Do you feel stressed or anxious? If so, spending time in nature outdoors, especially enjoying your garden as a peaceful sanctuary is one of the best ways to centre yourself and relax. Taking time out to listen to nature sounds like birds and bees, watch plants grow and thrive, and experience the colours, aromas and beauty around you can help lessen life’s worries and put life in perspective. Soak up the vitamin D from morning sun to boost your health too.
I’ve discovered many herbs can also provide relief. One of the aspects of growing herbs that I find so beneficial is not only using them for flavour, but for their medicinal benefits too.
Grow a Home Herb Pharmacy Garden
There are many herbs that are easy to grow in your own ‘home pharmacy’ garden for every day relief of common ailments including anxiety and stress.
These herbs are three of my favourites and can also be combined into a relaxing herbal tea.
1. Tulsi, Sacred or Holy Basil (Ocimum Sanctum)
In warm climates, grow Tulsi Basil as a perennial or as an annual in cold and temperate climates.
Use Tulsi or Holy Basil in a herbal tea to help ease anxiety, stress and adrenal fatigue. Brew up a few fresh basil leaves or about 1 teaspoon of dried leaves as a herb tea to aid digestion, calm nerves, reduce tension and stress. You can also add your other favourite herbs.
Cautions: Tulsi basil is a uterine stimulant so avoid if pregnant or seek medical advice.
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