We are all aware of the negative effects of stress. Did you know that most of us encounter stress on a weekly and sometimes daily basis? Acute stress passes quickly in a healthy person. Chronic or longer term stress has more serious physical and mental implications. The pathways of chronic stress and mental illness are a huge topic currently. Another aspect of stress is that it is increasingly being found in research studies to be one of the largest contributors to early aging and the loss of youthful appearance.
Stress affects your appearance in many ways such as graying hair, premature balding, stress lines or wrinkles on the face, lack of skin tone and skin conditions. When stressed, many people tend to further compound the problem by engaging in a number of unhealthy or destructive behaviors, including overeating, poor diet, lack of exercise and abusing drugs or alcohol.
It’s hard to completely avoid stress but there are strategies that you can use to cope with the symptoms of stress including, exercise, healthy diet, yoga, meditation, positive social interaction and sleep.
Certain naturopathic remedies may also prove useful particularly when used in conjunction with the above-mentioned approaches. One such remedy is Flower Essences, which are used by a growing number of people to help with mild temporary stress. Products such as Rescue Remedy® are well known and widely used to help with mild anxiety and tension. Flower Essences are 100% natural and non-habit forming.
Flower Essences are made by collecting flowers with specific naturopathic properties and infusing them in spring water for up to 4 hours in bright sunlight. The water that these flowers are infused in becomes what is known as the Mother Tincture which in turn is diluted further into dosage bottles. It’s important that the flowers used are organic and growing wild in remote and beautiful locations. Combinations of these flowers are used depending on their specific properties.
Flower Essences help to gently calm a person and remove blockages that cause us to ruminate or constantly stew over the same problem or issue. They help calm enough to release the stress or pent up anger of an unresolved confrontation whether it be a harsh word, a thoughtless or selfish act, a manipulative person, a road rage driver etc.
This type of temporary stress has implications with a person’s ability to concentrate, their sleep patterns, focus, irritability and overall mood and wellbeing.
There are other products on the market too which contain Flower Essences. Balance® is a beverage company which produces a spring water that uses different combinations of Australian Flower Essences in a ready to drink format with no flavour. They have varieties for focus and concentration (Balance Mind), emotional stress and tension that is sometimes cyclical (Balance Women), better sleep patterns and relaxation cycles (Balance Relax), and helping with jetlag and travel stress (Travel).
They are designed to be drunk in the same quantity and frequency as a regular spring water. The main benefit is gently returning or maintaining balance to a body’s natural equilibrium.
We can’t cotton wool ourselves from stress but with certain combinations of diet, physical exercise, mental relaxation exercises such as meditation and yoga and some natural supplements we can try and function effectively with it.
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