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Well @ Home | Plant-Based Stress Management

Well @ Home | Plant-Based Stress Management
For many of us, COVID-19 has caused deep existential and financial stress. Our lives have been uprooted and changed significantly. It’s not exactly a new normal, but certainly “normal” has shifted.

But being at home with fewer distractions and more hours to fill also creates an opportunity to gain perspective and form new healthy habits. In this series, we’ll be sharing suggestions on how we’re staying calm and healthy in the face of uncertain times. First up! How to benefit from the infinite power of herbs...

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy can have serious stress-relieving effects. Chamomile, lavender, eucalyptus, sage, ylang-ylang and geranium are just a few of the herbs that have significant stress-reducing qualities...and are fast-acting.  

We’ve been adding a few drops of essential oils to a diffuser for an atmospheric effect. If you don’t own a diffusor, try adding an essential oil to your bath or applying directly to your skin. Don’t discount the power of aromatherapy to shift your mood (immediately).

Herbal Hydration

Pandemic or not, it’s flu season and staying hydrated throughout the day is a key to overall health. Herbal Teas, tisanes, and infusions are a calming way to get the H2O you need. (We’re loving this mint iced tea that uses a powerhouse trifecta of  green tea, lemon and fresh mint leaves.) 

CBD Supplementation

Although clinical research on CBD efficacy is limited, early studies show that CBD can bolster your immune system, and has natural antibacterial properties which can help fight bacterial infections. Cannabinoids like CBD support your Endocannabinoid System (or the ECS) and supplementing the ECS with CBD in turn supports your immune system. Yay! If you’re not already taking CBD daily, now is the time. 

Ground Control is our favorite daily supplement to support your peace-of-mind and immune system during this time of self-quarantining. CBD paired with chamomile (good for anti-bacterial and calming), licorice (a natural antidepressant), ashwagandha (an adaptogen good for soothing anxiety) and L-theanine (an amino acid that helps with sleep and mood) supports your health and happiness, even under lockdown. 

Eat More Plants

Many of us are making more meals at home out of necessity, and now is the time to cook and eat well. The good news?  Preparing meals at home often means less sugar and fewer artificial ingredients, which can result in higher energy levels and better mental health.

To get the most out of cooking at home, use as much fresh fruit, veggies, and herbs as possible. We're obsessed with the New York Times Cooking app, and in particular, Alison Roman’s famous chickpea stew recipe which features ginger, turmeric, and garlic; an immunity dream team.

 
We encourage you to use this time to create new habits, move your body, eat well, and reset. We’re here to help you find your base.

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