In Ayurveda, we believe problems in the body arise due to imbalances — and that includes everything from physical to emotional issues. Ayurvedic doctors have long believed that anxiety is related to excess Vata in the nervous system, which makes a lot of sense when you understand more about the doshas.
Vata has dry, rough, earthly qualities, so when it’s disturbed, we can begin to feel disconnected, and we need to stabilise and reground ourselves by calming the nervous system and relaxing the mind. We’ve gathered together some of nature’s most effective remedies for rebalancing Vata here.
🌿 AYURVEDIC HERBS
Did you know that many of the herbs we use in Ayurveda have proven benefits on emotional wellbeing? Here are three of our favourites (and they all appear in our amazing Mind Balance formula):
🌿 Tulsi has been revered as a sacred plant for centuries in India; it’s also known as holy basil, which says it all. It Protects the body against chemical, emotional, and physical stress.
🌿 2014 study on Ashwagandha showed an impressive reduction in stress and anxiety
🌿 Jatamansi has been used for hundreds (maybe thousands) of years in Ayurveda to improve the symptoms of anxiety, depression and insomnia.
🍵 HERBAL TEA
Chamomile is known for its ability to relax the nervous system, and it makes a delicious herbal tea. Drinking a cup as part of your evening routine can improve sleep. If you fancy a revitalising cup in the morning, try adding a squeeze of lemon; not only does it add a delicious zing, but it’s another ingredient that rebalances Vata.
Aromatherapy has been used as a natural remedy for stress and anxiety for thousands of years. The soothing scents of essential oils are proven mood-lifters (we love lavender, jasmine and clary sage).
Spending time in the sun boosts the body’s happy hormone, serotonin. Keeping your serotonin levels up is really important for feelings of calm and focus, eating natural tryptophans can also help with production, so try a handful of nuts next time you feel peckish.
Yoga moves prana (air) around the body, which dissipates tension, in both the body, and the mind. Yoga also stimulates circulation, and serves as a balanced form of exercise, which is important when trying to balance feelings of anxiousness. If you’re working to balance vata, choose your poses wisely; we love this guide.
Try our Mind Balance capsules to help combat stress and anxiety.