calm your anxiety and stress

Calm your anxiety and stress with these 10 natural herbs

Stress reduction

(NaturalNews) Anxiety and other stress-related issues are on the rise in the United States. Anxiety disorders affect 40 million American adults, which is about one-fifth of the country’s total population. Each year, millions of prescriptions are written for anti-anxiety drugs such as Valium, Xanax, and Tranxene (benzodiazepines). They are the most commonly prescribed medicines which account for almost one-third of the total mental health bill.

For example, hemp extracts can help to reduce stress without psychoactive effects, and may also help to reduce discomfort naturally.

Of course, there are many other effective natural remedies available. Nonetheless, most people resort to highly-addictive medication to find relief. While these anti-anxiety drugs may seem like the perfect solution at first, there are many risks attached to their use. According to Medical News Today, they commonly make people feel drowsy, confused, dizzy, weak, or unsteady. Furthermore, they can cause headaches, depression, vision problems, and dementia.

Fortunately, there are many natural alternatives to anti-anxiety drugs that will not cause harmful side-effects.

Herbs to treat anxiety and stress naturally

1. Ginger

Brewing a cup of fresh ginger tea is one of the quickest ways to enjoy ginger’s anxiety- and stress-relieving effect. You can also use it as a digestive or detoxing aid.

2. Ginkgo Biloba

As reported by Mayo Clinic, Ginkgo biloba is one of the top-selling medicinal herbs in the United States. Scientific evidence suggests that it may help alleviate the symptoms of dementia, anxiety, schizophrenia, and cerebral insufficiency (insufficient blood flow to brain).

3. Valerian Root

Whenever you are stressed, this herb can help you to have a proper night’s rest. Valerian root has long been used as a natural remedy to treat restlessness and insomnia. It calms the mind and assists in a quick and easy sleep.

4. Chamomile

Many people drink chamomile tea after a stressful day to unwind and relax. Its oil has a calming scent which has shown to ease feelings of anxiety and depression.

5. Lavender

Lavender essential oil is well known for its calming and relaxing effect. It strengthens the nervous system and creates inner peace. In clinical trials, the inhalation of lavender essential oil has shown to reduce stress and anxiety.

6. Bergamot

Bergamot essential oil has a calming effect and is often used in aromatherapy to treat depression. A 2011 study found that a blend of bergamot and lavender essential oil can successfully be used as a medicine to treat depression and anxiety.

7. St. John’s Wort

While this herb has commonly been used to treat depression, there is some good evidence that it may also help with symptoms of stress and anxiety. As reported by Before It’s News, many people suffering anxiety attacks have reported a quick relief when the herb is taken on a regular basis.

8. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is a popular herb used in hundreds of natural remedies. Some sources suggest that it works wonders in the treatment of acute anxiety attacks.

9. Meadow sweet

If you often struggle from stress-induced headaches, then meadow sweet is for you. It contains a compound called salicin which is very similar to aspirin and possibly more effective because it does not pollute the liver. Furthermore, this herbal extract may resolve tension and anxiety.

10. Jojoba

Jojoba oil has a soothing effect on body and mind which may help you relax during times of excessive stress and feelings of anxiety. It is often used as a base for massage oils or other body products. It works great in combination with stress- and anxiety-relieving essential oils.

If you are on prescription medication, make sure to consult your doctor before you start to use these herbs and quit your current treatment.

Sources:
BeforeItsNews.com

ADAA.org

MedicalNewsToday.com

MayoClinic.org

DrAxe.com

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CHIPOTLE GOT COMEDIANS NOW

Chipotle sends in the comedians to get its customers back

As it approaches the second anniversaries of the multiple outbreaks that turned into a food safety crisis, Chipotle Mexican Grill  has decided its time to send in the clowns, or at least the comedians.

Chipotle earlier this week announced  the launch of the “As Real as It Gets” advertising campaign created to support the company’s commitment to using only real ingredients. The launch of the campaign follows the recent announcement that Chipotle is the only national restaurant brand without added colors, flavors or preservatives – artificial or natural – in any of the ingredients it uses to prepare its food.

Nervous_15_406x250The new advertising campaign includes a series of videos with funny people Sam Richardson, Jillian Bell and John Mulaney ‘getting real’ as they lounge inside a surprisingly spacious burrito voiced by Jeffrey Tambor. The comedians get real by revealing their fears, desires and secrets inside the burrito.

“In a world full of fakery and half-truths, it’s invigorating to hear a brand tell it like it is,” said Mark Crumpacker, chief marketing and development officer for Chipotle. “This campaign challenges the conventions of fast food advertising by being completely real — not only about our food, but about the world we live in — and it does so with an optimism and playful humor that’s very much in line with our brand.”

Developed with Venables Bell & Partners (VB&P),  the advertising campaign is  the company’s first use of national broadcast television as a significant component of an advertising campaign. Last year, Chipotle tested television advertising in some markets, but this campaign represents a broader use of video across broadcast, cable and digital.   (See examples of the ads at:  http://www.chipotle.com/realcampaign )

Chipotle has not had it easy since it experienced a series of outbreaks of food borne illnesses beginning in mid-2015. In the following year, it saw comparable sales fall by 20 percent or more. Financial analysts are expecting high single digits growth during 2017, but Chipotle’s recovery from the food safety crisis has been a harder climb than most experience.

