Living in the world we live in today we are bombarded with everything.If we work, we work hard, and long. If we have children we are raising them with more expectations and judgement than ever before. If we are doing anything it is hardcore and super-sized. This is why we increasing become more and more exhausted. I will not be condescending and say, “You need to relax” or “Just take a vacation” statements like that do not address the real issues in your life like, paying bills, school runs, etc…
Here are some herbs that can assist in nourishing your body and assist in getting you into sync.
One of my all time favorites is Rooibos tea. I have been drinking it for years. It has a gentle and thoughtful calming sensation. It is high in antioxidants, phenolic compounds and has no caffeine. This tea is like going to your calm place. I can’t tell you how many times I have said this and people look at me like I have 5 heads, and guess what, they are the ones who say to me later, “That tea is amazing”.
Rosemary, even crushing the plant between your fingers and smelling will lift your fatigue level. You can drink it as a tea or add it to your cooking. The essential oil can be used in a spray bottle with water and sweet orange essential oil to make an anti-fatigue room spray.
Lemon Balm is calming, smells great, makes a wonderful tea to drink all day and it is relaxing and nourishes the nervous system.
Some good adaptogens to look into are: Oats, Miatake, Tulsi, and Hyssop.
If you need help falling asleep look into: Oats, Lavender, Hops, Skullcap, and Chamomile.
If you are looking for Nervous System support you can take a look at: Lovage, Motherwort, Linden, Rose, Violet Leaf, St. John’s Wort, and Oats.
Of course make sure you are getting enough sleep and eating well, two pieces of advice that are easier said than done. Try changing your sleeping habits, like not watching TV before bed, taking a walk after dinner, these may help your ability to get to sleep.
Some easy ways to improve diet are adding salads to meals, and giving a homemade smoothie a try.
Remember to take a few moments for yourself, and try to laugh often.
Copyright Demetria Clark 2013
Disclaimer: For educational use only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.