Today, more than half of the general adult population complains of mental fatigue. Mental fatigue manifests as a state of weakened ability and reduced efficiency of cognitive workload and physical activities. This has become one of the most significant causes of reduced motivation and even accidents in modern society. The state of mental fatigue makes you feel useless and holds you back from getting the most of your day.
So, where is all our energy going?
When fatigue is holding you back from getting the most of your day, it’s time to examine where all your energy is going.
Overwork, chronic illness and lack of sleep are the most obvious reasons. But, there are causes, such as dehydration, unsatisfactory absorption of nutrients by the small intestines, stress, and inﬂammation, may not quickly come to mind.
All of these are immense energy suckers, and as long as they have an impact in your day to day life, your energy is going to be low.
The Herbal Cabinet of Mother Nature
A couple of home herbal formulas can enable you to kick off your vitality and get your mind ﬁring on all barrels.
Wake Me Up Tea
Ginseng root has a sustained energy building effect which works through the glands and normalizes many body functions. Taken as tea, tincture, capsules or even chewing on the root promotes an overall stimulating and energizing effect.
The Siberian Ginseng root is extremely beneficial for the glands. It strengthens the entire body, combats stress, and provides nutrition and tone. It contains extremely high levels of immune-system-boosting germanium. Athletes are using it for energy, stamina, stress reduction, and to combat high blood pressure, but ginseng is helpful for anyone.
- 1 Tbsp. powdered ginseng root
- 1 Tbsp. powdered parsley root
- ½ Tbsp. powdered wild columbine root (Aquilegia Canadensis)
Mix all the ingredients together and pour one and one-half pints of boiling water over the herbal mixture. Cover and steep for fifteen minutes. Strain. Drink one cup, three times a day, or as needed.
Herbal Coffee Substitute
Yerba mate (Ilex Paraguariensis) grows as an evergreen tree in central and southern regions of South America, primarily in Paraguay, as well as in Argentina, Uruguay, southern and central-western Brazil, the Chaco region of Bolivia and southern Chile. In this regions, it is widely consumed as a beverage called mate. Mate contains compounds that act as an appetite suppressant and possible weight loss tool, increases mental energy and focus and improves mood.
- 2 Tbsp. yerba mate leaf
- 1 Tbsp. spearmint leaf
- ½ Tbsp. hibiscus flower
- 1 Tbsp. agrimony herb
Mix all the ingredients together and pour one pint of boiling water over the herbal mixture. Cover and steep for ten to fifteen minutes. Strain. Drink as desired.
Energy Now Tonic
This is a very effective tonic for conditions of weakness, especially in women.
- 8 ounces alfalfa
- 2 ounces burdock root
- 1-ounce ginseng root
- 1-ounce dong quai root
- Barley malt syrup
Combine all the herbs. Use four ounces of herbal mixture per quart of water. Simmer for one hour. Strain. Return the liquid to the pot and equal parts of a mixture of honey and barley malt syrup. Keep on low heat for five minutes, stirring to blend thoroughly.
Take two tablespoons, three times a day, before meals.
Caution: Do not use if you have yeast infections or candidiasis.
Cool Cat Tea
This is a great tea to fight stress and calm your nerves. Though catnip has the ability to soothe the nerves and stomach, when combined with lemon, it has tonic qualities.
The recipe is quite simple: brew a tea using two teaspoons of dried catnip herb to one cup of water. Steep for five to ten minutes, then add lemon and honey to taste.
Quick Energy Boost
Take one capsule, three times a day, of any of the following: Siberian ginseng, ground poppy or chia seeds. Chia seeds are great energy boosters, but our body cannot assimilate seeds in their whole form. Instead of grounding them and put in capsules, you can use the following recipe:
Steep one teaspoon of chia seeds for twelve hours in a cold glass of water. Then sweeten the mucilaginous drink with honey and take in the morning. You can also grind the seeds and sprinkle them over salads, stir them into soups, or use them with butter as a spread.