5 Favorite Herbs

When we think herbs, we probably think of the spices in our kitchen cabinet that (desperately) need to be reorganized. But did you know that herbs can do so much more than make our food flavorful?

After doing research about the use of the herbs in Ayurvedic medicine, the practice of holistic healing, I was blown away. Unlike over-the-counter medications, which treat short term side effects, herbal medicines are so much more powerful for supporting our long term health. LITERALLY mother nature's prescription.

Here are five of my favorite healing herbs that I love using daily to keep my health and wellness in tip-top shape:

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is basically the Beyonce of ayurvedic herbs. As an adaptogen, it's well known for its ability to enhance stamina and relieve stress. Due to its high levels of cortisol, aka the “stress hormone”, ashwagandha helps our bodies adapt to anxiety-inducing situations. It works wonders for getting us through those long weeks, and chilling us the f*** out.

Turmeric

Turmeric is one of the most beneficial superfoods in the world. With its anti-inflammatory and high antioxidant properties, it is definitely a #1 go-to when it comes to relieving sore muscles, joint pain, sinus pressure, and much more. As if this wasn’t enough, it is also great for fighting off blemishes and giving our skin that ~effortless~ glow.

Ginger

Ginger does more than add a spicy kick to our favorite meals. It is also known for treating nausea, indigestion, as well as improving our overall digestive system. Pregnant women from all over the world use it to treat morning sickness, so you know this must be good.

Rhodiola

When it comes to mental clarity and improving brain function, I turn to rhodiola, a traditional Chinese herb. It is great for relieving stress, increasing energy levels, and enhancing overall vitality. So when you're trying to conquer the 9-5 (without the midday crash from caffeine), rhodiola will be there getting you through.  

Mucuna Pruriens

Mucuna Pruriens can be found in our “happy” peach smoothie for a reason. This herbal adaptogen is a natural source of L-DOPA, an amino acid which helps our bodies release dopamine. Not only does this herb (literally) help make us happier, but it also works wonders for supporting a healthy nervous system, improving brain function, and acting as a natural aphrodisiac.

 

What are your favorite herbs? Leave us a comment below!

 

 

LifestyleLizzie Bettis