Happy Tuesday Lovely!
Despite the bitter snow storm we’re receiving in New York City today, the first day of Spring is just days away. Though it’s a bit hard to believe that Spring is here, before we know it birds will be chirping, flowers will be blooming, and we’ll be wearing our favorite Spring fashion trends this season. Just like we adapt to embrace the seasons by changing our clothes, our bodies must adapt to embrace the constantly evolving nature of our lives. As I mentioned last week, I’ve decided to launch a series for the remainder of March that will discuss some of my favorite Chinese Herbs and how they can positively impact your health and your skin. Today, to address the fluctuation our bodies experience, we’ll be taking a deeper look into amazing adaptogens and what they can do for your health.
First, though, I wanted to start off by differentiating Traditional Chinese Medicine from Western Medicine. The biggest difference between these two modalities is that TCM focuses on prevention rather than treating a symptom when it arises (though of course, TCM can treat symptoms too). TCM takes a holistic healing approach, treating the body and spirit as one. By using elements of TCM by way of herbs, food, mind-body workouts (think yoga and tai chi), acupuncture, and special self-massage routines, you can stimulate the body’s self-healing process. By moving blood circulation, Qi, also known as energy, gives your skin and your body the life force it needs to attain glowing skin, healthier organs, and an overall feeling of well-being.
Now, moving on to adaptogens. You may have heard this buzzy word thrown around recently due to it being deemed a top wellness trend in 2017, but what exactly is an adaptogen? Adaptogens are herbs that help our bodies stabilize and adapt to changes in our environment and lifestyle to encourage homeostasis, or staying regulated to remain constant. Whether it’s a lifestyle change, like an overwhelming new project at work, or an environmental change, like setting our clocks an hour earlier, our stress levels are constantly fluctuating, making it hard for our bodies to keep up. The reason that adaptogens support your body’s response to stress is that they aid in balancing your adrenal function, which is responsible for regulating your stress hormones. Why does this impact you? Well, when cortisol, one of these stress hormones, is elevated it can promote premature aging, weight gain, and low energy. That’s why these 3 herbs should be your new go-to’s when you are looking to ward off stress, boosting your energy levels, and attaining healthy, glowing skin:
Panax Ginseng Root
Ginseng is probably the most commonly used adaptogen in Traditional Chinese Medicine due to it’s known ability to help improve focus and boost your energy. It also helps your body adapt to stress, making it perfect for those times when you’re feeling fatigued. Additionally, Ginseng is a common hangover remedy due to how it neutralizes toxins in your body, while also boosting your immune system.
How to: We recommend making tea out Ginseng Root by cutting up a large piece and steeping it in hot water. Sip on this tea throughout the day, especially when you need a boost of mental clarity and focus.
Traditionally used to boost the immune system and fight infections, astragalus also helps to lessen effects of stress on our bodies. The active compound in this herb helps to promote skin health while also protecting against aging. Astragalus is best used preventatively on a regular basis to keep yourself from getting sick, while also providing the added benefit of increased energy and metabolism function.
How to: We recommend purchasing a powdered version of Astragalus so that you can simply add a teaspoon to your morning smoothie or tea.
Growing up, when I was in search of beautiful, glowing skin, I was taught to that licorice would help to brighten my skin. It also is known for providing soothing and anti-inflammatory benefits. Licorice root also increases energy and endurance and can help to strengthen your immune system.
How to: We recommend making Licorice Root tea by steeping a couple of sticks in hot water and sipping on it throughout the day.
What do you think about using herbal remedies to help your body adapt to stress? Have you tried experimenting with any adaptogens? Let me know if try any of these herbs and how they make you glow from the inside out!
I would like to thank you so much for reading and so generously sharing! It’s always wonderful sharing these amazing tips with you all!
With all my love,
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