Quite apparently, many of you are hungry for more information on herbal medicine, a wonderful thing for sure! I have received more comments on my article “How to Make Herbal Infusions” than any other I’ve written. So here you are, plant lovers, some herbal goodness….
The sun is shining and warming us all to the core, inspiring a full fledged summer fever! People everywhere are crawling out of their winter caves, and socializing in high gear. Let’s support this bounty of energy with some basic lifestyle guidelines and some herbal adrenal support, so we can keep playing without exhausting ourselves.
The adrenal glands are the powerhouses of our nervous system, responsible for making and storing certain hormones involved in our bodies stress response. In our modern day society, we are assaulted with an abundance of stimulation from the moment our loud alarm clocks jolt us out of slumber, to the minute our heads hit the pillow to retire. This low (or sometimes high) level of stimulation results in chronic stress, which eventually weakens the adrenal gland function leaving us with an inability to properly handle stressful situations. Whether the stress comes from disease, injury or emotional trauma, we find ourselves in this depleted state and even a small stressor can feel like a disaster.
So, how do we strengthen adrenal function?
- Eat – a nutrient dense diet, suited to our individual needs.
- Rest – well.
- Move – the body.
- Take – adrenal supportive herbs.
Herbs! One category of herbs that are heavy hitters in the adrenal support world is called adaptogens. Adapatogens are herbs that help our bodies adapt. They guide our bodies to react properly to stressful situations. Instead of automatically going into flight or fight mode, at the drop of a hat, adaptogens invite our adrenals and other body systems to stay cool and collected. Thus we waste less energy, and experience less stress and anxiety.