With cold weather upon us, we can’t help but look for more ways to stay healthy- not to mention we’re in the midst of a worldwide health crisis. We want to keep our stress levels low and immune systems strong! NBGA turns to nature to give you a guide to plants and their healing properties and mood boosting benefits.
Lavender is great for relaxation and calming the nerves- stress often lowers one’s immune system, which can exacerbate any infections! Take lavender in the form of tea, capsules, or put a few droplets of lavender oil in your aroma diffuser to soften the mood and invigorate your sinuses and senses.
Sourced from the turmeric plant, Turmeric is commonly used as a spice but is also a very powerful supplement best known for its anti-inflammatory, healing properties. A traditional South Asian medicine, it helps with everything from fighting infections and mucus, aids in digestion and joint health, and heals wounds (both internal and external) when consumed or applied to the skin. It’s perfect if you have cold or flu like symptoms- take capsule herbal supplements or have it in a drink.
Also called purple coneflower, Echinacea is one of the most popular medicinal flowers used. It is proven to shorten the span of cold and flu like symptoms and boosts the immune system! It is also high in antioxidants and great for fighting inflammation and sore throats. Make sure you have a stash of echinacea tea for good measure!
Mediterranean Oregano Oil
The benefits of oregano oil are endless. Apply it directly to your skin to kill bacteria and relieve skin sores, aching muscles, infections or irritation. It’s also great for your insides- take Oregano Oil by mouth to reduce coughs, heartburn, bloating, and indigestion. It even fights fatigue and can lessen those monthly menstrual cramps!
You can’t heal if your nervous system and muscles are tense. Ashwagandha, a powerful plant used in Ayurvedic medicine for over 3,000 years, will relax you immediately. It reduces anxiety, depression, nervousness, stress and everything in between. It is also proven to reduce blood sugar levels and high cholesterol. Not a bad idea to take some in 2020! It’s most commonly consumed in tea form or capsule supplements.