Short answer: It depends.
In our modern culture, we are used to popping a pill and having our pain go away within 5 minutes. We want immediate action from our medicine. I understand this when you are in pain, but building long-lasting health with natural herbs and medicines is a different approach, and it takes time.
Sure, some herbal medicines go to work right away. Echinacea boosts white blood cell count and helps your immune system fight off illness and should be taken in the first moments of noticing symptoms. Breathing in the steam from eucalyptus essential oil in hot water can clear your congestion immediately. Natural anti-inflammatories like Boswellia can even relieve pain as quickly as Tylenol or Aspirin.
But when it comes to supporting deep wellness - building a strong immune system to avoid getting sick, rebalancing hormones to get relief from PMS symptoms and regulate the menstrual cycle, calming your nervous system to reduce anxiety and get better sleep - these take months and even years of adding herbal remedies to your daily routine in order to achieve the best results.
Herbal remedies are better thought of as food than medicine. You want to take vitex tincture or drink tulsi tea every day, sometimes multiple times a day, to allow the herbal actions to have the strongest effect on your body. Finding ways to seamlessly incorporate herbs into your diet is the best way to approach using herbal medicine.
The truth is that our "modern American diet" has been eroding our health for many years and generations. Many of us lack basic vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients we need to build strong bodies and balanced minds. These imbalances can lead to mood swings, lack of sleep, anxiety, stress, and more time being sick. In order to reset our health, we need to asses our diet, exercise, and habits, and identify new plan allies to help us on our path to personal health and healing.
If you're ready to embark on a natural healing path with me, book your Initial Personal Health Consultation today, and then you can commit to 3- or 6-session packages under my Wellness Plans page. I also offer a Food as Medicine consultation where we specifically focus on rebuilding your gut health and learn some easy new meals to keep you on the right track.
I look forward to helping you in any way that I can!