Halloween has barely passed and now the holidays are nearly upon us, which means we are snuggling into Cozy Season! As we begin to slow down and reflect on the past year, we want to support you in your self-care endeavors! Read on for Adaptogenic, supportive, and delicious warm drinks and self-care goodies.
Top picks for November.
Blue Lotus Tea (enjoy Blue Lotus with Mucuna!)
From Anima Mundi Known as Nature’s “Dopa-Bean” | Dopamine + Serotonin Booster | Nootropic | Adaptogenic Legume
Mucuna, also known as velvet bean, is one of the only naturally occurring (and certainly most concentrated) sources of L-Dopa—as in dopamine. L-Dopa, is a naturally occurring amino acid which transforms into Dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that ignites a feeling of joy and bliss.
Mucuna pruriens is an adaptogenic legume that has been used for hundreds, if not thousands of years, as a superfood for nutrient density, energy and mood boost. Indigenous peoples use to prescribe it to those needing a boost, or assistance in recovery from depression.
Regular consumption of Mucuna will have a gentle balancing effect on the brain and hormonal systems associated with its powerful compounds. For this reason it is often used in cases of depression and anxiety, which may be in part related to the depletion or underperformance of these essential neurotransmitters. May relieve stress, may help regulate dopamine and may support sexual function.
In case you missed it!
On Vervain's Blog: Mucuna Pruriens: The Dopamine Bean
Herb of the Month - Meet Rose Hips!
Rosehips (Rosa Canina)
What are rosehips?
Rosehips are the fruit of rose plants. They're typically red or orange, but can be purple or black. They ripen in late summer and early fall.
They're on their way out, but there's still time to harvest your own rosehips! Collect some to eat fresh (though not as tasty) or infuse in teas, syrups, tinctures, & more! We're also stocked here at the shop, so if you can't get your hands on any out there in the wild, stop in and we'll be happy to assist you.
Rosehips are prized for their high concentration of vitamin C; in fact, they contain 50% more vitamin C than oranges! Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and is essential for the immune system and can help our bodies stimulate white blood cell production. They also contain anti-inflammatory properties, supporting you in alleviating pain and inflammation. Some other benefits and uses of this prized fruit include regulating blood circulation, strengthening capillaries, relieve teething issues in infants, protecting against heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and supporting conditions such as menstrual cramping, varicose veins, bladder and urinary irritations, arthritis, and more.
Ready for more Rose Hips?
You can find rose hips in these incredible blends at The Vervain Collective. We also carry dried Rose Hips in Bulk.
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