Ashwagandha – Adaptive agent – anti-stress

Ashwagandha is an herb that is used in Ayurvedic medicine for various ailments, one being an adaptogen (anti stress) and I began taking it about 3 weeks ago to test it out.  Below are details of it pulled from webmd.com

Ashwagandha is a plant. The root and berry are used to make medicine.

Ashwagandha has a lot of uses. But so far, there isn’t enough information to judge whether it is effective for any of them.

Ashwagandha is used for arthritisanxiety, trouble sleeping (insomnia), tumors,tuberculosisasthma, a skin condition marked by white patchiness (leukoderma),bronchitis, backache, fibromyalgia, menstrual problems, hiccups, and chronic liverdisease.

Ashwagandha is also used as an “adaptogen” to help the body cope with daily stress, and as a general tonic.

Some people also use ashwagandha for improving thinking ability, decreasing pain and swelling (inflammation), and preventing the effects of aging. It is also used forfertility problems in men and women and also to increase sexual desire.

Ashwagandha is applied to the skin for treating wounds, backache, and one-sided paralysis (hemiplegia).

The name Ashwagandha is from the Sanskrit language and is a combination of the word ashva, meaning horse, and gandha, meaning smell. The root has a strong aroma that is described as “horse-like.”

In Ayurvedic, Indian, and Unani medicine, ashwagandha is described as “Indian ginseng.” Ashwagandha is also used in traditional African medicine for a variety of ailments.

Don’t confuse ashwagandha with Physalis alkekengi. Both are known as winter cherry.

How does it work?

Ashwagandha contains chemicals that might help calm the brain, reduce swelling (inflammation), lower blood pressure, and alter the immune system.

read more: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-953-ASHWAGANDHA.aspx?activeIngredientId=953&activeIngredientName=ASHWAGANDHA

 

I began to take Ashwagandha to help with coping with daily stress and insomnia and it has been working.  I must say that I am also practicing mindfulness, 4 7 8 breathing techniques and have been doing some “clearing” of physical clutter, so it might be a combination of all but I recommend trying it.  I take it once a day, in the evening, after dinner with a full glass of water.

Over the last few weeks, I have noticed that I am more relaxed, more patient and slowly getting back to my “happy-go-lucky” self.  My children are also more relaxed, have less tantrums and are sleeping better.  Go figure – if I am more relaxed they are too… 🙂  The energy you feel is projected to those around you whether you try to cover it up by acting happy and relaxed or not.  Especially children, they are like little sponges and absorb the negative or positive vibes you project internally and externally.  So, reducing your stress is important for your overall health and well-being and mental sharpness, but also important for those around you to include your friends, families, partners and children!  It is even good for reducing the visceral fat around your middle!!!  🙂

Another natural anti-inflammatory and overall good supplement is Turmeric which can be added to your daily food by using the spice, taking the spice mixed with raw honey daily (especially during cold or allergy season), or taken daily in capsules (curcumin).

 

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Testing… Testing… Is this thing on or does my 3 year old just choose to ignore me

My 3 year old is the sweetest most lovable, caring, energetic and adorable little boy in the world… most of the time.  Some days or often weeks, while he is still cute and lovable, he tests every single thing all day and it is SO DRAINING!  I love him to death but sometimes I just don’t understand and succumb to the idea that this is another phase that we will love to endure and rejoice and laugh when it is complete.  

Any of these sound familiar?

Refusing to put his shoes on and then I try to put them on and then he wants to do it by himself but he doesn’t.

Demanding for things to be on his terms and when there is push back from myself or my husband chaos ensues and sometimes even stomping out of the room… is it me or did he just turn into a teenager with raging hormones?

Fighting bed time with everything he has… it is amazing what comes up as reasons for not going to sleep…. scared, have to pee, have to drink, hungry, monsters, sick, itchy, hot, cold, sweaty….

Exerting independence every step of the way, except when requested to do it… WHAT?  So, I have learned to phrase things I want him to do in such a way that it sounds like it is his idea… this takes work!

Not to mention I have given up on trying to put a coat on him… he will take it with him but he will not wear it unless he actually feels cold – which is amazing to me.  He does not feel cold.  Now he wears shorts all the time… sometimes under pants but shorts and a t-shirt – sometimes with a long sleeve over top but not usually.  I do, however, get him to at least wear soccer socks pulled up so his legs are somewhat covered in the chilly weather.

I could go on, but I won’t.

I will say that I am at a loss for what to do about what he learns from other kids at school and such.  I cannot control what other kids say but he has a hard time understanding why he cannot do or say those things when his friends do.  This is concerning… he also has learned things such as saying I don’t like or love you when he doesn’t get his way… I don’t take it personally but it is still concerning that he would say this.  We are a very loving family, lots of hugs and kisses and we say we love each other often and ensure that our children know we love them even when we are putting them in time out or expressing frustrations with a certain action… so I can only imagine he learned this at school???!!

Anyway, we are working our way through these issues but would love to hear any comments or suggestions.  Our way of parenting is to let them be kids and guide them through, allow them to express emotion and teach them what that means and how to express emotion in healthy ways, be kind, give them space to learn on their own, etc… but some days  I just want to pull my hair out…