This is a list of articles by herbalists as well as articles around the subject of holistic mental health.



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Herbs for Depression:  Eight Herbalists Share Strategies

Depression   Chris Kresser

Joyful herbs for darker days   Guido Mase

A few of my favorite calming & uplifting herbs    Kiva Rose

Calming Herbs & Nervine Differentials   Kiva Rose

Natural and Herbal Remedies for Depression   Brigitte Mars

Comforting Herbs   Rebecca Hartmann

Essential Oils and Seasonal Affective Disorder    Robert Tisserand

Herbs for post partum depression    Henriette Kress

Herbs for sorrow   Henriette Kress

Herbs for Happiness   Henriette Kress

Herbs for heartbreak   Erin Mcintosh

Eclectic & Botanical Protocols for Mental Health   David Winston

Are There Herbs for Low Self Esteem?  Anne McIntyre

Herbal Support for Depression   Larken Bunce

10 Cheap or Free Self-Care Ideas to Stop Feeling Like Crap  Traci Picard




Herbs and Natural Remedies for Insomnia   Christopher Hobbs

Treating Sleep Problems with Herbs  Anne McIntyre

Sleep debt: pathophysiology and natural therapeutics  Paul Bergner




Nervines: complimentary herbs for adaptogens    David Winston

Natural Remedies for Attention Deficit and Hyperactive Disorders  Brigitte Mars

Relax Already: Selected Nervine Differentials  Kiva Rose

Herbal Support for Anxiety    Larken Bunce

Materia medica for the nervous system  Guido Mase

Anxiety- Theoretical Considerations and Chinese Herbal Approaches  Heiner Fruehauf

Herbal Support for Stress   Anne McIntyre

The Use of Nervines in the Treatment of Mental and Nervous Disorders   Althea Northage Orr

Stress Relief with Nervine Herbs  Christa Sinadinos

Terms of the Trade:  Adaptogen  Kiva Rose

In Praise of Worry  by Traci Picard




Choice Injury Herbs  Kiva Rose

A few herbs for headaches   Kiva Rose

Herbal Headache treatments with differentials   Kiva Rose

Natural Therapies for Headaches  Darcey Blue

Endometriosis and Essential Oils   Jessica Ring

Chinese Herbal Therapy for Endometriosis     Subhuti Dharmananda

An analysis of Chinese Herb Prescriptions for rheumatoid arthritis   Subhuti Dharmananda

Lyme Disease:  Treatment with Chinese Herbs   Subhuti Dharmananda

Simple Traditional Formulas for Pain    Subhuti Dharmananda

Herbs for PMS    Christopher Hobbs

Headaches (7song)

Treating Chronic Inflammatory Diseases with Chinese Herbs:  “Gu Syndrome” in Modern Clinical Practice.  Heiner Fruehauf

Working with Pain  Coreypine Shane

Herbs for Nerve Pain   Coreypine Shane

Herbs for Muscle Pain Coreypine Shane

Botanicals and chronic pain  Paul Bergner)

Remedy differentials in Migraine  Paul Bergner

Arthritis Paul Bergner

Herbs for Back Pain Jim McDonald

The Wicked Problem of Lyme and Chronic Infections   Renee Davis

Cannabis Overview  Renee Davis




Sex-Positive, Pleasure-Oriented, Juicy-Fun Sexual Health Larken Bunce
Valentine’s Day herbs Guido Mase

What does sex-positive herbalism look like?   Traci Picard

Have a REALLY Happy Valentine’s Day!   Lesley Tierra

Birds Do It, Bees Do It: Foods & herbs to spice up your love life   Michael Tierra

Herbal Aphrodisiacs  Christa Sinadinos

Herbs for sex and sexual response   Karen Vaughan

Botanica Afrodisiaca   Jiling Lin

Aphrodisiacs and Energetics  Jim McDonald

Energetics of Aphrodisiacs  Jim McDonald




Nootropics: The new Adaptogens  Renee Davis



Extreme States/Spiritual Emergence

Understanding Extreme States: An Interview with Stephen Harrod Buhner 

The Untamed Heart: Holistic Approach to Bipolar   Jon Keyes

Alternatives to Psychiatric Hospitalization  Jon Keyes

Holistic Approach to Psychiatric Hospitalization  Jon Keyes





Nervous System

The Nervous System- an overview   Gehrke and Tomeo

Materia medica for the nervous system  Guido Mase

Acupuncture and herbs for mind and brain disorders   Subhuti Dharmananda

The vagus nerve, emotions and the difficulty with mindfulness practices  Tracy Andrews




CPTSD, allostatic load and giving no fucks   Gwynnie Bran Hale

Trauma informed herbalism   Gwynnie Bran Hale

Healing from Childhood Trauma  Jon Keyes

Trauma, the Gut and Healing:  Building Deep Resiliency with Herbs  Jon Keyes

Healing the Heart:  Exploring Heart Rate Variability and Trauma   Jon Keyes


Social Justice

Our Story  by Toi Scott

We are the Sum of our Ancestors, Decolonizing Herbalism and other Healing Modalities  Toi Scott

No Herbal Revolution without an Anti-Oppression Framework   Toi Scott

The Inaccessibility of Modern Western Herbalism   Toi Scott

The Ultimate List of Black Owned Farms & Food Gardens  Shoppe Black

Herbs for Resistance    Janet Kent

Herbalism as a Tool for Social Justice  Janet Kent and Jen Stovall

Winter Reverie and Rant (and why its a good time for  Hawthorn)  Janet Kent

Herbal Medicine and Social Justice  by Lisa Fazio

Decolonizing Psychiatry:  The Danger of a Single Story  by Jeff Friedman

Decolonizing the Mental Health System   Jon Keyes

Decolonizing Global Mental Health  The Psychiatrization of the Majority World” by Phillip Thomas


