Plants and flowers can have healing powers, which is how they have a beneficial effect on mood.
Lewis Carrol also believed it in his book Alice in Wonderland, that a cup of tea can fix any problem. And in fact, there is nothing better than a cup of herbal infusion to treat seasonal ills. Yes but which ones?
Rachel Robinett, an American herbalist, made a list of 5 herbs that have a beneficial effect on mood, with some of which you can make a nice cup of tea. With other just indulge. Stimulating happiness and combating anxiety will never have been so beautiful.
The most correct name would be Ashwagandha and it is a shrub that comes from the same family as the tomato, has oval leaves and produces yellow flowers and red fruits. It is native to regions with a seccon climate such as India, Africa or the Middle East, but is also cultivated in the United States.
According to Dr. Frank Lipman, an ayourvedist doctor from New York, Indian ginseng would help the body fight chronic stress, anxiety, mental fatigue and insomnia.
Its ability is to stabilize blood sugars, which are one of the main physical causes of anxiety. act as a natural anti-inflammatory and invigorate the body’s cells.
How to take the Ashwagandha? “In powder mixed with food or as a supplement in capsules” – suggests Lipman – “Be sure to take the necessary amount or a full spoon of Indian ginsegn powder, or, if you take it by tablet, take it during meals, so that it can absorb properly “.
Or commonly called the St. John’s Wort or Scacciadiavoli. It is an evergreen plant whose leaflets appear to be pricked (they have small oily blisters on the surface instead). It grows even in the coldest woods (in fact it is native to England) and the flowers are small and yellow and bloom between May and June: the date of maximum flowering is June 24, which is precisely the day dedicated to St. John.
The name Scacciadiavoli instead comes from the fact that this wild herb has beneficial effects against stress and anxiety, in fact it is often present in the drugs used for depression.
How to take St. John’s wort? In the form of tea! However, Lipman suggests that you tell your doctor when you take the blaber because its effects can be very strong. It is also useful, in the form of oil, to relieve skin burns.
One of the most beautiful and feminine flowers that exist, but fortunately it is not only beautiful. The rose has a calming effect that slows down the heartbeats, alias reduces the sense of agitation.
The rose species most commonly used in medicine, including aesthetics, is dog rose. It is not only invigorating and exfoliating (we have all tried rose water as a tonic at least once), but it has healing properties: its petals contain potassium, vitamins B, C and K, copper and iodine. As a result it improves digestion, regulates the functioning of the endocrine and thyroid glands and slows down the heart rate.
How to take the rose? With a nice cup of infusion of rose petals, of course. It can also be cooled and turned into a cool drink. Diuretic and relaxing.
It belongs to the Turneraceae family and is a shrub that can grow up to 90 cm. The leaves are oval, the flowers are yellow and the fruit is a sort of resinous capsule. Like the rose it has calming properties and is mainly used to alleviate insomnia disorders. For many ayurvedist doctors, who strongly believe in the healing power of substances found in nature, damiana is the plant of happiness precisely because it stimulates the hormones linked to the feeling of serenity and spiritual lightness.
How to take damiana? Here, too, doctors suggest taking it as a hot infusion. You can easily find it in herbal medicine.
A true detox for the mind, the lemon balm (commonly known as lemon balm) is more similar to Indian ginseng. If pink and damiana have calming powers, lemon balm is invigorating and energizing.
How to take lemon balm or lemon balm? There are lemon balm jams with which you can make a tart to eat for breakfast, for example. Or there are tablets to melt under the tongue.