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Valerian Root:

  • This herb has a long history of being used for as an herbal health supplement.
  • Valerian Root was used by Greek Physicians like Dioscordes and Galen.  It was apparent to them that Valerian Root had many health benefits.
  • The most common historical use for Valerian was to support a healthy nervous system. There are current studies that are testing the efficacy of Valerian Root.
  • As early as  the 16th century Valerian was recognized as an herb with great potential for supporting healthy nervous systems and assisting with moods.
  • Most studies seem to indcate that Valerian has two active componants that contribute to its effectiveness.
  • First is valerenic acid and its derivatives.
  • And second are the iridoids, which include the valepotriates. Valepotriates and their derivatives.
  • Both of these seem to interact and support the nervous system.
  • A possible mechanism by which Valerian Root effects the nervous system by being a precursor of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA, an inhibitory neurotransmitter). GABA is released into the cerebellum and becomes available in the synaptic cleft. GABA is the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. Studies are still needed to prove or disprove this theory.

  • St John's Wort:

  • St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), a plant that grows in the wild, has been used for centuries. It’s widely used by health care professionals in Europe.
  • The possible mechanism that causes St John's Wort to be a note worthy herbal supplement is a rare combination of active compounds that may prevent or delay the re-uptake of the hormones serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine.
  • St. John's Wort's two main active compounds that are responsible for the re-uptake of seritonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. They are hypericin and pseudohypericin. Both active compounds in St. John's wort that have been determined to be very effective for promoting healthy nervous system function.
  • Hypercin is not the only active compound in St. John's Wort. Recent information suggests other compounds called hyperforin and adhyperforin may also play a role in St John's Wort's popularity. It is believed that hyperforin and adhyperforin act on chemical messengers in the nervous system that regulate mood.

  • Skullcap:

  • Historically Skullcap was the go to herb for temporary bouts with nervousness or anxiety. As one excerpt from an old herbal "encyclopedia" puts it, “Skullcap is one of the finest nervines and antispasmodics given to humanity. It should be on every physician’s shelf”.
  • According to Penn State Medical Center. "For around two centuries, it was said that American skullcap was widely used as a mild relaxant...".
  • Skullcap has historical roots as a nervine. 
  • Nervines are types of herbs intended to nourish and support the central nervous system. They may restore balance and restfulness in the body.
  • Skullcap may provide significant antioxidant effects, which could make it a great option for reducing temporary bouts of anxiety.
  • Oxidative stress is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in your body. It is believed by many researchers that oxidative stress affects some brain-related activities, such as anxiety. Further research indicates that bioactive compounds (antioxidants) found in plants, such as skullcap, may neutralize and even eliminate some toxic free radicals. When this occurs, oxidative stress may be greatly reduced.

  • The information above is for informational purposes only. It does not reflect or relate to the performance or purpose of any products that contain similar materials.

    * "Herbal supplements are not drugs. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease."*

    Help Me Choose:

    What Vitamins and Minerals Help Me Keep My Nervous System Healthy?

    Proper functioning of your nervous system relies on a number of factors, including nutrients obtained from your diet. Some of the principal vitamins and minerals needed to help maintain the nervous system are potasium, calcium, vitamin B12. Herbalists also believe that there are certain herbs called Nervines (a classification of herbs) that aid in the nourishment and maintenance of the nervous system. Potassium helps in regulating nerve impulses. It plays a role in the electrochemical impulses your nerve cells use to transmit a signal throughout the nervous system on a cellular level. Calcium helps the cells initiate a response and then also helps return everything back to the normal state after the response has been resolved.

    What are Nervines?

    A nervine by definition "restores nerves, relaxes the nervous system." (The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants, by Andrew Chevallier). Nervines are herbs that specifically help support the nervous system. Nervines include plants like skullcap, oat tops, catnip, chamomile, valerian root, hops, and St John's Wort. .

    Health Information:

    Where Does Stress Come From?

