Because nature is here to heal us!
Well, everybody has been anxious at some point in their life and it’s quite normal, but there is no doubt that the global pandemic has worsened aspects of our daily routine and especially our mental health with stress and depression skyrocketing during quarantine. According to researchers, one out of three people suffers from either depression or anxiety disorders and of course, it is quite tough to reverse the situation while struggling to cope. So the question is one: how to fight stress? Here we gathered 4 miraculous herbs that will definitely help you fight stress and feel happy again. In fact, for the mildest cases, mother nature has already predicted everything offering us generously her precious “medicines” to relieve anxiety, fight any unpleasing and dark feelings as well as calm our mind and body. Lavender, passionflower, valerian root, and thyme are the answers!
Lavender, used for centuries in many different cultures, not only boosts the overall mood and reduces stress levels but also improves our rest quality and thus helps us sleep better at night. Passionflower is an ideal herb promoting relaxation while reducing the intensity of generalized anxiety disorders. Valerian root, widely known for its calming benefits since ancient times, leads to falling asleep faster as well as increasing our total sleep time, and it is often combined with passionflower to calm the nervous system. Last but not least, thyme, apart from its immune-boosting and digestive properties, has also been used as an anxiety-reducing herb for thousands of years with its therapeutic and aromatic gifts to create a positive effect on our feelings and our overall mood. Therefore, a quick way to feel better is to choose your favorite herb between the four of them, boil and enjoy it hot absorbing all its precious and soothing benefits. Just take some time to unwind, scroll and try these recipes!
Thyme tea or thyme water:
Regarding thyme, you may boil the herb and enjoy a warm cup of thyme tea adding a teaspoon of honey to get some sweetness, or just make thyme water! It’s super easy as the only thing you have to do is to fill a bottle with room temperature water, add some thyme sprigs, and let it soak overnight. In the morning remove the sprigs, add lemon and cucumber slices, mint or some berries, or any optional ingredient you desire, and drink throughout the day getting all the healing and super hydration benefits. Just keep in mind it is very important to use fresh thyme to get all its greatest gifts.
Soothing essence spirit:
- 2 teaspoons dried lavender
- 2 teaspoons of passionflower
- 1 teaspoon dried valerian
- 1 teaspoon dried orange peel
- half a teaspoon of dried ginger, if desired
- 100 ml of alcohol
Take a jar, add all the ingredients inside and add alcohol. Now you can close it and store in a dark and cool place and leave it for 3-4 weeks, but don’t miss shaking the jar almost every day. When it’s ready strain the mixture, put it in an airtight container, and store again. Your spirit is ready! So when you are in a high-stress situation you may add some drops of the spirit to your hot/cold tea/chocolate or to your glass of water and consume it. It helps you relax and fall asleep faster. But pay attention! The herbs are safe but their combination should be avoided when somebody follows antidepressants and anxiolytic medications. Of course, we recommend you consult your doctor first before trying the recipe.
[Cover Photo © Diana Akhmetianova]