Overcoming Holiday Stress

The holidays are here—and so are the potential headaches from long shopping lines, overbooked party calendars and awkward conversations with distant relatives. If you could use some natural assistance in staying healthy, calm and yes, cheerful this season, Pharmaca has you covered. Yvonne Casaus, herbalist at our Santa Fe location, shared her tips with us.


Let’s start with supplements. I’ve had a lot of success with the Culturelle Lactobacillus Probiotic, which supports the immune system. One a day goes a long way in boosting the prevention of illness. Holy Basil Leaf by Gaia Herbs is a good option for tired-and-wired feelings. With the stress of the holidays we tend to overexert ourselves, and Holy Basil helps us feel more patient by giving us a sense of extra space. It also helps with mood elevation.

Maintaining healthy sleep also helps keep holiday stress down, so I suggest Sleep Tonight by Enzymatic Therapy. It’s the only product I’ve found that specifically reduces the cortisol secretions that awaken us in the night when we’re overly stressed, and it also contains ashwagandha to boost long-term sleep.

Finally, do your best to keep up a balanced diet. This time of year has us craving lots of warming and sugary foods, so a nice way to counteract that is to incorporate more warming red pepper, cayenne, black pepper and cinnamon into your drinks and dishes.

Now is the perfect time to switch to tea from coffee, which depletes the nervous system and adds tension. For stress modulation, I rely on chai spices to warm my body up and get rid of phlegm, and dark leafy greens for pH balancing. Remember, even people with the best diets stray, but you can help counteract that with balancing ingredients.


For more advice on keeping your stress levels down and good holiday cheer up, speak with a Pharmaca practitioner today.

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