I’m a pretty decent sleeper. I’ve always thought I was a very light sleeper, but according to my Jawbone UP! band I get a lot of deep sleep. (Although, I think it lies. There are times where I know I was awake, I looked my clock several times and noted the time, yet the graph says I was asleep! LOL!) And fortunately I have a baby who does a pretty good job of sleeping through the night (as long as we’re at home and not on vacation… she doesn’t sleep then.)
But stress… that’s a different story. I have a ton of stress in my life. Part of it is that I have a ton of stuff I have to do. Part of it is just in my nature to feel like I have to take everything on and try to make everybody happy, even if I don’t have time for it all and I get stretched to the max. You might say that I’m actually really good at stress!
But I was given the opportunity to review one of the formulations by Sainthood Herbs and when I looked at the options, I decided that the Stress and Sleep one in their Solution series might be a good option to try.
When it arrived, I was at the tail end of breastfeeding (or exclusively pumping as it ended up playing out) and I noticed the bottle said to not use while pregnant or breastfeeding. So I held off on trying the pills for a few weeks, knowing the end was nigh.
So when I was clear, it was time to try them. I was feeling particularly anxious one day and decided that would be the day. So I popped the three pills that are a dose and felt… well, no different. Then I tried them another week and once more, nothing. Perhaps they are something you need to take continually to build up stores of the beneficial herbs in the body? I don’t know.
They contain a proprietary blend of herbs, so I don’t know exactly what is in them but all of Sainthood Herbs products are certified Non-GMO. This one in particular contains lemon balm extract, which I learned from Dr. Google and WebMD that it is believed to help with anxiety, sleep problems and restlessness as well as digestive problems. It seems like those attributes are right in line with what this should help with, the digestive troubles are interesting because I know that some of my digestive troubles either originate from or are exacerbated by stress.
Another ingredient is Silk Tree bark, also known as mimosa tree. Interesting factoid I found about that, mimosa tree is sometimes called Collective Happiness Bark, because it is used as a general antidepressant in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Maybe I should try taking them at the same time each day for a whole week or something. Because I admit, right now my stress levels are insanely high.
Other products offered by Sainthood Herbs are: Mental Agility and Weight Management in the Boost series; Blood Glucose and Heart & LDL in the Solution series; Menopause and Urinary Tract in the Women series. They’re available for purchase online.