Video: My 3 Favorite Tools For Reducing Fertility Stress

Video: My 3 Favorite Tools For Reducing Fertility Stress

My 3 Favorite Tools For Reducing Stress

In today’s modern, fast-paced society, it is easy for people to become stressed. In fact, one would almost think that being stressed is the “in” thing, and if you aren’t stressed it must mean there is something wrong with you! Realistically, however, stress has a very real impact on your fertility and is not a good thing for our bodies in general. This video was shared live. Download the Instagram App to watch our live broadcasts!

Let me share with you my go-to, stress-reducing tools…

1. Aromatherapy: I love to use essential oils because they work so quickly and they really work well on the emotions. When I am stressed out, strong emotions always come along with that.

My go-to essential oils for stress are:

  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) There are so many studies that show lavender helps to reduce stress, anxiety, mild depression… a lot of different things that are happening with stress and in our minds. It’s simple and inexpensive.

Researchers at Japan’s Meikai University’s School of Dentistry have found that lavender and rosemary noticeably decrease the stress hormone, cortisol and increase free-radical scavenging activity of antioxidants protecting the body from oxidative stress. This action applies systemically no matter why cortisol is raised.

  • Vetiver (Chrysopogon zizanioides) It is really grounding, helping you to come out of the clouds and come back down to earth. It is a very strong and resinous oil, just one drop is needed.

Make sure to choose a high-quality brand that is therapeutic and that has been tested to make sure it contains nothing that is synthetic.

2. Herbs: I am an herbalist and I love herbs! I like to work with adaptogenic herbs, because they help to strengthen and support the nervous system. Adaptogenic herbs have been shown in studies and through traditional use to help calm the brain and nervous system. These herbs can help if you:

  • are an over-thinker (fight constant/excess thoughts)
  • are thinking about the future or past often
  • suffer from a lot of worry

My go-to herbs/herbal formula:

3. EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique: It is my go-to for when I am really riled up. If I do not have my essential oils or my herbs with me, I can use EFT. Especially if it is something that just happened and I am emotionally charged. It will take me down a few notches.

You can reduce your stress!

The beauty of these tools is that you can use all of them and overlap them, or choose whichever things appeal to you in the moment. I hope that you found my stress-reducing tips useful. If you find yourself in a stressful situation, remember that within your stress toolbox you have something on hand when you need it.

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  • Atsumi T. and Tonosaki K. (2007 Feb. 28) Smelling lavender and rosemary increases free radical scavenging activity and decreases cortisol level in saliva. Psychiatry Res. 150(1):89-96. Epub 2007 Feb 7. PMID: 17291597. DOI:10.1016/j.psychres.2005.12.012. Retrieved from
Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN
Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN

Dr. Traxler is a University-trained obstetrician/gynecologist, working with patients in Minnesota for over 20 years. She is a professional medical writer; having authored multiple books on pregnancy and childbirth; textbooks and coursework for medical students and other healthcare providers; and has written over 1000 articles on medical, health, and wellness topics.  Dr. Traxler attended the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences and University of Minnesota Medical School,  earning a degree in biochemistry with summa cum laude honors in 1981,  and receiving her Medical Doctorate degree (MD) in 1986.

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    Thanks so much Elizabeth for answering my question. What about adding a multivitamin -containing Starflower oil (100mg) and Evening Primrose oil (100mg)- as well as Omega 3 to the above herbs? Will it still be fine? This will make my day as follows:
    800mg vitex in the morning on an empty stomach as recommended, 2500mg of Maca root two hours later, then one multivitamin capsule + omega 3 at lunch and then 300mg ashwagandha taken with a cup of holy basil tea in the evening. Is this a good combination with no negative interaction between these herbs? Also, is it safe to take everyday, or better to stop say every 3 months? Thanks in advance for your response.

    • Yes Sakura, that is just fine. There isn’t a known negative interaction. Not to worry!
      Each are safe long term, there is not need to pause their use. That said, while actively trying to conceive, Evening Primrose Oil is suggested only until ovulation. Then this one oil is best paused.

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    Hello, thanks a lot for your informative website! Is it OK to take an ashwagandha capsule with a cup of holy basil tea in the evening/ before bedtime? Is it safe to take them together this way at the same time? I also take Vitex and Maca in the morning (not at the same time).

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    Hey, all of the techniques shared by you are really really great especially of lavender oil and EFT I have started using those in combination. Honestly, it works.