Looking after your mental health the natural way

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Looking after your mental health the natural way

Mental health is not just about illness, although thankfully this is now a subject receiving much needed attention, it’s about looking after your emotional wellness to live the very best way you can. From the worries and anxieties we experience in day-to-day life, to more serious long-term conditions, mental health covers such a broad area, many of us will experience mental health issues ourselves or at least know someone who has. According to the UK mental health charity, Mind, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem every year.

Greater awareness of symptoms and a breaking down of the stigma surrounding mental health is helping more people seek help when they need it but there is still more to do. Boosting your emotional wellness can play a part in ensuring your brain stays healthy everyday. A healthy diet, rich in antioxidants, vitamins, fibre and protein, along with daily exercise and meditation will help balance the mind and body but sometimes we need a little extra.

For decades experts have been trying to untangle the roots of mental illness and for thousands of years, people have used medicinal plants for the treatment of various psychiatric disorders. Here are a few of our favourites and the products they have been carefully chosen for.

Holy BasilAlso known as Tulsi in its native India, Holy Basil is an aromatic shrub and considered a potent adaptogen, which means it can naturally aid the body to cope with physical and emotional stresses. In the case of hormones, it can calm and support the adrenal glands, regulate cortisol and reduce the negative effects of stress from an over-stretched nervous system.

Panax GinsengOtherwise known as Ginseng Root, Panax Ginseng is another adaptogen used in oriental medicine to regulate mental and physical stress. Researchers have seen Ginseng combat chronic fatigue through its antioxidant properties and some have concluded it can be used for treating chronic stress. Other studies have seen it act as a mild anti-depressant by enhancing specific neurotransmitters in the brain.

Gingko BilobaGinkgo for short, this is a leaf extract from the Chinese Gingko tree and has been used to support brain activity by protecting nerves, dilating blood vessels and improving blood flow. This has been linked to focus, alertness and memory.

SchisandraSchisandra is a type of berry most well known for its ability to cleanse the liver and protect it from toxic damage.  As an adaptogen, it can raise the body’s resistance to environmental stress, mental and physical fatigue and anxiety. It can also steady levels of stress hormones like cortisol and create a positive effect on mental performance under stress.

DamianaDamiana is a small shrub with a reputation for improving sexual function by stimulating the libido in women and men. Sexual dysfunction is a common symptom of depression and frequently an adverse effect of with most antidepressants. It has also been used to combat the effects of lethargy and chronic exhaustion in mild depression by helping to stimulate blood flow.

Our Brain Food Tincture helps to calm an overworked nervous system to help mind, mood and energy by supporting against mental and physical stress.

Brain_Food_2017For an on the go solution, our new Stress Spray contains a potent blend of pharmaceutical grade Ashwagangha, Holy Basil, Oats and Siberian Ginseng to help reduce the effects of stress and anxiety and boost energy.

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At The Organic Pharmacy, we can also offer homeopathic remedies (such as Argent Nit, Ambra Grisea, Anacardium (AAA) for anxiety and panic attacks. A consultation with one of our homeopaths and a personalised prescription can help with conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression. The best way to identify your individual needs is through the fantastic Stress & Vitamin Scan which can identify Stress and vitamin and mineral levels Contact your local store to book your Stress & Vitamin Scan.

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