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As we near the end of 2020, we also face a rise in COVID-19 cases, coronavirus-related, hospitalizations, and record-setting outbreaks. What was once considered to be a “passing pandemic” has become a “new normal” everything, from how we work to how our children go to school to how we connect with friends, family members, and coworkers, has changed. And hey, change is hard! No one really likes it! Especially when you’re a working parent who relies heavily on tried and true routines and carefully coordinated schedules. 

So as we readjust our pandemic expectations (again) and fight that ever-present pandemic fatigue, we’re forced to find new ways to stay present, manage stress, and find a source of calm that’s going to carry us through a public health crisis that, for now, shows no signs of slowing down. 

While there’s certainly different strokes for different folks, many working and entrepreneurial moms are turning to essential oils to help them overcome anxiety, overwhelm, and pandemic-related stress. Mountain Meadow Herbs, which was founded in 2001 and created by a mom looking for alternative healing products to treat her ailing son, offers carefully researched, safe, and highly-effective herbal extracts to help promote serenity and tranquility. 

For example, Mountain Meadow Herbs offers a Full Spectrum Hemp Blend, featuring extracts of locally-grown hemp plants designed to offer mood and energy support, physical comfort support, and more. While more controlled clinical studies are needed, one 2019 study of 72 patients published in The Permanente Journal found that 52 study participants reported a decrease in their overall stress levels, suggesting that hemp oil does, in fact, can help reduce stress. 

And if you’re one of the 67% of Americans who say their sleep has been negatively impacted  by the pandemic and the financial ramifications of the crisis, Mountain Meadow Herbs offers Stress & Sleep Relaxation Support. This herbal blend of Passion flower leaf, Eleuthero root, Hops flower, St. John’s Wort, Catnip leaf flower, and Skullcap herb is specifically designed to help you fall asleep faster and avoid daytime stress build-up. 

Finally, if you’re having trouble focusing and when you’re tasked with facilitating your kid’s latest at-home e-learning session while working from home and maintaining your home, how can you not? Mountain Meadow Herbs offers stressed out moms their Herbal Focus Mental Clarity Support. By using a traditional herbal formula that includes Eleuthero root, Ginkgo Biloba leaf, Gotu Kola herb, and Bacopa herb, this extract promotes enhanced concentration, supports memory, and in some cases can maintain brain capacity and longevity. 

Studies have shown the ongoing pandemic has taken a toll on American’s collective mental health, and working moms are bearing the brunt of those negative outcomes. One study on the onset of the pandemic found that 28% of parents who are quarantining with their children were experiencing trauma-related mental health disorders, and the very first quarantine-related study out of China found that quarantine can bring on “insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression, anger, emotional exhaustion, and post-traumatic stress symptoms, as reported by Axios. 

In other words, this is hard. Really hard, and with no significant reprieve in immediate sight, it’s safe to assume it will get harder. We want to be with our extended families. We want to see our friends. We want to go back to the time when we could leave our homes (and our children) and focus on the other aspect of our lives that makes us who we are as complex, multi-faceted human beings. 

But we can’t it’s not safe, it’s not responsible, and it’s not a choice that is going to lead to the end of this pandemic. So until that day comes, we all have to  keep calm and quarantine on, one carefully crafted essential oil at a time.

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