10 Ways to Get Rid of Anxiety Naturally
Lets say this first: Whether you pick it up off a plant or pick it up at the Pharmacy, any substance that changes the body, in any way, by its contact, is a drug. So, in essence, 'Current Medicine' and 'Natural Medicine' have some common ground. Both use substances to treat illness or prevent illnesses through making the body act in a way it may not otherwise act. Plants are the foundation of quite a number of modern medicines. Aspirin, for instance, has been refined from tree bark.

That being said, these natural 'meds' are often weak in concentration of the desired drug, producing the intended change in how the body operates. They come from plants, but are still, technically 'drugs'. They should be taken with as much caution as any other drug we put in our bodies. There are some things that can be allergenic, or produce untoward effects and not knowing whether it is the drug or the 'carrier', like a seed shell or fiber from a plant the drug is in, any number of things can become its own complication.

I have recently discovered a very interesting plant that I have just begun growing:  "The Moringa Tree of Life"

The whole of this plant is edible and grows well in most soils. The leaves are indeed, tasty, although I haven't had enough to harvest a small pot's worth to cook of them, but raw they are sorta sweet. It has many vitamins and minerals in its tissues and fruits. We shall see how this goes.

The literal Bottom Line of my rant: Be careful (how and) what you put in your bodies!

Friday, 8 July 2016

10 Ways to Get Rid of Anxiety Naturally

Adaptogen is a term that you may have heard but, what exactly is an “adaptogen”? Technically speaking, adaptogens are medicinal plants, unaltered from nature which are well known in the world of herbalists and back in times when we relied on nature to remedy our many ails.
Adaptogens have a remarkable ability to balance and stabilize the body by strengthening the hormonal, immune, cardiovascular, nervous and muscular systems in order to bring the body back into homeostasis. They provide us with natural remedies for anxiety. As Western medicine peaked in the last century, we had forgotten about the powerful effects of adaptogens on our bodies. However, today, many of us are returning back to old remedies and are using these tonic agents.
Adaptogenic substances know intuitively what and how to target specific areas of the body that need them the most. They provide energy but do not over stimulate the body. They are non-toxic, they have no side effects, and they improve one’s overall vitality. Their name, “adaptogens,” comes mainly due to their ability to help the body adapt to environmental and internal stress or trauma whether it be from a physical, chemical or biological source. Is there anybody who could not benefit?

1. Maca
Maca is a cruciferous vegetable that grows in the Peruvian Andes of South America at altitudes of up to 14, 000 feet above sea level. Maca is known for its beneficial affects on fertility, hormonal balance and libido. Since Maca does have beneficial hormone affects in the body, people who are at higher risk of breast or prostate cancer are cautioned against its use since it could raise some of the hormones that also place these people at higher risk.

2. Goji Berries
A bright red berry that grows abundantly in Asia, North and Central America in vast climates, the Chinese believe goji berries significantly extend life. They are an immune booster, increase alkalinity and vitality, protect the liver, improve the eyes and blood and deliver anti-aging benefits.

3. Reishi Mushroom
Originally found in nature on plum trees, reishi mushrooms were extremely rare and only consumed by royalty in China and Japan for thousands of years. Today, the reishi is widely cultivated in Japan, China, North America and other parts of Asia. Reishi is primarily used to enhance the immune system and improve blood circulation.

4. Rhodiola
A remarkable herb used in history for various health purposes, rhodiola’s main uses are to strengthen the nervous system, fight depression, enhance immunity, boost energy, improve memory, aid in weight reduction and increase sexual function.

5. Ginseng
A root that has a variety of types including: Siberian, Korean and American. It was documented being used in China over 2000 years ago. Healers have used it as a tonic to cure lethargy, arthritis, impotence, diabetes and to calm the mind. Ginseng is also known to be one of the most effective anti-aging supplements.

6. Noni
Noni is a potato-sized fruit that grows from a tall perennial evergreen tree. It has a peculiar odor and is sometimes referred to as the “cheese fruit.” The juice is consumed and used as a pain killer, laxative, wound healer, immune strengthener and anti-inflammatory agent. It helps lower blood pressure, treat arthritic and joint pain, levels blood sugar and increases energy.

7. Licorice
Licorice is the sweet flavored root of the Glycyrrhiza glabra plant that resembles plain wooden sticks. It is used to nourish the adrenal glands, for auto-immune conditions, to treat viruses (particularly herpes), for ulcers and for digestive troubles.

8. Holy Basil
Also known as tulsi, holy basil is an aromatic plant native to the Old World tropics. In Ayurveda, it is dubbed the “elixir of life” and believed to promote longevity. It is excellent for coping with stress, helping immunity, stomach disorders and heart disease.

9. Ashwagandha
The root of a short, flower bearing scrub cultivated in the drier regions of India. It is used in Ayurvedic medicine as an aphrodisiac, sedative, rejuvenative and life prolonging herb.  It is used in treating chronic fatigue, nervous exhaustion and weaknesses in the body.

10. Cordyceps
A medicinal mushroom that has a parasitic relationship with the larva of a caterpillar. This fungus germinates inside the living organism, killing it and then growing from its body. It is highly prized by Eastern practitioners and very new to the West. Chinese studies reveal cordyceps to improve the immune system, increase the production of sex hormones, improve respiratory and cardiovascular function, reduce fatigue, as well as building physical endurance and strength.

Many of these adaptogens are familiar in the raw food world and used in smoothies and various elixirs. Add them into your day and find your balance!
Taking the animo acid 5-HTP helps me a lot too. Of course, nothing helps control anxiety like good, old-fashioned exercise.
(07-09-2016, 09:17 PM)PrairieMom Wrote: Of course, nothing helps control anxiety like good, old-fashioned exercise.

Personally, I like a nice BIG slice of fresh, ripe, ice cold watermelon!!!

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