Many people are experiencing increased stress and anxiety during these uncertain times. Right now we need to be even more mindful and take time to take care of our mental health. Exercising, meditating, breathing exercising and practicing mindfulness are great ways to help manage stress, there are also herbs that have shown to help reduce anxiety and depression including Ashwaganda, Ginkgo bilobo and Ginseng.
Ashwaganda (Withania somnifera) is a herb with multiple health benefits. It is classified as an adaptagen, meaning it promotes balance in many different systems of the body.
Ashwaganda root is known for its antidepressant properties. It can help reduce anxiety and boost mood. It has also been shown to increase muscle mass, reduce body fat, and increase strength. Ashwaganda also supports cardiovascular and immune health and well as many other health benefits.Neha.Vindhya / CC BY-SA
The herb is derived from the roots of the Ashwaganda bush, a small green plant. Whilst the whole plant has therapeutic benefits, it is the roots that have been said to have the most valuable healing properties.
For centuries Ayurvedic medicine has used Ashwaganda to help people manage their stress, depression, anxiety lack of sleep and low energy.
Disclaimer. If you are pregnant, breast feeding, have health conditions, or take medication always consult your doctor before taking Ashwaganda.
Ashwaganda is available in capsule and liquid form.
Other ways to help manage stress and anxiety naturally
- Eating a balanced diet
- Practicing Mindfulness
- Salt lamp
- Essential oils
- Reduce caffeine intake
- Practice Mindfulness
- Deep breathing
- CBD oil
- Self help books
- Quality sleep
- Effective time management
- Limit news and social media
- Take it day by day
- Seek help and support; speak to family, friends or a therapist