Several years ago while living in New York City I got stressed. It got so out of control that I would lay my head down on the pillow at night and my thoughts would keep running…..and running and running. I felt exhausted all the time and it started showing up on my face. This is bad news when you earn a living as a model. My roommate had a prescription for Xanax and one night she gave me a pill and I thought I had found the magic answer. Unfortunately that was a short term solution that just masked a greater problem and knowing I was covering up the issue just caused me more stress! Not wanting to rely on prescription drugs I searched for a better solution- green medicine.
For almost a year I attended classes at the New York Open Center led by homeopath and herbalist Peeka Trenkle. I learned natural ways to combat everything from burns to bad dreams. The classes were fascinating and they also gave me an excuse to get out of the city on weekends and hunt for plants in the wilderness. About halfway through my courses I learned about adaptogens. [Read more…]