Alright let’s face it, stress is easily one of the number one health destroying issues we all have to deal with on a daily basis. If this year has taught us anything it is that there are a lot of things that are outside of our control. Not to mention that our health is EVERYTHING! With so much added stress on our plates our health has been taking a number of hits this year. Most of us may not notice the warning signs until our bodies are already past the point of an easy fix. That is why taking the time to create a preventative routine is essential to your overall health and wellness. When it comes to creating your own customized approach to tackling your stress you want to make sure you are coming at the problem from a number of different angles. Let’s talk options, so you can get to work on taking back control of your health and happiness today!
Knowing Is Half The Battle
Stress is actually part of our bodies natural defense. In situations where our lives are in danger the brain will activate the release of Cortisol. Cortisol is one of the hormones that is released in response to stress. While Cortisol is mainly known for its involvement in the body’s response to stress it also serves other purposes. Cortisol assists in the regulation of blood sugar levels, balancing metabolism, reducing inflammation, and even in the formation of memories. Its natural effects on water and salt balance, make it ideal for aiding in the regulation of blood pressure. In women, Cortisol also plays a key role in the development of the fetus during pregnancy. When our levels become out of balance it can present itself in a number of ways.
What Excess Stress Can Look Like
Some of the signs and symptoms that can indicate excess levels of Cortisol are: feeling overly alert yet exhausted, difficulty falling and or staying asleep, feeling anxious or nervousness, easily irritated, memory lapse, easily distracted, craving sugar, weight gain (especially around the waist), indigestion, GERD and other digestive issues, as well as skin issues such as eczema or psoriasis. The unfortunate reality is that we all display at least one, if not multiple, of these signs and symptoms. Due to our constant exposure to stress from looming deadlines, money woes, and even the foods we eat. We are in a near constant exposure to stressful situations. That’s why I like to approach this constant health hurdle in a number of ways: hormones, nutrition, supplements, mindset, sleep, and of course exercise.
5 Essentials To Destress Naturally
When it comes to stress we can use all the help we can get. One of my favorite ways to keep things as natural as possible are essential oils. With that in mind, not all oils are going to give you the stress relief your body needs. Luckily, there are several oils that make it to the top of the list. The following is a list of my top five favorite essential oils to help reduce your stress with ease:
- Orange Oil
- Lavender Oil
- Vetiver Oil
- Bergamot Oil
- Copaiba Oil
A heavy hitter for a lot of reasons. Orange oil has antispasmodic properties, which means that it has the ability to relax muscles and the nervous system. More commonly known for its sedative properties which is why it is often used for mood elevation. Orange oil’s antidepressant properties go even further by helping to reduce pulse rate and salivary cortisol due to child anxiety state. One of the lesser known benefits is its anti-inflammatory and cholagogue effects. Orange oil not only helps improve circulation it promotes secretions from all appropriate glands, menstruation, lactation, digestive juices, bile, hormones, and enzymes. It also acts as an antiseptic, tonic (which promotes metabolic rate as well as immunity), and diuretic. Like most citrus oils, orange oil rids the body of excess gas, flushes out toxins, promotes urination and increased appetite and digestion.
Easily one of the most researched essential oils. It is widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities which continue to be Lavender’s most notable traits. Lavender is often used to reduce the appearance of skin infections or imperfections due to its ability to increase collagen production. This aids in the rate of wound healing making it a must for any first aid kit. However, it is important to note that this oil also contains anticoagulant properties and should not be used on open wounds for individuals with a blood clotting issue. Lavender is often used for allergies due to its antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antimicrobial properties. More commonly used to aid in sleep and relaxation due to its sedative and antidepressant properties. Lavender is also used to aid in the ease of anxiety, tension and stress levels.
While a lesser known essential oil in the states, vetiver essential oil has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine. It is most commonly used to treat sore muscles, fevers, headaches, and aid in the relief of arthritis pain. Vetiver is quickly becoming more popular for its sedative properties. Derived from grass this essential oil has a more masculine almost wood like aroma. Making a popular oil for aphrodisiac capabilities. Vetivers anti-inflammatory properties also help to reduce the appearance of scars while promoting rapid healing. It also is rich in antiseptic properties and aids in the maintenance of a healthy nervous system. Vetiver also aids in rejuvenating the body and boosting the immune system.
Another citrus essential oil that while being less known packs a huge punch in balancing out our stress and mood levels. Believe it or not this essential oil has made its way into the majority of skin care products due to its uplifting scent as well as its skin health benefits. Bergamot is also great for relieving muscle tension and pairs well with a majority of essential oils. More and more studies have been popping up regarding the antidepressant properties when paired with frankincense essential oil. Frankincense oil is best known for its ability to intensify another oils abilities. This powerful duo has become a new favorite for improving moods everywhere. Bergamot is also great for improved lung health and its natural antiseptic abilities. The sedative properties make it a must to integrate into your night time routine.
Are you looking for an all natural option that can help calm your nerves? Well, look no further. This wood essential oil has quickly become one of the most popular essential oil options due to its ability to aid in nerve health. Copaiba is also great for improving cardiovascular, immune, and digestive systems when ingested. Please make sure the oil you are using is safe to take internally! It is packed with antioxidant benefits, which are great for slowing the hands of time. These antioxidant properties make it ideal for promoting clear, smooth skin and reducing the appearance of blemishes. Copaiba can also be great for calming respiratory issues, aiding digestion, and promoting urinary health. It is also great for improving liver health by reducing damage by OTC pain relievers.
Gluten & Dairy Free Serves 6
- 4 Cups Vegetable Oil
- 1 Egg
- 6 Dried Peppers Whole Red Chilies
- 1 ½ lbs Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs Cut Into ½ Inch Cubes
- 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
- 1 tsp Sea Salt
- 3 Tbsp Chopped Green Onion
- 1 tsp Whole Earth Stevia Monk Fruit Sugar
- ½ Cup Coconut Sugar
- 1 Cup Cornstarch
- ¼ tsp Ground Ginger
- 1 Pinch Pink Pepper
- 3 Tbsp Chicken Broth
- 1 Clove Garlic Minced
- ¼ Cup Coconut Amino Sauce
- 1 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
- 2 tsp Sesame Oil
- ¼ Cup Water
- 2 Tbsp Peanut Oil
- 1 tsp Orange Zest
- 2 tsp Cornstarch
Heat 4 cups of oil in a large saucepan to 375 degrees. Beat the egg in a mixing bowl large enough to hold the chicken pieces. Add the chicken cubes, add salt, whole earth sugar, and pepper. Mix cubes well, slowly add in 1 cup of cornstarch stirring as you add making sure you coat the chicken as evenly as possible. Fry the chicken in small batches to avoid uneven cooking times. Cook the chicken until they turn golden brown and begin to float (about 3 minutes). Remove chicken from the fryer and place on a wire rack to drain and cool.
Once all chicken has been cooked fry chicken a second time starting with the first batch until a deep golden brown has been reached and placed back onto the draining rack. While chicken is cooling, heat 2 Tbsp oil in a wok or large skillet. Stir in onion, garlic, chiles, and zest. Cook for 1-2 minutes until garlic turns golden stirring while cooking to avoid burning. Add in sugar, ginger, broth, vinegar, aminos, and oils. Bring sauce to a boil and cook for 3 minutes. Dissolve 2 tsp cornstarch into water and add into sauce. Return sauce to a boil and allow to thicken for 1 minute. Lastly, stir in chicken and coat evenly. Serve with rice and enjoy!
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