Life is complex, challenging, difficult, and so stressful that many a time we don’t experience happiness. In Fact, the underlying conditions creep in like stress, depressions, hypertension, anxiety, allergies etc. When we talk about happiness we often question ourselves- ‘What is happiness and where do we find it?’. The answer to that is ‘Happiness is the state of mind and one needs to feel it and experience it’.
Happiness basically is easy to get but it’s our lifestyle that is complicated and we make it more complex with our negative approach. In short, being happy depends a lot on our lifestyles. It all comes down to the very basics of human wellness. Let’s review a few of them:
We all know that lifestyle changes play an important role in our well being. As we know exercise is good for us, but many of us might not realize just how important a basic physical activity has on our brain chemistry, and works positively on our mood swings, mental clarity, energy, and long-term health.
As an exercise, yoga is a natural way to increase serotonin production. Generally, people with depression have a lower serotonin level. Serotonin is believed to play a major role in happiness. Studies have also found that yoga reduces fatigue and negative affect while increasing positive affect and giving a feeling of being energised.
Good food is the foundation to genuine happiness. It’s so true eating food that improves mood can make us healthier and happier with every bite we take. Food like blueberries, walnuts, fruits like mango, avocado, dark leafy greens, chickpeas, yoghurt is happy foods we can consume. As Food is a fundamental part of our lives, we must indulge in food that makes us happy.
When you actually don’t find solutions to all the mental problems, anxiety, stress and factors which keep bothering you, turn to nature to heal you. Ayurveda is one of the most effective ways to bring back that sanity you’ve been looking for. Herbs can help you against mood swings, stress or fight depression in a soft safe way. In other words, for every moody problem, there is a herb which can help. Herbs like Brahmi, Tulsi, Ashwagandha etc are the happy herbs that can make a difference.
Nature has given us enough tools to fight back in a careful way. Let’s find out a little more of these herbs in terms of their nutrient value, health benefit and how do these herbs help lift mood, relieve stress, relax, calm, etc.
Holy Basil as it is known or Tulsi the healer plant again is a great ayurvedic ingredient. It is loaded with phytonutrients, essential oils, Vitamin A and C.Tulsi is a stress buster as it stimulates neurotransmitters that regulate the hormones responsible for including happiness and energy. Chewing 10-12 fresh Tulsi leaves control stress and manage anxiety. It can be made into teas or can be had raw, powdered, paste or in form herbal supplements.
Brahmi is the most trusted herb when it comes to the well being of mental health. It helps to keep your nerves calm and composed. The antioxidants present in Brahmi protects neural cells and provides peace of mind, that works on overall mood and cognition. Known for its stress-reducing properties it can be consumed as tea that helps to calm down and relieve that stress factor.
Ashwagandha the sacred plant, the healing herb is termed as the ‘King of Ayurveda’. Also referred to as Withania Somnifera, Indian Ginseng or Winter Cherry, it has the dual capacity to energise as well as calm which is unique by itself. Being an adaptogen, it can help your body manage stress. It helps reduce stress and anxiety and to some extent reduce the symptoms of depression.
Turmeric is also known as the golden spice of life has mood-boosting effects. Turmeric is a good source of other vitamins and minerals, such as iron, fibre, vitamin B6, copper, and potassium. It’s been scientifically proven that curcumin, a substance found in turmeric, can improve your mood. Can be had in any form in your dishes, yoghurt, scrambled eggs, or in herbal juice.
Lemon balm also known as the scholar balm, can just simply make you happy. It is a good alternative for tea because of its taste. The tea made from the fresh lemon balm leaves clears the head, sharpens the memory and is an excellent herbal drink that can be had during exam time for students. It feels like the dark clouds are finally moving, you worry less and feel more relieved.
This herb not only has a soothing colour, in fact, has always been the options women choose for fragrance, in perfumes, because of its pleasant fragrance, but just a few drops of the oil extracts on a pillow will also aid good sleep. It is believed that oil is a powerful analgesic, antiseptic, and a mild relaxant.
Jatamasi is also known as the spikenard is a powerful herb especially the roots and rhizomes are used in herbal preparation. It is anti-stress and anti-fatigue herb with therapeutic effects that help keep the mind and body free of toxins and blockages.
Amla or the Indian gooseberry is a very special fruit loaded with antioxidants as compared to other fruits. It is believed to be effective in reducing the cell damage which reduces the free radicals that can cause disease in the body.
Aryan Herbals with its expertise and a strong belief in Ayurveda believes in keeping traditions alive. Here are a few products at our store that can keep everyone happy:
Indian Gooseberry (amla) is known to be rich in Vitamin C and full of powerful antioxidants and believed to have various health benefits.
This unique herbal energy boosters that help to increase the immune system. With almost 18 remarkable herbs which include Ashwagandha, Tulsi, Amla, Brahmi, it delivers mental, physical and emotional benefits to one’s well being.
Turmeric is believed to be a natural antioxidant. Aryan turmeric juice is made from Raw Turmeric/ Haldi (Curcuma Longa) Rhizome, specially sourced from the Shivalik Himalayas, which is believed to be more beneficial than other varieties of Turmeric commonly used in households.
Tulsi or holy basil is an important herb in the Ayurvedic system. It is a powerful tonic and widely known to be rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Phyto-nutrients, essential oils and it is believed to improve cognitive functions.
The Rasayana made from this magical herb is power packed with an abundance of antioxidants, iron and amino acids. It is believed to promote physical and mental health and has the magical healing power to energise and calm at the same time.
Brahmi the therapeutic herb can be consumed commonly as a memory enhancer, aphrodisiac and a health tonic. With its antioxidant properties, it acts as an overall nervous system tonic and helps calm the mind.
Dashmool, also known as the herbal root mix and for centuries, Ayurvedic medicine has used it to treat people for their day to day woes such as stress, anxiety, exhaustion, lack of sleep.
It’s very important to bring in happiness and yes these herbs will definitely enhance your moods and bring that extra ounce of happiness into your day. But it is equally important to finding out exactly how much you should be taking and whether these are right for you (it’s different for everyone), so don’t forget to discuss with your doctor before consuming them.
Remember “Happiness is an inside job, we have to find ways to experience it”