Food & Mood Regulation: Our conversation with Justina Hertzler, RN & Herbalist

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Aug 17 2021 • 53 mins

Lauren has an informative, in-depth conversation with Justina Hertzler about food and mood regulation. They discuss the importance of asking questions and the difference in pharmaceutical vs herbal options.

Justina explains several topics, including:

  • Low FODMAP diet
  • Elimination diet
  • Gut-Brain connection

Justina’s passion for this work comes from a long-held, deep desire to educate people about self-healing. She loves to teach others how to use herbs and diet to bring the body back into balance, so it can heal itself. Herbs are an amazing and gentle resource for nourishing, supporting, or restoring vitality to the body.

Parents can help kiddos regulate moods with food and herbs, and Justina explains how. She also talks about how to get children involved in the process.

To bring about healthy food changes in schools, get involved with or start a school garden to teach children about plants. Be active in the classroom, the local PTA, and with the principal. Express concerns about food quality and children's health.

Recommendations from Justina:

Nutrition Resources -

  • Children's herbal tea and tincture dosage guide
  • The Herbal Academy - education, recipes.
  • The Heartstone Center for Earth Essentials
  • Evolutionary Herbalism – Materia Medica Monthly
  • Nourishing Meals website - Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook
  • Dolly and Oatmeal - blog
  • Nourishing Traditions – blog & cookbook by Sally Fallon Morell.
  • Thrive Magazine – recipes, overall health & wellness. (Found by Justina’s daughter!)

Herbal Suppliers -

  • Natural Hope Herbals - children's tincture line
  • Desert Tortoise Botanicals for western US herbs
  • Healing Spirits Herb Farm - regional source,  organically grown.
  • Mountain Rose Herbs
  • Starwest Botanicals
  • Urban Moonshine

Try at home tip
Make Calm Mood Tea using equal parts of these herbs:

  • Catnip (Nepeta cataria) - Cooling, gentle, relaxing.
  • Milky oats (Avena sativa) - Calming, balancing, soothing.
  • Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) - Gently calm the nervous system.
  • Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis) - Relaxant, uplifting anti-depressant.

Guest Bio:
Justina Hertzler, RN, BSN, Herbalist, has a background in holistic nutrition education, and bioregional, whole plant medicine. She works with clients to curate individualized wellness plans addressing dis-ease at the root level, utilizing herbs and food as medicine. Forever a student of plant wisdom, Justina has a deep desire to educate others about self-healing through renewed relationship with the natural world, and returning balance….the natural state of the body.

Get in touch with Justina Hertzler:
Email: inaroselatura@gmail.com
Phone: 520-429-8162

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