Fatigue Busters from Mother Earth
Submitted by Naomi Cubillos
Have you ever wished you had more energy to complete your everyday tasks? Chances are you said yes. Many people have experienced fatigue at some point in their life, whether it is chronic fatigue, or occasional fatigue. Either way, there are solutions to this very common problem. Fatigue is defined in the medical dictionary as a physical and/or mental exhaustion that can be caused by stress, medication, work, illnesses, and life in general. Many of us drink coffee, energy drinks, or other caffeinated drinks to increase our energy; but the effects are only temporary. Also, when we use caffeine regularly and in large amounts, we develop a tolerance to it and can even develop a dependence to caffeine. This causes problems when someone must have to go without caffeine. The person can develop withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, irritability, nausea, runny nose, or restlessness.
So what else can we do to increase our energy besides drinking and developing a dependence to caffeinated beverages? Well one great tip is to change your diet. There are certain things you can eat and drink that will give you energy to help make it through the day. I will give you a list of some of these items, but feel free to research other things you can eat or do to alleviate fatigue in your life.
This root is used not only for fatigue but for other things like alcoholism, your libido, building a healthy immune system, improved memory, improved focus, menopause, and stress.DO NOT USE IF YOU ARE PREGNANT OR HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE! Wild ginseng is preferred because it is more potent; but if you can’t get a hold of wild ginseng, any other type is still okay. You can use ginseng root in a variety of ways. You can steam the root and eat it, or you can boil it and make tea out of it. You can even grid it up into powder and put it into your drinks, soups, or any other food you choose. You can eat it raw if you’d like. Some people add it to their stir fry and rice dishes as a healthy addition. When making a tea you should be aware that the longer you let the root sit in the tea, the stronger the tea will be. So let is seep for at least five minutes to get a beneficial amount.
This plant can stimulate the body’s nervous system and circulatory system as well. Rosemary has many other fantastic uses that we should be aware of. It has been shown to alleviate depression, just smelling its scent has been shown to lighten one’s mood. It improves memory which is something that many people can benefit from. If you are suffering from digestion problems like heartburn, gas, or appetite loss, then adding rosemary to your diet is something that can help you. It is also used for other ailments like gout, coughs, headaches, toothaches, high blood pressure, and to increase menstrual flow. You can take one cup of tea about three times a day. To make the tea you must use the leaves of the plant. Seep 1 teaspoon of leaves in one cup of hot water for at least 15 minutes. You can also add rosemary to your food. Many people use it as a spice. Rosemary oil is great for cooking and also for putting into your hair. The oil is wonderful for massages to help achy muscles, or to treat eczema. Rosemary has even been used to treat and prevent baldness. IF YOU ARE PREGNANT, USING ROSEMARY CAN STIMULATE YOUR MENSTRUAL CYCLE AND CAN CAUSE YOU TO MISCARRY!
The oil is great for multiple things like fatigue, bruises, burns, cuts, weight loss, psoriasis, dry or damaged hair, and facial and skin care. It can help take away wrinkles! The oil can be used for baking and cooking. Adding the oil to your diet increases energy, stimulates your thyroid gland, raises your metabolic rate, lowers your cholesterol, and balances your hormones. You may also drink coconut water or coconut milk.
Reishi mushroom fights fatigue and also protects and can help heal your liver. It has been known to help the livers of those who drink a lot of alcohol. It is a great antioxidant. You can make a tea out of the dried mushroom or you can grind it up into a powder to put into your food or drinks.
This root not only gives you energy to complete your day, it also is a diuretic, detoxifier, and a gentle laxative. It even gets rid of the toxins that cause acne. Another great thing about this plant is that we can find it at the park or even in our own backyards! That means we don’t have to spend any money buying it which is always nice. If you have a cat that is in pain you can use get flowers and place them in very hot water until the water becomes dark. Let the water cool down and then you can give it to your kitty for pain relief. If you have warts you can squeeze the stem of the root and put the juice that comes out directly onto the wart and let it dry. Keep doing this until the wart is gone.
Fatigue is inevitable. Many people have no other choice but to work and/or take care of loved ones. Still, always remember to take care of yourself first! When we are take care of our minds and bodies we are healthier, happier, and better able to care for others and better able to take care of our responsibilities. The better we are, the better our quality of work and care is. So though many people may feel selfish putting themselves first, in actuality it’s benefiting to those all around us to do so. On that note, may we all remember to put our well-being first!
Filed under: Health and Diet on August 13th, 2012