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Anti-Anxiety Tonic

We are experiencing unprecedented events currently, from the horrific floods in Auckland to the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, these are such devastating, traumatic and significant events, that impact on everyone’s lives, far and wide.

 

Everyone is affected and increased stress, emotional trauma, physical pain, displacement, shock and grief at the loss of loved ones, becomes a new state of being. For some people it can take years and years to recover. The impact on everyone is significant, financially, socially and on health and well-being.

 

When under long periods of stress and heightened levels of overwhelm, it leads to burnout,  Anxiety and stress can leave us feeling exhausted, agitated and cause unneeded tension in our relationships. It can cause so many difficulties not only in our relationships, but can have a massive impact on our physical bodies. Long term stress and anxiety can create burn out and chronic fatigue. And can lead to more serious illnesses.

 

In a life that has become so fragile and unstable, connecting with nature and natural medicines can be a joy that brings peace within. Finding natural medicines as ways to reduce anxiety can improve the quality of life and help stabilise and strengthen ones ability to deal with stressful events as they come.

 

One thing is for sure… Change is a new constant in our lives!

 

To assist with building and fortifying your blood, immunity and endurance to stressful events, you’ll find below an “Anti-Anxiety Tonic”, made of four potent herbs. Check out the recipe below.

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Recipe for the Anti-Anxiety Tonic

 Herbs: The main constituent of this tonic is Ashwagandha. I have highlighted this herb previously as a stand-a-lone herb that helps strengthen your immune when exposed to stress events. However, for this tonic, it is combined with others relaxing herbs which include Lemon-balm, Chamomile and Lavender.

A paragraph on each herb.

Ashwagandha [Withania somnifera] is an evergreen shrub that has been used for years to help manage stress. It has been shown to reduce cortisol, known as the stress hormone. Not only that, it decreases depression and improves mood. For use today, it has been shown and proves to reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety. This herb can also be found in teas and supplements.

Lavender [Lavendula] is extremely well know for its relaxing effects on mind and body. Used to decrease stress and anxiety and aids symptoms of depression and a highly strung nervous system. A common herb contributing to better quality sleep as well.

Chamomile [Matriciaria chamomilla] A gentle herb relaxation and stress reduction. Along with many other health benefits, chamomile is a relaxant and settles and soothes an upset stomach and reducing anxiety overall in the body.

Lemon-balm [Melissa officinalis] A gorgeous plant easily grown, as a potent anti-anxiety remedy on its own. It has benefits for symptoms of insomnia.

You can source the above ingredients from a local herbalist or purchase the dried herbs online.

Recipe

  • 2x tablespoons dried Ashwagandha root.
  • 1 tablespoon dried lavender
  • 1 tablespoon dried chamomile
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon-balm [grab at a plant centre or supermarket].  Very easy to grow in your garden.
  • 2 cups of water
1. Combine ingredients in a pot and add the water
2. Bring the ingredients to a boil and simmer for 20minutes
3. Allow to rest for 60mins, stirring occasionally.  For a strong tonic, you can leave for up to24hours.
4. Strain the liquid using a mesh strainer or cheesecloth
5. Press out excess liquid
6. Place liquid tonic in a sealed glass jar or container.
 
Store in fridge for 4 to 6 weeks.
 
How to use the Anti-Anxiety Tonic

1. You can use this herb on it’s own .  Up to 50ml per day

2. You may prefer to mix into an evening drink of herbal tea or warm milk

Generally, 1 tablespoon of tonic to a cup of warm beverage.    Ideal time would be in the evening close to heading to bed.


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Self-Care First aid Kit:  Our Calm range of products, are essential to have in your self-care first aid kit at home and at the office.  Natural, organic, therapeutic essential oil products to relieve stress and tension of a nervous system that is on edge.

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