We wear jewellery to make us look great, but we also use our jewellery to help us to feel good as well.
There is evidence that being happier is linked to being healthier. A study at Harvard University showed this very clearly back in 2007. But they also say that short-term emotional lifts aren’t enough. We also need to lower our stress levels and find healthy ways to avoid depression, anxiety, and worry and to feel good.
We can do this through jewellery and beauty products and by activities such as doing good for others and counting our blessings daily. Volunteering also fits in here.
But there are also some great herbs that can help to lessen insomnia, reduce nervousness, and essentially calm the nervous system – helping to increase the chance of feeling happiness.
Here are 7 herbs to make you feel good:
1. Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis)
This is a great, non-habit forming herb that is high in volatile oils (especially citronella) that have mild sedative effects and can reduce nervousness, including nervous headaches, depression, and insomnia. It can also help wounds heal faster and protect against insect bites. It has anti-viral properties, too, so it’s a great herb to keep in stock to boost the immune system.
2. Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica)
An antiseptic, antispasmodic, peripheral vasodilator, and nerving and relaxant, this herb is known for calming depressive episodes, strengthening cognitive function, and helping one deal with both mental and physical stress and making you feel good.
3. Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri)
An Ayurvedic herb used for centuries, brahmi is known as a natural brain tonic and booster of well-being. It can enhance intellect and significantly increase memory, and in doses of 10 to 20 ml daily, one can enjoy its stress-relieving benefits.
4. St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
This herb is often used to treat mild to moderate depression. It is especially helpful to patients who do not respond well to SSRI medication (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). This herb can limit the effectiveness of some prescription medications, though, so double check with your doctor before taking it. A 2009 systematic review of 29 international studies suggested that St. John’s Wort may be better than a placebo (an inactive substance that appears identical to the study substance) and as effective as standard prescription antidepressants for major depression of mild to moderate severity.
5. Oat Straw (Avena sativa)
Not only can this herb effectively treat anxiety, it is also used to treat migraines, shingles, fatigue, and even epilepsy. This herb can be especially helpful in calming the nerves of those who are detoxing from drug or alcohol addiction, and can even help curb nicotine cravings.
6. Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
This herb is a great replacement for those who have a coffee or caffeine addiction. It offers energy without the let down that accompanies a caffeine cycle. Further, it’s an adaptogenic herb, so it ‘adapts’ to give your body what it needs the most. It can boost concentration and help manage environmental stress as well.
7. Golden Root (Rhodiola rosea)
This section has been updated with new information on 20th June 2017
Also called Arctic Root or Roseroot, Golden Root is considered a queen of adaptogenic herbs. What this means is that it is a plant that gives humans an herbal medicinal effect when taken and helps a person keep their “cool” under stress. The results ending that Rhodiola Rosea will be able to stabilize the biological function of the body and to help you to stay in a “happy place” despite the stress around it despite psychological or physical pressures. This is known as Homoestasis.
Many people report that Rhodiola Rosea has impressive usefulness in sickly problems such as not being able to sleep well, lack of concentration and lower performance on the job, headaches, poor appetite, hypertension, and being tired all the time.
There is a lot more information and further links at https://www.healthambition.com/rhodiola-rosea-benefits/
Nothing in this post should be taken as medical advice. Before taking any herbal medicine, you should always consult a qualified practitioner.