Adrenal nourishment is KEY to adrenal recovery.
It’s long stopped being a ‘trend’. The talk about need for adrenal nourishment as a way to better health, is here to stay. A wise friend once shared this thought (and it rang true then as it does now):
There are very few, if any, people, living in cities, (or for that matter, anywhere), today, who are not dealing with adrenal fatigue. I think we can safely say ~ from teens on up to elders, these days, regardless of location, adrenal fatigue or even adrenal exhaustion, is rampant. What do you think?
HOW do YOU nourish your adrenals?
I hear “I’m tired” or “I’m just too busy and always tired” from so many of my clients, friends and family members. It’s all about finding some balance, I think. There are lots of ideas, many books and documentaries out there. Sometimes I think, much of that, just adds to the problem. In this overwhelming age of information, we can feel like we are in a revolving door! Yup. Often we are not even fully awake, and that ‘ to do ‘ list is beckoning.
So what is balance to you? I strive for it in my own life and am (truthfully) always aware and still rarely successful. What does help me, is the creation of rituals in my life, which may seem to some, as ‘ho-hum’ but to me, they help to bring that balance to my day.
Yoga is on my list of things to learn. Currently dealing with back issues, so for now, I start the day with a good stretch. Pilates is on the horizon. Take time to breathe and enjoy an Epsom salts bath. Drink a warm herbal tea.
Just last year, at the International Herb Symposium, I was reminded about pink vs. blue light.
We need to ensure that we get outdoors every day but especially in the morning to allow our pineal and our eyes to receive pink light ~ which is so needed and so healing for us as beings.^^
by the way: ^^ blue light ? Computer screens, Tv, Smart phones. To be avoided before bed as much as possible. We need to avoid blue light for 2 hours before bed and sleep in a dark room!
I live in Toronto (pop approx 3 Million souls) but I live close to Lake Ontario and a huge park, called High Park. As often as I can, I take a leisurely walk lakeside or a stroll through the woods, both refreshing and enlivening. When possible I travel outside the city and spend time away from the hustle and bustle, in the summer months. Nature heals. Just sitting in the company of a tree or trees ~ some of our largest plant allies.. is so grounding and strengthening.
The foods we choose to eat and the beverages we choose to imbibe ALL play a part of course, but today I want to share one of my favourite tea blends for adrenal support:
NOURISH your ADRENALS Tea Recipe:
Ashwaghanda (Withania somnifera)
Long time traditional remedy from the teachings of Ayurveda, Ashwaganda has many nourishing attributes. In this formula, this powerful adaptogenic herb helps the body to handle stress better, improve endurance and as a tonic for fatigue. It can help to improve mental performance and
nourish your adrenals too! Sometimes it’s easier to purchase a good quality root powder.
Ashwaganda root powder is easier to work with, in a tea, for many of us.
(stay tuned for more info on this, one of my fave Ayurvedic helpers)
Milky Oat tops (Avena Sativa)
Fabulous nervous system support and healer and tonic. Excellent remedy for those feeling ‘out of sorts’ or dealing with ‘frayed nerves’ due to life experiences (good or bad) and a feeling of mental or physical depletion. Yes, this is the same plant which gives us oatmeal (also a good nervine tonic) and in this case, I am using the oat tops ~ harvested at the stage in this picture, referred to as ‘milky oat’ tops.
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
From the same plant that is the original ‘licorice candy’, this flavourful root has many uses in my herbal apothecary. In this formula, I am using as an adrenal supporting herb, which we use due to adrenocorticoid insufficiency. often due to overwork, and as a response to continued stress-filled days.
*It’s normally a part of this formula, but can be left out if 1) taste is not pleasing to you 2) You are pregnant 3) You have hypertension (high blood pressure)
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
I use Melissa a lot. It’s in my top herbs for many uses. Here, it’s in the formula for it’s nourishing, tonic ability to support the nervous system, support good digestion (all connected!) and for it’s uplifting light lemony taste.
Nettles (Urtica dioica)
Missy Nettle (as so many herbalists call her) packs more energy per cup than any stimulant, and without the downside of caffeine or, stimulating actions as those with ginger or cayenne.
Susun Weed (who I cannot think about, without thinking about nettles!) says:
“Tired teenagers, sleep-deprived new moms, stressed executives, wakeful menopausal gals, and wise women of all ages depend on stinging nettle to restore mood, replenish energy, and guarantee sound sleep.”
Nettle, probably one of the most nutritious plant allies we have, carries good solid energy to every cell in the body and is the backbone of many of my forumulae.
Long time traditions in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) are numerous. I am using as an additional adaptogen in this formula, to nourish and heal the adrenals and as a nervous system support tonic. These flavourful berries help with general fatigue as well as insomnia ~ another marvelous herb that seems to know what is needed, and when.
Pat Robinson, Health Educator, Wise woman (and dear friend!) has created a very comprehensive eCourse which offers so much more than a book may as she explores the many angles re the healing your adrenals. More info here. Sometimes, Pat runs an online “10 pm Bedtime club” which encourages ‘early to bed’ routine.
Sometimes it’s difficult to find Ashwaganda root –as I mentioned above, so I thought I’d include this link to Banyan Botanicals, powdered root ~ can be stirred into the tea recipe above or added to Golden Milk, if you make that (another super support for your body)
Banyan Botanicals Ashwagandha Powder – USDA Certified Organic, 1/2 Pound – Adaptogenic Ayurvedic Herbal Supplement That Promotes Vitality & Strength – Support for Stress-free Living!
Here’s to you feeling better and better every day … and me too..
yours, in health xo Carol
p.s. I’d love to hear how you nourish yourself ~ with respect to adrenal health. This post has a focus, as I wanted to share the tea recipe. I have entire books on the subject ~ as it’s important. Enjoy the tea!