As the world heads to the brink, for those of you who might want to be in a laid back state of mind as protests spring to life like a puff of smoke, fears of anything and everything are stoked by a conniving media, with ridiculous meme’s that border on the insane being pushed – we thought we’d send along our favorite herbs that help us cope with the insanity, even if viewing the lunacy was just a “drive-by” accident from walking by an electronic programming box.
It appears that few take advantage of the gifts Mother Nature has provided to us to keep one’s head about them. After a morning shower, breakfast, picking which hideously-looking black outfit to wear, and topping it off with a trip for one’s favorite latte or cappuccino, some citizens seem to be pumped and ready for action. Whether protesting someone they don’t approve of speaking at the local campus, boiling up rage over events that haven’t happened or just in the mood to throw a few bricks – it really doesn’t matter. It’s time to bash out some windows, bellow out catchy but inane chants, and knock a few skulls of innocent folks who evidently thought that protesting didn’t mean rioting from these disgruntled stalwarts of rational thought. And just to add some flavor to the pot of insanity brewing over, yet another president – appears to be beating the war drums. HA HA! The joke’s on US! (if you want more information on this mess, you can review more here and here and here). But we try to take a “wait and see” approach as so much news is just out and out propaganda anymore.
Wishful thinking on our part, as most of life seems to be these days, but a little stroll down Herb avenue – that street that Mother Nature provided to remedy all sorts of ailments – to fan the fire of destruction in agitated minds and ease them back from violence would be in order. But since it doesn’t appear that any of these belligerent brawlers, whether they be young, old, political or malcontents just strolling around looking for a fight are going to find sanity, there remains for those of us who even casually check in on the delirium from time to time, ways to combat the sensory overload of madness.
Several herbs can be consumed to ease the mind and even provide clarity. Whether taken in pill form, tea, tincture or via essential oils, consumption of these herbs can do wonders to steady the mind.
Passion Flower – Our “go to” herb here at the Asylum. Passion Flower can ease anxiety, depression, irritability and aggressive type thoughts. It soothes the soul, so to speak. And as typical with God’s bounty, it does so without the annoying and unpleasant side effects from the land of chemical wonders that the pharmaceutical conglomerates push on an uneducated and sadly, uninterested public when it comes to natural healing.
Lemon Balm – Another of our favorites. Lemon Balm brings joy with it’s fragrant and pleasant lemon/mint scent. Not only does is help soothed those frayed nerves after catching a glimpse of, or heaven forbid, watching an entire news report, it also soothes the digestive tract, which any sane person is bound to need after watching their fellow travelers lose their minds.
Lavender – If throwing down a few herbal pills or sipping herbal teas isn’t your thing, consider putting a few drops of Lavender oil into any type of essential oil diffuser, or even into a pot hot water and let the fragrance ease the troubling suspicion that you’re the only sane person left in the world. Lavender not only calms and quiets an anxious or perplexed mind, it turns down the heart rate and blood pressure, allowing for a restful sleep.
These are but three of many wonderful herbs that nature has provided to help us along the way. Too bad so few know about, and even sadder, care enough about themselves to research and study the bounty of health benefits that herbs can provide. But as Mr. Woody Allen observed ~ “Some drink deeply from the river of knowledge. Others only gargle.”
And to end this dispatch, the 1st movement from Beethoven’s “Pastoral” symphony seems appropriate.
Beethoven Symphony 6 Pastoral 1st Movement Karajan
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