Ah, a herbal adaptogen, you say?
Well, imagine your body is a beautifully maintained garden. The world is filled with countless potential stressors – think about pesky bugs, intense weather conditions or even nutrient-deprived soil. These factors may strain your garden, potentially damaging your delicate plants.
Now, what if there was a special kind of gardener - an adaptable, intuitive helper - that could ease the effects of these external stressors on your garden? They might introduce hardier plants or build protective shelters to help your garden better adapt to different circumstances.
This is precisely what herbal adaptogens do in your body! They're natural herbs that, in essence, help your body adapt to stress more effectively. They support the optimal function of your adrenal system - that's the system managing your body's hormonal response to stress, by the way. By doing so, these herbs promote a sense of calmness, increased stamina and energy, and a stronger immune response.
But these magical helpers aren't a new trend - in fact, adaptogens have been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine. Think of common ones like ashwagandha, ginseng, holy basil, or rhodiola rosea.
So next time life throws you a curveball, or you simply feel a bit out of balance, remember your inner garden. Nourishing it with herbal adaptogens can help it weather the storm, providing you a smoother ride through life's inevitable ups and downs.
Why we love lavender and lemon balm:
• It can have a calming effect and is commonly used in aromatherapy for anxiety and stress reduction.
• It's often used as a sleep aid, and may improve quality and duration of sleep.
• Lavender is packed with antioxidants, helping to protect your cells from harmful free radicals.
• It has antimicrobial properties and can prevent certain types of fungi from growing.
• Some studies suggest that it can be used for pain relief, especially headaches and migraines.
• It has a calming effect and can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
• Like lavender, lemon balm can help to improve sleep patterns and quality.
• It can boost brain health and improve cognitive function.
• Lemon balm has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
• It can ease digestive problems and can soothe symptoms such as bloating and abdominal cramps.
Combining the two in an adaptogenic honey recipe would not only make a flavorful addition to your food and drinks but could also help in soothing the nerves, improving sleep quality, and supporting overall health.
+ Fill a small mason jar with a combination of dried lavender flowers and lemon balm.
+ Pour honey over the dried plants and place the lid on the jar.
+ Allow the mixture to sit in the honey for 4 weeks. Turn the jar over every few days to agitate the honey.
+ After 4 weeks, gently warm the honey in a hot water bath until it is runny. Strain the honey through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove the lavender and lemon balm.
Enjoy this delightful, fragrant treat by the spoonful, in your tea or any of your favorite recipes.