In Ayurveda, we understand that there is a need to create inner calm without diminishing our alertness and awareness of our surroundings. Herbal remedies are a great way to support this naturally without creating brain fog (which is often a side effect of pharmaceutical drugs).
When herbs are ingested, your body receives the natural medicine right from the plant. Pharmaceutical drugs are also created from flora, only the drug companies extract the natural medicine from the plant and tinker with the chemical composition in ways that can have harmful side effects.
Scientific research has shown that utilizing herbs can reduce stress and anxiety as well as create a sense of calm and heightened alertness. They allow us to build up Ojas, the essence that helps keep our immune system strong.
There are several herbs that I like to call the “worry-free” or “stress-free” herbs because they enhance the power of mental processing. The herbs I’m about to talk about have a special nature: they relax the anxiety in the mind, bring us a sense of awakening and enlightenment, and help us to feel connected with Mother Nature in a natural, nourishing way.
Jatamansi, Greater Galangal and Ashwagandha
These herbs help enhance the mind’s overall ability to fight stress. They’re thought of as the cleansing herbs because they clean out the toxins of the mind and help open up the gap for understanding and awareness.
Between stress and calmness is a gap where our intelligence resides. We always want to tap into this intelligence to heighten our level of clarity and enlightenment.
How to Use Them
I suggest making a tea with these three herbs. You can combine all three of them together, or use the one at a time.
1. Place 1/2 – 1 tsp herbs into a tea steeper with boiling water.
2. Allow the tea to sit about 3-5 minutes. The longer you let it steep, the stronger and more effective it will be.
You can use natural sweeteners like agave nectar, but the tea will be delicious without any sweetening as well.
3. Sip on the tea and watch what happens with your mind: you will find yourself becoming more clear, focused, stress-free and anxiety-free.
How to Buy Them
Often these herbs are already formulated in tea bags, but you can also get them in capsules at different health food stores.
The capsules are basically the dried herbs that is crushed and put in the gel caps.
I recommend purchasing the best quality, organic, non-GMO herbs online from Banyan Botanicals or Mountain Rose Herbs.
Sometimes these herbs are imported so you’ll have to wait a little longer; often there may be a wait for Jatamansi and Ashwagandha because they are such potent and powerful medicines.
Love and Light,
Rochel Marie Lawson