We all know about popular stress remedies from India such as yoga and meditation. But here we are going to discuss the less-known stress remedies from India that we can try out and see the positive effects.
Stress has a great impact on our immune system which is a complex structure and it is linked to our mind. Connected to the immune tissues are certain branches of the sympathetic nervous system and every time you experience a stressful situation your immune system gets the message of uncertainty, immediately. If you want to protect your body and have a stronger immune system, you should take control over the stress in your life and the way you react to it. Here are some less-known ways to manage stress from India that you can try out and see the positive effects.
According to India’s tradition, there are large and small energy channels which are called shrotas. Blocked channels to our mind can lead to fear, stress and anxieties. Steam inhalation treatments open the shrotas to our mind. How can you do this on your own? First, boil 3 cups of water and once the water boils, place the dish on a heat-resistant surface. Add three to five drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Cover the back of your head with a towel, check the water if it’s too hot for you. Close your eyes and place your head over the dish with hot water to allow the steam to enter your nose. Practice conscious breathing for at least five minutes, breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. Also, after the treatment, you should avoid a fan or wind for the next 30 minutes.
Massage Your Feet
Give your feet a massage with ghee for a good night’s rest. Ghee is butter and a healthy fat that supports both brain health and digestion when consumed. Ghee is excellent for external treatments as well, such as massaging your feet.
We don’t pay much attention to our feet. We might do a pedicure and wear comfortable shoes (if that) but that is pretty much it. Massaging your feet can help you sleep better and clear your mind before you hit the bed. You should apply a generous amount of ghee to each foot and massage it well into your skin. After the massage, cover your feet with comfy socks and leave it overnight. It’s believed that the ghee can help with mental chatter which can be particularly persistent right before you go to bed and it can pull your energy downward preparing you for sleep.
According to the beliefs from India, this is not recommended for women during pregnancy since the energy should remain in the pelvic area during sleep.
In ancient India, mantras were part of medicine. “Man” in mantra means mind and “tra” means through so the translation of mantra would be “through the mind.” There has been a considerable amount of research done around mantras and how they can help with mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. Learn more about mantras and explore the healing power of certain ancient sounds such as: “Maha Kali,” “Nasa Nasi,” “Om Kreem” and “Sarva Rogam.”
In ancient India, these mantras were used to remove any type of negativity that could affect not only individuals but communities as well. Try saying one of the multiple mantras every day as part of your meditation. You will see the improvement in your mind, the way you think, feel and react.