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All about calming, nervine and adaptogenic herbs. People underestimate the impact stress has on their health. People do not make their best decisions when under stress. Stress prompts us to act without thinking. If we are anxious, if we panic, if we are desperate, we lose our ability to think clearly. We do and say things that are not in our best interest.
Nervines are herbs which act upon our nervous system. They can have either a relaxant effect or a stimulating effect. Adaptogens help our bodies cope with the physical impact of stress. To some this can feel like they have more energy, while others may feel they are calm and clear-headed. It really depends upon what is out of balance in the specific person.
Certain nervine herbs, such as valerian, passion flower, and Jamaican dogwood, can be sedative. This might be exactly what the herbalist ordered if stress from trauma is preventing sleep. But, we don’t always want a knock-out effect. Herbs like lemon balm, motherwort, and milky oat tops are relaxing, but let us continue with our daily tasks. Adaptogens like rhodiola, astragalus, and eleuthero root help help us better respond to stress, allowing us to keep everything in perspective.
Stress is often silent and sneaky, altering hormone production and raising blood pressure. Unlike a fall that leads to a broken bone, stress creates damage over time. The damage accumulates without us noticing. That is, until the problem has become serious.
Sometimes, stress is a good thing. Human beings would not have survived without our fight or flight response. Prolonged stress, however, is not a healthy situation. Whether it’s the non-stop, day-to-day stress of work and family, or the round the clock barrage of bad news in the media, nervine and adaptogenic herbs should have a place in your herbal medicine chest.
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