We would suggest the following vitamins:

Vitamin B5: Pantothenic acid: Crucial to stress-related hormones produced by the adrenals. B5 helps convert food to glucose and break down fats, carbs and proteins for energy.

Vitamin B6: Pyridoxine: Very important for brain development and for keeping the nervous system and immune systems healthy. *Supplements: tablet/capsule/liquid*. Food sources: Fish, poultry, chickpeas, bananas, potatoes, fortified cereals.

Vitamin B12: Linked to adrenal cortex stress. A critical vitamin for the adrenals.

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We would suggest the following herbs:

Liquorice root: Glycyrrhiza glabra: Assists the adrenals by preventing the breakdown of cortisol, one of the major hormones produced by the adrenal gland to combat stress. Its cortisol sparing effects help in maintaining energy levels which results in a better response to stressful situations.

Maca root: Lepidium peruvianum: Helps to replenish the adrenal glands, thereby boosting energy levels and giving you stamina and endurance to keep going. Exhausted after a busy week or working out, your physical stamina will be enhanced. It has a beneficial effect on our insulin levels.

Golden root: Rhodiola Rosea: An adaptogen, helps your body with stress. Promotes good health, strength, endurance and physical and mental stamina.

Siberian ginseng: Eleutherococcus senticosus: An adaptogen that strengthens the body and increases general resistance to daily stress.

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Diet / Lifestyle tips:

Meditation: Finding awareness, achieving a peaceful mind and expanding space. Excellent for combating stress in our busy schedules and demanding lives. There are many varieties of meditation, guided, mantras, all sorts. It is good to find one that works for you personally. Maybe either a guided meditation to start. Or focus on your breathwork or a mantra. Your mind will wander at first, be gentle with yourself and guide yourself back each time. You will find the more regular you practice the better you get, and the longer you can be in the space.

Deep breathing: Focusing on your breathwork. Place a hand on the tummy and the chest. The hand on the tummy should move upwards with the in-breath. And should move downwards with the outbreath. The in-breath can be for a count of 5 and the outbreath a count of 10. Nice and slow.

Exercise: This is essential for our bodies since we are 70% water and stagnant water is dirty. Exercise gets the heart pumping, releases endorphins and happy hormones pumping through the body. Just 20-30 minutes a day. And focusing on something you enjoy, otherwise, it becomes an effort’ that you don’t keep up.

Unplugging from electrical devices: Not only does this enhance social behaviour but the energy of the devices drains your energy. Be sure to move around if stuck in front of a screen all day.

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Essential Oils

We would suggest the following:

  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Frankincense Essential Oil
  • Rosemary Essential Oil

Massage/Local Application – (Morning routine) – after your shower. Buy a base oil: coconut, sweet almond, grape seed for example. If you have 20ml of base oil, add half the amount of Essential Oil drops. In this case, you will add 10 drops of Rosemary. Apply the following blend to the lower back/kidney area.

Massage/Local Application – (Evening routine). Buy a base oil: coconut, sweet almond, grape seed for example. If you have 20ml of base oil, add half the amount of Essential Oil drops. In this case, you will add 6 drops of Lavender and 4 drops of Frankincense. Apply the blend over the body, especially chest, neck and shoulders, as required. Especially effective after a bath.

Bath – Your skin is the most absorbent part of the body. The heat of the bath assists in the absorption. There are 2 ways to do this:

  1. Diffusing 5 drops (maximum) of Essential Oils into a teaspoon of milk. Or a cup, if you would like more of a Cleopatra style bath. Use 3 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of Frankincense. Add Epsom salts.
  2. Or simply add 5ml of your massage blend.

Close all windows. Soak for 15-20 minutes minimum. Avoid splashing in the eyes.

Inhalation – Add 1-2 drops onto a tissue/cloth and inhale as necessary. (Add Lavender and Frankincense to relax, Rosemary to pick you up).

Diffuser/Burner – Add 5 drops to a diffuser/burner. (3 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of Frankincense or use 5 drops of Rosemary to pick you up and mental boost).

** A patch test is required – 1 drop of aromatherapy oil to 4 drops of base oil. Apply a coin size amount to a patch of skin on the inner arm **

If sensitivity occurs, apply more base oil to soothe the area. Possibly avoid use for a further 10 days. If you wish to continue, dilute to ¼ of the original amount and test on a small area of skin. If there is no further reaction, continue with that dosage.

** Oils are for external use only and must be blended with a carrier oil. Always avoid the eyes, ears and nose **

** Lavender is the safest of oils, if on a rare occasion you react, apply more base oil to the skin to soothe it and dilute the massage blend with more base oil **

** Frankincense – Avoid use during pregnancy/lactating, if any bleeding disorders or on anticoagulants. Avoid with children below 5 and caution below 8 **

** Rosemary – Avoid during pregnancy, HBP, Heart conditions, use with caution if on prescription medication. Avoid use with children below 5 years of age. A relaxing but mentally stimulating oil, so no high doses prior to bedtime **

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