|Rhodiola rosea, not a plant in our garden, but rather one I “take” twice a day with a large glass of water. . .|
Doubtless I’ve mentioned this before. I’m a worrier. (If you need someone to worry for you, just tell me in the comments and I would be happy to comply. I’m sooooo good at it. Not to brag.)
My-Reason-For-Living-In-France, allied with my daughter, accuse me — yes, there is no other word for it — of worrying about not having anything to worry about. I honestly don’t understand how the two people who know me best could give me so little credit for what I do so well.
OK, point established. Let me clarify, I am not paranoid, pessimistic or depressed. I’m simply overly concerned about just about everything.
An old boss of mine, who became a good friend, advised me to take any situation that was bothering me and imagine the worst possible outcome and then imagine how I would handle the situation that would probably never occur in a million years. I do that quite often. It’s very stress-y.
|Griffonia simplicifolia before it ends up in capsules.|
Lately I’ve been in a frenzy of worry — normally it’s a constant flatline, recently it was spiking. Since I was making myself crazy, I decided to turn to my pal Christine, owner of our local pharmacy. She has studied all sorts of plant-based remedies for just about everything. She much prefers giving people herbs and plants, in capsule form (she runs a pharmacy after all), than your every day over-the-counter meds.
First she asked me my symptoms (see above) then I added stress and not sleeping because worrying is truly exhausting as you may know. She then asked if I was taking any prescription medication for my dilemma. “No,” I told her. “Good,” she said.
Christine “prescribed” two capsules: Rhodiola rosea in combination with Griffonia simplicifolia, three of the former twice each day and two of the latter, twice a day with a very large glass of water in both instances.
“I can tell you they really work,” she said. “I’ve been taking them for months now and I feel much better.”
Rhodiola rosea is a perennial herb that is classified as a natural “adaptogen” or a substance that promotes overall well-being and heightened mental and physical performance. It was formerly called golden root and is reputed to increase blood flow to the brain thus making one feel better (perform better). It is supposed to increase resistance to stress, irritability and fatigue.
One article refers to it as the ginseng of the 21st century. How about that?
Griffonia simplicifolia is a West and Central African shrub with green flowers and later black pods from which products are made. It contains 5-HTP which Christine tells me acts as a stimulant for the brain to produce more of the “let’s get happy” chemical, serotonin. Serotonin promotes sound sleep, levels of humor and apparently weight control. (That last bit was a surprise and always most welcome.)
You’re wondering, does this cocktail work? Yes, it absolutely does.
Now I still worry, but I’m far less stressed about it and tend not to wake up in the middle of the night wondering if I need or forgot to worry about something.
Who knows? Maybe it’s a placebo, but really, I don’t care.