    In a medical or biological context stress is a physical, mental, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension. Stresses can be external (from the environment, psychological, or social situations) or internal (illness, or from a medical procedure). Stress caused by an environmental stressor actually ignites a response referred to as the "fight or flight" response. In this case the body responds with a release of adrenaline and an elevated awareness of the surrounding environmental elements. Some people seek a short exposure to an outside environmental stressors. We refer to those people as adrenaline junkies. Short term exposure to the fight or flight stress can be healthy but long term exposure can drain energy reserves and overwhelm the ability to respond to anything exciting. It would be easy to look at the prolonged exposure to over whelming stress as a precursor to depression. Looking for and working on resolving or at least reducing those long term exterior stressors is a vital action to take for maintaining mental health.
    Symptoms of stress appear when disciplining children, during busy times at work, when managing your finances, or when coping with a challenging relationships. Stress is everywhere. And while a little stress is OK, too much stress can wear you down and make you sick, both mentally and physically. Some ways to literally work out those stressful issues that are present in nearly everyone's life is to "work out". Exercise is a great way to get past some of the frustration we experience with overly stressful life events. Exercise increases blood flow, produces healthy adrenaline and a body chemical called endorphins. Other ways to deal with stress are to meditate, participate in yoga or to find supplements that assist in calming during those overly stressful moments.

    What is the Nervous System?

    Your nervous system is made up of the Central Nervous System which includes the brain and spinal cord and the Periphrial Nervous System which include all of the nerves and nerve endings throughout the body.

    This nervous system works continuously to support essential functions for life, including your heartbeat, breathing, movement, memory and cognitive functioning. You might picture your nervous system to be like the wiring system in a computer. The CPU responds to all of the stimulants sent through the wiring system and then sends back a response. As an example a mouse click is a response to a stimulant on the screen. The CPU is the control of the response to the mouse click. In the same way we respond to an exterior stimulant by sending a signal to the Central Nervous System which then controls our response. Interestinly enough there are actually electrical currents that run back and forth through the nervous system that carry information to and from our CNS. The CNS then manages the response to those external stimuli. One thing that is needed for clean clear transmission is calcium. Some other micro nutrients are potasium, "B" vitamins and Vitamin E.

    Cell signaling is an abbrieviated way to say information transmission through the nerevous system. Calcium's main role in regards to the nervous system's function is cell signaling. Calcium is important in the contraction and expansion of blood vessels, nerve impulse transmission, muscle contraction and hormone production. As an example muscle cells, nerve endings release calcium ions, which bind to activator proteins. The activator proteins initiate the complex process of muscle contraction. There are also similar reactions that use calcium in the sensory nerves.

    What Does Stress do to Me and My Nervous System?

    Chronic stress, or a constant stress experienced over a prolonged period of time, can contribute to long-term problems for heart and blood vessels. The consistent and ongoing increase in heart rate, and the elevated levels of stress hormones and of blood pressure, can take a toll on the body.  In this day and age, we seem to encounter a lot of stress. The pace that we live on a daily basis is stressful in and of itself. Add to that the stress that comes from managing hard relationships, financial issues and issues that come from a stressful environmant at work and you have that constant "fight or flight" rush of adrenaline that causes anxiety, blood pressure issues, heart rate issues and a miriad of other issues related to stress.

    To understand this in basic terms imagine always using your car as a high performance machine making sure that you accelerate and travel at full throttle and that breaking is always employed hard enough that the tires screech or skid to a stop. This constant abuse of your car would wear it out at a much faster rate than being a conservative driver. Constant stress is to your nervous system is the same as aggressive driving is to a car. You and your car function but wear out at a much faster rate. The good news for you is that you can heal where as your car can't.

    Toxins and stress are both hard on our nervous systems. Stress from work, social media and financial issues are some of the full throttle issues in a normal American's life. The processed food we eat is irradiated, full of preservatives, full of harsh chemicals, and devoid of some important vitamins and minerals. Instead of being nutritious it can actually be harmful. Today's fast foods fail to give us the vitamins and minerals we need to keep our nervous system healthy.

    The information above is for informational purposes only. It does not reflect or relate to the performance or purpose of any products on this website.

    * "Herbal supplements are not drugs. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease."*


    Skullcap (herb), St John's Wort (herb), Blue Vervain (herb), Valerian (root), Hops (flower), Spearmint (leaf), Wood Betony ( herb), Mistletoe (herrb), Lady's Slipper (herb), Bladder Pod (herb), Cayenne Pepper


    Take 2 capsules 2 or 3 times a day. You may take more if needed.

    What’s Included:

    One Bottle of Grandma's Herbs NERVINE

  • 100 Capsules

  • Features:

    Promotes a healthy nervous system function.

  • Feeds the nervous system with nutrients from the herbs.
  • Formula contains healthy herbs that promote a healthy nervous system.

  • The information above is for informational purposes only. It does not reflect or relate to the performance or purpose of any products that contain similar materials.

    * "Herbal supplements are not drugs. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease."*

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