The busy holiday season is over—and it’s a great time to get back in the swing of self-care! Too much food, a few too many cocktails and the stress of planning events and travel can leave us depleted in many ways.
Oregon’s Wild Harvest specializes in growing and producing a variety of herbs that can help with just these complications (learn more about their organic farming practices here). Here are a few of their best-sellers that can be good to have in your arsenal for the new year.
Support for a good night’s sleep
Valerian has been used as a medicinal herb since at least the time of ancient Greece and Rome, where it was prescribed for insomnia. It’s still a go-to in natural supplements for helping encourage relaxation and sleep. It is also used for gastrointestinal spasms and distress, epileptic seizures, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Perfect for supporting immunity when you’re feeling down
Astragalus is an adaptogen used to build and strengthen the immune system. It helps balance the body during times of stress when the immune system is weakened and susceptible to environmental challenges. It’s been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine, and is now used for many conditions, including diarrhea, fatigue, anorexia, upper respiratory infections, heart disease, hepatitis, fibromyalgia and as an adjunctive therapy for cancer.
Boost energy, relieve the effects of stress and more
“If I had one herb to take every day for the rest of my life it would be ashwagandha,” says Oregon’s Wild Harvest co-founder Randy Buresh, RN. “It is considered an adaptogen, which means it can help the body adapt to the daily effects of stress.” Ashwagandha also helps support adrenals, thyroid, brain performance, immune function, endurance and stamina, and so much more. It has been shown in studies to help lower the stress hormone called cortisol, that when elevated, can lower immune function and contribute to insomnia. Ashwagandha has also been studied for anxiety and social phobia, and a clinical trial showed improvements in anxiety, focus, as well as decreased stress and less fatigue.
A good way to counteract too many holiday celebrations
The active ingredients in milk thistle are a group of plant compounds collectively known as silymarin, which is known to have antioxidant, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Historically, people have used milk thistle for liver disorders, such as hepatitis and cirrhosis, and gallbladder problems.
Milk Thistle Dandelion
Even greater liver support
This unique formula combines the benefits of milk thistle with dandelion, which has a long history of use for problems of the liver, gallbladder and bile ducts. Today, dandelion is used as a blood “tonic,” as a diuretic, for minor digestive problems and for other purposes.