We all experience anxiety from time to time. It often affects us all occasionally, but sometimes anxiety can become much more than just a stressful day at work. Chronic states of anxiety can last for weeks, months or even years. When anxiety interferes with your day-to-day activities, we call it an anxiety disorder.
Even though the origins of anxiety vary from person to person, the way our body reacts to anxiety is largely the same. In general, we go into a state of high alert, which activates our acute stress responses. Some of them are: OCD; PTSD; nervousness; restlessness; rapid heart rate and breathing; heavy sweating; muscle trembling or twitching; weakness; insomnia; digestive or GI problems; panic attacks. Thankfully, there are some natural remedies that can help relieve anxiety at any level.
The adaptogens Ashwagandha and Passionflower
If you’re not familiar with Ayurvedic practices, you might not have heard of Ashwagandha and Passionflower. Ashwagandha is a popular medicinal herb that has been used for over 3,000 years in Ayurvedic practices. It's known to help relieve stress, increase energy levels, improve concentration and strengthen the immune system.
Passionflower is a variety of exotic vine flower with curly purple or blue petals. There are over 500 species of it, and Passiflora incarnata is known for its calming, sleep inducing, and muscle spasm relieving effects.
Both are classified as "adaptogens,” meaning that they can help your body manage stress and balance your body and your hormones. Adaptogens include those herbs, spices and mushrooms that are able to support the function of our adrenal glands.
Since these herbs and plants can be used in different ways, be sure to research what’s the best option for you, and always pick that with a reputable and organic source. Most importantly, after you've asked help to a naturopath, holistic nutritionist and/or holistic health care provider, always consult with your doctor about the healthiest choice especially if you're taking other medications.
Normally, Passionflower is brought to a boil in water in order to create a herbal tea and Ashwagandha is administered in 450–500 mg capsules 1-2 times daily. In our recipe, however, you’ll use Ashwagandha powder and Passionflower liquid extract instead.