Holidays can evoke stress and anxiety. Counter those internal and external tensions by adding two December anti-stress herbs to your medicine cabinet: ashwagandha and Brahmi. Plants contain thousands of phytochemicals, a huge range of substances that can affect us physically, mentally and psychologically when ingested. For this first article on stress, get ahold of some ashwagandha, a popular medicinal plant used extensively in Ayurveda that has the ability to act as an adaptogen — a nontoxic substance, often a plant extract, that increases the body’s ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning. Read more…