Personal energy levels
Our personal energy is affected by so many things. As women we have the added fluctuations caused by our monthly cycles, but many things such as noise, pollution, nutrition and temperature have a significant effect on our energy.
Tracking and noticing what gives us energy and what depletes us is a really important self-care tool. Personally I don’t do that well with heat – I find I have less energy available, which can be annoying when I’ve got a lot to do.
Three herbs for energy
There are three herbs that can be easily integrated into your daily routine that can give you a boost and combat fatigue.
- A great summertime go-to and one of my all-time favourite herbs. Mint is great for boosting energy – the smell alone (infusion or essential oil) will boost energy and captivate the brain by improving connective function. You can have it fresh as a tea, eat a fresh leaf, dried tea, or the essential oil. Pop a drop (just one!) under your tongue morning and lunchtime and you’ll get an injection of energy as well as fresh breath! It’s also easy to grow at home
- One of the herbs in my energy and focus blend VIF, this herb is adaptogenic and lowers blood pressure and reduces inflammation and stress. We use the root and it’s becoming more and more common on the market. You can find it in capsules, in powder form, or you can have it as an infusion. It’s great for focus, brain function in general and reducing inflammation. It’s caffeine-free and a great way to boost your energy in the afternoon.
- Another easy one to grow yourself, rosemary is great to add to food and tastes great but also boosts productivity. You can also have it in an infusion; it’s delicious in iced tea – make a ginger and rosemary infusion, let it cool down then keep in the fridge, add some lemon and you have a refreshing, energy-boosting drink! You can also use the essential oil in a diffuser and have that in your office.
Those are my top three but there are many more! These are however all easy to find, and two of them hassle-free to grow yourself, which means they don’t cost a thing and are always readily available.
Experiment with different taste combinations and quantities to find the best herb to help your energy levels and see what a difference such a small addition to your daily routine can make to your energy levels!