Even those who have not be infected by COVID-19 itself, are facing a roller coaster of emotions in the unwanted ride of an unprecedented and uncertain global outcome. The good news is that natural remedies are incredible allies for supporting our bodies and minds towards healing, with many Middle Eastern herbs displaying centuries-long proof in their ability to reduce stress and the ability to strengthen the immune system.
This underrated member of the mint family originates from Southern Europe and the Middle East, with anxiolytic effects that reduce depression, anxiety, and have the ability to balance cortisol levels. Melissa officinalis, its medical alias, has been long been used as a modulator of mood and cognitive function, taking the form of capsules, coated tablets and topical ointments.
This herbaceous perennial legume native to southern Europe and the Middle East can be a great medical aid in addition to providing great taste and sweetness. Beyond providing energy, licorice root can aid in cortisol reduction through the stimulation of the adrenal glands. Its contents has been confirmed by both the East and West as an antiviral, making licorice extract a potentially strong partner for the immune system. You may purchase the root itself, its shreds or the liquid extract, to be taken as a supplement, even in your tea.
Native to the drier regions of MENA, is remains one of the most powerful herbs used for heightened emotional balance, proven to significantly lower cortisol levels. It packs a substance that helps modulate the body’s response to tension, overstimulation, and trauma. For its benefits, one may ingest in the form of a capsule or powder, mixing it into any food of choice, due to its enjoyable taste.
With such herbal treatments it is imperative to start consuming them as early as possible, ideally before one notices symptoms of sickness or depression, as a more effective precautionary measure. For those in distress, know that you are not alone and each act of care towards your mind and body, no matter how small, will help you brave the storm.