s bedroom to promote sleep. Putting lavender essential oil onto a tissue and helping your child practice alternate nostril breathing is a great method for self-relaxation. Finally, new research is showing lavender can be just as effective at calming anxiety as low dose pharmaceutical medication. Check out this research summary for more info.
  3. Licorice:  This herb in tea form is quite sweet so kids tend to like it! Licorice has adaptogenic properties which means it helps your body regulate cortisol (the stress hormone) and adapt to stressful situations. Adrenaline is the common name for the hormone cortisol, and I’m sure we have all experienced the feeling of running on adrenaline! The body pumps out adrenaline to keep us alert during stressful periods, however if it is constantly in a state of high adrenaline this can lead to burnout. Ideally we want to balance periods of high adrenaline with periods of relaxation, and licorice root helps support your body’s ability to adapt to stressful situations. Finally, as an added benefit, licorice helps heal the mucous membranes lining the digestive tract and can help heal food sensitivity reaction associated with ADHD.

For more information on herbal medicine and how to administer herbal remedies to your child, check out my post from yesterday: Herbal Medicine for your child: Tips and tricks for administering herbs.

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Introduction to Guided Meditation

Introduction to Guided Meditation
Tuesday, November 28th 7:30-9 pm

Location: Dr. Ellen Simone ND & Associates, 1390 Prince of Wales Drive Suite 205, Ottawa, K2C 3N6
Hosted by Tanys Coughlin Reiki Master

Do you have trouble meditating? Do you find the thought of meditating overwhelming?

Do you like the energy of a group meditation?

Join us for a meditation evening and learn with a group of like minded individuals!

Cost: $20

Space is limited so please contact ellen@drellensimone.com to reserve your spot!

You’re invited to Reiki Share!

You’re invited to Reiki Share!
Thursday November 16th 7-9 pm

Location: Dr. Ellen Simone ND & Associates, 1390 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa, K2C 3N6
Hosted by Ellen Simone, ND, Kelly Sabara, RM and Tanys Coughlin, RM

Reiki share is an evening event where community comes together to learn more about, practice and enjoy Reiki. Reiki share night open to the general public, Reiki practitioners and Reiki Masters.

You are invited to connect with healing energy in a group setting, learn and participate in Reiki healing techniques and have a hands-on Reiki treatment from multiple practitioners attending the Reiki share night.

If you are new to Reiki, this is a great way to learn what Reiki is.  If you are a Reiki practitioner, this is a great way to practice the techniques you have learned in your Reiki course and to further your development with Reiki energy.

Cost: $10 (cash only)

Space is limited so please contact info@kellysabara.com to reserve your spot!

Relationship and Post-partum Health Workshop 

Relationship and Post-partum Health Workshop 
Saturday, October 21st 4:30-6:30 pm
Hosted by Nathalie, ACC & ECPC – Owner and Coach at MamaCoach

Location: Dr. Ellen Simone ND & Associates, 1390 Prince of Wales Drive, Suite 205, Ottawa, K2C 3N6

How has your relationship changed after baby arrived?  Are you wishing that things could be different – more intimate, more fun, more relaxed…?

Join MamaCoach for a two-hour workshop on relationships, where we will discuss common issues that couples experience after having a child.  You will also create your very own strategies to begin to immediately improve your relationship.

Come alone – or with your partner – and gain lots of information and insight from both within and from the group.  And as always – babies are most welcome!

Cost: $20 per person or $30 per couple

Space is limited so please contact nathalie@mamacoach.ca to reserve your spot!

Meet Nathalie Laurin at MamaCoach!

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Stress and Relaxation Workshop ***Back by popular demand!

Stress and Relaxation Workshop ***Back by popular demand!
Saturday October 21st 2-4 pm
Hosted by Dr. Ellen Simone, Naturopath and Kelly Sabara, Reiki Master

Location: Dr. Ellen Simone ND & Associates, 1390 Prince of Wales Drive, Suite 205, Ottawa, K2C 3N6

The workshop includes the following:

  • Learn about the importance of relaxation and stress management and how it affects your physical and emotional health
  • Find emotional balance through 10 strategies for reconnecting with yourself
  • Learn about reiki and how it creates relaxation and a state of healing through calming and rebalancing your energy
  • Participate in a guided meditation exercise to Reconnect with Your Emotions
  • Connect with the universal Ki/QI energy available to all of us for healing
  • Learn about 3 essential oil blends for relaxation
  • Learn about the healing properties of 5 crystals

Special Bonus: Make your own personalized essential oil and crystal spray for emotional balance! Using the info provided on the 3 essential oil blends and 5 crystals you will use your intuition and creativity to create a unique spray to support the unique person that you are!

Join us for an afternoon of relaxation!

Cost: $20 (includes materials)

Space is limited so please contact ellen@drellensimone.com to reserve your spot!

You’re invited to Reiki Share at Dr. Ellen Simone ND & Associates!

You’re invited to Reiki Share at Dr. Ellen Simone ND & Associates!

Reiki share is an evening event where community comes together to learn more about, practice and enjoy Reiki.

Reiki share night is open to the general public, Reiki practitioners and Reiki Masters.

You are invited to connect with healing energy in a group setting, learn and participate in Reiki healing techniques and have a hands-on Reiki treatment from multiple practitioners attending the Reiki share night.

If you are new to Reiki, this is a great way to learn what Reiki is.

If you are a Reiki practitioner, this is a great way to practice the techniques you have learned in your Reiki course and to further your development with Reiki energy.

The cost is $10 (cash only)

Space is limited so please R.S.V.P to info@kellysabara.com

Location: Dr. Ellen Simone ND & Associates, 1390 Prince of Wales Drive, Suite 205, Ottawa, K2C 3N6

The next Reiki share night is: Thursday, October 12th at 7-9 pm

Self-Care – Your Unique Way Workshop

Self-Care – Your Unique Way Workshop 
Sunday, October 8th 9 – 11 am
Hosted by Nathalie, ACC & ECPC – Owner and Coach at MamaCoach

Location: Dr. Ellen Simone ND & Associates, 1390 Prince of Wales Drive, Suite 205

Are you feeling tired, overwhelmed, maybe a little depleted?  Would you like to find your very own way to feel happier, healthier and more balanced?

Join MamaCoach for a two-hour workshop on self-care where we will explore why self-care is important, how your entire family benefits from it and what it means for you.  You will then create your own priorities and strategies to get you unstuck and feeling better.

In addition to investing in yourself, you will get to meet other moms just like you.  And as always – babies are most welcome!

Cost: $20

Space is limited so please contact nathalie@mamacoach.ca to reserve your spot!

Meet Nathalie Laurin, owner of MamaCoach!
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