Herbs, Adaptogens & Managing Stress with Lana Camiel

July 26, 2018

Today’s guest is an absolute wealth of information, with a wide-ranging resume and specializing in helping those with stress.  Hello, we can all use more of that!

Lana Camiel is a college professor, drug information pharmacist, herbalist and a podcaster. Her passion is to teach young professionals and students how to take good care of themselves with the right herbs, food and self-care techniques.

Lana is a beautiful example of wide-ranging approaches coming together to maximize her pharmaceutical background with the complement of the more holistic practice using herbs and lifestyle changes.

One major point to note is that Lana explains, “herbal medicine is not about using capsules and tablets.”  Instead, she suggests using real herbs and even making your own teas whenever you can and creating a ritual around it to simplify the process to prevent overwhelm.

Listen in for discussions about:

  • Resilience and mental health issues among the younger population
  • Incorporating proper self care and nutrition into even the busiest lifestyle
  • The importance of sleep when it comes to stress
  • Self forgiveness
  • Plants and herbs that support the brain and nervous system
  • Being cautious of the manufacturing of your supplements and how their products are being sourced for maximum benefit
  • How to experiment with new types of herbs and spices



Definition of adaptogens: herbs that are used for the stress of daily living.

Tulsi (or Holy Basil)

  • Mint family, native to India
  • Often used for clearing mental fog, immune system support, aids memory
  • Mild adaptogen


  • Type of medicinal mushroom
  • Very hard, requires work to extract the active ingredients
  • Originates from China,
  • Known for longevity, immune support, cardiovascular system, anti-inflammatory properties
  • Mild adaptogen


  • Oats can be used as different stages of plant growth
  • Milky oats specifically is white latex fluid that is extracted from the oat seed
  • Used for to support brain and nervous system
  • Be careful about particular form it comes in, as it is often mixed in tincture form from alcohol preparation (company suggestions below)
  • Over long periods of times, can be very supportive of nervous system


  • Plant that is considered a nervine (calms the nerves)
  • Helpful for digestion, anxiety, nervous system, inflammatory conditions such as IBS, IBD, etc.
  • Excellent choice to be incorporated into everyday life
  • Mild, pleasant flavour
  • Use with caution if allergic to the ragweed family


  • Comes from stinging nettles, also from the mint family
  • Filled with minerals and vitamins, including iron, magnesium, vitamins A, various B-vitamins & C
  • Very green, delicious flavour (in my opinion!) and offers a lot of nutrition for the body


You might need to take notes on this episode, because Lana has made this one jam-packed with goodies that you can start introducing into your everyday life as soon as you’re done listening!

“Health is not a goal, but it’s a journey.” – Lana Camiel



Website: lanacamiel.com

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Listen to Lana interview me on her podcast, Wellness Insiders Network, Episode #31:

Manage Your Energy Levels with Emily Gough


Brands to Purchase Herbs or Herbal Teas

Mountain Rose Herbs

Organic India

Traditional Medicinals

Yogi Tea


Resources for Learning More About Herbs

The Science & Art of Herbalism, by Rosemary Gladstar

Farm to Pharmacy (Sawmill Herb Farm with David Siff)

David Winston



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