Food Sovereignty


A New Chapter for Food Sovereignty   By Rowen White

Food Sovereignty:  Nourishing and Teaching the Next Generation   by Rowen White

Nisqually Food sovereignty:  Sustainable Decolonization and Restoration by Tori Chapman

Dinè Food Sovereignty




Dark Medicines:  On Seeing Patients with “Bad Habits”  Dave Meesters

How to Quit Heroin & Opiate Drugs with the Help of Kratom   Jorge Fernandez

Harm reduction and the community herbalist by Rippy

Coping with Nicotine Withdrawal by Karen Vaughan


Coming off Psychiatric Drugs


Harm Reduction Guide to Coming off Psychiatric Drugs and Withdrawal

Holistic Support for Antidepressant Discontinuation   Jon Keyes

Using herbs for support when transitioning off psychiatric medication– Guido Mase

SSRI Withdrawal Procedure  Subhuti Dharmananda

Invisible Pain- Tapering off Psychiatric Drugs     Jon Keyes

The Chemical Imbalance Myth  Chris Kresser

Stop the Madness: Coming off Psych Meds   Dr. Kelly Brogan


Hydrosols, Essential Oils and Small Batch Distilling


A Brief History of Hydrosols  by Ann Harman

Hydrosols  by Jeanne Rose

Making and Using Hydrosols- home distilling  by Cathy Skipper

Aromatic Molecules, Medicine of the Soul and the Alchemical Journey   by Cathy Skipper

How to build a kitchen still for essential oils and alcohol by Dan Riegler

How to distill essential oils from Pine and Spruce sap  by Dan Riegler

Distilling your own Hydrosols by Ann Harman

How to Make Essential Oils  from Clawhammer Supply





Maximizing CBD’s Effects and Benefits: 5 Experts Weigh In  from Leafly

The History and Emergence of the CBD Cannabis Strains  from Leafly

The Best Cannabis Strains for Depression  by Bailey Rahn

Why Does Cannabis Cause Paranoia in Some But Helps Anxiety in Others?  by Bailey Rahn

Cannabis and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)  by Bailey Rahn

How Is Hemp CBD Oil Different From Marijuana CBD Oil?   by Zoe Wilder

Hemp Derived CBD vs. Cannabis Derived CBD  by Lanny Swerdlow RN

The link between weed and schizophrenia is way more complicated than we thought  by Arielle Duhaime-Ross

An Introduction To The Endocannabinoid System  by Dustin Sulak, D.O.




On temperaments: Part 1  by Rebecca Altman

On Water: The Phlegmatic Temperament by Rebecca Altman

On Fire:  The Choleric Temperament by Rebecca Altman

On Air:  Meet the Sanguine  by Rebecca Altman

On Earth:  The Melancholic Temperament by Rebecca Altman





Psychedelic Mushrooms for Mental Health:  A Primer   Jon Keyes

How Psychedelic Drugs Can Help Patients Face Death  Lauren Slater, NY Times

Psilocybin Mushrooms articles  from Reset Me


The Nature Cure   James Hamblin, The Atlantic

Ecotherapy:  When Your Prescription is a Walk in the Woods  Michelle McDonagh,  Irish Times

How Nature Benefits Your Mental Health  Lucy Jones, Vice

A Daily Dose of Ecotherapy Eases Stress in Kids  Katie Arnold, Outside

Ecotherapy:  How does the Great Outdoors Improve Mental Health?  Oliver James, The Guardian

Forest Bathing, A Natural Booster  Telangana Today



Everything You Need to Know About Animism    Sarah Ann Lawless

The Song of the Land:  Bioregional Animism  Sarah Ann Lawless

The Genius in the Bottle:  Bioregional Animism and the Viridian Genii   Marcus McCoy



Home Remedies for Hypothyroidism  Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Thyroid Function and Dysfunction  Ryan Drum

Environmental Origins of Thyroid Disease   Ryan Drum

Environmental Origins of Thyroid Disease part 2  Ryan Drum

The Underlying Causes of Thyroid Disease    Chris Kresser

The Thyroid Gut Connection   Chris Kresser

Your Gut Microbes and Your Thyroid:  Whats the Connection?    Chris Kresser


Gut Health and the Microbiome

Can The Bacteria in Your Gut Explain Your Mood?   NY Times

When Gut Bacteria Change Brain Function  The Atlantic

8 Safe and Effective Herbal Antibiotic Alternatives  Aviva Romm

The Gut Microbiome and Diet in Psychiatry: Focus on Depression

Mental Health May Depend on Creatures in the Gut  Scientific American

The Gutsy Side of Mental Disorders  The Silhouette

How Psychobiotics Use Gut Bacteria to Treat Mental Illness  Huffington Post

Link between chronic fatigue syndrome and gut bacteria explored Medical News Today

Breastfeeding the Microbiome   The New Yorker

Heal Your Gut Heal Your Brain  Chris Kresser

The Hologenome: How Our Relationship With Microbes Drives Our Evolution    Chris Kresser

Do Microbes Control Your Food Choices?   Chris Kresser

Adrenals and Burnout


The Modern Lifestyle:  A Recipe for Adrenal Fatigue?  Chris Kresser

Adrenal Fatigue or HPA Axis Dysregulation?  Chris Kresser

Americanitis:  The Disease of Living Too Fast  The Atlantic

Maybe You Have Neurasthenia, a 19th-Century Diagnosis for Burnout     NY Mag

Adrenal Fatigue does not exist:  A Systemic Review