Stress Less! Embrace Natural Botanical Remedies for a Zen State

Stress Less! Embrace Natural Botanical Remedies for a Zen State

From demanding work schedules to family responsibilities to financial stress, the pressures we face take a toll on our mental well-being. While there are various methods to manage stress, natural remedies offer a gentle and holistic approach that can help alleviate symptoms and promote overall well-being.

Adapting to Stress with Adaptogens

Adapto-what? Adaptogens are active ingredients in certain plants and mushrooms that may impact how our bodies deal with stress, anxiety and fatigue. They are a subset of botanicals that have been traditionally used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for centuries. They are believed to help regulate the body's stress response and reduce the negative effects of stress on the body. The intake of adaptogens is associated not only with the body’s better ability to adapt to stress and normalise metabolic functions, but also with better mental and physical performance. *

There are three qualities that plants must have to be an adaptogen:

  1. Non-toxic when taken in normal doses.
  2. Help your body cope with stress.
  3. Enable your body to restore balance (homeostasis).

Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)

Mugwort is a versatile herb (anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial) with a rich history of medicinal use dating back centuries. Its therapeutic properties include the ability to soothe the mind and body. One key component that makes mugwort a stress-relief powerhouse is its array of bioactive compounds, including flavonoids, triterpenes and essential oils that can help regulate cortisol production, thereby reducing stress levels and promoting a sense of balance and well-being.

Ashwaganda (Withania somnifera)

Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that helps the body adapt to stressors and maintain balance. It has been shown to reduce cortisol levels, improve mood, and enhance resilience to stress.

Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum)

Also known as Tulsi, holy basil contains compounds that help regulate cortisol levels, reduce anxiety, and promote a sense of calm. One study published in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine found that holy basil extract significantly reduced symptoms of stress and anxiety. **(

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Lavender is known as “the Swiss army knife” of herbal remedies for good reason. It not only smells wonderful, but lavender has been used for centuries to promote relaxation and ease tension. Lavender contains compounds like linalool and linalyl acetate, which have been shown to have sedative effects on the nervous system.

Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)

Chamomile is another popular herb known for its gentle stress-relieving properties. The Chamomile flower contains apigenin, which acts as a mild sedative and muscle relaxant. Not only does chamomile have a calming effect on the body and mind, but it has also been found to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce inflammation in the body.

Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)

Passionflower is known for its tranquilizing effects on the nervous system. The herb contains flavonoids and alkaloid compounds that have been shown to alleviate symptoms of stress and anxiety.

Formulate your own relaxation rituals!

Herbal Teas:

Brewing herbal teas is one of the simplest and most traditional ways to enjoy the stress-relieving benefits of botanicals. Choose your favourite stress-relief herbs and steep them in hot water for several minutes. Breathe in the calming aroma and sip slowly to relax your mind and body. 

If you're seeking natural herbal tea remedies for common ailments or simply looking to explore the potential health benefits of herbal teas, grab a copy of our free e-book, Steeping Wellness. It also covers how to create your own therapeutic blends and the precautions to consider for safe consumption. Enjoy it with a warm cup of your favourite herbal infusion by your side. 

Herbal Baths:

Create a calm and healing herbal bath by adding dried botanicals to your bathwater. You can also infuse bath salts (think Himalayan or Epsom salts) with adaptogenic essential oils for an extra dose of rest and relaxation.

Add to food:

Sprinkle herbs such as ashwaganda or holy basil into your food or drinks.

Diffuser:

Add a few drops of stress-relieving essential oils to your diffuser as part of your evening relaxation routine.

 

Consulting with a healthcare professional before incorporating herbs into your de-stressing routine is advisable, especially for those with existing health conditions or taking medications.

 

*www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8398443/#:~:text=Adaptogens%20are%20pharmacologically%20active%20compounds,1%2C2%2C3%5D.

**www.sciencedirect.com/journal/phytomedicine

***https://www.researchgate.net/publication/271594560_Tulsi_-_Ocimum_sanctum_A_herb_for_all_reasons)

 


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