What is vitality? I would say abundant energy that we experience often all too fleetingly but would love more of. Plant compounds can really help us here, promoting stamina and endurance in a variety of ways, helping us gain more sustained energy. I’ve chosen some easy to find common herbs to discuss.
Our Home Grown Nettle Leaves
It was traditionally used for stress reduction and helping to increase energy. It also has the bonus of improving the absorption of iron within the bloodstream. In fact, it has high levels of a wide range of nutrients, vitamins and minerals within its leaves, and was our multi-vitamin and mineral ‘go-to’ before supplementation was devised. It was and still is one of the best daily tonics.
Siberian Ginseng Root
It’s the classic choice for stress and adrenal fatigue to boost energy and create endurance and vitality. It can be used for prolonged periods of time quite safely – enhancing both mental and physical performance and quality of life as an adaptogenic. No wonder it was/is the often-used Russian athletes choice. It is considered a brilliant general tonic, repairing the adrenal glands, in particular, helping withstand both mental and physical stresses.
Thyme Flowers Leaves
Perhaps not a herb you’d expect to find in the ‘vitality’ category but it is a ‘general tonic’ supporting the bodies normal function and countering the effects of ageing. Recent research indicates that Thyme is strongly antioxidant and may help maintain higher levels of essential fatty acids in the brain. This will keep us more motivated and invigorated and build up energy and vitality relieving muscular and mental tiredness.
Combining all these herbs in our daily lives is fairly easy – powders in smoothies, as herbal teas. They can be used in regular rotation or blended for daily use.
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