Sense of serenity: UNLOCKED

Let’s see a show of hands for how many people AREN’T experiencing stress

No one? That’s what I thought.

(If you’re one of the very few, please write in and let us in on your secret!)

But with that in mind, let’s find a path to serenity…

Powerful botanical remedies

The two botanicals I want to discuss with you today can help us navigate stress and mood issues.

And, as an added bonus, they could help improve your sex life… another great stress reliver!

I’m talking about ashwagandha and saffron.

In clinical trials, ashwagandha has shown to reduce perceived stress and stress assessment scores, lessen symptoms of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, improve happiness, and more.

Most research has used dosages between 125 to 1,000 mg, with improvements in stress and mental well-being observed even at the lowest dose.

And when it comes to sexual health, studies have found that supplementing with ashwagandha for eight weeks significantly increased dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate and testosterone in men, compared to placebo. (These are sex hormones.)

Not only that, but 300 mg twicer per day helped women improve lubrication, arousal, orgasm, and satisfaction, among other things in the bedroom.

Meanwhile, research shows saffron can significantly improve symptoms of anxiety and depression. It’s may also control levels of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine—hormones that help regulate emotions (including pleasure and reward), as well as other bodily functions.

In fact, one study suggests saffron’s impact was equivalent to a pharmaceutical antidepressant!

Saffron may also help heat things up in the bedroom, as clinical trials support its use for sexual dysfunction in both men and women. Most notably may be its ability to improve erectile dysfunction in men taking an antidepressant.

Natural stress busters

I have written about tackling stress quite often, as it’s such a prevalent problem that costs our healthcare system millions of dollars each year.

Of course, in this day and age, we’re downright bombarded by internal and external stressors. We jump from worrying about one thing to another, which makes stress feel infinite.

But our bodies are not equipped for that.

While I often turn to physical activity, meditation, and mindfulness to help combat stress, the clinical support behind these two botanicals is promising. And in my view, anything that can help alleviate stress naturally is worth trying.

(Clearly, herbs and spices can do more than flavor and color our food!)

So, talk with your doctor about adding a high-quality product from a brand you trust to your regimen. You can also try adding some ashwagandha root powder and/or a pinch of saffron to certain dishes while cooking.


“Ashwagandha And Saffron: Key Tools For A New Era Of Living.” Today’s Practitioner. (