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Long work hours, juggling personal and professional commitments, and several other aspects of our lives can have an impact on our mental well-being. It is natural to feel irritable and exhausted, but this state of mind also affects your decisions. But there’s a holistic way to press pause to this situation and help you control your agitation. Did you know consuming ayurvedic herbs can help you relax, thereby helping to improve your mental health? Yes, it’s true!
But the question arises, which are these herbs that can do the magic? Come, let’s find out.
Ashwagandha is commonly known as Indian ginseng. The herb is full of adaptogens that help the body to regulate stress. It also helps in boosting brain function and improves cortisol levels, and at the same time, lowers blood sugar. By promoting healthy brain functionality, it elevates your temper, eventually subsiding your mood swings. This helps to keep depression and anxiety at bay.
“Brahmi is a powerful herb for treating clinical mental health diseases, and dealing with daily life stressors. Bacosides, a bio-chemical present in Brahmi, helps to rebuild brain tissues and hence has a positive effect on memory, concentration and intelligence. Brahmi targets cortisol, widely known as the “stress hormone, ” which helps manage stress and mild anxiety. The herb works on easing out the symptoms of Alzheimer’s too,” suggests Dr Sandeep Jassal, senior integrative medicine, preventive health & holistic wellness physician, Kamree.
Guduchi is commonly known as Giloy. In Sanskrit, it means “that which protects the body from diseases”. It is quite helpful in treating depression, and also helps in balancing stress and enhancing memory power.
Turmeric, widely known as haldi in India, is a key ingredient in several food recipes and home remedies. The spice is rich in anti-inflammatory properties, while also being an antioxidant. Turmeric contains curcumin, and it helps in increasing blood flow which prevents heart diseases. It also helps in boosting the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) that shields one from mental diseases like depression and Alzheimer’s.
Mandukaparni or khulakudi is an Indian aromatic herb that is highly beneficial for mental alertness and good memory. The herb can be used on a regular basis to attain sharp memory power. Mandukaparni helps in boosting and regulating the immune system, and a capsule twice a day will help you get rid of brain fog.
Mental health issues are not easy to deal with, and it becomes even more tough, when society chooses not to validate it. In the 21st century, people trivialise the illness to a mere feeling of sadness that one can choose to ignore. It then becomes difficult for any sufferer to talk, due to the fear of parents, friends and acquaintances victimising the individual itself.
“Ayurvedic medicines that are made from these herbs work on the science of holistic healing. This means the person’s problems are cured over time, rather than showcasing instant results that are temporary in the long run. Ayurveda helps clear the chakras of an individual. The rejuvenating practices, detoxifying behaviour, and strengthening of the sattvic mind ultimately nourishes the body and mind,” concludes Dr Jassal.
So, the next time you feel down and out, take the help of these Ayurvedic herbs and calm your senses.