Looking to naturally support your psychological health and overall wellbeing? Today I’ll take a close look at the many health benefits of creativity and suggest some herbal favorites for relaxation and cognition.
In our culture we tend to think of creativity as a special personality trait—something we’re born with, the domain of a chosen few. But we ALL have creative potential and what’s more? Creative expression is essential to our wellbeing.
Research in recent years has demonstrated the health benefits of engaging in creative activity. Studies show that creative expression helps us in several ways:
Learn more about the research on creativity and wellbeing overall at this Medical News Today article and creativity and psychological wellbeing at this American Psychological Association article.
Most studies have focused on performing and visual arts, and writing as modes of creativity. These are all fabulous, and we can also include activities like sewing, knitting, gardening and crafting of all sorts. So many possibilities!
What is the role of herbs in supporting our creative endeavors?
We can look first to the nootropic herbs— herbs that enhance learning, memory and other cognitive processes that we engage when we’re creating. And, to help us let go of anxiety and tension so we can more easily relax into a creative state of mind we can turn to relaxing nervine herbs. Some herbs that come to mind are:
To enjoy the benefits of rosemary and lavender, add a pinch to your favorite herbal tea or mix them with other fragrant herbs like rose petals and enjoy as potpourri.
For a Relaxing Tea combine:
Relax, enjoy and get creative!
The post "Creativity + Herbs = your happy nervous system" originally appeared on Ask The Herbalists blog May 31 2018
Renata Lynn is a clinical herbalist in Greenbelt, MD who helps women build a solid foundation of wellness while working in partnership to address their unique health concerns, so they can live life with vibrance and vitality. Sign up for her newsletter here.
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