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Silly Season Stress Support

Silly Season Stress Support

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Asti Renaut

Asti Renaut (BHSc. Comp Med, BA, Adv Dip Nat, Adv Dip Herb Med, MNZAMH)

Asti Renaut is a degree-qualified medical herbalist and naturopath with over ten years clinical experience. Asti practices in Christchurch, New Zealand, treating a wide range of health issues. She especially enjoys working with infants and children, and finally has one of her own to practice on! One of the cornerstones of Asti's practice and philosophy is the importance of education and sharing information. She believes that empowering clients to understand their own bodies and health, and giving practical tips and tools to use from the garden and kitchen are just as important for wellness as qualified professional care. 

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When it all gets too much and you can feel the tension rising rising rising, you need something powerful to help bring the calm back. Stress casts a pretty nasty spell on us at times, and this time of year can be particularly demanding. When the lists and jobs and functions and plans accumulate, overwhelm soon ensues. Our nervous systems are on alert and our stress hormones are pumping, we feel anxious and panicky and like we might just explode. We all have these moments, and when we do, once again herbal medicine is here to diffuse the craziness and bring us back to earth.

Herbal medicine offers some incredible support for a strung out mind and tense body, and it can be wonderful to feel the tension melting away. After all my years of being a medical herbalist, I am still so impressed by the impact that liquid herbal medicine can have in a short time. Liquid herbs really can change a state of mind rapidly, being easily absorbed by the body to quickly restore a feeling of calm and equilibrium. Chief among these are liquid Kava root, Passionflower and Withania.

Kava root is an herbal medicine that really can work fast to relieve stress and tension. Clinical trials have shown it to be as useful for anxiety as benzodiazepine medications. If you’ve ever been to Fiji or Tonga where Kava is traditionally drunk, you’ll know that the men sitting around in the Kava circle are looking really rather relaxed, like nothing could bother them, ever. We all need a bit of that feeling sometimes! They also look heavy, like they aren’t going anywhere in a hurry. This is because Kava is also excellent for easing any muscular or physical tension in the body. Kava can be used during the day or to aid sleep at night. At the right dose, it won’t cause drowsiness during the day however, it will just bring back that lovely Island-time feeling!

Passionflower is not only a stunningly beautiful flower but also a clinically-proven herbal medicine for reducing nervous tension and stress. Passionflower calms the nerves and helps to ease anxiety.

Withania root is a wonderful herb traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine in India, but increasingly used by Western medical herbalists for its ability to help the body adapt to stress. Withania helps to normalise stress-hormone levels, promotes feelings of calmness and improves our ability to function under stress.

Combining these herbs in a high potency liquid formula creates immediate stress relief in a bottle. It is amazing what a teaspoon of quality herbal medicine can do when you need it! Having a convenient little bottle of liquid calm at your disposal means you can be prepared for any stresses that arise:

  • Work stress
  • Family difficulties
  • Emotional tension
  • Exams
  • Christmas shopping (you either love it or you don’t!)
  • Anxiousness or feeling overwhelmed
  • Everyday demands and the juggles of life

So if you know you could benefit from some extra calm this Christmas, treat yourself to some high-quality herbal support. It may be the difference between just surviving this time of year and really being able to relax into it and enjoy it. Just a tiny teaspoon of tonic when you need it, some support from our herbal friends to ease us towards the end of 2016, ready to meet the new year open to possibility and grace.