Six Best Plants to Promote Relaxation (and how to use them)

Six Best Plants to Promote Relaxation

In today’s world, stress affects all of us. High stress levels greatly diminish your health and quality of life when left unmanaged.

According to a recent survey, 48 percent of Americans report that their stress levels have increased in the past five years and this negatively impacts their relationships, health, and productivity at work.(1)

For most of us, stress is an inevitable part of the day– but it’s not all doom and gloom. This just means it’s crucial to have a few powerful and effective natural remedies to turn to that promote mind and body relaxation during times of chaos, anxiety, and pressure.

It’s easy to turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms when you’re stressed, such as alcohol, smoking, binge watching Netflix, excessive social media scrolling, or overeating. The problem with these unhealthy coping mechanisms is that they don’t directly deal with your stress. They only serve as a means to temporarily escape.

Usually, unhealthy coping mechanisms also add an extra layer of stress if they’re choices that have negative consequences on your health and well-being. However, it can be hard to think long-term in a moment when you just need some relief. This is where herbal remedies come in.

Many plant ingredients contain potent compounds that are scientifically proven to support the nervous system, reduce anxiety levels, help your mind and body better adapt to stressful situations, and promote an overall sense of feeling calm, grounded, and relaxed (even when you encounter chaos).

The right herbs and botanicals may be all you need to feel like yourself again. Consider adding these options to your routine to help reduce the negative effects of inevitable every day stress and promote enhanced relaxation.

Plant-Based Relief

KAVA KAVA

Pacific islanders have used this herbal remedy to promote relaxation for hundreds of years. Kava kava (usually shortened to ‘kava’) is prized for its roots, which are typically dried and crushed into a fine powder. 

Kava’s stress-relieving benefits come from compounds called kavapyrones. These compounds produce a mild sedative effect that can help you feel calm and relaxed. Some people also report mild ache and pain-relief. You can dissolve kava powder in hot water and drink it like tea to enjoy stress relief. Since kava promotes an overall sense of “chill”, it’s even recommended as a top herbal alcohol alternative for social gatherings and parties. 

While the plant is considered safe to consume, it is something to be used in moderation. Experts recommend limiting your daily intake of kavalactones to 250mg. If you take kava as a supplement, the kavalactone content will be listed on the packaging.

Plant-Based Relief

KRATOM

A relative of the coffee family, kratom trees are native to South Asia and have long been used within the region to treat chronic pain.

The leaves from the Kratom plant contain mitragynine, an alkaloid that acts similar to opioids to relieve pain. Small amounts may energize you, while larger doses have sedative effects. Many people who’ve shared their personal experiences report that kratom has helped ease symptoms of anxiousness. Research indicates it can improve your mood.

You can take kratom in many forms, from herbal teas to capsules and tinctures. Kratom is also one of the active ingredients in VIVAZEN™ which was formulated with those in mind who are seeking natural remedies for fast relaxation

Plant-Based Relief

CHAMOMILE

Think beyond bedtime tea because chamomile can do a great job soothing you at any time of day. Research shows this pretty white flower works as a mild tranquilizer to relax your muscles, reduce anxiety, and calm your nerves. As an added benefit, it can even improve digestion and prevent headaches which are two common symptoms of excess stress

Chamomile owes its effectiveness to an antioxidant called apigenin. This compound binds to receptors in your brain to calm it down and help you fall asleep. Studies suggest chamomile extract improves sleep better than placebos, and it may be as effective as prescription medications for many people. If you need a mental break, consider a cup of chamomile to decompress.

Plant-Based Relief

TULSI (HOLY BASIL)

Considered by some to be “the Queen of Herbs,” tulsi is a member of the mint family and a powerful antioxidant. It’s been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to relieve stress and promote relaxation. But what does science say?

One 2012 study found that tulsi improved stress symptoms 39% more than the group that took a placebo. It reduced symptoms like exhaustion, memory problems, and fretful sleep without adverse side effects. There’s also evidence that the tulsi plant reduces anxiety and dampens depression symptoms.

You can take tulsi as a tea or in tablet form. If you love this herb’s spicy taste, don’t hesitate to bring it into the kitchen! You can add its fresh leaves to salads, desserts, and even make homemade tulsi-infused syrups.

Plant-Based Relief

LEMON BALM

This citrus-scented herb comes from the mint family (ironically, not the lemon family) and can be found worldwide. Lemon balm can help improve your mood and cognitive function while soothing stress symptoms. 

One 2004 study found that the plant increased a sense of calmness in participants while reducing negative moods. It even seems effective at relieving anxiety when taken in other ways, such as blended into beverages or yogurt.

Consider drinking lemon balm tea or regularly taking lemon balm as a nutritional supplement for all-around stress support.

Plant-Based Relief

VALERIAN ROOT

Long used as a natural anxiety and insomnia treatment, valerian root can trigger feelings of tranquility quickly. In fact, this herbal remedy was commonly used throughout England during WWII to soothe nerves frayed from frequent air raids. 

Valerian root remains a popular sleep aid today. Some people even refer to it as “nature’s Xanax”. Research shows Valerian root can decrease the time it takes you to fall asleep while improving your overall sleep quality without lingering drowsiness or that “hangover” feeling you might experience with medications. You can take this root as a liquid tincture or capsule, and it’s often found in “sleepy time” herbal tea blends sold at health food stores.

