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).

 

You are beautiful, you are deserving

You are beautiful, you are deserving of all the love, passion, experiences, desires… yes, YOU.  So often we all, men and women alike, are afraid of transition, afraid of change, of the unknown, afraid to love and accept love, to love OURSELVES, the way we are – for who we are and recognize the beauty in ourselves, our partners, our families, our friends.

You are beautiful, you are deserving….

Do not be afraid to show the light you have inside of yourself.  All living things have a gift and when you share that gift and open your heart and mind you allow others to do so as well.  By being genuinely you and allowing your strengths to shine and exposing your weaknesses allows others to be closer to you and allows love to flow into your heart.

You are beautiful, you are deserving….

Surround yourself with those that offer you positive energy, that are supportive of you, that give you energy.  You deserve to be lifted up, to be given a chance to show the world your light.  As my husband has taught me people can be energy givers or energy takers and if your cup of energy is being depleted more than it is being filled then you are surrounding yourself with the wrong people.  Take time to choose your relationships wisely and if you realize a relationship is unhealthy have the courage to break those ties.  It is important for your health, your life, your soul.

You are beautiful, you are deserving…

A partnership whether friend, lover, family, co-worker should have more positive interactions than negative.  Communication should be fair and open.  It should be a partnership not a dictatorship.  You are strong and intelligent and are able to take care of yourself and yet share your life with your partners, friends, lovers, etc.  Love yourself.  Love the way you look, the way you feel.  Do not allow another to put a demand on you that you do not agree with, that you don’t want.  Love is about sharing and allowing your partner to be FREE to truly be who they are.  NEVER SACRIFICE your sense of freedom.

You are beautiful, you are deserving….

A quote that has stuck with me, although I do not know where it is from: People accept the love they feel they deserve…. so believe and know that you deserve a fair and free true love from friends, family, lovers and anything less is not love but control.  You deserve to be surrounded by positive energy.

YOU are beautiful, you are deserving….