Adaptogenic Effects of Ginseng on Stress-related Disorders

Stress has adverse health effects. For example, chronic stress can lead to depression or anxiety. Ginseng (Panax ssp., Araliaceae) root is an adaptogen that is used "to cope with day-to-day and/or workplace stress." The constituent ginsenosides of ginseng have been shown to have a wide range of biological activities, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and neuroprotective properties. The … Continue reading Adaptogenic Effects of Ginseng on Stress-related Disorders

Herbal Healthwatch, September 2018

Rhodiola Relieves Stress Rhodiola {Rhodiola rosea} is a perennial groundcover that grows in some of the harshest conditions on Earth; the Arctic regions, from Scandinavia to Siberia. For centuries in Russia, Rhodiola enjoyed a folk reputation as a while-body strengthener or tonic. After World War II, Russian researchers added it to the short list of … Continue reading Herbal Healthwatch, September 2018

Review on Stress Reduction from Rhodiola

Stress, a physiological reaction to threat or pressure, is mediated by hormones, cytokines, and catecholamines. If untreated, these signals can lead to chronic stress or "burnout." Stressors may be physical, emotional, environmental, external, or self-driven. The World Health Organization calls stress "the health epidemic of the 21st century." Stress-related conditions include depression; anxiety; diabetes; and … Continue reading Review on Stress Reduction from Rhodiola

Hops Extract Improves Anxiety, Depression, and Stress Symptoms in Healthy Young Adults

The female inflorescence of hops (Humulus lupulus, Cannabaceae) is used traditionally to treat insomnia, excitability, and restlessness. The German Commission E approved the use of hops for sleep disturbances and mood disorders such as anxiety and restlessness; however, according to the authors, there is a lack of high-quality, placebo-controlled studies evaluating the efficacy of hops … Continue reading Hops Extract Improves Anxiety, Depression, and Stress Symptoms in Healthy Young Adults

The Three Phases of Stress

Thanks to the pioneering work of two physicists Walter Cannon and Hans Selye we now understand better the physiologic effects of stress. Scientist Hans Selye is credited with describing the “Adaptation Response and the three phases of stress†. Phase 1 is called the Alarm Reaction. It is in this phase that we first perceive … Continue reading The Three Phases of Stress

7 Sure-Fire Stress-Busters

Why is reducing stress so important? Believe it or not, the American Association of Family Physicians reports that two-thirds of all doctor visits are due to stress-related ailments. It’s also believed that 80 to 90 percent of all diseases are stress-related. And if you’re female, stress may be even more damaging to your health. Study … Continue reading 7 Sure-Fire Stress-Busters

Stress Ease Hot Cocoa – Traditional Medicinals

Hot Cocoa infused with our Stress Ease Cinnamon tea, featuring skullcap, one of our favorite herbal allies to relieve stress and promote relaxation.* Source: Stress Ease Hot Cocoa - Traditional Medicinals

What Are Adaptogens?

Adaptogens are natural substances that work with a person’s body and help them adapt; most notably, to stress. Adaptogens are a natural ally in dealing with persistent stress and fatigue because they work with regulating important hormones. Adaptogens offer several other health benefits, including… A boost for the immune system Support for managing a healthy … Continue reading What Are Adaptogens?

Lavender 101

Lavender’s sweet, floral and slightly herbaceous aroma is unmistakable. If you don’t already have this beautiful perennial shrub planted in your garden, chances are you still have the herb hidden in one of your products at home. From cosmetics, soap, and candles to herbal teas, essential oils and ice cream, lavender leaves its mark everywhere … Continue reading Lavender 101

Asparagus May Prevent Holiday Hangover

New Year's Eve is quickly approaching as everyone gets their best outfit ready, their new year's resolution written down, bottles of champagne prepared, and asparagus stocked in the fridge. With too much champagne, like other alcohol, comes a hangover, and who wants to spend the first day of 2017 in bed with a hangover? Most … Continue reading Asparagus May Prevent Holiday Hangover