Herbafayre By Jean Blacker

healthcolumnsd'Jean Blacker from Herbafayre
healthcolumnsd'Jean Blacker from Herbafayre
Have your say

I feel tired all the time. I’ve been to the doctor and I’m not anaemic and my thyroid’s ok, so can you suggest anything to help?

A: Jean Blacker from Herbafayre says,

There are several reasons why you may be feeling tired all the time but common causes include toxicity in the body (your liver and kidneys may be in need of a good detox); stress, which is not uncommon at this time of the year and/or being overweight.

And of course, persistent tiredness may simply be due to a lack of sleep.

There’s no right or wrong number of hours of sleep as everyone is different, but generally most people need between 7 and 8 hours to feel fully rested.

If you are having trouble sleeping, the herbal remedy Valerian may help. It is recognised for its calming action and is thought to inhibit the breakdown of GABA, a chemical transmitter that enables you to ‘cross over’ into sleep.

Valerian is often coupled with Hops due to the gentle sedative action Hops exerts on the nervous system. Where possible opt for a fresh tincture preparation as they are generally faster-working.

In addition to Valerian, the minerals magnesium and calcium can help you to wind down after a busy or stressful day. Food sources include fresh green leafy vegetables such as kale, cabbage and broccoli. If you’re not sleeping because of stress, make sure you top up on your B vitamins.

Found naturally in oats, potatoes, bananas, lentils, peppers, tempeh, beans and brewer’s yeast (Marmite and Vegemite are excellent sources) the B vits help to support the nervous system and the adrenal glands.

The herbal remedy Passiflora can also help with the symptoms of stress.

Used for centuries as a mild sedative, it is particularly beneficial when mixed with other restorative herbs such as Avena sativa (oats), helping to prolong sleep time, relieve muscle tension and alleviate mild anxiety.

If symptoms do not improve consult your GP or healthcare professional.

For further advice ask at your local health shop.