joi, 14 iulie 2011
Natural Calming Cures
You know the feeling all too well – your palms get balmy, you break into a cold sweat, and your brain fogs over. When you’re worried, your body responds both mentally and physically. Luckily, you can take back control with some cures from nature.
Keep calm with these soothing remedies from Mother Nature. Try the following herbs to decrease worry and stress.
When you worry, your body goes into fight-or-flight mode. Your hypothalamus activates your nervous system, which makes the body speed up and become ultra-alert. Adrenaline is released into your bloodstream, causing your heart rate to speed up and your blood pressure to increase. You can combat these jitters with valerian root, a medicinal herb which has sedative-like effect. In the ancient Greek and Roman empires, valerian was used to treat insomnia. Take 200 mg, three to four times daily. You can find it in capsules, tea or tincture drops.
Lemon Balm is an herb that has been cultivated for over 2,000 years; in the Middle Ages, it was used to minimize anxiety. Try taking 300-500 mg, three times a day to improve your mood. You can find lemon balm in herbal supplements, tea or essential oils.
Try it for nervous stress and anxiety. Researchers believe that passionflower works by calming the activity of some cells in your brain. You can find it in capsules, teas and herbal supplements. Brew passionflower tea with 1 teaspoon of the herb and drink 3 times daily.