A ritual to enjoy and look forward to, pressing pause for 15 minutes to regroup and de-stress can be a simple as making a cup of herbal tea. This ritual can be your 10-minute daily meditation practice, its free, only requiring your time, intention and it has powerful full body benefits:
Reduce Anxiety // A 2009 study in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that meditation decreased anxiety and increased hope in its participants.
Reduce Cardiovascular Disease // Studies have shown the effect of meditation on atherosclerosis reported that those who had practiced meditation for six to nine months had an 11% decrease in the risk of heart attack and up to a 15% decrease in the risk of stroke.
Reduce Insomnia // A study showed patients with primary chronic insomnia who followed a three-month meditation program at home significantly improved their ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Reduce Pain // Research shows with consistent meditation practice participant of the study were able to decrease their pain medication and some were even able stop their pain medication entirely.
Reduce Stress // Scale-down your body's production of stress-related chemicals think cortisol. Meditation decreases oxygen expenditure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure, and increases the intensity of brain waves (alpha, theta, and delta), which increase your relaxation response.
During the ritual of making your tea, be mindful, in that moment, focus on the task, noticing the aroma, the sounds, and your feelings without naming anything just observing your surroundings. Find a quiet nook where you will not be disturbed, simply sit, be aware of any thoughts or feelings, accepting them but letting them go. You can do this by being aware of your breath, the rhythm of the movement, of the now. Meditation and mindfulness done!
Inside out Beauty
Herbal waters have been used for centuries in beauty regimens because they are hydrating and deliver beneficial properties of particular herbs or flowers to skin cells. Ancient healing herbs, chamomile, lavender, rose and rose hips have been used since ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome as natural tension-tamers and digestive aids. Herbal teas formulated with these herbs calm the nervous system, resulting in reduced stress, improved mood and therefore better sleep quality.
The antioxidant compounds found in the aromatic oils of both chamomile and lavender are natural sedatives with anti-inflammatory properties, helping to relieve everything from:
- Muscle tension
- Digestive issues
- Skin irritations
- Gastrointestinal pain
- Allergic reactions.
Regularly drinking these herbal teas your complexion and hair can reap the nourishing and soothing benefits, packed with antioxidants that support the body’s endocrine system and help lower stress levels. The result is not only a calmer mind, but reduced inflammation and cellular regeneration throughout the body, including muscle tissue, skin cells, hair follicles, and even blood vessels!
Antioxidants - The main antioxidant components extracted from chamomile flowers are the terpenoid group of antioxidants, including chamazulene and acetylene derivatives. Other major constituents of the flowers include several phenolic compounds, primarily
the flavonoids, including apigenin, quercetin, patuletin as well as various glucosides.
Azulene - Gives the essential oil its blue hue and are known for powerful anti-allergenic and anti-inflammation properties. They help preventing the discharge of histamine in the body which triggers allergic reactions
like sneezing but its primary action is as a muscle relaxant.
Calm - Chamomile is widely regarded as a mild tranquiliser and sleep-inducer due to its amino acid, tryptophan.
Digestive Stress - Lavender tea can help ease digestive symptoms. The polyphenols in lavender help prevent harmful gut bacteria from developing, which in turn will help stop creation of gas and toxic emissions from said bacteria. This eases stomach discomfort.
Headaches + Migraines - Lavender calms the nervous system and slows the cardiovascular system down so it can release the constricted blood vessels that end up causing pressure in the head. The aroma of the lavender acts as a Sedative.
Rich in Polyphenols - Rose petals are rich in polyphenols, which are water-soluble. A 2007 issue of "Zeitschrift fur Naturforschung" found that rose petals were high in polyphenols as well as ellagic acid and quercetin. A 2005 review on polyphenols published in the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" discussed the role of polyphenols in helping prevent cardiovascular diseases as well as osteoporosis and possibly even cancer.
Antioxidants - Rose petals are a natural source of vitamin C, according to a review published in the "Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences." Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant which can block some of the damage that can result from exposure to toxins and free radicals. Such damage can lead to increased rates of ageing. Vitamin C also provides support for your immune system, and it aids in the production of collagen, a protein essential for healthy skin and hair.
Antioxidants - Rich in vitamin C and flavonoids, which are responsible for its antioxidant effect. Antioxidants help prevent diseases related to oxidation, such as heart disease, arthritis and cancer. They also inhibit damage caused by free radicals, which play a role in premature ageing. A study published in "Molecular Aspects of Medicine" in 2003 found that rosehip tea is a significant source of lycopene, an antioxidant also abundant in tomatoes. This antioxidant has been linked with reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, taking high amounts of vitamin C regularly may reduce the severity and frequency of colds. Since rosehip tea is a potent source of vitamin C, drinking it often may produce these effects. Rosehip tea is also a source of vitamin A, which is another immune system booster. Vitamin A helps protect you from getting bacterial and viral infections and helps fight off existing ones.
CONCLUSION By sipping a soothing blend of certified organic herbal teas, you can help restore your cells from the inside out; daily usage of our Plant Retinol Coactive Serum*, you can also help support and calm your cells from the outside in. *Launching soon.
Until next time,
be human, be kind, be you.
- BOOK: The Healing Power Of Herbs - Dr John Heinerman PhD
- BOOK: The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy Salvatore Battagila, Second Edition.
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