When it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which in turn contributes to feelings of motivation, creativity and energy, we often turn our attention to diet and exercise. For example, we are advised to have a balanced diet which contains fibres, protein, carbohydrates and fruit and vegetables that are rich in vitamins and minerals. But what if you’re doing all of this already and you still face creative block. What then?
Well, we take an even closer look at nature.
Herbs have been used since prehistoric times for their medicinal qualities. For example, Ayurvedic medicine from India, or Ayurveda, is a holistic healing approach that originated in India around 1500 B.C. Ayurveda uses herbs to restore balance stating that illness is a result of there being an imbalance.
Traditional Chinese medicine, which dates back 2,000 – 3,000 years ago, takes a similar approach. It states that our health is dependent on the balance of opposing forces (the Yin and the Yang); when they are in balance we are healthy.
Let’s take a look at 5 herbs we should integrate into your routines (if you haven’t already) to create balance and boost our creativity – so we can conquer that creative block!
When you think of lavender you may think of dropping some oil in your bath for a calming soak or burning a candle for some relaxation. Lavender is supposed to do just this, relax you. Lavender is shown to reduce anxiety and stress and increase alertness which is needed to ease any overthinking or mental blocks and allow your creative juices to flow.
Try: Burning a lavender infused candle early morning or evening to centre you.
Ginseng is known for its stimulating and energising properties. It has been shown to help with fatigue and boost alertness. It has also been shown to be anti-inflammatory. Perfect for combatting that energy slump.
Try: Taking Ginseng as a supplement or in tea in the morning before having a meal or just after.
Peppermint is one of the most common herbs and is a hybrid of spearmint and water mint. It is known to reduce fatigue and increase energy and alertness. It’s also helpful with digestion.
Try: Sipping on a cup of peppermint tea
Rosemary has been shown to stimulate the nervous system and circulatory system which can increase the amount of blood flow to your brain. This gives you a cognitive boost and improves memory, creativity, and concentration.
Try: Adding it to your next tagine dish
Hemp / CBD
You may have noticed CBD gaining popularity. CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with an oil like coconut or hemp seed oil. CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression and ease uncomfortable physical symptoms.
Try: Talk to your Dr if you’d like to try CBD oil to determine the dosage
And there we have it. Many of these herbs can be potted and grown at home – in your garden or on your balcony or patio (how convenient!).
Before you start using any of the herbs mentioned please be aware that they might interfere with any current medications you are taking, so make sure to do some more research before buying.
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