Herbs for Stress and Anxiety part 3

For the last post in this series, I'm focusing on three herbs commonly used for their calming effects on the mind and body.  Passionflower, Skullcap, and Lemon balm have all been used as natural remedies for stress, anxiety, and insomnia for centuries and have similar effects, with a few notable strengths and differences.  They can... Continue Reading →

DIY Ginger Syrup and Candied Ginger

I love ginger.  It's one of my all-time favorite ingredients.  Especially the fresh root, although dried ginger will do.  The spicy, sweet rhizome lends flavor and zing to almost any dish, and it is highly versatile in the kitchen.  I often add it to smoothies or herbal tea blends, and find it to be uplifting... Continue Reading →

Adaptogens – Support for Stress and Anxiety part 1

Adaptogens refer to a group of herbs, roots, and mushrooms which have been used in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years to promote wellness.  The term adaptogen indicates their primary usage -- they help the body adapt to psychological, physical, and environmental stress through a nonspecific resistance.  In general, adaptogens are known to... Continue Reading →

How to Make an Herbal Tincture

For my next several posts, I will be focusing on herbs to help manage stress and anxiety.  The plant world is full of surprisingly effective remedies that do not come with the same risks and side-effects of typical anti-anxiety medications.  I've found several that seem to work well, and I'm hoping others can benefit from... Continue Reading →

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