Herbs and Lifestyle Solutions

“The ever-increasing pace that characterises our modern way of life is one of the worst poisons for our heart.” -Alfred Vogel

“As Rosemary is to the Spirit, so Lavender is to the Soul: -Anonymous

Wherever Chris and I are, there are people wondering how they can deal with their stress levels. Our way of life insists that we have to be busy, so busy that even our rest time must be taken up with some activity. Taking time in each day to relax is unheard of, and so people rush from the time they wake up until the time they fall into bed. Or, even more problematic these days, we think that sitting in front of the TV, or playing games on our phones is rest and relaxation. The truth is that these activities overstimulate our brain which stresses our adrenals as they experience all this activity as adrenaline inducing.

So what do we do about this? How is it possible to slow our pace when life insists that if we don’t keep ahead of the pack, we are going to lose?

My reply to you is… What will you lose if you continue to live in this fast-paced way? Heart failure; Depression; Auto-immune diseases; Cancer… The list is long.

Here are some suggestions:

  1. Take a break every day. Make sure that you take your full hour’s lunch and not in front of your desk. Instead, go and sit in the sunshine; Take a walk; Meditate, or just take time to eat your lunch mindfully.
  2. When your day off comes around, do something fun…Go on a fun run; Go to the beach; Read a book; Visit with friends.
  3. Watch less TV; Spend less time on social media platforms or electronic games. Unplug and Unwind.

Herbs that support our body when we are stressed and anxious:

  1. Adaptogens help our bodies, over time, to cope with stress. One such herb is Ashwaghanda. It is also called Indian Ginseng. It is known to reduce anxiety and bolster the immune system. It seems to enhance the body`s ability to cope with stress. The herb is also known as an Adrenal Gland Tonic as it gradually restores the health of these glands.
  2. Liver herbs are important to include as people are more likely to smoke, drink and overeat on the wrong foods when under stress. Including a herb such as Milk Thistle is important as it is known to help protect the liver and regenerate liver cells.
  3. Sedatives and Calmatives calm frayed nerves, settle anxiety and induce sleep. Valerian is one of the stronger herbal sedatives that can soothe away anxiety, relax tight muscles and relieve pain when given in low doses. St. John’s Wort helps to ease mild depression brought on by over-stress and anxiety. Passion Flower has been known to decrease anxiety and induce sleep. It is known as a toning and strengthening herb for the nervous system particularly when an overactive mind interferes with sleep. Chamomile, Lavender and Lemon Balm are also known to help calm the nerves and gently aid sleep. They are milder than their sisters which are mentioned at the beginning of this paragraph.

As Alfred Vogel states: “If you have been infected by a hurried pace of life that it becomes a habit…the end result will not be what you expect.” Things will not get done well, and people will become more isolated and addicted to opioids and pain killers.

“A steady, persistent and joyful pace of work, and shorter rest periods, are better for our life and our physical and mental health” -Alfred Vogel

With lots of love and times of rest…

Sue and Chris


Self Love and Self Care

February, the month of focusing on Love: Love between, Love amongst and Love within. Some say that it is all too commercialised and sugar coated. There is definitely truth in that… Others say that it puts so much pressure on couples and if expectations are not met, it can cause a lot of pain. Yes, this is also true… Still others say that it is very painful for people who are not in a relationship to have all this hype shoved in their faces. Well, this is where I would like to give you an alternative viewpoint… What if…

We took our tired, jaded selves and spent a little time nourishing body, mind and soul. I decided to take my own advice and all I can say is…Yes, it’s worth it.

Body: Some delicious Hibiscus flower iced tea with added lemon and lime. Filled with Vitamin c and a natural anti-oxidant, this delicious blood red drink also acts as a mild sedative, soothing anxiety and calming those shattered nerves.

Mind: A lit candle, a luke-warm bath because it’s the height of summer and a hot bath would just not do (Yes, I’m lucky to still have a bath in my place) and My Valentine oil added as a bath oil. Geranium and Patchouli to soothe and calm the racing thoughts and bring some clarity back to my mind. The Grapeseed and Jojoba carrier oils nourishing my skin which in turn calms my mind (Because it’s preventing dry and patchy skin).

Spirit: Taking time out to nurture myself and use our own products which we know are ethically grown and sourced are nurture for my Soul.

So, after two weeks of hectic running around on the business side of Essential Herbal Products, it has been a pleasure writing this blog on my February choice of Self-love and Self-care.

Til next week…

Much love, light and harmony Between, Amongst and Within