Updated: Feb 27
You feel exhausted, lacking motivation, frustrated, feel foggy? Those are signs you are burning out.
Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and often physical exhaustion brought on by prolonged or repeated stress. What happens in your body it that adrenal glands who are responsible for balancing your stress hormones such as cortisol, can get unbalanced when triggered so often.
Our encounter with Arielle Hayat, at Envision 10thanniversary, gave us 3 steps and a selection of herbs ally to recover from burnout. Arielle is an amazing expert, a clinical herbalist with three years of intensive training from Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbalism in New York City. She completed her 1000-hour apprenticeship with 30+ year Wise Woman herbalist Lata Kennedy of Flower Power Herbs and Roots focusing on the Six Steps of Healing of the Wise Woman Tradition.
STEP 1: RESET HEALTHY FOUNDATIONS by reducing inflammation, repair your guts and get some good sleep Start with two re-balancing herbs for your body with Chamomile and Turmeric.
Chamomile is one of the most ancient medicinal herbs known to mankind. The dried flowers of chamomile contain many terpenoids and flavonoids contributing to its medicinal properties. It’s one of the most versatile medicinal herbs known to man thanks to its antioxidants for disease-fighting and sleep assistance properties.
Turmeric is specifically known for the Curcuma compound that is a potent anti-inflammatory but the all plant has a lot of other benefits as it is rich in antioxidants. Special note from the pro: it is a powerful antibiotic. If taken daily it might reduce the diversity in your guts.
STEP 2. NURTURE YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM WITH NERVINES Nervines are herbs that specifically help support the nervous system. Their varieties include tonics, mildly calming herbs and, stronger relaxants.
Skullcap is a tonic, lunar herb. Wonderfully gentle and nourishing to the nervous system. It helps relieve occasional tension and stress, circular thoughts, and nervousness. It can be used throughout the day during stressful situations or at night before bed to calm worried thoughts.
Milky oats Very gentle tonic herb that helps support the nervous system without a perceptibly calming action. It can help reduce fatigue and support nerve functioning over time. Great for anyone who is overworked or relies on caffeine to get through the day.
CALMING AND RELAXING
Lemon balm as mood-elevating herb. It is sunshine in plant form, this herb helps with nervous exhaustion, gloom, and restlessness while also providing pure aromatic pleasure.
St. Johns Wort has impressive health benefits including its ability to treat depression, improve mood swings, relieve anxiety, reduce the severity of pre-menstrual symptoms, ease addictive tendencies, regulate hormonal activity, prevent cancer, protect against viral infections, reduce inflammation, and soothe the nervous system.
Catnip for those of you internalizing a lot. Gentle, calming herb for sleeplessness in children and the elderly.
STEP 3. Increase your resilience to stressors with Adaptogens Adaptogens are another group of herbs that helps us manage stress as we encounter it. Adaptogenic herbs help restore overall balance and strengthen the functioning of the body as a whole without impacting the balance of any individual organ or bodily system.
Red Ginseng Great when you are completely drained, cold, depleted. Boosts physical strength and stamina. Supports mental alertness and memory.
Eleuthero root Improves normal mental clarity and emotional stamina during stressful situations, boosts physical endurance, helps with sleeplessness, and (according to Ayurvedic medicine) supports healthy immune system functioning.
Ashwagandha Great neuroprotector, great for self-acceptance. In Ayurveda, the root is used, often powdered and mixed with honey and ghee (clarified butter). It has been part of their repertoire for millennia. 'Ashwagandha' literally means 'smelling like a horse' which most likely refers to its actual scent. In Ayurveda, it is a helpful sleep aid and used to balance various conditions that arise from 'Vata dosha' imbalances.
Schisandra berries - Chinese folklore says that Schisandra calms the heart and quiets the spirit. These berries support normal central nervous system functioning without excitation. Amazing herbs when lacking emotional nourishment, it helps replenish the body after that gap.
Licorice roots Anti-viral, very supportive to balance hormones, dry cough or sour throat. It is a harmonizer herb, so great to mix with others!
Author: Karine Allouche Salanon
Arielle Hayat Talk at Envision February 2020
Chamomile: A herbal medicine of the past with bright future https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2995283/
Understanding Nervines & Adaptogens: Herbs for Stress & the Nervous System https://blog.mountainroseherbs.com/understanding-nervines-adaptogens
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