With a pandemic forcing most of us to work and go to school from home, stress is inevitable. While many people cope with anxiety and stress by popping pills, this can come with detrimental side effects. And guess what? Ingesting pills rarely, if ever, fixes the problem, especially in the long-term. But what if there was a way to treat stress naturally?
Thousands of years ago, no one knew what iron, protein, or B12 were, but the Chinese figured out the healing properties of every grain, vegetable, fruit, and seed. Combined now with the knowledge of vitamins and minerals and their role in mental health, we know which foods can be the most health-supportive.
Using Super Plants To Combat Stress
Today, we know that edible herbs can help our body adapt to various stressors. Some herbs like red ginseng, for example, can boost energy levels. In contrast, a variety of essential oils are currently being used to alleviate anxiety, stress, and depression as aromatherapy agents. Popular anxiolytic oils include lavender, rose, orange, bergamot, lemon , sage, etc.
Studies have examined the components and CNS effects of these essential aromatherapy oils and recent findings of additional essential oils with anxiolytic activity have a soothing effect.
Research has found that super plants work through two master control systems in the body, the HPA axis, which controls endocrine function as well as the nervous system and some immune function. The other system is the SAS, which is our fight or flight response.
Although all super plants work via the same body systems, they still have unique properties: Some are stimulating, some calming, some warming, some cooling, some moistening, and some drying. Because different species of plants have different chemical makeups, some may also have additional specific uses. For example Chamomile, which is rich in α-Bisabolol, has been shown to help improve sleep quality.
Super plants are today’s superheroes. They have the power to reduce stress, improve your mood, and help you in many ways we didn’t think plants could ever achieve. With a wide variety of choices, you can choose which super plants are right for you.