It was a string of outbreaks that plagued Chipotle at locations throughout the country during the last half of 2015 that caused misfortune for its business and hammered it stock value. The incidents included:

  • Seattle — E. coli O157:H7, July 2015, five sickened people, source unknown;
  • Simi Valley, CA — Norovirus, August 2015, 234 people, source was sick employee;
  • Minnesota — Salmonella Newport, August and September 2015, 64 sick people, source was tomatoes but it is not known at what point in the field-to-fork chain the pathogen was introduced;
  • Nine states — E. coli O26, began October 2015 and declared over on Feb. 1, 55 sickened people, source unknown, states involved are California, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington, and,
  • Three states — E. coli O26, began December 2015, declared over Feb. 1, five sickened people, source unknown, states involved are Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska.
  • Boston — Norovirus, December 2015, 151 sickened.

The harsh public reaction Chipotle experienced  was seen by some as self-inflected because the company’s “Food with Integrity” motto was just seen as inconsistent with such a  major food safety crisis.

And while a year and half later, growth is returning to Chipotle, market-makers say the chain still needs to be more aggressive. It’s “massive new marketing campaign” featuring the comedians is just that sort of action. “In theory, this will result in people returning in droves to Chipotle’s stores,” wrote Grubb Street’s Clint Rainey.

Chipotle previously  tried giving away 21 million free burritos and a started a rewards program to help get customers back.

The company recently announced that it had rolled out new tortillas — used for their burritos, tacos and chips — that eliminated the use of preservatives and dough conditioners leaving the brand with only 51 real ingredients that are readily available at a farmer’s market or grocery store.

Chipotle opened at a single location  in Denver in 1993 and now operates more than 2,200 restaurants.

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Tainted popsicles called back

Mango flavored popsicles recalled in 4 states for Salmonella

La Granja Inc. of Doraville, GA, is recalling 4,000 units of “hand-crafted Paleteria Mango Flavored” ice cream treats because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella enteritidis.

recalled mango popsicles La GranjaThe popsicles were distributed in Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina through retail stores by direct delivery.

“The recall was a result of a routine sampling program by The Georgia Department of Agriculture. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as the FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what cause the problem,”according to the recall notice on the Food and Drug Administration’s website.

The popsicles are packaged individually in clear bags with La Granja logo and the following label details:

  • “Mango Flavor Ice Cream”
  • Expiration dates of 210218 or 280218
  • UPC number 0010439212

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Consumers who bought the recalled La Granja product are urged to return it to the place of purchased for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact La Granja Inc. at 770-263-1060.

Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled popsicles and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical attention and tell their doctors about the possible exposure to the pathogen.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms including pain and diarrhea. Long-term complications can include severe arthritis.

 

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MAKING CITRUS OILS

So, you want to make some oil?  Well this is how you do it and it’s is extremely easy to do.

You get some olive oil or grape seed oil, get a jar with a lid to it, gather grapefruit, orange, and lemon peelings (peels can also be used separately) pour oil into jar and then put peelings into jar and close it tightly, shake it vigorously for about 3 minutes, after this let it sit for about a week, strain oil and you’ll have a bottle of citrus oil. A cream base can be added to it as well.

 

WHAT WINES TO PAIR WITH WHAT SALAD

This is for y’all who like some salad. I know i love salad. So this is for us!
With salad you create it to fit the wine you’d like or create a salad based strictly on the wine you purchase.
lets get started!

Green leafy salads pair well with green wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, which has a very bold and herbal flavor. a lighter green note is Pinot grigio.

high acid salad ingredients (goat cheese, tomatoes, citrus fruits) pair best with high acid wines like Sauvignon blanc, Riesling, sparkling wines, and champagne

salty and pungent ingredients pair well with very fruity and sweet wines to balance the saltines. with a classic Caesar salad the best choice would be a Washington state Riesling.

Wine compatibility of any salad can be improved by adding or increasing protein (meat, seafood, eggs and cheese there fore a cob salad, with roast chicken, bacon, eggs, and blue cheese) works with many wines, especially the fruity ones with low tannin range, like Beaujolais

HOW TO MAKE ONION AND MUSHROOM SOUP

I created a delicious onion and mushroom today, want to share with y’all this good recipe and medicine for the soul and mind. Enjoy!

things you’ll need

1)shiitake and oyster mushrooms
2)cold water
3)onions
4) bullion
5)pepper
6) butter

cut onion into quarters, cut up mushrooms into medium sized pieces, turn fire on to medium heat, put a half of stick of butter into pan and allow to melt down and spread, put onions into skillet and saute them until they brown, add mushrooms and allow to saute for about 6 more minutes.
pour half gallon of water cold water into pot, pour sauteed vegetables into cold water, bring to a boil, let it simmer for 20 minutes afterwards, season with pepper and bullion (to taste)

This goes well with sour dough bread and a salad

plantains are good for…

Have you ever went into the grocery store and looked at those big looking bananas and wonder what are they? what are they good for? how do they taste?

Well they are like bananas, bu they are plantains and are native to India and are grown in mostly tropical climates. They are good for:

  1. high blood pressure
  2. the leaves of the plantain can be used for bites and overall healing of the skin
  3. heart trouble

 

They contain a high amount of potassium as well and can be made into a smoothie. Mix low fat milk, a plantain, rice, (optional) and cinnamon. and you’ll have made a very pleasant smelling, tasting drink.