HJ: For many of us stress is just a natural part of modern daily life. Personally, as an entrepreneur and mentor to many people, I am constantly being pulled in multiple directions, all day, every day. If it’s not one thing it’s something else. In order to stay centered in the midst of the intensity, I have to learn to maintain balance and harmony under pressure and I suspect many of you are in the same boat as well. One of the most helpful tools in doing so is the appropriate use of stress reducing herbs. These herbs help us to relax and release much of the tension and mental activity that comes hand in hand with increased stress levels. Stress is fundamentally a matter of perception. We can be totally at peace and calm in any situation if we can reach that level of inner awareness and knowing. The use of specific herbs can help us to do that by correcting many of the imbalances that occur in the body as a result of stress, which magnify its effects on the mind and spirit. This, in turn, allows us to find that peace and centeredness that exists in any situation no matter how stressful or intense.
3 Must Have Herbs for Stress Reduction
By Christina Sarich | Natural Society
Are you mentally exhausted and feel as if you can’t face one more stress in life? It’s becoming widely accepted that stress is a significant cause of illness and disease overall, so it’s important to manage this dilemma in any way possible. There are three Ayurvedic herbs that can greatly support the restoration of the central nervous system, adrenal glands, and brain so that you can face life’s challenges with ease and grace. We all face challenging times, and a little natural therapy can go a long way in helping to support us as we look head-on into the world.
Here are 3 must-have herbs for reducing stress.
Related to snapdragon and spinach, Brahmi is often called a brain tonic because it not only soothes a busy mind, but also supports greater concentration. Brahmi’s active ingredients are Bacoside A and Bacoside, which greatly support protein synthesis in the brain. As the cells of the brain are supported with these two elements, it can focus with more ease, and improve both long and short-term memory. Brahmi also helps to revitalize nerves, and thereby the neuro-communication that must happen in the brain. Neurons fire with more ease and diseases like depression and Alzheimer’s are even lessened. Just 300 mg once or twice a day can start to reduce a frazzled mind and restore nerves.
This morning-glory-like herb is full of beneficial flavonoids and coumarins. These constituents of the herb help to promote a better memory and to improve the brain and central nervous system’s functioning. Memory functioning and stress reduction happen primarily due to the high level of antioxidants in the herb. Shankhpushpi also supports immunity, helps to lessen insomnia, and has both tranquilizing and brain stimulating effects without causing one to be jittery.
Jatamansi, also known as Spikenard, is an herb used by Ayurvedic practitioners to support the mind in accepting challenges. An incredibly calming and herb that supports deep sleep, jatamansi grows in the Himalayan mountains primarily, as well as in Nepal. It’s effects are similar to those of Valerian root. It is also said to soothe many other psychological conditions, which are at the root of our stress. Try using the herb as an essential oil, using just a few drops rubbed into the wrists or neck. A non-fragrant massage oil can be very soothing to the mind and body.