Our ‘Lifestyle habits’ is a broad category, which encompasses physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. All our daily routines like sleeping, eating, working and play contribute to stress. These patterns can equal either good health, or possible diseased states. Generally, people become sick due to the body system being “out of balance”, or stressed out!. Many herbs can help to normalize the body such that the body can then heal itself.
Herbs are all natural plants, not synthetic like a drug, so this way they are recognized more easily by the body and you respond better with better results and very few if any side effects.
Everyone’s health requires a combination of different needs, dependent on your age, and how you handle stress.
You may not realize when you are stressed. For example, clients will tell me that they feel their stress level is low but then proceed to tell me they had surgery recently or they have an allergy or are on a diet….sooo they are “all stressors to the body“!!
Herbs have been used by humans as food and medicine for thousands of years. Plants are so integrated into our lives, we may not be aware of how we are even using them. To name a few: Popcorn, pasta, cork, cotton, rubber, beverages, hot sauce! Still today in many parts of the world people still use a tree twig to clean their teeth!
Teas and tonics are easy to take, easily absorbed by the body with more permanent lasting effects; but may take several weeks to months to really feel the difference. Unfortunately, many want “fast” results; so they instead take a drug, a pill, which can have more adverse side effects and may only temporarily resolve the problem.
The World health Organization estimates 80% of the world population still uses herbal medicine as a primary system of healing.
Here are some quick examples of herbs to assist the body:
- Hawthorne Berry- for heart and circulation, varicose veins
- Ginseng- memory, anti-aging, brain enhancing
- Echinacea, Elderberry- antibacterial, anti-viral, immune booster
- Valerian- stress reliever, calm nervous system, anxiety
- Chamomile, lavender- calming, relaxing
- Nettles- allergies, good minerals good for bones
- Green tea- anti-oxidant, aids for blood pressure, blood sugar, kills cancer cells, anti-aging
Of course, there are many more herbs, foods and other modalities to help you de-stress, which will be discussed in future articles!
So get started, whatever you choose to do, decrease your stress, be joyful, be back in balance and have a well-lived life!