Adaptogens: Lighten the Holidays
that helps keep our sparkle
As a holistic registered nurse and a yogi I am dedicated to natural medicine. I have been studying natural medicine for over 20 years. My intention is to help others realize that when the body is given a nourishing chance wellbeing and homeostasis can be restored through intention and natural healing modalities
The holidays inadvertently seem to place us under increased stress.
There are a few simple nourishing steps that we can take to help support our bodies, minds and souls during these times. One way is through the use of adaptogens. Using botanical medicines can be transformative when practiced with sincerity and presence. Cultivating a ritual around their use in my humble opinion strengthens the power of the plants ability to support our bodies.
Adaptogens get to the root of the body’s responses to stress - the nervous and endocrine systems. They help modulate hormone levels. They are particularly helpful when we feel worn down by stress! These powerful plants help decrease cortisol surges in response to overwhelming stress. Adaptogens redirect the body from a sympathetic response (fight or flight) to a parasympathetic rest.
“Generally speaking, adaptogens help you feel less stressed while increasing energy levels.” source: Body into Balance by Maria Noël Groves.
Ashwagandha - Balancing Adaptogen
Botanical Name: Withania somnifera Part Used: root
calming, traditionally used as an Ayurvedic medicinal plant, hearty earthy taste, with a sharp aroma. Used to reduce anxiety, stress and commonly used as a sleep aid [discount code: lesliestorms] Ashwangandha tincture
Ashwagandha Sleep Shot:
1/2 cup of warm nut milk (ashwagandha is more easily absorbed when ingested with a bit of fat)
a squeeze of raw unfiltered honey
1/2 teaspoon Ashwagandha powder
any combo of nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, Himalayan sea salt, cardamom add to your liking
Not for use in pregnancy and may interact with barbiturates
Botanical Name: Schisandra chinensis Part used: berry
The name in Chinese translates to Five Flavor Fruit known as an energizer, offers endocrine support, strengthens the lungs, helps the body control when an overproduction of stress hormones are present, improves sleeps, improves vitality and mental cognition
Botanical Name: Ocimum tenuiflorum Part used: arial parts
2nd most sacred herb in India (1st being the Lotus) also known as Tulsi: mint family, relieves anxiety, grief and depression, helps with adrenal fatigue, calming, reenergizing and balances cortisol and blood sugar levels ::: Tulsi Tea
Botanical Name: Centella asiatica Part used: arial parts
a gentle adaptogen, reduces anxiety, anti-inflammatory, increases the strength of connective tissue, can be combined with other adaptogens, improves circulation and oxygen flow to the brain, historically has been a favorite of monks, sages and yogis
How to create a ritual around using botanical medicines:
Begin by giving thanks for the plant. Thank you God for creating this magical plant for thy use. May it serve thy body in the highest way. Your healing light is vibrating within my every cell of the body. May your love and healing be glorified through me. Amen.
Make this your own by using words from your heart center, light a candle or open your palm to the powder or tincture - ask for its wisdom to restore you into balance - and even share vitality with you.
Remember these are considered botanical medicines. Though most are safe when used as directed it is important that we practice from a place of care. Please consult physician before taking any of these if you are currently taking prescription medications or you are pregnant most are not recommended during pregnancy.
I invite you to explore how one or a combination of these adaptogens have the potential to take the edge off and soften our inner glow.
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Noël Grove, M. (2016). Body into Balance An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self -Care. NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS, STOREY PUBLISHISHING, 45.