Herbs for Lifestyle Stress


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!



Cindy Burrows
Cynthia Burrows, M.T. CWC, Herbalist

Cynthia Burrows, from Austin, Texas, owns Cindy Burrows, Natural Health Consultant; assisting individuals with health issues they would like to change. She will set up a program giving choices of foods, herbs, teas and homeopathic suggestions. Cindy is past owner of Nature’s Healing Herbs, an Herbal, Green Tea, and Tincture product line, and a rare product line of Green Tea Foods. She has certificates for Herbalist at East West School of Herbology, and as Wellness Consultant with the Wellness Forum in Ohio.

Cindy is also a Medical Technologist, with a B.S. degree from Mansfield University in Mansfield Pa., she has been in healthcare for over 30 years. In 2005, she started using a new device founded in Europe, Quantum Biofeedback, “an energy rebalancing of the body”, by using our bodies electricity or frequency waves it can detect stress points in the body, she has added this to her consulting practice. She now has her Certification as a Biofeedback Specialist. She helps her clients by working with the synergy of herbs, food, homeopathy, and aromatherapy within her practice. She is a speaker, writer, and teacher. Cindy has been interviewed on TV; about the benefits of Green Tea and has been on radio about her small business tour to Ecuador.

Cindy has been an herbalist for over 20 years and has spent 6 years learning through the East West School of Herbology with Michael Tierra. She has studied Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic Herbs with a strong emphasis on nutrition. Along with many other continued studies of alternative and complementary medicine. She is a Certified Wellness Consultant, through a special program, The Wellness Forum, which has its nutrition program, now part of the curriculum at Ohio State University, providing educational seminars and workshops designed to impart relevant nutrition information to individuals to take control of their own health. These programs give healthier options and choices that can impact your longevity and quality of life. Cindy has been a speaker to many groups and has conducted many of her own classes on food and healthy life style programs.

Cindy has been involved with a hands-on healing program for the past 4 years and offers energy healing, through donation only, to anyone who needs her services.

She is Co-president of the Austin Herb Society and a member of the American Herbalist Guild. Cynthia has been a board member on many programs in the past including; La Sertoma, Arthritis Foundation, Toastmasters International, National Association of Female Executives, Handicapped Equestrian Learning Program, Entrepreneurs Association, and Austin Integrated Health Care Program.

Cindy also loves nature, animals, reading, blending teas, juices, etc.; likes to hike, and work with plants and, of course, cooking., mostly vegetarian.
Cindy has an adventurous streak.
She has organized and taken tours with business and artists groups to Big Bend, Texas, New Mexico, USA, and Ecuador, South America.