The Power of Nature

We’ve probably all heard that spending time in nature is good for our health. Being outside in nature, and even looking out a window at trees can reduce our stress levels! Here is one source, but there are many if you let your fingers do the googling. {I’m sure that’s correct English! 😉 }

Another natural movement that’s caught my attention is the use of herbs, specifically adaptogenic herbs. The information behind this trend hails from Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Considering how much benefit I’ve derived from acupuncture, I was surprised how long it took me to come across this stuff.

The correct use of these herbs is supposed to support your body’s nervous system, and improve your physical and mental ability to adapt to stress. When I read about this, I was thinking, OMG, this must be freakin’ fairy dust! Our lives are full of stress and it wreaks havoc on us everyday, even when we eat healthy, exercise, meditate, etc. In fact, most of the wellness behaviors we try to integrate into our daily lives are pretty much all aimed at managing stress, am I right?

The first time I saw the term ‘adaptogen’ was in the FB ad for Rasa. Rasa is a coffee alternative with adaptogenic herbs that is supposed to both help you feel more alert, while also nourishing your body with that fairy dust stuff. I’m not sure why I didn’t order it right away, but it did send me into research mode.

As someone who loves to self medicate (within reason) as a coping mechanism, I have a history of trying all kinds of herbs and supplements. For example, in my medicine cabinet right now I have half empty bottles of turmeric, bromelain, and nettle leaf. I know they were supposed to reduce inflammation, improve digestion and ease my allergies respectively. Unfortunately, they didn’t work well enough for me to keep taking them. Usually I can’t tell any difference from taking over the counter herbs and I just give up. I think the problem is that they should be customized and managed like a prescription, rather than just popping them like your daily multi-vitamins.

I asked my acupuncturist about adaptogen herbs and she said the same thing: use them with supervision. She said our body systems are all interconnected and that herbs can have side effects if used incorrectly. Her advice was to consult an herbalist, and that’s my plan in the near future.

In the meantime, inspired by Rasa, I’ve been spicing up my morning coffee. I’ve been adding different teas to my coffee filter along with the grounds. I’m loving adding chai or DeTox when I need it. It’s a different taste that I imagine might make me a little healthier? Who knows?! Time to consult the experts.

If you are ready to jump on the bandwagon, I came across this website this morning. It offers a number of adaptogen elixirs, and is definitely aimed at women. Of course, I think men can benefit from the right herbs as well. While it is tempting to hit “buy”, I’m going to find an herbalist near me and see what they say first.

May you have a stress-less kind of day!

2 thoughts on “The Power of Nature

  1. Qunol says:

    You mentioned turmeric may not have worked for you. Have you looked into the absorption of it? Some may absorb better in a hydro-soluble form. Good luck!

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