Herbs for Mental Clarity and Relaxation
Packed schedules. Traffic Jams. Breaking news. We’re constantly bombarded with responsibilities, delays and distractions in our daily lives. When do we get a moment to sit quietly, breathe deeply and just…relax? With March being Mental Health Awareness month, it’s time we took a moment to, Wooh-sah, for our mental health.
There are simple ways to de-stress such as practicing yoga and meditation. Herbal remedies are another healthy and natural way to relieve tension. But with a plethora of herbs to choose from, which ones are best for promoting mental clarity and relaxation?
Check out this list of 3 calming herbs that will help ease your mind and uplift your spirit!
1. LAVENDER – Known for its vibrant purple flowers, Lavender is excellent at relieving anxiety and stress. With its calming scent, it’s also great for promoting restful sleep. The benefits of Lavender can be enjoyed in multiple ways including: steeping the dried or fresh flowers for an herbal tea, adding flowers to an herbal bath or burning lavender essential oil in a diffuser.
2. SPEARMINT – Recognized by its fresh aroma, Spearmint is a very uplifting herb. With Menthol as a potent ingredient, Spearmint is great for promoting mental clarity and focus. It also provides relief for digestive and respiratory issues. Like most herbs, Spearmint can be used in a variety of ways including: herbal teas, aromatherapy and applying a food-grade essential oil directly to your tongue for instant invigoration.
3. CHAMOMILE – As an active ingredient in most “sleepy-time teas”, Chamomile is well-known for promoting relaxation. Its pleasantly mild flavor renders it a great herbal tea to enjoy at the end of a long day. Relieving nervous tension, lowering stress and aiding in digestion are some of its many benefits. Besides tea, fresh or dried Chamomile flowers can also be added to tub water for a calming, herbal bath.
While herbs are generally safe, always consult with your health practitioner before use if pregnant, breast-feeding or taking prescription medication.
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