Plant-Based Relief

the takeaway

We all experience stress at some point or another and in today’s world, our stress levels only seem to be climbing higher. Unfortunately, chronic stress can be detrimental to your relationships, success, motivation, and rob you of your zest for life.

This is why it’s crucial to arm yourself with natural remedies that help your body adapt to stress better, support your nervous system, and help you feel more clear, uplifted, calm, and focused during these times. Research suggests kava, kratom, chamomile, tulsi, lemon balm, and valerian root are the most powerful herbs you can add to your routine as natural, daily defenses to help you better manage and reduce the negative consequences of stress.

5 Simple Ways to Better Health in 2021

We’re starting the new year off on the right foot with five  simple ways to have better health in 2021. Setting New Year’s resolutions doesn’t work for everyone — especially when the goals are so big it’s hard to get started!

Here are five small things to focus on to help take care of your overall health and wellbeing. By implementing even just one of these five simple activities in your day-to-day routine, you can achieve better health in 2021, boost your mood, and know that you’ve already set yourself up for success!

1

Find Time For You

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Finding some time for yourself sounds simple, but most people actually neglect focusing on themselves even for a couple of minutes a day. Try to find 15 minutes for yourself every day just for you. You’re an awesome person, so find time for you!

It’s very easy to get caught up in the continuous cycle of work, spending time with family, sleep and then repeat. After doing that for a while, your body and mind are very likely to demand you pay attention to their needs.

Everybody has their own way to reconnect with themselves, so start by asking yourself, “What do I really love?” and practice that activity for 15 minutes every day. This could be anything from meditation to playing an instrument. You can also spend that time reading or taking a walk — the idea is to do something that you enjoy doing by yourself and just do it for the sake of it.

This is an easy way to prioritize your mental health even where life is super busy and doesn’t require too much of a time commitment. It’s a good idea to start practicing your 15 minutes a day activity in the morning to boost your mood and get a sense of accomplishment that will remain with you for the rest of the day.

2

Plan Your Week

plan your week

When you lead a busy life, weeks seem to fly by quickly and you may often ask yourself, “Where did the time go?” To live your life to the fullest and have enough time to focus on better health in 2021, it’s essential to get organized.

Planning out your week in advance so you know what your priorities are and make progress on your own goals is one of the easiest ways to get on track with your health goals. 

Start with healthy meal prep for the week so you can be sure you don’t go off the rails and start eating random meals just because you didn’t have the time to shop and cook a proper nutritious lunch or dinner. 

Meal prepping saves time and money because prepping components or entire meals ahead means spending less time and money than cooking every day. 

It will also reduce your stress levels because it’s one less thing for you to worry about all week. And let’s not forget that meal prepping takes willpower out of the equation, which means that you are bound to eat healthier.

The good news is that meal prepping doesn’t have the be complicated, as you can simply pick three dinners and one breakfast to duplicate and make variations of that will last you for the entire week. Focus on healthy and delicious meals that use lots of fresh vegetables and you will be on track for a healthier 2021.

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Get Outdoors

Spending time in the outdoors is a fantastic way to boost your mental health. If you don’t have time, even a few minutes a day can make a difference. Sometimes just walking around the block and breathing in the fresh air is enough to clear your head.

Try a gentle walk surrounded by nature and you will soon discover how this puts things into perspective and makes you feel good instantly. You can also pair the habit of spending a bit of time in nature every day with your new habit of finding time for yourself.

Besides boosting your mental health, spending time outdoors is also key for getting your dose of vitamin D every day, which is vital for your health. With one in five people having low vitamin D levels, it’s important to focus on getting outside in the sunlight to get an instant boost. 

If you don’t like to get out of the house by yourself, you can always call a friend, a neighbor, or ask your partner to buddy up and try a new active routine.

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Add the natural benefits of plant-based remedies to your routine

Plant-based remedies and nutrition are essential for boosting your health so make sure you incorporate them into your 2021 routine. That’s exactly why Vivazen™ Original was formulated with a unique blend of all-natural plant-based ingredients. By incorporating Vivazen™ into your daily routine you can benefit from the positive effects of plant-based ingredients and achieve a sense of relaxation, relief, and happiness the natural way.

The Vivazen™ formula is designed to work fast and provide feel-good relief and relaxation within 20-60 minutes of drinking it. It’s a great alternative to coffee, soda, or other beverages people drink as a pick-me-up and is formulated to help with rejuvenation, mental focus, and energy. Vivazen™ is also an excellent option after a long day or as part of your post-workout routine because it provides minor pain relief and allows you to enjoy the rest of your day with an improved state of mind.

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focus on the positive

focus on positive thinking

Finally, don’t forget to focus on the positive things in your life. This can be as simple as trying to remind yourself of three things that you are grateful for every day. Doing this every day only takes a moment and is an easy way to boost your mood.

Identifying a few positive things each day will help you change your mindset and move from the negative to the positive in as little as 30 days. Building up a list of all the small things that you appreciate will help when negative thoughts creep into your head. Try to hold onto something positive whenever you’re feeling down, whether its memories of your family and friends, a moment in nature, your faith, something nice someone said to you, or whatever sparks joy in your life.

These five simple things can make a big impact on your peace of mind and overall health no matter was 2021 brings with it. Embrace positivity and focus on yourself as much as possible to make 2021 a great year without struggling to keep up with radical resolutions. Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that bring the most joy!