The holidays can be stressful with all the parties, family obligations, shopping, and travel. Meditation is very important during these times to bring the mind back to peace. And there are some wonderful relaxing herbs that can also help during these stressful times. A few of these herbs in a brightly wrapped box also makes for a wonderful holiday gift that will be used all year long.
Ashwagandha Root – One of my favorite Adaptogenic herbs is Ashwagandha which makes you feel more relaxed, lowers your blood sugar level and cholesterol, plus helps you sleep, gives you more energy, and you just feel better. This herbs is one of the best for those of us who have lots of things to do and don’t have enough time.
Ashwagandha Root takes the edge off and allows one to feel at peace, thus giving one the ability to go with the flow instead of swimming against the tide… especially during the holiday season.
Chamomile – This herb goes all the way back to Egypt in the 1500‘s, then by the Greeks and then the Romans, they even called it “Roman Chamomile” and it was also used as incense, so it has been used successfully for hundreds years for stress, sleep, and many more challenges. This mild herb taken in the form of tea or in capsules helps is wonderful ways to relax, create peace, and help a person de-stress from the day. Chamomile tea can become a ritual that creates a break for the weary mind and allows the stressed out traveler of the busy world time to detox, chilling out, thus allowing contentment to filter in. Chamomile has been around for years and has been used successfully by many generations to peaceful, relaxing, and calm states of mind.
A nice box of dried chamomile flowers and a tea pot makes for a wonderful gift that anyone will love. You don’t see chamomile tea in restaurants, hotels, and other places all over the world for nothing, chamomile tea works… so try some chamomile tea for the holidays.
Kava Kava – Kava Kava is very relaxing and it’s used in many of the Pacific Islands as a daily way to relax and enjoy life. It will help you de-stress and feel at ease. In fact I had a good friend went to Fiji and they gave him a cup of Kava Kava, he was so relaxed that he could hardly get around. You might try some Kava Kava… it might be just what you need to relax and have a stress free holiday season.
Valerian – Valerian is one of the best herbs for stress… helping with insomnia, restlessness, nervousness, and inducing relaxation. And valerian is not addictive and has proven to be safe, effective, and side effect free it taken in normal amounts… and valerian has been used all the way back to the middle ages without problems.
Also valerian relaxes muscles and the whole body during sleep… thus you have less aches, pains, and stiffness in the morning. Valerian contains gamma animo butyric acid which allows the brain to relax and calm away anxiety… thus creating natural sleep without feeling groggy in the morning. And valerian is very important for fatigue… because not sleeping well creates fatigue.
I feel that valerian is one of the best stress busters for great sleep during the holidays that anyone can use. A couple of capsules of valerian in the evening just before bed makes for a great nights rest… ready for the rest of the holiday season.
Passion Flower – This herb was used by the Aztecs and Incan natives and was harvested and used in medicinal ways and as a cash crop, so it has been around for hundreds of years and has been used in rituals and for relaxing for a very long time. From there the Spanish took it to Europe where it became a huge hit, thus people started growing it for it’s beautiful flowers and also for it’s relaxing sedating qualities.
Passion flower tea helps with insomnia, drinking some passion flower tea 45 minutes before bedtime helps to sooth away the day and makes life much more relaxed thus helping with anxiety. Passion flower promotes the production of gamma-aminobutyric acid in the brain to end anxiety.
If’ you have been shopping, baking all day for the holidays, or just running around like a check with your head cut off… passion flower tea works great to allow your blood pressure to come down so you sleep like a baby. Thus you wake up ready to take on the world, and make your holiday dreams come true.
Again nice box of dried passion flower tea and a tea pot makes for a wonderful gift that anyone will love.
Remember the holidays are supposed to be fun, and if you are not having fun then perhaps you are pushing yourself too hard. Step back, take a load off, have a cup of herbal tea, watch the clouds roll by, listen to some soothing holiday music, rethink your game plan for the holidays… and allow your stress to disappear.
This article is meant to get you started… so you can do more research on your own… dig a little deeper and find what works for you. This article is for educational purposes only, I strongly recommend that you seek advice from your own GP, private doctor, or medical specialist for any ailment, illness, or medical condition.. this article not meant to be a scientific analysis in any way, shape, or form.
Dr. Paul Haider – Master Herbalist and Spiritual Teacher for over 20 years, helping people to recover and feel healthy. You can also find Dr. Haider on FB under Dr. Paul Haider, Healing Herbs, and at www.paulhaider.com – feel free to contact him any time. Also check out Dr. Haider’s radio show at http://www.thesourcecenterradio.com/The-Relaxed-Soul.html Nov. show to be about “Aliens and God”
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