Ayurveda has so many wonderful herbs…..but the one that comes to mind right now is one that is most useful right now, for the winter months and also post-holidays.
Ashwagandha is an herb that has been used for thousands of years and used in Ayurveda. It is used to treat inflammation, fevers, and to protect against infection. It has also been used to boost the immune system, and improve memory.
It is also used to reduce stress and anxiety.
Ashwagandha is a very potent herb, but it is important to also practice other techniques that help reduce stress also.
It is important to always practice pro-active ways to de-stress ourselves. We shouldn’t just pop something in our mouths in a passive approach.
To every problem we should include a passive and an action.
So what can be done concurrently with a regimen of Ashwagandha?
- take your mind off stress by riding a bike
- read a book
- take walks
- ride a bike
- dance (or any other fun, active cardio workout)
- cut back from caffeine (especially after 3 pm)
- do not drink excessive amounts of alcohol
- do not smoke
Remember to always take one step at a time and one day at a time. Try not to take on too much at once. Overwhelming a moment is what creates unnecessary tension. Keep positive thoughts instead of negative thoughts.
….and deep breathe.