Presently, life remains very stressful for everyone, but we still need to find a way to relax ourselves to avoid allowing our nervous system to go haywire and/or to negatively affect the health of our guts. Many of our fans are gluten intolerant or Celiacs (like myself as the Company's Founder), so I felt the need to share a few of my tips for keeping it together after losing my sister over the past year and dealing with our new reality of a "world-gone-viral".
Stress and anxiety is bad news for the microbiome and can lead to an unhealthy gut. This can cause an awful lot of problems, like poor digestion, diarrhea and inflammatory gut issues (not to mention, panic attacks and other very scary symptoms). There are a number of herbs and teas that are truly helpful and supportive in de-stressing and protecting the health of your gut microbiome. Below are a few of my favorite teas that will help with relaxation and focus while working towards calming down your central nervous system:
Traditionally, lemon balm herbal preparations have been used to treat anxiety and insomnia. Its mild sedative effect is a well-known feature. These claims seem to stand up to scientific scrutiny, as well as extend beyond treating general anxiety. For example, there’s some evidence this herb helps improve hyperactivity, concentration problems and impulsiveness in elementary school children. Taken internally in food products, it also seemed to enhance mood and/or cognitive performance, as demonstrated in a study involving young adults. It has potential to improve problem solving, math skills, concentration and alertness, according to research.
Hawthorn tea is also useful for treating anxiety. The primary symptoms of anxiety that hawthorn effectively treats are chest tightness and heart palpitations. AltMD.com explains that hawthorn may have the same mechanism of action for anxiety as it does for heart conditions, which is lessening the resistance of blood flow in your body, thus lowering blood pressure and tension.
Chamomile tea has the ability to reduce anxiety and promote better sleep. According to one animal study, German chamomile extract was revealed to significantly inhibit brain activity related to generalized anxiety disorder. Meanwhile, several studies have also noted that chamomile also provides sedative effects, largely believed to be due to the apigenin found in chamomile. Apigenin is a flavonoid known to bind to benzodiazepine receptors in the brain. In fact, in a small clinical trial, researchers found that 10 heart patients immediately fell into a deep sleep an hour and a half after drinking chamomile tea.
The herbal pant has chemical content called linarin. The extract of the valerian plant can promote the brain’s level of Gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA), calming nervous activity. Then, it is linked to the benefit of anxiety prevention. It affects the brain and calms the mind as well. It is such good news for those who need herbal treatment to fight against stress, depression, and anxiety risks. Thus, if you face hard days, drinking a cup of valerian tea is something that should be considered.
If you suffer from an anxiety disorder or find yourself periodically anxious, hibiscus tea can be a great alternative to traditional medicine. In fact, the tea has been used historically for these very reasons, going back as far as the ancient Egyptians! Some studies have even shown that hibiscus tea is more effective at lowering your stress than prescription drugs.
It is believed that lavender can stabilize one's mood. There's a study showing that consumption of lavender herbal tea can reduce depression and anxiety significantly and since it is inexpensive and accessible, it is suggested to be used as a complementary treatment in reducing anxiety and depression.
It is my hope that you'll find these lovely tea suggestions to be very beneficial for getting you through the day. Stress can trigger nerve imbalances in the body and I find that the leaves of the trees can offer a lot of support to us (God knew what he was doing when he created nature, no replicas).
In addition to the teas, I'd like to offer you another solution; Neroli also helps to support relaxation and also balances hormones, according to a small clinical study. Inhaled neroli resulted in reduced menopausal symptoms, blood pressure, and increased sexual desire among postmenopausal women. Neroli essential oil helped reduced mood swings among women with premenstrual syndrome as well. Neroli oil is also used as an essential oil for nerve pain and helps you get a good night's sleep too. There's plenty of research out there about the healing properties of this amazing plant and you can try our Everlasting-Argan Night Serum, which is formulated with an excellent amount of neroli (it will help support relaxation, that's why we formulated it as a night serum). Click here to purchase.
Sending Lots of Love and Light. May God Bless and Keep You and Your Family(ies) Safe.
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