Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Herbal Remedies For Stress Relief

Well hello there!

Christmas is coming so quickly, the holdays are  wrapped around us!

I have been doing the last few posts  geard  around holiday situations ie. jet lag, energy, travel sickness and the like. What amazes me is the sheer amount of trauma we go through every year, the last two probably worse.

So, keeping with the theme, today's post  will show what you can do to relieve stress, the herbal way....


Herbal Remedies for Stress Relief

The demands placed on you by everyday life can cause stress, which has an adverse effect on your body's nervous, immune and hormonal systems.  S

Symptoms of stress include chronic fatigue, depression and sleep disturbances. Other complaints such as asthma and irritable bowel syndrome are aggravated by stress.

A holistic herbal approach to stress uses herbs  to strengthen and support the body, improving your ability to cope with the condition. Tonic herbs such as gotu kola and holy basil nourish the nervous system, while ashwaganda and schizandra help to rest the mind and body to  help them recover from nervous exhaustion.

By stimulating and relaxing the various bodily systems, you can restore equilibrium to both mind and body and prevent the negative effects of stress.

Nourishing Your Adrenal Glands

Your adrenal glands lie above the kidney, they are vial for your "fight or flight" response to stress. If these are overstimulated because of prolonged stress, however, then your body can succumb to adrenal exhaustion.

This impairs the effectiveness of the overall immune system, making you vulnerable to illness and leaving you feeling constantly tired.

The correct blend of herbal tonics to nourish and regulate the adrenal glands will help to maintain the body's normal hormonal balance. It will also help to make you feel less stressed.

Oats, vervain and gotu kola are excellent herbal tonics for the adrenal glands because they promote function and balance during stress.

Herbs For Stress Relief

Holy Basil~This tropical member of the mint family has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries.

It protects the heart and lowers blood pressure.

Stimulates the heart and adrenal glands

Ashwaganda~This herb contain alkoloids that reduce blood pressure and lower the heart rate. It acts as a gentle sedative to the nervous system and re balances the immune and hormonal systems, helping the body to directly tackle the effects of chronic stress.

Schizandra~A decoction of the dried fruit from schizandra improves mental and physical endurance and helps fight the effects of fatigue. It is also effective for reducing insomnia and anxiety, and its restorative and strengthening action is a tonic for the whole body.

Betony~This herb calms an over reactive mind and relieves nervous exhaustion. The aerial parts are harvested during flowing to make a tonic wine or infusion.

Wild Lettuce~A milky latex is collected from wild lettuce's fleshy leaves. This contains sequisterpene lactons that calm an overstimulated system.

It is especially useful for treating sleep disturbances that accompany stress.

Oats~A staple food of northern regions, oats are also a restorative nerve tonic. They are rich in B vitamins which boost energy and stamina.

Cordyceps~A fungus that was traditionally cultivated in China on caterpillars, cordyceps is now prepared from grain. It is used as a dried extract to overcome fatigue and restore that body after nervous exhaustion.

It is a powerful stimulant and increases vitality.

Comfrey~A familiar country garden plant, comfrey's healing action on joints has earned it the name of "knitbone". It is rich in soothing mucilage, tannins for internal bleeding, and allantoin which promotes healing by encouraging ligaments to knit together.

Gotu Kola~Gotu kola's aerial parts are harvested and dried for infusions. An adaptogenic herb, it augments the adrenal glands and supports a weakened immune system. The herb revitalizes and rejuvenates the nervous system, relieving fatigue and sharpening mental functions.

Asafetida~Gum is taken from the roots of this member of the carrot family. A tincture of the gum is rich in sequisterpenes, which are calming to the nervous system. It helps relieve some of the effects of stress, including high blood pressure, indigestion and anxiety.

Infusion For Stress Relief

The perfect way to reduce stress is to create your own tailor made herbal infusion. Feel the stress and anxiety and tension drops away, along with tension. You can drink this any time of day, but is particularly effective in the evening.

Gather the following items and proceed with the steps outlined below
  • 2 tbsp Dried Linden Flowers
  • 1 tbsp Dried Wood Betony Leaves
  • 2 tbsp Chamomile flowers.
  • 2 cups Water

1. Warm a teapot by filling it with hot water( save the water) and emptying contents out.

2. Add the linden, wood betony and chamomile flowers to the warmed teapot.

3. Bring the water back to a boil and pour into the teapot.

4. Stir for a few seconds, cover, and then leave the mixture to infuse. After about 10 minutes, strain the contents. Add honey to taste and enjoy!

Sounds so good

Here's wishes for all to have a blissful day!

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